06-26-17 First Round of Concerts Announced for the 2017 Colorado State Fair

 

First Round of Concerts Announced for the 2017 Colorado State Fair

Internet Pre-Sale Available June 30 at 10am / On Sale Begins July 1 at 10am

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2017 Colorado State Fair’s Southwest Motors Events Center series includes a diverse, star-studded lineup. The stage spotlights will be shining on a variety of shows including country, classic rock, legendary musicians and up-and-coming superstars.
“Our entertainment lineup is diverse and exciting with a budget-friendly price tag. Tickets purchased prior to August 24th include Fair admission, giving fans the opportunity to arrive early and enjoy a full day at the Fair with no additional cost,” said State Fair General Manager, Sarah Cummings. “We will also be announcing the entertainment series for the Budweiser Rodeo Arena which will include an exciting lineup of rodeo, derbies, and monster trucks.”
Southwest Motors Events Center Lineup
Aug. 25           Gabriel Iglesias
Aug. 31           Gary Allan
Sept. 1             ZZ Top
Sept. 2             Skillet
Sept. 3             Hunter Hayes

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…

06-26-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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06-23-17 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Grain Bin Safety

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GRAIN BIN SAFETY

Break up crusted grain from the outside of the bin with a long pole. When using a pole, check to see that it doesn’t come into contact with electric lines.Whenever possible, don’t enter a grain bin. If you must enter the bin, as a farm owner/operator you should:

  • Wear a harness attached to a properly secured rope.
  • Stay near the outer wall of the bin and keep walking if the grain should start to flow. Get to the bin ladder or safety rope as quickly as possible.
  • Always have another person, preferably two people, outside the bin who can help if you become entrapped.
  • Grain fines and dust may cause difficulty in breathing. Anyone working in a grain bin, especially for the purpose of cleaning the bin, should wear an appropriate dust filter or filter respirator.
  • Always stay out of grain bins, wagons and grain trucks when unloading equipment is running.
  • If it is necessary to enter the bin, remember to shut off the power to augers and fans. It is a good idea to lock out any unloading equipment before you enter a bin to prevent someone from unintentionally starting the equipment while you are in the bin.
  • Children should never be allowed to play in or around grain bins, wagons or truck beds.
  • Where possible, ladders should be installed inside grain bins to for an emergency exit. Ladders are easier to locate inside a dusty bin if there are brightly painted stripes just above or behind the ladder.
  • It only takes 25 seconds for a 6 ft., 180 pound man to become submerged in grain.
  • It takes 625 pounds of force to remove a 180 pound man submerged in grain from the neck down.
  • If you become trapped in a bin of flowing grain with nothing to hold onto but you are still able to walk, stay near the outside wall. Keep walking until the bin is empty or grain flow stops. If you are covered by flowing grain, cup your hands over your mouth, and take short breaths until help arrives.

Source: University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension

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06-23-17 Colorado Energy Office Releases $500K in USDA Funds to Assist the Agricultural Industry

Colorado Energy Office Releases $500K in USDA Funds to Assist the Agricultural Industry

Funds help finance energy and water savings for irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries and cold storage facilities

CEO-Colorado Energy Office logo NEW 2015BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), in partnership with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, is releasing $500,000 in project assistance funds through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries, and cold storage facilities. The deadline to apply is July 21, 2017.
Applicants must be enrolled in the Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program and complete an energy audit to receive funding for projects. Interested participants can enroll in the CEO program through its online application. The Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency program provides free energy audits and technical support to Colorado producers, along with assistance in selecting and implementing cost-effective improvements that reduce energy use, environmental impacts, and operating costs.

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06-20-17 Inside the BARN with Tim Bernhardt of Bernhardt Dairy during National Dairy Month…

(The BARN – Briggsdale CO) June 20, 2017 – In honor of June Dairy Month, dairy farmer Tim Bernhardt & Treasurer of the Western Dairy Association’s Board of Directors, is my guest on the CO Ag News Network, to talk about his family’s dairy operation in Milliken, CO. Bernhardt discusses several topics including:

  • Bernhardt Family’s 100 year History in CO
  • Advances in the Dairy Industry
  • Challenges & Successes in their operation & the US Dairy Industry
  • What the Western Dairy Association means to his family’s Dairy Operation
  • National Dairy Month
  • & More

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You can follow Bernhardt Dairy on their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bernhardt-Dairy-Farm/395770877113305

You can learn more about Tim and the Bernhardt Dairy operation and more about the Western Dairy Association online @  https://westerndairyassociation.org/

 

06-20-17 Northern Water to Hold Open House on NISP Mitigation Plan in Loveland on June 27th…

Northern Water to Hold Open House on NISP Mitigation Plan

BERTHOUD –  Northern Water will hold a public open house on the Northern Integrated Supply Project Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan that was recently proposed to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The open house will be held Tuesday, June 27, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at The Ranch First National Bank Building located at 5280 Arena Circle in Loveland, CO.

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06-19-17 Colorado Corn district meetings coming up in Holyoke, Sterling and Greeley…

Colorado Corn district meetings coming up in Holyoke, Sterling and Greeley;
Farm bill to be focus of discussions

Colorado Corn staff and board members are encouraging farmers and all others interested to join the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) for their upcoming district meetings, which will feature updates on the activities of the two organizations, as well as discussions about the next farm bill.

Meals will be provided at the meetings. To get an accurate headcount, those who want to attend are asked to please RSVP as soon as possible, toacross@coloradocorn.com, or (970) 351-8201.

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06-13-17 CICA’s 12th Annual Convention in Ft Morgan, CO July 14th-15th – REGISTER NOW!

Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association 12th Annual Convention in Ft Morgan July 14 -15

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Saddle up and head on down to the Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association 12th annual convention July 14th through the 15th in Fort Morgan, Colorado. As always, during the convention, we intend to uphold our grassroots values, enforce policy that betters the future for generations to come, and educate fellow producers.
This convention will be held at the Clarion Inn Fort Morgan (14378 US Highway 34). Speakers include Dr. Tom Noffsinger, KrisAnne Hall, Dr. Dennis Hermesch, and Bill Bullard (R-CALF CEO).

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06-09-17 “Agfinity & Beyond Episode 2 – Colorado Commodities”

Episode #2 – Colorado Commodities

Check out the latest installment of “Agfinity & Beyond”, as I visit with Gregg Mack of Colorado Commodities from Double J Lamb Feeders west of Ault, CO – CLICK HERE to learn more

Episode #1 – LINXX

Olivia Bowman, Ag Technology Lead @ Agfinity, Inc. discussing LINXX

When you are ready to take your operation to the next level, think Agfinity & Beyond, until next time you can learn more about Agfiniity, Inc. online @ http://agronomy.agfinityinc.com/

06-05-17 CDA: Celebrate National Dairy Month

Celebrate National Dairy Month

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different product to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. June is National Dairy Month! Colorado is home to 148,000 milk cows that produce 436 million gallons of milk each year. Milk is a nutrition powerhouse, providing 9 essential nutrients in the form of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, and vitamins A, D, B12, riboflavin and niacin. Look for Colorado dairy products at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or on the menu at restaurants across the state.
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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, June 26th

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Syngenta Ordered to Pay Farmers Over $200 Million

A federal jury has ordered Swiss giant Syngenta to pay $217.7 million to Kansas farmers after a verdict was announced this week at a trial in Kansas City. The class action lawsuit was brought because of the Viptera line of corn seed Syngenta began selling to farmers in 2011. At the time, Sygenta hadn’t received Chinese approval of the trait (MIR162) within the seed that gave it insect resistance. China began rejecting U.S. grain shipments in 2013 because it detected the unapproved trait in corn. China would go on to approve the trait in 2014 but farmers contended the damage had been done because of lower corn prices and lost sales. The plaintiffs contend that the China rejection led to grower losses of more than $5 billion. The trial featured four Kansas farmers representing more than 7,000 across the state. Syngenta issued a statement saying they were disappointed with the verdict “because it will only serve to deny American farmers access to future technologies, even when they’re approved in the U.S.” The release said the case is without merit and Syngenta will be moving forward with an appeal. Class action lawsuits have been approved in several other states, including Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota.

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Groups React to Brazil Beef Announcement

Ag groups are weighing in on Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement that the U.S. has suspended all fresh beef imports from Brazil due to safety concerns. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden supports the move to suspend Brazilian imports because it’s a result of USDA’s science-based testing protocol of imported beef. “This proves our food safety system works effectively,” Uden says. “NCBA supports science-based trade and keeping our food supply safe.” Leo McDonnell, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Trade Committee Chair, says his group also supports the decision to suspend the imports. “Since March, the Food Safety and Inspection Service has refused entry on 11 percent of Brazilian beef imports,” McDonnell says. “It’s for that reason the USCA remains adamantly opposed to the imports of Brazilian beef products.” House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway says halting imports from Brazil is an appropriate and necessary measure as Brazilian officials work to correct the situation. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says his group has had concerns about Brazilian beef imports for a long time. Johnson says overseas beef scandals can undermine consumer confidence in the entire beef industry, risking American producers’ bottom lines.

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Sanderson Farms Sued Over Drugs in Poultry

Three of the bigger activist groups filed suit against Sanderson Farms, a major poultry-producing company. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says the Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth, and Center for Food Safety all allege that the company is guilty of false advertising. Sanderson Farms’ chicken is marketed as 100 percent natural. The groups say the chicken contains a range of unnatural and even banned substances. The groups point to recent testing by USDA as proof of their accusations, saying the tests found 49 instances in which samples of the company’s products tested positive for synthetic drug residue. The groups say in their lawsuit, “33 percent of 69 FSIS inspections, conducted in five states, found residues that no consumer would consider natural.” The groups highlighted a number of the study’s findings, including 11 instances of antibiotics that are also used in human medicine, as well as some that are prohibited for use in animals. The groups say some of the products also tested positive for a steroid as well as growth promoters, all of which shouldn’t be in ‘100 percent natural’ products.

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Maine Takes Lead in Food Sovereignty Movement

Maine Governor Paul LePage recently signed a bill into law that affirms the rights of cities and towns to regulate local food production in their areas. A Press Herald Dot Com report says that makes Maine the second state in the U.S. to allow consumers to buy products directly from farmers and food producers that haven’t been inspected or licensed by state or federal regulators. The ‘food sovereignty movement’ aims to promote freedom in food choices for consumers who are willing to forgo food safety regulations. The law means a neighbor can stop by a dairy farm and by a gallon of unprocessed milk, even if the farmer doesn’t have the milk inspected or licensed by the state. If that neighbor trusts the farmer and is willing to take the risk of buying unprocessed products, they’re free to do so. However, some groups say it’s going to put consumers at risk. The Maine Cheese Guild opposed the bill, with former president Eric Rector testifying against it. The group is worried that someone runs the risk of getting sick from Maine cheese, thereby tainting the entire cheese industry, which is currently thriving in Maine.

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Minnesota Still Engaging With Cuba Despite Setback

Minnesota’s government and businesses are actively engaging in Cuba in areas like agricultural trade. This is despite a rollback in trade relations by U.S. President Donald Trump. Reuters reports that Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is leading a trade delegation to the country as the first state representative to make a trip since Trump undid an Obama-era move to normalize trade relations between the countries. Smith feels there’s no question the move by Trump was a setback, saying, “The important thing for me is support remains at the federal level for normalizing and modernizing the relationship.” Minnesota is one of the biggest farming states in the U.S. and Smith hopes the trip will improve ties with Cuba and promote Minnesota exports. U.S. ag groups have criticized Trump’s move to restrict travel to and business dealings with Cuba, saying it could derail a huge growth in agricultural exports that totaled $221 million last year. While ag exports aren’t prevented by U.S. law, rules on how to do transactions have made it extremely difficult and expensive. Cuba invited the Minnesota delegation to a trade show later in the year, Smith said, while Minnesota invited Cuban officials to visit.

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Arkansas Dicamba Ban Passes

A roller coaster ride for Dicamba in the state of Arkansas came to an end on Friday (today) when the Arkansas State Plant Board voted to recommend an emergency ban of Dicamba. The ban applies to Engenia products for the remainder of this crop season. The Xtendimax technology had already been banned in January of this year. An earlier vote of 8-6 to ban dicamba was overturned on a procedural error on June 20th. The Plant Board upheld the original 8-6 vote in favor of a 120-day emergency order requiring all dicamba use to come to an end. The ASPB has received 242 complaints of dicamba misuse. The dicamba ban would have exemptions for rangeland and pasture uses. To go into effect, the ban would have to be signed by Arkansas Governor Asa (Ay’-sah) Hutchinson. If the governor signs off on the recommendation, it then needs approval by the Executive Subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council to be enacted. Both are expected to act within days.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-23-17 USDA/NASS-CO: Cattle on Feed

CATTLE ON FEED

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 970,000 head as of June 1, 2017. This latest inventory is 1 percent above last month and 9 percent above the June 1, 2016 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 140,000 head of fed cattle during May 2017, 12 percent above April 2017 marketings and 8 percent above May 2016 marketings. An estimated 160,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during May 2017, 3 percent above a month ago and 19 percent above the May 2016 placements. Of the number placed in May, 16 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 13 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 22 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 28 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds and 22 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. Other disappearance for May 2017 is estimated at 10,000 head, no change from last month, but 5,000 head below last year.

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06-23-17 NMPF Leaders Applaud European High Court Ruling Preventing Imitators from Using Dairy Names

NMPF Leaders Applaud European High Court Ruling Preventing Imitators from Using Dairy Names

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PARIS, FRANCE – The recent European Court of Justice ruling upholding European Union regulations that prevent plant-based dairy alternatives from using terms like “milk,” “cheese” and “yogurt” is a victory for the same battle occurring in the United States, leaders of the National Milk Producers Federation told their French dairy counterparts here today.

During a visit Friday with French dairy cooperative Sodiaal and the French Dairy Interbranch Organization (CNIEL), NMPF’s board officers applauded the European high court’s ruling that upholds the standards of identity and labeling for milk products, and emphasized that NMPF will continue to fight for the enforcement of existing U.S. dairy food regulations.

“The European Court of Justice did just what we’re asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do: Uphold and enforce current standards of labeling for milk and milk products,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and CEO. NMPF is leading efforts on Capitol Hill to pass the DAIRY PRIDE Act, legislation that would require FDA to develop a timetable for enforcing standards of identity for dairy foods. Continue reading

06-22-17 CPW News: Combating Plague to Conserve Colorado’s Wildlife

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Combating Plague to Conserve Colorado’s Wildlife

DENVER, Colo. – New research from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and its partners shows that treating prairie dog colonies annually with a flea-killing dust or an oral vaccine can prevent their complete collapse when confronted with plague.

In a three-year study conducted in northern Larimer County, dusted or vaccinated prairie dog colonies survived during plague outbreaks while nearby untreated colonies were devastated. Neither treatment was completely effective at preventing plague, but some prairie dogs did survive in the colonies treated prior to plague outbreaks.

“The results of our field study showed that using insecticide dust to control fleas in prairie dog burrows or an oral vaccine to immunize prairie dogs against plague can help prevent the collapse of prairie dog colonies” said Dan Tripp, a scientist with CPW.

Burrow dusting has been used by CPW since 2010 to protect select Gunnison’s prairie dog colonies from plague in the Gunnison Basin and elsewhere. Those efforts furthered conservation of the species sufficiently that a federal listing as threatened or endangered was deemed unnecessary. Dusting also has been used at sites scattered throughout the West in recent years to help restore the endangered black-footed ferret. Continue reading

06-23-17 USCA: USDA Announcement on Brazil Beef Import Ban Welcome News to U.S. Cattle Producers

USCA: USDA Announcement on Brazil Beef Import Ban Welcome News to U.S. Cattle Producers

(WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement on the announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that all Brazilian Beef imports to the U.S. will be halted until further notice.  The statement may be attributed to USCA Trade Committee Chair Leo McDonnell:

“USCA applauds the announcement by Secretary Perdue that all imports of Brazilian beef products to the U.S. will be halted until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds acceptable. Since March, USDA FSIS has routinely inspected Brazil beef shipments to the U.S., with 11% being refused entry.  USCA has remained adamantly opposed to imports of Brazilian beef products for this exact reason and the actions taken today confirm the concerns held by producers regarding the many “bad acts” by Brazil in the global trade arena. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, June 23rd

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USDA Halts Brazilian Beef Imports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday evening announced that it would halt imports of fresh Brazilian beef. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement said: “Ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply is one of our critical missions, and it’s one we undertake with great seriousness,” in making the announcement. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which USDA finds satisfactory. Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has been inspecting 100 percent of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil.  FSIS has refused entry to 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef products. That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world. Brazil’s meat industry has been in turmoil this year since the investigation of a corruption scheme that allowed tainted meat to pass in-country inspections.

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Perdue Comments on Rural Broadband Needs

On the way to Iowa this week, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told a White House press pool that broadband internet has become infrastructure of necessity in rural areas. His comments came as President Trump toured agriculture education facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to learn more about agriculture technology, and to pledge a focus on rural broadband in his infrastructure plan. Perdue said that the administration is developing proposals to enhance rural broadband connectivity with providers. When asked about a national plan, he said: “I don’t think you’re going to see a national plan” because each area is different. While there will not be a national footprint, Purdue said that the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development offices would look at “every area” in “working with the resources that we have” to make rural broadband as widespread as possible.

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Farmers Union Requesting Emergency CRP Grazing in Drought-Stricken States

The National Farmers Union is asking the Department of Agriculture to release Conservation Reserve Program lands in drought-stricken states for haying and grazing. NFU, along with state affiliations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana, are urging USDA to release the CRP grounds immediately. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Farmers Union emphasized the need for immediate relief for affected farmers. The letter says Farmers Union members are reporting a deteriorating feed supply, and that “while recent rainfall has helped, it has done little to significantly alter conditions in the long term.” Emergency haying and grazing of CRP land is authorized in areas affected by a severe drought or similar natural disaster to provide relief to livestock producers. Given the severity and duration of the drought, the group warned that “waiting until August to allow producers on to CRP land will provide little relief, as the grass will be of little nutritional value,” by that time.

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Dicamba Complaints Increasing in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture now says there are more than 200 complaints of dicamba drift and misuse in the state, up from the 135 reported on Tuesday. The Department’s Plant Board updated the number of complaints Wednesday night, with more complaints likely. That’s as the Plant Board will reconsider banning dicamba-based herbicides for 120 days. The revote was planned for (this) Friday morning after confusion led to the first vote failing. The Plant Board voted eight to six Tuesday, but thought a vote of nine in favor of the ban was needed. The majority of drift complaints are from the Northeast portion of the state, and Arkansas is investigating all of the complaints that are filed by growers. If approved Friday morning, the temporary ban on dicamba-based herbicides must also be approved by the state’s governor.

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Eastern Canada Dairy Producers Get Quota Increase

Canada’s dairy producers in the nation’s eastern provinces will receive a five percent quota increase July first. Five provinces in eastern Canada have approved the increase. The move follows a series of smaller increases that began last year. Dairy Farmers of Ontario says the increase is needed because there still isn’t enough milk produced to fill the market for butter. Online publication AgCanada reports that as butter demand has increased, there’s been an increasing amount of skim milk left, after the butterfat has been removed to make butter and other products. Canada is mulling a nation-wide milk class that lowers the price of milk to make milk protein isolates to compete with U.S. products. However, that plan is being scrutinized by the United States. Canada’s supply management system for dairy is harming U.S. producers, as U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently stated “the supply has to be managed,” adding that Canada has “created a glut on the market.”

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EU, Japan, Within Reach of Trade Agreement

The European Union and Japan are inching closer to a free trade agreement after years of negotiations. A Ministry official from Japan Told Reuters that “both share understanding that a broad agreement is within reach.” The European Union says the deal will allow for easier access for EU products into Japan, and that its agri-food industry, along with pharmaceuticals, stands to benefit the most from the agreement. Signing the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU is a priority for Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s (sheen-zoh ah-bay) stimulus programs and growth strategy. Reuters says the EU-Japan deal has taken on greater importance since U.S. President Donald Trump took the United States out of the multi-member Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, leaving the remaining 11 members including Tokyo to figure out what to do without the group’s biggest economy. The European Union currently accounts for roughly 10 percent of Japan’s total foreign trade.

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GoFundMe for Mika Exceeds Goal

The GoFundMe page for food industry lobbyist Matt Mika who was injured in last week’s shooting at a congressional baseball game practice has exceeded it’s $50,000 goal. Mika was shot multiple times during last Wednesday’s shooting at a Republican party practice the day before the traditional congressional baseball game. Mika was volunteering as a coach for the GOP team during practice last week. He is expected to make a long, but full recovery. The GoFundMe campaign reached over $50,000 in just five days, after reaching an initial goal of $20,000 in less than 24 hours. Mika is Tyson Foods director of government relations in Washington, D.C., and a former senior director of legislative affairs for the American Meat Institute.

https://www.gofundme.com/matt-mikas

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-22-17 AAW Members Talk with EPA About Their Environmental Stewardship

AAW Members Talk with EPA About Their Environmental Stewardship 

AAW member Krystal Doolittle from Iowa during her interview with the EPA

Washington, D.C. (AgPR) June 22, 2017  At the American Agri-Women (AAW) D.C. Fly-In earlier this month, AAW had an exciting opportunity. Shortly before the visit with the EPA, AAW was asked by the EPA if they had anyone who would “step aside and answer a few questions with our videographer. We are recording a short documentary film on how farmers and agribusiness leaders are some of the best stewards of the environment. They can just speak to what the environment means to them.” Continue reading

06-22-17 Secretary Perdue: USDA Halting Import of Fresh Brazilian Beef

Secretary Perdue: USDA Halting Import of Fresh Brazilian Beef

(Washington, DC, June 22, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market.  The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.

Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been inspecting 100 percent of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil.  FSIS has refused entry to 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef products.   That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world.  Since implementation of the increased inspection, FSIS has refused entry to 106 lots (approximately 1.9 million pounds) of Brazilian beef products due to public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues. It is important to note that none of the rejected lots made it into the U.S. market.

The Brazilian government had pledged to address those concerns, including by self-suspending five facilities from shipping beef to the United States.  Today’s action to suspend all fresh beef shipments from Brazil supersedes the self-suspension.

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06-22-17 NFU Applauds Decision to Suspend Importation of Fresh Brazilian Beef

NFU Applauds Decision to Suspend Importation of Fresh Brazilian Beef

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil due to food safety and animal health concerns. The announcement came on the heels of a scandal in which Brazil’s largest food-processing giants JBS and BRF were raided by government authorities for allowing rotten meat to be distributed in Brazil and exported to Europe. In response to the decision, NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement: Continue reading

06-22-17 CFB News: Ranchers See Relief in New Water Rights Legislation

Ranchers See Relief in New Water Rights Legislation

Centennial, Colo. — June 22, 2017 — This week, Colorado U.S. Representative Scott Tipton reintroduced the Water Rights Protection Act (WRPA) offering ranchers hope that they won’t have to choose between their privately held water rights and feeding their livestock.  Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB) supports this important bill that will prevent federal land managers from offering ranchers an ultimatum: turn over your water rights or leave.

“Without water, ranchers in Colorado and throughout the West lose their ability to care for their livestock and for the land,” said Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “We are thankful to our policymakers who are fighting not only for the rights of our ranchers but for the success of the agriculture community as a whole. No citizen should be forced to relinquish private property in exchange for the ability to access public lands.” Continue reading

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06-22-17 Colorado Farm Bureau Welcomes New Staff

Colorado Farm Bureau Welcomes New Staff

Centennial, Colo. — June 21, 2017Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB) welcomes two new additions to the organization’s core team. Zach Riley and Taylor Lobato will support the organization’s public policy goals as directors of federal affairs and policy communications, respectively. Continue reading