05-20-15 Corn Growers Seek TPA Without Amendments…

NCGA News Release logoWASHINGTON (May 20, 2015) – The National Corn Growers Association urges the Senate to quickly pass a clean Trade Promotion Authority bill, and opposes any amendments that could prolong debate or jeopardize the legislation.

National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling issued the following statement:

“The livelihoods of America’s farmers and ranchers are dependent on trade. We need greater access to foreign open markets and a chance to compete globally. Right now, the United States is negotiating major trade agreements in the Pacific Rim and the European Union. But the fact is, we have never passed a major trade agreement without Trade Promotion Authority. Those agreements will move on with or without us.

“The Senate needs to pass a clean TPA bill as soon as possible and keep this critically important legislation moving forward.”

Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents 42,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for their members and their industry. For more information, contact www.ncga.com.

05-20-15 CSU Golden Plains Area Ext News: Corn Planting…

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BURLINGTON, CO – May 20, 2015 – Since soil temperature, stand establishment and uniform emergence are all key considerations when attempting to determine an optimum corn planting window, early plantings are generally discouraged when significant acreages are involved.  Agronomy professionals agree that the optimum corn planting window will be related directly to a consistent soil temperature of around 50 to 55° F at the two-inch soil depth.  Traditionally, these consistent soil temperatures occur between the third week of April through the first week of May.  Since cool soils through mid-April often result in a lengthy germination period, corn emergence can often times take over three weeks from the time of planting to full stand establishment.

Table 1 outlines the approximate days to seedling emergence based on various, consistent, soil temperature ranges: Continue reading

05-20-15 CSU Golden Plains Area Ext News: Freeze Injury on Wheat…

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Leaf burn from freeze damage. By itself, this is cosmetic damage only. Photos by Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension.

Leaf burn from freeze damage. By itself, this is cosmetic damage only. Photos by Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension.

Close up of stem damage from freeze injury, resulting in lodging in 2007.

Close up of stem damage from freeze injury, resulting in lodging in 2007.

BURLINGTON, CO – May 20, 2015 – Freezing temperatures have affected many wheat fields within the Colorado High Plains Region this season.  In fields where only some of the tillers have been damaged, there is still plenty of time for undamaged tillers to compensate and minimize any potential yield loss.  However, frost damaged wheat heads will be permanently damaged.

Important factors determining freeze damage

There are a number of key factors in determining freeze damage: the stage of development of the wheat, the density of the stand and condition of the plants, the amount of residue on the soil surface, the extent and duration of low temperatures, temperature gradients within the field, soil moisture, and the wind speed.

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— Greenup. Wheat that has greened up but hasn’t started to joint yet will probably suffer damage to the existing foliage, but the growing points will be protected by the soil and should escape injury. This wheat will have cosmetic damage to the leaves that will show up almost immediately. If new leaves emerging over the next few weeks are green, that will indicate that the growing points survived and the plants will still produce tillers. If the new leaves are yellow, the growing point of that particular tiller was killed by the freeze. Continue reading

05-20-15 US Senators Gardner, Bennet Introduce Native American Indian Education Act…

US Senate SealUS Senator Cory GardnerUS Senator Michael Bennet color official photo-022513Washington, DC ­- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced today that they have introduced The Native American Indian Education Act in the United States Senate to provide relief to State education budgets currently fulfilling a federal mandate to provide tuition-free higher education opportunities for Native American Indians.

The Act addresses federal-state agreements which required, as part of a land grant agreement, that States finance Native American tuition at certain universities in perpetuity. One such agreement, at Fort Lewis College in Colorado, covered just a few dozen students when it was originally struck in 1910. Today, over 1,123 American Indian and Alaska native students from over 162 tribes nationwide attend Fort Lewis college, and the State of Colorado is bearing much of the cost of tuition waivers and other expenses, which exceed $16 million per year.

This Act ensures the tuition wavier program will continue, but updates the program to reflect the current day reality of educational costs and make the federal-state arrangement as equitable as it was originally intended. The Act ensures that the cost of educating Native American and Alaska native students from across the country does not fall solely on individual states, thereby having the federal government live up to its commitment to provide educational opportunities to Native students.  Continue reading

05-20-15 CFWE News: Water efficiency tour set for June 11-12…

CFWE - CO Foundation for Water Education logo 2Join the Colorado Foundation for Water Education to explore water efficiency along the Front Range, June 11-12. This annual tour is the most unique professional development opportunity available in Colorado water.

The group will see the extent of water conservation and reuse along the Front Range and identify exemplary projects that other communities can employ to cut water use in the future. The group will also be joined by members of the Interim Water Resources Review Committee and other leaders across Colorado.

To learn more, go to https://www.yourwatercolorado.org/component/civicrm/?task=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=117.

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05-20-15 CO Corn News: Critical pesticide applicator legislation signed into law…

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Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 15-119, which renews the Colorado Pesticide Applicator Act.

Without legislative action this year, the Pesticide Applicator Act was on schedule to sunset in September, after serving as an extremely effective set of rules for many years, in both allowing applicators to do their jobs and in protecting Colorado’s citizens.

Despite support from an array of experts, including the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, there was opposition, with some in the state wanting to implement more radical and unnecessary rules. But in the final week of the Legislative Session, lawmakers were able to pass a bill that renewed the Pesticide Applicator Act with limited changes.  Continue reading

05-20-15 USCA: Oppose H.R. 2393; Protect COOL…

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USCA (May 20, 2015) -The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement on today’s passage by the House Agriculture Committee of H.R. 2393, a bill to repeal country of origin labeling (COOL).  The following statement may be attributed to USCA President Danni Beer:

“This legislation is a gross overreach of congressional authority.  Not only does the proposed legislation attempt to circumvent an ongoing case at the World Trade Organization (WTO), regarding COOL, it also extends the criteria by which to repeal COOL.  The addition of chicken to the list of products to be affected by the repeal is disturbing since chicken was not a part of the original WTO case filed by Canada and Mexico against COOL. Opponents of COOL are encouraging Congress to limit consumer information and are exploiting a ruling by the WTO before the international trade process has been completed. Congress does not need to insert itself until statutory action is necessary. For USCA, the centerpiece of COOL has been, and always will be, the consumers’ right to information about how and where their food is produced and U. S. ranchers’ right to differentiate their product from that of a generic commodity in which the identity of U. S. beef would be lost forever.”

“USCA thanks the Members of the House Agriculture Committee who voted against the bill.  Ranking Member Colling Peterson (D-MN); Rep. Timothy J. Walz (D-MN); Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM); Rep. McGovern (D-MA); Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH) and Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) all showed their support today for U.S. cattle producers and we appreciate their vote for COOL.”

“Congress will recess for a week on Friday, May 22 for the Memorial holiday when members will be in their home states and districts. I encourage constituents everywhere to make contact with their elected delegations and let them know that you expect them to oppose H.R. 2393 and refrain from any premature intervention in COOL.  There is no more appropriate time than the Memorial holiday week to expect our elected officials to stand their ground for our sovereignty and our right to govern ourselves, just as Americans, for generations, have stood their ground to protect the freedoms and rights we cherish so much in this country.”

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05-20-15 USDA to Give Priority Funding for Regional Economic Development Projects…

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MEMPHIS, TN, May 20, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA’s plan to implement a Farm Bill provision that will have a major policy impact on the way the Department helps rural communities plan and finance regional economic development strategies. The new Regional Development Priority (RDP) policy will make it easier for rural communities to access resources to invest in long-term community development efforts by giving priority to applications for Rural Development programs that include regional partnerships and strategies.

“Regional planning maximizes the effectiveness of our investments in rural America,” Vilsack said here today while addressing the 10th Annual Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Conference. “When communities come together to share resources, ideas and expertise, they can develop a cohesive economy strategy and invest in their future. With a strategy in place, USDA-funded projects can spur regional economic transformation, increase job opportunities and improve quality of life for rural communities.”

Under the RDP, communities with multi-jurisdictional economic development plans will be able to request funding priority when they apply for loans and grants in four key USDA programs. These programs help finance a variety of infrastructure, business and community development needs. They are: Continue reading

05-20-15 Learn more about the NFU’s Annual Spring Fly-In and COOL from RMFU Member Chad Franke of Roggen, CO…

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RMFU LogoChad Franke Family Roggen CO(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 20, 2015 – The National Farmers Union are hosting their annual Spring Fly-In in Washington DC this week and joining me to discuss that eventin much more detail here inside the BARN is Roggen, CO area farmer Chad Franke, a member of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

The National Farmers Union is encouraging other supporters of COOL to join Farmers Union fly-in participants, like Chad Franke, by calling your representatives on Capitol Hill at (202) 224-3121 and telling them to #keepCOOL. You too can follow along with NFU and others at the fly-in on Twitter with the hashtag #COOLFlyIn. Want to learn more about Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL)…then check out the NFU’s  COOL Fly-In Packet http://www.nfu.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Spring-Cool-Fly-In-Packet.pdf

Learn more about RMFU Member Chad Franke – CLICK HERE

Learn more about the National Farmers Union @ www.nfu.org.

Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching since 1907, and become a member @ www.rmfu.org.

05-20-15 U.S. Dairy Industry Supports Action by Congress to Repeal Country of Origin Labeling…

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U.S. Must Comply with World Trade Organization Rules to Avoid Damage to Dairy Sector 

ARLINGTON, VA – American dairy products headed to Canada and Mexico could face stiffer tariffs – and ultimately, reach fewer foreign customers – unless Congress repeals Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products that violate international trade rules, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council said today.

Under the World Trade Organization ruling announced Monday, “Canada and Mexico are entitled to retaliate against U.S. exports, and that could well include higher tariffs on U.S. dairy products,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and CEO. He noted that Canada has already indicated it will target the U.S. dairy industry, while Mexico retaliated against U.S. dairy products in a past NAFTA finding against the United States.

“America’s dairy farmers should not suffer collateral damage as a consequence of our COOL policy. The U.S. government needs to rectify this situation before we lose any export customers,” Mulhern said.

“Mexico is our largest export market, and Canada is also a significant destination for U.S. dairy products,” said Tom Suber, president of USDEC. “At a time of softer global dairy demand, we need to be focused on ensuring we keep exports moving and doing all we can to avoid new roadblocks from being put in our exporters’ paths.” Continue reading

05-20-15 NCBA News: House Ag Committee Passes COOL Repeal Legislation…

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WASHINGTON (May 20, 2015) – Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved legislation that would repeal Country of Origin Labeling (H.R. 2393) by a bi-partisan vote of 38 to 6. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President and Chugwater, Wyoming, cattleman Philip Ellis applauded today’s action.

“I thank Chairman Conaway (R-Texas), Rep. Costa (D-Cali.), and their colleagues for the swift introduction of this legislation and today’s passage,” said Ellis. “Following the WTO’s ruling Monday, the next step for Canada and Mexico is retaliation, which could take place as early as this summer. The time to negotiate and consider alternatives is long past; COOL has been around in one form or another for over a decade without benefit, and now is time to act to repeal this broken legislation. We ask the full House to take up this legislation as soon as possible, as it is the only way to avoid retaliation.”

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America’s cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy. As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or membership@beef.org.

05-20-15 KSU News: Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains…

KSU Research and Extension logoMANHATTAN — A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial chickens and turkeys as well as the death of hundreds of people.

The new vaccine development method is expected to help researchers make vaccines for emerging strains of avian influenza more quickly. This could reduce the number and intensity of large-scale outbreaks at poultry farms as well as curb human transmission.

It also may lead to new influenza vaccines for pigs, and novel vaccines for sheep and other livestock, said Jürgen Richt, Regents distinguished professor of veterinary medicine and director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases.

Richt and his colleagues focused on the avian influenza virus subtype H5N1, a new strain most active in Indonesia, Egypt and other Southeast Asian and North African countries. H5N1 also has been documented in wild birds in the U.S., though in fewer numbers. Continue reading

05-20-15 Colorado Tumble Weed’s Crop Report with Lamar’s Don Turner…

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5/19/2015 – For the last 3 years I have traveled Texas back roads always looking for Crop Land and Minneapolis Moline Tractors. Since 1958 my dad and I would always look for the Luther Lock Custom Cutting crew to come down 287 through Springfield Colo. Luther was a custom cutter from Wheatland Wyo. He would always come through Springfield on his way to Vernon, Texas. Ten Chevy Trucks and Ten Massey Combines with all the support vehicles in line. Beautiful sight, for a country boy!!

Last Sunday afternoon headed north on my way back to Colorado. Up Hwy 6 to 35. Filled up in Waco at 1pm but missed all of the excitement on the other side of 35. All the Wheat from Waco to Wichita Fall is still soaking wet. Anything combine ripe is in jeopardy!

I headed North on 44 out of Texas and turned west on Oklahoma 70 to 36 then west again on 5. Continued west on 5 until I came to hwy 283, 26 miles north of Vernon, Texas. Total wipe out at that intersection by hail, I also crossed the path of a tornado that had knocked down power lines, sprinklers and building 5 or 6 miles east of this intersection. I crossed the path of this tornado twice more before getting to Chillicothe, Texas. All the way down hwy 5 the land was still draining from the heavy showers Saturday night, some ten plus hours since the rain. All the wheat in this 130 mile strip is still green enough to complete the maturing process. I talked to a custom cutter/farmer from Frederick he indicated that with some sunshine and wind he thought their biggest loss would be from the hail.  I had stated in my last report that a Texas Radio station had reported 10,000 acres of wheat was lost to hail a week ago in the Chillicothe area. I call the Chillicothe Co-op this morning to confirm this information. The person wasn’t sure of that number but a large number of wheat acres had received severe hail damage. In 2014 I traveled many of these same roads. I told many of my customers that there were less than ten fields that would make over 20 bu. from Wichita Falls Texas to Lamar Colorado. That statement proved to be true last year.

The buzz word last year in Colorado and Texas was “Pray for Rain.” The correct response now is “Thank You Lord” but how do we manage all this water??? Just be safe, drive smart and stay out of fast moving water. The tumble weeds are floating down the Arkansas River and into the local canals as we speak!! That is about it for the Colorado Tumble Weed today. My plan today is to stay as dry as possible. I will roll back into Texas later this week!!

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05-20-15 Major Site Upgrades Underway for Husker Harvest Days…

Husker Harvest Days 2015Husker Harvest Days show visitors and exhibitors will greatly benefit from the visitor parking lot re-grading, drainage upgrading and driving lane installation. A heavy construction program is currently underway at the site and will be completed before the 2015 event to be held Sept. 15-17 at its permanent site west of Grand Island, Neb.

GRAND ISLAND, NEB. (05-20-2015) – Husker Harvest Days, the world’s largest totally irrigated working farm show, located near Grand Island, Neb., is receiving major upgrades for its water drainage system  in its visitor parking areas. The 2015 HHD is Sept. 15 – 17.

Construction work is already underway and is scheduled to be completed well before the 2015 show. The improvements involve re-grading the entire visitor parking lot areas and installing new drainage and retention ditches to control surface water over  the entire event area. The visitor parking areas are receiving a complete grading and gravel roadways are being installed on the main travel lanes within the parking lots to alleviate attendee parking and exiting challenges due to rainy weather.

“While no outdoor event is completely weather-proof,” said Matt Jungmann, Penton Agriculture show director, “the new construction certainly puts us in a better position to keep the show open for business, even if we get rain like we had last year.”  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 20th…

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“House Ag Introduces Bill to Repeal COOL”

House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway introduced legislation Tuesday to repeal Country of Origin Labeling – which has been ruled as non-compliant by the World Trade Organization. In light of the WTO’s decision – and the certainty that the U.S. faces significant retaliation by Canada and Mexico – Conaway says action cannot be delayed. He says the legislation is a targeted response that will remove uncertainty, provide stability and bring the U.S. back into compliance. House Ag Livestock and Foreign Ag Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim Costa says mandatory COOL is a misguided government policy that has damaged U.S. trading relationships with Canada and Mexico. Costa says he and his colleagues have the data, studies and WTO’s experience to demonstrate that COOL is detrimental to state and national economies. Costa looks forward to continuing this bipartisan work to move the legislation forward and repeal COOL.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis says he is proud of the products he produces – but mandatory labeling has only cost producers money without benefit. Ellis says continued economic analysis has shown consumers do not use COOL information in their purchasing decisions. NCBA supports voluntary labeling efforts – he says – efforts that give consumers the information they are looking for and reward producers all along the supply chain for meeting specifications. He notes Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has said the USDA is at a loss on how to fix this rule – given the statutory language – supporting what cattlemen have long maintained – that there is no regulatory fix that will bring COOL into compliance with the United States’ international trade obligations. Ellis says the only solution is full repeal. NCBA calls on Congress to act quickly and pass this legislation before retaliation occurs.

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the legislation is premature and reactionary. Johnson says the best thing Congress could do is to step aside while the WTO process continues. As with previous disputes – he says WTO members can work together to find a solution that will work for them – and in this case – he says such a solution must involve continuation of a meaningful process step labeling requirement. COOL opponents have jumped on the opportunity to repeal COOL – when Johnson says they should be spending their time and energy focusing on giving consumers information they want. NFU urges Congress to stay off the bill and conduct thoughtful leadership – not reactionary legislation.

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“Canadian Trade, Ag Ministers Announce Canada Will Seek Retaliation Permission Against U.S.”

Reuters reports Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced Monday Canada will be seeking authority from the WTO to use retaliatory measures on U.S. ag and non-ag products – in light of the final ruling and due to the fact that the U.S. has continued to discriminate against Canadian livestock products.

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“NFU Spring Fly-In Focuses on COOL”

The National Farmers Union began its Spring Fly-In of 60 family farmers and ranchers from 27 states by having meetings with their elected officials in D.C. to underscore their support for COOL. NFU President Roger Johnson says COOL is one of the most important issues for rural America – and NFU members have chosen to travel to Washington to voice their commitment and unwavering support for the labeling law. Despite the recent WTO decision – he says there is still a path forward for COOL. NFU’s fly-in meetings will continue through Thursday. Visit NFU dot org (www.nfu.org) for more information.

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“H5N2’s Impact on Livestock, Meat Markets”

Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Derrell Peel says the Avian Influenza outbreak continues to grow and leads to more questions about the impact on livestock and meat markets. According to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – nearly 34-million birds have been depopulated so far. Peel says the direct impact of H5N2 on poultry meat supply is minimal and likely to remain that way. As bad as it is – he says it is unlikely enough birds will be slaughtered to significantly impact domestic poultry production – which last year totaled 8.9-billion birds. Peel says the current turkey depopulation represents less than three-percent of last year’s slaughter. Unless the outbreak expands significantly – he says broiler and turkey production are expected to surpass year ago levels.

Peel says the biggest impact of Avian Influenza on meat markets is the closure of poultry export markets. Last year – 8.2-billion pounds of poultry were exported from the U.S. – accounting for 18.2-percent of the 45-billion pounds of total poultry production. Broiler exports are expected to decrease approximately nine-percent – which will add to the expanding broiler production from increased domestic consumption of broilers. Peel says total domestic red meat and poultry consumption is projected to increase by 4.2-percent compared to last year.

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“White House Pollinator Health Task Force Releases Strategy to Improve Pollinator Health”

The White House Pollinator Health Task Force announced its National Pollinator Health Strategy Tuesday. The National Corn Growers Association applauds the emphasis on the importance of public-private partnerships and call for continued discussion and collaboration between farmers, industry and government on how to ensure a healthy, robust population of honeybees and other pollinators. NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn says the Strategy underscores that everyone must work together to solve this challenge. NCGA is eager to review the recommendations in detail and is committed to implementing solutions that will improve pollinator health and population while being economically viable and practical for farmers. Visit White House dot gov slash blog (www.whitehouse.gov/blog) for more information.

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“OECD Rural Development Conference Begins”

Leaders from 34 countries have come together in Memphis, Tennessee for the 10th Annual Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Rural Development Conference. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says rural communities are critical for the global economic future. He says strong policies and investment strategies must be implemented to unlock the potential of economic growth and an improved quality of life for rural children and families. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría says rural areas are home to one-quarter of the population of OECD countries and are a critical source of food, energy, environmental resources and human capital. Businesses people thought could only thrive in and around large cities can now prosper in rural environments – according to Gurría – who says future policies must reflect that reality to better meet the needs of rural dwellers.

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“Check Out Pork Checkoff Events at World Pork Expo”

The Pork Checkoff has a variety of Checkoff-sponsored events scheduled during World Pork Expo June 3rd through the 5th in Des Moines, Iowa. The Checkoff’s three main goals are to build consumer trust, drive sustainable production and grow consumer demand. In the Checkoff’s Hospitality Tent – producers can stop by each day for breakfast and great pork fellowship – along with free business luncheons on Wednesday and Thursday at noon. Prodcuers also are invited to stop by the Checkoff’s Booth – number 120 in the Varied Industries Building – to learn about new Checkoff resources, ask questions about certifications and Checkoff programs, learn how to incorporate the We Care program and enter for a chance to win a free iPad. Pig farmer and former ABC Bachelor Chris Soules will attend the Expo to share more about the America’s Pig Farmer of the Year award. Soules will participate in a panel to discuss the importance of producers’ service as agriculture advocates at 8:30 a.m. on June 4th in the hospitality tent. Visit Pork dot org slash WPX (www.pork.org/wpx) for more information.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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