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WASHINGTON, June 13, 2019 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announces that signup begins June 17 for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, the cornerstone program of the dairy safety net that helps dairy producers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices, operate…

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(Washington, D.C., June 13, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to the Kansas City Region.

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This marks Sarah Rehmeyer’s third year coming to Grand Island from her family farm near Airville, Pa., for the 25th annual National American Boer Goat Association Show. Rehmeyer joins more than 2,000 visitors who have gathered for the Grand Island show.

The EPA has approved final rules which ensure farmers and ranchers do not need to report animal waste emissions.

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SCOTTSBLUFF — John Berge, General Manager of the North Platte Natural Resources District (NPNRD), announced Wednesday that the district will be working in partnership with 11 surface water districts and canal companies to divert water into their canals to provide relief from pressure on the North Platte River that could result in flooding, and for the secondary benefit of providing recharge to the aquifer before districts and canal companies in the NPNRD commence irrigation diversions.

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According to the USDA Crop Progress Report for the week ending June 2, 2019, topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 0 short, 68 adequate, and 32 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 0 short, 77 adequate, and 23 surplus.

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WASHINGTON — EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced Tuesday that he signed a final rule implementing common-sense legislation introduced by Sen. Deb Fischer last spring, which ensures farmers and ranchers do not need to report animal waste emissions under a pair of laws that were originally meant for toxic waste sites caused by industrial and chemical pollution.

As flooding continues and farmers fall further behind in getting their crops into the ground this spring due to weather delays, Nebraska’s two largest farm organizations are continuing their relief efforts to help state farmers and rural families.

WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. senators is urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to ensure that a bailout program intended to help American farmers weather President Donald Trump’s trade war does not benefit foreign-owned companies.

The first thing I want to do in this month’s column is thank those who helped make our recent N|150 Celebration a success. The events of the day were fun, productive, educational and celebratory – just as we had hoped. The contribution of the Gering High School Jazz Band and the Scottsbluff High School Accapella Choir was fun and highlighted the local talent as we celebrated the University of Nebraska.