01-20-17 NWSS ​Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $442,500!

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets - CLICK HERE

To view a complete schedule of ALL the livestock events and to purchase tickets – CLICK HERE

Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $442,500!

Denver, Colo. –The 2017 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions sets a Stock Show record with the top eight champion animals posting total sales of $442,500. The standing room only crowd hollered as the Grand Champion Steer set a record selling for $135,000. The auction started with a bang when the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb sold for $34,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $6,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for a record-breaking $107,500, exceeding last year’s bid of $70,000.

The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust, which funds scholarships in agriculture and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. This year 80 students received funds to aid their education.

The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9News at 6:30pm.

The top eight champion animals were shown by an all-girls cast and the results are listed below: Continue reading

01-20-17 CFVGA: Researcher Devotes 25 Years to Developing Pueblo Chile Variety

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CFVGA: Researcher Devotes 25 Years to Developing Pueblo Chile Variety
By Marilyn Bay Drake, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
dr-michael-bartoloDr. Michael Bartolo is the best sort of person, accomplished yet humble. Since 1992, he has patiently bred chile peppers to find varieties that are  popular with buyers and profitable for growers. In 2005, Arkansas Valley growers first planted “Mosco”, a  Pueblo chile type. Today, Mosco is one of the most popular chiles  grown in and around Pueblo, Colo.
That is not an easy accomplishment, given that Arkansas Valley residents are serious about their chiles. The region’s largest city, Pueblo, Colo., hosts one of the largest food festivals in the state.  ThePueblo Chile and Frijole Festival, held annually in September, draws in over 130,000 visitors.  The main attraction is the ever-popular Pueblo (a.k.a. Mira Sol) Chile.
Bartolo, who is the vegetable crop specialist and manager of Colorado State University’s  Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, Colo., was born and raised on a small farm east of Pueblo. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Colorado State University, and in 1990, he received a Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of Minnesota. Continue reading

American Sheep Industry Weekly for Jan 20th, 2017

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Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 25-28 – ASI Annual Convention – Denver, Colo. – Details Available at www.sheepusa.org/About_Events_Convention
  • Feb. 1 – Integrated Predator Management Workshop – Lewistown, Mont. – Alex Few, 406-657-6464 or Alexandra.P.Few@aphis.usda.gov
  • Feb. 2 – Black Hills Stock Show – All American Sheep Day – Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Feb. 9-10 – Domestic & Wild Sheep Management and Disease Symposium – Radisson Colonial Inn, Helena, Mont. – Vore, 406-444-3940 or jvore@mt.gov
  • Feb. 10-11 – Pipestone (Minn.) Lamb and Wool Program Lambing Time Short Course and Bus Tour – www.Pipestonesheep.com or Claire Beekman at Claire.stone@mnwest.edu or 507-825-6822
  • Feb. 11 -Short Course on Lambing/Kidding and Winter Ewe/Doe Management Sponsored by W.V. Shepherds Federation – Camp Pioneer, Beverly – www.sheepwv.org or Joseph Aucremanne 304-445-1516, wvashepherdes@yahoo.com
  • Feb. 18 – Iowa Sheep Field Day – Washington – 10 am-4 pm – Hosted by Iowa State University and Premier – www.premier1supplies.com/pages/sheep-field-day-2017.php
  • Feb. 18 – Sheep and Goat Buying Station – Duckett Farms, Hope, Ark. – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jesse Duckett at 870-703-7321
  • Feb. 23-25 – Colorado Wool Growers Shearing School – Brush – Marlin Eisenach at marlin.eisenach@colostate.edu or 970-542-3543
  • Feb. 25 – Washington State Sheep Producers Lambing School – Martinez Lambing Camp, Mabton – Dr. Jim Swannack at 509-257-2230 or swannackvet@gmail.com
  • Feb. 27-March 1 – Missouri Shearing School – George Washington Carver Farm, Jefferson City – Erin Brindisi at brindisie@lincolnu.edu or 573-681-5312
  • March 11-12 – Northeast Shearing School – Shepherds Way Farm in Locke, N.Y. – for both beginners and advanced shearers. Deadline to register is Feb. 15. www.LambShoppe.com or call 320-587-6094
  • March 12-15 – NLFA Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School – Albany, Ore. – www.nlfa-sheep.org
  • March 21-22 – Kentucky Shearing School – C. Oran Little Research Center, Versailles – Don Ely at dely@uky.edu or 859-257-2717

Details of the ASI Convention

The ASI staff is looking forward to seeing everyone in Denver next week. With registration numbers up, there will be many old friendships to rekindle and new ones to be made. A few final details: Continue reading

01-20-17 CSU: $1.4 million organic dairy grant to enhance animal care strategies

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FORT COLLINS – As consumer interest in organic milk increases and the number of organic dairies continue to grow, more controlled research is needed to evaluate methodologies that help maintain and improve cow health, while using procedures that conform to organic regulations.

In an effort to support research in that area, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $1.4 million grant to a team co-led by Dr. Pablo Pinedo, a D.V.M. who is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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01-19-17 Research, Market Evaluation Tools, New Water App and Insurance Options to be Explored at CFVGA-Hosted Colorado Farm Show Produce Day Jan. 24

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Research, Market Evaluation Tools, New Water App and Insurance Options to be Explored at CFVGA-Hosted Colorado Farm Show Produce Day Jan. 24
January 24-25-26, 2017 in Greeley, CO

January 24-25-26, 2017 in Greeley, CO

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is urging produce growers and others involved in any way in the produce industry to attend the Colorado Farm Show Produce Day Jan. 24 at the Weld County Fairgrounds in Greeley. Produce Day is hosted by CFVGA in conjunction with the Colorado Farm Show.

“Produce day will feature valuable information for anyone involved in any way in the production of fruits and vegetables,” said CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., who will open the day with an overview of CFVGA and its activities since the Colorado produce organization was founded in 2014. Continue reading

01-18-17 KSU Research & Extension: Program set for cow-calf conference February 10th in Goodland, KS

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K-State Research & Extension Program set for cow-calf conference Feb. 10 in Goodland, KS

Multi-state symposium will include trade show for beef industry

ksu-re_angus-calvesMANHATTAN, Kan. — “Succeeding in a Challenging Beef Industry” is the focus of the 2017 Tri-State Cow-Calf Symposium and Trade Show scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10 in Goodland, Kansas.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. MST with the program from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Goodland Elks Lodge. The annual symposium is held in conjunction with a trade show. Attendees will have time to visit with industry representatives and view their materials throughout the day.
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01-17-17 Editorial by Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown…

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The State of Agriculture 

By Don Brown, Commissioner of Agriculture

cda-don-brown-co-commissioner-of-agricultureMost Coloradans did not grow up in a rural area and have never been on a farm or ranch, yet the people of Colorado support agriculture’s positive contribution to the quality of life in our state.

In a recent survey conducted for the Colorado Department of Agriculture by Colorado State University, 90% of Coloradans feel agriculture is important to their quality of life. Nearly all Coloradans feel that maintaining and protecting agricultural land and water is important (95%). Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…


01-18-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview


01-17-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview


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01-10-17 Gov. Hickenlooper, Commissioner Brown among state officials stepping up to the mic at Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture Feb 22nd

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Gov. Hickenlooper, Commissioner Brown among state officials  stepping up to the mic at Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture

Joining a myriad of other speakers at the 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown will each be stepping up to the podium at the event.

Gov. Hickenlooper and Commissioner Brown will help lead a Forum that this year is titled “Label It: Agriculture,” focusing on how collaboration and cooperation have made agriculture in Colorado the state’s second-largest driver of our economy, and how similar efforts will be critical moving forward.

Other presenters and panelists at this year’s Forum – taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel – will include: Continue reading

01-05-17 Inside DARCA with Executive Director John McKenzie

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(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) January 5, 2017- Joining the Colorado Ag News Network Inside the BARN  is John McKenzie, Executive Director of the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance discussing several topics including  DARCA’s 15th Annual Convention on February 15-17, 2017…


To learn more about the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance – CLICK HERE



01-05-17 Help the CO FFA Foundation by participating in the TITAN FFA Tire Auction on January 26th!

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation's Website

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado FA Foundation’s Website

Colorado FFA Foundation and Titan International team up Tire Auction

ffa-titan-tire-auctionGREELEY—The Colorado FFA Foundation, Titan International, and Good Year Farm Tires have partnered to present a farm tire auction during the Colorado Farm Show.  The auction will take place live at 12:30 pm, January 26th in front of the Event Center at Island Grove Regional.  The Colorado Farm Show and BigIron Auctions are also supporting partners.  Bidders will be able to purchase new atv, skid steer, sprinkler, and tractor tires while supporting Colorado FFA.  All proceeds from the auction benefit Colorado FFA Foundation and it’s mission.  Big Iron Auctions will be calling the auction live and offering online bidding at www.bigiron.com.  More information can be found online at www.coloradoffafoundation.orgContinue reading

01-05-17 Inside the CFVGA with Executive Director Marilyn Drake…


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CVFGA Executive Director Marilyn DrakeRegistration is open NOW for the CFVGA’s Third Annual Conference Feb. 21, 2017!

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) January 5, 2017 – The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is hosting their Third Annual Conference on Feb. 21, 2017 at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the event in more detail is Marilyn Drake, CFVGA’s Executive Director…


For more information and to register: http://cfvga.org 

For more on CFVGA: http://coloradoproduce.org


Produce Trends Expert to Keynote Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association 3rd Annual Conference

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01-03-17 CLA News: 9th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in Hugo on Feb 21st – RSVP today!


Join us at the 9th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium!

CattleFax: Navigating the Cattle Cycle, Protecting America’s Agriculture at DIA, Managing Your Cattle & Your People

The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its annual livestock producer educational symposium in Hugo, CO on February 21, 2017. The Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics of interest to livestock producers in Colorado. In 2008, the meeting was renamed the Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in honor of the late Eastern, Colorado rancher, Marshall Frasier, who was a strong proponent of education and a dedicated supporter of the industry. Marshall Frasier was and still is the only person who has served as President of both the state livestock organizations; Colorado Livestock Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. Continue reading

Inside the Colorado Agricultural Development Authority w/Jim Rubingh: Beginning Farmer Loans, Tax Deductions and more…

CADA-Colorado Agriculture Development Authority header(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) January 3, 2017 – Did you know that there is New legislation that will provide farmers with tax credits if they lease land to first-time farmers?

The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is responsible for administering that program.  And joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this in more detail is Jim Rubingh, Executive Director of CADA


The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is an independent public body established by statute in 1981. Its mission is to encourage the investment of private capital in the agricultural sector through the use of public financing for the purpose of making low-interest loans available to agricultural producers for specified uses. To learn more about the Colorado Agriculture Development Authority, or to apply for a Beginning Farmer Loan, please visit http://www.cadafarmloan.com/

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12-28-16 CO Corn’s Eric Brown details the 2017 Poudre River Forum in Greeley, CO Feb 3rd…

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CO Corn’s Eric Brown details the 2017 Poudre River Forum in Greeley, CO Feb 3rd…

Eric Brown - CO Corn Communications Director(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 28th, 2016 – The 4th Annual Poudre River Forum is slated for Feb 3rd @ Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley…and that event brings together people all along the Poudre to learn more about the river and to celebrate its existence.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the event in great details is Eric Brown, Communications Director with CO Corn and a member of the planning committee


CLICK HERE to get registered before Jan 27th


For the fourth year running, the Poudre River Forum brings together people all along the Poudre to learn more about the river and to celebrate it. The annual forum is an action initiative of the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI)—about 25 citizen experts representing a diversity of interests who study the Poudre River and formulate cooperative actions based on what they learn. Meeting since 2012, the group’s agricultural, urban, and environmental members continue to build strong relationships to enact their motto: “Let’s Make the Poudre River the World’s Best Example of a Healthy Working River.” Facilitated by the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University, PRTI acts to improve the health of the Poudre River while recognizing its value as a working river—meeting the demands of diverse users. Continue reading

12-28-16 Inside CO Corn with Communications Director Eric Brown…

Colorado Corn LogoEric Brown - CO Corn Communications Director(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 28, 2016 – Joining the CO Ag News Network is CO Corn’s Communications Director Eric Brown and we’ll be discussing several topics pertinent to CO Corn Producers.

Topics covered within the interview include:

  • CO Corn Annual Meeting Recap (Business Meeting & Award Recognitions)
  • 2017 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame
  • 2016 National Corn Yield Contest & CO’s Top Producers
  • Three CO FFA Chapters awarded CO Corn FFA Grants
  • 2017 Commodity Classic
  • & more


Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association. See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.

12-21-16 Announcing the Colorado Farm Show 2017 Scholarship Award Winners…

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Erich Ehrlich, CFS Marketing Committee Chairman

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 21, 2016 – Since 1965, the CO Farm Show has been a long-standing agriculture tradition in the state.The annual three-day event will take place on Jan 24-25-26 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, CO and it features almost 350 ag-related exhibits and draws more than 30,000 visitors from throughout the region interested in learning more about ag products, services, and machinery. And volunteers with a love for agriculture make it happen. Not only that but the CO Farm Show also GIVES BACK by way of scholarships…in fact counting this year’s awards…the Colorado Farm Show, will have awarded $186,000 in scholarships to Colorado’s graduating High School Seniors that pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to announce the 2017 CO Farm Show Scholarship recipients is  Erich Ehrlich,  Chairman of the Marketing Committee…



The Colorado Farm Show will award eight graduating high school seniors and two college students a total of $23,000 to help with their higher education goals. Six $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $4,000 renewable Colorado Farm Show Scholarships, two $1,500 Colorado Farm Show Secondary Scholarships will be awarded on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at a banquet held in the recipient’s honor at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley CO. This brings the total scholarship dollars awarded by the Colorado Farm Show to Colorado young adults pursuing careers in Agriculture to $186,000.

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12-20-16 Inside the BARN w/Greg Peterson of CAWA: Upcoming Water Workshops in the 1st Quarter of 2017 and more…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 20, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network at this time is Greg Peterson of the CO Ag Water Alliance, and he discusses the upcoming  “Colorado Basin Ag Producers’ Water Future Workshops” coming up in the first quarter of 2017 in three locations, including:

  • January 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Community Center – LEARN MORE
  • February 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Rio Grande Water Conservation District Alamosa – LEARN MORE
  • & March 22nd in Steamboat Springs @ Steamboat Springs Community Center (more details forthcoming)

Learn more about those FREE workshops, which includes lunch, and more about CAWA by listening to the interview below…


FREE Pre-registration is requested to guarantee your lunch and can be done online @ www.coloradoag.eventbrite.com


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01-20-17 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for January 20th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 20th

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Agriculture Offers Strong Support for Perdue

Agriculture groups in droves announced support for Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue. The Trump administration transition team confirmed the selection of Perdue Thursday. The announcement this week drew immediate praise from general farm groups to livestock and grain organizations. Perdue first met with then President-elect Donald Trump in November after the election. Following that meeting, several candidates were considered for the job before Trump came back to Perdue. He must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, a Republican from Kansas, said he looks forward to the process. In a statement, Roberts said: “Everyone in farm country is having a hard time. We need a Secretary who can recall the 1980’s and will do everything within their power to make sure we do not return to those conditions.” In regards to Perdue, Roberts added: “together, we must get to work addressing these immediate and future challenges.”


Who is Sonny Perdue?

By now, agriculture is familiar with his name, but what about the history behind Donald Trump’s nominee for Agriculture Secretary? Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is set to become the next Agriculture Secretary if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. After switching parties, the now 70-year old was first elected as Georgia’s governor in 2003 and was the state’s first Republican Governor in nearly a century. In his two terms as governor, Perdue presided over the state’s top-ranked agricultural economy. Perdue is a trained veterinarian but is more familiar with crop production. He is a founding partner for AGrow Star, a grain business with 11 elevator locations across Georgia and South Carolina, according to DTN. At the time of the announcement, he was serving on several boards, including the National Grain and Feed Association and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Perdue also served as president of the Southeastern Grain and Feed Association in 1988.


Georgia Agriculture Under Former Governor Sonny Perdue

Agriculture can rest assured that former Georgia Governor and now Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue will be friendly to farmers and ranchers. With strong ties and being very much involved in agriculture, Perdue saw somewhat of a transformation in the sector while serving as governor of Georgia. A Wall Street Journal reporter found that since first being elected as Governor of Georgia in 2003, the state saw an increase in agricultural sales under Perdue’s watch. In 2002, USDA Data shows 49,000 farms made $4.9 billion in sales. By 2012, the number of farms decreased to 42,000, but sales jumped to $9.3 billion. That’s a 17 percent drop in farm operations, compared to a nationwide downturn of just one percent, but nearly twice the sales. As the Wall Street Journal notes, Cattle and hog farms evaporated, and tobacco acreage was halved during that time. Meanwhile, the broiler flock swelled and corn, soybeans and peanut production doubled in the state. During his time as governor, he focused on agriculture issues including water management and making tax code changes that were beneficial to farmers.


Uncertainty Ahead for Organic Animal Welfare Rule

While the outgoing administration dumped a last-minute organic animal welfare rule on agriculture,  Congress seems poised to block the new regulation, according to Politico. Bipartisan leadership from both the House and Senate agriculture committees condemned the rule following its announcement by the Department of Agriculture. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service administrator said the new standards “allow producers to compete on a level playing field.” However, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said the costs of complying with requirements that livestock and poultry have outdoor access could put some producers out of business.” The Kansas Republican promised to work with USDA under the new administration to “ease this overregulation.” Ranking Democrat from the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow expressed disappointment in the rule, saying USDA “missed an opportunity” to set standards that did not risk unintended consequences. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway blasted the outdoor access requirements under the rule. The Texas Republican linked the requirement to susceptibility to highly pathogenic avian influenza, saying the rule was “particularly concerning” given the detection of the virus in a wild duck in Montana earlier this month.


Business, Agriculture Pressing Trump to Salvage TPP

Business interests, along with agriculture groups, want the new administration to reconsider the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal incoming President Donald Trump vowed to drop on “day one” once in office. The Wall Street Journal reports the groups are arguing that the Trump administration does not have to accept the current agreement negotiated by the Obama administration. Rather Trump could look to make changes to the deal, rename it and turn TPP into a Trump initiative to boost U.S. exports to Asia and write new trade rules for the Asia Pacific region. Among those urging the Trump team to take another look at an Asia-Pacific deal are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the American Farm Bureau and a number of companies. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would mean billions of dollars in agriculture sales thanks to improved exports, but chances are still slim of seeing the agreement move forward in the near future.


USDA Announces Citrus Greening Research Grants

The Department of Agriculture Thursday announced $13.6 million in grants to combat citrus greening disease. The funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture comes in the form of four grants through the Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program in the 2014 Farm Bill. As part of the funding, Clemson University will receive $4.7 million, while Regents of the University of California, Riverside, will receive $5.1 million. Iowa State University was granted $2.4 million, while the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Athens, Georgia, was granted $1.8 million. According to USDA, citrus greening is currently the most devastating citrus disease worldwide. The disease was first detected in Florida in 2005 and has since affected all of Florida’s citrus-producing areas leading to a 75 percent decline in Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-19-17 USCA Welcomes Announcement of Sonny Perdue to Secretary of Agriculture


USCA Welcomes Announcement of Sonny Perdue to Secretary of Agriculture

(WASHINGTON) – Following the announcement of President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner issued the following statement: Continue reading

01-19-17 NPPC Endorses Pruitt For EPA Administrator

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NPPC Endorses Pruitt For EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 19, 2016 – Calling him a champion for American agriculture and a strong advocate for sound science and the rule of law, the National Pork Producers Council today endorsed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Continue reading

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01-19-17 NCGA Welcomes Governor Perdue to Lead USDA

NCGA Welcomes Governor Perdue to Lead USDA

NCGA News Release logoWASHINGTON (January 19, 2017) – National Corn Growers Association President and Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock today congratulated former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Governor Perdue on his nomination to lead USDA. We look forward to his confirmation hearing, and learning more about his positions on issues important to corn farmers and the entire agriculture industry. Continue reading

01-19-17 NMPF Statement on Announcement of Agriculture Secretary Nominee Gov. Sonny Perdue

NMPF Statement on Announcement of Agriculture Secretary Nominee Gov. Sonny Perdue

From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation:

NMPF logo 2 102715ARLINGTON, VA – “America’s dairy farmers are looking forward to working with Secretary of Agriculture-designate Sonny Perdue, whose role as the chief advocate for farmers and rural America is absolutely crucial in the new Trump Administration, especially when milk prices have been in a prolonged slump.

Former Gov. Perdue is well-qualified to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a result of his eight years of executive experience as Georgia’s governor, and his career as a state legislator and small businessman.  His educational training as a veterinarian also gives him unique insights into the important issues facing America’s livestock producers in the areas of animal health, food safety and the environment. Continue reading

01-19-17 NPPC Backs Perdue For Agriculture Secretary

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NPPC Backs Perdue For Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 19, 2017 –Saving the best for last, President-elect Donald Trump has decided to tap former Georgia Gov. George “Sonny” Perdue as his secretary of agriculture. The National Pork Producers Council hailed the pick – the final Trump cabinet post to be filled – as “very good for America’s farmers and ranchers.”

Perdue, who is a veterinarian, was governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. Prior to that, he served in the Georgia Senate for 10 years. A part of Trump’s agricultural advisory team, Perdue grew up on a row crop farm in central Georgia and owned agricultural businesses.

“Well, we don’t have a lot of pork production down in Georgia,” said NPPC President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. “but Sonny Perdue is from a farm family and he’s a veterinarian. As head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he’ll be very good for America’s farmers and ranchers. Continue reading

01-19-17 NFU Statement on Sonny Perdue’s Selection to Agriculture Secretary…

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NFU Statement on Sonny Perdue’s Selection to Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON (January 19, 2017) – President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the U.S. Agriculture Secretary in the incoming Trump administration. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to today’s announcement: Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, January 19th

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Vilsack’s Week Early Departure Meant to Save Tax Dollars

Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stepped down a week early from his cabinet post to “save taxpayers a few bucks.” Vilsack told Reuters he and his family were taking a trip to Mexico this week and did not want the federal government to pay for a security detail to travel with him. Vilsack served as Ag Secretary for all eight years of President Barack Obama’s time in the White House. Following his exit, The U.S. Dairy Export Council confirmed Vilsack would be its next president and CEO, taking over the duties next month. Vilsack said he left extensive briefing books and electronic information about the agency for the Trump Administration. Vilsack said it would take the next Agriculture Secretary “some time” to absorb all the information Vilsack’s team has prepared. President-elect Trump has yet to name his nominee for Agriculture Secretary.


NPPC Calls Organic Animal Welfare Standards “Another Poke in the Eye”

In a parting gift from the Obama administration, the Department of Agriculture has issued a regulation that adds animal welfare standards to the nation’s organic food production law. The National Pork Producers Council, which opposes the move, says the gift “is not welcomed” by the pork industry. USDA’s amendment to the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 would strictly dictate how organic producers must raise livestock and poultry and specify which standard practices are allowed and prohibited in organic farming. NPPC calls the regulation an overreach of standards that are not based on science and outside of the scope of the organic food production law. NPPC says some of the standards even could jeopardize animal and public health, as the provision on outdoor access conflicts with best management practices to prevent swine diseases that pose a threat to animal and human health.


USDA Modifying COOL Regulations for Venison

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to publish a proposed rule to amend country-of-origin labeling regulations adding venison under the labeling law. While Congress repealed COOL regulations for beef and pork in 2015, the regulations still require retailers to notify their customers with information regarding the source of other certain foods, including lamb, goat and chicken, farm-raised fish and fruits and vegetables. The Agricultural Act of 2014 directed USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to add muscle cuts of venison and ground venison to the list of covered commodities subject to mandatory COOL requirements, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by March 14.


China Halts Ethanol Shipments

Buyers in China have canceled up to seven ethanol import shipments due to arrive by April, the first sign a likely hike in import duties is threatening to stall demand. The import tariff is likely to rise to 30 percent from five percent and would shut imports out of the market based on current prices, according to Reuters. Seven cargoes could equate to between 266,000 and 443,000 cubic meters of ethanol. Ethanol shipments to China in the first 11 months of 2016 hit 765,000 cubic meters, up 51 percent on the prior year, while 2015 imports of 686,000 cubic meters soared 2,741 percent from the year before. There has been some confusion over the 2017 tariff after the government said it would adjust the tax to “protect” the domestic industry but did not provide further details. If the tariff moves forward, U.S. ethanol shipments to China would stall due to a lack of profit margins.

Farm Leaders Taking Part in Inaugural Parade Friday

Leadership from national farm organizations will represent agriculture during the inaugural parade for President-elect Donald Trump Friday. Several agriculture association leaders will drive tractors in the parade, including American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, American Soybean Association President Ron Moore, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance CEO Randy Krotz, National Pork Producers Council President John Weber, and National Association of Farm Broadcasting past and current presidents Mark Oppold and Max Armstrong. The farm leaders will take part in the RFD-TV Rural Tractor Brigade, driving new tractors along the parade route. Members of the National FFA will carry the banner for the Rural Tractor Brigade and lead the contingent of tractors in the parade.


USDA Announces Funding to Support Agricultural Education at Land-grant Universities

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced $18.9 million in funding for land-grant universities to obtain or improve agricultural and food sciences facilities and equipment. The funding, according to USDA, will help land-grant universities sustain their programs in agriculture, food and human sciences. Previously funded projects include an outreach and teaching facility for livestock at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. The project also provided outdoor laboratory facilities for veterinary faculty and students. Land-grant institutions must apply before early March. Since 2009, USDA has invested in land-grant initiatives to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-18-17 NCBA: Cattlemen Support Nomination of Gov. Perdue to Lead USDA

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NCBA: Cattlemen Support Nomination of Gov. Perdue to Lead U.S. Department of Agriculture

WASHINGTON (Jan. 18, 2017) – Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today released the following statement in support of President-elect Trump’s nomination of former Gov. Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

“Governor Perdue’s an excellent pick to head the Agriculture Department. As a lifelong agri-businessman and veterinarian, as well as the two-term governor of a state where agriculture’s the largest industry, Gov. Perdue has a unique and expert understanding of both the business and scientific sides of agriculture. In a time of increasing regulations and a growing governmental footprint, we have no doubt that Gov. Perdue will step in and stand up for rural America so that we can continue to do what we do best – provide the safest and most abundant food supply in the world.” Continue reading