Solar panels in front of corn field
Numerous Nebraska businesses have received assistance from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program so far this year to establish clean energy facilities and increase domestic fertilizer production. Learn more about these initiatives below.

USDA Invests $124 Million in Clean Energy and Fertilizer Projects

April 11, 2024
Three Nebraska businesses are among the award recipients of USDA's renewable energy program, which helps fund projects that will lower energy costs, generate new income and create jobs for the ag industry.

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Nebraska’s net farm income is projected at $6 billion in 2024, down from $7.2 billion in 2023. (CAP photo)

Nebraska Farm Income Projected to Fall in 2024

April 4, 2024
The projected decline is attributed to a downturn in crop receipts in the state — due to lower crop prices in 2023 — that look to fall further in 2024.

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Growers and extension educators at a wheat plot at last year’s HPAL Wheat Variety Tour. (Photo by Chabella Guzman)

UNL Schedules 2024 Wheat Variety Tours

April 4, 2024
During each of the eight tours across Nebraska in June, members of the UNL wheat research team and seed industry partners will share insights on varieties and answer questions about variety selection, production and pest/disease concerns.

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Bijesh Maharjan, (right), Nebraska Extension soil nutrient and management specialist, speaks to an attendee at the second Soil Health School at the West Central Research Extension and Education Center in North Platte. (Photo by Nicole Heldt)

Soil Health Gap Project Setting Up Baselines and Schools for Ag Producers

March 29, 2024
USDA NRCS is partnering with Nebraska Extension on research and grower outreach to encourage adoption of soil health strategies in Nebraska.

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Aerial rendering of the $160 million USDA laboratory building and greenhouse facility that will be built at Nebraska Innovation Campus. (IANR News image)

University Leaders Thank Federal Delegation for USDA Ag Research Facility Investment

March 29, 2024
A $25 million investment from USDA ARS will fund construction of a new research facility at UNL's Innovation Campus, dedicated to the development of ag tech and precision agriculture tools.

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Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association President Dan Hinman (left) leads a raffle with help from Lesli Howell, NDBGA office manager/Bean Bag editor.

Bean Day Brings Pertinent Information to Growers

February 29, 2024
Attendees of the recent event heard from the Nebraska Department of Ag about ongoing initiatives to expand the dry bean export market, and learned more about the 2024 weather outlook.

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Nebraska cropland in aerial view
Historical farmland data for Nebraska is available at USDA.

Nebraska Farm Numbers Lower in 2023

February 27, 2024
Nebraska lost 100 farms and ranches throughout 2023, according to USDA NASS's latest report.

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Tractor planting field
Prospective Planting survey results will be published in the Prospective Plantings and quarterly Grain Stocks reports to be released on March 28, 2024.

USDA to Survey Farmers’ Planting Intentions for 2024

February 16, 2024
NASS will mail the survey questionnaire in late February, asking producers to provide information about the types of crops and amount of acreage they intend to plant in 2024.

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