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Two Nebraska Department of Agriculture programs, NextGen and Negotiations, are valuable resources for Nebraska producers seeking help as beginning farmers and ranchers, and to solve various operational setbacks, such as ag loan and credit issues, fence repairs, and more.

Cultivate Your Legacy: Nebraska Department of Ag Programs

July 11, 2024
A new webinar shares details on NDA's beginning farmer tax credit and the farm mediation programs.

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Nebraska hay stocks are substantially higher than last year, and coupled with low demand, there's currently downward pressure on forage prices. (Photo by Chabella Guzman)

Staying Current on Forage Prices

June 18, 2024
There are several resources that Nebraska producers can use to stay up to date on current hay prices. Use these sites to stay informed throughout the forage production season.

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For more than 30 years, and in partnership with organizations nationwide, USDA's 2501 Program has helped reach underserved farmers and ranchers.

USDA Announces $22 Million to Support Underserved and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

June 7, 2024
With USDA's 2501 Program funding, organizations conduct education, training, farming demos, and ag conferences to help underserved and veteran producers operate successful farms.

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USDA Partners with FarmRaise on Financial Tools and Resources for Agricultural Producers

June 7, 2024
A newly launched online tool assists livestock producers who suffered losses from severe weather, providing guidance on required loss documentation and a portal to submit their information to FSA county offices.

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In addition to highlighting the importance and achievements of women in the ag industry, the International Year of the Woman Farmer initiative will support ongoing UN efforts to address gender equity, food security and poverty.

U.S. Paves Way for UN to Declare 2026 as International Year of the Woman Farmer

May 15, 2024
The worldwide observance will call attention to the vital role that women play in global food and agricultural production, as well as raise awareness of the unique challenges they face in the ag industry.

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The National Center for Resilient and Regenerative Precision Agriculture at Nebraska Innovation Campus will be a $160 million USDA laboratory, enabling USDA ARS to perform research on wheat, barley, sorghum, forage and bioenergy grasses, and other crops. Research on how these plants respond to emerging pests and pathogens under a full range of environmental conditions will empower scientists to make cutting-edge discoveries with the goal of developing climate-resilient crops for the U.S. agriculture industry. (Nebraska Today image)

Construction Begins on Groundbreaking Precision Ag Research Center

May 10, 2024
The state-of-the-art research center will house USDA ARS studies on the impact of emerging pests and pathogens on crops with the goal of developing climate-resilient crops for the U.S. agriculture industry.

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USDA to Host Beginning Farming and Ranching Webinar Series for Service Members, Veterans

April 16, 2024
This webinar series will provide service members, veterans and military spouses with critical USDA Beginning Farming and Ranching Program information that will better position attendees to enter ag careers.  

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (from left) talks to UNO Chancellor Joanne Li, UNL Chancellor Rodney D. Bennett, and Mike Boehm, vice chancellor for UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, on March 28. (Photo by Ryan Soderlin, University of Nebraska Omaha)

Campus Leaders, Students Meet with U.S. Ag Secretary During Visit

April 11, 2024
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Nebraska in late March to discuss the future of agriculture with farmers, ag industry stakeholders, and University of Nebraska administrators and students.

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