12-01-14 NMPF NEWS: Sign-Up Deadline for the New Dairy Safety Net Is End of This Week…

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Enrolling This Year Will Boost Your Production History for 2015

ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy farmers have only a few more days to go to their county Farm Service Agency office and sign up for the new dairy safety net included in the 2014 farm bill. The deadline is Friday, December 5 for enrolling in the new Margin Protection Program, for the remainder of 2014, for all of 2015, or for both.

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, said there are good reasons to sign up for the program, even though farm milk prices and margins are both favorable right now.

“First,” Mulhern said, “dairy futures indicate margins are leaving their record territory and will continue down into 2015. We liken the situation to a roller coaster cresting, then starting its descent. Lower milk prices and tighter margins are forecast just as the new program kicks in. This program will provide farmers some control over the situation by enrolling now in the MPP.”

In addition, Mulhern said, with U.S. milk production expected to increase by more than two percent this year, signing up for MPP now locks in an increase in each farm’s production history going forward. The upward adjustment in a farm’s production history only happens for farms once they sign up for the program.

“Under the rules, MPP payments are based on past production history, and the only allowed increase in that production base is the percentage increase in national milk production,” Mulhern said. “So, even if next year’s margins don’t trigger any payments, those who sign up now will be able to insure a larger amount of milk production in future years, because of the rise in U.S. milk production in 2014,” he said. He noted that, through October, 2014’s milk production is up 2.2 percent from the first ten months of 2013.

Rather than supporting milk prices, the Margin Protection Program allows producers to insure their income over feed costs on a sliding scale. Basic coverage is free, aside from a $100 annual administrative fee. Continue reading

12-01-14 CDA News: ‘AgLicense’Serving Colorado’s Agricultural Community & Businesses…

CDA NEW main logo 051414BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Agricultural businesses now have easier access to renew their state licenses or registration. On December 1, 2014, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) launched an online business license renewal service at www.colorado.gov/AgLicense for eight of its regulatory programs.

Businesses licensed with the Anhydrous Ammonia, Certified Weighers, Feed Program, Fertilizer Program, Nursery, Pesticide Products, Restricted Use Pesticide Dealers and Seed Dealers programs will have the option to renew and securely pay for their license renewals online.

“These programs represent 26,000 applicants or products that are available to renew online,” said Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar. “It is vital that the Colorado Department of Agriculture utilizes technology that allows us to better serve the residents of Colorado.” Continue reading

12-01-14 CDA News: Bovine Trichomoniasis Update…

CDA NEW main logo 051414BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd for Bovine Trichomoniasis.

  • As of 11/30/2014, there are 11 positive trich locations in Conejos, Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Park, Prowers, and Pueblo counties.
  • So far this year, there have been 17 new trich cases.
  • A map detailing trichomoniasis sample submissions by county and the prevalence for trichomoniasis-positive counties can be found at www.colorado.gov/ag/animals and click on “livestock health.” The “trichomoniasis” tab includes the map, brochure, and diagnostic laboratory contact information.

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“President Would Veto Current Tax Extenders Bill”

President Barack Obama would veto the current tax extenders bill that Congress is writing, because the bill does not include tax breaks for the middle class – according to the Hagstrom Report. Congressional Democrats would support the president and conservatives find the cost too high, making it difficult to override a veto, according to media reports. The proposed bill would include the deduction farmer’s use for business equipment.  A $500,000 deduction expired at the end of last year and was lowered to $25,000 for 2014. Farm groups and others want Congress to reinstate the $500,000 deduction as well as reinstate 50 percent bonus depreciation for other business machinery. It’s still unclear however if Congress can get something passed in what’s left in the current lame duck session.


TPP Talks Likely to get Ugly”

A New Zealand based website reports Trans-Pacific Partnership talks are likely to get ugly before a deal is reached. Stuff dot co dot nz reports New Zealand ambassador to Japan, Mark Sinclair says it was always difficult to “judge from the outside” the processes around the proposed regional free-trade agreement. One of the tough negotiations noted for New Zealand is promoting dairy exports into countries like Japan because the deal is so broad-based. Sinclair said “we’re talking ultimately about a long-range regional integration process that has the potential to transform economic and commercial relationships in the region.” He called TPP not an ordinary free trade agreement because of that long-term integration. He did say he was optimistic about the current momentum in the talks.

“DeLauro Urges OMB to Finalize Food Safety Rules”

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is urging the Office of Management and Budget to finalize two pending food safety rules. DeLauro, a democrat from Connecticut, wrote the office director expressing concern that if the rules are not finalized by the end of this year they could be delayed until 2018, if not longer, according to Food Safety News. The rules at question concern are the mechanically tenderized beef rule and a rule regarding added solutions in meat and poultry. She noted that it has been over a year since the proposed mechanically tenderized beef rule was published and over three years since the proposed added solution rule was published.

There is concern that mechanically tenderized beef products are more likely to cause foodborne illness than whole cuts if not cooked properly, so food safety advocates are calling for mechanically tenderized beef to be labeled so that consumers can take extra precautions. The concern behind the second rule DeLauro referenced is that solutions added to raw meat and poultry products to enhance flavor or texture may lead to higher sodium levels and changes to other aspects of nutritional content.

“Brazil’s Largest Pork Processor Ditching Gestation Crates”

The largest pork processor in Brazil is partnering with a nonprofit group to replace gestation crates. Meatingplace reports BRF will partner with World Animal Protection to implement a system of collective gestation for its production of sows. The new system will be fully implemented within 12 months, according to the company. The company has yet to calculate the total investments that integrated producers will have to make for the new production system, but has pointed producers towards low cost financing.

World Animal Protection assisted BRF in defining the measures and investments that each swine producer would have to make to adopt the new standards, which varied based on the size of their farms. BRF has roughly 300,000 sows across its portfolio of integrated producers.


“First Shipment of Brazilian Pork Heads for US”

The first shipment—25 tons of pork, left Brazil for the United States on November 20th. The Pig Site reports the shipment was 25 tons of a specific cut and Brazilian agriculture officials are discussing the possibility of bone-in products for exports. Those products include ribs, rib and loin. Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Neri Geller stated “the beginning of this export market gives credibility to the Brazilian Federal Inspection Service.” Negotiations between Brazil and the United States over the shipment lasted about two years, in which US missions visited Brazil to verify the quality and safety of Brazilian pork. Currently two product plants are authorized for export from Brazil. In 2013, Brazil produced 3.52 million and pork exports totaled $1.35 with a total of approximately 513,000 tons.


“NCF Accepting Applications for Beef Industry Scholarship”

Students studying in the beef industry can apply for scholarships from the National Cattlemen’s Association and sponsored by the CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to students pursuing careers in the beef industry. Students studying education, communication, production, research or other areas related to the beef industry should consider applying for the scholarship. Applications should be submitted by December 19. The winning recipients will be announced on Jan. 15, 2015. For more information visit www dot national cattlemen foundation dot org. (www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service