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U.S. Policy Reversal on Cuba Eliminates Opportunity for Family Farmers

During a speech today in Miami, Florida, President Trump announced plans to roll back an Obama-era detente with Cuba, a move that will tighten export restrictions and complicating agricultural trade with Cuba.

Japanese Journalists Explore U.S. Beef at Ranch, Restaurant and Retail Levels

From cattle ranches in Wyoming to a trendy Denver steakhouse and retail meat cases in San Francisco, USMEF gave a team of Japanese food journalists a close look at how U.S. beef is produced, marketed and sold.

USDA grants CRP waiver request from Marshall, Thornberry, Lucas

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted an extension of the emergency grazing on CRP lands through September 30 for areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas impacted by recent wildfires.

Rural Mainstreet Stuck at Growth Neutral

After dropping below growth neutral for 20 straight months, the Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index remained above the 50.0 threshold for May and June according to the latest monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region.

Day 5, Kansas Wheat Harvest Report

It's a race against storm fronts for many Kansas farmers who can take advantage of dry fields and mature wheat before the rain, and potential hail, falls.

Peterson Farm Brothers release "Residue"

The Peterson Farm Brothers have released have released their latest video "Residue," a parody of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You."

Day 4, Kansas Wheat Harvest Report

Mother Nature decided to hit pause on the Kansas wheat harvest with brief showers across the state. Fortunately for many western and central Kansas farmers, combines only came to a stop for a brief interlude as the hot sun quickly dried fields off.

Trump's proposed budget would cut crop insurance options for farmers

Farmers giving Farm Bill testimony have stated their number one farm safety net is the crop insurance program. Crop insurance targets payments only to farmers who have losses caused by drought, heat, wind, hail and other weather perils.

Gov. Ricketts, Ag Director Ibach Join Greater Omaha Packing to Load First Beef Shipment to China

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach joined Greater Omaha Packing (GOP) President Henry Davis to load the first box of beef from Nebraska destined for China.

Day 3, Kansas Wheat Harvest Report

Variability is the name of the game throughout Kansas as harvest progresses through the state. Yields, test weights and kernel characteristics in south central and south eastern Kansas remain slightly above average.

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