AG Rural News

A Texas ag economist expects wildfire damages to total more than $25 million in the Great Plains. “That obviously is going to put a hurt on a lot of these ranchers, but we also lost four people in this fire and there’s not much you can do about that.” Steve Amosson with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service tells Brownfield more than 540,000 acres have burned in Texas as of his last count Friday.  Continue reading Wildfire damages top $25 million at Brownfield Ag News.
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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts visited several Nebraska communities this week as part of his annual Ag Week Tour. “Visiting these communities during National Ag Week is a great way to highlight agriculture in Nebraska and celebrate our state’s number one industry,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Our planned stopovers around the state pay tribute to those who contribute to agriculture from livestock and crop producers to the innovative technology, processing, and infrastructure that goes along with it.” Brownfield caught up with Governor Ricketts Thursday during his stop at Midwest Hop Producers near Plattsmouth. Continue reading Tour showcases Nebraska’s agriculture industry at Brownfield Ag News.
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Citing the need for family farmers and ranchers to have affordable access to quality health coverage, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging Congress to vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill is scheduled to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. NFU President Roger Johnson has sent a letter to the members of the House of Representatives today, highlighting NFU’s primary concerns with the proposed legislation. Continue reading NFU urges Congress to vote against the health care act at Brownfield Ag News.
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The ten Kansas farmers who testified at Thursday’s Senate Ag Committee farm bill hearing in Manhattan, Kansas were in unanimous agreement on the need for a continued strong crop insurance program. And they had several other suggestions as well for committee chair Pat Roberts and ranking member Debbie Stabenow. Here is the list of farmers who testified: Mr. David Clawson, the Clawson Ranch Partnership, Plains, Kan., representing Kansas Livestock Association Mrs. Continue reading Farmers express their views at farm bill hearing at Brownfield Ag News.
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The U.S. beef industry is asking President Trump to help get U.S. beef back into China. Trump is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and Kent Bacus with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) says they’re urging Trump to raise the issue of U.S. beef access during that meeting. “We need someone who is a master negotiator, someone who can close the deal,” Bacus says. Continue reading Beef industry asks Trump to help get U.S. beef back into China at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Committee vote on whether to favorably report the nomination of Governor Sonny Perdue to be the next US Secretary of Agriculture has been delayed. Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee Pat Roberts announced the committee will now hold its business meeting on Thursday to cast its vote – it was originally scheduled for Wednesday. The vote is schedule to happen immediate following the first floor vote in the Senate. Continue reading Committee vote on Perdue pushed back at Brownfield Ag News.
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The Senate Ag Committee will vote on the USDA Secretary Nominee on Wednesday. Chairman Pat Roberts says the Committee will hold a business meeting tomorrow to vote whether to favorably report the nomination of Governor Sonny Perdue to be the US Secretary of Agriculture to the full Senate. The full Senate vote on Perdue hasn’t been scheduled yet. Continue reading Senate Ag Chairman announces Committee vote for USDA Secretary nominee at Brownfield Ag News.
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The nation’s leading farmer organizations are concerned with the delay to confirm Ag Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue. Zack Clark, Government Affairs Director for the National Farmers Union says dedicated leadership will be necessary to enact changes to two risk management programs before the next Farm Bill. “We want a solution before the farm bill for dairy and cotton. Those crops, just based on price alone are having some real problems. Continue reading Farm groups concerned with Perdue vote delay at Brownfield Ag News.
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