Senate Ag Committee holds conformation hearing on Perdue

Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue appears to have won over the Senate Agriculture Committee and is headed for confirmation by the full Senate, after the committee votes to move Perdue forward.

USDA Announces $6 Million to Aid Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers in Midwest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the availability of more than $6 million in funding to implement practices that will help private farmers, ranchers and forest landowners affected by the wildfires blazing in Kansas, Oklahoma and Tex

Spring update from New Frontier Ag

As spring arrives, it is time to get an update from Sam O'Toole from New Frontier Ag on what is going on with leasing, financing and the buying and selling of late model equipment.

Flinchbaugh on 2018 Farm Bill and a New U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Deliberations are underway on the 2018 Farm Bill. Will there be big changes, or just some tweeks? K-State's Barry Flinchbaugh shares his outlook on the future of farm policy and a new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Farmland Cash Rents Fall 16 Percent from Last Year

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index remained weak with a reading below growth neutral for the 19th straight month, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region dependent on agriculture and/or energy.

Trump Budget Would Cut USDA Funding by 21 Percent

President Donald Trump's budget plan includes a $4.7 billion, or 21 percent budget cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The cuts would leave USDA with a $17.9 billion budget after cutting statistical and rural business services.

Senate Homeland Security Committee Passes Agro-Terrorism Bill

The Senate Homeland Security Committee has passed an agroterrorism bill to the full Senate for debate. The Securing our Agriculture and Food Act, It was introduced by Kansas Republican Pat Roberts and Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Moran Introduces Legislation to Restore Trade with Cuba

Senator Jerry Moran recently introduced The Cuba Trade Act of 2017 (S. 472), which would restore trade with Cuba and grant the private sector the freedom to export U.S. goods and services to Cuba while protecting U.S. taxpayers.

Agriculture Secretary Nominee Perdue Divesting Business Interests

Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue plans on divesting his business interests. He plans to step down from his business holding company and restructure his family trusts, should the Senate confirm his appointment.

As Kansas wildfires burn, experts urge caution, awareness

Officials say its a record they never wanted to see: So far, nearly 660,000 acres have burned in Kansas wildfires this week. More than three-quarters of that number occurred in two counties, Clark and Comanche

Marshall meets with USDA regarding wildfires

Kansas First District Congressman Roger Marshall met with senior staff of the US Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency on Friday morning regarding the wildfires throughout Kansas and the plains region.

Sasse Convenes Nebraska Meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Nominee

Nebraska U.S. Senator Ben Sasse convened a meeting with Rober Lightizer, nominee to lead the office of U.S. Trade Represenative and Nebraska agriculture leaders in his Washington D.C. office.

Wildfires Leaving a Disaster for Ranchers

Wildfires raging across three states are leaving behind a disaster for farmers and ranchers. Thousands of acres have been charred between Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, and at least three ranch hands in Texas attempting to round up cattle from the fires were

February Mid-America Index Jumps to Highest Level in Almost 3 Years

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

Health-care researchers seek Kansas voices for ag industry survey

Kansas farmers, ranchers and their employees are being asked to participate in a nationwide survey about health-care choices in the agriculture industry. The deadline for participating in the survey is March 31.

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