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South Dakota farmers start planting corn crop

South Dakota farmers have started planting this year's corn crop. More>>

Recent droughts send cattle prices to their highest levels since 1987 Video included

Beef prices are soaring, and in February they hit record highs.
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Millions spent to modernize NE Nebraska co-ops Video included

Farmers Pride Cooperative is making a huge investment in facility upgrades throughout northeast Nebraska. More>>

Renewable fuel experts say study refuting biofuels is faulty Video included

Biofuels have been the hope of many when it comes to developing renewable energy that doesn't hurt the environment. But a new study says that biofuels may be even worse for the environment than traditional gasoline. More>>

USDA establishes rural business investment program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing a new program that will provide $150 million to help small agriculture-related startups in rural areas that need cash to expand. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is in Cedar Rapids on Monday to announce the formation of the first Rural Business Investment Company. More>>

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

A study paid for by the federal government says biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term.
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Grants now available to improve Neb. soil health

Federal grants are now available for projects to help improve Nebraska's soil health.
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Nebraska land valuations rise 12.45 pct in year

Authorities say bigger tax bills could follow higher land valuations in Nebraska. The Nebraska Revenue Department has reported an overall 12.45 percent increase in the state's property valuations for 2014, pushed by a jump of more than 29 percent in agricultural land valuations. More>>

Cool, wet spring may ease western Plains drought

There are varying degrees of drought conditions in the Plains region, but a National Weather Service hydrologist says predicted above-normal rain this spring might ease some of the problem. More>>

Ag economy remains strong due to exports according to Tom Vilsack

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he's confident the agricultural economy will remain strong despite an expected drop in farm income next year as corn prices lag and a pig virus reduces herds. More>>

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