2014 Outlook

Those with decades of Washington D.C. experience struggle to predict the political scene there nowadays. But certain issues are on the front burner. FULL STORY »

Five minutes with Chuck Schroeder and the RFI (Part II)

Chuck Schroeder is wrapping his hands around a new challenge as the Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska. It was something he touched on in our previous conversation. I asked him a few more questions about what he wants to accomplish as he moves the Institute forward. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Drone, drone on the range

Along with military deployments, police surveillance and someday delivering Amazon packages, unmanned drones now have a new mission: Tracking and busting would-be cattle rustlers. FULL STORY »

Farm bill requires choices

The 2014 Agricultural Act (farm bill) will require farmers and landowners to make a number of choices regarding program options. FULL STORY »

Mix of farm innovations take bite out of world hunger

A tailored mix of farming technologies could significantly improve global food security by mid-century as the world's population swells to a projected 9 billion and the risk of adverse weather from climate change threatens crops and disrupts trade, according to a study published on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

Bison have Montana ranchers on edge with brucellosis exposure

Yellowstone is the homeland for an estimated 4,600 bison in the United States’ last purebred herd – and half are estimated to be exposed to brucellosis. FULL STORY »

Time to update records, learn about new programs in Farm Bill

The long-awaited Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the farm bill, signed into law on Feb. 7 ends direct payments to farmers but still provides some safety net programs – and that’s just for starters. FULL STORY »

Spotlight on Economics: Who is driving food standards?

Americans enjoy relatively low-cost food when measured as a percent of our income. For several decades, food expenditures in the U.S. have been between 10 and 11 percent of our disposable income. FULL STORY »

Food prices, ag economy tied to proper labor reform

An approach to agricultural labor reform that focuses solely on immigration enforcement would raise food prices over five years by an additional 5 percent to 6 percent and would cut the nation’s food and fiber production by as much as a staggering $60 billion. FULL STORY »

Public misconception about modern ag could have global impact

Criticism of modern U.S. agricultural production practices and the desire of some to move toward organic and local methods would affect lives on a global scale, according to the next Heuermann Lecturer. FULL STORY »

Finally, a Farm Bill

The path to this piece of legislation began in 2011 on a note of optimism, followed by the failure of the Supercommittee to come to agreement on deficit reduction targets even though the Ag committees had submitted a budget that met the targets. The consequence of this failure was the sequestration-dictated, across-the-board cuts to all programs followed by an early January 2013 extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, which had expired at the end of September 2012. FULL STORY »

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