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73 percent of U.S. Farmers use computers on their farms

According to a report released by USDA-NASS 73% of U.S. farmers have computer access on their farm, Kansas the number is 72 while in Nebraska it is 78. DSL or Digital Subscriber Line is the most common method of connecting to the internet.

August Rural Mainstreet Index Falls Below Growth Neutral

After plummeting in July, the Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index increased slightly for August, but remained below the 50.0 threshold according to the latest monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture

55 Public University Ag Deans Express Strong Support for Continued Robust U.S. Agricultural Exports

Ahead of the discussions on adjustments to NAFTA, a group of 55 agriculture deans from public universities across the country send a letter to key people outlining the vital importance of NAFTA to the agricultural community.

Poll: Tax Reform Needed for Farmers and America

A commanding majority of American voters support tax reform, a nationwide poll shows, while most voters also support tax changes that would benefit Americas farm and ranch families.

Farm Economy Softens Further, But Shows Signs of Stabilizing

The prolonged downturn in the farm economy continued in the second quarter of 2017. However, data from the Kansas City Feds Survey on Agricultural Credit Conditions shows the farm economy may finally be starting to stabilize.

Congressman Marshall announces 2017 Farm Bill Listening Tour

Congressman Roger Marshall has announced a 2017 Farm Bill Listening Tour across Kansas' Big First Congressional District. He will stop in ten counties and will focus on trade, nutrition, commodity programs, and other issues.

USDA and SCORE Launch Innovative Mentorship Effort to Support New Farmers and Ranchers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE, the nations largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers.

Ex-Trade Negotiator Says Trump Misguided on NAFTA

The Trump Administrations goal to reduce trade deficits by renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement is not a good one. Thats the opinion of former top Obama-era trade negotiator Darci Vetter.

Mid-America Business Conditions Index Remains at Healthy Level

After rising to a six year high last month, the July Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index, a leading economic indicator for the nine-state region, fell to a still solid reading according the latest monthly survey results.

EPA Formally Proposes WOTUS Withdrawal

The EPA & the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will formally propose to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. Rule, This move will mark the end of years of efforts by farm groups to get rid of something they called a burdensome federal overreach.

ICBA Proposes Five Goals for New Farm Bill & Ways to Prevent Next Farm Crisis

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) urged Congress to adopt a new long-term farm bill incorporating five broad goals and offered enhancements to USDA programs to prevent a farm credit crisis.

Programs available for Nebraska Farmers & Ranchers suffering from drought conditions

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is providing information to Nebraskas farmers and ranchers in need of assistance due to prolonged dry conditions in the state.

Rural Mainstreet Index Experiences Biggest Fall in Almost Nine Years

After rising to growth neutral for two straight months, the Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index fell below the 50.0 threshold for July according to the latest monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture

Congressman Smith to Hold Farm Bill Listening Sessions

Congressman Adrian Smith will conduct a Farm Bill Listening Tour in August to provide 3rd District constituents an opportunity to visit with him and Nebraska Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach in Broken Bow, Beatrice and South Sioux City.

Farm Lending Steady, but Risks Remain

Agricultural lending at commercial banks was steady in the second quarter, but risks in the farm sector continued to weigh on loan growth and credit conditions. Farmland markets have remained relatively strong, despite ongoing declines in most areas.

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