06-30-16 USDA-NASS: Acreage Report…

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ACREAGE – JUNE 2016

Colorado principal crop planted acreage, which includes acres planted to all major crops and those expected to be cut for all hay, is up less than 1 percent from 2015 to 5,992,000 acres, according to the June 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Colorado corn producers planted 1,250,000 acres of corn this year of which they intend to harvest 1,100,000 acres for grain, up from 950,000 acres harvested in 2015. This is an increase of 16 percent from last year’s harvested grain acreage and a 14 percent increase in planted acreage for all purposes. Sorghum plantings, at 390,000 acres, decreased 11 percent from the previous year and acreage expected to be harvested for grain, at 340,000 acres, decreased 15 percent.

Oat seedings are set at 45,000 acres, unchanged from last year, with producers planning to harvest 12,000 acres for grain, up 2,000 acres from acreage harvested for grain in 2015. Barley planted area, at 60,000 acres, is 8 percent less than last year’s acreage. Expected harvested acres, at 57,000 acres, are 10 percent below 2015.

Winter wheat producers planted 2,250,000 acres in the fall of 2015 for harvest in 2016, down from 2,400,000 acres planted for the previous year’s crop. Acreage expected to be harvested for grain is down 20,000 acres from last year to 2,120,000 acres. Spring wheat seedings, at 8,000 acres, are unchanged compared with a year ago. Acreage for harvest is expected to total 7,000 acres, also unchanged from last year. Proso millet seedings are expected to total 280,000 acres this year, up 4 percent from 2015.

The area to be harvested for hay is expected to increase 50,000 acres from a year ago to 1,500,000 acres. Alfalfa hay harvested acreage is expected to increase 50,000 acres to 750,000 acres and all other hay harvested acreage is expected to be unchanged at 750,000 acres. All sunflower planted area, at 79,000 acres, is 6,000 acres above last year. Oil type varieties totaled 70,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from 2015 while non-oil type varieties are set at 9,000 acres, down 4,000 acres. Harvested acres are expected to total 65,000 acres for oil type and 8,000 acres for non-oil.

Sugarbeet plantings increased 500 acres from last year to 28,000 acres. The expected harvested area, at 27,600 acres, is 300 acres above last year. Acres planted to dry beans, at 45,000 acres, are down 10 percent from last year. Harvested acres are expected to total 42,000 acres. Fall potatoes located in the San Luis Valley showed a 2 percent decrease in planted acres from 51,900 acres last year to 50,900 acres this year. Fall potatoes located outside the San Luis Valley in Colorado (included in Summer Potatoes prior to 2013) totaled 5,700 planted acres, down from 600 acres last year.

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06-30-16 USDA-NASS-CO Grain Stocks Report…

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GRAIN STOCKS – June 1, 2016

ARIZONA

Off-farm corn stocks in Arizona on June 1, 2016 were 1.36 million bushels, down 40 percent from June 1, 2015, according to the June 1 Agricultural Survey and June Grain Stocks Report conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Off-farm all wheat stocks in Arizona on June 1, 2016 were 2.42 million bushels, Arizona grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

COLORADO

All corn stocks in Colorado on June 1, 2016 were 41.66 million bushels, up 40 percent from June 1, 2015, according to the June 1 Agricultural Survey and June Grain Stocks Report conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All corn stocks stored on farms amounted to 22.00 million bushels, up 57 percent from a year ago. All corn stored off farms amounted to 19.66 million bushels, up 25 percent from a year ago. Off-farm sorghum stocks were 1.14 million bushels, up from 62,000 bushels on June 1, 2015. Off-farm oat stocks in Colorado were estimated at 50,000 bushels, down 12 percent from last year. Off-farm barley stocks totaled 5.21 million bushels, up 1 percent from last year.

All wheat stocks in Colorado on June 1, 2016 were 28.23 million bushels, up 62 percent from June 1, 2015. All wheat stocks stored on farms amounted to 4.80 million bushels, up 60 percent from a year ago. All wheat stored off farms amounted to 23.43 million bushels, up 63 percent from a year ago. Other Colorado grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

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06-30-16 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Colorado State University Wheat Test Plot Harvest Underway near Burlington, CO…

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Colorado State University Wheat Test Plot Harvest Underway

(Burlington, Colo.) – Colorado State University Wheat Testing Harvest is underway.  Pictured are two test plot combines used for wheat research.  Approximately 2000 wheat varieties are being evaluated at the Burlington testing Site.  The site is located on the Randy Wilks farm, south of Burlington.  As a result of extensive testing and wheat breeding work, Avery, a new Colorado State University Hard Red Winter wheat has been released to growers.

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06-30-16 NFU Board Passes Resolutions on Farm Economy, Consolidation in Ag Inputs

06-30-16 Colorado’s Small Acreage Newsletter’s Summer Edition…

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CLICK HERE to view the entire 2016 Summer Newsletter

Check out the summer edition of Colorado’s Small Acreage Newsletter.

Inside this Edition:

  • Rainwater Collection Bill
  • Lower Population of Grasshoppers Predicted
  • Colorado Wetland App Now Available
  • Canada Thistle and Field Bindweed
  • Hiring a Weed Control Contractor
  • Landowners Can Receive Federal Assistance to Protect Forestlands
  • Soil: It’s Alive! STEM Kit and Curriculum
  • Q & A on Small Acreages
  • Help Slow the Spread of Emerald Ash Borer

 

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06-30-16 CWC News: Energy Valuation Rule to Increase Costs for Families, Reduce Energy Revenue…

 

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Energy Valuation Rule to Increase Costs for Families, Reduce Energy Revenue

Washington, D.C. (June 30, 2016) –Today the Department of the Interior released the final rule for assessing the value of the coal, oil, and natural gas produced on federal and tribal lands. The new regulations, combined with other actions taken by the Obama Administration, will lead to lost jobs and a decline in energy production.

Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) issued the following statement in response:

“These regulations mark the latest attack by the Obama Administration on energy production that supports local schools, jobs, and infrastructure while providing affordable and reliable energy to millions of American families,” said Chairman Lummis. “The President’s campaign to bury American energy potential under mountains of red tape will kill jobs and drive up families’ electric bills while threatening the billions of dollars in royalties that states, tribes, and the federal government already collect annually from energy production. While the President and his Administration claim that they care about fair returns for the taxpayer, they continue to move towards a keep it in the ground strategy that will ensure no return at all.” Continue reading

06-30-16 Colorado FSA Acreage Reporting Dates for 2016…

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Colorado FSA Acreage Reporting Dates for 2016

(Denver, Colorado) – June 30, 2016 – Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Leland Swenson announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below for 2016.

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline,” said Swenson. Continue reading

0630-16 USDA Announces $8.4M to Support a Diverse Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers…

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USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support a Diverse Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2016 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $8.4 million in competitive grants to support the work of partner organizations that provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, Tribal and Veteran farmers and ranchers. USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, is administered by the Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO).

“Diverse experiences, background and education are vital to a healthy agricultural sector that continues to meet the challenges of a changing world and the demands of markets at home and abroad,” said Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse. “The 2501 Program is an important part of how USDA partners with land-grant universities, Tribal colleges, Tribes, nonprofits and other community-based organizations to grow the next generation of agricultural innovators and entrepreneurs that keep American agriculture the most productive anywhere.” Continue reading

06-30-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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photo courtesy of Cody Smith of Merino, CO

06-30-16 CO Corn News: Wellington the next stop on July 5th for Kum & Go’s promotions offering E85 for just 85 cents per gallon…

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Kum & Go logoWellington the next stop on July 5th for Kum & Go’s promotions  offering E85 for just 85 cents per gallon

After going through thousands of gallons in only a few hours at a time during recent weeks, Kum & Go’s E85 promotions continue this summer along the Front Range, and will be headed to Wellington next week.

Kum & Go is teaming up with the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and Front Range Energy to host this series of events, drawing attention to ethanol, E85 and Flex-Fuel Vehicles, and informing the public of their many benefits.

The next promotion is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, at the Kum & Go in Wellington, at 8150 Sixth St. Continue reading

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

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Senate GMO Labeling Bill Clears First Hurdle

The U.S. Senate Wednesday night cleared a procedural vote on the GMO labeling compromise by Senators Debbie Stabenow and Pat Roberts. The Senate voted 68-29 in favor of the vote, clearing the way for considerations on the Senate floor. Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the bill “will have the votes” to pass the Senate, likely next week. Senator Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, echoed Stabenow’s comments after the vote saying he looks forward to the Senate acting on the bill next week. Still, Politico reported it’s unclear how many Democrats may ultimately support the bill. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced this week he plans to put a hold on the bill. Other Democrats want the bill to include mandatory on-package requirements, rather than giving food manufacturers the option of on-package labels, or smart labels that direct consumers to more information. However, it’s not too late for lawmakers to preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling mandate. Though the state law takes effect Friday, the Vermont attorney general has said he will not start enforcing the law until the beginning of 2017.

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Stabenow: GMO Labeling Bill Will Pass Senate

While lobbyists continue to pressure the U.S. Senate this week to consider the GMO labeling compromise introduced by the Senate Agriculture Committee, the committee’s ranking Democrat says the bill is more likely to pass after July 5th. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says the compromise between her and the Senate Agriculture Committee chair Pat Roberts “will have the votes” when it comes up for consideration by the Senate. Still, Politico reports even though some Democrats have said they will back the bill, it’s unclear whether it has enough votes. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced this week he plans to put a hold on the bill. Other Democrats want the bill to include mandatory on-package requirements, rather than giving food manufacturers the option of on-package labels, or smart labels that direct consumers to more information. However, it’s not too late for lawmakers to preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling mandate. Though the state law takes effect Friday, the Vermont attorney general has said he will not start enforcing the law until the beginning of 2017.

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Nobel Prize Winners Urge Greenpeace to End GMO Opposition

More than 100 Nobel Prize winners are asking Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified organisms. A letter by the Nobel laureates asks Greenpeace to cease its efforts to block introduction of a genetically engineered strain of rice. Supporters say the rice strain could reduce Vitamin-A deficiencies causing blindness and death in children in the developing world. Richard Roberts, chief scientific officer of New England Biolabs, helped organize the letter campaign. Roberts stated the current stance on GMO’s by Greenpeace is “damaging, and is anti-science.” Greenpeace International’s website says the release of GMOs into the natural world is a form of “genetic pollution.” Nobel laureate Randy Schekman, a cell biologist at the University of California-Berkeley, told the Washington Post, “I find it surprising groups that are very supportive of science when it comes to global climate change…can be so dismissive of the general views of scientists when it comes to something as important as the world’s agricultural future.”

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EU Promises Review of Any Bayer-Monsanto Merger

The European Union’s antitrust agency this week says it will conduct a strict review of Bayer AG’s proposed $62 billion purchase of Monsanto and similar mergers by rivals. Dow Jones reports the comments are unusually early and come before the EU has received formal notification of a deal. In a letter to the European Parliament, an antitrust official told lawmakers “our final decision must strictly and impartially apply European merger control rules.” In a review of a potential deal, the EU will consider the impact of a merger on prices, the variety of available seed products along with research and innovation. The European Commission has the power to block deals or demand the parties submit remedies, such as divesting assets, to ease any competition concerns. Monsanto said this week the company is still in discussions with Bayer and other companies regarding “alternative strategic options,” while also announcing lower-than-expected sales for the sixth straight quarter. Monsanto rejected the initial proposal by Bayer earlier this year.

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Mexico Could Pass Japan as Top U.S. Corn Importer

Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports buying patterns for U.S. corn have shifted, with U.S. corn export sales to Mexico helping to offset light purchases by more traditional buyers like South Korea. Mexico is well positioned to take over the top buyer role of U.S. corn from Japan as Japan is on pace to buy the second smallest amount of U.S. corn since 1999. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that South Korea’s purchases through mid-month are also the second lowest in a decade. The data also highlights how the rise of suppliers like Ukraine and Brazil has shifted global grain flows. There is also concern the recent boost in demand among Asian buyers could stall due to Britain’s vote to exit the European Union and its impact on the currency market.

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European Commission Extending Glyphosate License

The European Commission is extending its approval of the herbicide ingredient glyphosate. The Commission will extend the license for 18 months, a move that was earlier proposed to allow time for more research on glyphosate. The Commission announced the extension after several rounds of failed talks within the European Union. The license was set to expire June 30th (today) without action. Expiration would have barred the use and sale of glyphosate throughout the EU and require a phase-out of products containing glyphosate. American Soybean Association President Richard Wilkins says the extension “gives U.S. farmers and exporters the assurance that they will at least have access to the European market for that period of time.” Some fear the ban of glyphosate could lead to export issues between the U.S. and the EU.

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SNAP Participation Decreasing

The Agriculture Department’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, served an average of 45.8 million people per month in fiscal year 2015. USDA says the percent of Americans participating in the program declined from 15 percent in 2014 to 14.2 percent in 2015, marking the second consecutive year of a decline in the percent of the population receiving SNAP. Between 2014 and 2015, 39 States and the District of Columbia saw a decrease in the percent of residents receiving SNAP benefits, while 11 states experienced no change or small increases. The percent of state populations receiving SNAP benefits ranged from a low of 5.6 in Wyoming to a high of 21.7 in New Mexico, reflecting differences in need and program policies. Southeastern States have a particularly high share of residents receiving SNAP benefits, with participation rates of 16.4 to 21.3 percent.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-28-16 Hall and Hall Auctions: Watch the Rocking R Ranch Land Auction from Lyons, CO on Livestream on June 29th…

HallandHallRockingRRanchAuctionOnLivestream_logoHall and Hall Auctions: Watch the Rocking R Ranch Land Auction from Lyons, CO on Livestream June 29, 2016  @ 10am MT…

One of the finest equestrian properties available today, the Rocking R Ranch spreads across 235+/- acres in the heart of Colorado horse country located 16 miles north of Boulder. Crisscrossed by four deep irrigation canals, the ranch has secure water rights and abundant flowing water. The Rocking R Ranch is self-sufficient with irrigated Brome grass hay meadows and premium facilities, including a 36,400-square-foot indoor arena, a state-of-the-art horse barn with a stainless steel vet room, an equipment shop, hay barn, outdoor arenas and multiple ancillary buildings. There are four residences, including two large, well-appointed homes, and two guest houses.

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0629-16 Dairy Organizations Lament Impact of Canada’s Barriers to Dairy Trade as North American Summit Begins…

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Dairy Organizations Lament Impact of Canada’s Barriers to Dairy Trade as North American Summit Begins

ARLINGTON, VA – Today the United States, Canada and Mexico kicked off the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa. One topic of key importance in the trading relationship between the United States and Canada has been Canada’s persistent undermining of U.S. dairy export access, a pattern that has cost American dairy farmers and processors hundreds of millions of dollars. Most recently, Canada has instituted a new pricing policy at the provincial level that is designed to discourage Canadian processors from using imported dairy products. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, June 29th…

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Senate Schedule Tight for Vote On GMO labeling compromise

Supporters of the Genetically Modified Organism labeling agreement reached on June 23rd are hoping it gets to the Senate floor this week, but the schedule is full. Work on the Senate schedule includes things like votes on Zika, military construction, and the VA. It also includes work on the commerce, science, and justice fiscal 2017 appropriations bill. Debate continues over add-ons in the appropriations bill aimed at curbing gun violence and there’s no final vote in sight yet. Politico says food and agriculture groups are asking members to contact their senators and tell them to support the GMO labeling bill, which is the product of months of negotiations. An American Soybean Association newsletter says it needs all 25,000 members engaged in the process as the technology is important to the industry. It encourages members not to assume their senator is on board just because they’re in a farm state, and calls and emails are needed to all 60 soy-state Senators repeatedly until this legislation is passed. The House is out until July fifth. 

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Farmland Values Lower but Still Strong

According to the Farmers National Company, a ten-year run-up in land prices appears to be leveling off. Farmers National is one of the nation’s top ag real estate companies, and they say average values of crop ground and grasslands has dropped from the historic highs of recent years but they’re still very strong. The supply of land for sale mirrors the amount of demand to buy land, so the market is in “equilibrium.” The supply of land for sale is lower as some farmers are deciding whether or not to keep their land, and buyer demand has trended lower too. With farm and ranch profits lower, lenders are also being more cautious about what they’ll lend for land purchases. Investor interest in farm and ranch land also declined as prices got higher and return on investments went lower. As land prices begin to fall, investors and fund buyers are moving back into the market. Farmers National says overall demand for good land is solid, but not so much on lower quality farm ground and grasslands everywhere.

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Dow Chemical to Cut 2,500 jobs

Dow Chemical will lay off 2,500 employees, or about 4 percent of its workforce, as part of a deal to assume full control of Dow Corning, which is a joint venture with glass maker Corning, Inc. According to Reuters, Dow will shut down silicon manufacturing plants in North Carolina and Japan as well as other facilities in different locations. Down Chemical first announced the deal for Dow Corning in December, and then said it would merge with DuPont in an all-stock deal. The combined companies were then valued at $130 billion. Dow Chemical raised its annual cost savings estimate for the deal to $400 million.

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Modest Pork Expansion in June Survey

Pork producers told the USDA in the June Hogs and Pigs Survey that they’d increased the size of the breeding herd by 1 percent over last year. The increase first began in the fall of 2014 after profits rose due to reduced production. Chris Hurt of the Purdue Extension Service said the industry has slowly expanded ever since. Low feed prices also helped producers expand the herd up until this spring when feed prices began to rise again. The report also found more young pigs than expected, with the spring pig crop 2.5 percent larger due to more farrowing and more pigs per litter. This means pork supplies later this year will be a bit higher than expected. States with the largest increases in their breeding herds included Illinois, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Looking ahead to the rest of the year, two questions will affect upcoming pork exports. How much will China purchase and how long will their shortage continue in the country?  Also, the exit of Britain from the European Union has dropped the Euro in relation to the dollar, making U.S. pork more expensive overseas.   

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Biodiesel Industry Supports 48,000 Jobs

Nearly 100 biodiesel industry leaders converged on Capitol Hill today (Tuesday) to call for a stronger clean-fuels policy just as a new report shows the industry supports nearly 48,000 jobs. The study found that 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel used in America had an economic impact of $8.4 billion dollars across different sectors of the economy. The 47,400 jobs paid out $1.9 billion in wages. The report also found that imports are affecting the domestic industry’s production and impact. If all biodiesel and renewable diesel had been produced domestically, it would have supported another 21,200 additional jobs. Instead, almost a third of the product came from overseas. Stakeholders in the industry went to Washington D.C. to call for higher biomass-based and advanced biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard than what the Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed. They also want extension and reform of the biodiesel tax credit which is scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

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Fourth of July Cookout Cost Up Slightly

America’s favorite Fourth of July cookout foods include hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, baked beans, potato salad, and milk, which will all cost a little more this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. However, the cost to feed a group of ten people comes in at $56.06, which is less than $6 per person. Although the cost is up slightly at less than one percent, the Farm Bureau notes that prices at the meat case are looking better for consumers. Beef prices are lower thanks to rising cattle inventory and production numbers from lows of a couple of years ago. They also say pork production continues to grow and is at its highest level in 25 years. Watermelon is another favorite on the Fourth and prices will be slightly higher. Shipments of watermelons are down 8 percent from a year ago. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, June 29th…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Senate Schedule Tight for Vote On GMO labeling compromise

Supporters of the Genetically Modified Organism labeling agreement reached on June 23rd are hoping it gets to the Senate floor this week, but the schedule is full. Work on the Senate schedule includes things like votes on Zika, military construction, and the VA. It also includes work on the commerce, science, and justice fiscal 2017 appropriations bill. Debate continues over add-ons in the appropriations bill aimed at curbing gun violence and there’s no final vote in sight yet. Politico says food and agriculture groups are asking members to contact their senators and tell them to support the GMO labeling bill, which is the product of months of negotiations. An American Soybean Association newsletter says it needs all 25,000 members engaged in the process as the technology is important to the industry. It encourages members not to assume their senator is on board just because they’re in a farm state, and calls and emails are needed to all 60 soy-state Senators repeatedly until this legislation is passed. The House is out until July fifth. 

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Farmland Values Lower but Still Strong

According to the Farmers National Company, a ten-year run-up in land prices appears to be leveling off. Farmers National is one of the nation’s top ag real estate companies, and they say average values of crop ground and grasslands has dropped from the historic highs of recent years but they’re still very strong. The supply of land for sale mirrors the amount of demand to buy land, so the market is in “equilibrium.” The supply of land for sale is lower as some farmers are deciding whether or not to keep their land, and buyer demand has trended lower too. With farm and ranch profits lower, lenders are also being more cautious about what they’ll lend for land purchases. Investor interest in farm and ranch land also declined as prices got higher and return on investments went lower. As land prices begin to fall, investors and fund buyers are moving back into the market. Farmers National says overall demand for good land is solid, but not so much on lower quality farm ground and grasslands everywhere.

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Dow Chemical to Cut 2,500 jobs

Dow Chemical will lay off 2,500 employees, or about 4 percent of its workforce, as part of a deal to assume full control of Dow Corning, which is a joint venture with glass maker Corning, Inc. According to Reuters, Dow will shut down silicon manufacturing plants in North Carolina and Japan as well as other facilities in different locations. Down Chemical first announced the deal for Dow Corning in December, and then said it would merge with DuPont in an all-stock deal. The combined companies were then valued at $130 billion. Dow Chemical raised its annual cost savings estimate for the deal to $400 million.

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Modest Pork Expansion in June Survey

Pork producers told the USDA in the June Hogs and Pigs Survey that they’d increased the size of the breeding herd by 1 percent over last year. The increase first began in the fall of 2014 after profits rose due to reduced production. Chris Hurt of the Purdue Extension Service said the industry has slowly expanded ever since. Low feed prices also helped producers expand the herd up until this spring when feed prices began to rise again. The report also found more young pigs than expected, with the spring pig crop 2.5 percent larger due to more farrowing and more pigs per litter. This means pork supplies later this year will be a bit higher than expected. States with the largest increases in their breeding herds included Illinois, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Looking ahead to the rest of the year, two questions will affect upcoming pork exports. How much will China purchase and how long will their shortage continue in the country?  Also, the exit of Britain from the European Union has dropped the Euro in relation to the dollar, making U.S. pork more expensive overseas.   

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Biodiesel Industry Supports 48,000 Jobs

Nearly 100 biodiesel industry leaders converged on Capitol Hill today (Tuesday) to call for a stronger clean-fuels policy just as a new report shows the industry supports nearly 48,000 jobs. The study found that 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel used in America had an economic impact of $8.4 billion dollars across different sectors of the economy. The 47,400 jobs paid out $1.9 billion in wages. The report also found that imports are affecting the domestic industry’s production and impact. If all biodiesel and renewable diesel had been produced domestically, it would have supported another 21,200 additional jobs. Instead, almost a third of the product came from overseas. Stakeholders in the industry went to Washington D.C. to call for higher biomass-based and advanced biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard than what the Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed. They also want extension and reform of the biodiesel tax credit which is scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

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Fourth of July Cookout Cost Up Slightly

America’s favorite Fourth of July cookout foods include hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, baked beans, potato salad, and milk, which will all cost a little more this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. However, the cost to feed a group of ten people comes in at $56.06, which is less than $6 per person. Although the cost is up slightly at less than one percent, the Farm Bureau notes that prices at the meat case are looking better for consumers. Beef prices are lower thanks to rising cattle inventory and production numbers from lows of a couple of years ago. They also say pork production continues to grow and is at its highest level in 25 years. Watermelon is another favorite on the Fourth and prices will be slightly higher. Shipments of watermelons are down 8 percent from a year ago. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-28-16 NMPF Joins More Than 1,000 Food and Farm Groups in Letter to Senate Leaders Urging Passage of Roberts-Stabenow Biotech Food Labeling Legislation…

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ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation joined a group of more than 1,000 agriculture, business and food companies today in urging the Senate to pass legislation that would create a uniform, federal system for labeling foods produced using biotechnology. NMPF and its 31 member cooperatives were among the 1,065 signers of the letter, as were dozens of dairy food companies and state dairy farm associations. Continue reading

06-28-16 WELD COUNTY RECEIVES GRANT FOR NOXIOUS TREE REMOVAL

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WELD COUNTY RECEIVES GRANT FOR NOXIOUS TREE REMOVAL 

WELD COUNTY, CO – On Monday, the Weld County Board of Commissioners approved a grant agreement with the Colorado Water Conservation Board for $195,000 to be used for the removal of phreatophytes. Tamarisk and Russian Olive Trees will be removed from approximately 26 linear miles along the Big Thompson River, Little Thompson River and South Platte River. 

“The tamarisk and Russian olive tree removal project is a continuation of work that began in 2003 and 2004,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “This continuation will assist with improving the overall value of the South Platte River Watershed.” Continue reading