Home | Tag Archives: USDA

Tag Archives: USDA

Ag officials prep for new outbreaks of bird flu this fall

kqnk-300x150-default

While the heat of summer should prevent any more cases of avian influenza, state and federal officials are looking ahead to the possibility of new outbreaks in Nebraska when the wild waterfowl start their next migration this fall. At this point, USDA veterinarian Dr. Jack Shere says there’s no way to predict the extent of […]

Read More »

USDA offers new time-saving online tool for farmers

kqnk-300x150-default

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is touting a new online service that should save Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers valuable time. The agency’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is launching the Conservation Client Gateway, an internet tool that allows interaction with NRCS without leaving the home or office. Ramon Ortiz, with NRCS, says the online service benefits […]

Read More »

Due to bird flu epidemic, egg prices rise for food makers & shoppers

kqnk-300x150-default

Consumers in Nebraska are seeing some grocery prices rise as the price of eggs used by food manufacturers has more than tripled in recent weeks due to the avian influenza outbreaks in Nebraska and 15 other states. Bird flu has affected more than four-million egg-laying hens at three major operations in northeast Nebraska’s Dixon County. USDA […]

Read More »

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

kqnk-300x150-default

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 […]

Read More »

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

kqnk-300x150-default

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 […]

Read More »

Emergency Haying and Grazing

kqnk-300x150-default

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 ...

Read More »

CRP Sign-Up

kqnk-300x150-default

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 ...

Read More »