06-30-15 Steer-Aid Clinic teaches youth beef participants…

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RJ Kerchal, foreground, works side-by-side with his dad Rod Kerchal to trim the hooves on Holly Morgan’s steer. Morgan, of Hasty was the first in line on Saturday, June 20, drawing many onlookers. Rod Kerchal’s hoof trimming has become an annual part of WW Feed & Supply’s Steer-Aid program.

LA JUNTA –RJ Kerchal and Otto Lehmberg were the featured instructors on Saturday, June 20 for Steer-Aid, a free youth beef clinic here.

Southeast Colorado youth and their parents all got an education about feeding and nutrition, clipping and show day grooming for their 4-H and FFA projects.

“Don’t get caught up in the latest foo-foo dust” or trendy supplement, “but instead feed a basic, well balanced diet,” said Lehmberg, a Purina Animal Nutrition livestock specialist from Amarillo. “A good feed program, fresh water and grass hay will help you reach your goal.”

Lehmberg encouraged the use of scales. The first should weigh grain rations for twice-a-day feeding so that the 4-H’er will be consistent, exact and be able to increase rations gradually, as needed. The second was access to a big scale, “so you know your steer’s weight weekly. Don’t wait too late, and then try to push.”

Kerchal, of New Generation Cattle at Calhan, clips and grooms cattle for the show ring on a national level. With the help of Dalton Chambers, the two men transformed Chad Russell’s steer into a show-ready animal during the Saturday morning program sponsored by WW Feed & Supply. Continue reading

06-30-15 Nominations Open for 2016 US Potato Board Members…

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DENVER (June 30, 2015)—The United States Potato Board (USPB) announces nominations are now open for new Board Members for the 2016-2019 term. Fifty-four (54) members will be elected or re-elected to fill open seats and the seats of outgoing Board Members who are completing their second three-year term in March 2016.

The USPB is the nation’s potato marketing organization. Positioned as the “catalyst for positive change,” the USPB is the central organizing force in implementing programs increasing demand for potatoes and potato products. The USPB provides the ideas, information, tools and inspiration for the industry to unite in achieving common goals.  Anchoring the USPB’s grower-directed programs is a strong foundation of market and consumer research and analysis, critical information used to understand the business environment for potatoes.

All State Potato Organizations have received the information and materials to begin the process of seeking and nominating interested growers. All growers will be seated on the Board at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, March 15-17, 2016.

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06-30-15 Cattlemen’s Land Trust Celebrates 20 Years of Conservation in Colorado at the Elk Ranch Near CO Springs…

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Johnson0012johnfieldercreditThe Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) will hold its 10th annual Sunset BBQ at the Elk Ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, July 11th.  The Sunset BBQ is hosted by landowners in different regions of Colorado every year, but this is the first time that the BBQ has been held in Teller County. Portions of the Elk Ranch were conserved by the family and CCALT in the late 2000s.

 “We love our working landscapes and the people who protect them,” said Mark Johnson. “The Johnson/Hammond family is honored to be hosting this 20th anniversary celebration.”

The 2015 BBQ will begin with a variety of special activities and a tour of the ranch, followed by cocktails, dinner, live entertainment from Coal Town Reunion, and an auction.  Bids for auction items can also be placed online in advance of the event at www.biddingforgood.com/ccalt. Proceeds from the BBQ will be used by CCALT to protect additional working ranches throughout the state.

CCALT has conserved more than 450,000 acres on more than 280 working ranches all across Colorado and is currently working with more than 20 other ranching families on conservation projects throughout the state. CCALT provides ranching families with important tools to carry on the agricultural heritage that defines Colorado and the American West.

“The Elk Ranch provides the perfect setting for a celebration of 20 years of conservation success.  This ranch serves as an example of what can be accomplished through conservation partnerships with non-profits, local government agencies, landowners and their families. It also serves as a reminder that there is still more work to be done,” said Erik Glenn, CCALT executive director.

Tickets are available for the July 11th event, which will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person for general admission or $250 for a patron ticket which includes special activities throughout the day. All proceeds will go toward CCALT’s conservation efforts statewide.   For more information, or to RSVP, visit the event website at www.ccalt.org or email Alyssa Street at alyssa@ccalt.org.

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06-30-15 CDA News: Vesicular Stomatitis Cases Close In On Colorado…

CDA NEW main logo 051414BROOMFIELD, Colo. – On June 24, 2015, the New Mexico Livestock Board announced a confirmed case of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in a horse located in Sandoval County; this most recent confirmation is approximately 100 miles from Colorado.

“This most recent confirmation in New Mexico serves as a reminder that livestock owners must be vigilant in safeguarding their herds from this virus,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Now is the time to start thinking about disease mitigation practices to protect Colorado’s livestock.”
Vesicular stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking. Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact state or federal animal health authorities. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS.
A 2014 outbreak of VS created 556 livestock investigations in Colorado resulting in 370 quarantines with the final quarantines released in January 2015.
A notable change in the 2015 State response to VS has come from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) delisting of VS as a foreign animal disease in horses; VS continues to be listed as a foreign animal disease for cattle and other livestock. This USDA procedural change will allow greater flexibility in how VS is managed in respect to equine cases. The goal in the management of this disease is to accomplish effective control while minimizing the negative economic impacts on the equine industry.
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06-30-15 Top-ranking Vatican Official Endorses NFU-Supported Document on “Vocation to Agriculture”…

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MILAN (June 30, 2015) – One of the Catholic Church’s most influential leaders is throwing his weight behind a publication affirming the “vocation to agriculture.”

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, announced his support for the forthcoming document, The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader,at an international gathering of farm leaders in Milan on June 27.

The cardinal said he was “delighted” that the publication was moving forward, and underscored its importance.

“It aims to affirm the dignity of the farmer and agricultural leader and it wants to encourage their commitments to the common good of all, including care of the earth,” he said.

National Farmers Union has supported The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader, and the presidents of four Midwestern states’ farmers unions and the National Farmers Union vice president of international relations were present in Milan for the event. Continue reading

06-30-15 *USDA/NASS News* Grain Stocks Report…

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GRAIN STOCKS – June 1, 2015

ARIZONA

Off-farm corn stocks in Arizona on June 1, 2015 were 2.28 million bushels, down 18 percent from June 1, 2014, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Other Arizona grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

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All corn stocks in Colorado on June 1, 2015 were 29.73 million bushels, up 1 percent from June 1, 2014, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All corn stocks stored on farms amounted to 14.00 million bushels, up 4 percent from a year ago. All corn stored off farms amounted to 15.73 million bushels, down 2 percent from a year ago. Off-farm sorghum stocks were 62,000 bushels, down 92 percent from June 1, 2014. Off-farm oat stocks in Colorado were estimated at 57,000 bushels, down 26 percent from last year. Off-farm barley stocks totaled 5.17 million bushels, up 4 perent from last year. All wheat stocks in Colorado on June 1, 2015 were 17.39 million bushels, up 60 percent from June 1, 2014. All wheat stocks stored on farms amounted to 3.00 million bushels, up 58 percent from a year ago. All wheat stored off farms amounted to 14.39 million bushels, up 60 percent from a year ago. Other Colorado grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
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06-30-15 CDA News: Don’t get Burned when Purchasing Firewood…

CDA NEW main logo 051414BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As outdoor enthusiasts prepare for summer camping, the Colorado Department of Agriculture strongly recommends purchasing firewood from a reputable dealer.
“Bulk firewood sellers in Colorado are required to provide a receipt with their business name and address as well as the price, amount, and type of wood sold,” said Nick Brechun, CDA’s Measurement Standards Program Administrator.
CDA cautions consumers against the purchase of firewood advertised by the terms truckload, face cord, rick, fireplace cord or pile. These terms do not allow for the facilitation of a value comparison for the purchaser. For instance, the size of one truckload may be different than the size of the seller’s competitor. Thus the consumer would have no way of knowing which would be the better buy.
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06-30-15 *USDA-NASS News* The Colorado’s latest Acreage Report…

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Colorado principal crop planted acreage, which includes acres planted to all major crops and those expected to be cut for all hay, is down 3 percent from 2014 to 5,986,000 acres, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
Colorado corn producers planted 1,100,000 acres of corn this year of which they intend to harvest 960,000 acres for grain, down from 1,010,000 acres harvested in 2014. This is a decrease of 5 percent from last year’s harvested grain acreage and a 4 percent decrease in planted acreage for all purposes.
Sorghum plantings, at 385,000 acres, increased 12 percent from the previous year and acreage expected to be harvested for grain, at 300,000, increased 7 percent.
Oat seedings are set at 45,000 acres, are unchanged from last year, with producers planning to harvest 7,000 acres for grain, down 2,000 acres from acreage harvested for grain in 2014.
Barley planted area, at 65,000 acres, is 14 percent more than last year’s acreage. Expected harvested acres, at 62,000 acres, are 15 percent above 2014.
Winter wheat producers planted 2,500,000 acres in the fall of 2014 for harvest in 2015, down from 2,750,000 acres planted for the previous year’s crop. Acreage expected to be harvested for grain are unchanged from the May forecast at 2,250,000 acres.
Spring wheat seedings, at 8,000 acres, are down 1,000 acres compared with a year ago. Acreage for harvest is expected to total 7,000 acres, down from 8,000 harvested last year.
Proso millet seedings are expected to total 300,000 acres this year, down 3 percent from 2014. The area to be harvested for hay is expected to increase 60,000 acres from a year ago to 1,400,000 acres.
Alfalfa hay harvested acreage is expected to decrease 40,000 acres to 700,000 acres and all other hay harvested acreage is expected to increase 100,000 acres to 700,000 acres.
All sunflower planted area, at 57,000 acres, is 12,500 acres above last year. Oil type varieties totaled 45,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from 2014 while non-oil type varieties are set at 12,000 acres, up 2,500 acres. Harvested acres are expected to total 40,000 acres for oil type and 11,000 acres for non-oil.
Sugarbeet plantings decreased 2,600 acres from last year to 27,000 acres. The expected harvested area, at 26,700 acres, is 2,600 acres below last year.
Acres planted to dry beans, at 40,000 acres, are down 13 percent from last year. Harvested acres are expected to total 38,000 acres.
Fall potatoes located in the San Luis Valley showed a 3 percent decrease in planted acres from 54,200 acres last year to 52,800 acres this year. Fall potatoes located outside the San Luis Valley in Colorado (included in Summer Potatoes prior to 2013) totaled 6,300 acres, up from 6,000 acres last year.
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06-30-15 KCD’s Evans and NRCS-CO’s Pollick: Kiowa Conservation District Watershed Project, DamWatch and more…

 

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 30, 2015 – As many Coloradoans continue to look up at the sky for hints about when the next rain event will occur, those within Elbert County are bowing their heads and giving thanks because they now know that whenever more torrential rains fall, their community is safe and less likely to be flooded.  The Kiowa Conservation District (KCD) Watershed Protection Project is credited with not only helping protect landowners in portions of Eastern Colorado from the recent 2015 rains, but also with saving lives and much of the agricultural lands during the devastating flood of 1965. Joining the COLORADO AG NEWS NETWORK to discuss the Kiowa Conservation District in more detail is Linda Pollick, Civil Engineering Tech with the Natural Resources Conservations Districts in Colorado, as well as Kiowa Conservation District Board Member Art Evans. We will also be discussing the USDA’s newest monitoring tool, called DamWatch, which is a new web-based application that provides real-time monitoring of rainfall, snowmelt, stream flow and seismic events that could pose potential threats to dam safety here in Colorado and around the nation.

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06-30-15 USCA Disappointed On Administration’s Path Forward with Brazil, Argentina…

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USCA (June 30, 2015) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association issued the following statement on the announcement made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) to allow for importations of fresh beef products into the United States from regions in South America.  The following may be attributed to USCA President Danni Beer:

“Once again, we are faced with an issue that has the potential to severely threaten the health and safety standards of the US cattle herd.  We acknowledge the effort and work put in by APHIS staff on this issue, however, the proposed plan to move this notice forward is deeply concerning to producers across the country.  Concerns have repeatedly been relayed from industry groups to the Administration on this proposed change in trade and we are disappointed that the choice has been made to move forward with the plan. ”

“Any opening of the U.S. market to the stated regions in South America is a step-back for the health of the US cattle herd.  However, this issue stems not only from concerns regarding our domestic herd, but also to the political ramifications such a change in trade with this region would signal.  Through this announcement, the U.S. would be rewarding countries that are proven bad actors in the international trade arena.”
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06-30-15 AFBF News: July 4th Cookout Costs Less This Year, 
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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2015 – A Fourth of July cookout of Americans’ favorite foods including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk will cost slightly less this year and still comes in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Farm Bureau’s informal survey reveals the average cost for a summer cookout for 10 is $55.84, or $5.58 per person. That’s about a 3-percent decrease compared to a year ago.

“Meat production is starting to increase substantially. Beef prices have started to stabilize but have not declined yet. On the other hand, retail pork prices have been declining all year,” Anderson said.“Based on our survey, food prices overall appear to be fairly stable. Prices for beef have continued to increase this year, but prices for other meats are generally declining. Dairy product prices are also quite a bit lower,” said John Anderson, deputy chief economist at AFBF.

“Fuel and other energy prices have also generally been lower so far this year compared to last year,” Anderson said. “This helps keep prices down on the more processed items in the basket. Energy is an important component of the final price for these products.

“As a nation, we continue to enjoy a consistent, high-quality supply of meats and poultry at prices that are remarkably affordable for most consumers,” he said.

AFBF’s summer cookout menu for 10 consists of hot dogs and buns, cheeseburgers and buns, pork spare ribs, deli potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, lemonade, chocolate milk, watermelon for dessert, and ketchup and mustard.

A total of 88 Farm Bureau members (volunteer shoppers) in 30 states checked retail prices for summer cookout foods at their local grocery stores for this informal survey.

The summer cookout survey is part of the Farm Bureau marketbasket series which also includes the popular annual Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Survey and two “everyday” marketbasket surveys on common food staples Americans use to prepare meals at home. A squad of Farm Bureau members across the nation checks retail prices at local grocery stores for the marketbasket surveys. AFBF published its first marketbasket survey in 1986.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, June 30th…

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“Trade Promotion Authority Signed by President Obama”

President Barack Obama now has the necessary piece of trade legislation to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership. On Monday, the President signed the Trade Promotion Authority bill that was passed by the U.S. House and Senate. TPA removes the ability of Congress to attach amendments to a pending trade deal, allowing only for an up or down vote. It’s a move that is needed to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal because other countries negotiators were reluctant to conclude the deal without the U.S. enacting TPA.

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“Waters of the U.S. set to Become Law”

The Clean Water rule is slated to become law on August 28th. The rule, known as the Waters of the U.S. rule, was published in the Federal Register on Monday. That paves the way for the rule to become law 60 days later. Agriculture groups allege the rule by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers will have a drastic negative impact on agriculture. Several groups in and outside of agriculture are preparing a lawsuit against the EPA and the Army Corps in an attempt to block implementation of the rule in August. Other lawsuits have already been filed and legislation is also being considering in both the House and Senate to either block funding for the rule, or require a re-write of the rule.

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“Fresh Beef from Argentina and Brazil Poses Risk for US Beef Producers”

USDA’s APHIS division released the final rules for importing fresh beef from northern Argentina and a region in Brazil. Those two areas , according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, have a known history of Foot-and-Mouth disease. NCBA says by this announcement from USDA, those areas would be allowed to import fresh and frozen beef products into the United States. NCBA president Philip Ellis stated FMD can be introduced and spread through the importation of both fresh and frozen products. Ellis said “the actions of this administration for purely political gain threaten the very viability of our entire industry and threaten hundreds of thousands of American cattle-producing families.”

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“2016 Margin Protection Program Enrollment Starts Wednesday, July 1st”

The enrollment period for the 2016 Margin Protection program starts Wednesday, July 1st. USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the enrollment period Monday. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. More than half of the nation’s dairy producers enrolled in the 2015 program. Enrollment ends on September 30th, 2015, for coverage in 2016. Participating farmers will remain in the program through 2018 and pay a $100 administrative fee each year. Producers also have the option of selecting a different coverage level during open enrollment. Farmers are encouraged to stop by their local Farm Service Agency office for more information.

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“Magnesium Chloride-Based Fertilizer Approved for Organic Farming in North America”

The first magnesium chloride-based fertilizer has been approved for organic farmers in North America, which company leaders say will help meet the demand for organic produce by today’s consumer. Innovative Surface Solutions Monday announced the availability of AgMag. Innovative’s AgMag is a magnesium chloride liquid that is approved for organic production as a crop fertilizer and soil amendment to help increase quality and yield in row crops. It has just been listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute in both Canada and the United States.

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“NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts Announces Resignation”

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO Forrest Roberts will resign at the end of July. NCBA stated this week that Roberts will resign, effective July 31st. Roberts has served as the NCBA CEO since 2009. Roberts is leaving NCBA to pursue other opportunities in the cattle industry and agribusiness. NCBA Chief Operating Officer Kendal Frazier has been named interim CEO to manage the day-to-day operations until a new CEO is identified.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-29-15 Wyoming Files Lawsuit with Eleven Other States over WOTUS…

Wyoming Governor bannerCHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced today the State of Wyoming has joined in a lawsuit filed against the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers over the agencies’ Waters of the United States rule. Governor Mead has opposed this rule since it was first proposed and he will help lead a coalition of twelve states in litigation against the final rule. The final rule was published in the Federal Register today.

“I am disappointed at the lack of consideration shown to the states throughout this process,” said Governor Mead. “When I saw the original draft of the rule it was so flawed, I asked the agencies to withdraw it. Nonetheless, the agencies, without addressing significant concerns raised by Wyoming and other states, charged ahead.” Continue reading

06-29-15 Colorado Farm Bureau thanks Atty. Gen. Coffman for joining in WOTUS lawsuit…

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Centennial, Colo. – June 29, 2015 – Colorado Farm Bureau would like to thank Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and twelve other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency about the rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

This rule fundamentally changes how EPA would regulate waters in United States. Furthermore, it takes liberty with two Supreme Court rulings that clearly defined where EPA jurisdiction rests regarding WOTUS”, said Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau, “the Supreme Court has said that there are limits to EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act. Yet, the EPA’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act would expand immensely under its proposed WOTUS rule. Among the numerous questionable provisions, the rule would define “navigable waters” so as to regulate countless ephemeral drains, ditches and “wetlands” that only contain water when it rains.” Continue reading

06-29-15 CO-OEDIT News: Applications being accepted for Commercial Infrastructure Bioscience Grants…

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The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade today announced it is accepting applications for the Advanced Industries Accelerator grant programs for Commercial Infrastructure Bioscience Grants for fiscal year 2016. Online applications are being accepted atwww.advancecolorado.com/aiprograms, with the deadline to apply Aug. 14, 2015.
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06-29-15 NFU Extremely Disappointed With APHIS Decision to Allow Importation of Beef from Areas with Foot and Mouth Disease…

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WASHINGTON (June 25, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today released the following statement applauding the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold tax credits in the Affordable Care Act that make health coverage more affordable for American family farmers, ranchers and rural America:

“NFU applauds today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold a key provision in the Affordable Care Act that makes health coverage affordable for American family farmers and ranchers,” said Johnson. “Rural Americans are disproportionately uninsured compared to urban Americans, and today’s decision not to eliminate tax credits in 34 states is a major step in advancing the affordability of national health coverage for the nation’s rural population.” Continue reading

06-29-15 Administration Places Politics Over Producers…

Today, USDA APHIS released their final rules for the Importation of Fresh Beef from Northern Argentina and a Region in Brazil. With this step by the Administration, these areas with a known history of Foot-and-Mouth disease would be allowed to begin the inspection process to import fresh and frozen beef products into the United States. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association stands firmly opposed to this regulation, not on the basis of trade but on the basis of animal health concerns; no trade is worth jeopardizing our herd health.

“The arrogance of this administration in continuing to press forward with rules that have a profound impact on industry, without consulting those affected, is appalling,” said NCBA President and Chugwater, Wyoming, cattleman, Philip Ellis. “FMD is a highly contagious and devastating disease, not just for the cattle industry, but for all cloven-hoofed animals and it can be introduced and spread through the importation of both fresh and frozen products. In 1929, our industry took profound and personally devastating steps to eradicate this disease and the United States has been FMD free ever since. But the actions of this administration for purely political gain threaten the very viability of our entire industry and threaten hundreds of thousands of American cattle-producing families.” Continue reading

06-28-15 *USDA/NASS-CO* May Grain Prices: CO Release…

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May Farm Prices Received Index Up 3.9 percent

The May Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 107, increased 3.9 percent from April. At 90, the Crop Production Index advanced 1.1 percent. The Livestock Production Index increased 5.2 percent to 122. Producers received higher prices for eggs, hogs, and broilers. Lower prices were realized for cattle, corn, and tomatoes. In addition to prices, the indexes are impacted by the five-year average monthly mix of commodities producers market. Increased monthly movement of cattle, hay, sweet corn, and broilers offset the decreased marketing of soybeans, calves, hogs, and apples. The Prices Received Index is down 7.0 percent from the previous year. The Food Commodities Index, at 115, is up 3.6 percent from the previous month but is 8.0 percent lower than May 2014.

May Prices Paid Index Down 0.9 Percent

The May Index of Prices Paid for Commodities and Services, Interest, Taxes, and Farm Wage Rates (PPITW), at 109, is down 0.9 percent from April and 3.5 percent below May 2014. Lower prices in May for complete feeds, concentrates, LP gas, and supplements more than offset higher prices for nitrogen, diesel, gasoline, and mixed fertilizer. For a full copy of the Agricultural Prices report please visit http://www.nass.usda.gov. For state specific questions please contact:

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06-29-15 President Obama Signs Trade Promotion Authority into Law…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29, 2015)-Trade promotion authority (TPA) will soon help create and strengthen international trade agreements, opening valuable markets and providing an advantage for U.S. farmers. 

President Barack Obama signed TPA into law on Monday, June 29, 2015.

Soybeans represent the nation’s most important agricultural export and international trade plays a crucial role in the industry, as well as the many benefits trade yields for the country.

TPA was a key priority for the American Soybean Association (ASA) in the 114th Congress. The bill gives the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) the ability to get the best deal possible, and it provides Congress the oversight it needs to ensure every agreement will work for American farmers. Continue reading