03-31-14 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

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MARCH 2014 PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS 

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Colorado growers intend to plant 1,230,000 acres of corn for all purposes in 2014, up 10,000 acres and 1 percent above last year’s plantings. Sorghum intentions total 325,000 acres, down 75,000 acres from plantings last year. Winter wheat seedings last fall for harvest in 2014 are estimated at 2,850,000 acres, up 550,000 acres from the 2013 crop. Growers intend to seed 8,000 acres of spring wheat this year, down 2,000 acres from last year. The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 65,000 acres, is up 10,000 acres from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay. Planting intentions for barley in 2014 are up 1,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 64,000 acres. Growers intend to plant 53,000 acres of sunflowers this year, down 14,000 acres from what they planted in 2013. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 40,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be down 4,000 acres to 13,000 acres this year. The State’s dry bean growers indicate they will plant 45,000 acres this year compared with 39,000 acres last year. The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be up 1,700 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 28,500 acres. Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1,300,000 acres this year. This is down 10,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2013.

Mountain snowpack is currently 116 percent of average, statewide. Final acreages actually planted for several crops will be determined by irrigation water prospects, soil moisture levels at planting time, and changes in economic conditions between now and actual planting.

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03-31-14 Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association to Host Shearing Day on April 4th…

CSU Extension LogoManzanola, Colo.— David Miller, Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association (SECWGA) president, announced that the association will host a Community Shearing Day on Friday, April 4.

The Community Shearing Day will be held at the Jackson farm on Road 18.75, one mile south of the Rocky Ford High School, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  To reserve a spot, producers need to contact Janet Golden, CSU Extension in Rocky Ford, with a total number of sheep—white face or black face, ewes or rams.  The cost is $5.00 per head for ewes and $10 for rams.  Organizers will assign producers a time to get their sheep to the farm.  Total number of sheep accepted for the day will be limited.

Miller noted that the shearing day allows many producers with smaller flocks to take their animals to the one central location at an appointed time to have them sheared by a professional shearer.

The Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association is open to any producer who raises sheep in Southeast Colorado including the mountains, foothills, and plains in this part of the state.  For further information contact David Miller, 719-469-2234 or Janet Golden, 719-254-7608.

03-31-14 *USDA/NASS News* Grain Stocks…

Grain Stocks 

Grain Stocks  ISSN: 1949-0925 Released March 31, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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03-31-14 CSU Launching Research Project to Study Benefits of Equine Therapy…

Header - Please enable images in your e-mail programFeature Story ImageFORT COLLINS – A new partnership between two of Colorado State University’s flagship academic programs will lead to a better understanding of the potential benefits of equine-assisted activity and therapy.

The five-year research program, led by Wendy Wood, head of CSU’s highly ranked Department of Occupational Therapy, is funded by a donation from the Carl and Caroline Swanson Foundation. The $468,000 gift will allow two graduate students, a Ph.D. candidate and Wood to lead the research via a partnership with CSU’s world-renowned Equine Sciences Program.

“This is a terrifically exciting opportunity for me,” Wood said. “I love being on the ground floor of projects, and the resources at Colorado State to launch this project are exemplary. It’s a synergy that’s meant to happen, and I’m excited to spearhead the program.”

The project will focus on EAAT – an area of study that appears to have tremendous promise, Wood said. Therapists long have known about the special connection between horses and riders, but there is limited documented research on the effectiveness of equine-assisted therapy.

While part of the project will be documenting existing research, Wood and her graduate students will do their own research at CSU’s famed Equine Center. A good deal of the work is expected to be completed at the proposed Temple Grandin Research Center at the Equine Center, which is expected to be completed in two years.

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03-31-14 CDA-CSAC News: Sunflower Marketing Order Seeks Assessment Increase…

CSAC-Co Sunflower Administrative Committee logoCDA LogoLAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Sunflower Administrative Committee (CSAC) is holding a referendum to increase the assessment rate.  Sunflower producers in Colorado will have until Friday, April 18, 2014, to cast their vote on the proposed increase. If passed, the assessment will increase from $.03/hundredweight (cwt) to $.06/cwt for producers.

Sunflower producers in Colorado are eligible to vote. The Colorado Sunflower Marketing Order defines a sunflower producer as a producer who “must have been engaged in the business of producing or causing to be produced at least twenty (20) acres for market sunflower grown in the State of Colorado during the last three growing seasons.”

Funds collected through assessments are used by CSAC to invest in sunflower research projects that discover yield improvement strategies such as disease and insect management, improve hybrid testing strategies, and quality improvement to both oil and confection type sunflower. The current assessment rate has not been increased since the Sunflower Market Order was established in 2001.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture provides budgetary and operations oversight to each of Colorado’s nine marketing orders. These orders include milk, wheat, corn, potatoes (2), sweet corn, apples, dry beans and sunflowers.

Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters beginning April 7, 2014. If a grower does not receive a ballot, contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 239-4100 or markets@state.co.us  to request a replacement ballot. All completed ballots must be postmarked by Friday, April 18, 2014.

03-31-14 USCA News: U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Preliminary COOL Injunction Request…

USCA LogoUSCA (March 31, 2014) – In a unanimous decision, a three judge panel of  the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit seeking to halt the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) program.  The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) praised the Appellate Court ruling, which affirms the September 11, 2013 decision by a lower court denying plaintiffs’ motion for an injunction.  The Appellate Court ruling was handed down on Friday, March 28.

 

USCA, National Farmers Union, the American Sheep Industry Association and the Consumer Federation of America are joint defendant-intervenors in the lawsuit originally filed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), American Meat Institute, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and six other plaintiffs on July 8, 2013 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  The plaintiffs have been seeking to prevent implementation of USDA’s revised COOL regulations.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Mon, March 31st…

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“EPA’s McCarthy Stands Up for Proposed Biofuel Target Cuts”

According to Reuters – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told the House Appropriations Committee U.S. energy markets can’t absorb the levels of biofuels required by law to be blended into the fuel supply this year. After proposing cuts in the 2014 biofuel use target requirements for ethanol in November – McCarthy’s comments suggest EPA won’t really budge. She says EPA will take a reasonable approach that recognizes the infrastructure challenges and inability at this point to achieve the ethanol levels in the law. Clearly – the ethanol and biodiesel industry don’t believe the proposal represented the full breadth of what the agency could or should do to achieve the congressionally mandated levels in the law – McCarthy says. EPA most likely will release its final rule in June.

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“Court of Appeals Rules Against Livestock Industry Groups in COOL Lawsuit”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a lower court ruling denying a preliminary injunction request on the Agricultural Marketing Service’s enforcement of the rule implementing the labeling program on Friday. The American Meat Institute and other groups – including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Pork Producers Council – challenged the rule as a violation of the COOL statute and First Amendment – but the appeals court thought the groups unlikely to succeed on the merits of their claims. The court stated in its ruling the rule enables consumers to apply patriotic or protectionist criteria in the choice of meat – but also enables those who believe U.S. practices and regulations are better at ensuring food than other countries to act on that premise. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the decision notes that COOL advances legitimate values – including consumer information and consumer choice. Johnson says NFU’s family farmer and rancher members certainly take pride in the products they produce – and he is glad consumers will be able to identify their products at retail as a result of the court’s decision. American Meat Institute Interim President and CEO James Hodges says AMI strongly disagrees with the court’s decision and believes the rule will continue to harm livestock producers and the industry with little benefit to consumers. Continue reading

03-29-14 *USDA/NASS-CO* Grain Prices: CO Release…

USDA NASS Regional News Release headerMarch Farm Prices Received Index Up 5 Points

The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in March, at 111 percent, based on 2011=100, increased 5 points (4.7 percent) from February. The Crop Index is up 2 points (2.2 percent) and the Livestock Index increased 6 points (5.0 percent). Producers received higher prices for broilers, hogs, corn, and cattle and lower prices for market eggs, grapefruit, and sunflowers. In addition to prices, the overall index is also affected by the seasonal change based on a 3-year average mix of commodities producers sell. Increased monthly movement of cattle, milk, and calves offset the decreased marketing of cotton, soybeans, and hay.

The preliminary All Farm Products Index is up 1 point (0.9 percent) from March 2013. The Food Commodities Index, at 121, increased 5 points (4.3 percent) from last month and increased 12 points (11 percent) from March 2013.

Prices Paid Index Unchanged

The March Index of Prices Paid for Commodities and Services, Interest, Taxes, and Farm Wage Rates (PPITW) is at 107 (2011=100). The index is unchanged from February but 1 point (0.9 percent) above March 2013. Higher prices in March for feeder cattle, feeder pigs, concentrates, and nitrogen offset lower prices for LP gas, supplements, tractors, and complete feeds.

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03-29-14 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

Federal Judge Upholds Payette Bighorn Ruling

A federal judge ruled that a U.S. Forest Service (FS) plan to reduce domestic sheep grazing on the Payette National Forest by about 70 percent to protect bighorn sheep will remain in place.

Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima denied a motion by the sheep industry to overturn the 2010 decision by Payette National Forest Supervisor Suzanne Rainville aimed at separating domestic and bighorn sheep. Tashima ruled the FS had followed the preponderance of evidence that domestic sheep carry diseases to the wild sheep population.

In 2012, the Idaho Wool Growers Association (IWGA), American Sheep Industry Association, Public Lands Council, Wyoming Wool Growers Association and Colorado Wool Growers Association filed suit in federal court challenging the 2010 decision. The sheep industry contended the FS didn’t adequately consider the environmental consequences of the plan as required by the National Environmental Protection Act; also arguing the agency failed to consider whether disease is transmitted between bighorn and domestic sheep, the effect reintroduced wolves have had on bighorns and if there are ways to increase bighorn sheep immunity to domestic diseases.

Tashima’s 22-page decision rejected these arguments and said the agency did meet requirements in federal law in creating the plan. The order can be accessed at www.thewildlifenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Order.pdf.

“The decision is rather shortsighted,” Harry Soulen, president of the IWGA and owner of Soulen Livestock Company, told an Associated Press reporter. “A number of us have lost our allotments or been forced out of the sheep business.”

He said he doesn’t believe domestic sheep are the causes of die-offs among bighorn sheep herds that contract pneumonia.

“To say that domestic sheep are causing the problem, that’s running loose with your judgment of what you say science is,” he said.

Soulen said it’s unclear if sheep ranchers will appeal Tashima’s ruling.

“We’ve got to study this before we make that decision one way or another,” he said.

Reprinted in part from the Idaho Statesman 

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03-29-14 Precision Agriculture Students Take Next Step Into A Career at Aims Community College…

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Aims Agriculture Precision Agriculture Mobile Educational Teaching Unit (PAMETU)

Aims Agriculture Precision Agriculture Mobile Educational Teaching Unit (PAMETU)

Aims Agriculture is really taking on the next generation of learners and technology – exciting times at Aims!

Precision agriculture technology has continued to grow and develop, assisting farmers with efficiency, productivity and profitability by using GPS in the field, in the tractor and in software. The need for people that understand and use this technology is in high demand.

“Aims has a vision to equip the next generation of farmers with the tools they’ll need to succeed. Precision agriculture is one of those tools,” said Weston McCary, Precision Agriculture Instructor responsible for precision ag curriculum at Aims.

In the last year, Aims Community College’s Agriculture Program looked at the agricultural workforce need for technical skills in precision agriculture and has put in place the first community college courses in Colorado. Students are currently in their second course this spring semester and have already seen the benefits of the classes as they are stepping into the industry for a future career.

Agriculture students, Jason French of Keenesburg, Zach Carpenter of Fort Morgan, and Nicole King of Johnstown, have been taking precision agriculture courses at Aims Community College since the fall of 2013. French has recently accepted an internship with Wagner Equipment Co. in the Technology Solutions division where he is learning hands-on skills in troubleshooting, installing and using precision agriculture equipment. Wagner Equipment Co. is the Caterpillar Dealer for Colorado, New Mexico and far west Texas. Wagner is also a Trimble, Challenger, Massey Ferguson and Gleaner dealer for agricultural customers.

“The precision agriculture program at Aims has provided a solid foundation of industry skills. It was this foundation that allowed me to seamlessly transition into my internship position at Wagner Equipment Co.,” said French.

Nicole King and Zach Carpenter have recently accepted internships with Trimble Navigation’s Agriculture Division in the customer support area. Their training will enable them to understand the current technologies from Trimble as well as the GNSS foundation of their products.

“We are excited about the opportunity to help the Aims Precision Ag Program, and to teach the exciting and growing field of precision agriculture to the future workforce,” said Brant Caley, support manager for Trimble’s Agriculture Division.” “With this internship program, we will be able to better support Trimble resellers and customers, as well as provide students with a growth path to becoming valuable employees upon graduation.”

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03-29-14 USDA NEWS: NEW FARM BILL PROVIDES PERMANENT LIVESTOCK DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS…

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usda-farm-bill-swiss-army-knifeThe 2014 Farm Bill makes the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) permanent programs and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to October 1, 2011.

LFP provides compensation to eligible producers who suffered grazing losses due to drought and fire. LIP provides compensation to livestock producers who suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the Federal Government or protected by Federal law.

USDA plans to open program enrollment by April 15, 2014.

In addition to western drought and the early-winter snowstorms, there are a variety of disasters from floods to storms to unexpected freezes.  Each event causes economic consequences for farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. FSA recommends that owners and producers record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including:

  • Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records of ownership and losses;
  • Dates of death supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts;
  • Costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or to move animals to new pastures;
  • Feed purchases if supplies or grazing pastures are destroyed;
  • Crop records, including seed and fertilizer purchases, planting and production records;
  • Pictures of on-farm storage facilities that were destroyed by wind or flood waters; and
  • Evidence of damaged farm land.

Visit www.fsa.usda.gov or an FSA county office to learn more about FSA programs and loans.  For information about USDA’s Farm Bill implementation plan, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.

03-29-14 NFU News: Administration’s Methane Strategy Recognizes Ag’s Role in Climate Change Mitigation…

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (March 28, 2014) – Today National Farmers Union (NFU) Senior Vice President of Programs Chandler Goule issued the following statement on the administration’s release of its strategy to reduce methane emissions as a part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan:
“NFU is pleased that the administration’s strategy to reduce methane emissions recognizes that farmers and ranchers are important partners in the effort to solve our nation’s climate challenges. These efforts build on the robust support for renewable energy production included in the recently passed 2014 Farm Bill.
“Technologies such as methane digesters are underutilized, but can significantly reduce methane emissions. The strategy’s voluntary on-farm methane reduction opportunities, supported by financial and technical assistance, will add to farmers’ bottom lines and support rural economies while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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03-29-14 Dairy Industry Applauds White House Strategy for Methane Emissions Reduction…

NMPF-National Milk Producers Federation logo 2ARLINGTON, VA – America’s dairy farmers, cooperatives, processors, manufacturers, and other industry leaders applaud today’s announcement by the White House of a Biogas and Energy Roadmap to reduce methane emissions from agriculture.

In its announcement, the White House formally cited the work of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy’s Sustainability Council, whose efforts in part include a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to proactively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including methane.

“This announcement validates the path the dairy industry is on – one focused on proactive incentives that can increase farm income, not punitive regulations that would add more costs,” said Jim Mulhern, president and chief executive officer of the National Milk Producers Federation, which develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy farmers and the cooperatives they own. “Because of our recent efforts and farmers’ long-standing environmental stewardship, the White House strategy for agriculture includes a commitment to cost-effective, voluntary actions to reduce methane emissions through partnerships and programs.”

A Biogas and Energy Roadmap will be developed in partnership with the dairy industry to accelerate the adoption of biogas systems and other cost-effective technologies. For example, the recovery of nitrogen and phosphorus, valuable soil nutrients, has the potential to make these systems revenue-enhancing for dairy farms of all sizes. The roadmap will help the industry seize these opportunities by: Continue reading

03-29-14 WELD COUNTY YOUTH CORPS AWARDED $22,500 TO FIGHT INVASIVE PLANTS, PROTECT WATER RESOURCES…

Weld County 150th LOGOWELD COUNTY, CO – The Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), a division of the Department of Natural Resources, will fund invasive plant species mitigation projects throughout Colorado in an effort to preserve and protect the state’s water resources. Weld County Youth Conservation Corps (WCYCC) will receive $15,000 to remove invasive vegetation from riverbanks and sandbars of the South Platte River. The project is coordinated with and sponsored by Ducks Unlimited. The corps will also receive $7,500 to eradicate tamarisk and Russian olive along the St. Vrain River in a project for the Weld County Weed Division.

 

A total of five projects in 2014, funded through a $50,000 grant from the CWCB, will be conducted by CYCA-accredited youth conservation corps in conjunction with local project sponsors in four counties throughout the state. The projects are designed to control a variety of invasive phreatophyte plants – deep-rooted plants that obtain water from permanent ground supplies or from the water table – including tamarisk, Russian olive and Siberian elm. These plants present a threat to Colorado’s water supply.

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03-28-14 USDA Announces the Extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract Program for 2014…

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WASHINGTON, March 28, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia today announced the extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program.

The extended MILC protects dairy farmers enrolled in the program against income loss through Sept. 1, 2014, or until a new Margin Protection Program for dairy producers (MPP), established by the 2014 Farm Bill, is operational.

Contracts for eligible producers enrolled in MILC on or before Sept. 30, 2013, are automatically extended until the termination date of the MILC program. Dairy operations with approved MILC contracts will continue to receive monthly payments if a payment rate is in effect.

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03-28-14 Farm, Ranch and Consumer Groups Applaud Federal Appeals Court COOL Ruling…

Decision rejects meatpacker demand to halt popular country of origin labels and predicts meatpackers “unlikely to succeed” in overturning COOL

Washington, D.C. — Four groups representing, farmers and ranchers, rural communities and consumers that joined the Federal Appeals case as amici curiae to defend mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) applauded today’s Federal Appeals Court ruling that denied a preliminary injunction against enforcing COOL and found that the meatpacking industry was “unlikely to succeed on the merits of its claims.” In October 2013, R-CALF USA, Food & Water Watch, the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and the Western Organization of Resource Councils joined the case as amici and, in August, the groups joined the Federal District Court as intervenors.

The decision relied on arguments in the four groups’ amicus brief that documented the justification of country of origin labeling for consumers to make informed decisions about the quality and potential safety of the meat they purchase.

“The Federal Appeals Court correctly affirmed the legitimate consumer interest in being able to make informed choices about the origin and safety of their meat products,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. “The court recognized that COOL labels should be transparent and informative enough for consumers to make these choices, including, as the Court observed, the consumer, ‘who believes that United States practices and regulation are better at assuring food safety than those of other countries, or indeed the reverse, to act on that premise.’”

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03-28-14 U.S. Sugar Producers File Antidumping, Subsidy Cases Against Mexico…

sugarWASHINGTON – America’s sugar producers today asked the United States government to take corrective action against Mexico’s sugar industry for dumping subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market and inflicting harm on U.S. growers and taxpayers.

The antidumping and countervailing duty petitions filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce allege that the Mexican industry has shipped sugar to the United States at dumping margins of 45 percent or more and has received substantial subsidies from Mexican federal and state governments.

All told, these actions will cost U.S. sugar producers nearly $1 billion in net income for the 2013/2014 crop year, according to the filings.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) “gives Mexico the right to export sugar to the United States on a tariff-free and quota-free basis—but that does not give the Mexican industry the right to export its surplus to the U.S. market at dumped prices, nor does it permit the [Mexican government] to subsidize its sugar industry without regard to the impact of those subsidies on U.S. producers,” the petitions read.

The Mexican sugar industry – 20 percent of which is owned and operated by the Mexican government – has rapidly increased exports to the United States in recent years, rising from 9 percent of the U.S. market in 2011/2012 to nearly 18 percent in 2012/2013. Over that same period, Mexico’s historic surpluses have sent U.S. sugar prices to unsustainable low levels.

U.S. prices have been cut in half since late 2011 and are now trading at the same lows of the 1980s. U.S. sugar policy also incurred a taxpayer cost in 2013, after running at no cost for the past 10 years, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sought to steady a market awash in subsidized and dumped Mexican imports.

“Secretary Vilsack and his team at the USDA should be commended for their extraordinary actions on behalf of America’s sugar farmers,” said Phillip Hayes, a spokesperson for the American Sugar Alliance. “Unfortunately, the unrelenting flood of dumped and subsidized sugar from Mexico has overwhelmed the U.S. market and USDA’s efforts, and we’ve been left with no alternative but to file these cases.”

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03-28-14 NFU Applauds Appellate Court’s Decision Not to Enjoin COOL Labels…

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (March 28, 2014) – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied plaintiffs’ appeal of a denial of their request for a preliminary injunction. The preliminary injunction would prevent revised Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations from remaining in effect while the plaintiffs’ lawsuit challenging the COOL regulations proceeds. Today’s ruling affirms a Sept. 11, 2013, decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that also denied the request for a preliminary injunction. As a result of today’s decision, the revised COOL regulations will remain in place while the case is pending.
“I am extremely pleased with today’s decision,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union (NFU) president. “Yet again, claims that the revised COOL regulations are unconstitutional or inconsistent with the COOL statute have been rejected in federal court.”
“Today’s decision notes that COOL advances legitimate values, including consumer information and consumer choice. The Court of Appeals also explained that COOL labels can be seen as a sign that retailers ‘take pride in identifying the source of their products.’ NFU’s family farmer- and rancher-members certainly take pride in the products they produce, and I am glad that consumers will be able to continue to identify their products at retail as a result of today’s decision.”
Today’s decision is the latest setback for plaintiffs who filed the case in an effort to have the revised COOL regulations invalidated. The case was filed on July 8, 2013, by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Meat Institute, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Pork Council, North American Meat Association, American Association of Meat Processors, National Pork Producers Council, Southwest Meat Association and Mexico’s National Confederation of Livestock Organizations.

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