The USDA wants more support for development of urban agriculture and local food systems.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The average value of Nebraska farmland declined 2 percent to $5,070 per acre over the past year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The poultry farmers who lost millions of chickens and turkeys to the bird flu this spring are facing an uncertain future.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Economists are forecasting Nebraska's farm income to drop nearly 45 percent this year due to lower crop prices and reduced government payments.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top veterinary official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says more money, surveillance and farm security is needed to fight off a possible return of bird flu this fall.

MALVERN, Iowa (AP) — A southwestern Iowa landfill has stopped accepting dead birds and related waste from the recent bird flu outbreak.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska authorities have lifted a quarantine from a Knox County chicken egg farm because follow-up tests did not confirm the presence of avian flu.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Bird flu has been confirmed at a northeast Nebraska farm that was already voluntarily slaughtering its 200,000 chickens.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an Ashland grower has agreed to pay farmworkers nearly $69,000 in unpaid wages.