11-30-15 NCGA News: EPA’s Final Rule A Step Forward for Ethanol…

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EPA’s Final Rule A Step Forward for Ethanol

WASHINGTON (November 30, 2015) – The following is a statement from Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“America’s corn farmers are proud to grow a cleaner burning, renewable fuel source for America and the world. In July, we asked the Environmental Protection Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol renewable volume obligation to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard as passed by Congress and signed into law. Continue reading

11-30-15 NFU Calls for Strong COP-21 Outcome for Global Food Security…

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WASHINGTON (November 30, 2015) – As world leaders convene in Paris for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-21), National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson called for a strong outcome to COP-21 negotiations. Continue reading

11-30-15 Beef Checkoff News: Collaboration Key to Antibiotic Stewardship…

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Human and animal health experts came together in Atlanta, Georgia Nov. 3-5 to discuss issues related to antibiotic resistance and to work toward increased antibiotic stewardship in human medicine and animal health. Throughout the dialogue, attention focused on specific areas that can be measured to verify progress made in reducing antimicrobial resistance.

Convened by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and sponsored in part by the beef checkoff, the national symposium brought together a broad cross-section of professionals to share relevant science and develop consensus on those key areas in which the most progress can be made. Continue reading

10-28-15 Get Registered for the 2015 Western Slope Beef Cow Symposium in Loma, CO on Dec 1st…

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Jesse Russell CSU Ext Economist(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 28, 2015 – Colorado State University Extension is inviting you to attend the first Western Slope Beef Cow Symposium coming up in Loma, CO on December 1st…joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss that event in more detail is Jesse Russell, Agricultural and Business Management Economist with Colorado State University Extension



For additional information and to register for the Western Slope Beef Cow Symposium, Dec 1st in Loma, CO please call (970) 241-3346, or visit http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/WR/beefsymposium.shtml.

OR contact Jesse Russell, CSU Extension Agricultural and Business Management Economist
2764 Compass Drive, #232
Grand Junction, CO 81506
(970) 245-9149

11-30-15 FFA: Join the #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Spending with a Purpose…

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INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Nov. 30, 2015/National FFA Organization) –The National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation have joined #GivingTuesday −  a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 27th and Monday, November 30th…

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“USDA Predicts Net Farm Income to Drop 38% This Year”

USDA predicts net U.S. farm income will drop 38 percent this year to $55.9 billion. That would be the lowest level in more than a decade, reflecting lower crop prices and softening dairy and hog markets. Net farm income will decline to the lowest since 2002, just two years after it reached a record $123 billion in 2013. The projected drop would mark the second consecutive decrease since 2013, driven in part by large corn and soybean crops and a projected 8.7 percent decline in crop receipts, according to a report by Dow Jones. USDA said lower prices for milk, hogs, broiler chickens and cattle also have pressured farm incomes. Corn futures have fallen near eight percent this year and have dropped 50 percent since the severe drought in 2012.


 “Deere Report Shows Better Than Expected Profit”

The world’s largest equipment manufacturer has a 2016 fiscal forecast that beats estimates, even as lower crop prices reduce the money that farmers have to spend on equipment. Bloomberg reports net income for the year through October will be about $1.4 billion as the report noted. That was better than the $1.39 billion average of 18 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Equipment sales will be down for a third year, falling about seven percent, according to Deere. With a drop in farm incomes this year, more production cuts could be on the horizon for Deere. A Bloomberg analyst said “the outlook for 2016 U.S. farm equipment demand is dimming as financial conditions continue deteriorating.”


“Under 40 Horsepower Tractor Sales Increase”

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers reports sales of under 40-horsepower tractors jumped 23 percent in October compared to last year. That represents an eight percent increase for the year. AEM Senior Vice President Charlie O’Brien noted that many of these tractors are going into small-acre farms and the livestock sector, where economic conditions have been more favorable compared to row crop operations. Sales in the two-wheel drive 100-horsepower and above category dropped 29 percent for the month when compared to October of last year, resulting in an overall reduction of 23 percent this year.


“El Nino’s Impact Beyond Agriculture to Cost Billions”

Outside of the agriculture industry, El Nino is expected to cost billions of dollars. CNBC reports the impacts of the weather event are likely to reach the energy sector as well. The El Nino of 1997 to 1998 caused an economic impact of $30-$45 billion and it’s likely to be higher this time round as economies have grown since then. The El Nino weather pattern, which is expected to strengthen further through the end of the year, is on track to be one of the three strongest such patterns in almost 70 years. While El Nino may give a boost to commodities like grains and livestock, it will be negative for natural gas prices as the weather phenomenon will give rise to a slightly milder than normal December in the world’s largest natural gas consumer, being the United States.


“CFTC Approves Automated Trading Ruling”

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has unanimously approved proposed rules known collectively as Regulation Automated Trading or Regulation AT. The proposal is a series of risk controls, transparency measures, and other safeguards to enhance the U.S. regulatory rules for automated trading, according to the Hagstrom Report. The notice of proposal will be open for a 90-day public comment period.  CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad said in a statement that he strongly supports the action, saying “today almost all trading is electronic in some form.” Massad noted that over the last few years, more than 70 percent of all trading has become automated. He says while that has brought many benefits, “its extensive use also raises important policy and supervisory questions and concerns.” The proposed rule includes risk controls at three levels — the exchange level, clearing member level and trading firm level.


“EPA Revokes Approval of Dow’s ‘Enlist Duo’ Herbicide”

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it will revoke approval of the Enlist Duo herbicide by Dow AgroSciences. The EPA claims it’s received new information on the herbicide and believes now it is more harmful than originally thought. Approved by the agency just over a year ago, Enlist Duo is a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D. Environmental and Conservation groups say their fight against the “toxic cocktail” helped fuel the reversal by the EPA as the groups challenged the EPA’s alleged failure consider the herbicides impact on endangered plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. The EPA had approved use of Enlist Duo in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma and North Dakota, and had intended to approve it in additional areas in the near future.


“USDA Joins Collaborative Food and Agriculture Research Initiative with Ireland”

USDA has formed a new partnership with Ireland and Northern Ireland that will allow the three countries to maximize investments in research intended to help solve global agriculture-related issues. USDA’s Ann Bartuska said the partnership “offers exciting opportunities to take on issues that must be addressed if we are to meet food security and safety challenges both now and in the future.” U.S. funding will be provided through USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, with additional funding from the Republic of Ireland Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Four 2016 priority areas have been identified by the partnership, including understanding plant associated microorganisms and plant-microbe interactions; plant-associated insects and nematodes; animal health and disease; and animal nutrition, growth, and lactation.


“Tyson Forecasts another Year of Record Profit”

Tyson Foods expects another year of record profit following better-than-expected revenue in its latest quarter. The Wall Street Journal says the earnings report shows strength in chicken and pork operations. Tyson Foods said the chicken segment registered a sales volume climb on stronger demand. Tyson, the largest U.S. meatpacker by sales, projected healthy earnings in its chicken and pork operations despite rising supplies of the meats and continued fallout from high pathogenic avian influenza. The company also raised its anticipated cost savings from last year’s acquisition of Hillshire Brands, which gave Tyson a much bigger footprint in packaged foods. The report comes with a positive outlook despite weakness in the company’s beef operation and sluggish export markets. Tyson executives said their projections for its fiscal year that began in October assumed that prices for chicken would stay low, that trade barriers related to bird flu would remain in place, and that the U.S. dollar would remain strong.


 “University predicts 2016 Food Trends”

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are already predicting trends for 2016. Their research indicated that “total sensory foods” will be on the climb as consumers want more than aroma and flavor alone. They predict there will be a decline in grilling, as they say, because of concerns about the safety of red meats and meats cooked in conditions that may char or add smoke. Further, they say probiotics will continue to be an important part of our health and diet. As for issues in the industry, they say continued implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act will ensure further safety of food. As for reducing food waste, researchers say proper food storage will play a role in reducing waste. Finally, the University predicts we’ll see more fish products that emphasize product origin or that highlight fishery sustainability.  The research says, for example, fish might be labeled, “sustainable, small-batch salmon.”


“Activist Claim Video at Whole Foods Suppler Shows Abuse”

A video taken by the animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere claims its video shows inhumane treatment at a Whole Foods supplier. The Diestel Turkey Ranch and Whole Foods disputed the claim. The Wall Street Journal reported the group said its video shows abuses that run counter to the animal-welfare claims by the company, showing birds with dirty feathers, swollen body parts and a turkey carcass decomposing among other birds. However, the California turkey ranch says the video is misleading because it focuses on a narrow snapshot in time. The ranch is a fourth generation family farm and family members said the majority of its flock is healthy, and that It is “very possible” some birds shown in the video were sick or dead, but sick birds are treated and animal deaths occur on every farm. A Whole Foods team evaluated the conditions on the farm and found “conditions were not as they were portrayed in the video.” A family member followed by saying “we take a lot of pride in how we care for and raise our turkeys.”


 “Agriculture Jobs May Be Plentiful, but New Grads Are Scarce”

Thousands of jobs are expected to open in the next five years in agriculture. However, there are not enough graduates to fill those jobs. Purdue University and USDA report the jobs will be available in the agriculture, food and natural resources sectors. Some 60,000 jobs are expected to open up a year, over the next five years. Croplife says the report projects about two open jobs for every qualified graduate. That’s left USDA, private industry and grant universities scrambling to try and bridge the gap. Colorado State University, for example, is Colorado’s land-grant university, institutions originally established in the 1800s to teach agriculture, science and engineering. Kevin Pond, head of CSU’s Department of Animal Science, says while enrollment in his department is steadily rising, the vast number of vacant jobs in agricultural and food sectors is partly due to perception. Young people don’t think of it as a growing field. Further, many of the students are from urban backgrounds. Pond says “it’s 80 percent female, it’s 90 percent urban and our new minority is a white male from a rural background.”


“Largest Rooftop Organic Farm Powers 100% by Renewables”

Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens opened the world’s largest rooftop farm in Chicago this month. Located on Chicago’s South Side, the farm is the company’s fourth greenhouse facility and it’s first outside of New York. The 75,000-square-foot farm is powered completely by renewable energy. The farm employs more than 50 people and “will produce nearly 10 million annual crops of local, premium quality, pesticide-free, leafy greens and herbs,” according to the company. The produce will be available in select markets around the Chicago area. The company claims it uses 10 times less water than conventional agriculture by recycling irrigation water in its closed system growing operation.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


11-25-15 Inside the BARN with CO State Fair’s New General Manager Sarah Cummings…

CSF in Pueblo logoSarah Cummings CO State Fair General Manager(BARN Media – Briggsdale.CO) November 25, 2015 – On Tuesday, November 24th, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown named Sarah Cummings, of Penngrove, California, as the NEW MANAGER of the Colorado State Fair and she will assume that position on January 19th, 2016. Joining the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN at this time is none other than Sarah Cummings…


The 144th CO State Fair is slated for Aug 26th – Sept 5th of 2016. Learn more online @ www.coloradostatefair.com

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 25th…

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“DTN Projecting a Slight RFS Increase by EPA”

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to slightly increase the volume obligations of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The EPA is set to issue the RFS levels for three years by no later than Monday, November 30th. DTN reports cheaper gasoline equals greater gasoline demand and EPA can thus raise the requirements for the use of ethanol without exceeding the 10 percent blend wall. The EPA proposed in May to set RFS mandates at 15.93 billion gallons for 2014, 16.3 billion gallons for 2015 and 17.4 billion gallons for 2016. The agency said at the time that the proposal reflected between 9 percent and 10 percent of gasoline volumes. But with gasoline demand on the rise, EPA could raise those quotas in the final rule without forcing refiners to use more than 10% ethanol. Following a meeting with biofuels officials last week, the American Petroleum Industry also made a “closing argument” to the White House last Friday to argue that ethanol quotas should be kept below the 10% level.


“Syngenta Suing Grain Exporting Companies over Trait Dispute”

After farmers alleged losses from China rejecting shipments of genetically modified corn, Syngenta AG has now sued several grain-trading firms. Dow Jones reports the lawsuit that was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Kansas stems from a legal dispute that arose last year. That dispute was attributed to grain companies and farmers suing Syngenta, arguing the company should compensate them for lost sales and lower corn prices that they claim arose from the rejected shipments. Syngenta argued in the new lawsuit that grain merchants, including Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland, should be on the hook for losses that crop producers say they are due in the matter. While Syngenta’s representatives “don’t think there is any liability here” for Syngenta, a Cargill spokesperson claimed “Syngenta’s commercialization practices and conduct are responsible for the industry’s damages.” The issue started in 2011 when Syngenta starting selling its Viptera trait. It was detected in Chinese ports at the time when China had not yet approved the trail for import. That led to China rejecting cargos of U.S. corn, and as the farmers allege, the move lowered corn prices.


“China to Speed up Biotech Approval”

China has committed to accelerating its review of U.S. GMOs. Agri-Pulse reports the move would smooth trade in biotech crops. The Obama administration said China agreed to the acceleration following a meeting on trade issues. Over the weekend, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack spent time in China at the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings. Vilsack said the Chinese government would move quickly to review the 11 biotech events pending approval, and “continue our dialogue on access for U.S. beef.” Vilsack noted that the acceleration should occur within the next two months. In a separate statement, the two countries said they would “jointly promote cooperation on agricultural innovation; and will create a favorable environment for agricultural innovation.”


“Secretary Vilsack to Attend Parris Climate Summit”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be among the Cabinet officers following President Barack Obama to Paris next week. White House officials said Tuesday that Vilsack will join the President at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change known as COP 21. A White House Spokesperson said Vilsack will speak on food security and “how to pursue agriculture that allows us to feed populations and yet combat climate change,” according to the Hagstrom Report. The two-week negotiating conference will be held November 30th to December 11th. President Obama will attend the early part of the conference rather than the end, a decision White House officials said had been made by the French government because the last climate change conference ran into trouble before world leaders arrived.


“Cuban Sugar Production Expected to Decline Due to El Nino”

The first of 50 Cuban sugar mills open this week with a dimmed outlook. Reuters reports El Nino rains will likely hurt the sugarcane crop in the island nation. Sugarcane needs to dry down before harvesting and the rains are preventing that. Cuban sugar producers dealt with drought through August brought on by El Nino, and now Cuban forecasters say El Nino will result in more humid weather and rainfall than normal during the harvest. Cuba produced 1.9 million tons of raw sugar during the last harvest which ended in May. An October estimate of cane found there was around 10 percent less tonnage available for milling than planned.  Cuba consumes between 600,000 and 700,000 tons of sugar a year and has an agreement to sell China 400,000 tons annually.


“Hog Prices Drop to Six-Year Low”

Live hog prices fell below $40 per hundredweight last week, their lowest level since November 2009. Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt says the source of the current downturn in prices has components from both supply and demand. He says abundant supplies of pork are easy to find as Pork production this year is up seven percent, but demand has slowed. Hurt believes that the weakness in demand may have been affected by the World Health Organization’s announcement in October that linked bacon and processed meats to cancer in humans and generated considerable media coverage in the weeks that followed. Just before that announcement, live hog prices were about $52 per live hundredweight and are currently about $38, just four weeks later. While the WHO announcement may have harmed short-term prices, Hurt says it should have little long-term effect.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


11-24-15 Commissioner of Agriculture Announces New Colorado State Fair General Manager

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PUEBLO, Colo. – Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, has named Sarah Cummings, of Penngrove, California, as the Colorado State Fair General Manager. She assumes her new role on January 19, 2016.
“I am thrilled that Ms. Cummings will be steering the Colorado State Fair,” said Commissioner Brown. “I am confident in her ability to direct the activities of the Fair in a manner that will honor our mission of supporting youth and agriculture while continuing to improve its financial position.”

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11-24-15 NCGA Commends FSA Revision to Administrative County Rules for ARC-CO Program…

NCGA News Release logoThe Farm Service Agency recently approved a modification allowing growers on a farm with one or more tracts outside the administrative county the option to recalculate Agriculture Risk Coverage-CO benefits based on the farm’s physical location.  This decision follows an extensive of review of the potential impacts of the previous requirement that payments for the Agriculture Risk Coverage program be based on the administrative county where farm records are maintained.

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11-24-15 WSGLT News: Remembering Dr. John Lunt…

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CHEYENNE, WY – November 24, 2015 – It is with great sadness, that the Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust (“WSGALT”) shares news of the passing of its Board member, and founder, Dr. John Lunt.

“WSGALT has lost a longtime friend and partner,” said Mantha Phillips, WSGALT’s Chairman of the Board.  “Dr. Lunt’s never ending desire to learn, to be better, to do more, and “get it done” attitude will be so missed.  The level of his dedication to and his passion for the conservation of Wyoming ag producing lands was unrivaled. We will move forward in his absence having been given the gift of his knowledge and commitment to conserving Wyoming’s working family ranches and farms and the wide-open spaces, natural habitats, and rural communities they support.” Continue reading

11-24-15 Tom Brink Named CEO of Red Angus Association of America

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Tom BrinkDenton, Texas – Tom Brink, Brighton, Colorado, has been named CEO of the Red Angus Association of America. President Kim Ford made the announcement today at the Association headquarters in Denton. She noted the extensive selection process, the approval of the Board of Directors and is looking forward to the future of the breed and the organization.

“This is an invigorating time for the Red Angus breed. Tom brings incredible industry knowledge and experience to our organization, and he also possesses the skills and character, along with innovative and synergistic thinking to propel our breed into a new era,” said Ford. Continue reading

11-24-15 Inside the RMFU with President-elect Dr. Dale McCall…

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Dr Dale McCall(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) November 24, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s President-elect Dr. Dale McCall discussing several topics including:

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion


11-24-15 Beef quality assurance training in NE CO…

BQA flyerIf you would like to become certified in BQA, or you were last certified over three years ago and need to recertify, there will be two opportunities to do so locally coming up in December.

Training will be offered on December 1, 2015 at the Sterling Livestock Commission from 1-3 pm.  A second training will be offered on December 8, 2015 at Ranchland Livestock Auction in Wray from 3:30-5:30 pm.  There is no cost to attend either event, but an RSVP is required.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, November 24th…

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“Argentine Farmers Set to Quickly Flood Market with Exports”

Farmers in Argentina are expected to swiftly boost exports that will increase global supplies of wheat, corn and soybeans. Following the weekend election of Mauricio Macri (Mar-ree-see-oh Mah-cree) as President of Argentina, the exports are expected from a promise of Macri to help farmers made during the campaign. Bloomberg reports the country’s farmers are ready to ship an estimated $8 billion in stored crops as soon as export taxes are lifted or reduced as Macri promised. He will take office December 10th and also vowed to lift currency controls. Export taxes and currency controls were protested by farmers leading to storage of about one-third of the nation’s recent record soybean harvest, about 22 million metric tons worth. Macri is considering a 90-day window of no export taxes on soybeans in a bid to spur sales from stockpiled crops. The country has shipped $17.6 billion of grains and oilseeds abroad so far this year, the lowest for the period since 2009, according to exporters’ consortium data.


“House Democrat Says Congress Must Pass TPP”

If the Trans-Pacific Partnership is as good as the White House claims, a House Democrat says then Congress must pass the 12 nation trade deal. Representative Gerry Connolly of Virginia is one of 28 Democrats to support Obama’s bid earlier this summer for Trade Promotion Authority. TPA, or Fast Track, gives the House and Senate up-or-down votes on the massive agreement with no chance of amending or filibustering the pact. Connolly said the 28 Democrats who supported the fast-track authority “are pretty solid” in their support. He said the House is likely to pick up a few other Democrats in favor of the trade deal. Those votes may be needed as he said I’m concerned about the erosion of support on the Republican side of the aisle,” according to The Hill. He noted some Republicans may back away from the deal because of provisions on dairy, tobacco and pharmaceutical products.


“Deere to Measure Ag Industry Slump”

Deere & Company will soon provide an outlook as to what may be in store for the agriculture industry in 2016. The world’s largest seller of combines and tractors will report its fiscal fourth-quarter results on Wednesday. With the report will come a sales outlook that will set the tone for the farm machinery industry in 2016. The report is expected to show a big step down in Deere’s projection that would signal a prolonged slump for the sector, according to the Wall Street Journal. Demand for farm equipment has paralleled that for machinery used in mining and oil-and-gas production, which likewise are reeling in a global commodity slump. For fiscal 2016, analysts expect Deere’s total equipment revenue to fall 7% to $24.4 billion from the $26.3 billion estimated for the past year. As in 2008, equipment manufacturers are hoping for Congress to restore tax deductions for farmers up to $500,000 and to make the deductions permanent to help spur equipment purchasing.


“GMO Salmon Amps up Debate over Labeling”

Following last week’s approval of genetically engineered salmon by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the battle is expected to heat up over biotech labeling. On Thursday, the FDA approved biotech salmon for human consumption, making salmon the first genetically engineered animal approved for consumption. Reuters reports the move will heat up the debate over GMO labeling laws. The first supplies of the biotech salmon, which will be engineered by AquaBounty Technologies, will grow faster than conventional salmon. The salmon will likely hit the U.S. store shelves in two years or more, after being raised in facilities in Canada and Panama. Chief Executive Ronald Stotish said the company will follow the FDA’s rules that do not require special labeling because the agency says the salmon is nutritionally equivalent to conventional, farm-raised Atlantic salmon.


“USTR Disappointed in WTO Tuna Ruling”

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman expressed disappointment with a World Trade Organization ruling on the U.S. Tuna Labeling program. The program was designed to protect dolphins in tuna fishing operations, but the WTO said it unfairly restricts trade in tuna and tuna products from Mexico. However, USTR General Counsel Timothy Rief told the Hagstrom Report that “the United States has forcefully advocated for measures that protect dolphin populations from irresponsible fishing practices, and it is welcome that none of the findings in the report calls on the United States to reduce the protection of dolphins.” Mexico News Daily reported that the WTO decision said the labels are unfair to Mexican tuna products because the rules set different requirements based on where a fish is caught.


“USDA Awards $2 Million for Nutrition Education and Research”

 USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Monday awarded $2 million in grants to support nutrition education and research efforts. The funding will help research on nutrition education and obesity prevention for disadvantaged children and families at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Utah State University. The funding will help create two additional Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence established through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Each University will receive $1 million for their efforts in education and research. NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy noted Childhood obesity rates in America had tripled over the past three decades, saying “while we are beginning to see promising signs of progress with the epidemic leveling off in children, these grants will help evaluate and strengthen existing nutrition education and obesity prevention efforts to help ensure this progress continues.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


11-23-15 FSA-CO and CSU invite you to an upcoming “Economic Outlook Forum” in Akron on Dec 2nd…


CSU Extension Logo(Denver, CO), November 23, 2015 – Colorado Farm Service Agency, State Executive Director Leland Swenson invites producers, bankers and agricultural related business owners to attend a public “Agriculture Economic Outlook Forum” being held December 2, Washington County Event Center in Akron, beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The Forum is co-sponsored by Colorado Farm Service Agency and Colorado State University Extension Service.

“As Colorado farmers and ranchers are dealing with decreases in commodity prices, we want to provide them the opportunity to consider marketing and production strategies to sustain their operations profitability,” Swenson stated.  Continue reading


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FORT MORGAN, CO, November 23, 2015 – Progressive 15 will be hosting an expo on Industrial Hemp and how it might benefit the northeast region of Colorado.  The event is scheduled for December 14th from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Events Center in Akron at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Continue reading