12-31-14 USCA Submits Comments Opposing Argentina Beef Imports…

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USCA (December 31, 2014) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued comments this week opposing the proposed importation of beef products from Northern Argentina.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Health and Plant Inspection Services (APHIS) issued a notice on August 29th that would allow regions in Northern Argentina to resume imports of beef products into the U.S.  USCA’s comments focused on the ongoing concerns of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the country and surrounding region.

USCA President Danni Beer, Keldron, South Dakota, commented on the proposed notice, “USCA firmly believes that the USDA-APHIS needs to take a step back from this proposed notice and consider the potential ramifications such action could have on the U.S. cattle industry.”

“The health of the U.S. cattle herd is USCA’s primary concern.  The U.S. has maintained a status of FMD-free by the World Health Organization for decades; to put this status and the safety of our herd in jeopardy requires an in-depth and lengthy process, focused on producer and industry input.  U.S. producers do not take the issue of FMD lightly and neither should the Administration.” Continue reading

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“USDA Addressing Trade Issues From Avian Flue”

In a statement released Tuesday, USDA says some countries are placing restriction on U.S. trade that are “more than necessary.” Some countries have placed temporary bans on the import of all U.S. poultry products. The USDA statement says “we disagree with these actions and are taking a number of steps to address them and help support the U.S. poultry industry.” USDA is in communication with trading partners to provide more information on the detections of avian influenza in Oregon and Washington State. , USDA emphasized that poultry, poultry products and wild birds are safe to eat even if they carry the disease if they are properly handled and cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.


“Washington State Seeking Public Help on Bird Flu”

Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has asked for the public’s help in testing bird for avian flu. Avian flu was found in wild birds in Washington and in a backyard flock of birds in Oregon. This case follows an outbreak in Canada which has killed tens of thousands of chickens and domestic turkeys. Meatingplace reports that although the virus poses no apparent threat to human health, highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza can be deadly to domestic poultry and, rarely, wild birds. Washington State officials they have tested more than 10,000 wild birds for bird flu viruses from 2005 to 2011, and found bird flu viruses in about 10 percent of all birds tested. None, however, were associated with any illnesses or mortality.

Canadian inspectors first confirmed the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza at two British Columbia poultry farms during the first week of December. Aware of that finding, WDFW had two birds – a gyrfalcon and northern pintail duck – found dead in Whatcom County tested for bird flu the following week. The gyrfalcon, used for hunting and fed wild duck by its owner, was found to have a highly pathogenic H5N8 form of the virus. Another duck found dead at Wiser Lake was infected with H5N2, similar to the strain found in poultry in British Columbia. On December 18th, the USDA confirmed the presence of the H5N8 virus in guinea fowl and chickens in a backyard poultry flock in Winston, Oregon.


NFU President: 2015 Holds Opportunity for Change”

The National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says 2015 holds opportunities for change, following a positive 2014. Looking into 2015, Johnson says NFU will continue to concentrate its efforts on helping young and beginning farmers and ranchers to develop and acquire leadership and farm management skills. Johnson also noted that 2015 will be a big year for trade – with negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership possibly coming before Congress. Johnson NFU is also looking forward to a renewed relationship with Cuba, a major policy change that was announced by the administration recently. He stated “Cuba is one of our closest neighbors and a potentially valuable trading partner, and thankfully we can begin to turn the page on the decades-old, failed embargo mentality.


“Ground Beef in Schools Lunches Meeting Strict Standards”

A report by USDA finds ground beef in schools contain significantly less salmonella contamination than ground beef sold to consumers. USDA’s Economic Research Service examined the impact of food-safety standards imposed by the Agricultural Marketing Service on suppliers of ground beef to the National School Lunch Program. Food Safety News reports because ground beef is a staple of school menus and has suffered a number of product recalls in recent years, AMS pays particular attention to the food safety of ground beef. The researchers found that the food-safety performance of active suppliers exceeded the performance of inactive ones, meaning they sought approval to supply the NSLP but did not bid for contracts, and commercial market suppliers,  The report says that “suggests “AMS standards encourage superior food safety performance.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


12-30-14 NASS-CO News: December Farm Prices Received Index Up 1 Point…

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December Farm Prices Received Index Up 1 Point

The preliminary December Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 102 percent, based on 2011=100, increased 1 point (1.0 percent) from November. At 82, the December Crop Production Index is up 2 points (2.5 percent). At 129, the Livestock Production Index decreased 5 points (3.7 percent). Producers received higher prices for corn, market eggs, wheat, and cattle but lower prices for milk, broilers, lettuce, and oranges. In addition to prices, the five-year average monthly mix of commodities producers market impacts the monthly indexes. Increased monthly movement of wheat, oranges, broilers, and milk offset the decreased marketing of corn, calves, soybeans, and grapes. The preliminary Prices Received Index is up 2 points (2.0 percent) from December 2013. The Food Commodities Index, at 116, decreased 3 points (2.5 percent) from last month but increased 7 points (6.4 percent) from December 2013.

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12-30-14 CDA News: Colorado’s Brand Fees Increase Effective January 1, 2015…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Effective January 1, 2015, fees through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Brand Inspection Division will increase. The fee increase includes cattle, horse, and sheep inspection; licenses and permits; brand registration fees/estray fees; brand assessment fees; and cancelled brand reinstatement fees.

“The Brand Inspection Division’s job is to protect Colorado’s $3 billion livestock industry from loss by theft or straying,” said CDA’s Brand Commissioner, Chris Whitney. “Brand inspection fees have not increased since 2005; meanwhile, the livestock market has changed dramatically and the cost of providing the services the industry expects from us has increased. The new fees are a reflection of those changes.”

The brand assessment fee was last increased in 2012; the new fee will be effective in 2017. Fees collected on behalf of the Colorado Beef Council and Colorado Horse Development Authority will not change. For a complete list of the new fees, visit www.colorado.gov/agbrands.

Extensive meetings were held with the Brand Board and livestock industry groups to discuss the market changes and their impact on division services. Following those meetings and discussions, the increases were unanimously supported by industry representatives at a public rule making hearing on October 15, 2014.

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12-30-14 NFU President Calls 2014 “A Positive and Progressive Year for Family Farming;” Says 2015 Holds Opportunity for Positive Change…


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WASHINGTON (Dec. 30, 2014) – The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill and the continued strong bipartisan support for both Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) were among the top public policy highlights that mark 2014 as a positive and progressive year for family farming, said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union (NFU) president. He added that 2015 is already looking like a year with great potential for positive change.

“Passage of the five-year farm bill, which not only included important crop insurance safety net provisions for family farmers and ranchers but also reduced overall farm spending, ensured that when disaster strikes, farmers and ranchers have a back-up plan in hand,” said Johnson. “All while helping to reduce the overall federal deficit,” he said.

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12-30-14 ASHCA News: Agriculture industry group releases 2015 safety fact sheet…

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A snapshot of the agriculture workforce, the economic toll of worker injuries and the benefits of investing in safety are included in a new graphics-driven fact sheet released by the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA).

The annual cost of occupational injuries in agriculture is $8.3 billion in medical costs and lost productivity, according to, “Facts 2015 –Be Safe. Be Profitable.” The typical cost of one tractor overturn is $1 million.

An effective safety program, however, saves $4 to $6 for every $1 invested, according to ASHCA, a not-for-profit coalition of agribusinesses, producer organizations and safety professionals.

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12-30-14 CMU Op-Ed: Colorado Water Plan delivered, key dilemmas remain…

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Colorado lurched one more step towards resolving how to satisfy growing demands for water with stable-to-diminishing supplies when Governor Hickenlooper received the first complete draft of a statewide water plan on December 10.

In compiling the plan, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) provided the latest  information on current and projected water supplies and defined some “no regrets” actions that would help, no matter what the future holds.  These include achieving at least low-to-medium levels of conservation, completing already planned projects, implementing water re-use projects, and preserving the option of taking more water out of the Colorado River and its tributaries to meet both West and East Slope needs.  Continue reading

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“Obama Preparing for Major Push on Free Trade Zone”

President Obama will seek to enlist Republicans to partner on a major push on trade deals. The administration is moving aggressively in hopes of wrapping up negotiations by the middle of next year on a 12-nation free-trade pact in the Asia-Pacific region before the politics become even more daunting ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign. The Washington Post reported last week the move will test his willingness to pull away from his own party in pursuit of a legacy-burnishing achievement. Already, fellow Democrats are accusing him of abandoning past promises on trade and potentially undermining his domestic priority of reducing income inequality. At issue is Obama’s support for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would establish the world’s largest free-trade zone. The first test could come next month if the new Congress takes up Trade Promotion Authority, making trade deals strictly an up or down vote to fast-track approval.


“Unsafe Pork Discovered in China”

Eight Government officials in China were dismissed after a media report found unsafe pork had entered the market to the equivalent of $3.3 million worth of sales. Meatingplace reports the unsafe pork was fabricated from dead or sick hogs. The illegal pork sales were first were reported by China Central Television. In Gao’on City in the Jiangxi Province, Chinese ministries of Agriculture and Public Security have arrived to investigate. The swine industry in China reportedly has a 3 percent mortality rate from disease overall. An estimated 90,000 pigs die from disease in Gao’an annually. Gao’an is one of China’s major pork producers with more than 2 million pigs slaughtered and 1.1 million in livestock every year, the report said.


“NFU Opposes Importing Meat from Areas with Foot and Mouth Disease”

The National Farmer Union said Monday the organization opposes importing meat from areas with Foot and Mouth Disease. President Roger Johnson urged the U.S. not to resume importation of meat from Northern Argentina and Uruguay because of FMD concerns. Johnson says the disease is highly contagious and could devastate family farmers and ranchers in the U.S. He noted “the economic impacts of an FMD outbreak in the U.S. would be tremendous.” Johnson says the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service acknowledges that Northern Argentina is not considered to be free of FMD. Johnson noted that NFU supports banning livestock, animal protein products, and meat imports that would jeopardize U.S. efforts to eradicate livestock diseases, including FMD, and that allowing imports of beef from Northern Argentina could potentially conflict with these efforts.


“USFRA Launches HOW-TO Videos”

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has launches a new video series on how farmers and ranchers tackle big jobs. The new How To Farm series launched Monday illustrates different farming practices. The educational videos, which range between two to four minutes, highlight the daily activities of farmers and ranchers across the nation who grow and raise our food. The videos include How To Milk 1,200 Cows, How To Care for 7,000 Pigs, How To Use Trash to Help Crops Grow and How To Gather 50,000 Eggs A Day. The videos can be found on YouTube or at food dialogues dot com. (www.fooddialogues.com)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


12-29-14 NFU Opposes Importation of Meat from Areas with Foot and Mouth Disease; Says U.S. Must Retain High Standards for Imports…

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WASHINGTON (Dec. 29, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged the U.S. not to resume importation of meat from Northern Argentina and Uruguay because of ongoing concerns with Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), a highly contagious disease that could devastate family farmers and ranchers in the U.S.

“Livestock health is critical to production agriculture and our nation’s ability to provide a safe food supply,” said Johnson in comments submitted today to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). “Achieving the necessary means to ensure livestock health is a priority for NFU.” Continue reading

12-29-14 NCGA News: Grower Services Action Team Focuses on Membership, Leadership, Communications…


When members of the National Corn Growers Association’s Grower Services Action Team met in St. Louis recently, they focused on the three traditional key areas of focus for the team, three areas where a lot of progress has been seen over the past year: membership, leadership and communications. Going into 2015, the team also sees great potential in these areas.

“Looking at the role our grower members have played in shaping the national dialogue on agriculture, the importance of building and engaging our base cannot be understated,” said Tom Haag, a Minnesota corn grower who serves as the team’s chairman. “We’ve seen a lot of success with our programs in the past, and this next year will offer many opportunities to expand our work.”

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12-29-14 USFRA Launches HOW-TO Video Series about Farming and Ranching…

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New video series chronicles how America’s farmers and ranchers tackle BIG jobs – all in a day’s work

Chesterfield, Mo., December 29, 2014 1,200 cows milked. 50,000 eggs gathered.  Clean barns for 7,000 pigs. One day’s work for America’s farmers! People can now learn how they do it through U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s® (USFRA®) new online “How To Farm” video series that launched today on USFRA’s website, FoodDialogues.com.

Hosted by blogger Kelly Snyder (ReDefinedMom.com), USFRA’s online video series illustrates different farming practices. The educational videos, which range between two to four minutes, highlight the daily activities of farmers and ranchers across the nation who grow and raise our food.  The first four videos give viewers an up-close look at just how farmers grow and raise food, including:

How To Milk 1,200 Cows (filmed with Brian Rexing at New Generation Dairy in Indiana)

How To Care for 7,000 Pigs (filmed with Art Braundmeier at The Maschhoffs in Illinois)

How To Use Trash to Help Crops Grow (filmed on Len Corzine’s farm in Illinois)

How To Gather 50,000 Eggs A Day (filmed with Ron Campbell at Opal Foods in Missouri)

“People know what farmers generally do, but not exactly how they do it. The opportunity to spend time on a farm alongside a farmer is not one that most people get,” said Randy Krotz, CEO of USFRA.  “This new online video series brings the farm to your living room, office, kitchen, classroom, mobile device — anywhere you are.  Americans have so many questions about food production and the first videos in this series can help address some of those by showing just how farmers are growing and raising food.” Continue reading

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“Rabbobank: Global Beef Supplies to Remain Tight in 2015

As what many have expected, Rabbobank is calling for global beef supplies to remain tight through 2015. In its quarterly outlook for the first quarter of 2015, Rabbobank forecast renewed price strength and tight supplies in the first quarter of 2015. Food Business News reports an improving economy and a strong dollar have positioned the United States as a major influence on global beef market trends. Rabbobank’s Angus Gidley-Baird said “The U.S. continues to be the driver in the global beef market with constrained supply and strong demand keeping prices high.” Baird said Rabbobank is keeping a close eye on the price of oil and the Russian Ruble given Russia’s status as the world’s largest beef importer

The gap between premium and ground beef markets will continue to widen. Prices for prime beef will remain high in 2015, while lackluster demand and growing supplies of dairy-based beef will pressure prices for ground beef. Strong international demand for beef from Brazil and New Zealand will likely carryover into 2015 while, in China, retail prices for beef are expected to remain stable. Meanwhile, Australia continues to report record cattle slaughter Rabobank said the new year will be critical for Canada, as the beef industry decides whether it starts herd rebuilding or continues to downsize the industry. In Mexico, low availability of cattle is partially offset by increased cattle weights.


“Russia not Moving Grain Exports”

Informal grain export controls by Russia were put into place last week, a move speculated this month to try to help the domestic needs and economy of Russia. Reuters reported the move was an attempt to protect domestic supply—a move that is putting big deals at risk. Russia’s main wheat buyers are Turkey, Iran and, very vulnerable to supply disruption, Egypt.  The ongoing economic situation in Russia has brought some confusion to US wheat markets in recent weeks. Russia’s Grain Union head had stated last week “All loadings are suspended; there is only a need to legally formalize it.” A European trader told Reuters “What’s clear is that they won’t sell anything anymore,” a European trader said. “Now the market wants to have more details on what the government will do concretely.” Russia, expected to be the world’s fourth-largest exporter this year, had been exporting record volumes from a large grain crop.


“Brazil Expected to close out the Year with Higher Poultry Production, Exports”

Brazil’s poultry production should close out the year up 2.8 percent from last year while exports of Brazilian poultry will top a new record. Meatingplace reports production has crept upward in the past 11 months, thanks in large part to the return of a favorable grains market. Last year, Brazil’s poultry production was down 2.6 percent. A spokesperson for the Brazilian Association for Animal Protein said “This was a good year overall for our producers. Inputs were stable and the harvests for grains have improved.” China has been a key contributor to this year’s export gains, with 29 Brazilian plants approved this year to ship to Asia’s largest market. Brazil poultry sales to Russia are also up 159 percent through the first 11 months of this year. With another eight Brazilian plants recently approved for export by China, that country should be a driver of Brazilian poultry export growth in 2015, with Russia close behind Saudi Arabia remains the largest importer of Brazilian poultry, having purchased 592,280 tons between January and November.


“Argentine Farmers Plan Increased Protest Ahead of 2015 Elections”

As farmers in Argentina prepare for a new year, Ag Professional reported last week they will also plan for more protest surrounding farm policy reforms. One of the country’s main farm groups says they will push candidates toward reforming policies that growers say are killing their profits. Demonstrations in the past have stopped Argentine farm exports for months, straining government revenue and putting upward pressure on world food prices. Two of the three presumed main candidates have promised to lower the 35 percent export tax that the government slaps on soybeans and loosen the strict corn and wheat export quota system that growers say complicate crop planning. Argentina is the world’s No. 3 soybean exporter and top supplier of soymeal livestock feed. It is also a major producer of wheat, shipped mostly to neighboring Brazil, and corn. The October 2015 election is likely to play a key role in farm policy reforms for Argentina.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



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Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.76 billion pounds in November, down 9 percent from the 4.12 billion pounds produced in November 2013.

Beef production, at 1.85 billion pounds, was 10 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.25 million head, down 12 percent from November 2013. The average live weight was up 24 pounds from the previous year, at 1,363 pounds.

Veal production totaled 6.5 million pounds, 29 percent below November a year ago. Calf slaughter totaled 35,900 head, down 41 percent from November 2013. The average live weight was up 50 pounds from last year, at 306 pounds.

Pork production totaled 1.89 billion pounds, down 7 percent from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 8.81 million head, down 9 percent from November 2013. The average live weight was up 3 pounds from the previous year, at 286 pounds.

Lamb and mutton production, at 11.5 million pounds, was down 3 percent from November 2013. Sheep slaughter totaled 173,600 head, 6 percent below last year. The average live weight was 133 pounds, up 5 pounds from November a year ago.

January to November 2014 commercial red meat production was 43.2 billion pounds, down 4 percent from 2013. Accumulated beef production was down 6 percent from last year, veal was down 15 percent, pork was down 2 percent from last year, and lamb and mutton production was down slightly.

For a full copy of the Livestock Slaughter report please visit http://www.nass.usda.gov.

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12-24-14 CSU Extension: Golden Plains Area – Pesticide License Recertification Programs…

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BURLINGTON, CO – December 24, 2014 – Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado.  Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices.  Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed.  Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting.  These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam. Pre-registration can be accomplished by visiting the Golden Plains Area website at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu.  Cost for the Private Applicator’s recertification is $40 with the Commercial license recertification being $50.  Registrations can also be done by calling the local CSU Extension Office where the event is taking place.

Locations and times are as follows:

  • February 9 – 1:00 p.m.  CSU Extension office at Sterling (Private Pesticide Recertification) – contact 970-522-3200
  • February 10 – 8:00 a.m.  CSU Extension Office at Ft. Morgan (Private Pesticide Recertification) – contact 970-542-3540
  • February 23 – 1:00 p.m.  Burlington Community Center (Private Pesticide Recertification) – contact 719-346-5571
  • February 24 – 8:00 a.m.  Phillips County Events Center (Private Pesticide Recertification) – contact 970-854-3616
  • March 6 – 8:00 a.m. CSU Extension Office in Akron  (Commercial License Recertification Only*) – contact 970-345-2287.
  • March 6 – 1:00 p.m.  Washington County Extension Office (Private Pesticide Recertification) – contact 970-345-2287

* Commercial Pesticide Licenses are in a different category and are needed for pesticide applicators charging a fee for pesticide services.


Submitted to BARN Media by: Ron F. Meyer, CSU Extension Agent, Agronomy

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“DuPont, Monsanto, Agree to Settle Patent Infringement Lawsuits”

DuPont and the Monsanto Company have agreed to settle copyright infringement lawsuits. The litigation related to claims by Monsanto that DuPont had infringed certain Monsanto seed chipping patents and claims by DuPont that Monsanto had infringed certain DuPont patents related to seed processing. Terms of the settlement are not being disclosed. Upon the dismissal of the current litigation, DuPont and Monsanto have no other litigation against each other.

The dismissal of this litigation follows the announcement from DuPont and Monsanto in March 2013 related to a series of technology licensing agreements, as well as dismissal of lawsuits between the companies that also were pending in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.  According to Monsanto President and Chief Operating Officer Brett Begemann and DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler, this agreement enables the companies to concentrate their attention on developing new solutions for farmers.


“USDA to Survey Farmland Owners”

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will survey farmland owners to measure financial impacts and challenges of land ownership. Landowners should receive the survey form by the end of this month. More than 80,000 farmland owners and producers across the United States will receive the forms, titled Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural land, or TOTAL. Jay Johnson, Director of NASS’ Census and Survey Division, says the latest Census of Agriculture helped “us determine that more than 350 million acres of farmland in the United States are rented or leased, but it has been more than a decade since we spoke to individuals who own that land.” NASS will publish results of the TOTAL survey in its Quick Stats database in August 2015.


“Washington State Lawmaker to Hold Port Slowdown Hearings”

A Washington state senator will hold a hearing to get to the bottom of what’s slowing down West Coast ports. The Daily Caller reports Michael Baumgartner, a Republican, says he will be looking into the port slowdowns, which have caused economic and retail uncertainty since late October. Baumgartner plans to hold the hearing in January during the first week of the new legislative sessions. He will lead the state’s commerce and labor committee. The slowdowns are the result of a fierce labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, who have been stuck in the middle of negotiations for seven months.


“Innovation and Technology the focus for AFBF Convention”

The 2015 IDEAg (Idea-Ag) Trade show and American Farm Bureau annual convention will focus on innovation and technology in agriculture. Workshops during the trade show next month will highlight innovation around the farm and how technology can help. The IDEAg Innovate Conference will feature topics such as managing agricultural big data, the use of drones for farming purposes, precision agriculture and Internet strategies for farmers and ranchers. In addition, Farm Bureau members will be treated to two dozen workshops covering a variety of topics and issues during the AFBF Convention. The convention kicks off January 9th in San Diego. Find out more online at annual convention dot fb dot org. (www.annualconvention.fb.org)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


12-23-14 CSU-SEA EXT NEWS: 2015 Crop Production Workshop in Lamar January 8th…

CSU Ext SE COArea farmers are invited to a Crop Production Workshop sponsored by Pioneer DuPont and Colorado State University Extension.  The workshop will take place in the Bowman Building at the Lamar Community College on Thursday January 8th, 2015.  The program will start at 9:30 am.  Topics to be discussed are best management practices for irrigated corn, nitrogen management, resistant weed control, as well as precision technologies.  The program has been approved for Certified Crop Adviser and Colorado Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Credit Units.  Lunch will be provided.

For more information on the program and directions to Lamar Community College please contact your local Extension Office or Wilma Trujillo at 719 336-7734 or wilma.trujillo@colostate.edu.

12-23-14 Colorado Corn past and present board leaders among 2014 yield contest winners…

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Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2014 National Corn Yield Contest.

The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 50th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. Participation in the contest remained strong in 2014 with 8,129 entries received.

The 18 national winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 383.6 bushels per acre,

compared to the projected national average of 173.4 bushels per acre in 2014.

While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place overall production categories topped out at 503.7190. The all-time high yield record of 503 bushels per acre was set by Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Ga.

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“South Korea Ban US Poultry Imports for 21 days”

Following the confirmation of avian influenza in the Northeastern U.S., South Korea has banned U.S. imports of poultry for 21 days. Meatingplace reports that Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan imposed narrower bans after the H5N8 strain was found in a backyard flock in Oregon. Korea is trying to manage its own bird flu outbreak, which has also affected 18 countries this year alone. South Korea imported more than 63,000 metric tons of poultry meat from United States in the first 11 months of 2014. However, industry experts say Oregon is not a poultry exporting state.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety imposed a specific ban covering poultry imports from Douglas County, Oregon, where the outbreak among a small backyard flock with exposure to wild birds was discovered. U.S. officials have stressed that no commercial birds have been affected by the avian flu outbreak anywhere in the United States and USDA and Oregon officials continue to monitor the situation.


“Uncertainty Stemming from California Egg Laws”

The Sacramento Bee reports the new egg laws for California are compiling a mound of uncertainty. That uncertainty is coming from the industry which predicts higher prices to the Humane Society claiming the same legislation they forced through won’t do enough. Starting January first, every egg laid or offered at a grocery store in California must meet the new standard of hen housing, allowing hens enough room to stand up, lie down and extend their wings fully. The Association of California Egg Farmers has pegged the statewide price tag at around $400 million, or the housing of fewer hens. Each would trigger a price spike in eggs. Still, farmers across the country are expected to adhere to the law if their products wind up in California. Enforcement though is still in the air—and more so—with many eggs being imported into California.

The Humane Society claims farmers are likely to fall short of the voter expectation and say freeing hens from cages is the only way to follow the law. The law does not clarify a size of the cage, just the movement of the bird. United Egg Producers president Chad Gregory said  “We’re convinced that the voters in California really didn’t know what they were voting for.” He noted that even six years after the vote, consumers are buying eggs from the same system they voted against.


“Vilsack Appoints New Member to Meant and Poultry Inspection Advisory Committee”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection for the 2014 to 2016 term. Established in 1971, the 17-member committee meets on food safety concerns and advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities. It also contributes to USDA’s regulatory policy development. The committee will hold its next public meeting in mid-January. Find the list of new and returning members online at fsis dot usda dot gov. (www.fsis.usda.gov)


“World Record Corn Yield Set With DeKalb Brand”

Monsanto says the Georgia farmer who broke the 500 bushel-per-acre mark has set the world record corn yield with DeKalb brand hybrids. First-generation farmer Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Georgia won the National Corn Growers Yield Contest with a yield of 503 bushels-per-acre. That was good enough to break the world record. He did so using DeKalb hybrids, according to Monsanto company officials. Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robert Fraley stated “This accomplishment puts a spotlight on the important role that farmers all around the world play in society.” He noted that farmers must find a way to find a fast growing world population. The national and state NCGA yield contest winners will be honored at the Commodity Classic 2015 in Phoenix.


“American Feed Industry Association VP Retiring”

The American Feed Industry Associations Vice President of manufacturing and training will retire at the end of the year. AFIA says Keith Epperson will retire after nearly 40 years of service in the feed industry. He joined AFIA in 2005 in the position he holds today and also served on three AFIA committees in leadership roles for numerous years while employed by Kent Feeds. Epperson began his career in the feed industry at Kent Feeds in 1976. AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman said “Keith’s feed and plant management expertise has proven to be a true asset to our members and the association.”


“National Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Finalizing Prepping for Competition”

The four finalists in the National Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge are preparing for the final competition at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention next month. The four finalists will each win $15,000 and vie to win the title Rural Entrepreneur of the Year for an additional $15,000, and the Peoples’ Choice Award for $10,000 more. The challenge will provide the finalists with prize money totaling $85,000 to implement their ideas. The Rural Entrepreneur of the Year will be announced Monday January 12th.

The finalist include Golden Bridges, Inc., serving Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois, offering customized moving and relocation services

Pasturebird, LLC, from California and offering a system to produce pastured poultry on a larger scale.

Virginia-based Pulaski Grow plans to use aquaponics technology to provide fresh, local produce and fish to the community throughout the year.

ScoutPro, Inc., of Iowa develops and deploys mobile crop scouting software for farmers and crop scouts.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service