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Marubeni Corporation to acquire Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC,

Marubeni Corporation announced that it will acquire Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC to enter into the production and sales of beef in the United States. Creekstone is located in Arkansas City, KS.

U.S., China Sign Historic Agreement to Provide Market Access for U.S. Rice Exports

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the United States to begin exporting rice to China for the first time ever.

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

Determining When It's Time to Replace Thinning Alfalfa Stands

Now is a good time to check fields to determine if they need to be replaced, either with a new seeding this August or next spring. If weeds are becoming a problem, that is usually a good indication that the stand is getting thin and needs to be replaced.

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.

Cattle Industry Wraps Up Summer Business Meeting

At their Summer Business Meeting in Denver, the National Cattlemens Beef Associations board of directors formally adopting policy positions on issues like international trade, tax reform, and modernizing the Endangered Species Act.

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.

Second Summit on Agricultural Growth to Be Held August 24

Join agriculture leaders from across the state at the second annual Kansas Governors Summit on Agricultural Growth on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at the Manhattan Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Gov. Ricketts Temporarily Waives Hauling Requirements

Gov. Ricketts directed the Nebraska State Patrol to temporarily wave certain requirements waived for trucks hauling to aid North Dakotans and South Dakotans impacted by drought conditions.

Agriculture Spending Bill Advanced to House Floor

The House Appropriations Committee advanced the fiscal year 2018 agriculture spending bill to the House floor by a voice vote this week.The bill provides discretionary spending for USDA, FDA and CFTC.

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