LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – November 2017
UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.64 billion pounds in October, up 5 percent from the 4.43 billion pounds produced in October 2016.
Beef production, at 2.30 billion pounds, was 4 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.80 million head, up 6 percent from October 2016. The average live weight was down 20 pounds from the previous year, at 1,361 pounds.
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RMFU Questions Consequences of Tax Reform
DENVER, Colo. – Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, a general farm organization whose members make a living from farming and ranching, is calling on the Congressional delegations in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming to vote no on the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
“We are greatly concerned of the potential spending reductions that will be required to offset the reduced revenue and the net negative impact of these tax cuts,” says RMFU President Dr. Dale McCall. “This could make it impossible to pass a comprehensive farm and food bill in 2018. The proposed cuts that were suggested early this summer would certainly rise to the top once again: slashing crop insurance, weakening the Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs, and wholesale reductions to conservation programs. Cuts like this would leave farmers and ranchers without an effective safety net, further hurting an already devastated farm economy.”
Colorado Explores Market Opportunities with Cuba
RMFU Members Focus on Opportunities, Challenges
DENVER, Colo. –Farmers and ranchers are hopeful future opportunities will boost their bottom lines, yet they face challenges surviving the current severe downturn in the ag economy. That was the reoccurring message of panelists and guest speakers at the annual Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) convention held Nov. 17-18 in Denver, Colorado.
RMFU President Dr. Dale McCall told the gathering that the 2018 Farm Bill will have a dramatic impact on agriculture and rural communities. Congress currently is working on rewriting the farm policy. Federal funding and policy priorities could either hurt or help farm or ranch families. McCall said farmers and ranchers need to voice their concerns and recommendations to lawmakers at the state and national levels. Given the diverse types of agricultural operations across the region, Congress needs to write a comprehensive farm bill, he explained. “We’ve got to be more vocal. Let’s do one additional outreach. Do one more thing that will make a positive impact.”
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Colorado Corn staff and board members are encouraging farmers and all others interested to join the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) for their upcoming 2017 Annual Banquet, taking place Dec. 6 at the Burlington Community Center.
The event serves as an opportunity to look back on the many accomplishments of the CCAC and CCGA from the past year, and also honor those who went above and beyond for the industry. The event is free and includes dinner.
Please RSVP no later than Friday, Nov. 24, by calling the Colorado Corn office at (970) 351-8201, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who received Annual Banquet invitations in the mail can also respond by using the enclosed, self-addressed postcard.
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