05-17-16 USCA Comments on USDA APHIS Proposed Brucellosis, Bovine Tuberculosis Rules…

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USCA Comments on USDA APHIS Proposed Brucellosis, Bovine Tuberculosis Rules

WASHINGTON (May 17, 2016) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted comments this week on the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) Proposed Rule on Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis: Update of General Provisions and Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis Program Standards.
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05-17-16 NACD TESTIFIES IN HOUSE HEARING ON REGULATION AND VOLUNTARY SOLUTIONS

 NACD TESTIFIES IN HOUSE HEARING ON REGULATION AND VOLUNTARY SOLUTIONS

NACD_Logo_200WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016— On May 17, NACD President Lee McDaniel testified in a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry on voluntary conservation solutions to environmental challenges. McDaniel highlighted the importance of locally-led conservation to long term environmental and economic stability and NACD’s conservation priorities.  Continue reading

05-17-16 CSU Ext: Leaving A Lasting Legacy Workshop on June 7th Hosted in Baca County…

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CSU Ext: Leaving A Lasting Legacy Workshop on June 7th Hosted in Baca County

Baca County – May 17, 2016 – Many farm and ranch families are struggling with the many questions surrounding the transfer of their property to the next generation. How can I be fair to all the kids? Who will take over running this place? Who will take care of me in my last years, months, days? What can I do to help my passing be easier on those left behind?

“I have received numerous calls and emails from people in Southeastern Colorado wanting information about succession and estate planning”, said Jennifer Wells, CSU Extension Director for the Southeast Area.  “This is a critical issue to get our youth back into our communities and the future of our farms and ranches.” Continue reading

05-17-16 NCGA: Anti-Ethanol Bill a Step Back for Farmers, Consumers…

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Anti-Ethanol Bill a Step Back for Farmers, Consumers 

Last week, Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas), Peter Welch (D-Vermont), Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) and Jim Costa (D-California) introduced a bill to cap ethanol blends to no more than 9.7 percent by volume.
Paul Jeschke, a farmer from Mazon, Illinois, and chair of the Ethanol Committee of the National Corn Growers Association, called the bill “a step backward for both farmers and consumers.”
“Americans want cleaner air, affordable choices at the gas pump, and a strong economy that fosters investment in new technology and improves our energy independence,” said Jeschke. Continue reading

05-17-16 USDA Announces $10.7 Million Available For Critical Water Research…

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USDA Announces $10.7 Million Available For Critical Water Research

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $10.7 million in funding for research that could solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“Finding solutions for dealing water scarcity as well as maintaining water quality is critical for communities across the country and for the men and women who raise the food we eat,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Better water management practices, tools and technologies will make a difference for farmers, ranchers, and foresters who are constantly adapting to less predictable and more severe weather patterns.” Continue reading

05-17-16 ASI News: U.S. Lamb Moves into Taiwan…

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DENVER, Colo. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that access to Taiwan for American lamb was approved. American Sheep Industry Association President Burton Pfliger (N.D.) applauds the announcement as this is the first new export-market access for American lamb in years.
“The sheep industry appreciates the department’s efforts in elevating entry for U.S. lamb exports as a market access priority and for making meaningful progress for lamb to move into Taiwan after more than a decade,” comments Pfliger. “We also want to acknowledge the years of assistance from Gov. Butch Otter (Idaho) in driving this issue with USDA. Continue reading

05-17-16 WSGLT: Support the Conservation of Wyoming’s Working Landscapes, Natural Habitats and Wide-open Spaces…

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Our mission never been more important.  There are 26 million acres of private land in Wyoming that produce our food and fiber, sustain local economies, support generations of hard-working families, provide our important wildlife habitats, and nurture a distinctly Western way of life.  Experts predict 50-75% of ranches in the West will change hands in the 10-15 years. Conserving a farm or ranch not only helps ensure it will remain in agriculture, it also conserves and perpetuates our western values and way of life. Continue reading

05-17-16 USDA Forest Service and Partners Gear Up for Significant 2016 Wildfire Season…

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USDA Forest Service and Partners Gear Up for Significant 2016 Wildfire Season

Current Outlook Underscores Need to Reform Wildfire Funding

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell met today with Forest Service Regional Foresters to discuss preparations for anticipated significant wildland fire potential in 2016. The briefing comes as the 2016 fire season has begun with five times more acres already burned than this time last year, following 2015’s record-setting fire season.

“The 2016 wildfire season is off to a worrisome start. Southern California, the Great Basin in Nevada, portions of the southwest, and even Florida and Hawaii are particularly vulnerable this year. In California, more than 40 million trees have died, becoming dry fuel for wildfire,” said Vilsack. “Congress must take action now to ensure that we, and, ultimately the firefighters we ask so much of, have the resources to do the restoration and wildfire prevention work necessary to keep our forests healthy.” Continue reading

05-17-16 Registration Open For USGC Summer Annual Meeting In Louisville, Kentucky

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Registration Open For USGC Summer Annual Meeting In Louisville, Kentucky

USGC Summer Annual Meeting In Louisville, KentuckyWASHINGTON, D.C., – The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) encourages farmers, members and other industry representatives to register now for its 56th Annual Board of Delegates Meetingscheduled for Louisville, Kentucky, from July 25 to 27, 2016.

Registration is available online here or via www.grains.org/louisville.

During the July meeting, attendees will learn about what the Council is doing to develop markets over the long term for corn, sorghum, barley and their co-products including ethanol as well as the pockets of demand Council staff is working to capture this marketing year.

“This meeting is built around the theme of Excellence in Exports, which has five pillars including membership,” said USGC Chairman Alan Tiemann, who farms in Nebraska. “Staying ahead of the curve on factors impacting new and growing global demand is one way our farmers and agribusiness members can contribute to that excellence.” Continue reading

05-17-16 Application process, eligibility announced for $38 million Keepseagle grants distribution for Native American Farmers/Ranchers…

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Fast-track registration opens May 25, applications close June 24

WASHINGTON D.C. – LINK UPDATED – Class counsel in the Keepseagle v. Vilsack settlement today announced details about the Native American Agricultural Fast Track Fund (NAAFTF), a one-time distribution of $38 million in settlement funds.  Awards from this fund will be made on a competitive basis to non-profit organizations, tribal programs and educational institutions which provide agricultural, business, technical or advocacy services to existing and aspiring Native American farmers and ranchers.

“Among the far-reaching benefits of the Keepseagle settlement is the means for organizations which have a track record of supporting Native American farmers and ranchers to deliver valuable assistance to promote their continued engagement in agriculture — an important component of the economy in Indian Country,” said Joseph M. Sellers, lead counsel for the plaintiff class.  “The Fast Track Fund will make vital resources available to these important efforts by the end of this year.” Continue reading

05-17-16 USDA Increases FY 2016 U.S. Sugar Overall Allotment Quantity and Raw Cane Sugar Import Access…

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USDA Increases FY 2016 U.S. Sugar Overall Allotment Quantity and Raw Cane Sugar Import Access

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an increase to the fiscal year 2016 Overall Allotment Quantity (OAQ) for domestic sugar, reassigned some of the projected surplus sugar marketing allotments among processors, and reassigned part of the surplus cane sugar marketing allotment to raw cane sugar imports. USDA recognizes that America’s beet sugar producers have made significant investments in a strong 2016 crop, but they continue to face uncertainty. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, May 17th…

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Legislation Banning Packer Ownership of Livestock Introduced

Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley introduced a bill last week that would make it unlawful for packers to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter.  The measure would amend the 1921 Packers and Stockyards Act and prohibit arrangements that give packers managerial, supervisory, and operational control of animals.  The National Pork Producers Council says it supports the right of all producers of any size or type of production system to market access and opposes any legislation that hinders market access.  NPPC will review the text of the bill when it becomes available.  Grassley introduced similar measures in 2007 and 2012.

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House Panel Questions EPA on Glyphosate Report

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has launched an investigation the EPA’s review on glyphosate.  Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says the committee is questioning why the agency pulled a report that said the chemical was likely not carcinogenic.  The committee is questioning whether reasons other than science motivated the EPA to pull the report, as well as 13 other related documents, offline.  EPA said the documents were published “inadvertently” and were “preliminary.”  But documents were marked “final” and a memo that was part of the report described it as the committee’s “final cancer assessment document.”

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UN Committee Finds Glyphosate Unlikely Cancer Causing

The weed-killing pesticide glyphosate probably does not cause cancer.  That’s according to a new safety review by United Nations health, agriculture, and food experts.  Experts from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization said glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans” exposed to it through food.  It’s used mostly on farm crops and in gardens.  Reuters said having reviewed the scientific evidence, the joint WHO/FAO committee said glyphosate is unlikely to be genotoxic in humans.  That means it’s not likely to have a destructive effect on human genetic material.  The differing findings will thrust glyphosate in the middle of a row between the US and EU politicians and regulators, the International for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the environmental and agriculture experts of the WHO.

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USDA Releases Honey Bee Colony Loss Survey Results

Last week, the USDA released its first honey bee colony loss survey results.  The Hagstrom Report says the survey is intended to serve as a baseline for future work on bee health.  The survey questioned more than 20,000 beekeepers about their number of colonies, colonies added and lost, and colonies affected by certain stressors.  It confirms other reports that bee colonies continue to decline.  According to the survey, there were 2.59 million colonies on January first of this year, which is 8 percent fewer than a year ago on January first of 2015.  This includes operations which have 5 or more colonies. 

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EPA Launches Billboard Probe

The Inspector General of the EPA is beginning an audit of controversial billboards in Washington State which called out called out agricultural water pollution.  Politico says the billboards were funded by a grant from the EPA and were part of the “What’s Upstream” campaign by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.  An EPA official has already acknowledged that the billboards likely violated the agency’s rules because they did not disclose EPA involvement.  Agricultural groups have charged that the billboards amount to lobbying, which is a violation of Federal law.  The EPA has already been found guilty of one such anti-lobbying violation with its social media campaign promoting the Waters of the US Rule. 

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North American Bison is National Mammal

President Obama signed the “National Bison Legacy Act,” which adopts the North Amercian Bison as the National Mammal.  In a blog post, the Interior Department said “the bison joins the bald eagle as an official symbol of our country.  Much like the eagle, the bison is one of our greatest conservation success stories of all time.”  The Hagstrom Report says the Interior Department was referring to an extraordinary effort in the early 20th century to save the Bison from extinction.  At one point in history, more than 40 million bisons roamed North America, but by the late 1800’s, fewer than one thousand remained. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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