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    USDA 'Safety Net' Checks Are In the Mail

    Across the nation, $7 billion will be sent to farmers enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, which is 50% more than what was paid out for the previous year's crops.  

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    Very Successful Year for Nebraska's Wheat Harvest

    Wheat harvest wraps up. Wheat harvest wraps up.

    Read more about this "once in a lifetime" harvest.

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    USDA Launches New Online Tool

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    Provides more than 70 resources focused on common issues of interest to urban producers, consumers, and communities

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    Organic Food Production Rising

    Organic crops and their profit potential are topics covered in a new USDA research study. Organic crops and their profit potential are topics covered in a new USDA research study.

    Organic food production is on the rise. 

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    USDA February 2016 Price Report

    USDA has just released its Feb. 2016 Price report, which contains contains data of keen interest to farmers and ranchers.

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    Of Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies

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    Bean producers often spend their summer trying to eradicate milkweed from fields, but a new BASF program suggests that encouraging milkweed growth in some areas would actually be a good idea.

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    Farmers Want Cottonseed Added to Farm Bill

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    Industry looks to Secretary of Agriculture for help.

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    2016 USDA Ag Outlook Forum

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    For nearly a century, it’s been THE platform to discuss key issues and topics that face the agriculture community for the coming year.

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    USDA Secretary Vilsack announces another step forward in farm bill implementation

    September 26, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC (RFD-TV) In a conference call with reporters this week, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the department is taking another step forward in farm bill implementation. "We will begin making available the Agricultural Risk Coverage Price loss Coverage modeling program and occasional materials very soon. This coming Monday (9/29) we'll begin the process of implementing this new safety net program", says Vilsack.The two programs, referred to as A.R.C. and P.L.C... More>>

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    • Python hunters wanted in Southern Florida

      Python hunters wanted in Southern Florida

      Tuesday, September 17 2019 6:50 PM EDT2019-09-17 22:50:09 GMT

      Beginning in 2017, the South Florida Water Management Board began taking "aggressive action to protect the Everglades and eliminate invasive pythons from its public lands," and now they are looking to add to the force of their Python Elimination Program. 

      Beginning in 2017, the South Florida Water Management Board began taking "aggressive action to protect the Everglades and eliminate invasive pythons from its public lands," and now they are looking to add to the force of their Python Elimination Program. 

    • Lawsuit in California aims to ban GPS on hunting dogs

      Lawsuit in California aims to ban GPS on hunting dogs

      Wednesday, September 11 2019 5:14 PM EDT2019-09-11 21:14:48 GMT

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Animal rights groups are suing California over rules that allow animals to be hunted with the aid of hunting dogs wearing GPS tracking devices on their collars. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, which filed the lawsuit last week in Sacramento Superior Court, called the hunting method “unusually cruel and unfair.” 

      SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Animal rights groups are suing California over rules that allow animals to be hunted with the aid of hunting dogs wearing GPS tracking devices on their collars. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, which filed the lawsuit last week in Sacramento Superior Court, called the hunting method “unusually cruel and unfair.” 

    • Two More Meat Processing Fires

      Two More Meat Processing Fires

      Monday, September 16 2019 10:45 AM EDT2019-09-16 14:45:10 GMT

      A Cargill meat processing facility in Dodge City, Kansas caught fire on Friday, but the blaze was quickly contained. Meatingplace.com reports the plant is now operating normally. Also on Friday, in Chester Township, Ohio, flames destroyed an empty chicken barn at Shaggy Apple Farm. No animals were harmed in the fire.

      A Cargill meat processing facility in Dodge City, Kansas caught fire on Friday, but the blaze was quickly contained. Meatingplace.com reports the plant is now operating normally. Also on Friday, in Chester Township, Ohio, flames destroyed an empty chicken barn at Shaggy Apple Farm. No animals were harmed in the fire.

    • Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Rural Media Group (RMG) Announce Multi-Year Agreement

      Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Rural Media Group (RMG) Announce Multi-Year Agreement

      Monday, September 16 2019 1:27 PM EDT2019-09-16 17:27:37 GMT

      Tune-in for special LIVE Announcement Wednesday night: 6 PM ET | 5 PM CT | 4 PM MT | 3 PM PT

      Tune-in for special LIVE Announcement Wednesday night: 6 PM ET | 5 PM CT | 4 PM MT | 3 PM PT

    • Bikers stop at lemonade stand of little girl

      Bikers stop at lemonade stand of little girl

      Wednesday, September 18 2019 11:21 AM EDT2019-09-18 15:21:16 GMT
      (Via: Daryn Sturch)(Via: Daryn Sturch)
      (Via: Daryn Sturch)(Via: Daryn Sturch)

      A large group of motorcyclists stopped at lemonade stand with special meaning in Indiana.  In September of 2018, Daryn Sturch and her daughter Bryanne saw an accident in Denver, Indiana involving several motorcycles. 

      A large group of motorcyclists stopped at lemonade stand with special meaning in Indiana.  In September of 2018, Daryn Sturch and her daughter Bryanne saw an accident in Denver, Indiana involving several motorcycles. 

    • Ric Ocasek's wife says he died while recuperating from surgery

      Ric Ocasek's wife says he died while recuperating from surgery

      Wednesday, September 18 2019 5:26 PM EDT2019-09-18 21:26:58 GMT

      NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City medical examiner says Ric Ocasek , the 75-year-old frontman for The Cars, died of heart disease, worsened by emphysema.

      NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City medical examiner says Ric Ocasek , the 75-year-old frontman for The Cars, died of heart disease, worsened by emphysema.

    • Tennessee funeral home invites public to ceremony for unclaimed veteran

      Tennessee funeral home invites public to ceremony for unclaimed veteran

      Wednesday, September 18 2019 1:17 PM EDT2019-09-18 17:17:54 GMT

      A funeral home near in Tennessee has invited the public to a ceremony for an Air Force veteran who has no known living family.  Lyndon Badgett, an Air Forrce vet, lived at the Tennessee State Veterans' Home in Clarksville, Tennessee, about 45 miles outside of Nashville. 

      A funeral home near in Tennessee has invited the public to a ceremony for an Air Force veteran who has no known living family.  Lyndon Badgett, an Air Forrce vet, lived at the Tennessee State Veterans' Home in Clarksville, Tennessee, about 45 miles outside of Nashville. 

    • Dairy industry pushes back against new manure storage rules

      Dairy industry pushes back against new manure storage rules

      Tuesday, September 17 2019 11:49 AM EDT2019-09-17 15:49:11 GMT

      MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin dairy industry raised a stink Monday over potential new restrictions on manure storage, insisting the regulations would make life harder on struggling farmers and force them to relocate. 

      MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin dairy industry raised a stink Monday over potential new restrictions on manure storage, insisting the regulations would make life harder on struggling farmers and force them to relocate. 

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