2014 Farm Bill farm safety net: Summary and brief thoughts

This post contains a summary of key farm safety net provisions. FULL STORY »

Cattle production in Africa benefits from “crowdfarming”

A crowdfunding site dedicated to building the cattle industry in sub-Saharan Africa gives cattle farmers in Ghana an opportunity to achieve independence while becoming a solution to hunger and poverty. FULL STORY »

Eliminating grazing won't reduce impact of climate change

Eliminating grazing won't reduce the impact of climate change on rangeland, according to nearly 30 scientists in the western United States. FULL STORY »

Congressional negotiators reach deal on U.S. farm bill

House and Senate negotiators on Monday reached a bipartisan agreement on the long-overdue U.S. farm bill that ends a pricy direct subsidy to farmers while expanding government-backed crop insurance programs, and trims spending on food stamps for poor Americans by about one percent. FULL STORY »

No rain leading to no cattle in California

Drought conditions are improving across most of the country; however the dry pastureland across most of California is forcing state cattle producers to make life-changing decisions. FULL STORY »

Rural economic growth continues, factors create long-term concern

Rural communities across the Midwest heavily dependent on agriculture and energy continue to see economic growth but at a slower rate than previous months. FULL STORY »

Computer chip sends alert to combat food waste

Technology accounting for more than just a food product’s sell-by date may help consumers cut back on the amount of food they waste while saving their budget as many food prices rise. FULL STORY »

Permanent display at Nebraska State Fair presents future of ag

New exhibits, demonstrations and videos at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island will share industry accomplishments and future plans for the state’s agricultural industry. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Feasting on food myths

Debunking nutritional mythologies has become a cottage industry in recent years, mainly because the same people doing the debunking are the ones who created the bunk in the first place! FULL STORY »

Consumers hesitant to trust meat info from media, restaurants

The conventional livestock industry has faced some negative publicity in recent years, but survey results show those critics presenting the message lack credibility in the eyes of consumers. FULL STORY »

Jolley: How the farm bill is like taking out the trash

The farm bill seems like it might become a victim of yet another 'continuing resolution' until the auctioning of elected officials' votes is done, giving a broader meaning to the term 'sale barn.' FULL STORY »

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