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Bugged by bugs? New USDA program may help fight hungry pests

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching an effort the could help Nebraska farmers and homeowners in the fight against plant pests. Mike Watson, with the USDA, says those bugs and the diseases they carry can cause a lot of expensive damage. “Hungry pests cost the United States approximately $120-billion a year. That impacts everything […]

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Ag Director worries environmental, not health, concerns swaying dietary guidelines

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State Agriculture Director Greg Ibach worries environmental concerns are creeping into the dietary recommendations made by the federal government. The United States Department of Agriculture is preparing its latest dietary guidelines and this time environmentalists are pressuring the USDA to recommend eating less red meat to reduce the carbon footprint of the cattle industry. Ibach […]

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Emergency Haying and Grazing

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STATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF USDA’S FARM SERVICE AGENCY (FSA) IN KANSAS ADRIAN J. POLANSKY, ANNOUNCED THAT EMERGENCY HAYING AND GRAZING OF CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM (CRP) ACREAGE HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED IN 91 KANSAS COUNTIES, EFFECTIVE TODAY. THE KANSAS FSA STATE COMMITTEE USED THEIR AUTHORITY WITH THE D2 SEVERE AND D3 EXTREME DROUGHT DESIGNATIONS ON U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR MAP TO AUTHORIZE THE ...

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CRP Sign-Up

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A Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup has been set for March 12 through April 6. This is the third consecutive year that USDA has offered a general CRP signup.  Landowners enrolled in the CRP program receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland. Land that is not currently enrolled in CRP ...

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