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02-23-17 Trump Administration Building Positive Record on Renewable Fuels, NFU Says

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Trump Administration Building Positive Record on Renewable Fuels, NFU Says

WASHINGTON (February 23, 2017) – Stressing the need for certainty around the administration’s support for the renewable fuels industry, National Farmers Union (NFU) recognizes the Trump Administration’s growing positive record in support of renewable fuels as a means to spur economic growth, provide good-paying jobs, and benefit American family farmers, ranchers, and rural economies.

In a recent letter to ethanol industry leaders, President Trump acknowledged that renewable biofuels are critical to his vision for American energy. Continue reading

02-23-17 CSU Ext News: Learn more about America Saves Week February 27th thru March 4th…

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America Saves Week – February 27 – March 4, 2017

americasaves-mediumrectangle-300x250Monday, February 27th make it easier to put aside money by saving automatically. Put money into an employer’s 401(K), other retirement programs, or into a savings account every pay period. Amounts as little as $25 deducted from your paycheck per month can add up quickly and you don’t even miss it! Talk to your local bank or credit union to set this up. If $25 is too much, “Start Small and Think Big,” by saving your pocket change each week. In a year, you could have over $100 earned.

Tuesday, February 28th is Family Saving Day. Money habits and skills are formed by parents and care givers. Help children develop financially by sharing the 3 building blocks of financial development:

  1. Develop executive function for 3 to 5 year olds through pretend play, sorting money and conversing about money.
  2. Build money habits and values how children 6 to 12 by discussing with them how you earn, spend and save. Talk to them about your strengths with money and your weaknesses. Share how you plan and set goals.
  3. Practice money skills and decision-making with 13 to 21 year olds by allowing them to make money choices, experience financial consequences and reflect on their decisions.

Wednesday, March 1st is Save for Retirement day. Each year review your retirement savings plan. Be sure to participate in a work-related Individual Retirement Account or IRA, or open a free and easy myRA account. Use your tax refund to start a myRA account. Go to myra.gov to see how to start an account. If you are already saving for retirement increase the amount you save by 1%.

Thursday, March 2nd Save at Tax Time by splitting part of your tax return into an account or other financial institution, such as a mutual fund, brokerage firm, or credit union. IRS form 8888 is how you can allocate your refund and/or buy up to $5,000 in paper series savings bonds. Go to irs.gov to find out how to take advantage of this savings opportunity. Reward yourself for splitting your refund by entering the SaveYourRefund 2017 campaign with $35,000 in prizes and 101 chances to win by going to saveyourrefund.com

Friday, March 3rd Is focused on helping people get out of debt. A 2012 survey showed that 45% of families with annual incomes under $50,000 rely on credit cards to pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, insurance and food. There is hope- planning, discipline, patience and some guidance can help you to reduce debt and accumulate wealth. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you probably need some help getting your debt under control:

  1. Can you only afford to make minimum payments on your credit cards?
  2. Do you worry about finding money to make monthly car payments?
  3. Do you borrow money to pay off old debts?
  4. Have you used a home equity loan to refinance credit card debts, then run up new revolving balances on your cards?
  5. How do you get out of debt? Stop borrowing, make a budget, make a plan, and don’t overspend.
  6. Get help with Consumer Credit Counseling Services at 1800-388-2227 or talk to your local cooperative extension offices for resources.

Saturday, March 4th save for emergencies with at least $500 in a savings account that you do not have easy access to. Start by putting aside small amounts over time. This small fund will help with the unexpected financial challenges such as repairing the brakes on your car or getting the clothes dryer fixed. This will help you keep out of debt by not adding up credit card or loan debt. Remember to save automatically- it is the easiest way to put away money because it is out of sight and out of mind.

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02-23-17 USDA NASS CO Cash Rents Survey

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USDA to Collect Data on Farmland Rental Rates

Lakewood, CO – February 23, 2017 – Beginning late February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey. The results of this survey will serve as a valuable decision-making tool for farmers, ranchers and other landowners and can be used for 2018 rental agreement negotiations.

“This brief survey is our only source of county cash rental rates,” said NASS’ Mountain Region Field Office Director Bill Meyer. “By responding, producers help the farming community and ensure USDA bases its decisions on the most accurate data.”

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02-23-17 CSU Ext News: Colorado Blueprint of Food and Agriculture

 

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  • February 27  in Las Animas, CO;
  • March 1 in Pueblo, CO and Eads, CO.

Colorado State University Research Centers and Extension are part of a team of partners formulating a Blueprint for our state’s food and agriculture system over the coming year, and we are inviting all Coloradans to be a part of this effort.  Continue reading

2017 Governor’s Forum addresses need of collaboration, new opportunities for challenged ag industry

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The 26th annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture was defined by dialogue among state officials and industry leaders covering food production, land conservation, climate change, food safety and food waste, along with many other topics. Continue reading

02-16-17 FFA Members Across the Country to Celebrate National FFA Week

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017/National FFA Organization) – Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. Next week, more than 649,000 FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing the message of agricultural education as part of National FFA Week.

National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to host a variety of activities to raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of agriculture’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.

National FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, George Washington’s birthday. This year, the week kicks off on Feb. 18 and culminates on Feb. 25. Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

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02-20-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) February 20, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

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02-17-17 An Interview with CSU’s Ryan O’Reilly AFBF YF&R’s Collegiate Discussion Meet National Winner…

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AFBF-Young Farmer Rancher Program logo(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) February 17, 2017 – The American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet was held in Mid-February where Fifty-three competitors from 36 states participated in the contest. Joining the CO Ag News Network at this time is the winner of that competition, Ryan O’Reilly of Colorado State University.

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02-06-17 CAWA/RGWCD hosting Rio Grande River in Alamosa on Feb 28th

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The Colorado Water Plan aims to address the water needs of cities, agriculture and the environment in light of projected shortages. Agriculture is a focus; all the basin roundtables and the IBCC expressed that while water for other needs will come partly from agriculture, we must guard against large scale dry-up. Instead, the Plan promotes alternative transfer methods as an alternative. Continue reading

02-02-17 Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22nd in Denver, CO

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Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22nd in Denver, CO

Food competition, celebration of state’s ag industry one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome

A celebration of Colorado’s agricultural producers and agribusinesses is set for Wednesday, March 22, at the Capitol Building in Denver.

The 48 ag organizations that make up the Colorado Agriculture Council will once again host Agriculture Day at the Capitol, starting at 10:45 a.m. and featuring the teaming up of 13 local chefs with various lawmakers and ag representatives in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods. Lunch will be served around 11:30 a.m.

Producers, the public and media are all invited to attend the event, which takes place as part of National Agriculture Week. Continue reading

02-23-17 FCA – Joint News Release – Agencies Release Swap Margin Guidance

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FCA - Farm Credit Administration logoThe Federal Reserve Board (Board) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) on Thursday issued guidance explaining how supervisors should examine for compliance with the swap margin rule, which established margin requirements for swaps not cleared through a clearinghouse.

The guidance explains that the Board and the OCC expect swap entities covered by the rule to prioritize their compliance efforts surrounding the March 1, 2017, variation margin deadline according to the size and risk of their counterparties. Continue reading

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Canada, Mexico Want All NAFTA Partners at Renegotiation Table

Senior officials from Canada and Mexico say renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement will happen with all nations at the table. The trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico is being targeted by President Donald Trump for “tweaking.” Trump has indicated he may pursue individual trade agreements with both Canada and Mexico. However, the two nations said this week any renegotiations should include all three involved nations. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says “we very much recognize that NAFTA is a three-country agreement.” Leaders from Mexico say the deal is a “three partners conversation,” and will continue to be, according to Politico. Freeland said any formal launch of trade talks are still far away. She says Canada’s priority right now is to make clear to U.S. administration officials and lawmakers the value of Canada as a trading partner.

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House Agriculture Subcommittee’s Plan Farm Bill Hearings

The House Agriculture Committee has scheduled two subcommittee hearings on the next farm bill next week. The Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry will hold a public hearing next Tuesday morning regarding conservation policy in the next farm bill. That afternoon, the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture will hold a public hearing regarding international market development and the next farm bill. The hearings follow a full House Agriculture Committee pre-farm bill hearing last week, and a Senate field hearing this week. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican, earlier this month called for a different farm bill approach than 2014, deciding program needs first, before proposing budget cuts. Conaway noted real 2014 farm bill savings were $100 billion, not the $23 billion claimed at the time.

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Trump Pledges Support of the Renewable Fuel Standard

President Donald Trump penned a letter this week reiterating his support for the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Renewable Fuels Association released the letter during the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, California. Trump told the ethanol industry in the letter that “your president and this administration values the importance of renewable fuels to America’s economy.” RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen thanked Trump for reaffirming his support, which has been in question because Trump appointed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the Hagstrom Report. Pruitt has close ties to the fossil fuel industry, but has upheld that he will enforce the RFS as per the laws set by Congress.

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Bayer CEO Confident Monsanto Deal Will Close by Years’ End

Bayer AG CEO Werner Baumann says he expects the Bayer-Monsanto deal will close by the end of this year. Bauman says he is confident the planned $57 billion acquisition of Monsanto would overcome any regulatory obstacles and close by the end of the year, despite delays with U.S. and European antitrust authorities, according to a report by Dow Jones. Bauman made the comments during Bayer’s annual earnings conference. Bayer filed for approval with the Justice Department for the agreement at the end of last year, but has put off filing for regulatory approval with the European Commission until the second quarter of this year. The delay, according to Bayer, follows a request by officials for new documents regarding the transaction. The merger would create the world’s top supplier by sales of both seeds and pesticides, creating a “one-stop solution for farmers” that regulators could see as undermining competition. However, President Donald Trump has touted the deal because of Bayer’s commitment to creating new jobs in the United States.

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Bird Flu Strain Becoming More Severe in China

China reported this week the nation is assessing a new strain of avian influenza, H7N9, which officials report has evolved into a more severe form in birds. The outbreak of the more severe strain is localized in a single province in China, but given the livestock production within the nation, Chinese officials report preventing the spread of the new strain would be difficult, according to Reuters. Until now, the H7N9 virus has shown little or no clinical symptoms in birds, despite being highly pathogenic when it infects humans. 304 human infections were reported over the last month in China. The World Health Organization said this week China has detected an evolution in the virus that is capable of causing severe disease in poultry and requires close monitoring.  Animal health experts say bird flu infection rates on Chinese poultry farms may be far higher than previously thought, because the strain of the deadly virus in humans is hard to detect in chickens and geese.

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Animal Health Market Forecasted to Reach $58 Billion by 2025

A new report projects the animal health market will be worth $58.5 billion by 2025. Grand View Research reports the market is driven by technological advancements in veterinary care, which are anticipated to serve future growth opportunities to the market. The research agency says the advanced work of identifying emerging animal health issues in developing economies provides a high growth potential in the future. The report also found that vaccines are expected to exhibit lucrative growth rates during the forecast period. The report also says the companion animal segment, or pets, is anticipated to grow at an exponential rate, owing its success as a consequence of associated health benefits for humans, which includes lower blood pressure, greater psychological stability, and reduced anxiety attacks.

 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-21-17 USDA Offers RCPP Application Webinars, March 22 and April 5

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USDA Offers RCPP Application Webinars, March 22 and April 5

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2017 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is hosting a webinar for potential applicants to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to assist them with their pre-proposals. The webinar will discuss the program, Announcement for Program Funding (APF) requirements, and offer information about best practices for project applications. Pre-proposals are due April 21, 2017.

The NRCS will offer this webinar on March 22 and April 5 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Visit the RCPP website to learn more about the webinar and RSVP for a specific date. Continue reading

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Groups Pen Letter Urging Lawmakers to Reject any Farm Bill Cuts

A letter spearheaded by the American Farm Bureau Federation asks lawmakers to reject any funding cuts in the next farm bill. More than 500 groups joined the letter that claims additional funding cuts would “hinder development and passage of the 2018 farm bill.” The last farm bill contributed $23 billion in savings to deficit reduction over 10 years at the time of passage. That was the first time when spending for a farm bill was voluntarily reduced before Congress even began considering the measure. The groups say cuts made under the 2014 farm bill helped the nation’s deficit reduction effort, but add that additional cuts to the 2018 farm bill would present “perils on many fronts.” The letter strongly urged congressional leaders “to reject calls for additional cuts” during a time when the agricultural and rural economies are showing stress. The letter points out that U.S. farm income has declined 46 percent from three years ago.

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U.S. Corn a Better Deal for Mexico than Corn from Brazil, Argentina

The CEO of global agribusiness company Bunge Limited says U.S. corn is a better deal for Mexico than corn from Argentina or Brazil. Soren Schroder (shrow-der) says he does not think Mexico would start heavily buying corn from South America, simply because the U.S. offers a better deal, according to DTN. Schroder says Mexico purchasing corn other than from the U.S. would require a price shift in Brazil and Argentina. Concerns over Mexico sourcing corn beyond the U.S. surfaced this month after a Mexican lawmaker planned to introduce legislation to instruct the nation to buy corn from South America, rather than the United States. The bill is seen as a response to trade rhetoric by U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, and build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico while implementing an import tax of 20 percent on Mexican goods entering the United States.

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Rural Mainstreet Index Improving

The February Rural Mainstreet Index remained weak with a reading below growth neutral for the 18th straight month. But at 45.8, it reached its highest level in more than a year. The index ranges between 0 and 100. A rating below 50 suggests economic retraction, while a rating above 50 represents expansion. The index represents a 10-state region in the Midwest with strong economic ties to agriculture. Index organizer Ernie Goss says weak farm commodity prices continue to squeeze Rural Mainstreet economies. However, Goss says “the negatives are getting less negative.” Only 14.9 percent of bankers reported that their local economy was expanding. Approximately 34 percent indicated their local economy was in a recession with the remaining 51.1 percent indicating little or no economic growth. The farmland and ranchland-price index for February dipped to 33.7 from January’s 33.8. This is the 39th straight month the index has languished below growth neutral. Bankers indicated that farmland prices in their area had declined by an average of 5.1 percent across the region over the past 12 months. Meanwhile, the February farm equipment-sales index increased to 20.5 from 16.7 in January.

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National Pork Board Increases International Markets Funding

As pork exports continue to show progress, the National Pork Board is increasing its focus on international markets in 2017. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up eight percent and seven percent respectively from 2015. On average, U.S. pork exports accounted for 25.8 percent of total pork production last year. With more pork available in the U.S. due to increased pork output, the National Pork Board recently approved an increase of 12.7 percent in funding for 2017 export market activities. NPB says the financial commitment translates into tangible marketing activities that increase U.S. pork exports to emerging and developing markets.

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Georgia Axes New Poultry Price Index

The Georgia Department of Agriculture said Tuesday the Georgia Premium Poultry Price Index will not be published due to a lack of available data. The index was the department’s answer to the suspended Georgia Dock poultry price discovery system, which had come under scrutiny due to how high its prices have been compared with other pricing indexes, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. The index was to consist of three producer price indexes  to measure the aggregate change in prices of poultry sold on contracts at one month, six month and 12 month base periods. It called for random reviews to verify all data. Lawsuits accusing the industry of price fixing have caught the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is doing its own investigation into the allegations.

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Grocery Industry Seeking to Reduce Consumer Confusion on Product Date Labels

In a new industry-wide effort to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels, grocery manufacturers and retailers have joined together to adopt standard wording on packaging about the quality and safety of products. Currently, more than ten different date labels on packages – such as Sell By, Use By, Expires On, Best Before, Better if Used By or Best By – can result in confused consumers discarding a safe or usable product after the date on the package, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute. The two organizations are working on an initiative that streamlines the date labels on consumer products packaging down to just two standard phrases. “BEST If Used By” describes product quality, where the product may not taste or perform as expected but is safe to use or consume. “USE By” applies to the few products that are highly perishable or have a food safety concern over time. The industry hopes to implement the changes by the end of next year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-21-17 2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

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DES MOINES, IOWA —Feb. 21, 2017 – At year-end 2016, U.S. pork exports showed impressive progress following a challenging 2015. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the USDA.

“We saw a strong 2016 for U.S. pork exports, but we still face challenges with increased global competition and a stronger U.S. dollar,” said Becca Nepple, vice president of international marketing for the Pork Checkoff. “The Checkoff is committed to bolstering its partnership with international customers through additional funding of in-country promotions of U.S. pork with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.” Continue reading

02-21-17 Applications Being Accepted for Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting

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DENVER – (Feb. 21, 2017) – The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the World Trade Center Denver are now accepting applications for the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting. This award has been given to Colorado exporters annually since 1970 and recognizes economic growth through international business.  Winners will be formally recognized on May 16, 2017 at World Trade Day, the region’s premier international trade event. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, February 21st…

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Senate Confirms Trump EPA Chief

The U.S. Senate Friday confirmed the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On a mostly party-line vote of 52-46, Republicans in the Senate pushed the nomination through, allowing Pruitt to become the next EPA Administrator. The vote followed an overnight rally by Senate Democrats in an effort to delay the vote until next week, after 3,000 some emails between Pruitt and the fossil fuel industry are set to be released. The New York Times says Democrats, environmental groups and even current EPA employees have harshly criticized Pruitt’s record of fighting the mission of the agency he will now lead. Pruitt is welcomed, however, by many agriculture groups because of his opposition to the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule and other regulations.

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Mexico Looking at Argentina, Brazil, for Yellow Corn

Mexico is turning its attention to South America, given uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. Mexico’s agriculture minister last week announced he would lead a business delegation to Argentina and Brazil to explore buying yellow corn from the two nations. The trip was attributed to an effort to consider lessening Mexico’s dependence on the United States, according to Reuters. Exact dates have yet to be set, but Mexico confirms the trip will happen within the next 20 days, and Mexico could explore quotas and changing the tariff regime for imports from South America if needed. The announcement follows a threat to retaliate against the U.S. by a Mexican Senator who is considering legislation to direct the country not to buy corn from the United States. The threats stem from Mexico’s opposition to a President Trump proposal to build a border wall and impose a 20 percent import tax on Mexican goods to cover the cost and the consideration of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Senate Agriculture Committee Holding Farm Bill Field Hearing

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold its first farm bill field hearing this week in Kansas. The hearing, planned for Thursday at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, will feature testimony from a variety of agricultural producers, according to committee sources. Titled “Hearing from the Heartland: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Kansas,” committee members will get an update on “what is working and what is not working in farm country,” according to Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, A Kansas Republican. The field hearing will follow the House Agriculture Committee’s pre-farm bill hearing last week. The Senate Agriculture Committee will live stream the hearing online at ag dot senate dot gov (www.ag.senate.gov). A time for the hearing had not been confirmed as of Friday afternoon.

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Farmers File Class Action Suit over Dicamba Drift

Farmers have filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto over dicamba herbicide drift issues. The lawsuit focuses on the off-label use of dicamba that led to drift damage in ten states last year. DTN says the new case, a class action suit filed in the U.S. District Court in Missouri, has two farmers from Missouri as lead plaintiffs. The lawsuit was filed by the same Missouri-based legal firm that also sued Monsanto over dicamba drift in November 2016 on behalf of a Missouri fruit and row-crop operation. Attorneys representing the farmers say they expect “hundreds of farmers” will eventually join the class action lawsuit. The lawsuit is open to farmers who experienced damage from illegal dicamba drift in 2016 from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Illegal, off-label, over the top use of a Monsanto dicamba product led to drift damage to crops that were not tolerant to dicamba. The new lawsuit contends that Monsanto is responsible for the off-label dicamba use and damage.

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Day Without Immigrants Protests Slowed some Meatpacking Operations

Last week’s Day Without Immigrants protests caused some slowdowns at meatpacking operations in the United States, but Tyson Foods and Cargill said all plants were operational last Thursday. A Cargill spokesperson told meat industry publication Meatingplace the impact was “minimal,” and a Tyson Foods spokesperson said absentee levels at some locations were “higher than normal,” but noted all plants were operating. North American Meat Institute President Barry Carpenter said some operations were slowed or modified because of the protests across the nation. Carpenter said: “We respect the rights of our employees to express themselves,” noting that the meat industry has long supported comprehensive immigration reform. Media reports listed several types of business closures, largely in urban areas, and including grocery stores and restaurants from fast food to fine dining.

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East Coast Dock Workers Starting Contract Negotiation Early

Dock workers and cargo companies along the east coast are getting an early start to contract negotiations, an effort that could prevent a port slowdown like the one seen on the west coast during 2015. The International Longshoremen’s Association held informal contract talks last week with the United States Maritime Alliance, which represents the employers of some 25,000 unionized Atlantic and Gulf Coast port workers, according to the Wall Street Journal. In a joint statement, the two organizations say the discussions were “productive and peaceful.” The meeting came 19 months before the current contract, agreed to in 2013, is set to expire in September of 2018. Talks first began in 2015, after labor negotiations at west coast seaports forced a slowdown in exports and congested ports on that side of the nation.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-20-17 CCA: Open Letter Issued to All Federal Grazing Permittees

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CCA:  Open Letter Issued to All Federal Grazing Permittees

ARVADA, CO – Recently, a group has materialized claiming to be the only organization that represents the public lands rancher. This recently-formed group, which has questionable ties to public lands grazing; is advancing a compelling but dangerous theory that ranchers who hold grazing permits on public lands are not merely permittees, but allotment owners. While we at PLC fight every day for the preference and property rights of ranchers, we feel that this particular theory goes beyond our legal rights and could ultimately result in the loss of permits and subsequent destruction of family ranches.

We are lucky in this industry to have a deep bench of legal talent that is focused on our issues and represents our interests in the courts. These assembled legal minds have released the following open letter on this general topic which we present to you independent of our opinions and analysis. That so many of the names on the attached letter will be familiar to you is a testament to their commitment to our industry and their years of work on behalf of ranchers.

Open Letter as to Status of Grazing Permits Issued by BLM and USFS

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02-20-17 ANCW names Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program scholarship winners

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The 2017 winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program were announced at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. The three winners are (pictured center, left to right) Elisabeth Loseke, Columbus, Neb., McKenzie Smith, Snowville, Utah, and Haley Goodall, Belden, N.D. They are pictured with ANCW program manager Evelyn Brown (far left) and Janet Bailey Barrows of Farm Credit Services of America (far right). Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

The 2017 winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program were announced at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. The three winners are (pictured center, left to right) Elisabeth Loseke, Columbus, Neb., McKenzie Smith, Snowville, Utah, and Haley Goodall, Belden, N.D. They are pictured with ANCW program manager Evelyn Brown (far left) and Janet Bailey Barrows of Farm Credit Services of America (far right). Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

ANCW names Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program scholarship winners

Developing young people to be tomorrow’s advocates for the beef industry is the goal of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program. The program is managed by the American National CattleWomen, Inc., and sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

Three winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program have been selected for this year. The three 2017 winners are Elisabeth Loseke, Columbus, Neb., McKenzie Smith, Snowville, Utah, and Haley Goodall, Belden, N.D. Each recipient received a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America. The winners were announced at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show held in Nashville, Tenn. Continue reading