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Fall Harvest continues to slug along
Fall Harvest continues to slug along

This weeks crop progress report shows the nation's corn harvest is 31 percent complete, average is 53, Soybeans at 53 percent with average of 66 and 48 percent of sorghum harvested, average is 51 percent. Winter Wheat planting is now at 77 percent. …

Farmers & Ranchers College 2014-15 Programming announced
October’s Rural Mainstreet Index Plummets: Farmland Price Index Sinks to Record Low
Six Land-grant Universities Launch Animal Ag Industry Climate Change Website

USDA to Launch New Farm Bill Program to Help Provide Relief to Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative that will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program. Spring crops eligible for APH Yield Exclusion include corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn. Nearly three-fourths of all acres and liability in the federal crop insurance program will be covered under APH Yield Exclusion. … Continue

Elwood, NE

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MARKETS

Contract MonthChange Open HighLowLastUpdated
Corn (P) Dec 2014 +7-6 348-2 358-4 348-0 356-0s 10/21/14
Corn (P) Mar 2015 +7-6 361-4 370-0 361-4 369-4s 10/21/14
Soybeans (P) Nov 2014 +20-0 950-4 966-4 950-4 964-2s 10/21/14
Soybeans (P) Jan 2015 +19-4 958-0 973-4 958-0 971-6s 10/21/14
Wheat (P) Dec 2014 +5-6 522-2 522-2 517-2 519-2s 10/21/14
Wheat (P) Mar 2015 +6-6 533-0 533-0 533-0 533-0s 10/21/14
Live Cattle Oct 2014 -0.050 166.850 166.850 166.475 166.500 07:28
Feeder Cattle Nov 2014 -0.475 234.000 234.200 233.225 233.450 07:28
Lean Hogs Dec 2014 -0.150 88.100 88.500 88.025 88.300 07:28
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Crops

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Fall Harvest continues to slug along

This weeks crop progress report shows the nation's corn harvest is 31 percent complete, average is 53, Soybeans at 53 percent with average of 66 and 48 percent of sorghum harvested, …

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Governor Heineman and Ag Leaders encourage use of e85

Governor Dave Heineman and state ag leaders are encouraging Nebraskans to utilize E85 fuel the next time they are at the gas pump with a flex fuel vehicle. To help located E85 filli …

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New Holland Agriculture Smashes the Current GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title for Most Wheat Harvested within Eight Hours with the CR10.90 Elevation Combine

New Holland Agriculture has reclaimed the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title, harvesting an impressive 797.656 tonnes (29,308.84 bushels) of wheat in eight hours with the world’s most pow …

Livestock

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Farmers & Ranchers College 2014-15 Programming announced

The Farmers & Ranchers College was formed in January, 2000 with the purpose of providing high quality, dynamic, up to date educational workshops for area agricultural producers in s …

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Beef Producers Call for Ambition Over Political Expediency

The Five Nations Beef Alliance* concluded a successful meeting and tour in south Texas last week, capped by the unanimous endorsement of a public statement calling for all Trans-Pac …

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Rabobank report shows heated pork markets cooling down

Rabobank has published a new report on the global pork industry, saying that heated international markets are slowly cooling down. In the report, the bank’s Food & Agribusiness Res …

Opinion

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Farmers Do More Than Feed the World

Earlier today, Secretary Vilsack posted a guest column on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations blog in honor of World Food Day. The UN General Assembly has de …

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Forty-Five Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack the Checkoff

45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Or …

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USDA Crop Report Underscores Need for Market Certainty

​New estimates released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirm that farmers have produced a record-setting corn crop, and that the surplus remaining after all demands …

Features

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October’s Rural Mainstreet Index Plummets: Farmland Price Index Sinks to Record Low

Highlights from the October Survey show: Rural Mainstreet Index fell for the fifth straight month to its lowest level in more than four years. Farmland prices declined for the 11th …

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Six Land-grant Universities Launch Animal Ag Industry Climate Change Website

The $346 billion U.S. animal agriculture industry is already paying the price for an unstable climate with more frequent and extreme weather events that are devastating to individua …

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Don Hutchens to Receive USMEF Distinguished Service Award

Don Hutchens, who recently concluded a long career as executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, has been named the 2014 recipient of the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) D …

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