Implications of carbon reduction plan for Nebraska ag

The EPA’s proposal to reduce carbon emissions from existing U.S. power plants by 30 percent by 2030 has both short-term and long-term implications for Nebraska agriculture. So says Nebraska Extension water and ag law specialist Dave Aiken. “In the short term, we’ve got to watch what happens with natural gas. If more of that goes… Read more »

Iowa pork producer strives to be a good neighbor

Being a good neighbor is very important to pork producer Jason Russell of Monticello, Iowa.  One way to do that, Russell says, is to demonstrate a strong commitment to the environment.  “We just want to kind of shine a positive light on the pork industry,” Russell says. “There are so many things a person can… Read more »

Environmental award winner strives to be a good neighbor

Being a good neighbor is important to pork producer Jason Russell of Monticello, Iowa.  One way to do that, Russell says, is to demonstrate a strong commitment to the environment.  “We just want to kind of shine a positive light on the pork industry,” Russell says. “There are so many things a person can do that… Read more »

Wind energy tax credits survive

Wind energy tax credits have also been extended in the bill passed by Congress to avert the “fiscal cliff.” The American Wind Energy Association says the extension of the wind energy Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credits for community and offshore projects will allow the renewable energy source to continue growing. The credits would… Read more »

Noem says her focus is a farm bill

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she’ll stay focused in her second term on what needs to get done, including a farm bill. Noem was reelected in November and has decided against running for a leadership position for her class. “You know, not having a farm bill is a bad situation for us and I… Read more »

Wind energy industry optimistic for extension

There’s optimism in wind energy circles that the production tax credit will be extended rather than expiring at the end of the year. Dan McGuire is the outreach coordinator with Wind Powering America.  He tells Brownfield Ag News, “With the elections behind us now and the administration supports extension of it and the Senate does… Read more »

At 87, she’s still passionate about ag issues

At 87-years old, Eleanor Zimmerlein of Lamoille, Illinois still drives the tractor when needed—and she’s as passionate as ever about the issues impacting agriculture.  At the recent American Agri-Women meeting in Nebraska City, Nebraska, we visited with Eleanor about some of those “hot button” issues, including the need to modernize the nation’s locks and dams system…. Read more »

Cooper Farms install wind turbines

Two 1.5 megawatt wind turbines have been installed at Cooper Farms Cooked Meats plant at Van Wert, Ohio. The turbines will provide over 50 percent of the plants power once fully functional in mid-February. Jim Cooper, CEO of Cooper Farms says after exploring the possibilities, a team of individuals determined it made economic and sustainability… Read more »

Loan guarantee for SD wind energy project

A USDA loan guarantee has been announced for the Basin Electric Power Cooperative. It will allow for the construction of more than 100 wind turbines in the PrairieWinds wind farm energy project in central South Dakota. Basin Electric will purchase the electricity that is produced.

NFU priorities include Farm Bill and Energy

It’s a harsh reality, 37 farm programs going into the next Farm Bill are without baseline funding, $9 to 10 billion in farm programs that will have no money. Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union says the challenge of keeping those programs is finding the funding and it’s especially critical for energy programs…. Read more »