06-27-17 The 2017 Feeders and Friends Keith Spayd Benefit is Aug 19th in New Raymer – Interview w/Verlyn Mahan…

The 2017 Feeders and Friends Keith Spayd Benefit is Aug 19th in New Raymer – Interview w/Verlyn Mahan…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 27, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network  is Verlyn Mahan, discussing the upcoming 15th Feeders & Friends Keith Spayd Benefit August19th in New Raymer, CO…

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UPDATE FROM VERLYN MAHAN ON JULY 6, 2017

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08-16-17 CDA: Recovery Efforts Continue. Grant Funds Available for Agricultural Producers Affected by 2012/2013 Floods and Fires

CDA: Recovery Efforts Continue. Grant Funds Available for Agricultural Producers Affected by 2012/2013 Floods and Fires

Application period extended until September 29, 2017

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Applications are being sought for grants to assist farmers and ranchers who were impacted by 2012/2013 floods and fires. The grant amounts can range from $15,000 to $150,000 and approximately $900,000 is available for this round of grants.
Applicants must meet the Housing and Urban Development income limits for moderate-income households which is based on the county, personal income, and family size of all owners. Farms and ranches with employees can also qualify if over half of their employees meet the moderate income limits.
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08-16-17 CDA/CDHS: Agriculture Financial Crisis Help is Available…

The Agricultural Economic Crisis is real.
The resulting stress is real.  Let’s TALK about it.

Crisis can take many forms for many different people. Don’t know where to start?  Start Here

“When a farmer and rancher is facing a financial crisis, it can create an emotional toll on every aspect of life. From paying bills, to feeding their children, caring for the livestock and crops, retirement options, and even what they will be able to leave their heirs, the worry and anxiety can be overwhelming. The agricultural community has always come together to help our neighbors in a time of need and that is what this effort is all about:  pulling together to help others through this stressful time. I encourage you to reach out to the Colorado Crisis Services if you, or someone you love, is struggling.”

—Don Brown, Commissioner of Agriculture

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An effort by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado State University Extension, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the Colorado Department of Human Services

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08-16-17 Inside The BARN with Author/Photographer Lee Klancher about his newest book “Red 4WD Tractors”, available Sept 1st!

AVAILABLE NOW – Listen to the interview to learn how you can obtain YOUR copy!

Inside The BARN with Author/Photographer Lee Klancher about his newest book “Red 4WD Tractors”, available Sept 1st!

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) August 16, 2017 – The same team that created the award-winning books Red Tractors 1958- 2013 and Red Combines 1915–2015, have published their next incredible book, which is a must-have for any tractor and farming history enthusiast. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to disuss the new book and more is Award-winning author/photographer Lee Klancher…

  • Klancher’s Background
  • Inspiration and more details about the book, “Red 4WD Tractors”
  • Steiger’s humble beginnings, engineering & sustainability
  • Steiger stories
  • Super 70 Series IH Tractors including the 2+2
  • Challenges in creating the Promotional Pictures & Video Shoot
  • Future Technology
  • Obtaining YOUR copy of the book “Red 4WD Tractors” – Great Gift Idea
  • Klancher’s next project
  • Final thoughts

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Lee Klancher’s new book will be available on September 1st, 2017 – you can pre-order your copy or copies today @ https://octanepress.com/Links to purchase copies of his other books are availableat that website as well.

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08-16-17 Savory Institute: West Bijou Site near Strasburg, CO to be dedicated as 599th National Natural Landmark on August 17th…

West Bijou Site to be dedicated as National Natural Landmark  

WHAT: The dedication of the West Bijou Site as a National Natural Landmark (NNL)

WHERE: Savory West Bijou Ranch, 60100 E Co Road 42, Strasburg, CO 80136 (31 miles east of Denver, Colo.)

WHEN: Thursday, August 17, 2017. Media preview 3:00-4:30pm (bison on grassland in near distance). Dedication ceremony 5:00pm.

WHY: Designated as the 599th National Natural Landmark on Nov.17, 2016 by Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, the 7,613 acre-site, West Bijou Site contains fossils, minerals and metals that are critical to the understanding of the timescale of Earth’s history. The 1.18-inch band of sediments on the Site record the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the beginning of the Cenozoic Era, known as the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary. The Site was previously managed by the non-profit Plains Conservation Center, which recently transferred ownership to Savory Institute to utilize the state’s front range as a demonstration site and center of excellence for regenerating endangered grasslands through holistic management.

WHO: The dedication will be given by Jeff Orlowski regional coordinator of the NNL program at the National Park Service. Also in attendance will be Heather Eggleston, NNL program manager; Ian Miller, Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Daniela Ibarra-Howell, CEO and co-founder of SI; Byron Shelton, senior program director at SI; and Savory Hub land managers.

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08-16-17 Wildlife Partners Unite to Protect Iconic Species from Deadly Plague…BARN’s Livestream Coverage!

Wildlife Partners Unite to Protect Iconic Species from Deadly Plague

August 16, 2017 – Reporters were invited to an event at the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center south of Carr and north of Fort Collins, CO, showcasing cooperative efforts to develop a potential breakthrough in wildlife management – an oral vaccine that may help protect prairie dogs against plague and assist in the recovery of endangered black-footed ferrets at specific locations in the West.

Prairie dogs in the wild are less likely to succumb to sylvatic plague after they ingest peanut-butter-flavored bait that contains a vaccine against the disease, according to recent field trials conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others. 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…

08-15-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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08-11-17 CSU’s Ag Innovation Summit 2.0 is coming to Ft Collins September 6-7 – REGISTER NOW!

CLICK HERE to view the program agenda and to get registered

September 6 – 7, 2017 @ Lory Student Center, Colorado State University
The summit will convene leaders from across the innovation community in Colorado and the Intermountain West to catalyze opportunities for advancing the regional and global agricultural economy.

JOIN THEM AT THE 2017 CSU AG INNOVATION SUMMIT 2.0!

All-inclusive registration is $150, with discounted rates for guests from CSU, government and nonprofit agencies.

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08-11-17 Save the Dates for the Colorado Livestock Association Regional Symposiums…

Join the Coloraado Livestock Association at one or all of their upcoming symposiums for informative presentations on issues of importance to Colorado’s livestock industry!
Topics include a Market Report, Animal Welfare Issues, Activist Activity, and Regulation & Legislation Update.
Marshall 
Frasier Beef Symposium
October 12, 2017
Otero Junior College
La Junta, CO
November 14, 2017
Northeastern Junior College, Sterling, CO
December 5, 2017
Embassy Suites
Loveland, CO
February 20, 2018
Fairgrounds
Hugo, CO
RSVP today! (970) 378-0500

08-10-17 CSU Ag Day comes to Campus September 9th

CSU Ag Day comes to Campus September 9th

New location near on-campus stadium

For the first time in its history, Ag Day will be celebrated on the Colorado State University campus, within walking distance of the new on-campus stadium. The Ag Day BBQ will be held on the west lawn of the Lory Student Center prior to the Rams versus Abilene Christian University game on Sept. 9. Festivities begin four hours before kickoff, with the BBQ beginning two and a half hours before kickoff.

The 2017 Ag Day will be the 36th year of the event, one that began as a small beef barbecue and has grown into a giant tailgate featuring food from Colorado commodity groups, music and interactive demonstrations from College of Agricultural Sciences faculty, staff and students.

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08-10-17 Make plans to Attend the 2017 San Luis Valley Potato Festival in Monte Vista on September 9th…

The 2017 San Luis Valley Potato Festival will be September 9! The Potato Festival is a day of fun and activities for the whole family!

The Potato Festival will begin in Chapman Park, 4 Chico Camino, Monte Vista, CO from 8 AM until 4 PM. The day is filled with fun activities and events like the Tater Trot
5K Race, Music, Crafts, Guided Tours, Kid’s Games, Professional Chefs, our famous Mashed Potato Dunk Tank, freshly harvested Colorado Potatoes and much
more!

New this year, Brooke Eden will be headlining the first ever Potato Festival Concert at Ski-Hi Park Arena!

CLICK HERE to get your tickets today!

There will be beer and food will be available from Mountain View Restaurant. Tickets are $15, and they’re available at www.coloradopotato.org/potatofestival or at our office. If you order your tickets online before August 25, you’ll also be automatically entered into win 4 tickets to see the Colorado Rockies take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on September 3!

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08-08-17 Inside CEP with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning: August is CO Proud Month

 

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(Brandy GamoningBARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 8, 2017 -Joining the CO Ag News Network once again is Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh, discussing issues facing the poultry industry , CO Egg Producers and August being Colorado Proud Month…

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To learn more about NestFresh please visit http://www.nestfresh.com/

And to learn more about National Egg Month and the Incredible Edible Egg™ please visit http://www.incredibleegg.org/

To learn more about the Colorado Egg Producers please visit http://www.coloradoeggproducers.com/

08-02-17 Colorado State University to Hold Wheat Planting Decision Meetings

Colorado State University to Hold Wheat Planting Decision Meetings

Colorado State University will hold Wheat Planting Decision Meetings to discuss results of the 2017 harvest and demonstrate how producers can utilize decision making tools to make 2017/18 variety planting decisions. Dr. Jerry Johnson will present the 2017 the “Making Better Decisions: Annual Wheat Variety Performance Trial” and discuss 2017 variety trial results. Rick Novak will also discuss wheat seed issues with producers. Continue reading

08-02-17 CO Water Institute Director Reagan Waskom details the 2017 South Platte Forum Oct 25-26 in Loveland…

CO Water Institute Director Reagan Waskom details the 2017 South Platte Forum Oct 25-26 in Loveland

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) August 2, 2017 – The 2017 South Platte Forum  is set for October 25th & 26th @ the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO and joining the CO Ag News Network at this time to provide all the details about that event is the Director of the Colorado Water Institute, Reagan Waskom…

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Sponsorship Opportunities are Still Available! 

Interested in sponsoring the South Platte Forum?
If so, click here for more information, or contact Marissa Jacobs.

07-27-17 CO BQA hosting New Stockmanship and Stewardship Program on September 22-23

Colorado Beef Quality Assurance to host new Stockmanship and Stewardship Program 

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is hosting one of several new regional events for cattle producers as part of the Stockmanship and Stewardship program from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Colorado State University’s Agriculture Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC) in Fort Collins, Colo. will house the event on September 22-23, 2017, which will feature world-renowned livestock behaviorist, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker. Other sessions will provide cattle handling strategies and education to help cattle producers improve their bottom lines.

Thanks to support from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, the Stockmanship and Stewardship program has been expanding and enhancing its scope beyond the local events held in the past, according to Chase DeCoite, NCBA associate director for BQA. The regional series has already held events in California and Nebraska, and has others slated throughout the country.

“Stockmanship and Stewardship sessions have become ‘must attend’ events for cattlemen and women who want to apply innovative and proven cattle handling strategies on their own operations,” said DeCoite. “These new regional programs will allow us to attract cattlemen from a larger area to a central location.” Continue reading

07-27-17 Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Calls for Blizzard Relief Applications

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Calls for Blizzard Relief Applications

Centennial, Colo., – July 27, 2017 – Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has called for applications from farmers and ranchers impacted by the late spring blizzard that swept through Baca and Prowers counties, devastating crops and livestock. Any farmers and ranchers impacted by the storm who need help recovering some of their losses are urged to apply. Continue reading

07-11-17 Red Angus Stakeholders Venture to Colorado Springs for Convention September 13-14-15

Red Angus Stakeholders Venture to Colorado Springs for Convention

The scenic beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains, pristine pine-and-aspen forests and twisting canyons of Colorado’s Front Range will greet cattlemen and women from across the country as they gather in Colorado Springs, Sept. 13 to 15, for the 2017 National Red Angus Convention. Online registration is open atRedAngus.org.

Themed “Reds in the Rockies,” this year’s convention is slated to celebrate the growth of the breed, the camaraderie of its breeders and the success of commercial cattlemen using Red Angus genetics. The annual event is hosted by the Red Angus Association of America and Rocky Mountain – Area 3 members.

The trade show will be open each day enabling attendees to visit with some of the industry’s most progressive enterprises, and RAAA Member Services personnel will staff computer stations providing one-on-one REDSPro navigation sessions. Additionally, the Junior Red Angus Association of America Board of Directors will host a silent auction fundraiser and assist as needed with the functions of the convention. Continue reading

08-16-17 NFU Urges Smooth, Transparent Transition to a Fair Trade Framework

NFU Urges Smooth, Transparent Transition to a Fair Trade Framework

WASHINGTON – Trade representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico will meet here today to begin an official renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The renegotiation provides the Trump Administration with an opportunity to fulfill one of the president’s top campaign promises – a reset of the U.S. trade agenda.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged the administration to restore balanced trade and domestic sovereignty that have been traded away in past agreements, noting NFU has long supported a transition to a fair trade framework.

“For decades, farming and rural communities across the country have suffered lost jobs, lowered wages, and fleeting economic liberty as a result of our nation’s free trade agenda,” said Johnson. “The Trump Administration must use this opportunity to reset that agenda by instituting a new, fair trade framework that works for family farmers, ranchers, and rural residents. NFU urges them to do so in a fashion that is transparent to the American public and does not upset the positive trade relations the U.S. agriculture community relies upon.” Continue reading

08-16-17 National Young Farmers Coalition Annual Report Available Now!

National Young Farmers Coalition Annual Report Available Now!

 

We’re proud to share the progress we made on land, water, leadership, and inclusivity in 2016. Read the report here!

There are so many people and organizations to thank for our growth and accomplishments. We’re grateful to you for standing with us, and for your continuing support, guidance, and friendship that make our work possible.

In solidarity,
Lindsey Lusher Shute

Executive Director and Co-founder
National Young Farmers Coalition

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) is an advocacy network of farmers fighting for the future of agriculture. Visit NYFC on the web at www.youngfarmers.org, and on TwitterFacebookYouTube and Instagram.

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08-16-17 Syngenta celebrates 150 years in vegetable seeds

Syngenta celebrates 150 years in vegetable seeds

  • One of the world’s leading vegetable seeds companies with 30 crop species and 2,500 varieties
  • R&D strategy fosters local discovery and delivery backed by global resources and expertise

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, August 16, 2017 – On July 1, 2017, Syngenta celebrated 150 years in vegetable seeds.

Sluis and Groot, a legacy company of Syngenta, was founded in 1867 in the Netherlands as exporters of cabbage seeds. Today, Syngenta is one of the world’s leading vegetable seeds companies with 30 crop species and 2,500 varieties.

“We are very proud of our long heritage in vegetable seeds,” said Matthew Johnston, head of vegetable seeds and flowers at Syngenta. “For generations, we have been innovating to meet the needs of growers across the world. Today, more than ever, we are focused on bringing this innovation to our customers and to the entire value chain to help meet the consumer demand for high quality, tasty, nutritious vegetables available every day of the year.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 16th

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NPPC Wants Pork Trade to Keep Flowing in NAFTA

With the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations set to begin on Wednesday, the National Pork Producers’ Council is just one of the many agricultural groups weighing in on the topic. The NPPC is urging the administration to maintain a zero-tariff rate on pork traded in North America. President Trump has made renegotiating NAFTA a priority even before taking office. “Canada and Mexico are top export markets for our pork, so, obviously, we don’t want any disruption in our exports to those countries,” says NPPC President Ken Maschoff (Ma-shoff’), “and we need to keep pork exports flowing.” Like many other agricultural groups, the Pork Producers want to reemphasize to the administration what a boon NAFTA has been for American agriculture. The original agreement first went into effect on January 1, 1994. Since then, U.S. trade north and south of the border has more than tripled. Trade with Canada and Mexico has grown more rapidly than U.S. trade with the rest of the world. Canada is the number two overall market for American agricultural products and Mexico is number three.

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Trump Wants Produce Dumping Protection in NAFTA 2.0

As NAFTA renegotiations begin on Wednesday, U.S. negotiators are planning to introduce a proposal aimed at making it easier for produce growers to bring potential anti-dumping cases against Mexico. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says that’s a move that will make Southeast growers happy, but it could also fuel criticism of the Trump administration’s protectionism. The proposal would make it easier for U.S. fruit and vegetable producers to prove that Mexico is dumping produce into the U.S. at below-market prices. The current rule says U.S. producers need to prove damage by gathering three years of seasonal data. The new U.S. proposal would make it possible to prove dumping cases through using a single season’s worth of data. However, there are groups against the proposed move. Lance Jungemeyer, President of the Fresh Produce Association of America called it a “Pandora’s box.” He says, “If tomato growers in the Carolinas do it (file a dumping complaint), if Florida does it, if New Jersey does it, you’re looking at what could essentially be a year-round tariff.” Jungemeyer’s group represents Mexican growers and advocates for free trade in produce across the Americas.

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Canada Bringing Guarded Optimism to NAFTA Talks

Canada is bringing a mix of optimism and dread at the thought of damaging its most important trading relationship as the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations begin this week. The Washington Post reports Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently spoke to the National Governors Association conference in July, making a pitch for free trade. Trudeau told the governors, “Free trade has worked,” he said. “It’s working now.” He also made a plea for Americans to stay away from protectionism. “If anything, we’d like thinner trade barriers, not thicker,” he added. Canada seems to think President Donald Trump’s NAFTA concerns are primarily with Mexico. However, Canadian officials are very concerned over U.S. efforts to gain concessions in politically contentious issues like lumber, dairy, and wine. They’re also concerned about America pushing to weaken a trade-dispute mechanism that Canada had to work very hard to get in the first NAFTA agreement. There is also a push among the three countries to modernize the agreement when it comes to trade services and the digital economy. Larry Herman, a Toronto trade lawyer, says Canada should be prepared for tough, difficult, and “rather unpleasant negotiations.”

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Dicamba Damage Reports Still Climbing

A new report issued on Monday shows the dicamba damage footprint is still growing. Both the number of investigations and damaged acres are climbing, especially in the Midwest. Kevin Bradley, a plant science professor at the University of Missouri, compiled the data and it shows complaints of off-site dicamba movement now cover 21 states, stretching from North Dakota to Georgia. Through state departments of agriculture surveys, at least 2,242 official investigations have taken place up through August 10th. Estimates from state weed extension experts show suspected dicamba damage totals 3.1 million acres, an area about the size of Connecticut. The number of investigations across the country has grown exponentially as well. The report issued just three weeks earlier showed 1,411 investigations across roughly 2.5 million acres. Bradley says the ultimate effect any dicamba damage will have on yields and farmer profits will be difficult to guess until harvest time. “In reality, we will likely not know the extent of dicamba damage until the end of the season,” Bradley says.

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25th Annual Farm Journal Crop Tour Starts Next Week

The 25th annual Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour starts next Monday, August 21st and every year the participants take on the challenging task of guessing the nation’s corn and soybean harvest. Farm fields were impacted by a variety of weather extremes this year, from drought in the Upper Midwest to too much rain in the eastern Corn Belt during the spring. Crop scouts will share their reports daily during the four-day tour. “Our job is to peg potential yield numbers to these really varied conditions we’re seeing out there this summer,” says Chip Flory, Editorial Director for Farm Journal Pro. More than 100 growers, industry experts, and media will scout more than 2,000 fields in seven Midwestern states. The eastern leg of the tour will start scouting in western Ohio before working its way through Indiana, Illinois, eastern Iowa, and southern Minnesota. The western leg begins in southern South Dakota before traveling across eastern Nebraska, western Iowa, and into southern Minnesota. Flory says they’ll pull enough samples to provide accurate data from a large geographical area. “The crop tour doesn’t predict results for individual fields or even a county,” Flory adds, “but we do want to have a good handle on each of the seven states we tour.”

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FDA Relaxes Restrictions on Ultra-Filtered Milk

The Food and Drug Administration is easing its policy on some domestic milk products, making a change the dairy industry has pushed for over the last 20 years. Trade tension with Canada brought the issue to the forefront. Earlier this year, Canada changed policy and stopped importing ultra-filtered milk from the U.S. As a result, many American milk processors were forced to drop their contracts with producers, who then had to scramble to find a new buyer. Before the announcement, UF milk products could only be produced at certain American cheese plants. Now, industry leaders say the relaxed regulations means the product can be taken to multiple plants because it reduces hauling costs and increases cheese production. The FDA released a statement saying it was taking the action because of recent changes in some export markets that have caused an oversupply of dairy products and pricing challenges as a result. The Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association says there’s been an oversupply of milk for over a year and it’s caused real stress among American dairy producers. The announcement comes as the U.S., Canada, and Mexico sit down this week to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-15-17 CFVGA: What is Your Role in Reducing Food Waste?

CFVGA: What is Your Role in Reducing Food Waste?

AUGUST 15, 2017 – Food waste is a topic receiving a lot of attention currently. Since perishable produce is especially vulnerable to spoilage and, therefore, waste, the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is working with its growers to offer options to reduce waste, which can occur for a number of reasons, including:
Labor shortages – A shortage or absence of a qualified labor force to harvest and process fresh produce not only deprives consumers of good fruits and vegetables, it is financially devastating to Colorado fruit and vegetable growers. Few local residents have the skills, desire and stamina to harvest produce or are willing to give up their fulltime employment, making it necessary in most situations, to employ seasonal harvest crews. While there are plenty willing and able to travel to the United States to work as harvesters, U.S. immigration laws have made it very difficult for U.S. growers to comply with requirements of short-term labor programs, such as H2A. CFVGA is working with Western Growers to aggressively address these problems and call for foreign labor programs that are advantageous for employee and employer alike.
“Colorado produce growers are working hard to attract and retain a skilled agricultural labor force,” said CFVGA Labor Committee Chair Reid Fishering, Mountain Quality Sweet Corn, Montrose, Colo. “However, what we do will have little impact unless Washington politicians are willing to enact programs that allow for an orderly flow of temporary workers into our fields and orchards during the growing season.

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08-15-17 Colorado to receive more than $1 Million in Federal Funding for State Wildlife Conservation Projects

Colorado to receive more than $1 Million in Federal Funding for State Wildlife Conservation Projects

WASHINGTON – U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced more than $1 Million to Colorado state wildlife agencies through the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. The funds, which are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, give support for a diverse array of species and habitats across the country.

“The Trump Administration is working hard with states and local communities to find solutions that are driven at the local level, rather than in Washington, D.C. As a hunter, I know the​ work of state wildlife agencies is absolutely critical to wildlife conservation in the United States,” said Deputy Secretary Bernhardt. “We’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with them, their local communities, and other partners to ensure important fish, wildlife, habitat and cultural needs are met. Tribal and state wildlife grants are foundational to protecting our nation’s wildlife legacy, including game and non-game species.” Continue reading

08-15-17 Keep Pork Trade Flowing In Updated NAFTA, Says NPPC

Keep Pork Trade Flowing In Updated NAFTA, Says NPPC

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 15, 2017 – With negotiations set to begin tomorrow, the National Pork Producers Council today repeated its request that a “modernized” North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) maintain the zero-tariff rate on pork traded in North America.

President Trump has made updating the 23-year-old trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico a priority since before taking office and even considered withdrawing from the agreement. The initial NAFTA renegotiation talks start here tomorrow.

NPPC has been one of the leading agricultural voices in support of the agreement, issuing a white paper and twice testifying before congressional committees on the benefits of the pact.

“Canada and Mexico are top markets for our pork, so, obviously, we don’t want any disruptions in our exports to those countries; we need to keep pork trade flowing,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill. “We want to reiterate to the Trump administration that NAFTA has been a boon to the U.S. pork industry and to all of American agriculture.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 15th

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Canada Plans to Protect its Dairy System in New NAFTA

Canada plans to protect its dairy system under a new North American Free Trade Agreement. As the first round of talks get underway Wednesday, Canada officials say they will protect the nation’s system of tariffs and quotas that keep domestic dairy prices high and imports low. U.S. dairy farmers strongly dislike the system and want it dismantled. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland laid out the nation’s goals for NAFTA during a speech Monday. She also suggested that Canada could walk away from the talks if the U.S. pushed to remove a key dispute-settlement mechanism in the trade deal, according to Reuters. Canada opposes Washington’s plan to scrap the so-called Chapter 19 dispute settlement mechanism, under which binational panels made binding decisions on complaints about illegal subsidies and dumping. The United States has frequently lost such cases.

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Wall Street Journal Names Agriculture a NAFTA Issue to Watch

With the first round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement set for Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal listed agriculture as an issue to watch throughout the negotiation process. Noting that corn, beef and pork producers are happy with the current NAFTA, The Wall Street Journal points out that disagreements over agriculture can quickly turn bitter in trade talks. When President Trump threatened to withdraw from NAFTA, some Mexican politicians warned that their nation could import corn from other Latin American nations instead of the U.S. Meanwhile, Labor, trade deficits, rules of origin, currency manipulation and immigration also top the list of issues to watch during the renegotiation.

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U.S. Beef Struggling China

U.S. beef products are struggling to gain traction following a return to China after a 14-year ban. Bloomberg reports that U.S. cuts of beef are largely unnoticeable in China’s meat isles. China, the world’s largest pork producer and consumer, has seen beef demand climb as incomes increase, prompting people to spend on new and varied types of food. Imports are predicted to climb to 950,000 metric tons this year from 26,000 tons in 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, out of 600,000 head of cattle slaughtered in the U.S. each week, only about 1,600 can meet Chinese specifications. Currently, what’s being exported to China is processed into small strips for stir-fry dishes. A Rabobank analyst says U.S. beef trade with China will grow gradually, but adds it doesn’t’ seem likely trade will increase “to the extent that would affect China’s beef market, because of its limited supply.”

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U.S. Feed Grain and Ethanol Exports Up

Feed grain exports from the U.S. are up 20 percent this year and could set a record high, according to the U.S. Grains Council. Exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms were up 20 percent year-over-year from September through June to 96.9 million metric tons, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Grains Council says the new record could be achieved by the end of this marketing year thanks to attractive prices. Meanwhile, U.S. ethanol exports have already reached a new all-time high at 1.15 billion gallons this marketing year. Exports of U.S. ethanol to Canada, a key partner through the North American Free Trade Agreement, also increased to 263 million gallons, a five percent growth compared to the same time the year prior. And India set a record for U.S. ethanol purchases, more than doubling year-over-year to 116 million gallons. Exports of U.S. corn increased 36 percent year-over-year to 49.9 million tons, already exceeding export totals for the last five marketing years.

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DuPont to Purchase Granular Inc.

DuPont last week announced that it would buy Granular Inc. for $300 million. The software company provides software management that helps the business side of farm operations, and both parties expect to close the acquisition at the end of the third quarter of this year. The acquisition gives DuPont ownership of Granular’s Farm Management Software and AcreValue website that together serves 250 farms on two million acres in the U.S., as well as farms in Canada and Australia, according to Farm Journals AgWeb. Granular’s current CEO and founder Sid Gorham will lead digital agriculture at DuPont. Granular will keep its offices in San Francisco and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. DuPont will also leverage Granular’s existing partnerships with other agricultural companies.

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Kid Rock Potential Stabenow Challenger

Ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow, may have a challenger in entertainer Kid Rock in the upcoming 2018 election. Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, has not declared his candidacy, and many still consider the move a mere publicity stunt. However, as Politico points out, a recent poll conducted last month shows Kid Rock trailing Stabenow by eight points, what some call “a good start.” The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC formed during the 2016 election that has Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s backing, expressed support Friday for a potential Kid Rock candidacy in 2018. Steven Law, the group’s president, said on C-SPAN: “We’d be actually very interested in his candidacy.” Politico says, if Kid Rock moves forward with a campaign, he would bring a Trump-like element to the race for the Michigan Senate seat. Stabenow also served as the Senate Agriculture Committee chair from 2011 to 2015.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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