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Tractor Sales Fall in September

Overall sales of tractors were lower in September compared to last year. The Association of Equipment Manufacturer's monthly report on equipment sales found the sale of all tractors in the U.S. in September 2017, were down 10 percent compared to the s

Trade Expert: U.S. is Setting Up NAFTA for Failure

Trade experts in Canada speculate President Donald Trump may be arranging the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations to allow the U.S. to walk away from the trade deal.

Growth Energy Announces More than 1,000 Fuel Stations Offering E15 in U.S.

Growth Energy announced that more than 1,000 fuel stations around the country are offering E15a fuel with 15 percent ethanolmore than doubling the number of stations from the same time last year.

USDA Processing Pending Conservation Reserve Program Continuous Enrollment Offers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fisc

Food Dialogues at University of Nebraska Explores Ways to Pivot the GMO Conversation

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance in conjunction with the Nebraska Soybean Board hosted a Food Dialogues: Pivoting the GMO Conversation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nearly 7,000 people have viewed the livestream.

House Passes 2018 Budget Resolution

The House passed its 2018 budget resolution paving the way for tax reform and for a new farm bill to be written. Although the resolution includes $10 billion in cuts to agriculture, the Senate version of the resolution, has no instructions for cuts to agr

Mid-America Business Conditions Index Rises to Healthy Level

The October Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index, a leading economic indicator for the nine-state region stretching from Arkansas to North Dakota, climbed to a healthy reading, according to the latest monthly survey results.

And so it begins...Tax Reform

Many agriculture groups are being encouraged by several provisions in President Donald J. Trump's ta reform framework on Wednesday. There seems to be cautious optimism, but there is a long road to go before any vote is taken.

Using Unallocated Retained Earnings to Finance Agricultural Cooperatives

Historically, U.S. agricultural cooperatives have relied primarily on retained patronage refunds for accumulating equity capital. Typically, a cooperative returns its net earnings to members as a combination of cash and non-cash patronage refund allocatio

Kansas farmland values continue to slide

Kansas farmland values have dropped an average of 11 percent over the past two years, pulled down by lower grain and livestock prices and a dramatic drop in farm and ranch income.

Secretary Perdue Announces USDA Improvements for Customer Service & Efficiency

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the realignment of a number of offices within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in order to improve customer service and maximize efficiency

White House Backs 2018 Spending Package

The Trump administration offered support this week to the 2018 spending package the U.S. House is set to consider that includes the ag spending bill. The measure includes funding for many federal agencies.

Peterson Farm Brothers release "Forage Harvester" video

The Peterson Farm Brothers from Assaria; KS have released a new video titled "Forage Harvester." Find more information at: http://www.petersonfarmbrothers.com

NCTA enrollment continues climb

Fulltime student enrollment at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis has increased for a fourth consecutive year. NCTA Aggies completed their second week of classes Sept. 1 with 255 fulltime on-campus students.

Tyson to build state-of-the-art chicken operation near Tonganoxie, KS

Tyson Foods will construct a processing plant, hatchery and feed mill near the city of Tonganoxie, in Leavenworth County, Kansas which will employ approximately 1,600 people and contract with Kansas farmers and ranchers to raise chickens.

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