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Kansas Farm Production Expenditures down 13 percent

Farm and Ranch Production Expenditures in Kansas totaled $17.7 billion in 2016, down 13 percent from a year earlier, according to USDA. Livestock expenses, the largest expenditure category, at $6.00 billion, decreased 23 percent from 2015.

Nebraska Farm Production Expenditures down 4 percent

Farm and Ranch Production Expenditures in Nebraska totaled $21.7 billion in 2016, down 4 percent from a year earlier, according to USDA. Livestock expenses, the largest expenditure category, at $6.17 billion decreased 9 percent from 2015.

Historical Perspective of Crop Rotations across Nebraska

Nebraska is a diverse state with a wide range of farm production environments, including irrigated and rain-fed systems. With this diversity, crop rotation has become a big factor.

Ex-Trade Negotiator Says Trump Misguided on NAFTA

The Trump Administrations goal to reduce trade deficits by renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement is not a good one. Thats the opinion of former top Obama-era trade negotiator Darci Vetter.

Bee's Are Buzzing Back from Colony Collapse

USDA released it's honey bee health survey this week, which found the number of commercial U.S. honey bee colonies rose three percent to 2.89 million as of April 1st, 2017 compared with a year earlier.

Harvest Returns Launches Agriculture Investment Platform

Harvest Returns is launching an agriculture investment platform this month. The format is an equity partnership format where farmers and landowners collect capital and maintain control of the operation and investors collect returns from harvests.

Keller Elected U.S. Grains Council Chairman, First Woman To Hold The Office

Deb Keller, a farmer from Clarion, Iowa, was elected USGC chairman at the organizations 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting. She also made history as the first female selected for the role in the organizations nearly 60 year history.

Control Volunteer Wheat to Stop the Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

On average, WSMV causes $75 million in losses to Kansas wheat farmers every year, but this year's losses were much higher. Wheat Streak Mosaic can cause a yield loss of more than 80 percent. Prevention is the only method to improve yields.

Mid-America Business Conditions Index Remains at Healthy Level

After rising to a six year high last month, the July Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index, a leading economic indicator for the nine-state region, fell to a still solid reading according the latest monthly survey results.

Advisory Teams, Delegates Deliberate USGC Strategy In Vancouver

Members and delegates of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) deliberated priorities and activities during meetings Tuesday of the organizations Advisory Teams, commonly known as A-teams, as well as at a general session of the USGC Board of Delegates.

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