Congress Begins a Farm Bill Sprint

The Senate and House Agriculture Committees debated their versions of the Farm Bill in the same week, only one day apart. This is simply unprecedented for both the Senate and the House to move a Farm Bill at the same time. It made for interesting and fast-paced work not only for us, but for those of you we alerted to add your voice to the debates.

Take Advantage of Extended Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Deadline

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently extended the application deadline for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) until Friday, June 14, 2013 for farmers and ranchers who hope to apply for the CSP for next year but needed additional time to complete applications. To sign up, producers should visit their local NRCS office.

Cap Subsidies to Mega Farms

The debate over the 2013 Farm Bill has begun on the floor of the U.S. Senate. The draft Farm Bill that emerged from the Senate Agriculture Committee would level the playing field for farm families by establishing meaningful payment limitations on traditional farm programs for the nation’s largest and wealthiest farms - up to a grand total of $125,000 ($250,000 per couple), thanks to the tireless work of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD).

Minden’s Cornerstone Grill Takes Off

Overwhelmed and astonished is how Cornerstone Grill owner Dan Pittner feels after nearly two months of operating his new business on the square in downtown Minden, Nebraska. Pittner and his wife, Jennifer, purchased Mookies Restaurant from Alec Geist in December. It reopened for business on January 2, and things have taken off for the Minden natives.


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