The BARN & Colorado Ag News Network is CLOSED in Observance of Memorial Weekend

The BARN and the Colorado Ag News Network will be closed May 27-28-29 in observance of the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

When you gather with your families please take a moment and remember them and their families as well. May God bless and keep them always.

Regular BARN & CoAgNews Network programming will resume on Tuesday, May 30th.

06-26-17 Adams State University and Colorado State University sign MOU to provide agriculture education

Adams State University and Colorado State University sign MOU to provide agriculture education

Adams State University and Colorado State University today launched a new degree program in agriculture. The partnership allows Adams State to offer San Luis Valley-area students the opportunity to study agriculture without leaving their home community by offering agriculture-related courses from CSU, a leading national research university. This program will prepare students for careers on a farm or ranch, or in an agriculture-related business.

“We are very excited about this program and for the opportunity to further serve the educational needs of the San Luis Valley. Our new program will give students a well-built foundation in agricultural sciences,” said Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure.

The program combines face-to-face courses on the Adams State campus with online courses offered through CSU Online. CSU coursework will transfer to Adams State toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: General Agriculture. Students may select from two concentrations, biology and business.

“As the state’s land-grant university, Colorado State has a strong commitment to agricultural research and education focused on feeding our planet,” said Colorado State University President Tony Frank. “Adams State, with its rich regional university tradition, is located in one of the state’s most important agricultural regions. We’re enormously proud to bring these campuses together to leverage our strengths and provide the opportunity of agricultural education to a greater number of talented Colorado students.” Continue reading

05-26-17 REMINDER: 2018 Commodity Classic Trade Show Opens to New Exhibitors June 1

2018 Commodity Classic Trade Show Opens to New Exhibitors June 1

ST. LOUIS (May 26, 2017) — The trade show floor at Commodity Classic—America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show—will open to new exhibitors on Thursday, June 1, 2017.  The 2018 Commodity Classic will be held Tuesday, February 28 through Thursday, March 2 in Anaheim, California.

Exhibit space is limited.  For exhibitor information, visit, call 888.447.6734 or email: Continue reading

05-26-17 2017 WSGA: Environmental Stewardship Tour Scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st at the Garrett Ranch in Casper, Wyo.

2017 Environmental Stewardship Tour Scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st at the Garrett Ranch in Casper, Wyo.

Cheyenne, WYO– The annual Environmental Stewardship Tour, hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA), Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and program partner Sand County Foundation, will be held at the Garrett Ranch, outside of Casper, Wyo., Wednesday, June 21st, with registration beginning at 8 AM. Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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05-25-17 CO Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered Monday to observe Memorial Day per President Trump’s Proclamation

CO  Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered Monday to observe Memorial Day per President Trump’s Proclamation

DENVER — Thursday, May 25, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Monday, May 29, in recognition of Memorial Day, and as proclaimed by President Donald J. Trump. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to noon.

The full text of the president’s proclamation: Continue reading

05-25-17 State Legislators to attend NYFC Farmers Roundtable in Mancos on May 31st

The National Young Farmers Coalition and Local Chapter Four Corners Farmers and Ranchers Coalition Host State Legislators for Farmer Roundtable

MANCOS, CO (May 25) – The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), which represents America’s next generation of farmers and ranchers, is hosting a Farmer Roundtable in Mancos with Senator Don Coram and Representative Barbara McLachlan. The Farmer Roundtable is co-hosted by local NYFC affiliate chapter the Four Corners Farmers and Ranchers Coalition, a joint chapter with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. Young farmer leaders from the chapter will discuss how the legislators can support the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Continue reading

05-25-17 USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15th

USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15th

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Wednesday, June 15, 2017.

“County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs,” said Acting FSA Administrator Chris Beyerhelm. “We strongly encourage all eligible producers to visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers.”  Continue reading

05-25-17 WGCD: Don’t Miss the CSFS Nursery Tour on June 30th

WGCD: Don’t Miss the CSFS Nursery Tour on June 30th

Greeley, Colo.- – – The West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) will host a free nursery tour for district stakeholders who are interested in learning more about the growth and production of the low-cost seedlings offered annually during their conservation seedling tree sale. WGCD Conservation Technician, Liz Schneider will meet attendees at the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery (CSFSN), at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 30. The tour group will meet inside the gates of the CSU Foothills Campus at 3843 LaPorte Ave. in Building 1060, Fort Collins, CO 80521. Continue reading



Colorado State University Extension, CWAC, CAWG, CWRF, the Wickstrom Farms and Cooksey Farms would like to invite wheat producers and ag consultants in the area to The 2017 Wheat Field Days in Orchard and Roggen. Continue reading

05-24-17 CDA: Funding Available for Agricultural Hydropower Projects

CDA: Funding Available for Agricultural Hydropower Projects
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are seeking applicants for on-farm agricultural hydropower projects. The total amount of available assistance for this round is $1,200,000. The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators with appropriate hydropower resources.
The funding is part of the NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Within RCPP, the Colorado irrigation hydropower program provides funding to agricultural producers to help them add hydropower to new or existing irrigation systems.
“The program addresses water quantity, water quality, and energy resource concerns,” said Sam Anderson, CDA’s Energy Specialist, “by helping farmers upgrade outdated and labor-intensive flood-irrigation systems to more efficient pressurized-irrigation systems using hydropower, or retrofit existing sprinkler systems with a hydropower component.

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05-23-17 CAWG: Make Plans to Attend the 2017 CO Wheat Field Days June 8-14 at Eleven Locations…

CAWG: Make Plans to Attend the 2017 CO Wheat Field Days June 8-14 at Eleven Locations…

May 23, 2017, Fort Collins, Colo. – The 2017 Colorado Wheat Field Days will be held June 8-14 at eleven different variety trial sites throughout eastern Colorado. The field days are jointly hosted by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG), Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) and Colorado State University (CSU) Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station.

CWAC President Mark Linnebur encourages all wheat farmers to attend.

“Wheat Field Days are rapidly approaching. Come visit the one nearest to you to see how the old favorites look and how the new varieties in the breeding pipeline compare in your area. Hope to see you there!” said Linnebur. 

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05-23-17 Inside the BARN with CDA’s Anderson and COSHA’s Johnson regarding Small Hydropower June 27th Workshop…

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Inside the BARN with CDA’s Anderson and COSHA’s Johnson regarding Small Hydropower June 27th Workshop…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) May 23, 2017 – The Colorado Small Hydro Association is hosting an international workshop on June 27 in Denver @ the Colorado Convention Center for those interested in learning more about hydro power on their operation.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss small hydro power and the upcoming event in more details is CO Department of Agriculture Energy Specialist & Program Director Sam Anderson and CO Small Hydro Association President Kurt Johnson



Registration is now open for the 2017 Colorado Small Hydro Workshop, coming up on Tuesday June 27th from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm  at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Check out the agenda below… Continue reading

05-23-17 CFVGA Offering Scholarships To RMFU Members To Attend Produce Safety Symposium in Denver

CFVGA Offering Scholarships To RMFU Members To Attend Produce Safety Symposium in Denver

The  Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association is providing scholarship opportunities to any Rocky Mountain Farmers Union grower members that would like to attend the Center for Produce Safety Research Symposium. The June 20-21 symposium will be held in Denver. The only stipulations are that CFVGA will reimburse the person $340 of the registration fees and $140/night for a maximum of three nights lodging at the conference hotel if they live more than 80 miles from the meeting AND they are willing to make a presentation about what they learned at a CFVGA sponsored event. CFVGA will work with them on when and where the event would be. It could be something as simple as a coffee shop event in their hometown or it could be in conjunction with the Colorado Ag Water Alliance roundtables that will be held around the state. Continue reading

05-23-17 RMFU: Survey On Produce Gleaning Has Its Rewards

RMFU: Survey On Produce Gleaning Has Its Rewards

Produce farmers! Fill out this very brief survey for your chance to win a Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) annual membership or one of two $50 gift cards. The survey is a collaboration between UpRoot, LiveWell Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to find out more about farmers’ current practices and feelings towards gleaning. The survey is part of a larger   study that aims to find out:

What incentivizes farmers to donate excess produce? Continue reading

05-23-17 Come “Learn, Lead & Laugh” this July in Bailey, CO at Camp RMFU…

Come “Learn, Lead & Laugh” this July in Bailey, CO at Camp RMFU…

Looking for a great opportunity for your kids ages 7-18? It’s all here at our RMFU Cooperative Leadership Camps! Our camps are traditional in the sense that we do hiking, crafts, cooperative games, and more, but where we stand apart is that we try to send the campers home with some type of new found knowledge that they might not necessarily learn about in school or through other venues. Then at the end of camp we go on a field trip to give hands-on experience incorporating the theme. But more importantly to the kids, is that we allow them to be kids for a few days—with silly skits and crazy games!

RMFU’s 2017 Cooperative Leadership Camps will be in Bailey, Colo., at the Farmers Union Education Center.

To learn more, go to RMFU Camps or email

Educational programs are at the base of everything we do. Just watch.


05-23-17 New Mexico RMFU Members Invited To Participate in Two Farm Bill Listening Sessions in Socorro & Grady…

New Mexico RMFU Members Invited To Participate in Two Farm Bill Listening Sessions

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union wants you to show up, stand up, and speak up at either of two Farm Bill listening sessions to be held next week in New Mexico: One in Socorro on Tuesday, May 30, the other in Grady on May 31.


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…


05-22-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview


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05-22-17 Inside the BARN with Northern Water’s Brian Werner: WGFP Final Approval and more…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) May 22, 2017 – After 14 years, the Windy Gap Firming Project received FINAL APPROVAL from the US Army Corps of Engineers.   The WGFP is an effort by Northern Water’s Municipal Subdistrict to construct a 90,000 acre-foot reservoir at Chimney Hollow just west of Carter Lake and near Berthoud, CO. The project’s formal environmental permitting process began in October 2003, although the initial development of the WGFP began in the mid-1990s.

Brian Werner, Communications and Records Manager with Northern Water in Berthoud, CO discussed several topics within the interview including:

  • Chimney Hollow Reservoir Final Approval
  • What’s next and timelines for construction & completion
  • Glade Reservoir Update
  • Recapping CO Legislative Session from Northern Water’s Perspective
  • and more


Learn more about Northern Water’s Water Projects by visiting 

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05-17-17 Inside the BARN “with Casey & Friends” Series Author Holly Dufek

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) May 17, 2017 – Author/Educator Holly Dufek of Kenosha, WI has spent nearly 15 years writing and editing educational curriculum for numerous publishers, including Octane Press, whom published her first children’s book  “A Year on the Farm with Casey & Friends” . Within the interview Dufek discusses both her first book and her second one, “Busy on the Farm with Casey & Friends” and much more including…

  • Inspiration for the Series
  • Agriculture Themes
  • Characters
  • Next Project
  • Final Thoughts


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05-12-17 Colorado Pork Producers announce postponement of Annual Meeting

Colorado Pork Producers announce postponement of Annual Meeting

The Colorado Pork Producers Council has postponed its annual meeting scheduled for June 2, 2017 at Island Grove Regional Park due to unforeseen circumstances.  The meeting will be rescheduled for the fall.

The 2017 Taste of Elegance held at the Platte River Fort is still scheduled to proceed as planned.  To buy tickets for this event, visit Continue reading

05-12-17 CPPC announce FFA Fundraising: 2017 Taste of Elegance on June 2nd

Colorado Pork Producers announce FFA Fundraising: 2017 Taste of Elegance on June 2nd

The Colorado Pork Producers Council invite everyone to attend the Taste of Elegance, a fundraiser to benefit the Colorado FFA Foundation.

CPPC will be hosting this 10-course pork sampling from chefs all across Colorado, and it will be held at The Platte River Fort west of Kersey from 6:00 pm until 8:00. There will also be music and Colorado beer and wine included in the price. This event is a joint fundraising event for the Colorado FFA Foundation and the Colorado Chefs Association.  To RSVP for this event, visit

This event is funded partially by your check off dollars and the National Pork Board.  For more information on this event you can call the Colorado Pork Producers Council at (970) 356-4964.

05-02-17 CSU Ext: Hands on BBQ Basics Course Coming to Baca County on June 10th

Hands on BBQ Basics Course Coming to Baca County

Are you interested in upping your grilling game?  Maybe you are just looking for something fun to do for the weekend. Look no further.  The Southeast Colorado CattleWomen, Colorado CattleWomen, Colorado Beef Check Off, and Colorado State University Extension are hosting a BBQ Basics Course on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at the Minnick Building on the Baca County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Colorado. The class will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at approximately 1:00 p.m.  Topics covered will include meat quality and selection, nutrition, food safety and handling, recipes, basic grilling, and a hands on opportunity to test your skills and prepare your own lunch using your newly attained knowledge. Continue reading

04-28-17 Hope You will join the WDA & Celebrate Word Milk Day on June 1st!

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World Milk Day – Celebrate with Us!

June 1 is World Milk Day! To celebrate, we would love for you to take a picture of you or your family drinking milk and post it to social media. The hashtag to use is #WorldMilkDay and you are, of course, welcome to tag us as well – on Facebook at Western Dairy Association, Twitter @WesternDairy and Instagram @WesternDairy.

World Milk Day is a day to celebrate our favorite nutrient-rich beverage – its low cost, accessibility and delicious versatility. Learn more about events taking place worldwide at

Please let us know if you have any questions – we look forward to celebrating with you on social media in the month leading up to World Milk Day!

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05-26-17 USDA Seeks Applications for Community Development Grants

USDA Seeks Applications for Community Development Grants

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2017 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities.

“These grants will support partnerships between community development groups and rural communities to develop essential facilities and create jobs and business opportunities,” USDA Rural Development Acting Deputy Undersecretary Roger Glendenning said. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, May 26th

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Experts Expect Down Farm Economy to Continue

A financial expert forecasted to lawmakers Thursday the current agriculture economic conditions will continue. During a Senate Agriculture Committee on the rural economy, Nathan Kauffman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City informed the committee that a farm crisis does not appear imminent, but there are still risks that could lead to more widespread challenges in the coming years. He noted the downturn began in 2013 during a sharp drop in commodity prices that has lingered. He says reduced profitability in agriculture has gradually intensified the level of financial stress among farm borrowers. Kauffman expects the trends to continue in the near term as global supplies are likely to continue to weigh on agricultural commodity prices and profit margins.


Top Senate Ag Democrat Releases Trump Budget Fact Sheet

A fact sheet released by the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Ranking Democrat highlights the expected impact of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget on agriculture. The fact sheet claims that President Trump is “turning his back on rural America.” Released by Senate Democrat Debbie Stabenow’s office, the fact sheet says cuts included in the proposal to crop insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, hurts farmers and families. She says other cuts to conservation programs also harm land and water resources. The budget proposal would cut $29 billion from crop insurance while laying off 5,200 Agriculture Department employees. The budget would also cut $193 billion from SNAP and eliminate some conservation programs. The fact sheet by Senator Stabenow’s office says “this budget would make a five-year farm bill impossible to pass.”


NPPC White Paper Details Benefits Of NAFTA

New documents released by the National Pork Producers Council Thursday show the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement to the U.S., Canada and Mexico. NPPC released a white paper that focuses primarily on trade with Mexico and makes the case for not abandoning the 23-year-old pact. The paper also argues for not disrupting trade in sectors for which the agreement has worked well, including U.S. pork. Mexico is the number two export market for U.S. pork, and Canada is number four. For all U.S. goods and services, Canada and Mexico are the top two destinations, accounting for more than one-third of total U.S. exports, adding $80 billion to the U.S. economy and supporting more than 14 million American jobs. For U.S. agriculture, Canada and Mexico are the second and third largest foreign markets. They imported more than $38 billion of U.S. products in 2016, or 28 percent of all U.S. agricultural exports. Those exports generated more than $48 billion in additional business activity throughout the economy and supported nearly 287,000 jobs.

NAFTA a Success Story for Agriculture

A farmer from Nebraska says the North American Free Trade Agreement is a success story for U.S. agriculture, and warns of the risks involved in renegotiation. In a letter published by the New York Times, Alan Tiemann writes that NAFTA has tremendously benefited U.S. agriculture. Tiemann, a past U.S. Grains Council Chairman, recalled a delegation of Mexican buyers who recently visited Nebraska and Washington, D.C. He says: “Throughout this visit, the message was clear: the Mexican market has demand for quality ag products and want to continue buying from the U.S., but they will look elsewhere should free trade no longer be an option.” Mexico recently inked a deal with Brazil and is expected to import a record amount of corn from Brazil, according to Tiemann. He says since the inception of NAFTA, U.S. ag exports to Canada and Mexico tripled and quintupled respectively. Noting concerns of the renegotiation of NAFTA, Tiemann says farmers “look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to ensure we maintain and build upon our established partnership with Mexico.”


Perdue Echoes Vilsack on Cottonseed Declaration

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week echoed his predecessor, telling U.S. House lawmakers the Department of Agriculture does not have the authority to declare cottonseed as an oilseed. Perdue carried the same message former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered to lawmakers on the issue, as advised by USDA lawyers. Perdue was asked about the issue during a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. He said he knew Vilsack “wrestled with that” and added, he is “getting the same legal advice from the general counsel now,” according to the Hagstrom Report. The National Cotton Council and Southern members of Congress have asked both Vilsack and Perdue to declare cottonseed an oilseed so that it would be eligible for oilseed subsidies.

Corn Replant Expected to reach “Historic” Levels

Seed industry leaders are expecting corn replant rates this year to reach historic levels. Ryan Parkin of Beck’s Hybrids told DTN-The Progressive Farmer “this will be a historic replant year, particularly for corn.” Many seed companies say the year ranks first or second in company history for replant demand. Spring rains were far too abundant, leaving fields across the Midwest flooded out and chilled, and plants struggling to emerge. The areas with the most replant demand so far are Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and parts of the Great Lakes states, Iowa and Kentucky, according to multiple seed companies. Some farmers are even calling seed dealers for their second replant of the year, after flooded fields in parts of Illinois and Indiana were hit by another ill-timed mid-May storm.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


05-25-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

05-25-17 NAWG Applauds Senate Agriculture Committee for Holding Hearing to Examine the Farm Economy

NAWG - wheat_logoNAWG Applauds Senate Agriculture Committee for Holding Hearing to Examine the Farm Economy 

Washington, D.C. (May 25, 2017)  Today, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing to examine the farm economy in rural America. Members heard testimony from USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson who spoke on several domestic and global factors generating low commodity prices and the financial implication this has on farmers. Additional witnesses included Nathan Kauffman, assistant vice president and Omaha branch executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Bruce Weber, professor emeritus of applied economics and director of the rural studies program at Oregon State University; and Alec Sheffer, director of retail sales for Agri-AFC.

NAWG President David Schemm made the following statement:

“With the rural economy struggling and farm income down 46 percent from only three years ago, growers are enduring some of the toughest economic conditions since the 1980s.  Farmers have also had to deal with severe weather issues, making the Farm Bill a key tool to enable them to farm another year.  Continue reading

05-25-17 USDA Awards Loans to Build and Expand Rural Electric Infrastructure

USDA Awards Loans to Build and Expand Rural Electric Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is providing more than a quarter billion dollars in loans for rural electric infrastructure improvements.

“These loans will help improve the delivery of reliable electricity, and will help ensure that rural areas nationwide can prosper economically and benefit from today’s technologies to meet tomorrow’s needs,” Glendenning said. Continue reading

05-25-17 National Dairy FARM Program Opens Registration for 2017 Evaluator Conference


National Dairy FARM Program Opens Registration for 2017 Evaluator Conference

ARLINGTON, VA – The second annual National Dairy FARM Program Evaluator Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., from July 18-19, with an optional farm trip to Fair Oaks Farm on July 20. More than 400 certified FARM Program evaluators will have the chance to network and discuss relevant topics in animal care, environmental stewardship and antibiotic stewardship.

Starting on Tuesday, July 18, FARM evaluators will spend a day with key Elanco staff, focusing on professional development and learning more about Elanco’s global business of feeding a growing population. Wednesday, July 19, features a full day of programming, including presentations on “The Economics of Animal Well-Being,” as well as insight from a panel of farmers and veterinarians on the importance of protocol development and employee training.

“We are excited to host a dedicated group of FARM evaluators for what will be three full days of enlightening conversation and learning,” said Emily Meredith, chief of staff for the National Milk Producers Federation. “Nurturing strong relationships among members of the animal care community will only enhance our ability to share the industry’s great story of top-notch animal care.” Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for May 25th

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Weekly Export Sales

05-25-17 NPPC White Paper Details Benefits Of NAFTA


NPPC White Paper Details Benefits Of NAFTA

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2017 – Following last week’s notification by the Trump administration that it will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the National Pork Producers Council today released a white paper on the benefits of the trade deal among the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The paper, which focuses primarily on trade with Mexico, makes the case for not abandoning the 23-year-old pact and for not disrupting trade in sectors for which the agreement has worked well, including U.S. pork. Mexico is the No. 2 export market for U.S. pork, and Canada is No. 4. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, May 25th

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Trump Budget Proposal Puts Perdue in Awkward Position

The deep cuts to the nation’s agricultural support programs proposed by President Donald Trump have put Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in an awkward position with both lawmakers and farm groups. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says a good example of this is the plan to cut funding for trade promotion programs and to eliminate more than 230 jobs geared toward boosting U.S. exports. These proposed cuts follow a promise from the secretary that the administration would focus on expanding foreign market access to help farmers. The plan also proposes to cut $193 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next decade. However, that idea runs completely opposite of comments that Perdue made about SNAP before the House Agriculture Committee that said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In a budget hearing with reporters on Tuesday, Politico says Perdue didn’t speak much, passing off the telephone to acting USDA Deputy Secretary and Budget Director Michael Young. During the briefing, Young was quick to point out that USDA and the secretary had little to no part in putting together the budget proposal.


Heritage Action Praises Trump’s Budget Proposals

Heritage Action is a conservative think tank known for criticizing programs at the USDA. The Hagstrom Report says the group applauds White House budget proposals released this week. However, the group did say it was disappointed the proposals didn’t include structural changes to Medicare and Social Security. Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham calls budget proposals “visionary documents,” saying that the Trump proposal would put taxpayers first by directing their dollars toward the most effective programs. “It’s the type of document our president promised on the campaign trail,” he says, “including some serious, structural reforms to our nation’s entitlement system.” He added that the failure to address Social Security and Medicare would make it difficult for the nation to address its ever-growing debt. “The Trump budget presents an opportunity for Republicans to unite around fiscally responsible reform for food stamps, disability insurance, and the Earned Income Tax Credit,” Needham says.


Organic Ag Sector Posts New Records in U.S. Sales

The organic sector stayed on an upward trend last year, gaining new market share and setting new records as consumers across the country ate more organic products than ever before. That news comes from the 2017 Organic industry survey that was released during the OTA policy conference this week. Organic sales in the U.S. totaled $47 billion last year, $3.7 billion more than the previous year’s total. The total marked the first time the organic market broke through the $40 billion dollar mark in sales. Organic food sales also make up more than five percent of overall food sales in America, at 5.3 percent. That’s another high water mark for the organic industry. Organic sales increased by 8.4 percent from 2015. The sales growth rate was 8.8 percent higher in 2016, a number that easily surpassed the growth rate of .8 percent in non-organic foods. The $15.6 billion dollar fruits and vegetable market held onto its position as the largest of the organic food categories in 2016. Sales of organic meat and poultry products shot up by more than 17 percent in 2016 to $991 million, the category’s biggest yearly gain ever.


Elanco Seeks Injuction Against Deceptive rbST Advertising

Elanco initiated legal action last week in an eastern Wisconsin U.S. District Court against international dairy conglomerate Arla Foods last Friday. Elanco wants the court to force Arla to stop what it calls a deceptive advertising campaign and false business practices against rbST. It’s a supplement marketed and sold by Elanco under the brand name Prosilac. Elanco says the technology has been proven safe and effective since it was first approved by the FDA in 1993. The Arla campaign is called “Live and Unprocessed,” launching across America in late April. The campaign is based upon a child’s understanding of what rbST is and then brings the perception to life as an animated monster with razor-sharp horns and electrified fur. Elanco’s complaint says it believes that Arla is intentionally deceiving the public about the safety of rbST. The product has been used for more than 20 years, with rbST used to help cows give more milk without changing the safety and quality of American dairy products.


AZ Rancher Wants Burden of Federal Regulations Lifted

Arizona rancher David Cook is calling on Congress to remove layers of red tape and federal bureaucracy that have made it much harder to effectively manage and care for public lands. He testified this week before the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Cook told lawmakers he doesn’t believe it was the intent of Congress to disenfranchise communities like his when it enacted the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Wilderness Act, but that’s exactly what happened. “The burden of compliances with these regulations, plus the struggle to get our voices heard as stakeholders have become the dominant consumer of time and resources,” he said, “for anyone or entity interacting with federally-managed lands.” Cook and his wife, Diana, own DC Cattle Company and partner with other ranches in their local county. The agreement between the entities covers 4,800 square miles, but less than five percent of that is deeded as private lands. Cook says the delegation of authority from Congress to land management agencies has resulted in unchecked authority over land-use planning and has been abused by administrators and capitalized on by environmental groups through continuous litigation.


New Proposal Could Protect Farm Workers from Deportation

The American agriculture industry relies on foreign workers, especially at harvest time. The website Eater Dot Com reports a group of Democrats has introduced legislation that would give farm workers some protection from possible deportation. The bill is called the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1034). It would protect undocumented workers from deportation if they can prove a history of working in American agriculture. The bill may also provide them a path to long-term residence and citizenship. Workers that can prove 100 days of employment in American agriculture over the previous two years can apply for a blue card, which grants temporary residency and authorization to work, pending background checks. A blue cardholder that meets more stringent requirements may apply for a green card. Those who hold green cards for five years and meet other requirements may eventually apply for full citizenship.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service