Nebraska Ag Update  |  January 27, 2017
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Limited acres. Unlimited opportunities.

(Lexington Clipper-Herald) Nebraska’s crop producers are among the most productive in the world, continually breaking yield records as they grow more corn, soybeans and other commodities with fewer and fewer inputs. The true opportunity for Nebraska’s economic future is to transform that abundance into added value.
“We only have so many available crop acres in the state, so the only way we can make significant gains in crop production is through continual improvements in yield, technology and innovation—and that is happening,” said Greg Ibach, director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. “But if we really want to create a new engine of wealth in our communities, we need to be talking about livestock expansion and value-added processing.” »  Read more

Quick Fact

According to USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, Nebraska had record highs in 2016 in corn production (1.7 billion bushels) and soybean production (314 million bushels) based on year-end surveys.

State and National Headlines

With death of Trans-Pacific Partnership, Ricketts urges ag trade deal
Court puts WOTUS cases on hold
NDA encourages use of USLGE funds to promote livestock exports
State ag and rural leaders explore how Commonground bridges gap with consumers
K.C. fed report: volume of new ag loans drops

Nebraska Ethanol Board elects executive committee
What pigs eat matters to millennials
Silver Lake students learn about food by growing it

Growing Season Extension Seminars with Casey Foster

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be hosting a series of seminars to show produce growers how to extend their growing seasons. The first seminar will take place next month. Ag Promotion Coordinator Casey Foster is here to tell us about the seminar. » Listen here

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