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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It is uncertain if a vote on Ag Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue will be held before Congress leaves for two weeks in mid-April for its Easter recess. Following his hearing before the Senate Ag committee last week, Chairman Pat Roberts said the committee will hold a business meeting to vote on Perdue as soon as possible. A spokesperson from the committee told Brownfield this morning that meeting could be set sometime today. Continue reading Delay on Perdue vote could put USDA at risk at Brownfield Ag News.
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China has lifted its ban on imports of meat from Brazil, less than a week after imposing it. China and several other countries issued the bans last week after news of a scandal involving bribes being paid to Brazilian meat inspectors and politicians. Twenty-one Brazilian meat processing facilities are involved in the allegations. Egypt and Chile have also reportedly lifted their bans on Brazilian meat. But the move by China was considered crucial because it is Brazil’s largest meat purchaser. Continue reading China lifts its ban on Brazilian meat imports at Brownfield Ag News.
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