10-20-17 SAVE THE DATE – FARMING EVOLUTION FEBRUARY 13-14, 2018

SAVE THE DATE – FARMING EVOLUTION FEBRUARY 13-14, 2017

Make plans now to join farmers and ranchers at the 2018 Farming Evolution event.  The Farming Evolution will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13 & 14, 2018, at the Phillips County Event Center in Holyoke, CO.  The focus this year will be incorporating cover crops and livestock grazing into a no-till system.  Those who have doubts or objections to cover crops and grazing livestock on cropland are particularly encouraged to attend. Continue reading

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10-20-17 Weld County Extension to host small scale poultry workshop

Weld County Extension to host small scale poultry workshop

Weld County Extension will host a workshop for small-scale or backyard poultry owners on Saturday, November 4th, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The workshop will be held in Room C of the Island Grove Park Events Center, 425 N. 15th Avenue in Greeley. Continue reading

10-20-17 CDA: NAFTA Negotiations High Stakes for Ag Say North American Ag Officials


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NAFTA Negotiations High Stakes for Ag Say North American Ag Officials

Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada today stressed the necessity of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for agriculture and called on their respective federal governments to ensure a modernized NAFTA does not harm agriculture. North American state and provincial agriculture officials are gathered this week in Denver, Colorado for the 26th annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of Canada, the United States, and Mexico to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues.

CO Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown

“I would like to commend the delegates from Canada and Mexico for joining us at the table for these discussions.  International trade with our neighbors to the north and south are of vital importance to our economy and quality of life. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord is a tremendous opportunity to discuss the importance of NAFTA and the value of cooperative partnerships. We are proud to host this year’s conference in Colorado and consider it a true success.  Our farmers and ranchers deserve to have a voice in these discussions and we at the Colorado Department of Agriculture will work tirelessly for them every day.” 

–Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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

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10-23-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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10-20-17 CSU Extension Weld County – Applications Taken for CO Master Gardner Program

CSU Extension Weld County – Applications Taken for CO Master Gardner Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Weld County Colorado Master Gardener spring training program.  Classes will occur from January 26th through April 12th on Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and will be located at the Larimer County Fairgrounds (The Ranch) in Loveland.  Applications are due by Friday, November 3rd, 2017 for the spring training classes.

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10-19-17 More than 64,000 Expected in Indianapolis Oct. 25-28 for 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo

More than 64,000 Expected in Indianapolis October 25-28 for 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017/National FFA Organization) – Innovators and leaders of tomorrow, FFA members make a difference by sharing their stories of agricultural education and FFA. This year, members will continue the tradition as they attend the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo, held in the Circle City Oct. 25-28, 2017. More than 64,000 FFA members from across the U.S., representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are expected to attend the event.

Today, the 2016-17 National FFA Officers will dye the downtown Indy canal blue, as a precursor to the thousands of blue jackets that will be seen throughout the city of Indianapolis next week. In addition to celebrating the upcoming national convention, FFA also announced its record membership numbers for the year: 653,359 FFA members, 8,568 FFA chapters and more than 344,000 FFA Alumni members and 2,051 FFA Alumni chapters. Continue reading

10-13-17 Inside the BARN with NAA President Scott Shuman of Hall and Hall Auctions…

Inside the BARN with NAA President Scott Shuman of Hall and Hall Auctions…

NAA President Scott Shuman of Hall and Hal Auctions in Eaton, CO

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 13, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network is Hall and Hall Auction‘s Scott Shuman, who also serves as the President of the National Auctioneers Association. Shuman discusses several important topics including:

  • NAA’s History, Mission & Vision
  • Auction Industry Status
  • Hall and Hall Auctions History
  • Upcoming Auctions in CO & TX
  • & MORE

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10-11-17 Country Music Star Leroy Van Dyke – Celebrating 60th Year in Show Business!

Country Music Star Leroy Van Dyke – Celebrating 60th Year in Show Business!

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 11, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is entertainer, recording artist, radio and television star, actor, auctioneer and veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Leroy Van Dyke, and two of his most famous songs were “Auctioneer” and “Walk On By”. Mr Van Dyke also starred in the movie, “What Am I Bid?”…

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10-10-17 NRCS-CO: “The Soil Revolution – Digging Deeper” in Longmont on Dec 14th…

NRCS-CO: “The Soil Revolution – Digging Deeper” in Longmont on Dec 14th

Join us December 14, 2017, at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont, Colorado, for the “The Soil Revolution: Digging Deeper.” Based on the success of the March 2017 Soil Revolution Conference, we invite you to dig deeper into the science, benefits and practical applications of farming for soil health. Continue reading

09-26-17 Hall and Hall Auctions: Parker Farm & Ranch Auction Oct 30th…

Parker Farm & Ranch – Upcoming Auctions

KARVAL, COLORADO
The 4,800+/- acres Parker Farm & Ranch located on the rolling plains of Eastern Colorado, offers a buyer the opportunity to purchase land to add to an existing operation or to secure a startup farm/ranch that works for their needs. The ranch has sufficient water and fencing. The area boasts a number of quality farmers and ranchers which gives the investment buyer confidence in securing a trustworthy operator.
The Property will be offered in 8 Tracts & Combinations
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Auction Date and Location:
Monday, October 30th at 10:00am MT
Held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds
33747 Co. Road 2W
Hugo, CO 80821
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10-20-17 Bennet, Colleagues Press Senate Leadership to Include Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix in Future Disaster Aid Legislation

Bennet, Colleagues Press Senate Leadership to Include Bipartisan Wildfire Funding Fix in Future Disaster Aid Legislation

Washington, D.C. – With deadly fires still raging across the West, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and a bipartisan group of senators pressed Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a letter to include a wildfire funding fix in future disaster aid legislation in the Senate. Continue reading

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Senate Ag Committee Sends Ibach, Northey to Full Senate

The U.S. Senate Ag Committee announced today that it voted to send the USDA nominations of Greg Ibach (Eye’-baw) from Nebraska and Bill Northey of Iowa on to the full Senate. Ibach is nominated to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, while Northey is nominated to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. Committee Chair Pat Roberts of Kansas and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow of Michigan issued a statement saying, “The Senate Ag Committee continues to advance USDA nominees as swiftly as possible, and we expect a quick confirmation from the U.S. Senate. Greg Ibach and Bill Northey are qualified and respected public servants who know agriculture firsthand and they will serve rural America well at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” The Senate Ag Committee held a hearing on the nominees back on October 5. Both nominees have the full support of more than 60 farm organizations.

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Stabenow to Shield Farm Bill from Cuts

Debbie Stabenow, the ranking member of the Senate Ag Committee, wants to defend the farm bill from possible budget cuts that could come during the budget reconciliation process that got started this week. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says she filed an amendment on Wednesday that’s intended to keep all farm bill programs away from any spending reductions from 2019 to 2028. The move is seen as mostly symbolic, coming as the Senate gets ready to consider the GOP budget resolution, which would pave the way for tax reform. The Senate’s budget resolution spares the Ag Committee from having to come up with cuts, while the House resolution calls for $10 billion in cuts over the next 10 years. Those two measures will have to be reconciled. “As we write the Farm Bill,” Stabenow says, “we need to send a message to our farmers, families, and rural communities that they are not on the chopping block for cuts. This amendment protects farm programs from harmful budgets cuts.” She says the amendment also helps to protect America’s land and water, as well as invests in the country’s farmers and small towns.

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Farm State Senators Keep Pressure on EPA

Farm-state Senators have been keeping pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency over its actions on biofuels. Politico’s Morning Energy says the small group of Senators has been blocking votes on EPA nominees. South Dakota Senator John Thune is a member of the group, who says, “We have enough of a bloc of Midwestern Senators that they’re going to have to pay attention to us.” Iowa Senator Joni Ernst held up a scheduled Environment and Public Works Committee vote on Wednesday, saying her frustration level is “pretty high” over the Trump administration’s stance on biofuels. Ernst says, “We want to know that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is going to follow the spirit of the law. I have no doubt that they’ll try to follow the letter of the law. However, the spirit of the law is all about energy independence for the United States.” The group of Senators wants a written guarantee or a public announcement from the administration that they will do everything they can to support the renewable fuels industry in America.

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Ethanol Summit of the Americas Talks Global Usage

More than 15 countries in the Western Hemisphere have sent officials to the Ethanol Summit of the Americas to talk over current and future ethanol opportunities in the region. The event runs through Friday (today) and is sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Tom Sleight, U.S. Grains Council president and CEO says increasing cooperation between ethanol industries supports economic growth for all countries involved. “Collaborative efforts like this pave the way for expanded ethanol use across the region,” says Sleight. RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen says the dialogue is desperately needed across the industry due to a growing protectionism among many countries in the world. “Protectionism will only thwart our efforts to expand this important industry and won’t help to address pressing regional energy and environmental needs,” Dinneen says. In part, because of efforts like the Energy Summit of the Americas, the U.S. set a record for ethanol exports in the 2016-2017 marketing year at 1.37 billion gallons. That’s a corn equivalent of 488 million bushels in corn.

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Rural Mainstreet Index Fears Farm Foreclosure Threat to Banks

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index is still below growth-neutral, which it has been for some time. The index jumped six points from September to October, but low crop prices are still inhibiting growth. Ernie Goss, author of the index, says, “As a result of low commodity prices and weak farm income, 9.5 percent of bank CEOs expect farm foreclosures to become the biggest threat to banking operations over the next five years,” says Goss. He doesn’t think the bottom is in yet in terms of foreclosures, delinquincies, and bankruptcies. Goss says the bottom is still out there. Lenders who participated in the RMI survey say they’re also keeping an eye on the Federal Reserve for another potential rate hike. Goss says rural bankers are mostly supportive of a possible rate hike, saying, “about 64 percent of bankers expect one more rate hike in 2017.” As combines are rolling across rural America, bankers are reporting mixed results. The survey shows only two percent of bankers expect corn prices from $3.50 to $3.75 were above break-even levels.

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Temps Above Normal in Winter Forecast

The National Weather Service issued a forecast for much-above normal temps across the contiguous 48 states from November through January. The above-normal temps include the Central and Southern Plains, as well as the Corn Belt. One exception is a band that stretches all the way from Washington state through western Minnesota, where the chances are basically equal for either above-normal and below-normal temps. The forecast is also calling for below-normal precipitation in an area from Arizona all the way through the Carolinas. The dry area includes Oklahoma and Texas. In spite of that, the newest Drought Monitor doesn’t mention widespread drought, so the outlook for the Hard Red Winter wheat crop isn’t considered concerning. Above normal precipitation is forecast from Montana through Colorado. The precipitation forecast for the Dakotas, Central Plains, and the Corn Belt is a little more variable, with equal chances for different levels of moisture. The National Weather Service also mentioned that conditions in the ocean continue to move very close to the La Nina state. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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Hall and Hall Auctions: Bowen Arrow Ranch Auction SOLD $10.14M

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Bowen Arrow Ranch

SOLD FOR 9.75M + BUYERS PREMIUM = $10.14M

ADAMS, WELD & WASHINGTON CO., COLORADO
The Bowen Arrow Ranch is comprised of 8,735+/- acres of prime Adams, Weld, & Washington County farm and ranch land. The farmland will add well to an existing operation or investment portfolio and buyers will find the ranchland to be maintained and cattle ready.  The property also boasts good road frontage with excellent development potential.
The Property will be offered in 26 Tracts & Combinations from 40+/- to 1,460+/- acres
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Auction Date and Location:
Thursday, October 19th
Held at May Farms
64001 US Highway 36
Byers, CO 80103

10-19-17 NFU: Trump Administration Must Right the Ship on Biofuels Through 2018 RFS Obligations

NFU: Trump Administration Must Right the Ship on Biofuels Through 2018 RFS Obligations

WASHINGTON – As embattled farm, biofuel, and rural communities and economies look to the Trump Administration to maintain promises to support American biofuel production, National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on the administration to increase Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume obligations when they finalize them this fall. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed lowering these obligations, which would undermine growth of the American-grown and produced biofuel industry.

NFU President Roger Johnson today submitted public comments to that effect, contending the EPA should be working to support the RFS law, and therefore American family farmers, rural communities and the environment.

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10-19-17 NCGA Opposes Further Reductions to the RFS

NCGA Opposes Further Reductions to the RFS

WASHINGTON (October 19, 2017) – The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to pull back on the further reductions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contemplates in the October 4, 2017 Notice of Data Availability (NODA).

In the NODA, EPA requested additional comments on potential reductions in volume requirements under the RFS. While EPA proposed no direct changes to the implied 15 billion gallon volume for conventional ethanol, NCGA believes the volume reductions EPA is exploring are inconsistent with the law and with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s July 28, 2017 decision in Americans for Clean Energy v. EPA.

“As one of the petitioners comprising Americans for Clean Energy, NCGA is concerned with EPA’s attempt to incorrectly apply the Agency’s waiver authority in order to justify further reductions in volumes,” NCGA President Kevin Skunes wrote in comments submitted today to the Agency.  “The further volume reductions summarized in the NODA would harm Congress’ energy and economic security objectives that motivated enactment of the RFS.” Continue reading

10-19-17 EPA awards Colorado $1.3 M to improve and protect Arkansas River water quality

EPA awards Colorado $1.3 M to improve and protect Arkansas River water quality

 

EPA partners with CDPHE to address selenium pollution in the Arkansas River watershed
DENVER (October 19, 2017) —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1,293,010 to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to help protect human health and the environment through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act Section 319 cooperative agreement. This grant is given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface water and groundwater in order to improve and protect water quality.
“EPA is partnering with states to protect and restore watersheds, streams and groundwater,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Investments like this grant allow states to support local watershed projects, improving water quality and supporting communities that depend on clean and healthy water resources.” 

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10-19-17 EPA Helps Communities Grow Local Food Economy, Spur Revitalization

EPA Helps Communities Grow Local Food Economy, Spur Revitalization

New Toolkit Equips More Communities to Pursue Local Food Enterprises

WASHINGTON (October 19, 2017) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new toolkit to help communities interested in using local foods to support downtown and neighborhood revitalization.  The Local Foods, Local Places toolkit includes step-by-step instructions for community-led workshops that allow local officials, community groups, businesses and citizens to explore the benefits of using farmers markets, community kitchens and other food-related enterprises to revitalize communities and develop action plans for pursuing those goals.

“EPA is excited to help more communities grow their local food economy,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “By investing in local foods, communities can preserve farmlands and protect the environment while bringing new jobs and business opportunities to main street.”  Continue reading

10-19-17 EPA and the State of Colorado release plans to protect water quality, enable land reuse at the Eagle Mine Superfund Site

EPA and the State of Colorado release plans to protect water quality, enable land reuse at the Eagle Mine Superfund Site

Actions build upon prior cleanup efforts 
DENVER (October 19, 2017) —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have released two final Records of Decision for environmental remediation at the Eagle Mine Superfund Site in Eagle County, Colorado, following the consideration of input received through a public comment process. Both documents, specifying measures to protect water quality and facilitate site reuse, focus on further reducing exposure to heavy metal contamination created by nearly one-hundred years of mining activity at the site.
“These actions reflect both EPA’s and CDPHE’s commitment to efficiently evaluate conditions and protect human health and the environment at the Eagle Mine Superfund Site,” said EPA Assistant Regional Administrator Betsy Smidinger. “Together, we are strengthening the water quality improvements we have achieved in the Eagle River and providing opportunities to bring lands back into safe, productive reuse. EPA remains committed to improving environmental conditions and human health for Americans that live and work near Superfund sites.” Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for October 20th

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

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Trump Tells EPA to Stand Down on RFS Weakening Proposal

The White House has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to stand down on efforts to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard. Bloomberg reports the agency was told to abandon two changes that were under consideration: a possible reduction in biodiesel requirements and a proposal to allow exported renewable fuel to count toward domestic quotas. President Donald Trump spoke with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Wednesday, who said she thought the “administration was feeling the pressure” from biofuels advocates. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt Tuesday met with a group of senators, led by Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, as the lawmakers claimed they “pushed Pruitt to abandon” the proposals. Iowa’s junior Senator, Joni Ernst, said she would not commit to backing Trump’s EPA air office nominee, the office that oversees the renewable fuel program. Administration officials say the handful of senators blocked the administration by “threatening to hold nominees hostage until they get their way.”

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NAFTA Talks Reach Standstill

Agriculture and other contentious issues proposed by the U.S. during round four of the North American Free Trade Agreement talks has stalled the renegotiation effort. The U.S., Canada and Mexico have now agreed to extend the talks into 2018, failing to meet the Trump Administration’s goal to conclude the talks by the end of this year. The move comes as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has confirmed the U.S. will table its dairy proposal, for now. The proposal seeks to end Canada’s dairy supply management program, a “non-starter” for Canada. Lighthizer has also tabled a proposal related to produce exports, opposed by Mexico. Negotiators say the longer timeline allows for them to “dig in” to the tough issues, and pledge to continue to work out a deal, while acknowledging that strong differences remain. The next round of talks is scheduled for November 17th in Mexico.

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TPP Members Nearing Agreement

As the U.S. remains focused on reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement, and to a lesser extent, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is heading closer to reality. TPP was worth an estimated $4 billion annually to U.S. agriculture. However, upon taking office ten months ago, President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the massive trade agreement. Now, CNBC reports the 11 remaining partners included in the agreement could finalize the accord without the U.S. next month. A trade policy expert at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation says there is “reasonable chance” the 11 nations will finalize the agreement. The effort is being led by Japan. The original framework, which included the U.S., required formal consent by six nations that account for 85 percent of members’ combined gross domestic product. Without the U.S., that condition now needs changing. However, even if a change is finalized, allowing TPP to move forward, trade experts expect the deal won’t be in place for at least another year.

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Report Shows Uncertainty Harming Farmers

Trade and regulatory uncertainty is hampering U.S. Farmers. The Global Harvest Initiative released its 2017 GAP reports, or Global Productivity Report. The report shows that for the fourth straight year, global agricultural productivity growth is not accelerating fast enough to sustainably feed the world in 2050. Meanwhile, the report says uncertainty about trade opportunities and regulations complicates planning for U.S. farmers and industry. The study says global agricultural productivity must increase by 1.75 percent annually to meet the demands of nearly 10 billion people in 2050. The annual assessment of global productivity growth, the GAP Index, shows the current rate of growth is only 1.66 percent, globally. The report was announced Wednesday during an event in Des Moines, Iowa. Find the report online at http://www.globalharvestinitiative.org/​.

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U.S. Wheat Closing Cairo Office

U.S. Wheat Associates announced it would close its office located in Cairo, Egypt in December. U.S. Wheat President Vince Peterson called the decision “difficult.” However, he said the organization saw a need to begin adjusting its activities in the Middle East and North Africa several years ago as the supply of significantly lower-priced wheat from Russia increased. The organization previously eliminated a Cairo-based marketing position in 2014. Peterson noted that U.S. Wheat would continue to provide trade service to government wheat buyers in Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region on a targeted basis. U.S. Wheat is the export market development organization for the U.S. wheat industry with funding from 17 state wheat commissions and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Deere Wins Trademark Lawsuit

A U.S. District Court in Kentucky ruled in favor of Deere and Company in a trademark lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by Deere to protect the use of the trademark green and yellow color combination on John Deere agricultural equipment. Following a one-week trial held in June, the court recently announced it had ruled in favor of Deere. The court decision permanently bans the use of the John Deere colors by FIMCO, Inc., a South Dakota company that manufactures and markets agricultural sprayers under the “Ag Spray Equipment” brand name. Deere said the lawsuit is part of an ongoing effort to protect the company’s trademarks and intellectual property. Deere also claimed that use of the colors by another manufacturer confuses the public as to where the product originated and dilutes the value of the John Deere brand.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-13-17 NASDA: The 26th Annual Tri-National Agriculture Accord to be held in Denver, CO

State Agriculture Officials Join Mexican, Canadian Counterparts for Tri-National Agricultural Accord

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Arlington, VA –  October 13, 2017 – Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada will gather in Denver, Colorado next week for the 26th annual TriNational Agricultural Accord. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of Canada, the United States, and Mexico to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues. The vital importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for the agriculture and food processing economies of all three countries will be the key focus of this year’s Accord.

“As our federal governments continue to negotiate a modernized NAFTA, it is imperative that the gains agriculture has made under NAFTA are preserved and that we ‘do no harm’ so that agricultural trade with our North American neighbors can continue to grow and prosper,” said NASDA President and Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Steven Reviczky. “We look forward to meeting with our colleagues from Canada and Mexico to unite in emphasizing NAFTA’s importance for agriculture and to urge that agriculture takes a front seat in these negotiations.” Continue reading