05-09-16 NCGA 2016 Yield Contest Online Entry Opens Today…

NCGA 2016 Yield Contest Online Entry Opens Today

With planting well underway in much of the country, the National Corn Growers Association invites farmers to register early for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and save big on entry fees. Until June 30, fees will be reduced to $75. NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer.
“We are excited to announce that yield contest entry is now open. While it may still seem a ways out, we all know how quickly the time passes once planting season starts,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Brent Hostetler. “Every year, we gain valuable data from the contest that help develop the production practices of tomorrow. I urge those who haven’t entered before to become NCGA members and try their hand at high-yield techniques as contest entrants in 2016.”

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05-09-16 World Pork Expo’s MusicFest 2016 Lineup Set…

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Iowa native Casey Muessigmann will bring his high-energy performance and passion for country music to the World Pork Expo stage to open MusicFest at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 9, 2016 — World Pork Expo will present MusicFest on Thursday, June 9, featuring high-energy country music, as well as some of the best summertime rock ‘n roll ever recorded. From 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Expo attendees can enjoy these free musical performances on Grand Avenue at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), this year’s entertainment will start with a performance by Casey Muessigmann, a contestant on season three of The Voice TV show. Headlining the event will be the Surf City Allstars, the premier Beach Boys tribute band.

“MusicFest offers World Pork Expo attendees a chance to have some fun and interact with fellow pork producers,” says Sheila Warrick, World Pork Expo’s general manager. “After spending the day exploring the trade show aisles or sitting in on a seminar, producers can venture outside to enjoy the hospitality tents, sample some roasted pork and just relax on a nice summer evening.”

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05-09-16 DOE and USDA Award $10M to Advance Biofuels, Bioenergy, and Biobased Products…


USDAlogoRGBToday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded up to $10 million in funding, available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI). With up to $3 million in available funding, DOE has selected two projects from Ohio State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology that will receive between $1 million to $2 million. The USDA is funding five projects for a total of $7.3 million, and selections include the University of California-Riverside, the University of Montana, Missoula, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the State University of New York, and Pennsylvania State University. Read more about USDA’s selections in the USDA announcement.

The two DOE projects will focus on the development of diverse cost-effective technologies for the use of cellulosic biomass in the production of biofuels, bioenergy, as well as a range of biobased products (including chemicals, animal feeds, and power) that potentially can increase the economic feasibility of fuel production in a biorefinery.

The two selections will integrate science and engineering research in biofuels and biobased product development, one of the three topic areas for this funding opportunity. The DOE selections are: Continue reading

05-09-16 CAB: Future leaders earn $20,000 in Colvin scholarships…

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By Jenny Keyes

Five college students with ag careers in mind recently won $20,000 in scholarship from the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand.

Each year, CAB’s Colvin Scholarship Fund recognizes outstanding students out to make a difference in the beef community. The award series honors the legacy of Louis M. “Mick” Colvin, whose dedication to those ideals helped create the brand he led for 21 years.

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05-09-16 Say hello to our new national mammal: the American Bison!

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Today the American bison officially became the national mammal of the United States when President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law. This majestic animal joins the ranks of the Bald Eagle as the official symbol of our country — and much like the eagle, it’s one of the greatest conservation success stories of all time.

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05-09-16 CSU Ext: CMG Horticulture Webinars: June 8, July 20 and August 17th…

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Lunch ‘N Learn

By Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Program Associate

May 16, 2016 from 11:30 am to 1 pm using Adobe Connect, you are invited to attend a recorded horticulture webinar session being hosted from an Extension office nearest you.  This is one of four sessions being offered this season from Colorado State University Extension.  If you are interested in horticulture we are offering three other webinars which will be live on the following dates: June 8, July 20 and August 17.

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05-09-16 NMPF: White House Asked to Challenge WHO Proposal Discouraging Dairy for Children up to Age 3…

NMPF Joint Press Release alrenate header logoWhite House Asked to Challenge WHO Proposal Discouraging Dairy for Children up to Age 3

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. dairy industry today urged the White House to challenge a World Health Organization (WHO) proposal that would discourage the consumption of dairy products by young children, advice that contradicts the recommendations of respected national and global health organizations that endorse milk for its nutritional value.

Dairy foods are doctor-recommended, but the bureaucrats at the WHO are about to overturn decades of sound nutrition and medical advice, charged the National Milk Producers Federation, the International Dairy Foods Association and the U.S. Dairy Export Council in a letter to the Obama Administration. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, May 9th…

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NPPC Joins “Other White Meat” lawsuit

The US District Court in Washington D.C. granted the National Pork Producer’s motion to intervene in the lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the US against the USDA over the sale of the “Pork, the Other White Meat” trademarks. The National Hog Farmer reports that NPPC sold the trademarks to the Pork Board for 35 million dollars. NPPC financed the purchase over 20 years, making the Pork Board’s annual payments around 3 million dollars. In 2012, HSUS, a lone farmer in Iowa, and the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement filed suit against the USDA, seeking to have the sale rescinded. The US District Court dismissed it for lack of standing, but it was reinstated by the Court of Appeals. Subsequently, the USDA agreed to review the purchase and the contract valuations of the trademarks. The Ag Marketing Service said the trademarks are worth between $113 million and $132 million. HSUS is pressing forward with the lawsuit in spite of the trademarks being worth four times what they were sold for in 2006. HSUS pegs the value at between $2.6 million and $17.6 million dollars.


US Feed Grain Exports Lower

The US Grains Council says US exports of all feed grains from September through March of this marketing year totaled 51.4 million metric tons, down 7 percent from the same time last year. Higher exports of DDGS, corn gluten feed, corn gluten meal, sorghum, and pork working to offset weaker exports of corn, barley, beef, poultry, and ethanol. Last marketing year, US feed grain exports in all forms totaled a near record 100 million tons, representing 26 percent of US production in corn, barley, and sorghum. This year, the US Grains Council expects that total to be lower, somewhere between 93-96 million tons. While US corn exports have struggled against a strong dollar and larger than expected overseas supplies, DDGS have been a bright spot. Shipments of dried distiller’s grains with solubles are up 18 percent over last year. The corn co-product may have the potential to reach record amounts of exports this year with broad-based gains in 7 of the top 10 export markets.


Kansas Wheat Crop Looks Larger Than Last Year

The recent winter wheat crop tour found good things touring through the Kansas hard red winter wheat areas. Calculated yields look higher than anticipated, disease pressure was lower than anticipated, and the three-day tour took place in some of the best spring weather to date. The official tour prediction for total production numbers of HRW acres to be harvested is 382.4 million bushels harvested. That estimate is 14 percent higher than the 334.4 million bushels harvested last year. Kansas Wheat officials put crop development at 10-14 days ahead of normal, but harvest won’t begin for approximately 30-45 days. They say the wheat will still need some additional moisture and cooler temperatures to realize that full yield potential.


Bio-Based Motor Oil Tested in Federal Vehicles

The Defense Department has begun testing bio-based oil in Federal vehicles. Soy Growers dot com says the tests include the use of oil that’s a 25-40 mix derived from agricultural products like canola or soybean oil, as well as animal fats. The tests are taking place at four Air Force Bases and a Department of Homeland Security Facility. The tests are designed to test the compatibility of bio-based synthetic oil in government fleets, and are conducted under the authority of granted by Congress in the 2002 Farm Security and Investment Act. The testing began in January at the Johnson Air Force base in North Carolina, where bio-based oil replaced synthetic in four vehicles. The process was repeated on 40 more vehicles at bases in Arizona and Montana, along with a DHS Law Enforcement Training Center in Washington State.


Prestage To Seek Another Iowa Location

Prestage Farms will pursue another location for their pork plant in Iowa after the City Council in Mason City rejected a plan to build a processing plant in that area of the state. Dr. Ron Prestage told Brownfield that the rejection in Mason City would not deter them from finding another location for the plant in Iowa. Prestage said his company was contacted “by several individuals interested in having us look into their towns.” The group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement led opponents of the plant in Mason City, Iowa. Prestage said they made outrageous claims to create negative perceptions about the plant in Mason City. In his words, “Iowa is not immune to the fact that you’ve got some kooks out there trying to kill the biggest strength this state has (Agriculture)”. Finding a new location will change the timetable for the project, which they hoped to have up and running in 2018.


Almost All US Gasoline Contains Ethanol

Blends of petroleum based gasoline with 10 percent ethanol account for more than 95 percent of the fuel consumed in US motor vehicles. That analysis from the Energy Information Administration comes as the ethanol industry continues its dispute with the EPA over its decision to lower biofuel blending requirements set when the Renewable Fuels Standard was reauthorized in 2007. The industry said the lower requirements are killing investment and restricting producers’ abilities to generate more ethanol. EPA’s proposal for 2017 and other blending requirements are currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget and may be released for public comment in a few weeks. The total volume of ethanol blended into US motor vehicles has continued to increase since 2010, albeit at a declining rate. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service