03-22-19 USDA-RMA: Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program

USDA-RMA: Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program
Retroactive Enrollment Begins March 25th

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019. Continue reading

03-22-19 CO Governor Polis joins legislators to introduce full-day kindergarten legislation

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Friday, March 22, 2018

Shelby Wieman | shelby.wieman@state.co.us | 303-957-6011


Colorado Governor Polis joins legislators to introduce full-day kindergarten legislation

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis joined legislators today to introduce full-day kindergarten legislation and highlight the $185 million set aside by the Joint Budget Committee to implement this legislation. These funds will fully fund anticipated full-day kindergarten enrollment at 1.0 this year and free up over 5,000 Early Childhood At-Risk Enhancement (ECARE) slots for preschool, representing the largest increase in early childhood education in the state’s history.

“This week we made huge progress  toward providing Colorado families with free, full-day kindergarten, said Governor Jared Polis. We are pleased that the Joint Budget Committee has recognized the enormous impact that free, full-day kindergarten would have in our state, and that legislators are introducing a bill to make this a reality. An investment in our children is an investment in our future.”

“Full-day kindergarten saves families money, frees up funding for over 5,000 free preschool slots, gives parents the option of going back to work sooner, and ensures that all children can get a strong start,” he continued.

This bill will fully fund full-day kindergarten through the School Finance Act formula. The bill also: Continue reading

03-21-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 21, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

  • Recap 2019 CO Ag Day at the Capitol (Livestream Archives)
  • Thoughts on Current Trade Issues (USMCA, New Brazilian Wheat Rade Announcement & China Trade War)
  • Thoughts on CO Legislation including: SB19-042, HB19-1032, SB19-181, SB19-1177, SB19-1257 & SB19-1258)
  • Support of Full Day Kindergarten Legislation
  • Sen Sonnenberg’s Committee Work, Resolutions & Bills
  • His thoughts on Recall Efforts for legislation, elected officials and regarding th Governor
  • Watch out for Ag on the Roadways & thoughts for fellow ag producers in neighboring states like NE, the Dakotas and others downriver…
  • & More

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

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03-21-19 Senator Donovan’s Climate Change Bill Passes the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee

Senator Donovan’s Climate Change Bill Passes the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee

Denver, CO – The Senate Transportation and Energy Committee today voted 5-to-2 to pass SB19-096, Collect Long Term Climate Change Data, a bill sponsored by Senator Kerry Donovan (D- Vail) to collect the necessary data to help Colorado track greenhouse gas emissions to meet reduction goals and protect our environment. The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“People in my district depend on clean land, water, and air for their personal enjoyment and livelihood, but climate change is putting that at risk,” said Senator Donovan. “This bill is an important step towards protecting our environment while ensuring that the businesses powering our local economies can continue to operate in the years ahead.” Continue reading

03-21-19 USDA Now Soliciting Applications for the American Lamb Board  

USDA Now Soliciting Applications for the American Lamb Board

USDA is seeking nominations for four vacancies to serve on the American Lamb Board starting in 2020 – a producer with less than 100 lambs, a producer with more than 500 lambs, an at-large feeder and a first handler (processor).

The American Lamb Board, established in 2002, is a national promotion, research and information organization (national checkoff program) whose purpose is to increase awareness and demand for American Lamb and increase the value of American Lamb for all segments of the industry.  The Board is appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and represents all sectors of the industry. The work of the American Lamb Board is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the board’s programs are supported and implemented by the staff in Denver, Colorado.

The 13-member board represents all sectors of the industry – six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer and three first handlers. The Board also represents all geographic regions and sizes of production.

Your current Board Members are: Continue reading

03-21-19 Senator Danielson’s Bill to Increase Awareness of Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Passes Senate Education Committee

Senator Danielson’s Bill to Increase Awareness of Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Passes Senate Education Committee

Denver, CO – The Senate Education Committee this afternoon voted 3-to-2 to pass SB19-171, Apprenticeships and Vocational Technical Training, a bill sponsored by Senator Jessie Danielson (D-Jefferson County) to increase awareness of apprenticeship and vocational technical training programs in Colorado. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“Every Coloradan deserves a fair shot at success, but no one follows the exact same path,” said Senator Danielson. “Apprenticeship and vocational training programs can give Coloradans a pathway to good-paying jobs and stable careers, but in order to make these valuable programs more accessible to all Coloradans, we need to make sure people know they exist.” Continue reading

03-21-19 USDA: USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Recent Flooding

USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Recent Flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2019 – To help residents, farmers, and ranchers affected by the devastation caused by recent flooding, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid people in their recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state, and county offices are responding and providing a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted communities at large.

“Recent flooding in the Midwest and along the Missouri and Mississippi River Valleys has caused devastating impacts across the region, and USDA has personnel and resources devoted to helping farmers and communities recover after this storm,” Secretary Perdue said. “I encourage area farmers and ranchers to contact their local USDA Service Center so we can work with them to identify the resources and tools needed to reestablish their operations. While farmers and ranchers in the area are resilient, the pain is real. We will do everything in our power at USDA to be as helpful as we possibly can.” Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Thu Mar 21, 2019 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.
 
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 4.39-4.67 3 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.91 4 higher
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
 
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03-21-19 Joint Release: Speaker Becker, Sens. Court & Priola Unveil Bipartisan Bills to Better Fund Public Schools, Transportation & Higher-Ed

 

Joint Release: Speaker Becker, Sens. Court & Priola Unveil Bipartisan Bills to Better Fund Public Schools, Transportation & Higher-Ed

Denver, CO — Speaker KC Becker, Sen. Kevin Priola and Sen. Lois Court introduced a bipartisan bill today to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit. Colorado has one of the best economies in the country but revenue limits restrict the state’s ability to benefit from economic growth during upturns and protect against downturns. As a result, Colorado’s investment in public schools consistently ranks at the bottom of the nation, and transportation is severely underfunded.

“This effort is supported by a broad, bipartisan coalition. This is about good governance,” said Speaker Becker, D-Boulder. “The TABOR cap is an antiquated fiscal policy that has severely limited Colorado’s ability to invest in basic functions of government-from public schools to transportation and health care.  It’s made our economy easier to bust when recessions hit and harder to boom when they end. This measure is not an answer to all of our fiscal problems, but it’s a critical first step in making sure our fiscal policy actually supports our way of life in Colorado.” Continue reading

03-21-19 Inside the 2019 Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol: Press Conference, Chef Interviews & More

CLICK HERE to view all of the video that was shot by The BARN on March 20th from the Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol event in Denver

Inside the 2019 Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol: Press Conference, Chef Interviews & More

DENVER, CO – March 20, 2019 – CO Ag Day at the Capitol  took place on March 20, 2019 and it was osted by the Colorado Ag Council. Check out the BARN’s coverage of the event including the press conference that featured:

Terry Fankhauser, Chairman of the CO Ag Council & Executive Director of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, CO Ag Commissioner KateGreenberg, CO Governor Jared Polis, CO Senator Kerry Donovan, CO Representative Dylan Roberts,  Foodbank of the Rockies CEO Erin Pulling and ACF CO Chefs Association Executive Director Colleen Ferreira

CLICK HERE to watch the Press Conference

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03-20-19 Colorado Sorghum hosting Meetings in Yuma March 26th and Granada March 27th

Colorado Sorghum hosting Meetings in Yuma March 26th and Granada March 27

The Colorado Sorghum Association will be having two meetings next week:
  • March 26 in Yuma at the golf course starting at 12 pm in conjunction with Smithfield foods.
  • March 27 in Granada at the Community Center starting at 10 am and running until 2 pm.
Please feel free to share this with anyone that would like to attend the meeting, and please RSVP to jordan@sorghumgrowers.com.
Attached is the meeting announcement.
Thank you,
Jordan Shearer, Executive Director

03-20-19 USDA Swears in 30 New Members to Potatoes USA’s Board: Three from Colorado

New members of Potatoes USA’s Board being sworn in on March 14 by Patricia Petrella from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

USDA Swears in 30 New Members to Potatoes USA’s Board

DENVER (March 20, 2019) — The Potatoes USA Annual Meeting was held March 11-14 in Denver, Colorado. During this meeting formal board business was conducted, including the swearing in of new members and the electing of new Administrative Committee members and new Executive Committee members.

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture appointed 30 new members to the board to serve three-year terms. They were sworn in on March 14 by Patricia Petrella, deputy director of the Promotion and Economics Division of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crops Program.

Each year, board members are nominated by the industry and are then appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Potatoes USA’s board has about 100 members, which consists of growers, importers and one public member.

New board members are: Continue reading

03-19-19 Colorado River Basin States Move Forward with Contingency Plan to Address Looming Crisis

Colorado River Basin States Move Forward with Contingency Plan to Address Looming Crisis

DENVER – The seven Colorado River Basin States of Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming signed a letter to Congress today requesting legislation to implement a negotiated contingency plan that responds to the historic dry conditions and the effects of climate change on the Colorado River.

“Water is the lifeblood of the West. We all have a vested interest in the management of the Colorado River,” Governor Jared Polis said. “Thanks to the excellent work from each of the Basin States, we are in position to ensure lasting success for the Colorado River, its environment, economy, and future.”

The announcement comes on the deadline set by the Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman for the Basin States to address the situation or provide her agency with input as to Colorado River operations and management. Continue reading

03-19-19 New Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director announced

New Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director announced

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Natural Resources today announced that Jeff Robbins is the new director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). Robbins had served as acting director of the commission since January 17.

“Jeff’s expertise in the oil and gas industry has already proven to be a tremendous asset to the commission,” said Dan Gibbs, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. “We are excited to be able to appoint him as COGCC’s new director.”

“I am honored to be appointed director, and I thank DNR Director Dan Gibbs for giving me this opportunity,” Robbins said. Continue reading

03-19-19 CFB Policy Watch: Oil and gas ban is moving through the house, New HIT delay legislation and more

Legislature Continues to Force SB19-181 on Coloradans

SB19-181 continues to move its way through the legislature. After 12 and a half hours of testimony, the bill passed out of the House Energy and Environment committee at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after no amendments were presented.

SB19-181 is a threat to property owners and property rights across the state. CFB has always been a strong supporter of these rights and the rights of farmers and ranchers to use and manage their property to their best and most profitable uses for those owners.

The next hearing for SB19-181 will be the House Finance Committee on Monday afternoon.

Thank you to all those that completed the calls-to-action and signed up to testify both remotely and in person. Please keep up the fight and continue to respond and this bill keeps making its way through the process. Your work is very appreciated and it DOES make a difference!

New “Delay the HIT” Legislation Introduced Again

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03-19-19 Wheat Farmers Welcome New Export Opportunity from Trump Administration Agreement with Brazil

Wheat Farmers Welcome New Export Opportunity from Trump Administration Agreement with Brazil

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome today’s announcement by President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil has agreed to implement a duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) for wheat, a longstanding obligation under Brazil’s World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. This agreement opens an annual opportunity for U.S. wheat farmers to compete on a level playing field for 750,000 metric tons (about 28 million bushels) of wheat under the TRQ.

“We are grateful to the Trump Administration for championing the interests of U.S. farmers and specifically to Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney for prioritizing the issue of Brazil’s TRQ commitment,” said Chris Kolstad, USW Chairman and a wheat farmer from Ledger, Mont. “This new opportunity gives us the chance to apply funding from the Agricultural Trade Program and other programs to build stronger relationships with Brazilian millers and a more consistent market there for U.S. wheat.” Continue reading

03-19-19 Inside the BARN with Hugh Sanburg, Cattlemen’s Beef Board Secretary-Treasurer: Producer Attitude Survey and More…

Inside the BARN with Hugh Sanburg, Cattlemen’s Beef Board Secretary-Treasurer

Producer Attitude Survey and More…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – March 19, 2019 – According to a recent Producer Attitude Survey conducted by the Beef Checkoff…80% of beef producers nationwide say the Beef Checkoff Program helps drive demand for beef, that was just ONE of the major findings by a third party and independent research firm – to help gauge beef producers’ awareness, overall sentiment and their concerns about the Beef Checkoff Program. For more about the survey and more about the Beef Checkoff Program my guest on the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is Hugh Sanburg, Secretary/Treasurer of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion Board

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03-18-19 RMFU: Colorado Senate Keeps Going During Blizzard

RMFU: Colorado Senate Keeps Going During Blizzard

By Ed Bowditch, RMFU Government Relations For Colorado

Despite more long nights, the speed of the legislature stalled this week as procedural debates on Monday delayed Senate floor work on the death penalty and oil and gas reform bills. Those debates transitioned from the legislature to the courts where Republicans filed suit against Senate President Garcia on Tuesday. As the storm ravaged the state Wednesday, the Senate continued working to make up for lost time while the House took a snow day. That evening, the FAMLI leave bill passed its first committee hearing in Senate Business. Thursday picked up pace and by Friday, we closed the week with a positive quarterly revenue forecast, triggering the negotiations on the state budget and priority areas for surplus spending. Our official bill count continues to rise slowly, increasing to 437 bills to-date.

Here is our full bill report

Bill action this week: 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…

03-18-19 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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03-15-19 CLA NEWS: Hotel Deadline Extended! CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration

 

CLA NEWS: Hotel Deadline Extended! CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration

GREELEY, CO – The deadline for the reduced hotel rate of $142.00 per night has been extended to March 23, 2019. Book your hotel room today for Colorado Livestock Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration April 3-4, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado.

Highlights of this year’s event include a keynote presentation by Stephen Laughlin, Vice President & General Manager, Global Consumer Industry, IBM Corporation, a dueling pianos show by Wild Ivories Productions and a panel discussion with experts on legal issues, regulatory concerns, and the future political landscape in Colorado.

Don’t miss this year’s event!

Book a Hotel Room

View the Full Schedule

Register Online

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03-19-19 Make Plans to Attend the 2019 3R Symposium in Windsor CO on April 11-12

CLICK HERE to see the complete agenda and for registration information

Make Plans to Attend the 2019 3R Symposium in Windsor CO on April 11-12

EMCEE: Trent Loos- 6th generation farmer & rancher, host of Rural Route Radio, globally recognized agriculture advocate

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03-07-19 Reminder from Colorado Corn: Stewardship Applications Due April 19th

Reminder from Colorado Corn: Stewardship Applications Due April 19th
Two years ago, Colorado Corn Growers Association started the Farm Stewardship Award to recognize members in good standing who were demonstrating best management practices on their farm related to soil, water, and/ or air stewardship. Applications are due by April 19, 2019 revised from the March 15th due date. The announcement of the winner will be made during the Colorado Corn Annual Meeting in Greeley, CO to be held on December 4th, 2019.
What kind of criteria is needed?

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Statement of Senators Court and Pettersen on Second Reading Passage of Life-Saving Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Legislation

Statement of Senators Court and Pettersen on Second Reading Passage of Life-Saving Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Legislation

Denver, CO — After nearly 12 hours of debate, the Colorado State Senate today voted to advance HB19-1177, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, a bill sponsored by Senators Lois Court (D-Denver) and Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) that will protect Coloradans and save lives by creating a way to act before warning signs escalate into tragedies, to a third and final reading in the Senate. In response, Senators Court and Pettersen released the following statements:

“Extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) will save lives by keeping firearms out of the hands of people who are at risk of harming themselves and others,” said Senator Court. “Despite obstructionist tactics deployed by Republicans to slow down the process after hours of debate, we were able to move this life-saving legislation forward. The goal for Republicans has never been to develop good policy, it has been to obstruct the legislative process. But Democrats are here to do the work, and I am confident this valuable legislation will become law.”

“While we were debating this life-saving legislation, I was devastated to find out that a Parkland survivor recently took her own life. It is unacceptable to continue to do nothing,” said Senator Petterson. “I grew up in Colorado, I was at Chatfield High School when the Columbine shooting happened, my brother took his own life, and I am sick of seeing gun-related tragedy after gun-related tragedy. This legislation will save lives and I am proud that we are one step closer to it become law.”

For more information about HB19-1177, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1177.

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

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

Unchanged Interest Rates in 2019 Better for Agriculture

With the Federal Reserve hinting at leaving interest rates unchanged in 2019, the farm economy has one less chance for deterioration. Low-interest rates have been cited as the reason the current farm economy has not reached the crisis seen in the 1980s. Politico reports that while farmers are having losses, those losses don’t compare to the 1980s when interest rates were between 10 and 20 percent, compared to the five or six percent rates seen today. Despite declining farm income and low commodity prices, the low-interest rates are keeping land values strong. The Federal Reserve bank this week signaled interest rates will not likely be raised in 2019, veering away from the previous plan that included two interest rate hikes this year. Chairman Jerome Powell noted that there is “major uncertainty” regarding the U.S. economic picture, suggesting that the outlook is overall positive, but growth “is slowing somewhat more than expected.”

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EPA Likely to Grant Partial Biofuel Waivers for 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to issue partial waivers to some of the 39 refiners asking for a reprieve from the Renewable Fuel Standard. Reuters reports the EPA is set to decide on its pending 2018 exemption applications by the end of March, the compliance-year deadline under the RFS. Officials close to the issue say the EPA seems likely to issue partial waivers, a move only made once by the EPA in the past. Expansion under the waiver program has angered farmers, as the waivers reduce ethanol demand. Just last week, reports showed ethanol consumption declined last year for the first time 20 years in the United States. Under the trump administration and then EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, the number of small refinery exemptions granted went from seven in 2015 to at least 34 in 2017. The waivers are intended for small refiners, but the EPA granted waivers to facilities owned by billion-dollar oil companies, including Chevron and Exxon Mobil.

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Flood Losses Include Fields, Facilities and Stored Grains

Flood losses along the Missouri River include farm ground and farm facilities, along with stored grains and livestock. The flooding came quick for many, leaving little time to evacuate farm products, animals and equipment. Those damages, topping $1 billion from flooding in a four-state area, includes rural roads, bridges and public infrastructure such as schools. Lawmakers are prepping to quickly consider adding the flooding to a large disaster bill when Congress returns to session next week. However, officials in states like Nebraska say the impact is not yet tallied, as the adverse conditions linger. Meanwhile, flooding continues to move downstream, and weather officials warn of more flooding this spring as the snowmelt begins and broken levees leave large areas unprotected. The National Weather Service Kansas City office reported Thursday the Missouri River was discharging 315,000 cubic feet per second at Rulo, Nebraska, where the river beat its 1993 records earlier in the week. NWS says that’s enough water to fill Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium in under nine minutes. The stadium has room for more than 76,000 football fans and stands 260 feet tall.

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Long Term Outlook Shows Trade Issues to Define the Next Ten Years

A long-term outlook from the Department of Agriculture predicts trade will continue to dictate the agriculture sector over the next ten years. Specifically, the report says that over the next several years, the agricultural sector will continue to adjust to the ongoing China-U.S. trade dispute. USDA’s Agriculture Projections to 2028 report out this week shows an improved environment, including a continued increase in trade, supports growing global demand for agricultural products. However, slowing global economic growth rates and a relatively strong dollar are expected to weigh on growth in U.S. agricultural exports. The 102-page report does predict increases in nearly all U.S. agricultural exports, adding developing countries will continue to account for most of the growth. However, regarding China, trade tariffs are limiting demand, and the report assumes those tariffs to continue through the projection period. Any trade outcome with China could drastically change U.S. exports to China, making the trade talks a vital step for the next ten years.

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Pork Essentially Free of Veterinary Drug Residues

A survey by the Department of Agriculture shows no veterinary drug residues were found and none at levels that even approached U. S. regulatory limits in pork samples. The Survey by the USDA Agricultural Research Service looked at more than 1,000 pork kidney samples. The findings, according to USDA, signal that U.S. pork producers are using veterinary compounds properly and indicate that veterinary drug residues in pork are not posing a health concern to U.S. consumers. A total of 1040 pork kidneys were purchased from four grocery stores in the Midwest and tested for residues of five commonly used veterinary drugs and feed additives. Pork kidneys are commonly used as an indicator meat as they are readily accessible and tend to concentrate drug residues compared to more commonly consumed muscle meats. Only six samples, or 0.58 percent, were positive when screened for antibiotics, indicating those samples potentially contained antibiotic residues.

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Chinese Leaders Visit NCGA Offices

Two business leaders from China visited the National Corn Growers Association’s offices this week to discuss the U.S. corn industry and NCGA’s role in working to create opportunities for farmers. Robyn Allscheid, NCGA director of Research and Productivity, said the visitors were intrigued by NCGA’s focused mission of sustainably in a way that is profitable for the nearly 40,000 dues-paying members nationwide, as well as the 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs. The two officials from China are part of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs International Visitor Leadership Program. The program connects current and emerging leaders who travel to the U.S. for programs that reflect their professional interests and U.S. Foreign Policy Goals. Allsheid says they were “were very interested in how farmers make independent planting decisions but also the role the market plays in determining corn prices.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-21-19 NACD: HINKHOUSE SELECTED TO CHAIR JOINT FORESTRY TEAM

NACD: HINKHOUSE SELECTED TO CHAIR JOINT FORESTRY TEAM

WASHINGTON – March 21, 2019 – Wyoming’s Jennifer Hinkhouse has been selected to chair the Joint Forestry Team (JFT) for 2019. Hinkhouse is the district manager of the Campbell County Conservation District and serves as a supervisor for neighboring Crook County Natural Resource District.

Hinkhouse was formally introduced as this year’s chair during the JFT’s annual in-person meeting, held March 11 in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Hinkhouse said. “I’m excited to help the Joint Forestry Team manage this year’s set of priority tasks.” Continue reading

03-21-19 NAWG: Flooding in Nebraska Demonstrates the Importance of Maintaining Crop Insurance

NAWG: Flooding in Nebraska Demonstrates the Importance of Maintaining Crop Insurance

Washington, D.C. (March 21, 2019) – As floods pummel through the Midwest, NAWG extends its support and consideration to those farmers and ranchers who are facing the devastating aftermath. As growers work to pull through, NAWG calls for state and federal governments to use all resources available to help those impacted.

“Our hearts go out to those farmers and ranchers across the Midwest who have been hit with unprecedented flooding,” stated NAWG President and Lavon, Texas wheat farmer Ben Scholz. “Disasters like this one not only mean damage to the crop but loss of buildings, equipment, and infrastructure.” Continue reading