06-24-16 USDA/NASS News: Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report…



United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2016 was 68.4 million head. This was up 2 percent from June 1, 2015, and up 1 percent from March 1, 2016. This is the highest June 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs since estimates began in 1964. Breeding inventory, at 5.98 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, but down slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 62.4 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, and up 1 percent from last quarter. This is the highest June 1 market hog inventory since estimates began in 1964. Continue reading





The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 890,000 head as of June 1, 2016. This latest inventory is 1 percent below last month but the same as last year. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 130,000 head of fed cattle during May 2016, 4 percent below last month but no change from May 2015 marketings. An estimated 135,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during May, 7 percent below a month ago and 4 percent below the May 2015 placements. Of the number placed in May, 15 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 15 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 26 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 44 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for May is estimated at 15,000 head, 5,000 head above last month but 5,000 head below last year.

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06-24-16 Dr. Brett Kaysen, Inducted into the 2016 Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame…

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Exemplary Leadership Serving Agriculture

Inducted 2016

Brett Kaysen grew up on a family farm working with small diversified livestock in Adams County where he was involved in 4-H swine projects and livestock judging. As a 10-year 4-H member Brett attributes his success in life, and the development of his public speaking skills, to his 4‑H experience. He also believes what makes 4-H so powerful is the mentoring that takes place between 4-H members and the 4-H volunteer leaders who make the program possible. He credits the 4-H leaders and coaches he had throughout his 4-H career as the key influence in his life which has shaped the person he is today.

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Brett is now one of the most sought-after Livestock Evaluators in the world, judging shows in over 40 different states and four countries. He is also a nationally known speaker who presents to both youth and adult organizations around the country, on topics ranging from leadership and personal development to livestock industry topics. When people ask him where he learned his public speaking skills, his answer is always — 4-H! Continue reading

06-24-16 USDA-FAS Export Sales Notices…

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Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for Unknown Destinations

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016–Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of 411,500 metric tons of soybeans for delivery to unknown destinations. Of the total 280,500 metric tons is for delivery during the 2015/2016 marketing year and 131,000 metric tons is for delivery during the 2016/2017 marketing year.

The marketing year for soybeans began Sept. 1.

USDA issues both daily and weekly export sales reports to the public. Exporters are required to report to USDA any export sales activity of 100,000 tons or more of one commodity, made in one day or quantities totaling 200,000 tons or more in any reporting period, except 20,000 tons for soybean oil, made in one day to one destination or quantities totaling 40,000 tons or more in any reporting period, by 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on the next business day following the sale. Export sales of less than these quantities must be reported to USDA on a weekly basis.

For further information, contact the Export Sales Reporting Staff at (202) 720-9209.


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Roberts, Stabenow, Announce GMO Labeling Compromise

Senate Agriculture Committee Members, Chairman Pat Roberts and ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow released a GMO labeling law Thursday that would preempt state laws, such as the one taking effect July first in Vermont. The bill would require mandatory labeling of most foods with genetically modified ingredients but with labeling options. The bill offers companies a choice of providing an on-package label or a symbol or scannable electronic label, according to the Hagstrom Report. The law would preempt state labeling laws but gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture two years to develop the labeling standards. Stabenow said the bill ensures that organic producers can clearly display a “non-GMO” label, but is “also a win for our nation’s farmers and food producers.” Roberts says the legislation recognizes the 30-plus years of proven safety of biotechnology and urged Senators to support the bill. He called the legislation “a far better alternative than Vermont’s law.” Grocery Manufacturers Association CEO Pamela Bailey said the compromise is “the commonsense solution for consumers, farmers and businesses,” and urged the Senate to quickly pass the bill.


Despite Compromise, Vermont Labeling Law Becomes De Facto Standard, For Now

The Vermont GMO labeling law is poised to be the de facto national standard, at least, for now. The Senate Agriculture Committee unveiled its GMO labeling bill Thursday, but with the House in recess, the Vermont law will stand, for at least a few days. That is if the Senate can garner the votes needed to pass the compromise and the bill can be passed by the House once the chamber returns on July 5th. The House squashed all hope of defeating the Vermont law before it comes into effect on July first after Democrats caused chaos in the chamber with a ‘sit in’ demanding action on gun control measures. Republican leaders of the House responded by adjourning for recess, skipping the final two working days on the calendar for the House this month. The Vermont law does have a six-month grace period on penalties until January. However, many major food companies pledged to comply nationally with the Vermont mandatory GMO labeling law and have already begun shipping properly labeled products.


House Lawmakers Question EPA on Glyphosate Report

At a U.S. House committee hearing this week, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator told lawmakers the recently published report on glyphosate is no indication of what the EPA’s final decision will be. In early May, the EPA published, and then pulled a report from the agency’s website that concluded glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. That report, labeled “final,” from the EPA’s independent Cancer Assessment Review Committee, was only a “step in the process,” according to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. She says the warrants a larger agency review. DTN reports the final decision by the EPA on glyphosate is expected sometime this fall. Representative Frank Lucas of Oklahoma says there is concern among the farm community the agency’s action may indicate a disagreement with the conclusion EPA had mistakenly released last month. McCarthy responded by saying “this is not an indication we don’t agree with the assessment,” adding “the problem was it was not a final agency decision.”


Agriculture: A Deadly Occupation

New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show agriculture as one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. A list compiled by Forbes shows the top 15 most dangerous jobs in the United States. Agriculture directly made the list in three separate categories. Classified under, Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers, farm laborers and equipment operators were ranked 12th on the list, with 18.2 fatalities per 100,000 employees in 2014.The classification Farming, Fishing and Forestry Occupations made the list at number nine, with 24.1 deaths per 100,00 employees. Finally, ranked seventh on the list, the general category of Farmers, Ranchers and other Agricultural Managers logged 26 fatalities per 100,000 employees in 2014. Further, an argument can be made that the two most dangerous jobs in the nation are also directly related to agriculture. The second deadliest job in the United States is Fishing and Related Fishing Workers. Topping the list was logging workers, with 109.5 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2014.


Monsanto, Argentina, Agree to Royalties Collection Pact

Monsanto and Argentina have announced an agreement regarding the collection of royalties of genetically modified soybeans in Argentina. The agreement ends years of dispute between the world’s largest seed company and the third-largest grower of soybeans, according to Bloomberg News. Under the agreement, Argentina will have full control of seed commercialization to ensure private companies like Monsanto will be able to collect royalties’ payments. The agreement represents a cultural shift for Argentine farmers, who have generally avoided paying royalties to seed companies by using GMO seeds saved from previous harvests or purchased from non-registered suppliers. The agreement should help secure revenue for Monsanto from its third-largest market, after the U.S. and Brazil.

DuPont, Bayer Launch Agriculture Startup Venture

DuPont, Bayer AG, the venture capital firm Finistere Ventures, along with two others have launched a $15-million accelerator fund known as Radicle that will back startup agriculture technology companies. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports that many companies have jumped into the billion dollar agriculture-tech startup industry, hoping to profit from increasingly sophisticated tools regarding seed traits, weather sensors and unmanned aerial vehicles, among other technologies. For Bayer and DuPont, the venture may bring access to new research to address or complement gaps in their product lines.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service