Arkansas River: from Leadville to Lamar

Arkansas River: from Leadville to Lamar

This hour-long documentary about the Arkansas River from Leadville to Lamar explores the economic and social importance of the river including its recreational, municipal, and agricultural value. By the year 2050, the population of Colorado is expected to double. But future growth and economic development hinges on a dependable water supply. In response, the State is implementing a water plan that will meet the needs of recreational, municipal and agricultural users. The Arkansas River basin is an important part of that plan, and this documentary will educate and inspire viewers to care for this critically important resource.

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Fri Jun 22, 2018 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
 
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
 
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
 
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 4.29-4.49 4 to 5 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.57 15 higher
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporter (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
 
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06-22-18 U.S. House Ag Committee: Chairman Conaway on Approval of 2018 Farm Bill AUDIO

U.S. House Ag Committee: Chairman Conaway on Approval of 2018 Farm Bill AUDIO

Washington D.C. – June 22, 2018 – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) will host an agriculture telephone news conference today, Chairman Conaway will shared opening remarks regarding House approval of the 2018 Farm Bill and then took questions from members of the agriculture media…

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Rachel Millard

Communications Director | House Agriculture Committee

06-21-18 Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) June 21, 2018 Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss issues facing Colorado’s ag industry is Shawn Martini,  Vice President of Advocacy at the Colorado Farm Bureau, discussing several topics including:

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About: Shawn Martini, CFB VP of Advocacy

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06-20-18 National FFA Organization and American Seed Trade Association Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding

National FFA Organization and American Seed Trade Association Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding

Alexandria, VA –June 20, 2018 The National FFA Organization and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding.

The memorandum will align ASTA’s strategic goals and resources with the three-component model of agricultural education, providing teacher curriculum and resources; supervised agricultural experience support and mentors; and leadership and career development.

“This Memorandum of Understanding helps stress the importance of the three-component model – agricultural education, FFA and supervised agricultural experience,” said Mark Poeschl, chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization.  “As we move forward in the 21st Century, we know it’s important to provide tools to our members to ensure they become tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture. This memorandum will help us sustain that growth in leadership.”

The memorandum was signed on June 11 during ASTA’s Policy and Leadership Development conference held in Washington, D.C. State FFA Officers from Maryland and Virginia also participated in the conference and shared a presentation regarding the three-component model.

Jerry Flint, with Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, a member of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board and the incoming 2018-19 ASTA Chair helped drive the memorandum.

“We’re extremely proud to embark on this new partnership with FFA,” said Flint. “This Memorandum of Understanding is an important step in strengthening learning and collaboration opportunities between our two great organizations, as we work to prepare the next generation of leaders in the seed industry, and agriculture at large.” 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…

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

06-18-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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06-12-18 CACD’s Bobbi Ketels and NRCS-CO’s Ben Berlinger are Inside the BARN: 2018 Camp Rocky, Summer Grass Tour & more…

CACD’s Bobbi Ketels and NRCS-CO’s Ben Berlinger are Inside the BARN: 2018 Camp Rocky, Summer Grass Tour & more…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) June 12, 2018 Camp Rocky 2018 is coming up in Divide, CO July 8-14 as well as the Summer Grass Tour July 20-21…and joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss both events and much more is Colorado Association of Conservation Districts Executive Director Bobbi Ketels & NRCS-CO Rangeland Specialist Ben Berlinger

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Check out the CACD’s Colorado Conservator Online Newsletter – Spring 2018 Edition –http://www.coloradoacd.org/uploads/2/5/5/6/25562324/cacd_co_conservator_spring_2018.pdf

To learn more about CAMP Rocky 2018 & more about the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts visit http://www.coloradoacd.org 

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06-11-18 Inside the NRCS/CSU Extension’s Small Acreage Management Program with Jennifer Cook: Utilizing Goat Grazing in Public Spaces, SAM Website & More…

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Inside the NRCS/CSU Extension’s Small Acreage Management Program with Jennifer Cook: Utilizing Goat Grazing in Public Spaces, SAM Website & More…

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(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) June 11, 2018 – Jennifer Cook, Small Acreage Management Coordinator/Digital Green eXtension Fellow with NRCS/CSU Extension out of Brighton, CO discusses the challenges/successes of utilizing goats to graze public urban spaces and also details what you will find when visiting the NRCS/CSU Extension Small Acreage Management Program website online @ http://sam.extension.colostate.edu/ 

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“Guide for Using Goats to Manage Weeds in Urban Public Spaces” – CLICK HERE

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90th Colorado FFA State Convention Archives Available Now on Livestream!

SESSION 1

TUESDAY, JUNE 5

Chair:  Tiana Smith & Carina Ramos

Opening Ceremony

Welcome to the Conference

Invocation

Posting of Colors

Welcome –-City of Pueblo

Retiring Remarks– Patrick Shields, Secretary

Introduction of State Officer Candidates

Convention Kickoff Speaker – Melvin Adams

Creed Speaking Results

Retiring Remarks –Dylan Solano, Executive Committee

Closing Ceremony

SESSION 2

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6

Co-Chairs:  Cassie Franks & Dylan Solano

Opening Ceremony

Welcome—CSU-Pueblo

Retiring Remarks – Hadden Wilkins, Executive Committee

Greetings/Scholarship Presentation – CYFEA

Retiring Remarks – Bassil Ahmed, Executive Committee

Recognition of State CDE Teams

Closing Ceremony

SESSION 3

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6,

Co-Chairs: Dillon Roesch & Bassil Ahmed

Opening Ceremony

Greetings – Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

Retiring Remarks – Carina Ramos, Executive Committee

Foundation, Meining-Davis, CVATA & National FFA Scholarships

Heifer Wrangle Awards

Colorado FFA Year in Review

Retiring Remarks – Rayce Coen, Reporter

Closing Ceremony

SESSION 4

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6

Chair:  Brianna McBride & Patrick Shields

Opening Ceremony

Greetings-Colorado Farm Service Agency

Agriscience Fair Awards

Presentation of the Creed

Retiring Remarks – Cassie Franks, Vice- President

New Chapter Recognition

Most Improved Chapter

Honorary State FFA Degree

John Knaub Outstanding Teacher Award

Keynote Speaker – Breanna Holbert, National FFA President

Parliamentary Procedure Team Awards

Conferring State FFA Degree

Closing Ceremony

SESSION 5

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 8:30 – 10:00 A.M.

Co- Chairs: Rayce Coen & Hadden Wilkins

Opening Ceremony

Greetings Colorado FFA Alumni

Retiring Remarks- Brianna McBride, Treasurer

Extemporaneous Speaking Results

Prepared Public Speaking Results

Dutch Carwin Memorial Leadership Award

Retiring Remarks – Dillon Roesch, Sentinel

Recognition of State Proficiency Award Winners

Closing Ceremony

SESSION 6

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 1:30 – 4:00 P.M.

Co-Chairs:  2017-18 Officer Team

Opening Ceremony

Greetings-Don Brown, Commissioner of Agriculture

State Star in AgriBusiness Recognition

Sponsor Recognition –Colorado FFA Foundation

National Chapter Award Program

State Star in Agricultural Placement Recognition

Quiz Bowl Awards

State Star in AgriScience Recognition

Retiring Remarks –Tiana Smith, President

State Star Farmer Recognition

Recognition of Decade Past State Officers

Nominating Committee Report

New Officer Introductions

Convention in Review

Recognition of Retiring Teachers

Installation of New Officers

State Officer Retirement

Closing Ceremony

Watch ALL the sessions and the Rising Sun Show Interviews online @ https://livestream.com/BarnMedia/2018CoFFAConvention

 

06-08-18 CFB: 2018 Summer Ag Issues Summit in La Junta, Colorado July 15-16 – REGISTER NOW!

2018 Summer Ag Issues Summit

Join us for the 2018 Summer Ag Issues Summit in La Junta, Colorado.

The event will be filled with great speakers and tours as well as kick off our policy development season. With the November elections coming this year, there are many policy issues to discuss including private property rights, transportation, economic development and more. The summit will focus on the importance of participating in elections and highlight the governor’s race and ballot initiatives that will appear on the ballot.

There will also be insightful tours that provide attendees with an understanding of issues in the area, including water management.  Check back here for more information as the event gets closer.

The conference will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 15 and end after dinner on Monday, July 16.  Continue reading

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

CLICK HERE to listen to Today’s BARN Morning Ag News w/Brian Allmer

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

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

House Narrowly Passes Farm Bill

The House of Representatives Thursday passed its version of the farm bill 213-211. The narrow vote followed a failed attempt at passing significant immigration reform in the House. The bill again received no support from House Democrats, just as it did when the House failed to pass the legislation previously. Attention now turns to the Senate, expected to consider its version of the farm bill within the next two weeks. The Senate bill was crafted in a bipartisan way and is expected to pass. However, the House version of the bill, greatly differs, with work requirements included for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas says he looks forward to “working with the Senate and the president” to deliver an on-time farm bill. The current farm bill expires in September.

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Trump Reorganization Plan Offers Big Changes to USDA

A government reorganization plan by President Trump would rename the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Health and Public Welfare. Notably, the plan would move the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from the Department of Agriculture to the new so-called welfare department. The plan would also reorganize USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the food safety functions of the Food and Drug Administration into a single agency within USDA. The administration’s proposal would move USDA’s rural housing program to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Many of the proposals would require congressional approval and are expected to face significant opposition from both Democrats and some Republicans, according to the Washington Post. The plan introduced Thursday would also merge the education and labor departments of the federal government, move the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works from the Department of Defense to the Department of Transportation and Department of the Interior, and make consolidations in the Department of Energy.

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EPA RFS Volumes Proposal Expected Friday

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to roll out a proposal for volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019 today (Friday). Some suspect the proposal will include a reallocation of gallons displaced by hardship waivers, according to Politico. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said late last month that he spoke with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt about the hardship waivers. Perdue said the proposal would require hardship waivers to be granted before the volume requirements for the year go into effect, to allow for reallocation of the displaced gallons to other refiners. This month, administrator Pruitt appeared to reverse course from his alleged attack on the biofuels industry, visiting an ethanol plant in Kansas, and telling a group of agriculture leaders that the EPA would move forward with a waiver to allow year-round E15 sales. Still, the ethanol industry is awaiting further word of action on the issue.

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EU Imposes Retaliatory Tariffs on the U.S.

The European Union’s response to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs take effect today (Friday). The EU will be charging import duties of 25 percent on a range of U.S. goods. Reuters reports that the European Commission formally adopted a law putting in place the duties on 2.8 billion euros, or $3.2 billion, worth of U.S. goods, including steel and aluminum products, farm produce such as sweetcorn and peanuts, bourbon, jeans and motorcycles. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom stated “we do not want to be in this position,” but adds the U.S. “left the EU with no choice.” President Trump ended an exemption from the tariffs for the EU, along with Canada and Mexico, earlier this month. Canada will impose tariffs on $12.5 billion of U.S. goods, while Mexico has already implemented tariffs on U.S. products, including steel, pork and bourbon.

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Rural Mainstreet Economy Expands for June

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index measured above growth neutral in June for a fifth straight month. This is the first time since July 2015 the survey has recorded five straight months of overall indices above growth neutral, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a Midwest dependent on agriculture. However, the overall index slid slightly to 56.1 from 56.3 in May. Further, organizers caution that “the negative impacts of recent trade skirmishes has yet to show up” in the survey results. As part of the survey, bankers responses project farmland prices to sink by another 2.1 percent over the next year, and the confidence index, which reflects expectations for the economy six months out, fell to 48.8 from May’s 50.0, indicating declining economic optimism among bankers. Bankers also say in the survey that over the past month borrowing by farmers expanded, as the loan-volume index rose to 76.3 from 74.3 in May.

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USFRA Names New CEO

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has selected Erin Fitzgerald to lead the organization as its next chief executive officer. Fitzgerald formerly served as Senior Vice President of Global Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, a part of Dairy Management Inc., which is a forum for the dairy community to address the needs and expectations of consumers. USFRA says “Erin was the obvious choice” to lead the organization, and it was a unanimous decision by the board. USFRA parted ways with its previous CEO, Randy Krotz, in January of this year. USFRA voted to not renew his contract, after serving as the only CEO of the organization since its inception. Fitzgerald will lead USFRA as it approaches its eighth year as an organization. USFRA is composed of more than 100 farmer and rancher-led organizations and ag partners representing agriculture. The organization claims it is committed to helping increase confidence and trust in agriculture.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-21-18 CFB: 2018 Farm Bill Passes Successfully out of the U.S. House of Representatives

CFB: 2018 Farm Bill Passes Successfully out of the U.S. House of Representatives

Colorado Farm Bureau Applauds the Bill’s Passage and with it, Future Support for Colorado Farmers and Ranchers

June 21, 2018 – In a huge win for Colorado farmers and ranchers as well as agriculture across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill on Thursday afternoon.

“We are thankful that our leaders in Washington, D.C. got this one right,” said Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau. “The Farm Bill provides farmers and ranchers across the country with programs that are vital to the success of the entire agriculture industry.” Continue reading

06-21-18 CFB ACTION ALERT: Tell US Congressman Buck & Polis to VOTE YES on 2018 Farm Bill Today!

CFB ACTION ALERT: Tell US Congressman Buck & Polis to VOTE YES on 2018 Farm Bill Today!

The House will once again be voting on the #2018FarmBill TODAY.

Tell Congressman Ken Buck and Congressman Jared Polis how important the Farm Bill is to Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.

They need to hear from you NOW!

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06-21-18 CSU: Study finds U.S. oil and gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than EPA reports

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CSU: Study finds U.S. oil and gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than EPA reports

A new study that draws on previous work by Colorado State University scientists finds that the U.S. oil and gas industry emits nearly 60 percent more methane than current Environmental Protection Agency estimates. That amounts to 13 million metric tons of methane from oil and gas operations each year. Continue reading

06-21-18 NFU Board Resolution Commends Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill, Urges Swift Approval

NFU Board Resolution Commends Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill, Urges Swift Approval

WASHINGTON – On behalf of its nearly 200,000 farm family members, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors today unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Senate’s bipartisan efforts to advance a farm bill. The NFU Board urged the Senate to quickly pass the legislation.
“The goal of any farm bill should be to provide a strong safety net for our nation’s family farmers and ranchers, improve farm sustainability, and ensure access to fair and diverse markets,” said the Board. “Given persistent and ongoing economic challenges in the farm economy, Congress must pass a farm bill that provides strong support in the best interests of family farms, rural communities and consumers. National Farmers Union’s Board of Directors commends the bipartisan efforts of the Senate Agriculture Committee to advance the farm bill.”

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06-21-18 ACE scholarship program announces 2018 winners 

ACE scholarship program announces 2018 winners 

Sioux Falls, SD (June 20, 2018) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) congratulates the 2018 scholarship recipients Keithen Drury, Brett Galles, and Emma Baker. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship through ACE’s Scholarship Program to help further their collegiate education.

“ACE wishes these bright young students of ACE member plant employees the best of luck as they pursue their future careers,” said Brian Jennings, ACE CEO. “Students today are the leaders of tomorrow and their education is critically important for the future development of biofuels, its associated industries, and beyond.” Continue reading

06-21-18 REMINDER: June is Dairy Month, so don’t forget to enter the 2018 NFU Photo Contest!

Enter Your Best Photo for a Chance to Win $500!

It’s Dairy Month! The National Farmers Union is celebrating with gallons of ice cream and our June photo contest! Whether you raise cows, goats, or sheep, we want to see your best dairy photos.

NFU members can submit their original photos for a chance to win a 16″ x 20″ canvas print of their winning photo! At the end of the year, each monthly winner will be eligible for the grand prize – a $500 prepaid Visa gift card. Submit your photo by June 30, 11:59 PM EST to be considered for this month’s category. Get your cameras clicking and submit your best photos today!
Find eligibility, rules, and more information here. Submit your photo here.

06-21-18 The 2019 NWSS National Anthem Contest is Back!

Ready to Sing at Stock Show?
Our National Anthem Contest for 2019 is Back!

Do you want a chance to sing the National Anthem at the 113th National Western Stock Show?

Submit a video of your best National Anthem for a chance to be selected to sing in front of a sellout Stock Show crowd in 2019!

Important Dates:

  • Video Submissions:  July 4 – 27, 2018
  • Voting Period:  Aug. 1 – Sept. 1, 2018
  • Winner Announced:  Sept. 3, 2018

All videos need to be submitted via an online link (like YouTube, Vimeo or another website). The top videos then will be posted for the public to vote on. The video with the most votes will be invited to sing at one of our rodeo performances. Best of luck!

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06-21-18 Don’t Miss the 2018 National Cutting Horse Denver Western Nationals – June 22-30

NCHA Denver Western Nationals

June 22 – 30  |  National Western Complex
The NCHA Transwest Ranch Denver Nationals cutting event welcomes open and non-pro cutters from across the country. This event is designed with the “weekend cutters” in mind who have hauled throughout the year and want to compete in a championship-style event. The competition consists of 12 different classes with an added money purse of $150,000. 
Click here for the schedule and more info.

06-21-18 CCA: 151st Year of State’s Leading Cattle Organization to be Led by Longtime Colorado Rancher

151st Year of State’s Leading Cattle Organization to be Led by Longtime Colorado Rancher

Michael Hogue, longtime rancher from Steamboat Springs, Colo., stepped into his role as the 113th president of Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. One goal Hogue has for his presidency is continuing the evaluation and implementation of CCA’s new membership structure. He also wants to create more depths of leadership, primarily at the steering committee level. “We have several committees with vacant chair and co-chair seats and I want to fill them all this year,” Hogue said. And of course, Hogue is excited to keep pursuing CCA’s quest for a new home on the National Western Stock Show grounds. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for June 21st

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Weekly Export Sales for June 21st

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

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China Could Step Up Trade War Tactics

China could ratchet up its trade war tactics against the United States as President Donald Trump has escalated the trade war between the two nations this week. Politico points out that China knows how to fight a trade war and could go beyond retaliatory tariffs next. China has been known to successfully encourage its 1.4 billion population to give up products from targeted countries, such as Big Macs, and make business harder for U.S. companies in China. While China has far fewer U.S. imports to impose tariffs on, a trade expert told Politico: “The reality is the Chinese can do quite a bit to hurt U.S. companies in the Chinese market.” Tariffs that have yet to take effect will target U.S. agricultural products. Earlier this week, business and agriculture groups penned a letter to Congress seeking lawmakers involvement to reign in Trump’s trade agenda. The group asked for congressional oversight, while detailing how Congress has the power to regulate foreign trade.

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Heitkamp: Trade War Strikes at Rural Economies

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp says if President Trump follows through with tariffs on China announced this week China’s retaliation would be “both strong in quantity and gravity.” The comments come as China indicated it would impose retaliatory trade barriers that are against U.S. goods if the administration follows through with the threat, causing soybean prices to plummet to a nine-year low. Heitkamp says Trump is “playing chicken” with China by “creating a trade war at farmers’ expense.” Heitkamp continued: “From soybeans to farm equipment to oil, these tariffs threaten to strike at the heart of our job-sustaining industries.” The North Dakota Democrat says U.S. farmers need trade policy that opens markets, not closes them. Republican Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa agreed in a separate statement, saying “farming need trade, not aid,” in referring to any programs that would be made available to assist farmers through a trade war.

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Canada Dairy Group Understanding of U.S. Frustrations

The largest dairy processor in Canada says President Trump “has a point” when it comes to dairy trade between the U.S. and Canada. Saputo Inc. told Reuters:“Canada should consider eliminating its Class 7 milk policy in order to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States.” The CEO says he understands “the frustration,” adding, “quite frankly I think they have every reason to be upset.” The Comments come a week after President Trump targeted Canada’s Dairy Supply Management System, calling it unfair to U.S. farmers. Leadership in Canada has vowed to support the system and are quick to point out that processors created the Class 7 milk issue, not the Canadian government’s dairy policies. The CEO of Saputo says Canada dairy cannot think “we’ll come out of this unchanged.”

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NPPC Testifies on Thailand Trade Issue

The National Pork Producers Council wants access to Thailand. If not granted, NPPC says Thailand’s preferential access to the U.S. should be revoked or reduced. Thailand is a top beneficiary of the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences program, which gives duty-free treatment to certain goods entering the United States. The program allows for removal of a country’s benefits if it fails to provide the United States “equitable and reasonable access” to its market. An NPPC spokesperson during a U.S. Trade Representative Hearing this week said; “. President Trump has called for reciprocity in our trading relationship with other countries, but there is no reciprocity at all in our trading relationship with Thailand when it comes to pork.” Thailand holds a ban on imports of U.S. pork by banning products produced with ractopamine, a feed ingredient approved. Following an NPPC petition, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in May agreed to review Thailand’s eligibility for the U.S. GSP program.

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Plant-Based Milk Alternatives Changing Dairy Market

A new report from CoBank predicts continued double-digit growth in the plant-based milk alternatives market. The report says sales are up 61 percent over the past five years, with slower growth of 15 to 25 percent projected by 2022. Meanwhile, cow’s milk consumption continues a decades-long slump. However, a CoBank spokesperson says the total volume of alternative milk is “relatively small and is not a major factor behind declining fluid milk sales.” Still, CoBank says plant-based alternatives are helping revolutionize how the dairy industry does business. The report found that most consumers who buy alternatives are not completely abandoning milk. The report goes on to say that some traditional dairy companies are adding plant-based alternatives to their portfolios. Even Dean Foods, the largest milk bottler in the United States, recently invested in Good Karma Foods, a plant-based milk and yogurt company.

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Grant Awarded for Studying Livestock Antimicrobials Impact

A $3.1 million grant will fund research studying the impacts of California’s new legislation limiting the use of antimicrobial drugs given to livestock raised in the state. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the grant from the Wellcome Trust will fund research at George Washington University’s Milliken Institute School of Public Health. The California law took effect this year and is the first in the nation to ban antibiotics for routine disease prevention in food animal production. The grant, according to the University, will enable an investigation to find clear links between antimicrobial use in poultry and human antibiotic-resistant infections. The research will benefit from work already underway and funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Wellcome Trust is self-described as a global charitable foundation headquarter in the United Kingdom that supports scientists and researchers.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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