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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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09-21-17 Northern Water: NISP Mitigation Plan Receives Another Approval

NISP Mitigation Plan Receives Another Approval

BERTHOUD – In a unanimous vote, the Colorado Water Conservation Board approved the Northern Integrated Supply Project’s Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan at its Sept. 20, 2017, meeting in Steamboat Springs.

The plan was first approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Sept. 7, 2017, meeting. The plan now moves to Governor Hickenlooper for his signature.

“We are happy to have developed a mitigation and enhancement plan that is supported by the state,” said Jerry Gibbens, who is the project manager for the NISP mitigation and enhancement plan. Gibbens has spent much of the past year crafting and then modifying the plan based on comments from both the public and state agencies. Continue reading

09-21-17 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

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Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 21, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

Listen to the interview with CO Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown below…

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09-21-17 The 26th Tri-National Agricultural Accord coming to Denver, CO Oct 17-19

The 26th Tri-National Agricultural Accord will be hosted in Denver, CO on October 17-19, 2017

The 26th Tri-National Agricultural Accord coming to Denver, CO Oct 17-19

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is honored to co-host the 26th Tri-National Agricultural Accord in Denver, Colorado on October 17 – 19, 2017, along with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). The Tri-National Accord is an annual meeting of senior state and provincial agricultural officials of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Participants include representatives of the United States federal government as well as corresponding federal officials from the participating countries. The objective of the Accord is to address agricultural trade and development issues by working together collaboratively. For more information on the history of the Tri-National Agricultural Accord please click here.

The Accord will kick off Tuesday afternoon with country meetings and an evening Welcome Reception. Following a series of bilateral and trilateral meetings Wednesday, delegates will have the opportunity to see Colorado’s agriculture and food production first hand. The Accord continues on Thursday with delegate meetings and will conclude with the closing dinner and signing of the communique Thursday evening. We hope to see you in Denver!

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08-02-17 CO Water Institute Director Reagan Waskom details the 2017 South Platte Forum Oct 25-26 in Loveland…

CO Water Institute Director Reagan Waskom details the 2017 South Platte Forum Oct 25-26 in Loveland

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) August 2, 2017 – The 2017 South Platte Forum  is set for October 25th & 26th @ the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO and joining the CO Ag News Network at this time to provide all the details about that event is the Director of the Colorado Water Institute, Reagan Waskom…

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09-16-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg: Special Session, CALP & Fall Harvest…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Special Session, CALP & Fall Harvest…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 21, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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09-15-17 CWCB stream recovery work nears completion four years after 2013 floods

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CWCB stream recovery work nears completion four years after 2013 floods

Colorado Water Conservation Board joins partners for innovative approach to restore stream channels, protect property and improve ecological conditions

The record-smashing floods of 2013 ravaged Front Range waterways, rerouting and flattening stream channels, eroding streambanks, degrading fish habitat and stripping trees and vegetation from riparian areas.

Four years later, many of those waterways have been repaired, restored and even improved due to efforts led by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and myriad partners at the state, federal and community level. Continue reading

09-14-17 Governor Hickenlooper calls special session of the CO General Assembly on Oct 2nd

Gov. Hickenlooper calls special session of the CO General Assembly

DENVER — Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 — Today, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order calling for a special session of the General Assembly.  The special session will address an unintended consequence from the passage of Senate Bill 17-267, and will clarify special districts’ authority to levy sales tax on the sale of retail marijuana.

“Since this issue was discovered, we worked with department staff, stakeholders, sponsors, and members of the General Assembly on options to correct this unintended consequence. After hearing about the potential impact on citizens around the state, it is clear that this problem is best solved as soon as possible. This special session will be solely to address this one narrow correction,” said Governor John Hickenlooper.

The special session will commence on Oct. 2, 2017.

To view a copy of the executive order – CLICK HERE.

09-14-17 Colorado Corn organizations seeking applications for Farm Stewardship Award

Colorado Corn organizations seeking applications for Farm Stewardship Award
Many Colorado farmers are implementing some of the latest-and-greatest production methods, aimed at improving efficiency on their farms, protecting our natural resources, and enhancing air and water quality. And the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) want to honor producers taking these efforts to new heights.

The two Colorado Corn organizations are seeking applications for the Colorado Farm Stewardship Award. Applications are due Nov. 17.

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09-12-17 CFVGA News: FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training in Broomfield, CO on September 29th

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training 

Sept 29 | Broomfield

This course utilizes curriculum developed by the Produce Safety Alliance at Cornell and satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in
§ 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

This course will provide a foundation on FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them;
  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm;
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm;
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.

The registration fee includes a light breakfast, lunch, PSA materials and a certificate of completion required under FSMA.

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Registration closes Sept 26 at 5 pm.

Questions?  Martha.Sullins@colostate.edu
@ 970-491-3330

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of  Rocky Mountain Farmers Union that helps make this training possible.

The CFVGA is comprised of more than 200 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $300 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 60,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production.

09-11-17 Two Colorado Agriculture Women are CommonGround Volunteers: Sallie Miller & Jan Kochis

Two Colorado Agriculture Women are CommonGround Volunteers: Sallie Miller & Jan Kochis

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The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – September 11, 2017 – Women are changing the face of many industries, including agriculture. Through managing harvests, running the business and implementing new technologies, women are on the front lines – feeding our nation and the world. Many may be surprised to learn that women farmers make up 37 percent of Colorado’s producers. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture there are 21,443 women farmers in Colorado, who farm more than 13 million acres, making a nearly $285 million impact on the economy. Within this interview, The BARN will spotlight two Colorado women in agriculture may be of interest…Sallie Miller & Jan Kochis, both do important work as volunteers with CommonGround Colorado, a national grassroots movement designed to help bridge the gap between the women who grow food and the women who buy it.  

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CommonGround was developed by farmers through two of our national checkoffs, the United Soybean Board (USB) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). They welcome you to join the conversation – and to enjoy your food without fear online @ www.findourcommonground.com. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram & YouTube

08-29-17 RMFU: CALL TO CONVENTION

RMFU: CALL TO CONVENTION

Pursuant to our by-laws provisions, you are hereby notified that the 109th annual convention of the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, Rocky Mountain Division, will be held November 17 and 18, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, for the purpose of electing one office, Vice President, and two members to the Board of Directors from districts V and VI, and to transact the annual business of the organization. Continue reading

08-29-17 RMFU: Take Me (And You) Out To The Ball Game

Take Me (And You) Out To The Ball Game

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Day at the Colorado Rockies is set for 6:10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The Rockies will be facing off the L.A. Dodgers. We have great seats lined up and will be in the perfect spot to watch fireworks after the game. Tickets are $20, of which $2 goes back to the RMFU Foundation. Good deal all the way around. To reserve your ticket today, contact Barb Marty at ABMARTY@msn.com

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08-29-17 RMFU: Ag Restoration Workshop in Hotchkiss, CO on Oct 6-8

RMFU member A. J. Carrillo is hosting an exciting two day Restoration Agriculture workshop led by Mark Shepard this October 7-8 at Deer Tree Farm & Agroforest, with a welcome BBQ and tour of Cedar Springs Farm on Friday, Oct. 6, all right here in Hotchkiss, CO. RMFU members will receive a discount on the registration fee.

Whether you are interested in growing tree crops, annual produce, pasture, livestock, specialty crops or even gourmet mushrooms, Mark Shepard will be sharing cutting edge techniques and methods that will benefit your farm as well as your bottom line. Come learn from this world-renowned expert about watershed management, perennial polycultures, agroforestry, nursery production and farm business management.

Also, you will get hands-on experience designing a water management system by learning how to use a laser level to mark the master or “key” line from which to install a vital agroforestry system. 

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 22nd

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Arkansas Farmers Submit Petition to Reject Potential Dicamba Ban

A group of Arkansas farmers who planted roughly 34 percent of the state’s soybean crop has filed a petition in response to a proposed ban on using dicamba products after April 15. The Dicamba Task force assembled by government leaders recently proposed the ban and the farmers say they want in-season access to the technology. The farmers say they’ve seen first-hand the success of the dicamba technology in controlling pigweeds. They’ve also been “very impressed by the significant improvements in yield.” The petition drive started on September 15 and represents farmers from 22 Arkansas counties. An Ag Web Dot Com report says farmers who’ve signed the petition say the proposed ban would cause financial losses to farmers because other pigweed control systems aren’t as effective as the dicamba technology. They also say farmers were not adequately represented on the Dicamba Task Force. Pigweed is a major problem in Arkansas and the group doesn’t want Arkansas to be the only state in the south not using dicamba. They propose a May 25 cutoff date and a one-mile buffer zone as solutions that would reduce or eliminate all soybean injury that occurred this year.

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Taiwan Signs Large Deal to Buy U.S. Wheat

Idaho, North Dakota, and Montana wheat growers got some good news as Taiwan signed an agreement to buy a large amount of wheat that primarily come from those three states. An Associated Press report says Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed an agreement this week with Taiwanese officials after Montana and North Dakota also signed agreements. Otter said, “The consumption of wheat foods in Taiwan has now surpassed rice and we appreciate that the Taiwan milling industry recognizes the quality of Idaho wheat.” The Taiwanese Flour Millers Association represents 20 flour mills in the country. This is the eleventh time that Taiwan has signed an agreement to buy U.S. wheat. Taiwan has about one-sixth the land mass of Idaho but a population of more than 23 million people. The U.S. supplies more than 80 of its total wheat imports every year. With this new agreement, Taiwan will buy 1.8 million metric tons of wheat in 2018 and 2019. Bill Flory, Vice Chairman of the Idaho Wheat Commission, says the partnership between Taiwan millers and Idaho wheat producers is enduring and very successful.

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Is NAFTA Renegotiation Slowing Other Trade Deals?

An Agri-Pulse report says the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations may actually be costing agriculture other opportunities. The non-yet-fully-staffed Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is fully occupied with NAFTA. However, groups like the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association want the Trump administration to push ahead with other trade agreements in order to cut tariffs with other countries like Japan and Vietnam. Former USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber says U.S. negotiators are very skilled at what they do but NAFTA is a massive undertaking. However, NPPC CEO Neil Dirks says his group believes the U.S. can work on more than one trade deal at a time. The challenge is how to accomplish that with the USTR office understaffed. Meanwhile, the European Union is moving quickly to establish trade deals and get a jump on competitors like the U.S. Glauber says the rest of the world is moving ahead on other deals and not waiting to see how NAFTA turns out. “They’re negotiating other trade agreements,” Glauber says. “Look at how active the European Union has been. Look at China, India, and other markets the U.S. has an interest in. Even Canada and Mexico are looking elsewhere.”

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Proposed Guest Worker Plan to Replace H-2A Worker Program

Virginia Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte will introduce a bill the week of September 25th that would replace the H-2A guest worker program. The bill is titled the Agricultural Guestworker Act and would replace the program that many in agriculture use to find labor. A Packer Dot Com article says Goodlatte, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, told the United Fresh Produce Conference in Washington, D.C., that his program would reduce red tape for growers and be a significant improvement on the H-2A program. The bill would include greater access to workers without a path to citizenship, higher wages (15 percent above a state’s minimum wage), no requirement for worker housing or transportation, and allows currently illegal farm workers to participate in the program. “The bill replaces H-2A with a more efficient guest worker program, known as H-2C, that’s designed to meet the needs of a diverse agriculture industry,” Goodlatte says. “The program will be run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an agency that clearly understands the unique needs of farmers and ranchers as well as the importance of getting perishable commodities to market in an efficient manner.”

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NFU Urges a No Vote on Health Care Plan

The National Farmers Union says the latest healthcare reform effort from U.S. Senate leadership will not improve access to affordable and quality healthcare for family farmers and ranchers. NFU President Roger Johnson sent a letter to members of the Senate asking legislators to vote against the plan, known as the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Plan. Johnson also says NFU will score the vote. The National Farmers Union is calling on Congress to use a more transparent and bipartisan approach to improving healthcare. “The NFU’s member-driven policy affirms the right of all Americans to have access to quality healthcare,” Johnson says. “The Graham-Cassidy bill would make health care less affordable for family farmers and ranchers.” Some of the provisions the NFU is concerned about include the elimination of the current structure for tax credits, cost-sharing reductions, and subsidies for out-of-pocket costs. Johnson says the proposed plan would create instability in the markets and force insurance carriers to raise their premiums.

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Above Normal U.S. Temps Through the End of 2017

The National Weather Service is calling for above normal temperatures in the contiguous – U.S. over the last three months of 2017. The National Weather Service says the greatest chance of warmth comes in the Four Corners Region between October and December. This could possibly mean areas to the east may need some springtime rains to be ready for the spring planting season. That fact may be made worse because of drought spreading across the Midwest, including Kansas, as well as drought conditions that remain across parts of the Northern Plains. The end of the year forecast calls for above normal precipitation in the Pacific Northwest. The forecast also calls for below-normal precipitation along the Gulf Coast and into Missouri. Below-normal precipitation is in the forecast for eastern Kansas and Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the rest of the country is equally split between normal, above normal, and below normal chances for precipitation.  

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-21-17 CLA: Colorado’s Livestock Producers are Committed to Safety

CLA: Colorado’s Livestock Producers are Committed to Safety

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Colorado livestock producers observe National Farm Safety and Health Week

Greeley, CO – Since 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that on average 240 agriculture workers suffer a “serious lost-work-time injury” each day. The rate of fatalities in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sector continues to decline, but still remains the highest of any industry sector, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 100 children die each year in an agriculture-related incident. Of the leading sources of fatalities among all youth, 25% involved machinery, 17% involved motor vehicles (includes ATVs), and 16% were drownings. The skills and life lessons children learn while growing up on the family farm are priceless, but it is up to all of us to protect them and keep them safe. Continue reading

09-21-17 Potatoes USA: Potato Bar Challenge Continues

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Join the Potatoes USA Industry Salad Bar Challenge and Help Schools Offer More Fruits and Vegetables

Denver, CO, September 19, 2017 –September is National Potato Month,
schools are back in session and it’s a great time to participate in the Salad Bar
Challenge. Since the Potatoes USA Salad Bar Challenge began in July 2015,
the United States potato industry has donated 276 salad bars to the national
Salad Bars to Schools program*. This makes potatoes the largest contributor
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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for September 21st

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Weekly Export Sales

 

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, September 21st

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NAFTA Talks Head to Canada Next Week

The third round of formal negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement gets underway next week in Canada. Round three of the talks are planned in Ottaway September 23rd through September 27th. The meeting follows the first set of talks in Washington, D.C., and the second round of talks held in Mexico City, Mexico earlier this month. However, rounds one and two were largely uneventful with little resolution on major trade issues between the NAFTA partners, and there’s a hinting from the administration that a deal may not be reached. Any negative trade impacts to agriculture would be significant. Mexico exports $23 billion of agricultural products to the U.S., while Canada exports $22 billion. Canada and Mexico are top markets for U.S. agricultural products, as well. Corn exports to Mexico alone are worth an estimated $2.6 billion, while soybean exports to Mexico from the U.S. are worth an estimated $1.5 billion. For exports to Canada, it’s estimated that the U.S. exports $4.8 billion worth of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables.

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Conaway, Perdue, Visit Texas

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Texas Representative Mike Conaway, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, are in Texas this week to survey hurricane damage. The two are visiting the Houston area to survey agricultural damage from Hurricane Harvey. Damages from Hurricane Harvey are estimated to cost Texas agriculture billions of dollars from losses to crops and livestock. The area declared as a disaster by Texas Governor Greg Abbott contains about 1.2 million cattle, which is roughly 27 percent of the state’s cowherd. The losses from Harvey will reduce the state’s expected two million bale cotton harvest by as much as 400,000 bales. Perdue and Conaway will also make a stop at the Houston Food Bank on Thursday. Friday, the duo will travel to West Texas where the two will address the Southwest Council of Agribusiness, which is holding its annual meeting in Lamesa, Texas.

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Ag Exports Groups Urge Passage of the CREAATE Act

A coalition supporting ag exports is urging Senators to pass legislation to expand the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program. The Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports and the Agribusiness Coalition for Foreign Market Development say the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports, or CREAATE Act, would boost trade’s impact on U.S. farmer profitability and the U.S. economy. The bipartisan legislation follows a House version of the bill introduced in May. The bill would increase statutory funding for the programs, which are now authorized at $200 million per year for MAP and $34.5 million per year for FMD. The two coalitions say both programs have faced stagnant funding and eroding real dollar impact due to inflation, sequestration, administrative costs and increased global competition.

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Milk Processing Expansion Needed

A report by CoBank shows U.S. milk production growth is outpacing processing capacity growth, leaving dairy processors struggling to keep pace. Every year, U.S. dairy farmers produce three billion more pounds of milk than the year before. CoBank says that those increase challenge processers, who will need an estimated 27 billion pounds more of U.S. milk processing capacity over the next ten years if current trends persist. The report says that numerous new plants and plant expansion projects are underway or recently completed, but available capacity remains a challenge at times, especially in the Northeast and Mideast areas, and has strained the ability of dairy cooperatives to fill the role of market balancers. Since these co-ops largely bear the brunt of the near-term oversupply of milk, they are increasingly looking for ways to discourage producers from expanding production.

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EPA Mulling Options on Dicamba

The Environmental Protection Agency aims to allow farmers to use dicamba next year, but with additional rules in place. An EPA official in the agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs told Reuters this week the agency had not yet determined what steps it would take to mitigate problems associated with dicamba. The herbicide was linked to widespread crop damage this summer. EPA officials have met with state regulators to find ways to prevent crop damage, along with negotiating with herbicide companies BASF and Monsanto. The comments by the EPA hint that the agency is unwilling to set a ban on the product after a certain date that would prohibit post-emergence or “over the top” spraying of dicamba. An EPA official told state regulators the agency was “very concerned with what has occurred and transpired in 2017,” and says the EPA is “committed to taking appropriate action for the 2018 growing season with an eye towards ensuring that the technology is available,” and that growers use it responsibly.

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2016 Organic Sales Up 23 Percent

Sales of organic agriculture products increased 23 percent in 2016, compared with levels from 2015, according to the Department of Agriculture. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released the annual Certified Organic Survey Wednesday. The survey finds U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities, up 23 percent from $6.2 billion in 2015. During the same year, the number of certified organic farms in the country increased 11 percent to 14,217, and the number of certified acres increased 15 percent to five million. California, with $2.9 billion in certified organic sales, continued to lead the nation in certified sales, accounting for 38 percent of the U.S. total. Ten states accounted for 77 percent of U.S. certified organic sales, virtually the same share as in 2015 and 2014. Top organic commodities, according to USDA, include milk, eggs, broiler chickens, apples and lettuce.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-20-17 ASI Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards

ASI Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards

DENVER – “We have brilliant and dedicated people and organizations in the sheep business that do impressive things with sheep production or lamb and wool processing and marketing,” said ASI President Mike Corn. “We wanted to test the interest in a new award that would recognize innovations in the sheep business. ASI awards have traditionally recognized service and media coverage associated with the organization, so this Industry Innovation Award is an exciting addition.”
Nominations for the accolade – as well as ASI’s traditional awards – are now open. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 13.

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09-20-17 USDA-NASS Organic Survey

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Sales of organic agricultural production continued to increase in 2016, when U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Results of the 2016 Certified Organic Survey show that 2016 sales were up 23 percent from $6.2 billion in 2015. During the same year, the number of certified organic farms in the country increased 11 percent to 14,217, and the number of certified acres increased 15 percent to 5.0 million. Continue reading

09-20-17 WSGA: Rangeland Internship Program – Recruiting for Summer 2018

WSGA: Rangeland Internship Program – Recruiting for Summer 2018

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA), Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts (WACD), and the Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are taking applications for the Rangeland Internship Program for the summer of 2018. Starting in 2013, this joint internship program was designed to offer students majoring in Rangeland Management or related resource management fields hands-on experience and opportunities to network with land stewards, managers, government agencies and the private sector.

The program’s mission and goals state, “The West is losing experienced land stewards. Ranchers are aging and federal land management agencies are faced with a looming loss of capacity. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of land stewards.  In a unique partnership between the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, and the Wyoming Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, we are providing ranching experience and a rancher’s pragmatic perspective on resource management to students who may later pursue careers in resource management in either government or the private sector.”  Continue reading

09-20-17 NWSS News: Tony Frank, DVM, PhD named 2018 Citizen of the West

 

NWSS News: Tony Frank, DVM, PhD named 2018 Citizen of the West

Denver – The National Western Stock Show has named Tony Frank the 2018 Citizen of the West, an award that recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of the Western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals. A committee of community leaders selects the recipients.

Frank is the President of Colorado State University and Chancellor of the Colorado State University System. He will receive the prestigious award at a dinner on January 8, 2018, at the National Western Events Center. Proceeds from the event support 100 scholarships awarded annually to colleges and universities in Colorado and Wyoming by the National Western Scholarship Trust. Continue reading

09-20-17 IN MEMORIAM: PAST NACD PRESIDENT BUD MEKELBURG

IN MEMORIAM: PAST NACD PRESIDENT BUD MEKELBURG

Milton “Bud” Ernest Mekelburg

Milton “Bud” Ernest Mekelburg, NACD’s president from 1982 to 1984, passed away on September 14 at the age of 82. In the late 1950s, Bud helped build the Yuma Soil Conservation District in Colorado, later taking on leadership roles with the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, and ultimately NACD. Bud was also the recipient of NACD’s 2007 Distinguished Service Award.

He enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. during his tenure with NACD, meeting farmers to see what methods they were using to conserve soil and water and discovering how he might better serve their needs, as well as their districts’. Bud maintained great interest in his home conservation district throughout his life and particularly enjoyed seeing terraces, windbreaks, and other soil conservation practices installed on neighbors’ fields. He practiced many of the soil conservation ideas on his own farm as well, including terraces, stubble mulch, and wildlife habitat enhancements.

NACD and the whole conservation family sends its condolences to Bud’s family and friends. For information regarding Bud’s memorial service, please visit the Baucke Funeral Home’s website.

09-20-17 NCGA Supports Funding Increase for MAP, FMD Programs

NCGA Supports Funding Increase for MAP, FMD Programs

WASHINGTON (September 20, 2017) – The National Corn Growers Association praised the introduction today of the CREAATE Act, a bill to increase investment in two federal programs with a proven track record of building global demand for U.S. agricultural products. Continue reading

09-20-17 NFU President Joins Advisory Board of New Energy America

NFU President Joins Advisory Board of New Energy America

New Organization Set to Promote Clean, Renewable Energy Jobs in Rural America

WASHINGTON – In a move to further National Farmers Union’s (NFU) commitment to promoting American grown, renewable energy sources, NFU President Roger Johnson today joined the advisory board of New Energy America, a new organization created to promote clean energy jobs in rural America. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 20th

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Lighthizer: NAFTA Negotiation at Warp Speed, May Not Be Successful

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said this week that negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement are moving at “warp speed,” but may lead to no agreement. Lighthizer said: “we don’t know whether we’re going to get to a conclusion. That’s the problem. We’re running very quickly somewhere.” Lighthizer says the U.S. would like to reach an agreement and conclude the negotiations with Canada and Mexico by the end of this year. He refused to answer any questions about whether the administration planned to propose a “sunset” provision to automatically terminate NAFTA after five years, unless countries agree to extend, according to Politico. Lighthizer made the comments during a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He also commented on China, calling the nation an “unprecedented” threat because of policies that subsidize domestic production, create national champions, force technology transfers and distort markets.

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Ag Exports, Trade Surplus, See Increases

Data from the Department of Agriculture shows exports of farm goods will push higher in 2017. A forecast compiled by USDA predicts the value of agricultural exports in fiscal year 2017 will hit nearly $140 billion, up $10 billion from fiscal year 2016. With stronger exports and modest import increases in 2017, the U.S. will have an agricultural trade surplus of roughly $23 billion compared to $7 billion last year. USDA says the increase reflects the improvement in the global economy, and it represents a lower value for the U.S. dollar to make a better deal for foreign buyers to purchase U.S. agricultural products, according to Farm Journal’s AgWeb. The initial fiscal year 2018 forecast shows exports will reach $139 billion, slightly lower than the current level.

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Bayer Seeking EU Review of Monsanto Deal

Bayer has asked the European Commission to extend its review deadline on its planned takeover of Monsanto. The move by Bayer, according to company officials, seeks to allow more time for Bayer to finalize the agreement. Dow Jones reports that in late June, Bayer filed a submission to obtain antitrust approval for the deal from the European Commission. The Commission initiated an in-depth investigation in August, and Bayer’s application this week requested a ten-working-day extension of the review deadline to January 22, 2018.The company says it requested the extension to facilitate “an appropriate evaluation given the size of the transaction.” Company officials say the deal remains on track to close early next year.

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Beef Cattle Contribute to Sustainable Food System

A recent study by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization says cattle raised for beef production play a key role in maintaining a sustainable food system. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports that the research essentially counters claims that beef production consumes too much human-edible feed, finding that cattle are net contributors to the global protein supply, and concludes that “modest yield improvements” can reduce further land expansion for feed production. The research shows that 86 percent of the feed cattle consume is grasses grown on marginal lands, not edible to humans. The study says: “Livestock play, and will continue to play, a critical role in adding value to these residual products, a large share of which could otherwise be an environmental burden.”

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Tyson Reevaluating Planned Facility After Locals Back Away from Incentives

Local officials in Kansas have backed away from an incentives package to bring a Tyson Foods processing facility to the northeast corner of the state. The Leavenworth County, Kansas Commission, voted 2-1 to rescind a previous resolution in favor of issuing $500 million in industrial revenue bonds to help finance the project. The resolution would have made the project eligible for an 80 percent property-tax reduction. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the company was disappointed in the County Commission’s decision Monday. The plant would employ roughly 1,600 employees, once completed. But, those plans are now in jeopardy after the county decision, which followed a town hall meeting that persuaded the local officials to oppose the project.

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Pecan Pies at Risk Following Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma’s destruction is putting the iconic Thanksgiving pecan pie at risk. The storm ripped through pecan orchards in Georgia, the number one grower of pecans in the nation, just weeks before harvest. The University of Georgia estimated that 30 percent of production may have been lost after high winds sent pods flying off branches and blew down trees. Bloomberg News reports that while pecans are a niche crop, the nuts are often associated with holiday desserts, and they’re among Georgia’s top agricultural commodities. Prices were already at the highest on record, averaging $2.59 a pound in the marketing year that ended in August 2016. Supply damage from Irma could mean even pricier pies for Thanksgiving. Pecan trees can produce for decades and some in the state are 100 years old, but any new trees planted won’t bear a crop for about five to seven years.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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