11-14-18 US Senator Bennet Pushes for Emergency Watershed Protection Funds for Wildfire Recovery in Colorado

US Senator Bennet Pushes for Emergency Watershed Protection Funds for Wildfire Recovery in Colorado

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today sent a letter to Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey requesting the approval of Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) funds for wildfire recovery projects in Colorado.

“Colorado’s 2018 wildfire season was one of the most destructive ever and recovery efforts are underway,” Bennet wrote. “Without emergency watershed restoration, there will continue to be a high degree of risk to lives and property from debris flow and flooding as a result of these fires. We request that you formally approve EWP funds as soon as possible.”

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Wed Nov 14, 2018 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas

Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.

*Basis Change*
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 4.51-4.71 1 to 6 lower
Up to 12 percent protein

US 2 Yellow Corn 3.82 steady

US 2 Barley – – not available

Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market News Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
Greeley.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews
http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR110.txt

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11-13-18 NCGA: Tell Congress: Pass the Farm Bill Now!

NCGA: Tell Congress: Pass the Farm Bill Now!

Time is running out for Congress to pass a Farm Bill before major programs lapse at the end of the year. Adjourning for the year without passing a new bill will leave farmers without the safety and stability needed in this time of low prices, falling farm incomes, and trade uncertainty. With only a few joint legislative days left, farmers need Congressional leaders to compromise on a strong, bipartisan, Farm Bill now. Tell Congress to get it done!
To make your voice heard go to: www.votervoice.net/NCGA/campaigns/61616/respond

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11-13-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Chad Shelton of Albaugh, LLC…

Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Chad Shelton of Albaugh, LLC:

CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide exceeded expectations in 2018 performance evaluation trials

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) November 13, 2018 –  CoAXium™ Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide nearly doubles returns by controlling grassy weeds. According to a press release dated October 31st the CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide exceeded expectations in 2018 performance evaluation trials, demonstrating visibly superior control of feral rye (cereal rye), downy brome and jointed goatgrass.  Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss those impressive results is Chad Shelton, Global Proprietary Products Director at Albaugh LLC

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11-13-18 Colorado AgrAbility Project: Roberta Schweitzer, Preventing Farmer Suicide and Opioid Misuse

Colorado AgrAbility Project: Roberta Schweitzer, Preventing Farmer Suicide and Opioid Misuse

Geared specifically for folks working in Agriculture or working in Mental health or drug rehab services

Colorado State University will host Roberta Schweitzer, Ph.D., R.N., FCN. Her clinical specialty is in rural community mental health promotion.

Dr. Schweitzer will present “Preventing Farmer Suicide and Opioid Misuse: Practical Information for Agricultural Professionals working with Colorado Farmers and Ranchers and Their Families” at Colorado State University on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 (9:00 – 4:00) in the Lory Student Center Room 302 Longs Peak. It is for professionals working with farm and ranch families with disabilities. Continue reading

11-13-18 USDA: Vote in Your County Committee Election

USDA: Vote in Your County Committee Election

Let us fill you in on a little secret. We love our customers! We value local input from farmers, ranchers, and foresters, like you. One way we facilitate the connection between the producers we serve and the programs we administer is through the USDA Farm Service Agency locally-elected county committees.

“It is so important to have farmers willing to serve on their county committees to share their experiences and offer different perspectives so committees can make informed decisions,” said Terri Wilfert, a member of the Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, Farm Service Agency County Committee.

Terri was elected to her committee in 2010 and currently serves as chairperson.
Terri was elected to her committee in 2010 and currently serves as chairperson.

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11-13-18 Colorado Farm Bureau Partners with Denver Business Journal to Recognize Excellence in State’s Second Largest Industry

Colorado Farm Bureau Partners with Denver Business Journal to Recognize Excellence in State’s Second Largest Industry

Centennial, CO — The Colorado Farm Bureau and the Denver Business Journal today announced a call for nominations for the first-ever Who’s Who in Colorado Agriculture recognition. The new program seeks to highlight excellent leaders within the agriculture industry, whose position, knowledge or expertise helps guide the sector in Colorado.

“As we begin celebrating CFB’s 100th year of promoting and protecting the future of agriculture, we thought a great way to do that is to highlight and recognize those people who make our industry and way of life so great,” said Chad Vorthmann, executive vice president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “As the second largest driver to Colorado’s economy, we have a big talent pool to draw from.” 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…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

11-12-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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11-13-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Extended Preview

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11-12-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Maggie Hanna

CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Maggie Hanna

BRIGGSDALE, CO – November 12, 2018 – Welcome to CALP Corner here inside the BARN, where you’ll get the opportunity to meet each one of the participants of the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program within Class 13. This week my guest is Maggie Hanna…

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Want to learn more about the 28th Annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture Feb 27, 2019 in Denver – CLICK HERE

Want to learn more about the CALP Program – CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to listen to other CALP Class 13 Member Interviews

Keep checking inside the BARN for the next edition of CALP Corner!

11-14-18 USDA Names Members to the National Watermelon Promotion Board

USDA Names Members to the National Watermelon Promotion Board

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of sixteen members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2021.

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11-14-18 Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and Tate & Lyle Announce Sustainably-Sourced Corn Collaboration

Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and Tate & Lyle Announce Sustainably-Sourced Corn Collaboration

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. and HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (Nov. 14, 2018) – Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and global ingredient supplier Tate & Lyle today announced a new collaboration to advance conservation practices on Midwest farms – specifically in sourcing sustainable corn. The relationship enables Tate & Lyle, a significant user of U.S.-grown corn, to enhance sustainable agriculture by helping corn farmers target and measure the impact of their environmental stewardship efforts, using the latest technology.

The collaboration leverages the Truterra™ Insights Engine, a new interactive on-farm digital platform from Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, that helps farmers scale their environmental stewardship efforts and assess return-on-investment in real time, acre-by-acre. In turn, the Truterra Insights Engine supports Tate & Lyle to have greater visibility of its environmental footprint beyond the factory gates, enabling the company and its customers to make informed decisions about their supply chain environmental strategies.

“This collaboration bolsters Tate & Lyle’s efforts to increase sustainability throughout the value chain, using the industry-leading Truterra Insights Engine,” said Matt Carstens, Senior Vice President of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. “Our on-farm conservation practices and technology support a two-pronged approach to sustainability – helping protect natural resources while improving farmer livelihoods. Consumers care deeply about how their food is produced. Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN can aid in implementing specific conservation practices to achieve broader sustainability goals for food companies like Tate & Lyle – and help them demonstrate the results in clear terms.”


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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 14th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 14th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Little Room for Farm Bill in Lame Duck

The prospect of getting a farm bill finished in the lame duck session appears low, as there is much the conference committee must agree on. Lawmakers returned to work this week with a busy lame duck session in store, and a farm bill full of disagreements on policy. The House and Senate must work quickly to also pass federal funding items by early December. Politico reports House Ag Committee leadership met briefly early this week, but appears no decisions have been made. Representative Collin Peterson, the expected House Ag Committee Chairman next year, has been adamant that he does not want to rewrite a farm bill next year. Current Chair, Mike Conaway, has previously said that the two are looking to “figure out a way to get a House offer” that is passible by the Senate. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa told reporters Tuesday that a one-year extension of the 2014 farm bill may be needed, as the farm bill debate could extend into next year.

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American Bankers Association Offers Tips for Strong Ag Marketing Plans

A strong marketing plan is the key for success for farmers dealing with depressed prices, according to the American Bankers Association. A tip-sheet released by the association offers farmers a few simple tips to develop and maintain a solid marketing plan. “A well-developed marketing plan can take some of the price risk off the table, which is especially important in today’s ag economy,” according to an ABA spokesperson. For farmers, ABA says you should know your break-even costs, act on opportunity to profit, set and stick to goals, remove emotion from marketing, keep things simple, avoid spot markets and understand the tools available to you. The information was developed by the ABA Agricultural and Rural Bankers Committee. The Association released the tips in conjunction with its National Agricultural Bankers Conference held in Omaha, Nebraska, this week.

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USMEF, NPB, USDA Launch Pork 2040

The National Pork Board, the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that they will engage in a foresight-based marketing study called Pork 2040. The study will investigate changing consumer attitudes and trends in developed and emerging U.S. pork export markets in 17 defined countries. The effort will be more comprehensive than previous efforts,  investigating the factors that shape consumer opinion and markets. The study will also focus on forecasting the pork and pork-product demand landscape over the next several decades to help determine where best to invest Checkoff resources. Finally, the research will assess trends in the development of new production and marketing technologies, as well as growing environmental concerns and in emerging legal, trade and regulatory regimes around the globe. China, which has a growing and increasingly urban population base, will be the first country studied through Pork 2040. A research platform will be developed to enable the U.S. pork industry to design and implement a long-term strategy for U.S. pork consumption in China and to add context to one of the most critical export markets.

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Roberts Could Seek Another Senate Term

The next farm bill is the top priority for Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts as many begin speculating if he will make another bid for his Senate seat in two years. Roberts, who has chaired both the House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee in his tenure, remains focused on finishing the 2018 farm bill. However, the current atmosphere in Washington could delay the farm bill into 2019. McClatchy News reports that if Roberts does run again for his Senate seat, he may face a primary challenger, as he did in 2014. If the presently 82-year-old lawmaker retires, the candidates for his seat could be Roger Marshall, who currently represents the First District of Kansas in the U.S. House., or Kevin Yoder, who lost his House seat during the midterm election. Agriculture Committee ties run deep in Kansas as Marshall serves on the House Ag Committee, and Yoder served on the House Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture. Also, Jerry Moran, the junior Senator from Kansas, serves on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and has served on the House Agriculture Committee.

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Espy, Hyde-Smith to Debate Ahead of Runoff

Mike Espy and Cindy-Hyde Smith of Mississippi will hold a debate at the Mississippi Farm Bureau ahead of a runoff vote for the Senate seat formerly held by Thad Cochran. Hyde-Smith, a former state agriculture director, was appointed to the seat earlier this year. The winner of the runoff will take the Senate seat for the remainder of Cochran’s term, two years. Espy is a former USDA Ag Secretary in the Clinton years, serving one year, before resigning over questions related to his use of government perks and gifts. Espy was indicted, but later acquitted of all charges. He has since practiced private law, including representing the National Black Farmers Association. Espy is the first African American U.S. ag secretary, and Hyde-Smith is the first female senator from Mississippi, as well as the first female ag director for the state. Smith won the most votes during the midterm elections, but did not get more than 50 percent of the vote, trigging the special election. The two will debate on November 20th. The runoff election is November 27th.

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October Combine Sales Decline

Combine sales declined in October while sales of tractors remained mostly flat. The Association of Equipment Manufacturer’s October Ag Tractor and Combine Report shows overall sales remained positive year-to-date. U.S. sales of self-propelled combines declined seven percent in October compared to last year, and U.S. sales of four-wheel-drive tractors were flat with a one-percent drop month-over-month. October year-to-date growth in U.S. sales reached 17 percent for combines and growth of 13.5 percent for four-wheel-drive tractors. Total October U.S. sales of two-wheel-drive tractors grew six percent compared to last year: a nine percent gain for under-40 horsepower tractors, a five-percent increase for 40-100 horsepower tractors, and a drop of eight percent for 100-plus horsepower tractors. October year-to-date growth for overall U.S. sales of two-wheel-drive tractors topped seven percent.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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11-13-18 Beef Sustainability Group to Address Importance of Stakeholder Engagement at Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Denver

Beef Sustainability Group to Address Importance of Stakeholder Engagement at Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Denver

DENVER (November 13, 2018) – Stakeholders in agriculture sustainability will hear from the nation’s leading beef sustainability group, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), at the 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Summit November 14-15 in Denver.

The presentation, In the Hot Seat: U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Confronts Criticism of its National Beef Sustainability Framework, will look at the draft USRSB Sustainability Framework, public comments to the Framework and USRSB’s responses. The purpose of the Framework is to establish a set of resources for companies and operations in the value chain to assess their individual sustainability.

The presentation will be moderated by Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, Ph.D., the USRSB Chair and Director of Sustainability for JBS USA. Panelists include USRSB members: Gary Bates, Ph.D., Professor and Beef Forage Center Director, University of Tennessee; Chad Ellis, Industry Relations and Stewardship Manager, Noble Research Institute; Nancy Labbe, Senior Ranching and Conservation Program Officer, World Wildlife Fund; Rob Manes, Director, The Nature Conservancy-Kansas; and Brad White, DVM, Professor and Beef Cattle Institute Director, Kansas State University.

“The roundtable work is supported by a diverse group of stakeholders,” said Ben Weinheimer, chair- elect of the USRSB and vice president of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. “Our framework is not only supported by the beef value chain, but also NGOs, academia, research and conservation organizations.” Continue reading

11-13-18 NCGA: Deadline Extended! National Corn Yield Contest Harvest Entries Due Nov. 26

NCGA: Deadline Extended!  National Corn Yield Contest Harvest Entries Due Nov. 26th

With farmers in many states experiencing harvest difficulties due to weather, the National Corn Growers Association has extended the deadline by which National Corn Yield Contest entrants must report by ten days to Nov. 26. This additional time is to allow entrants who have had to delay harvesting because of the unfavorable conditions a chance to fully participate in this exciting contest.
The online harvest entry is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry. Login does require submission of the entrant’s NCGA membership number.
To complete, entrants will upload weigh tickets and a yield calculation worksheet that details the number of rows harvested and length of each pass. Prior to upload, both documents must be signed by the contest supervisor. A tutorial video is available online.
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11-13-18 Nettles appointed to Northern Water board

Nettles joins Northern and Subdistrict boards

BERTHOUD – David Nettles, P.E., has been named to the Northern Water Board of Directors and Municipal Subdistrict Board of Directors as a representative from Weld County. He replaces Kenton Brunner, who left the board in September after 24 years of service.

Nettles most recently served as the Colorado Division 1 Water Engineer, managing water resources in the South Platte, Laramie and Republican river basins. A native of Louisiana, he earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Louisiana Tech and a master’s degree in agricultural engineering at Colorado State University. He worked for the state of Montana on issues surrounding federal reserved water rights before joining Colorado’s Division of Water Resources in 1986. He became an assistant division engineer in the Division 1 office in 1991, the lead assistant division engineer in 2003 and the division engineer in 2010, when current Northern Water employee Jim Hall retired from the position. Nettles retired from the position in June 2018. Continue reading

11-13-18 American Red Cross Launches First Aid for Opioid Overdoses Course

American Red Cross Launches First Aid for Opioid Overdoses Course

New online training helps people respond to opioid overdoses and save lives

Denver, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – The American Red Cross has launched First Aid for Opioid Overdoses – an online course to teach people how to respond to a known or suspected opioid overdose.

“An opioid overdose is a life-threatening emergency,” said Lynda Monsey, Lead Volunteer for Red Cross Health Services in Colorado.  “When you suspect an opioid overdose, it’s important to start providing care immediately.” Continue reading

11-13-18 USDA Partners with Communities to Bring High-Speed Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure to Rural Areas

USDA Partners with Communities to Bring High-Speed Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure to Rural Areas

More than 27,000 Businesses and Residents to Get Improved e-Connectivity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing in infrastructure projects in a dozen states (PDF, 132 KB) to improve e-Connectivity in rural communities.

“In the modern economy, rural broadband is a lifeline to quality of life and economic opportunity,” Hazlett said. “With that impact, USDA is fiercely committed under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Perdue on expanding access to e-Connectivity in rural America.” Continue reading

11-13-18 Field to Market, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN announce new capability for farmers to quantify stewardship

Field to Market, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN announce new capability for farmers to quantify stewardship

Truterra Insights Engine to integrate sustainability metrics from Field to Market’s updated Fieldprint®Platform

DENVER, Colo. (Nov. 13, 2018) – Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN today announced the forthcoming availability of Field to Market’s sustainability metrics within the new Truterra™ Insights Engine from Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN in mid-December. Land O’Lakes is the first partner that will integrate fully with the latest version of Field to Market’s Fieldprint Platform released this month.

“We are proud to partner with Land O’Lakes to give farmers even greater choice in assessing the sustainability performance of their management practices and respond to growing interest across the value chain in where and how commodity crops are grown,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market. “This collaboration integrates Field to Market’s sustainability insights alongside the stewardship and agronomic analysis for which Land O’Lakes WinField United ag-retailer owners are known—helping farmers make decisions that benefit the air, soil, water and their business.”

“The addition of Fieldprint Platform sustainability metrics to the Truterra Insights Engine is a key asset supporting the agricultural and food supply chain to utilize Truterra for data-driven insights,” said Matt Carstens, senior vice president of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. “This work enhances the ability for farmers and ag retailers to bolster their stewardship reporting across many commodities, crops and commitments – and it cements the Truterra Insights Engine as a go-to, farm-to-fork solution for food companies who turn to the Fieldprint Platform to track sustainability results achieved in the field.”

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11-13-18 USS Colorado Commissioning Committee establishes scholarship fund

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GROTON, Conn. (Dec. 3, 2016) A panorama composite photograph compiled from several images shows the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivering remarks during the christening ceremony of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN 788). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class Armando Gonzales/Released)

USS Colorado Commissioning Committee establishes scholarship fund

The USS Colorado Commissioning Committee is proud to announce that they have established a $100,000 scholarship fund benefitting the crew and families of USS Colorado (SSN 788). This long-term goal of the Committee was made possible through the generous donations by citizens and companies of Colorado and others who contributed to their fundraising campaign. Each year two $ 2,000 scholarships may be awarded to crew members, former crew members or members of their families. The scholarship fund will be administered by the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation. Continue reading

11-13-18 CSU: 2019 Poudre Pioneer Award nominations now being accepted

CSU: 2019 Poudre Pioneer Award nominations now being accepted

A variety of people have made major impacts over the years to help support the vision of making the Cache la Poudre River an excellent example of a “healthy working river,” and the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group would like to again recognize one of those key contributors.

The PRTI is seeking nominations for its “Poudre Pioneer Award,” and will recognize the honoree at the Poudre River Forum on Feb. 1, 2019, at the Drake Centre in Fort Collins. Each year, the Forum brings together those who farm on the Poudre, drink beer from the Poudre, and advocate for Poudre health to learn from one another and to explore how we might move from conflict to collaboration in regard to the Poudre.

The “Poudre Pioneer Award,” winner will be selected prior to the Forum and invited to share a short acceptance speech. The PRTI will also highlight the recipient of the award through a press release to local media. Continue reading

11-13-18 National Pork Board and U.S. Meat Export Federation to Partner on Pork 2040

National Pork Board and U.S. Meat Export Federation to
Partner on Pork 2040

Request for proposals being accepted for China insights

DES MOINES, IOWA – Nov. 13, 2018 – The National Pork Board, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that they will engage in a foresight-based marketing study called Pork 2040. The study will investigate changing consumer attitudes and trends in developed and emerging U.S. pork export markets in 17 defined countries.

“Previous international marketing studies centered only on quantitative statistics to define demand, production and market access,” said Bill Luckey, chair of the Checkoff’s International Marketing committee and a pork producer from Columbus, Nebraska. “This unique effort will be more comprehensive, investigating the relevant qualitative factors that shape consumer opinion and hence markets. The study will focus on forecasting the pork and pork-product demand landscape over the next several decades to help determine where best to invest our limited Checkoff resources.”

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