Nebraska Ag Update  |  September 28, 2018
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NDA providing a positive message of livestock development in Nebraska

NDA’s Ag Promotion Coordinator Steve Martin recently appeared on Pure Nebraska, an agriculture oriented program produced by 10/11 Now, a Lincoln-based TV station. Steve discussed the importance of supporting livestock development in Nebraska and the economic benefits that come with it. AFAN, the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, sponsored Steve’s appearance on the program.

Gov. Ricketts welcomes EPA approval of E-30 pilot for State of Nebraska vehicles

This week, Governor Pete Ricketts and state agencies welcomed news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a project requested by the State of Nebraska to study the use of higher ethanol blends.  In the pilot program, the State of Nebraska will study the use of E-30 in conventional vehicles owned by the state.

In recent months, the Governor’s Office, Nebraska Ethanol Board, Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, and state agencies have been working with the EPA on a request to pilot the use of higher ethanol blends in state vehicles.  The pilot program will assess the effects of E-15 and E-30 blends on “vehicle performance, fuel economy, and emissions control systems” in state-owned vehicles.  The fuel used in the pilot program will be supplied by Nebraska ethanol companies. » Read more

State and National Headlines

Roberts: Farm Bill not expected by deadline
U.S. & Japan announce trade talks will begin
Farmers' bailout checks start arriving as Trump's trade war escalates
Secretary Perdue statement on DOJ filing in 9th Circuit Chlorpyrifos ruling
USDA sets goals for cattle traceability system
U.S. pork industry on high alert with African Swine Fever overseas

On-Farm Readiness Reviews with Caitlyn Andrews

Fall is the perfect time for produce growers to take advantage of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s on-farm readiness review to assist them in making sure they are prepared for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule that will begin next year. Caitlyn Andrews, NDA's Produce Safety Program Specialist, joins us on this week's NDA Update to tell us more. » Listen here

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