Nebraska Ag Update  |  June 21, 2019
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NDA encourages horse owners to consider West Nile Virus vaccine

Historic flooding and above-normal precipitation can have a major impact on the mosquito population. With that in mind, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is encouraging horse owners to visit with their veterinarian about vaccinating their horses against mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.

“All of this precipitation around the state will likely mean higher levels of mosquito activity,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes. “Higher numbers of mosquitoes don’t always correlate with higher incidence of disease, but it’s a possibility that we can prepare for.” » Read more

NDA announces application process for expanded hemp pilot program

LB657, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts, adopted the Nebraska Hemp Farming Act and amended existing statutes to establish a state hemp program within the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). The legislation gave NDA the authority to regulate the growing, harvesting and processing of hemp for research purposes in Nebraska under a licensing agreement until further action is taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. » Read more

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Mexico becomes first country to pass USMCA
Nebraska Farm Service Agency announces extension of prevented plant reporting deadline to July 15
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FCC creates task force to expand rural broadband
Northeast Nebraska Swine Summit set for July 17 in Norfolk

Vietnam Trade Mission with Director Steve Wellman

Director Steve Wellman is reminding interested parties about the upcoming Vietnam trade mission. He joins us on this week's NDA Update to share more about the trip. » Listen here

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