06-13-16 WGA: WY Governor Mead releases Chairman’s report, policy resolution on Species Conservation and ESA Initiative…

WY Governor Mead releases Chairman’s report, policy resolution on Species Conservation and ESA Initiative

WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead

WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead

WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead released thereport on the first year of the Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative and announced a policy resolution that will guide the Governors’ continuing work to improve the efficiency of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

“If you care, as Western Governors do, about species and conservation, you also have to care about making the ESA operate at the most effective level possible,” Gov. Mead said at the WGA Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Continue reading

06-13-16 NACD WELCOMES BILL TO KEEP RED TAPE AT BAY…

NACD WELCOMES BILL TO KEEP RED TAPE AT BAY

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WASHINGTON, June 13, 2016 – The National Association of Conservation Districts is pleased to support H.R. 5451, legislation introduced by Reps. Ann Kuster, D-N.H., and Rick Crawford, R-Ark., that would exempt landowners who participate in voluntary conservation programs from costly and unnecessary reporting requirements.

“Federal reporting requirements were never intended to burden farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners,” NACD CEO Jeremy Peters said. “They were meant to enhance transparency around the government’s granting and contracting processes. Producers committed to enhancing water and air quality, wildlife habitat, and soil health were never supposed to get tangled up in this.” Continue reading

06-13-16 RMFU Welcomes New Colorado Law To Encourage Beginning Farmers…

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GMO Labeling Debate Continues as Deadline Nears

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and ranking member Debbie Stabenow are still trying to find common ground on GMO labeling legislation this week. The debate continues as time dwindles ahead of the July first implementation date of the Vermont GMO labeling mandate. Roberts says progress was made last week, but several issues remain unresolved, according to Politico. One remaining argument, according to those familiar with the ongoing negotiations, is over what to do about processed foods that contain both meat and genetically modified crops like corn, soybeans and sugar from sugar beets. Foods in that category include products like pepperoni pizza. The livestock industry is pushing for such items to be exempt from labeling requirements, based on what appears to be an agreement that meat and dairy products from animals fed GMOs should be exempt.

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Monsanto Rejects Second Chance at Bayer Deal

Monsanto has rejected a second attempt by Bayer AG to purchase Monsanto. The Wall Street Journal Reports a second offer, that did not offer more money, requested detailed business information, known as due diligence, which Bayer said could lead to a higher offer. Monsanto saw the offer as little changed compared to the $62 billion proposal Bayer originally offered. Monsanto is refusing to grant such access until Bayer raises its bid. Monsanto also asked for clarity on other matters including regulatory risks before agreeing to a deal. Bayer has secured the financing needed to complete the original proposal. The deal would combine Monsanto, the biggest seed provider with a leading position in biotech crop development, with Bayer, which has a robust lineup of pesticides but a smaller presence in major crops like corn and soybeans.

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Dow, DuPont Shareholders to Vote on Merger Next Month

Stockholders for Dow Chemical and DuPont will hold separate shareholder meetings next week to vote on the proposed merger between the two companies. Both meetings will be held on July 20th. DuPont’s meeting will take place at its Wilmington, Delaware, headquarters, and Dow Chemical’s meeting will be at its Midland, Michigan, offices. The two companies announced a merger in December worth more than $120 billion. Once completed, Dow and DuPont will split into three separate publicly traded companies focused on agriculture, material science and specialty products. The combined company would have about $90 billion in total revenue, based on 2014 numbers. If approved, the merger would mark the end as independent entities of two of America’s oldest corporations as DuPont was founded in 1802 and Dow started in 1897.

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African Flour Millers Touring U.S. Wheat Supply System

African flour millers from Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana are touring through wheat country this week. The team is traveling through Texas, Kansas, North Dakota and Minnesota to assess trade opportunities and U.S. wheat quality. The tour started Sunday and will wrap up next Friday. The U.S. Wheat Associates says bringing the team to see U.S. wheat quality and to discuss ways to keep their importing costs down is critical during a time of very aggressive competition. Throughout the tour, the team will meet with grain merchandisers and state wheat commissions, and visit farmers in each state to see the progress of this year’s crop.

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China Soybean Imports on Pace for another Record

Rising feed demand in China is expected to lift the nation’s soybean imports to another record this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. China’s 2016-2017 soybean crop is expected to total 12.5 million metric tons, up 900,000 from the year prior. Despite the increased domestic production, Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports the nation is still expected to boost soybean imports to another record of 85 million metric tons. That represents a three million metric ton difference from what USDA’s office in China expected shipments to total this marketing year. USDA says recovery in China’s swine production and growth in its poultry sector are projected to boost feed demand.

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Microsoft Mogul Says Chicken Farming Can End Poverty in Africa

The world’s wealthiest man and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, believes chicken farming can be a path out of extreme poverty for rural families living in sub-Saharan Africa. Gates says he is working with a global nonprofit organization on a project that aims to help people start flocks, according to People Magazine. Gates discussed the economics of raising chickens in a blog, noting they are a good investment and can help fight malnutrition, which kills more than 3.1 million children a year. He is working with the nonprofit Heifer International to donate 100,000 chickens to people in 12 different countries and provide training on how to raise them. His goal, Gates says, is to help start a “livestock revolution,” boosting the percentage of rural families raising vaccinated chickens in the region from five percent to 30 percent.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-13-16 NCGA: CUTC Reminds Researchers the Opportunities Corn Has for the Future of Biochemicals…

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CUTC Reminds Researchers the Opportunities Corn Has for the Future of Biochemicals 

CUTC - Corn Utilization and Technology Conference logoCorn offers a variety of opportunities for biochemical engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, consumers and, of course, farmers. The tenth biennial Corn Utilization and Technology Conference last week was a healthy reminder for attendees that yes, corn is an optimal resource for several different products and the researchers, like those at CUTC, are determining which processes are most efficient.
A common focus of the conference was the shift from biofuels, like ethanol, to biobased chemicals. Dr. Ray Chrisman of Purdue University recognizes the opportunity corn starch allows for a shift from fuel to using renewable resources. “We need to grow a technical base for making renewables,” says Chrisman. He noted that while the ideas for corn starch are being researched and understood, it takes five to ten years for a new product to be accepted in the market place. Continue reading

06-13-16 NCGA: Farmers Urged to Contact EPA on Atrazine…

NCGA News Release logoFarmers Urged to Contact EPA on Atrazine

The National Corn Growers Association this week urged farmers to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, following publication of the Agency’s draft Ecological Risk Assessment for atrazine, an herbicide used for weed control in growing corn and other crops. If it stands, EPA’s recommendation would effectively ban the use of atrazine in most farming areas in the U.S.

“Atrazine is a safe and effect crop management tool. If EPA succeeds in taking away this option, it will be sending farming practices back decades – and hurt the environment in the process,” said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, President of NCGA. “As a farmer and a conservationist, I can’t let this go unanswered. That’s why I’m urging farmers to contact the EPA and make their voices heard.” Continue reading

06-13-16 The 11th Annual CICA Convention slated for Hotchkiss, CO on July 15-16…

CICA - Colorado Independent Cattle Growers Association logo11th Annual CICA Convention slated for Hotchkiss, CO on July 15-16…

The Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association invites you to celebrate another year of a successful and humble association. The Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association (CICA) is celebrating 11 years with our annual convention in Hotchkiss, Colorado on July 15th & 16th. Continue reading

06-13-16 National Pork Board Elects New Officers…

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National Pork Board Elects New Officers

DES MOINES, IOWA – June 13, 2016 – Jan Archer, a pork producer from Goldsboro, North Carolina, was elected as president of the National Pork Board at the organization’s June board meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The National Pork Board is comprised of 15 farmer-directors representing America’s pig farmers.

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06-13-16 Letter to the Editor: Lamar’s Lisa Steed supports Kimmi Lewis for District 64…

Kimmi LewisLetter to the Editor:

I have to tell you that here in Prowers County I first met Kimmi Lewis as a person championing for my private property rights along with the rights of my neighbors (people she had never met, but cared about deeply none the less, because they were her neighbors). She has been fighting for people and representing them for a long many years before she even sought to represent them with the official title as a state representative.

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06-13-16 In Memory of former CO FFA State Officer Linda May Orlovski-Longacre…

In Memory of

Linda May Orlovski-Longacre

September 5, 1965 – June 2, 2016

Linda May Orlovski-LongacreLinda May Orlovski-Longacre, 50, of Greeley, died Thursday, June 2, 2016 at her home. She was born on September 5, 1965 in Brighton, Colorado to Eddie and Alta May (Hall) Orlovski.

Linda grew up in Kersey, graduating from Platte Valley High School. She then attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, where she received an associate’s degree in agricultural education.

On September 4, 1999, Linda married Kelly Longacre at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Greeley. Continue reading

06-13-16 Colorado Corn district meetings on the horizon in July & August…

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn district meetings on the horizon

Colorado Corn encourages farmers and any others interested to attend our upcoming district meetings around the state this summer, where attendees will hear updates about the organization and issues impacting the industry.
At these meetings, the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) will also be holding board member nominations.
The meal is on Colorado Corn at these meetings. No RSVP needed.
Below is a schedule for these district meetings, and which board positions are open in each district:

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, June 13th…

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Farm Credit Beginning Farmer Loans up 12 percent

Farm Credit made nearly 80,000 new loans to beginning farmers and ranchers last year totaling nearly $13 billion. The Farm Credit Administration says the number of loans made to beginning producers increased by 12.2 percent, 5,000 loans more than 2014. Loans to beginning farmers accounted for 22 percent of all loans made by Farm Credit. Officials say last year the average size Farm Credit loan to a beginning farmer or rancher was up slightly from 2014 to almost $160,000. Meanwhile, over the past ten years, new loans made by Farm Credit to beginning farmers increased by more than 45 percent. Each year, Farm Credit lenders specifically report their loan activities in support of beginning farmers and those results are reviewed by the Farm Credit Administration, the federal regulator that oversees Farm Credit activity, and reports the activity to Congress.

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Bankers Tell Congress Overregulation Hurts Rural Banks

The American Bankers Association told Congress last week the growing volume of bank regulation is making it harder for America’s hometown banks to meet the needs of their customers, particularly in rural communities. Testifying in front of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, CEO of the Oklahoma Bankers Association, Roger Beverage, told lawmakers regulation shapes the way banks do business and can help or hinder the smooth functioning of the credit cycle. Beverage testified that the new regulatory atmosphere – not the local economic conditions – is often the tipping point that drives small banks to merge, noting that there are nearly 1,500 fewer banks than there were five years ago. First National Bank CEO Shan Hanes of Kansas told lawmakers that overregulation on rural America hinders growth for rural communities. Hanes also claimed the Farm Credit System puts rural banks on an uneven playing field.

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Labor Bill Prohibits OSHA from Imposing New Fertilizer Restrictions

The fiscal year Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill includes a provision that would stop new restrictions on fertilizer sales. North Dakota Democratic Senator John Hoeven says the bill moved out of committee on Thursday and would also stop the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from forcing agriculture retailers to comply with the same chemical storage requirements as wholesale facilities, according to the Hagstrom Report. Hoeven says the provision is needed because the OSHA regulations, yet to be implemented, have already caused nine facilities to close in North Dakota. Hoeven says the OSHA proposal would cause many retailers to stop selling to farmers at rural locations and threatened to limit the supply of anhydrous ammonia, a nitrogen fertilizer that is vital to farmers.

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Canada Targeting U.S. Truck Washes as Link to PEDV

Farm Groups in Canada are blasting U.S. truck washes for being too dirty to prevent the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. This comes as three farms in Canada discovered the virus in the past two weeks. Last month, Canada revived a requirement that trucks delivering pigs to U.S. farms be washed before returning home. The recent infections are fueling concerns among Canadian farmers and veterinarians that commercial U.S. truck washes are contaminated with the virus and raising the risk for outbreaks, according to Reuters. However, there is no proof linking U.S. facilities to the latest cases. Manitoba Pork general manager Andrew Dickson simply said “we have our deep, dark suspicions.” The problem with commercial washes, according to Canadian farm groups, is that some use recycled water, which can spread diseases, and others do not heat trucks enough to kill viruses.

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India Announces 25 Percent Tax on Sugar Exports

India plans to tack a 25 percent tax on sugar exports to ensure domestic supplies remain sufficient. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports this could further push up the already elevated global price of the sweetener. India is the world’s number two sugar producer, and its supplies have dwindled after two consecutive years of drought in key growing years. In fact, the country is expected to become a net importer of sugar in the 2016-2017 marketing year. Also of note, the Philippines said the country will allow the import of another 100,000 metric tons of raw or refined sugar, possibly from Thailand. This year marks the first time the country has allowed sugar imports in six years.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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