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07-25-16 CDA: Seminar Helps Colorado Companies Develop Export Markets…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Exports of Colorado food and agricultural products have tripled in the past decade, reaching $2 billion in 2014.  To help Colorado companies develop export opportunities, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is hosting an Export Seminar on September 1, 2016, 9am-5pm in Broomfield. The seminar is designed to help companies new to exporting or companies looking to increase already established exports.
“In today’s global economy it is vital that companies factor in an export plan to better diversify their client base and be able to compete both at home and abroad,” said John Addison, International Marketing Specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “We are happy to provide many of the resources necessary to help Colorado companies succeed globally.”

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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…

07-25-16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Updated Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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07-25-16 CCA is Advancing The Legacy as 150th Birthday Approaches

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Arvada, CO – July 21, 2016 – As the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association approaches its 150th anniversary in 2017, the need to evolve conventional approaches and structures is top-of-mind.  Our goal is to do everything in our power to exceed expectations from members of the state’s leading beef industry trade organization.

“Now more than ever, a vibrant industry voice is needed to secure understanding of how and why beef production in Colorado is directly correlated to the state’s economy, environment and society”, said Tim Lehmann, CCA President.  Lehmann went on to say, “CCA is engaging in an association-wide and industry-wide scoping, with the sole focus of securing and advancing Colorado’s beef industry in light of the significant challenges and opportunities beef producers will face.”

CCA will concentrate this scoping in three areas:

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07-25-16 Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne announces Colorado Blueprint 2.0 initiative recipients

 

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Donna Lynne, President and CEO of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, at the Regional offices in Arvada, CO., Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. (Photo by Barry Gutierrez)DENVER – Thurs., July 21, 2016 – Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne today visited the town of Delta to announce recipients of the first round of the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 initiatives. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) launched Blueprint 2.0 last year as a way to examine how best to serve rural communities around the state and identify opportunities to leverage the state’s resources.
“Blueprint 2.0 is a great example of how Colorado is going above and beyond existing resources to support the needs of our rural regions,” said Lt Gov. Donna Lynne. “We congratulate today’s recipients and look forward to seeing how these regions leverage the new services and resources to help strengthen their economies and communities.”

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07-25-16 National FFA Organization Names 2016 Star Finalists

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INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, July 25, 2016/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization has selected 16 students from throughout the United States as finalists for its 2016 top achievement awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.

The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Recognized are FFA members who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs; earned an American FFA Degree, the highest level of achievement the organization bestows upon a member; and met agricultural education, leadership and scholarship requirements. Continue reading

07-22-16 NCGA: New Leaders Conclude 2016 Program with Washington Meetings

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New Leaders Conclude 2016 Program with Washington Meetings
A busy week of meetings focused on our nation’s capital concluded the 2016 class of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program. Twenty-six farmers from 15 states took part in the overall program, which was generously co-sponsored by DuPont and is aimed at preparing participants to be strong advocates and leaders for today’s agriculture.
“It was great to meet many of those participating in our events this week, like the action team meetings, our Corn Congress policy sessions, and visits to their members of Congress,” said NCGA Chairman Martin Barbre. “These new leaders are the future of our organization, and it was inspiring to see the passion and energy these men and women bring into everything they do. We’re also very grateful for DuPont’s support in this growing effort.” Continue reading

07-22-16 USDA Reminds Colorado Producers of Aug. 1 Deadline to Enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs

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USDA Reminds Colorado Producers of Aug. 1 Deadline to Enroll in  Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs

(Denver, CO), July 21, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Leland Swenson reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2016 crop year.

“Producers have already elected ARC or PLC, but they must enroll for the 2016 crop year by signing a contract before the Aug. 1 deadline to receive program benefits,” said Swenson. “Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll.” Continue reading

07-22-16 Colorado Producers Reminded of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for FSA County Committees…

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Colorado Producers Reminded of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for Farm Service Agency County Committees

(Denver, Colorado,) July 25, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Leland Swenson, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, 2016, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

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07-22-16 CDA: Financial Assistance Available for Organic Certification…

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Broomfield, CO – Financial assistance is available for Colorado companies with an organic certification. In order to qualify for this year’s reimbursement, producers and handlers must have received certification or continuation of certification by a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.

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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

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.

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

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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

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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
Call Hall and Hall Auctions today to request a brochure and your copy of the Property Information Package !
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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 Tuesday, July 26th…

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Ag Lenders Helping Producers Restructure Debt during Challenging Prices

A new poll of senior leaders from Midwest Farm Credit lenders by AgriBank shows commodity prices are the greatest challenge facing farm operators. The poll says Farm Credit lenders are responding to the challenge by providing services to restructure the financial situations for farmers. The poll, which was conducted the week of July 11th, was announced Monday at the Ag Media Summit in St. Louis, Missouri. The poll shows 69 percent of senior credit and risk officers from the 17 Farm Credit Associations in the AgriBank District selected commodity prices as the top challenge. The next biggest challenges were input costs, credit availability and adverse weather effects. When asked about the support they are providing to help farmers face those challenges, 86 percent said they are rebalancing borrower debt to bolster working capital. AgriBank is one of the largest banks within the national Farm Credit System, with nearly $100 billion in total assets.

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EPA Closing in on Finalizing Pesticide Worker Safety Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is inching closer to finalizing standards for certifying workers who apply dangerous, restricted-use pesticides to crops. In a Federal Register notice Monday, the agency announced it has sent the rule to the Department of Agriculture for review. The USDA review is required under federal pesticide law, before the measure heads to the White House for a final review, according to Politico. The new standards would require certifications to be renewed every three years and establish new training and licensing requirements. For the first time, the regulations would also set a minimum age requirement of 18 years old for people seeking certification. The proposed rule applies only to those chemicals that pose a high health risk, including the herbicide atrazine.

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Syngenta Calls Regulatory Talks Constructive

Leadership for Syngenta calls recent talks with regulatory authorities constructive as the company seeks approval for the merger that allows ChemChina to take over the Swiss-based company. Syngenta officials continue to display confidence that the transaction will be completed in time, according to Bloomberg. Talks with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. are ongoing, and the goal remains to complete the deal by the end of this year. ChemChina is seeking regulatory approval for the purchase that will make it the world’s largest supplier of pesticides and other crop-care chemicals, although temporarily. The Dow-DuPont merger and Bayer’s possible acquisition of Monsanto will reorder the rankings as the top six suppliers fight for market share and financial power to drive research and new product releases.

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Bayer, Monsanto, Still far apart on Merger Agreement

Bayer and Monsanto appear no closer to an agreement than two months ago when the first offer by Bayer went public, according to a new analysis by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Bayer recently increased its offer to acquire St. Louis-based Monsanto to $125 a share, or $64 billion. Edward Jones analyst Matt Arnold told the local newspaper he believes Monsanto’s board will not accept an offer for less than roughly $140 a share, and he does not think Bayer is willing to go that high. Arnold gets to more than $140 a share by taking Monsanto’s estimated operating earnings and multiplying them by 17. That’s the multiplier that Monsanto was willing to pay for Syngenta last year. Bayer’s offer falls short of that marker, meaning the offer values Monsanto less than the company values a competitor just a year ago. Monsanto said the second Bayer proposal was “financially inadequate and insufficient to ensure deal certainty.” Meanwhile, Bayer may not be willing to go much higher as shareholders would rather see Bayer invest in its pharmaceutical business.

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Brexit May Help UK Biotech Approval Process

The CEO for Syngenta pointed to Brexit as a boost for the United Kingdom’s crop regulations, saying he sees the referendum vote to leave the European Union as an “opportunity for the UK in agriculture.” Erik Fyrwald, Syngenta’s CEO, told the Financial Times in an interview that after Brexit, the UK would implement science-based rules and would help companies more quickly implement new technology. Frywald says “the EU regulatory process is becoming politicized,” delaying implementation of technology. Post-Brexit, the UK would establish its own system separate from the EU version, according to Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today. Frywald says based on recent conversations, the UK will make biotech approval and implementation based solely on science.

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Former Vilsack Staffer to Lead Kaine’s Vice President Campaign

While the Democrat’s presumptive nominee for President, Hillary Clinton, did not pick Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as her running mate, her choice did tap a former Vilsack staffer to lead his campaign. Clinton announced over the weekend her pick for Vice President, Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia. The Hagstrom Report says Kaine then reached out to Matt Paul to serve as his chief of staff for the campaign. Paul is a former communications director for Secretary Vilsack during his time at USDA and when Vilsack was Governor of Iowa. Paul left USDA to run Hillary Clinton’s Iowa campaign during the caucuses. He had since joined her national presidential campaign staff, working out of the Brooklyn headquarters.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, July 25th…

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Farm lending Needs Remain High

The Federal Reserve Bank reports the need for farm lending remained high in the second quarter of 2016, driven by ongoing demand for operating loans. The Federal Reserve’s Agricultural Finance Databook found the total number of non-real estate loans made to farmers in the second quarter increased six percent from a year ago. The report says the prolonged environment of robust lending activity, amid persistently weak profits in the farm sector, has led to slight reductions in the performance of agricultural loans at commercial banks. Although the share of troubled loans has remained low from a historical perspective, the Fed says an increase in loans 30 to 89 days past due could be an early indication that borrowers are struggling to repay loans in amid tight profit margins. Despite the slight declines in loan performance and heightened risk, however, profitability at agricultural banks generally has remained strong, according to the report. The Agricultural Finance Databook is a quarterly compilation of national and regional agricultural finance data by the Federal Reserve Bank.

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Lawmakers Call for Dairy Program Sign up Extension

House and Senate lawmakers want the Agriculture Department to extend the enrollment period for the Margin Protection Program. Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Texas Republican Mike Conaway, along with other committee members and Senate counterparts, are calling on USDA to extend the sign-up period because they say the move would encourage additional participation in the program. In a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, the group of lawmakers say an extension of the deadline to December 31st “should be made permanent to give producers additional time to make informed decisions and to improve program participation.” Pro Farmer reports that since MPP was created in the 2014 Farm Bill, milk prices have dropped almost 40 percent and cheese stocks now stand at record-high levels. The current enrollment deadline is September 30th.

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Purdue University Discovers Process Increasing Milk’s Shelf Life

A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present, extending the shelf life of one of the most common refrigerator staples in the world by several weeks, according to a Purdue University study. The results were published in a scientific journal last week and show that increasing the temperature of milk by 10 degrees for less than a second eliminates more than 99 percent of the bacteria left behind after pasteurization. Study organizer Bruce Applegate says “It’s an add-on to pasteurization, but it can add shelf life of up to five, six or seven weeks to cold milk.” Phillip Myer, an assistant professor of animal science at the University of Tennessee, says the process uses the heat already necessary for pasteurization to rapidly heat milk droplets. Myer said the promise of the technology is that it could reduce waste and allow milk to reach distant locations where transport times using only pasteurization would mean that milk would have a short shelf life upon arrival.

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USDA Says Organic Eggs Have Largest Price Premiums

A new study by the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service finds organic eggs have the largest price premiums over their nonorganic counterparts. The study estimated price premiums in grocery stores for 17 commonly purchased organic foods relative to their nonorganic counterparts from 2004 to 2010. Price premiums for most of the organic products studied did not steadily increase or decrease during the seven-year period, but fluctuated. Premiums for organic bread ranged from 25 to 45 percent above the nonorganic price, and premiums for organic milk ranged from 50 to 80 percent. The wide fluctuations in the price premium for organic eggs-66 to 173 percent-may be a result of the large retail price swings common for nonorganic eggs, according to the study. Organic carrots, on the other hand, had a narrower range of premiums. Organic carrots were priced between 20 and 27 percent higher than nonorganic carrots during 2004 to 2010.

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Poultry Pets Sicken More than 600 People

Salmonella traced to backyard flocks and pet chicks and ducklings continues to claim victims, with public health officials now tracking eight outbreaks across 45 states, according to Food Safety News. The outbreak was reported in June and since then, there have been 287 additional cases of illness reported, bringing the total to 611 people sickened. At least 138 victims had to be hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says “these outbreaks are expected to continue for the next several months since flock owners might be unaware of the risk of Salmonella infection. Victims reported buying live baby poultry from several suppliers, including feed supply stores, Internet sites, hatcheries and friends in multiple states. Some of the places ill people reported contact with live poultry include their home, someone else’s home, work or school settings.

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Mexican Ethanol Producers Set Sights on Sorghum

Ethanol producers from Mexico are considering the use of sorghum for production of the biobased fuel. The U.S. Grains Council recently hosted a trade team of Mexican ethanol producers in Kansas and Texas. The trade mission, partnering with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, gave participants the opportunity to tour facilities and learn more about the benefits of using sorghum as Mexican energy industry reforms continue. In 2015, Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company announced its plan to introduce a pilot program that would blend gasoline with ethanol. The resulting boom in ethanol interest gave the Grains Council the opportunity to lead conversations and generate continued awareness of ethanol with the goal of fostering new competition in the market place. In addition to one-on-one meetings and visits to sorghum and grain facilities, an ethanol plant tour gave producers an inside look at production methods and insight into applicable plant management techniques.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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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…