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EPA Issues Waiver for E15 Fuel Sales During Summer 

Following a push from Farm Bureau and other ag groups, the EPA announced today it would use its emergency authority to allow sales of fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) during summer. In most years, E15 cannot be sold at retail stations beginning June 1 in two-thirds of the country. The restriction runs until September 15. The EPA waiver removed this prohibition and enables E15 sales during the summer driving season. 

Nebraska Farm Bureau Sends Letter to USDA on Loss of NASS Reports 

This week, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue sent a letter to USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young expressing concern over their recent decision to discontinue several important areas of data collection and reporting including its July cattle inventory survey and all county-level estimates for crops and livestock.  

Nebraska Craft Brewery Board Seeks Project Proposals to Help Grow Industry 

“Grow Local. Brew Local. Buy Local.” That’s the mission statement of the Nebraska Craft Brewery Board and the inspiration behind growing the state’s craft brewery industry. To help achieve that mission, the Nebraska Craft Brewery Board is seeking project proposals from growers, industry organizations, state and local agencies, educational groups, and others to fund research, development, and marketing projects in Nebraska’s craft brewing industry. This year, the Board anticipates allocating approximately $120,000 in grants to fund such projects. The deadline to submit proposals is April 30, 2024.  

Cottage food provisions of LB 262 receive clarity

There has been some public concern around LB 262, which amended the cottage food provisions of the Pure Food Act. As the legislative session came to an end, LB 321, introduced last year by Sen. Tom Brandt, was amended to LB 262, an Agriculture Committee priority bill signed into law by Gov. Pillen. In response to questions about how a particular section of the new law affects the cottage food industry, Agriculture Committee Chairman Sen. Steve Halloran of Hastings sent out a memo to his legislative colleagues explaining several aspects of LB 262, that deal with the sale of eggs, honey, raw milk and other agricultural products. 

Ag on the Go: Farm Bill Update 

There just might be a new farm bill this year. Senior Director of National Affairs Jordan Dux gives an update on the status of the Farm Bill and the latest action taken by the House Agriculture Committee Chair. 

Economic Tidbit: More State Dollars Heading to Schools 

State aid to Nebraska school systems distributed through the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act (TEEOSA) will equal $1.16 billion for school year 2024-25, up $83 million from this school year according to the Nebraska Department of Education. 

Additional NU President Priority Candidate Public Forums 

University of Nebraska System students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., the priority candidate for president, to ask questions, hear about his leadership, and his vision during a series of open forums. 

Gold, the current executive vice president and provost of the University of Nebraska System and chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, was named the priority candidate for the University of Nebraska presidency on March 20, following a national search. As state law requires, he is undergoing a 30-day public vetting period. If, after the vetting period, the Board of Regents deems it appropriate, they will bring Gold’s appointment for consideration at a Board of Regents meeting. 

University community members and the public are encouraged to submit feedback on Gold’s candidacy anytime during the vetting period by visiting

Additional public forums are as follows: 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
10:30a.m. CT 
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture | Auditorium, Ag Industry Education Center – 404 E 7th Street, Curtis 

1:30p.m. CT 
West Central Research, Extension, and Education Center – 402 West State Farm Road, North Platte

3:00p.m. MT 
Panhandle Research, Extension, and Education Center – 4502 Avenue I, Scottsbluff 

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