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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…

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06-27-16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview w/Auctioneer Tyler Knode

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06-27-16 Upcoming activities and events on the RMFU calendar…

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Upcoming activities and events on the RMFU calendar

June 27: The High Desert Growers Association (our collaborative Mesa County Chapter with the National Young Farmers Coalition) is hosting a June BBQ at Palisade Produce at 6:30 (this event might be postponed).  The BBQ topic is Summer Mental Health for farmers, so come and take a load off with your fellow farmers.

June 28: Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum Planning Meeting in Montrose, Colo.  We’ve already started planning for this Years Food and Farm Forum, in collaboration with Valley Food Partners, CSU Extension, National Young Farmers Coalition, and the Shavano Conservation District.  This will be our fifth year hosting the conference and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!

June 28: The Roaring Fork Farmers and Ranchers Chapter (or collaborative Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle Chapter with the National Young Farmers Coalition) is holding their one year Anniversary Party with a special screening of the “How We Grow” trailer, a film highlighting the new food movement in the Roaring Fork Valley.

June 29: Uncompahgre BLM Resource Management Plan Public Meeting.  This is an extremely important meeting in a series of meetings to determine the next 20-30 years of BLM management in the Uncompahgre field region. Continue reading

06-27-16 RMFU Membership Department Tours The Eastern Plains…

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FFA students test their skills at working cooperatively to successfully stack cups. RMFU had a booth at the Colorado FFA State Convention.

FFA students test their skills at working cooperatively to successfully stack cups. RMFU had a booth at the Colorado FFA State Convention.

RMFU Membership Department Tours The Eastern Plains

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Aubriel Jones – RMFU Membership Coordinator

At the beginning of June Eastern Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones andDirector of Membership Harrison Topp hit the road for Aubriel’s first tour of Eastern Colorado.  Briefly, here’s Aubriel’s “report.

We headed to Crowley County to meet folks in Onley Springs. Matt and Karen Heimerich hosted a BBQ at their beautiful farm. We were able to take a tour of Matt’s operation and see some irrigation and cropping systems. About 20 people attended. It was a beautiful evening full of great people and engaging conversations.

We went through Elbert and Lincoln counties and stopped stopped for lunch at Limon with agents and chapter members. Later we were able to visit Curtis Sayles in Seibert where we met his family and toured his farm. Later in the evening we traveled to Yuma County for a BBQ that was hosted by RMFU member Tom Parks. Many membrs attending the event were interested in doing workshops and tours in their community, so we developed a contact list for future events. Continue reading

06-27-16 RMFU: July 6th Workshop To Focus On Bison…

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Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the National Bison Association invite you to join Jeff Moyer, executive director of the Rodale Institute of Kutztown, Penn., and Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association, at the Buffalo Ranch south of Strasburg on the afternoon of July 6 to discuss regenerative agriculture and bison ranching.

Moyer has worked with Rodale Institute since 1975, most recently as the institute’s farm director. Working directly with farmers of all backgrounds, Moyer is a voice for the farmer’s perspective regarding issues in organic agriculture. He is widely respected for his contributions to Organic No-Till and the design of the No-Till Roller Crimper. He was appointed executive director of the Rodale Institute in 2015. Continue reading

06-27-16 RMFU: USDA, Interior departments announce funding for CO, NM and WY water conservation, on-farm water delivery systems…

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RMFU President Dale McCall visits with USDA Secretary Tom following the Thursday announcement at Henderson, Colo.

RMFU President Dale McCall visits with USDA Secretary Tom following the Thursday announcement at Henderson, Colo.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Reclamation Commissioner Estevan LópezThursday announced that more than $47 million in investments in infrastructure to address water conservation, energy efficiency, drought response, and agricultural operations is now available. The appropriations include $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation (DOI) for local projects across 13 states in the west, including Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

“Nearly 40 million Americans rely on the Colorado River system for drinking water and to support livelihoods ranging from farming to recreation,” noted RMFU President Dale McCall, who attended the event. “This announcement from USDA and DOI about their plans to collaborate is common sense and an effective response to drought in the Colorado River Basin that transcends politics. These projects are vitally necessary for the sustainability of our economy, communities, families and agricultural heritage.” Continue reading

06-24-16 Dr. Brett Kaysen, Inducted into the 2016 Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame…

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Inducted 2016

Brett Kaysen grew up on a family farm working with small diversified livestock in Adams County where he was involved in 4-H swine projects and livestock judging. As a 10-year 4-H member Brett attributes his success in life, and the development of his public speaking skills, to his 4‑H experience. He also believes what makes 4-H so powerful is the mentoring that takes place between 4-H members and the 4-H volunteer leaders who make the program possible. He credits the 4-H leaders and coaches he had throughout his 4-H career as the key influence in his life which has shaped the person he is today.

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Brett is now one of the most sought-after Livestock Evaluators in the world, judging shows in over 40 different states and four countries. He is also a nationally known speaker who presents to both youth and adult organizations around the country, on topics ranging from leadership and personal development to livestock industry topics. When people ask him where he learned his public speaking skills, his answer is always — 4-H! Continue reading

06-23-16 USDA, Department of the Interior to Announce Major Investment for Water Management, Efficiency Across the West…

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USDA, Interior Announce More Than $47 Million in Investments for Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Drought Response & Agriculture Operations Across the West

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BRIGHTON, Colo., June 23, 2016 – The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Interior today announced more than $47 million in investments to help water districts and producers on private working lands better conserve water resources. The funds include $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for local projects to improve water and energy efficiency and provide a strengthened federal response to ongoing and potential drought across 13 states in the West.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Reclamation Commissioner Estevan Lopez announced the funding in Brighton, Colo. The Bureau of Reclamation funding will support 76 local projects through the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART program. Funding from USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will support on-farm water delivery system improvements through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program, in tandem with the 76 Interior-funded projects. Vilsack and Lopez were joined by a local water authority and landowner who spoke about the importance of the federal funding in the cost share program.

“By working with communities and producers to more wisely manage the water they have, we help ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies of clean water for drinking, agriculture, economic activities, recreation, and ecosystem health,” said Secretary Vilsack. “As drought continues across the west, our farmers and ranchers are stepping up to the plate to partner with communities and strengthen efficiency to better conserve our water supply.” Continue reading

06-23-16 Colorado Corn District 7 meeting set for July 12 in Springfield; NASS data, ARC-CO Program to be key topics of discussion…

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Colorado Corn District 7 meeting set for July 12 in Springfield; NASS data, ARC-CO Program to be key topics of discussion

Colorado Corn staff and board members encourage farmers and any others interested to attend our upcoming District 7 meeting in Springfield, where attendees will hear updates about the two Colorado Corn organizations and issues impacting the industry.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at the Longhorn Steakhouse, located at 400 Main St. Dinner will be provided at the meeting. No RSVP needed.

The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association’s (CCGA) District 7 area includes Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers and Pueblo counties.

During this meeting, Colorado Corn staff will be joined by representatives of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), to discuss producer surveys and the NASS yield and production data used in factoring payments to farmers for certain programs, such as the Agriculture Risk Coverage County Option (ARC-CO) Program.

In recent months, some farmers questioned the accuracy of the county yield data initially used to calculate farmers’ ARC-CO eligibility, stressing some yields appeared too high, which would impact program payments now and in the future. In response, the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) reached out to lawmakers, federal and state officials, held meetings with Colorado producers, and traveled to Washington, D.C., St. Louis and elsewhere to discuss the issue, among other efforts.

In recent weeks, the Farm Service Agency distributed updated ARC-CO program payments to farmers in Adams, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties. However, farmers in other counties where yields have been questioned haven’t yet been notified of any action, and are currently following through with an appeals process in the USDA’s National Appeals Division.

As part of CCGA’s continued efforts regarding this issue, we hope to have constructive conversations at our district meetings this summer.

At our District 7 meeting, the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) will also be holding board member nominations for that district’s CCGA director position – currently held by Jeff Self, who is eligible for a second term.

Below is a schedule for these district meetings, and which board positions are open in each district:

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06-23-16 Palmer to Honor Four Exemplary Conservation Champions at SCCA…

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Palmer Land Trust has announced the names of the three award winners, along with an honorary recognition, for the 2016 Southern Colorado Conservation Awards (SCCA). The group will be honored at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, September 28.

“Now in its seventh year, the Southern Colorado Conservation Awards have become the premiere conservation event in southern Colorado. This is reflected in the incredible depth and diversity of nominations we received. We are excited to share the stories of our winners and the remarkable impact they’ve had on their local communities,” said Rebecca Jewett, Executive Director of Palmer.

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06-22-16 CO Corn News: Kum & Go promotions offering E85 for just 85 cents per gallon headed back to Colorado Springs June 28th…

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Kum & Go logoKum & Go promotions offering E85 for just 85 cents per gallon headed back to Colorado Springs this Tuesday

After going through thousands of gallons in only a few hours at a time during recent weeks, Kum & Go’s E85 promotions continue this summer along the Front Range, and will be headed back to Colorado Springs next week.

Kum & Go is teaming up with the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and Front Range Energy to host this series of events, drawing attention to ethanol, E85 and Flex-Fuel Vehicles, and informing the public of their many benefits.

The next promotion is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Kum & Go in Colorado Springs, at 7385 Duryea Drive. Continue reading

06-21-16 CAWA: Looking to the Future for Irrigated Agriculture in Colorado – Regional Workshop in Ft Morgan July 13th…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 21, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network at this time is Greg Peterson of the CO Ag Water Alliance, and we’ll be discussing the upcoming CAWA Regional Workshop coming up on July 13th @ the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush…

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Brush, CO – A South Platte Basin Ag Producers’ Water Future Workshop will take place on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Morgan County Fairgrounds in the Event Center. The Colorado Water Plan encourages the use of “alternative transfer methods” to keep water in agriculture while addressing the anticipated gap in future water supply given projected population growth. What does this mean for agricultural water users in the South Platte Basin?  Irrigators will hear about opportunities for cost sharing of efficiency improvements, water leasing programs, and concerns about “use it or lose it” at this workshop sponsored by the Colorado Ag Water Alliance with assistance from Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and CSU’s Colorado Water Institute. Continue reading

06-20-16 CSU-CWI-ARMAC News: Group seeks to provide management options to benefit water managers and the Valley…

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Managing our water resources, whether across an entire river basin or on a single field of corn, is not easy, and none would claim that it can be done perfectly.  The challenge of water management encompasses more than just supplying adequate water to meet various uses. Water managers include anyone who “touches” the water, including federal and state agencies, conservancy districts, and canal companies, as well as end-users like farmers.   The newly unveiled Colorado Water Plan has put collaboration between all water managers involved in a beneficial use near the top of the list for solving our future water problems.   Recently, a group of water managers, including irrigators, has joined together with Colorado State University (CSU) researchers to address agricultural water issues in the Lower Arkansas River Valley (LARV).

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06-17-16 June Dairy Month Celebration Recap…

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Western Dairy Celebrates June Dairy Month

Our June Dairy Month celebration took place a week ago at the Platte River Fort in Greeley, and we couldn’t have been more proud or privileged to thank our dairy farm families and dairy friends for 80 years of support.

The evening was filled with fun for the whole family – from lawn games to face painting and of course, June the Animatronic Cow. Plus, guests found out first-hand that tight end Virgil Green is our NEW Denver Broncos Fuel Up to Play 60 player representative and were given the opportunity to meet him. Continue reading

06-14-16 CFB hosting Ag Issues Summit in Glenwood Springs July 17-18 – RSVP TODAY!

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We hope that many of you are making plans to attend the CFB Summer Ag Issues Summit (Mid-Summer Meeting) in Glenwood Springs this July 17-18.

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05-31-16 CPPC: Young Producers on the Lookout for Knowledge at 2016 Pork Academy Workshops in Montrose June 18th and in Sterling July 16th…

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PORK ACADEMY: Young Producers on the Lookout for Knowledge

Montrose, Colorado, May 31, 2016:  The Colorado Pork Producers Council is currently working to put on two Pork Academies in different regions of Colorado. This event will be a day of fun and learning geared towards 4-Hers and FFA members in the swine project looking to learn more. This year an array of topics to be discussed have been selected such as nutrition, show ethics and the new veterinary feed directive going into effect as of January 2017.  The selected speakers are professors, judges, and current producers that are excited to come and talk with and answer your questions. We are excited to announce that we have selected two dates and locations for 2016.

The first will be held at the Montrose County Fairgrounds June 18 at 10:00 a.m., and the second will be held in Sterling at the Logan County Fairgrounds also beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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06-27-16 CO Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments..

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DENVER — Monday, June 27, 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Board of Assesment Appeals, Colorado Banking Board, State Electrical Board, State Board of Veterinary Medicine, and the Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board.

The State Board of Veterinary Medicine regulates and licenses veterinarians in Colorado. The Board establishes and enforces professional standards through the development and maintenance of rules and policies, ensuring that only qualified persons are licensed to provide veterinary care, and that violators of the laws and rules regulating veterinary medicine are sanctioned as appropriate.

For a term expiring June 30, 2020:

  • Nancy A. Strelau of Morrison, a consumer, reappointed.

The State Board of Assessment Appeals hears appeals filed by real and personal property owners on the valuation placed on their property.

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06-27-16 ASTA Supports Roberts-Stabenow Agreement on GMO Labeling…

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ASTA Supports Roberts-Stabenow Agreement on GMO Labeling 

Alexandria, Va.—June 27, 2016—The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) applauds Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow for reaching a common sense food-labeling agreement.

“The bipartisan Roberts-Stabenow labeling proposal is a practical solution to prevent a costly and confusing patchwork of state food-labeling laws from being enacted across the nation,” said ASTA President & CEO Andrew LaVigne.  “We commend the Senators for their efforts in reaching a common-sense compromise that works for the agriculture industry and consumers alike.  The agreement will bring much-needed consistency and transparency to the marketplace, and we urge the Senate to pass the proposal as soon as possible.” Continue reading

06-27-16 NMPF: June Dairy Market Report…

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The June issue of the NMPF-DMI Dairy Market Report is now available online. It says that U.S. milk production was 1.2 percent higher in April than a year earlier, interrupting the pattern of the three previous months, which had suggested the nation’s milk supply was experiencing a rapid growth spurt. The average all milk price was 30 cents per hundredweight lower in April compared to March, while the monthly Margin Protection Program feed cost calculation rose by 64 cents per hundredweight. Those changes put the bimonthly MPP margin for March-April at $7.15 per hundredweight, triggering payments for producers insured to at least $7.50.

Find the Dairy Market Report on our website.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, June 27th…

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Brexit Impact on Agriculture, Markets, Immediate

Britain’s exit from the European Union is projected to take years, but the impact on U.S. agriculture is immediate. Britain voted to leave the EU on Thursday, and many British farmers seemed to prefer the exit because they were upset over EU regulations. However, those same farmers will lose massive amounts of farm subsidies, according to the Hagstrom Report. British farmers have often complained about the European Common Agricultural Policy but also have opposed measures restricting subsidies. For the UK will no longer be included in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. Britain will have to negotiate trade deals of its own. The United States is currently the single largest investor in Britain. The U.S. sells near $2 billion of agriculture and food products to Britain each year.

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Vermont Governor Concerned with U.S. Senate GMO Bill

Vermont’s Governor says a national GMO labeling standard makes sense, but Peter Shumlin says he has deep concerns regarding the Senate’s bill. Vermont Public Radio reported Shumlin is concerned because the Senate compromise would delay labeling “for several years,” and allows the food manufacturer to choose how to disclose the information. Shumlin signed the Vermont mandatory labeling law in 2014. The Senate bill would supersede Vermont’s law and prohibit states from setting their own labeling requirements. It would also give the U.S. Department of Agriculture two years to finalize the national regulations. Many agriculture groups applauded the compromise announced by the Senate Agriculture Committee last week, recognizing the need for a national standard, rather than a patchwork of state laws. The legislation does not come in time to completely block the Vermont law, as the House is on recess until July 5th. It is also still unclear if the Senate has enough votes to pass the legislation. A voluntary GMO labeling bill failed on a procedural vote in the Senate earlier this year.

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Bayer Shareholder Approval Not Needed for Potential Monsanto Acquisition

Bayer AG says the company does not need the approval of shareholders to acquire Monsanto. In a legal filing, an executive from Bayer wrote “a shareholder vote is not required by German law.” The statement comes after Bayer had spent more than a month trying to warm shareholders to the idea that buying Monsanto is good for business, according to the St Louis Business Journal. The St Louis, Missouri Based Monsanto has rejected an offer by German-owned Bayer. Bayer reportedly has secured $63 billion in financing but has not publicly stated if it’s presented another offer to acquire Monsanto. Monsanto rejected the initial offer and also rejected a request for information to justify Bayer increasing its bid. Monsanto said it would only release more details if Bayer boosted its offer, stalling the efforts.

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Data Coalition Forms Farmer Advisory Board

Last week, the Agriculture Data Coalition formed a farmer advisory board aimed at helping guide the coalition as it develops a data management repository to house agricultural information. The ten member board features members from seven states who raise crops ranging from corn and soybeans to cotton, sorghum, wheat and potatoes. One of the coalition’s founder members, Keith Coble of Mississippi State, says the members will “provide invaluable insight into the unique needs of these different regions and their various crops.” ADC is entering a pilot phase, and many advisory board members will be among the first to work with ADC to drive short and long-term user needs, according to the Coalition. ADC’s mission is to create a neutral, independent warehouse where farmers can securely store and control the data generated by their tractors, harvesters, aerial imaging and other devices.

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Conservation Efforts Reducing Mississippi River Basin Runoff

A federal study shows Conservation measures by farmers have reduced nitrogen and phosphorus runoff along the Upper Mississippi River Basin. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says voluntary agricultural conservation practices helped reduce nitrogen downstream in the Upper Mississippi River Basin watershed by as much as 34 percent. The impact on phosphorus reduction was less promising, with reductions topping out at 10 percent, according to the Des Moines Register. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack last week said the study provides evidence that investments by federal, state, local and nonprofit groups are improving water quality. Vilsack says more farmers in the basin are using cover crops, no-till practices and embracing precision agriculture to cut down on runoff of nitrogen, phosphorous and other pollutants from fertilizer and manure.

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Getting Accustomed to Summer Heat on the Farm

The most common problem identified in heat-related deaths and illness of workers is the lack of a heat prevention and acclimatization programs, according to federal safety investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA says agricultural and construction workers are particularly vulnerable to heat illness because working in full sunlight can increase heat index values by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. OSHA’s Acting Regional Administrator in Kansas City, Missouri, Bonita Winingham, says a review of heat-related deaths found “frequently it was their first day on the job and the workers were not acclimated to the constant exposure to the heat and sun.” To reduce heat-related illnesses, OSHA recommends drinking water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty, rest in the shade to cool down and to wear a hat and light-colored clothing.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-24-16 USDA/NASS News: Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report…

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QUARTERLY HOGS AND PIGS – JUNE 1, 2016

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2016 was 68.4 million head. This was up 2 percent from June 1, 2015, and up 1 percent from March 1, 2016. This is the highest June 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs since estimates began in 1964. Breeding inventory, at 5.98 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, but down slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 62.4 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, and up 1 percent from last quarter. This is the highest June 1 market hog inventory since estimates began in 1964. Continue reading

06-24-16 USDA/NASS News: CATTLE ON FEED…

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USDA/NASS-CO News: 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 890,000 head as of June 1, 2016. This latest inventory is 1 percent below last month but the same as last year. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 130,000 head of fed cattle during May 2016, 4 percent below last month but no change from May 2015 marketings. An estimated 135,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during May, 7 percent below a month ago and 4 percent below the May 2015 placements. Of the number placed in May, 15 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 15 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 26 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 44 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for May is estimated at 15,000 head, 5,000 head above last month but 5,000 head below last year.

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06-24-16 USDA-FAS Export Sales Notices…

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Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for Unknown Destinations

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016–Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of 411,500 metric tons of soybeans for delivery to unknown destinations. Of the total 280,500 metric tons is for delivery during the 2015/2016 marketing year and 131,000 metric tons is for delivery during the 2016/2017 marketing year.

The marketing year for soybeans began Sept. 1.

USDA issues both daily and weekly export sales reports to the public. Exporters are required to report to USDA any export sales activity of 100,000 tons or more of one commodity, made in one day or quantities totaling 200,000 tons or more in any reporting period, except 20,000 tons for soybean oil, made in one day to one destination or quantities totaling 40,000 tons or more in any reporting period, by 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on the next business day following the sale. Export sales of less than these quantities must be reported to USDA on a weekly basis.

For further information, contact the Export Sales Reporting Staff at (202) 720-9209.

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Roberts, Stabenow, Announce GMO Labeling Compromise

Senate Agriculture Committee Members, Chairman Pat Roberts and ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow released a GMO labeling law Thursday that would preempt state laws, such as the one taking effect July first in Vermont. The bill would require mandatory labeling of most foods with genetically modified ingredients but with labeling options. The bill offers companies a choice of providing an on-package label or a symbol or scannable electronic label, according to the Hagstrom Report. The law would preempt state labeling laws but gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture two years to develop the labeling standards. Stabenow said the bill ensures that organic producers can clearly display a “non-GMO” label, but is “also a win for our nation’s farmers and food producers.” Roberts says the legislation recognizes the 30-plus years of proven safety of biotechnology and urged Senators to support the bill. He called the legislation “a far better alternative than Vermont’s law.” Grocery Manufacturers Association CEO Pamela Bailey said the compromise is “the commonsense solution for consumers, farmers and businesses,” and urged the Senate to quickly pass the bill.

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Despite Compromise, Vermont Labeling Law Becomes De Facto Standard, For Now

The Vermont GMO labeling law is poised to be the de facto national standard, at least, for now. The Senate Agriculture Committee unveiled its GMO labeling bill Thursday, but with the House in recess, the Vermont law will stand, for at least a few days. That is if the Senate can garner the votes needed to pass the compromise and the bill can be passed by the House once the chamber returns on July 5th. The House squashed all hope of defeating the Vermont law before it comes into effect on July first after Democrats caused chaos in the chamber with a ‘sit in’ demanding action on gun control measures. Republican leaders of the House responded by adjourning for recess, skipping the final two working days on the calendar for the House this month. The Vermont law does have a six-month grace period on penalties until January. However, many major food companies pledged to comply nationally with the Vermont mandatory GMO labeling law and have already begun shipping properly labeled products.

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House Lawmakers Question EPA on Glyphosate Report

At a U.S. House committee hearing this week, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator told lawmakers the recently published report on glyphosate is no indication of what the EPA’s final decision will be. In early May, the EPA published, and then pulled a report from the agency’s website that concluded glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. That report, labeled “final,” from the EPA’s independent Cancer Assessment Review Committee, was only a “step in the process,” according to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. She says the warrants a larger agency review. DTN reports the final decision by the EPA on glyphosate is expected sometime this fall. Representative Frank Lucas of Oklahoma says there is concern among the farm community the agency’s action may indicate a disagreement with the conclusion EPA had mistakenly released last month. McCarthy responded by saying “this is not an indication we don’t agree with the assessment,” adding “the problem was it was not a final agency decision.”

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Agriculture: A Deadly Occupation

New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show agriculture as one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. A list compiled by Forbes shows the top 15 most dangerous jobs in the United States. Agriculture directly made the list in three separate categories. Classified under, Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers, farm laborers and equipment operators were ranked 12th on the list, with 18.2 fatalities per 100,000 employees in 2014.The classification Farming, Fishing and Forestry Occupations made the list at number nine, with 24.1 deaths per 100,00 employees. Finally, ranked seventh on the list, the general category of Farmers, Ranchers and other Agricultural Managers logged 26 fatalities per 100,000 employees in 2014. Further, an argument can be made that the two most dangerous jobs in the nation are also directly related to agriculture. The second deadliest job in the United States is Fishing and Related Fishing Workers. Topping the list was logging workers, with 109.5 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2014.

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Monsanto, Argentina, Agree to Royalties Collection Pact

Monsanto and Argentina have announced an agreement regarding the collection of royalties of genetically modified soybeans in Argentina. The agreement ends years of dispute between the world’s largest seed company and the third-largest grower of soybeans, according to Bloomberg News. Under the agreement, Argentina will have full control of seed commercialization to ensure private companies like Monsanto will be able to collect royalties’ payments. The agreement represents a cultural shift for Argentine farmers, who have generally avoided paying royalties to seed companies by using GMO seeds saved from previous harvests or purchased from non-registered suppliers. The agreement should help secure revenue for Monsanto from its third-largest market, after the U.S. and Brazil.

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DuPont, Bayer Launch Agriculture Startup Venture

DuPont, Bayer AG, the venture capital firm Finistere Ventures, along with two others have launched a $15-million accelerator fund known as Radicle that will back startup agriculture technology companies. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports that many companies have jumped into the billion dollar agriculture-tech startup industry, hoping to profit from increasingly sophisticated tools regarding seed traits, weather sensors and unmanned aerial vehicles, among other technologies. For Bayer and DuPont, the venture may bring access to new research to address or complement gaps in their product lines.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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