05-24-16 CICA Op-Ed: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, another bad free trade agreement: Why free trade isn’t always fair for America….

CICGA-CO Independent Cattle Growers Association logoThe Trans-Pacific Partnership, another bad free trade agreement. 
Why free trade isn’t always fair for America….Part 1 
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free-trade agreement between twelve Pacific Rim countries:  United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.  TPP negotiations began behind closed doors in 2010 and President Obama signed the agreement on February 4, 2016.  The TPP is a “docking agreement” which would allow other countries to be added without the approval of Congress.  

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05-24-16 CSU Ext News: Stripe Wheat Rust found in Eastern Colorado…

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Wheat Stripe RustStripe Wheat Rust found in Eastern Colorado

Stripe Wheat Rust has been found throughout eastern Colorado, with heavier concentrations located in the southeastern corner of the state.   Stripe Wheat Rust is a fungal disease that causes yellow lesions in a narrow stripes running the same direction as the grain of the leaf.  Cooler and wetter than average conditions experienced throughout the month of April and first two weeks of May have helped promote fungus spread.  Stripe Rust is most commonly found in the plant leaves and causes the most yield loss when the flag leaf is infected.  Triazole class fungicides offer an effective and relatively low cost treatment, with product cost starting at $2.50 per acre.  Producers should consider mechanical damage to crop when determining the best application method for the fungicide, either aerially or via a ground applicator.  Additional information on Stripe Wheat Rust can be found at: Continue reading

05-24-16 2016 Environmental Stewardship Tour Scheduled at the SR Cattle Company in Sheridan, WY on June 22nd…

 

SR Cattle Company_Kane Family2016 Environmental Stewardship Tour Scheduled for Wednesday, June 22nd at the SR Cattle Company in Sheridan, Wyo.

WSGA - Wyoming Stock Growers Association LogoCheyenne, WYO– The annual Environmental Stewardship Tour, hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA), Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and program partner Sand County Foundation, will be held at the SR Cattle Company, outside of Sheridan, Wyo., Wednesday, June 22nd, with registration beginning at 8 AM. Continue reading

05-24-16 NPPC Says ‘GIPSA’ Rule, TPP Could Affect Producers…

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NPPC Says ‘GIPSA’ Rule, TPP Could Affect Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2016 – Although the U.S. pork industry is in good economic shape, pork producers’ future fortunes can be affected – for good or for ill – by opportunities and challenges with which they are presented, the National Pork Producers Council today told members of the House Committee on Agriculture’s livestock subcommittee, which was continuing a series of hearings on the rural economy. Continue reading

05-24-16 NCBA President Testifies on the Farm Economy…

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NCBA President Testifies on the Farm Economy

WASHINGTON (May 24, 2016) – Today, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. Brunner, a fourth generation rancher and cattle feeder from the Flint Hills area of Kansas, stressed to the subcommittee that over-regulation poses the greatest threat to the profitability of cattle producers. Continue reading

05-24-16 CSU Ext Pest Alert: It is time for monitoring alfalfa weevil in Colorado…

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It is time for monitoring alfalfa weevil in Colorado

Written by: Assefa Gebre-Amlak and Frank Peairs, Colorado State University

Alfalfa weevil larvae CSU Ext photoAlfalfa weevil larvae feeding in the folded leaves can heavily damage stem terminals, but initial damage is not always clearly visible. The closed, overlapping foliage of the stem terminals should be unfolded to detect feeding damage. Third and fourth larval instars cause most of the economic damage, so initiating sampling at the peak occurrence of second instars should provide adequate sampling prior to economic weevil populations. Continue reading

05-24-16 NMPF Chairman Tells House Agriculture Subcommittee That Dairy Farm Safety Net Needs Work…

 

NMPF Chairman Tells House Agriculture Subcommittee That Dairy Farm Safety Net Needs Work

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ARLINGTON, VA – The challenging economic conditions affecting America’s dairy farmers call for improvements by Congress to the federal safety net program created in the 2014 Farm Bill, according to Randy Mooney, chairman of the National Milk Producers Federation, in testimony Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. Continue reading

05-24-16 World Pork Expo Seminars Offer the Latest Ideas and Information…

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World Pork Expo Seminars Offer the Latest Ideas and Information

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 24, 2016 – World Pork Expo attendees will have access to leading pork experts and the latest ideas and information at a variety of seminarsscheduled for Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9. Included in their Expo admission price, pork producers and their staff can participate in more than a dozen educational seminars addressing topics such as business management, production technologies and future developments impacting pork operations. The seminars are just one of many events featured at the 2016 World Pork Expo, brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), June 8-10 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Continue reading

05-24-16 Dr. Kent Anderson & Dave Pratt to Speak at WSGA 2016 Summer Convention “Educating for Ranching Success in the 21st Century”…


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Dr. Kent Anderson and Dave Pratt to Speak at Wyoming Stock Growers Association 2016 Summer Convention “Educating for Ranching Success in the 21st Century”

Cheyenne, WY – June 3, 2016 – The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) welcomes cattle producers and agricultural enthusiasts from across the state to this year’s WSGA Cattlemen’s College, to be held Friday, June 3, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, during the annual Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show in Laramie, Wyo., June 1-4. The event, which is sponsored in part by Zoetis, will feature speakers and sessions encompassing a variety of topics important to farm and ranch owners and managers.  Continue reading

05-24-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

 

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 24, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

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05-24-16 Focus on ethanol’s “Power, Passion and Peformance” during ACE Conference August 8-10 …

Focus on ethanol’s “Power, Passion and Peformance” during ACE Conference August 8-10

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Sioux Falls, SD (May 24, 2016) – Ethanol’s high octane future, the retail outlook for E15 and flex fuels, and expanding export opportunities are just some of the subjects that will be covered during the annual American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Conference at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota August 8 -10. Continue reading

05-24-16 Chandler Goule Selected as New NAWG CEO…

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Goule Selected as New NAWG CEO

NFU Chandler GouleWashington, DC – The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) announced today the selection of Chandler Goule as its new Chief Executive Officer. Goule, currently Senior Vice President of Programs at the National Farmers Union (NFU), comes to NAWG with eleven years of agriculture policy experience on the House side of Capitol Hill and will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer beginning July 5. NAWG has been conducting a nation-wide search for a new Chief Executive Officer to fill the vacancy left by Jim Palmer, who announced in April his intention to step down to spend more time with family and on his Missouri farm. Continue reading

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

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Bayer/Monsanto Merger Deal is Imminent

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer and Monsanto are on the edge of agreeing to a merger deal that would create the world’s largest seed company if it’s completed. The Fox Business Network says bankers with knowledge of the matter say the deal could be made public in the next 24-48 hours, barring any unexpected setbacks. Bayer said the potential acquisition is an all-cash offer of 62 billion dollars. These bankers also told Fox the deal is not complete yet, and an unexpected hitch could delay the timing or kill the transaction. Earlier this month, Monsanto said it had received an unsolicited and non-binding proposal from Bayer for the potential acquisition of Monsanto, and the company is reviewing the deal. If the two companies merge, the combination could be worth 44 billion dollars and give Bayer a large footprint in the genetically modified crop business. Monsanto shares gained 8 percent since the deal was announced.

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Legislation Introduced to Set Food Labeling Standards

Congressional legislation introduced on Wednesday aims to help consumers understand if their food is safe to eat. According to the Washington Post, the legislation is known as the Food Date Labeling Act and was introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). The Food Date Labeling Act proposes standardized language for retail packaging. “Best if used by” will indicate peak quality for shelf-stable foods, and “expires on” for riskier foods like raw meat, fish, and eggs. Previously, retail language wasn’t specified on a national level, leaving states to develop their own label regulations, which were sometimes confusing. Some labels were meant to indicate when food could no longer be safely eaten, and some when food wouldn’t taste as good but was still edible. Consumer confusion led to throwing out food which may have still been safe to eat. If the bill passes, companies would have two years to comply with the requirements.

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John Deere Tightens Leasing Terms

Deere and Company announced it’s tightened conditions for equipment leasing as lower farm incomes are leading farmers to lease rather than purchase equipment. The Dow Jones reports that the fall in worldwide commodity prices has eaten into Deere’s sales and profits for nine straight quarters. The farm and construction machinery market slump has affected Deere’s customer finance arm. Leases now account for a growing volume of business, forcing the company to tighten the terms for renting equipment that has rapidly depreciated in value. Leases make up a quarter of the company’s financing deals, compared with 15 percent in recent years. As Deere has stepped up its leasing activity in recent years, its finance unit and dealers are left with more used equipment as producers walk away when their lease expires. Deere said it’s restructuring leases to share more of the risk of further declines with its dealers.

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Monsanto Issues Statement on Glyphosate Renewal in EU

The European Union member states recently delayed a vote on the renewal of glyphosate. Monsanto said the EU’s risk assessment on glyphosate has been one of the most thorough reviews of an agricultural product ever conducted. The risk assessment conducted by Germany and reviewed by the European Food Safety Agency included more than 90,000 pages of data. It also had 353 reports that hadn’t been reviewed previously by the EU. Monsanto feels the assessment considered the best available science and found no evidence of unreasonable risk. In addition, the joint WHO/FAO meeting on pesticide residues again reaffirmed that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans exposed through their diets. Monsanto said further delay in the renewal is unwarranted and puts European farmers and the Ag industry at a disadvantage. The company is urging swift and full renewal of glyphosate by the EU member states.

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Ag Appropriations Bill Hits Senate Floor in June

The fiscal year 2017 Ag Appropriations Bill will likely hit the Senate floor in June. The Hagstrom Report said that update came from Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran, who chairs the Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee. After the subcommittee approved the bill, Moran said he expects it to be the second measure considered in June after the Senate returns from its Memorial Day recess. The full Senate Appropriations Committee amended and approved the bill last Thursday. 

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Bayer Shareholders in Uproar Over Monsanto Bid

Bayer’s takeover offer to Monsanto had investors in an uproar on Friday. Reuters said the German company’s top shareholders were calling it “arrogant empire building.” Investors were nursing an 8.2 percent drop in Bayer’s share price on Friday after the bid announcement came out the day before. John Benett of Henderson Global Investors called it an “immediate destruction” of shareholder value. US seeds giant Monsanto said Thursday that Bayer had made an unsolicited takeover proposal of 62 billion dollars, in order to create the largest agricultural supplier in the world. Bayer’s shares did rebound slightly on Friday. Bayer had no comment on the investor backlash. Bennett said investor discontent seems to be mostly targeted at the sheer size of the proposed deal. One investment fund manager in Germany feared the size of the deal would stretch Bayer’s finances too much.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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