DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa egg farms are gradually recovering from the bird flu that destroyed 25 million of the state's egg-laying hens this spring.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More than a dozen Nebraska and Council Bluffs grocery stores have eliminated tainted beef from suppliers that used products from an Omaha meat-processing facility.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With most of this year's corn and soybeans harvested, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is boosting its expectations for the size of the crops.

CAMBRIDGE, Neb. (AP) — Frenchman Cambridge Irrigation District water users have filed a second lawsuit seeking damages for lost irrigation water.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Nebraska farmers and one from Iowa have been recognized by the White House for their efforts to support the government's sustainable and climate-smart agriculture program.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett said America's future lies on the strength of rural communities at the Rural Futures Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wednesday night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $35 million in federal grants to support farmers markets and other local farm programs.

LOUISVILLE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 76-year-old man has been rescued from a grain bin in eastern Nebraska after being trapped in corn up to his chest.

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.