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Senate Ag Committee to Hold Farm Economy Hearing

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the farm economy conditions Thursday, May 25th, beginning at 9:00 a.m central. The hearing is recognized as the start of the Senate Agriculture Committee's farm bill hearings.

Trump Plan to Balance Budget Includes Farm Subsidy Cuts

A budget plan President Donald Trump is expected to submit to Congress Tuesday includes steep cuts to farm subsidies, according to Bloomberg News. The 2018 budget proposal, which would begin the process of balancing the budget within ten years.

When Farmers Succeed, America Succeeds

According to Texas Congressman Kevin Brady: America's farmers and ranchers need pro-growth policies that will help them compete and win across the globe - but especially here at home.

Insurance implications for late-planted corn

The final planting date for corn from the USDA Risk Management Agency Topeka Regional Office in the majority of Kansas is May 25th. After the final planting date there is a late planting period that extends for 20 days after the final plant date.

Rural Mainstreet Climbs to Highest Level in Almost Two Years

After dropping below growth neutral for 20 straight months, the Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index moved above the 50.0 threshold for May according to the latest monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region.

Farm Labor wages mostly steady in region

In the Northern Plains Region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) there were 32,000 workers hired directly during the week of April 9-15, 2017, Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $14.02 per hour.

Perdue: U.S. Ag in Dire Straits

Sonny Perdue made his first appearance before the House Agriculture Committee recently as Secretary of Agriculture. He says the current U.S. agricultural economy is in dire straits but that could be helped by a stronger trade presence abroad.

Corn Survival in Ponded or Flooded Fields

Heavy rains of 2 to more than 6 inches have fallen over the last several days in portions of the western corn belt. UNL- Extension's Roger Elmore discusses survival of young corn plants in ponded or flooded fields.

White House Sends NAFTA Redo Notification Letter to Congress

The Trump administration has officially laid out its strategies to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico in a letter delivered today to Congress. The administrations main goal is to update the Clinton-era trade deal.

Nebraska Beef Council Hosts Beef Experience Tour

Chefs, dietitians, bloggers and food service professionals were guest on the Beef Experience Tour hosted by the Nebraska Beef Council on May 9th and 10th. The tour attendees were visitors from states across the country.

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