Archive August 2019

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Grain Elevators Facing Market Volatility Amid Corn Crop Uncertainty

According to a new report from CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division, delays from nonstop rains this spring and late crop maturity could lead to major losses in crop production this fall and raise the stakes for grain merchandisers as well as ethanol producers and livestock feeders.

EPA Proposes Updates to NSPS Standards for Oil & Natural Gas Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed updates to the prior administration’s national standards for the oil and natural gas industry. The proposal would remove regulatory duplication and saves the industry millions of dollars in compliance costs each year – while maintaining health and environmental regulations on oil and gas sources that the agency considers appropriate. (Press Release)

ACE Ethanol Conference - What It Takes

Didn’t make it to the ACE Ethanol Conference in Omaha on August 14-16? Here’s a recap of what you missed.  

Healthy Soils Task Force

In 2019, the Nebraska Legislature passed a bill to create the Healthy Soils Task Force (LB243 passed on a vote of 43-0). The task force is to establish a plan for Nebraska “using standards for organic matter, biological activity, biological diversity and soil structure as measures to assess improved soil health.” At the first meeting, the task force members divided themselves into groups of two. They are tasked with the responsibility of researching other state’s initiatives at education, research, funding, and technical assistance regarding no-till or reduce tillage practices. 

USDA Temporary, Emergency Storage Regulations Unchanged For 2019 Harvest

Emergency & Temporary Storage Rules remain unchanged for 2019. The deadlines for removing grain from emergency storage are the same (March 31, 2020) and the same for temporary storage (March 31 for rice and soybeans, July 1, 2020 for wheat, corn, grain sorghum, and other feed grains).

Nebraska Industrial Council On Environment

Have you heard of the Nebraska Industrial Council on the Environment aka NICE? Are you in charge of your facilities environmental plans and regulatory paperwork? Check out this organization.

APHIS Updates IREGS for Japan

  • By: NEGFA
  • On: 08/19/2019 15:41:11
  • In: Feed
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The Japanese market is now open for certain niche market pet food/treats NOT produced through extrusion or retort processing. However, the product must be produced from no animal origin ingredients [exception fish and/or dairy and/or powdered egg] other than pork or a combination of pork and poultry.  This update excludes Pet Treats and Chews Made from only (1) “External” Tissues of Pigs/Equines/Bovines/Caprines/Ovines such as Hide, Ears, Snouts, and Hooves or (2) Bones of Pigs/Equines. No certification is required for most pet foods and treats to Japan -- as long as they are produced through retort processing or extrusion.

Eastern Red Cedar Update - NRCS Nebraska

Nebraska's USDA - Natural Resource Conservation Service's (NRCS) State Technical Committee and stakeholders met on August 16, 2019 and made a decision on revisions to NRCS policy on the cost-share for Easter Red Cedar plantings under the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) which will be effective October 1, 2019.  These program policy revisions do not make any changes to the practice standard in the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG). 


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