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07-21-16 FSA-Logan County: Declining Wheat Prices & Loan Deficiency Payments

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Declining Wheat Prices & Loan Deficiency Payments

The Logan County Farm Service Agency, County Executive Director, Sherry Lederhos, would like to notify agriculture producers of the availability of Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP’s) due to the declining wheat prices.

“Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) are a marketing tool available to producers beginning upon harvest” said Lederhos. “The LDP helps agricultural producers to meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows, allowing the producer to delay the sale of the commodity until more favorable market conditions emerge.” Continue reading

07-20-16 Colorado Pork Producers seek Producers to serve as Board Members…

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Colorado Pork Producers seek Producers to serve as Board Members

The Colorado Pork Producers Council seeks candidates to run for four vacant positions on the CPPC Board of directors.  The election will be held August 25 in the Colorado Building, Pueblo,  Colorado, at the CPPC annual meeting.  The following is the criteria for membership and to run for a board position.    Continue reading

07-20-16 Colorado Pork Producers announce Annual Meeting at CSF Aug 25th…

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The Colorado Pork Producers Association announce their annual meeting and invite anyone who raises hogs in Colorado and their guests, to attend.  The event will be held August 25, at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in the Colorado Building, Pueblo, Colorado, and will kick off the State Fair hog shows beginning August 26. Continue reading

07-20-16 Produce Industry Urged to “Save the Date” for CFVGA’s 3rd Annual Conference…

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Produce Industry Urged to “Save the Date” for  Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association 3rd Annual Conference

Feb. 21, 2016, Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel
The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is urging all Coloradoans connected to the produce industry to put Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 on their calendars as the day for the organization’s third annual conference. The full-day conference will build on last year’s event, which was attended by more than 300 people, including 20 produce buyers, 35 exhibitors and 30 speakers.
“The conference will feature networking opportunities, business contact introductions and a chance to learn what is new in our industry,” said CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Family Farms, Brighton, Colo. “The conference committee has been hard at working planning another great event. Program details will be relayed once confirmed.” Continue reading

CSU is on the road to Greeley, Fort Morgan, Yuma, and Sterling Aug 22-23…

CSU Alumni Tour - On the Road - Fall 2016Colorado State University is on the road to Greeley, Fort Morgan, Yuma, and Sterling on Aug 22 & 23

The Colorado State University Alumni Association invites you to a free community reception with CSU President Tony Frank and Alumni Association Executive Director Kristi Bohlender.  Connect with fellow alumni and community members and celebrate your impact on CSU! All community members are welcome.

Monday, Aug. 22

  • Greeley, Colo. | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Location to be determined
  • Fort Morgan, Colo. | 5:30-7 p.m.  @ Elaine’s Place

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Yuma, Colo. | 7:30-9 a.m.  @ Indian Hills Golf Club

Sterling, Colo. | 5:30-7 p.m. @ Reck Agri Realty & Auction

Register for one or more of these community receptions by Aug. 18, using the link below.  

If you have questions or wish to register directly, please contact the Office of CSU Events at (877) 498-7787 or CSUEvents-Alumni@colostate.edu.

To register and for more information about the CSU Alumni Association Community Receptions, please click here.

07-19-16 Centennial Farms awards event to honor 23 Colorado farming families

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DENVER (July 19, 2016)—Twenty-three Colorado families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more will be honored at the 30th Centennial Farms awards ceremony held on August 26 at the Colorado State Fair.

The families will receive a certificate commemorating the event, as well as a sign to display on their farm or ranch. Some elected representatives of the families’ districts will be present. The families will be available for photographs and interviews following the ceremony.

Since 1986, History Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado State Fair have partnered to administer the Centennial Farms program. The Colorado Tourism Office has been a partner since 2015.

This year’s Centennial Farms:

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07-19-16 Syngenta introduces two new high-yielding AgriPro® brand winter wheat varieties to Plains growers…

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Syngenta introduces two new high-yielding AgriPro® brand winter wheat varieties to Plains growers

  • SY Flint and SY Sunrise hard red winter wheat varieties offer high yield potential, good disease tolerance and a comprehensive agronomic package
  • Planting quality certified seed varieties, incorporating good planting practices are critical to help wheat start strong

AgriPro Syngenta logoMINNETONKA, Minn., USA, July 19, 2016 – Adding to the proven portfolio of AgriPro® brand wheat varieties, Syngenta is introducing SY Flint and SY Sunrise hard red winter wheat varieties for the 2016-2017 season.

“SY Flint and SY Sunrise are both top performing winter wheat varieties well-suited for growers in the Plains,” said Greg McCormack, Plains region key account manager, Syngenta. “Both varieties have consistently excelled in yield trials. They also offer tolerance to stripe rust, the number one disease that is on the mind for growers as they select varieties.” Continue reading

07-19-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Corn Communications Director Eric Brown…

Colorado Corn LogoEric Brown - CO Corn Communications Director(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) July 19, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Corn’s Communications Director Eric Brown, discussing several topics that important to producers including:

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The Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee work on behalf of more than 4,000 corn producers through market development, communications, research and technical assistance. See more about the work of both organizations and to see the TRUTHS about Ethanol, please visit www.coloradocorn.com.

07-19-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

 

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 19, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, click below…

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07-18-16 CFVGA hosting Lunch and Learn “Protecting Workers” Webinar Series: PPE Practies & Managing Heat Stress on July 27th…

CFVGA - Growing Resources Cultivating Success logoCFVGA Lunch and Learn “Protecting Workers” Webinar Series:  
PPE practices and managing heat stress |  Wed, July 27
The CFVGA Labor Committee is hosting a webinar series intended to help growers learn more about best practices for worker safety and compliance with the EPA’s Worker Protection Standard.  New revisions to the WPS take effect in 2017.  The WPS requires ag employers to enact measures to protect ag workers.  This webinar will explain best practices in personal protective equipment use and managing worker heat stress.  Registration is required.  A recording will be posted for members to the CFVGA labor page for members.
Wednesday, July 27 from Noon – 1:15 pm

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07-18-16 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg: Wheat Harvest, Weather, Water, County Fairs, CO State Fair and more…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 18 2016 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • Wheat Harvest
  • Impacts of Weather on CO’s Ag this year
  •  CO Legislative Session Grade of C & why
  • Water Storage
  • 2016 South Platte Water Forum
  • Thoughts on GMO Labeling Bill (Law)
  • Upcoming Events: County Fairs, CO State Fair, Interim Water Meetings & Presidential Primary Committee Hearings
  • Centennial Farms Program
  • And More

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

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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…

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

07-18-16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Updated Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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06-29-16 Hall and Hall Auctions: Reynolds Land & Water Auction in Loveland on July 28th

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The Reynolds Land & Water Auction is an unique combination of 411+/- Acres of irrigated and productive farm land, 276 Colorado-Big Thompson Water Units, and 13.75 Highland Ditch Shares. Certain land tracts will be offered with pre-existing Baugh Lateral shares.
The Property and Water will be offered in 47 Tracts & Combinations
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07-08-16 CDA: Commissioner of Agriculture Announces New Conservation Services Division Director…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 11, 2016 – On July 8th, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown named Les Owen of Las Cruces, New Mexico, as the NEW Conservation Services Division Director and he will assume his new role in August.

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To learn more about the CDA’s Conservation Services Division, visit www.colorado.gov/agconservation, or look below…

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The 2016 Feeders and Friends Reagan Brown Benefit in New Raymer Aug 20th…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 2, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network Inside the BARN is Verlyn Mahan, and we’ll be discussing the upcoming 13th Feeders & Friends Reagan Brown Benefit August 20th in New Raymer, CO…

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

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Dow, DuPont Merger Wins Shareholder Approval

Dow Chemical and DuPont Company both announced that shareholders in each company had voted in favor of having the two companies merge into an entity which would be called DowDuPont. The Wall Street Journal reports after the initial merger, the companies would then break up into three separate entities. Just under 825 million Dow shareholder votes were in favor of the deal, while 13 million were against and ten million abstained. A DuPont spokesman said 669 million shares voted to approve the merger, with 8.5 million against and 3 million shares abstaining. The deal needs approval from regulators, and if it’s approved the deal should close later this year. The deal will serve as a way to reduce costs for both companies before they break up into three separate units. Each would deal with specific products like agriculture, material sciences, and specialty products in nutrition and electronics. Each of the new companies would be publicly traded. 

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Many Consumers Are Unfamiliar with Ethanol

Agriculture and Big Oil have been battling over what fuels American automobiles for a long time. A recent Reuters poll seems to show that Americans largely don’t know or care what’s going in their tank. More than half the drivers in the survey said they are unfamiliar with ethanol, and the same number of people surveyed said they don’t pay a lot of attention to whether the gas they were buying contained ethanol. Many consumers are unaware that all gasoline contains a ten percent blend of ethanol. In fact, the only “green” they seem to really care about is the green in their wallets. Price and a convenient location are what consumers primarily look for. 93 percent of respondents said price was the key factor in making their buying decisions. Big Oil manufacturers are equally struggling to get out their message about higher ethanol blends having a negative impact on their vehicles. The poll said 40 percent of respondents had no idea whether or not ethanol was good for a vehicle’s performance.   

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Senators Want Higher Biodiesel Targets

40 senators from states across the country are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to increase biodiesel volumes in the pending Renewable Fuels Standard proposal. The senators feel biodiesel and renewable diesel are leading the way in the renewable fuels industry and they want the EPA to do more to increase the product’s growth. The letter to the EPA states that biodiesel has met the EPA criteria for growth, exceeding goals that Congress set when the Renewable Fuels Standard was created in 2005. Biodiesel is the first EPA-designated biofuel to reach commercial-scale production around the nation and is currently the only one to reach that status. The industry also supports over 47,000 jobs. Organizing the letter was Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri, Democrat Patty Murray of Washington, Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. The letter was signed by a bipartisan group of Senators from California to Minnesota to Maine. 

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Campbell’s Transitioning to Antibiotic-Free Chicken

Calling it a “sweeping plan to produce real food,” Campbell’s announced they would only purchase antibiotic-free chicken in the future. Meatingplace Dot Com says the company wants to set “the standard for transparency in the food industry,” and feels this will give their consumers more of a “direct connection to their food.” The company’s business goal is to diversify its portfolio of offerings with what it calls “fresh, healthful, and organic foods.” The Camden, New Jersey-based company will transition to antibiotic-free chicken in its products, and that process is expected to take roughly the next few years. To track the results of their efforts, Campbell’s has developed the “Campbell’s Real Food Index.” The goal is to track the progress the company is making in its food plans, including goals of removing artificial flavors and colors from its North American products by the deadline of 2018. CEO Denise Morrison said the goal is for their foods to “always be safe, delicious, and available at a fair price.”

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Nebraska Cattle Rancher Leads Trump Ag Council

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has put together an Agriculture Coalition and Task Force, tapping Charles Herbster of Falls City, Nebraska as Chair. Herbster owns Herbster Angus Farms and the Conklin Company. He’s been a personal friend of Trump for more than a decade. Herbster said his number one goal is to defeat Hillary Clinton and then turn his attention to agriculture issues. Some of those issues will include rural development, eliminating the “death tax,” growing the economy, and renegotiating trade deals. Several groups and leaders in the agriculture industry met the new Chair during the Great American Farm Luncheon in Cleveland during the GOP Convention. The discussion talked about agriculture topics in general but didn’t get into platform specifics that include splitting the SNAP Program from the Farm Bill, and has sections on crop insurance and the dairy program that may not sit well with agriculture groups. None of those topics were brought up during the luncheon.

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Southern Corn Rust Working Farther North

As the name implies, southern corn rust is primarily found in the southern corn growing areas of the U.S. However, it’s been pushing those boundaries farther north in recent years, and it’s moving quicker than ever this year. By August of 2015, the disease had worked as far north as fields in Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, and Missouri. A DTN/Progressive Farmer report says late planted corn will be at the most risk of developing the disease. With a heatwave in the Midwest and the Deep South this week, the disease has a better chance to spread rapidly. Late planted corn delayed by a wet spring is the most at-risk. If corn is still silking or in the milking stage, growers need to get scouting and consider fungicides if it shows up in their fields. The corn rust symptoms are orange pustules and can be confused with common rust, which prefers cooler weather. The report says fields can suffer serious yield loss, even if the disease doesn’t arrive till mid-summer.  

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-21-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

07-21-16 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for July 21st…

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Weekly Export Sales

This report is based on individual reports submitted by private exporters and identifies outstanding sales and accumulated exports of selected U.S. agricultural commodities.  The report is published weekly, normally on Thursday morning at 8:30 A.M.

A PDF file of the complete report is attached.  For more information you may visit: www.fas.usda.gov/programs/export-sales-reporting-program.

For a schedule of upcoming FAS reports, please visit www.fas.usda.gov/data-analysis/report-release-calendar.

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

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GOP Platform in Line with Trump on Trade

The Republican Party platform is now endorsing a policy on international trade that more closely resembles comments made by their presidential nominee, Donald Trump, than what platforms have said in the past. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports the new platform calls for “agreements that put America first.” It also says a Republican President “will fight for parity in trade agreements, and will be ready to implement countervailing duties if other countries refuse to cooperate.” The Republican Party has supported trade agreements in the past, and it’s 2012 platform said a Republican President would complete negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The apparent change in trade support comes despite the official platform saying directly that “America is the largest ag exporter in the world, and those exports are vital for other sectors of the economy.” The Republican Party says each dollar of ag exports generates another $1.27 in business activity.

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Republicans Want SNAP Separate from Farm Bill

The 2016 Republican Platform is calling on Congress to separate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from the Farm Bill. The Hagstrom Report says that’s a popular position with House conservatives, but groups like the American Farm Bureau say that would make it impossible for Congress to pass a Farm Bill. The Farm Program and SNAP, which used to be known as food stamps, were joined together in the Farm Bill years ago, because some lawmakers thought urban legislators would not have any reason to vote for a Farm Bill that didn’t impact their constituents directly. The Republican platform said the delay in passing the 2014 Farm Bill was about Democratic efforts to “expand welfare through the SNAP program, which now comprises 70 percent of all Farm Bill spending.” The platform says the party aims to correct what it calls the mistake of putting SNAP administration under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Proposed Pork Plant in Iowa One Step Closer

The Board of Supervisors in Wright County, Iowa, has forwarded a rezoning ordinance on the proposal to build a Prestage Foods pork processing plant to a second reading. The Board also set rules for future debate on the topic, which has caused considerable controversy in Iowa. Meatingplace says the move takes the proposal for the $240-million-dollar plant to the second step in the approval process. The county wants the land rezoned from agricultural to industrial. The next public hearing on the process is set for July 25. The new rules on debate say people who wish to speak need to prove residency, and locals will be given priority over non-locals in the discussion. Those who wish to speak also have to sign in well in advance. Each speaker gets two minutes to make a point and discussions as a whole are limited to two hours. The Board says they set the new rules to keep the debate civil and under control. 

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Americans Support GMO Labeling, But Lack Food Safety Knowledge

A new survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Pennsylvania shows Americans widely support the labeling of genetically modified foods. However, they don’t appear to have a lot of actual knowledge about scientific evidence that supports the safety of those foods. 58 percent of the adults in the survey admit to having a fair or poor understanding of what genetically modified foods are. 88 percent of those surveyed support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods, and 91 percent say that people have a right to know what they’re eating. Only 18 percent of those surveyed knew about a May 17 report on GMO’s from the National Academies of Sciences, Medicines, and Engineering that says there is no more risk evident in consuming GMO foods instead of non-GMO products. Only 39 percent of the respondents agreed with the statement that GMO foods are safe to eat, while 27 percent disagreed. 

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Farmers Who Rent High Amounts of Land Feeling Stress

The downturn in commodity prices is starting to put serious pressure on producers across the country that rent most of their farmland. A report from DTN says that group most likely consists of young farmers and experienced operators who rapidly expanded when $8 corn was about to end. Cash rents haven’t adjusted to the lower commodity prices as quickly.  A recent Iowa State University survey of cash rents shows a price of $270 per acre in 2013 has only come down to $230 an acre in 2016. University of Illinois economist Gary Schnitkey estimates farmers in his state lost $101 dollars an acre on cash rent land, and only $1 per acre on land they owned. Working capital drops based on the amount of land farmers rent. An Illinois study said farmers who rent 25 to 50 percent of their land had about $70 dollars more per acre in working capital than 100 percent cash renters from 2003-2008. After commodity prices dropped, that gap jumped to $190 dollars an acre. 

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Animal Ag Alliance Shares Report on HSUS Conference

The Animal Agriculture Alliance released a report written by members who attended the “Taking Action for Animals” conference that was put on by the Humane Society of the U.S. The Alliance said sending their members to conferences like this allows them to gather crucial intelligence information on what animal activists are up to. There were several themes noted at the conference, including how to put pressure on corporations to make them more animal-friendly. HSUS urges its members to put pressure on companies for more restrictive policies that ultimately don’t improve animal welfare. Those policies do raise the cost of caring for animals and in turn, raise the cost of food. Another panel talked about approaching shareholders and managers of food companies in a positive way, but then turning up the pressure to get what they want. Other panels included using religion to promote an animal rights agenda. The Senior Food Policy Director for HSUS also talked about the “Meatless Mondays” campaign in schools as something she called a “tiny little trick for holidays from meat.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-20-16 NMPF Supports Senate Legislation to Create Tax Incentive for Investments in Biogas and Nutrient Recovery

NMPF Supports Senate Legislation to Create Tax Incentive for Investments in Biogas and Nutrient Recovery

NMPF logo 2 102715ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today endorsed new Senate legislation that would help dairy farmers increase their investment in technologies that can improve water and air quality and maximize the value of nutrients.

Senate Bill 3248, introduced by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) of the Senate Finance Committee, mirrors legislation introduced by the House of Representatives in June. Like the House bill, S. 3248 will modify Section 48 of the tax code to make biogas systems and nutrient recovery technologies eligible for an already-existing 30 percent investment tax credit to cover capital costs. This needed policy change will help dairy farmers to reduce their environmental footprint, both on their farms and in their communities. Continue reading

07-20-16 CFVGA: Who Knew Cabbage Could Be So Delicious?

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The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) has teamed up with Chef Jason Morse, 5280 Culinary, to create and demonstrate on film produce-focused recipes. Today, CFVGA releases the first of these recipes: Braised Colorado Cabbage.
“This is a fantastic recipe that braises Colorado cabbage, carrots, onions and apples in beer,” said Chef Jason. “It is easy to prepare, especially now when these produce items are abundantly available fresh from Colorado growers’ fields and orchards.” Continue reading

07-20-16 Senator Joe Donnelly Receives NCGA President’s Award

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WASHINGTON (July 20, 2016) – National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling today presented the NCGA President’s Award to U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana. This award is given annually to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn farmers and agriculture.

“Senator Donnelly is a true advocate for farmers in Indiana and throughout the country,” said Bowling. “He is one of ethanol’s biggest champions in Congress. He understands the importance of ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard, which has made America more energy independent, strengthened the rural economy, and given consumers more choices, lower prices, and cleaner air. He has consistently defended the RFS and has spearheaded meetings with the Administration in support of this policy. He is also a lead sponsor of a bill that would give consumers access to higher blends of ethanol year-round.”

US Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana NCGA“Indiana and America’s corn farmers are providing the feed, food, and fuel that help to feed our families and power our economy,” said Senator Donnelly. “It is an honor to be recognized by the National Corn Growers Association, and I look forward to continuing to work hard every day to bring the wisdom of America’s farmers to Washington to advance the interests of our farming and rural communities.”

“Senator Donnelly knows that farmers need clarity and certainty when it comes to regulations that affect their business,” said Bowling. “He cosponsored the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, a bipartisan bill to improve and clarify the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ Waters of the U.S. rule. While the bill ultimately fell short, we appreciate his efforts to find a permanent, constructive solution to the WOTUS rule.” Continue reading

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

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EPA Study Supports Keeping Fuel Efficiency Targets for 2025

A highly anticipated study from the Environmental Protection Agency supports staying the course on fuel efficiency targets that automakers say are unattainable by 2025. Bloomberg says current industry trends show cars getting between 50 and 52 miles per gallon by 2025, which is short of the original projection of 54 miles per gallon. The report that came out Monday was put together by the EPA, the National Highway Transportation Safety Board, and the California Air Resources Board. The report says automobile manufacturers have different technologies they can turn to for help in meeting the original projection and it will be cheaper than first thought. A spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said it will be a big challenge to meet the “very aggressive requirements of the 2022-2025 federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas rule, especially with changes in the current marketplace.” The Alliance worries that excessive regulatory costs could impact car buyers and those who manufacture those cars. 

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Monsanto Calls Bayer’s Revised Proposal Inadequate

The Monsanto Board of Directors announced its unanimous conclusion that Bayer’s revised proposal of $55 million to take over Monsanto was financially inadequate and won’t provide for certainty in the deal. The Board did say it remains open to continuing conversations with Bayer and other parties to see if a deal can be reached that would be in the best interests of Monsanto’s shareholders. Bloomberg said at this time there isn’t any deal in the works and nothing is set in stone. Bayer said it was disappointed by Monsanto’s reaction, calling the revised, all-cash offer a “compelling opportunity.” A Bloomberg analyst said Bayer has enough financing available to raise it’s offer to $158 per share. It’s the second rejection for Bayer, who had an offer of $122 a share turned down by Monsanto back in May. Buying Monsanto would give Bayer the largest seed supplier and a leader in crop biotechnology.  

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USDA Proposes Changes to Beef and Soybean Checkoffs

The USDA’s Ag Marketing Service has proposed changes to both the beef and soybean checkoff programs. In special circumstances, the proposed changes would allow producers to request that their assessment be sent to a certified state board or the national checkoff. Feedstuffs says in most cases, assessments are collected by a certified state board, which keeps a portion of it, before sending the rest on to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board or the United Soybean Board. Some states have laws that allow state assessments and some don’t. As a result, the Ag Marketing Service decided to add a provision to these promotion and research orders that allow producers to redirect them to national programs in certain cases and ensures that producers pay the full amount. For producers to request their assessments go from a state program to a national one, they have to live in a state that meets two requirements: Either there isn’t a state law requiring assessments to a state board or council, or there is a state law requiring assessments but allows for refunds. 

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Water Challenges Around the World Are Getting Worse

On Monday, a panel of experts said world water scarcity is a growing problem that will have a direct effect on agriculture and an expanding population that will need food. DTN/The Progressive Farmer says panelists at an Ag Symposium at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City said farmers worldwide need to find a way to produce more food on the same amount of land or they’ll need to broaden agriculture’s footprint in the face of expanding water shortages. Mark Rosegrant of the International Food Policy Research Institute said water scarcity has grown in recent years and drought is expanding in different areas of the world. He said the adoption of new technologies, including drop and sprinkler irrigation, is not having system-wide benefits as far as curbing water use. However, the panel also said the rate of growth in annual grain production yields of 1.2 percent between 1965-2011 won’t be enough to feed a projected population of nine billion in 2050.

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Merger in China to Create Global Grain Trading Force

China National Cereal Company along with Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation announced a merger with Chinatex. The goal is to create a bigger company to compete with the “ABCD companies” in global grain trading. World Grain Dot Com said the term ABCD refers to companies that act as a middle man between farmers and grain markets in global trading. The groups are ADM Company, Bunge Limited, and Cargill Incorporated from the U.S., along with Louis Dreyfuss SAS in the Netherlands. Chinatex is one of the nation’s main textile and grain trading groups, and will now become a subsidiary of the nation’s biggest food trader after the merger. This indicates that the central government will now push ahead with efforts to redo state-owned enterprises this year. The three companies are huge in terms of total volume of grains traded. The total amount of purchased corn exceeds domestic volumes, and the soybean import volume accounts for more than 30 percent of the total imports into China. 

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US Imports of Beef Products from Brazil is Rising

U.S. imports of processed beef and sub-beef products from Brazil rose 34 percent in June over the previous month. They’re expected to keep rising every year to get back to the volumes that were traded before imports were suspended in 2010. The U.S. doesn’t bring in fresh beef from Brazil but does purchase a lot of processed products like canned corned beef. U.S. purchases from Brazil totaled $27.6 million in June, which means America is now one of the biggest beef buyers from Brazil. U.S. purchases were suspended from April to December in 2010 due to high levels of anti-parasitic medications in beef imports. Industrialized beef exports from Brazil have been increasing every year since 2012. They’re expected to go higher after the countries sign a formal agreement to authorize fresh beef trade, which could happen this year. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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