07-07-16 NCGA Thanks Senate, Urges Quick House Action on GMO Labeling

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NCGA Thanks Senate, Urges Quick House Action on GMO Labeling 

The National Corn Growers Association praised the U.S. Senate for its vote today passing the Roberts-Stabenow agreement. Now NCGA urges the House to quickly take up and pass this important legislation.
“Today, our representatives in the Senate took an important step toward bringing consistency to the marketplace,’ said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland. “The Roberts-Stabenow agreement ensures consumers have the access to product information they deserve without stigmatizing this safe, proven technology that America’s farmers value. Now, we urge the House to build upon the Senate’s work today by quickly taking up and passing this legislation.”

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07-07-16 NMPF Statement on Senate Passage of Roberts-Stabenow Biotech Food Labeling Legislation…

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From Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer:

ARLINGTON, VA – “We are pleased the Senate has approved the Roberts-Stabenow food biotechnology labeling measure, which will help preserve the ability of farmers to use safe, proven agricultural biotechnology tools while providing consumers more information about their food.

“This compromise measure will help resolve the marketplace confusion that has already erupted as a result of the Vermont law, with thousands of products set to disappear from store shelves because companies no longer wish to do business in that state. Continue reading

07-07-16 Western Stock Show Association Announces New Member…

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Western Stock Show Association announces new member

Brooke Fox CALFJuly 7, 2016 – Denver, CO.   –  The board of the Western Stock Show Association has announced the addition of Brooke Fox to the association’s board of directors.

Brooke Fox is a third generation Coloradoan and currently works as the President and CEO of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF).  The CALF is a non-profit which provides educational opportunities for youth and adults alike to connect with agriculture through educational programs, community projects, and special events leading agriculture organizations.  Prior to this, Brooke served as a Natural Resource consultant and negotiator on open space, endangered species, land management and other issues for the Chatfield Basin Conservation Network, local governments, and land management entities. Brooke was the first Director of Douglas County’s Division of Open Space and Natural Resources. Continue reading

07-07-16 USMEF: Strong May Results for U.S. Beef, Pork Exports…

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Strong May Results for U.S. Beef, Pork Exports

U.S. red meat exports gained momentum in May with shipments of both beef and pork increasing significantly year-over-year and reaching 2016 highs, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

May beef export volume increased 12 percent from a year ago to 99,451 metric tons (mt). Export value ($533.3 million) was 4 percent lower than a year ago but still the highest since July 2015. For January through May, export volume moved 3 percent ahead of last year’s pace at 442,627 mt, while value was down 11 percent to $2.37 billion. Continue reading

07-07-16 American Agri-Women, Caterpillar Inc. Announce Partnership

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American Agri-Women, Caterpillar Inc. Announce Partnership

COLCHESTER, Vt., July 7, 2016 — American Agri-Women (AAW) is announcing a new partnership with Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) that will help educate AAW members and others on how to safely operate and manage the equipment they use on their farms, ranches and properties. Continue reading

07-07-16 Northern Water Fact Sheet: Learn more about Drought Tolerant Kentucky Bluegrass for CO…

 

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 7, 2016 – Kentucky bluegrass is popularly considered a high maintenance, high water requirement grass. It has perhaps unfairly acquired a reputation of being a grass to avoid with respect to outdoor residential water conservation. For those that want a lush lawn and want to plant a drought tolerant variety of Kentucky Bluegrass here in the arid climate of NE CO, Northern Water has put together a FACT SHEET for anyone interested in doing so. It was authored by my guest, Dr. Mary Hattendorf, Water & Management Conservation Specialist @ Northern Water…

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CLICK HERE to view Northern Water’s Landscape & Watering Fact Sheet

CLICK HERE to learn more about Northern Water’s Conservation Gardens

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07-07-16 Red Angus Convention to spotlight excellence and progress in the beef industry…

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Red Angus Convention to spotlight excellence and progress in the beef industry

Convention_Logo_BlueDenton, Texas – “Oklahoma, where the Red Angus Roam” is the theme for the 2016 National Red Angus Convention being planned for September 7-9, 2016 in Oklahoma City. With the spotlight on excellence and capturing additional dollars from the marketplace, Red Angus cattle raisers will not want to miss this information-packed, three-day event. Continue reading

07-07-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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photo courtesy of Cody Smith of Merino, CO

07-07-16 NRCS-CO/CSU Ext: Upcoming Front Range Workshops…

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Soil Amendments for Mountain Land

July 9 at noon
Lyons, CO

This workshop is hosted by Big Thompson Conservation District. $10 includes lunch. Learn about mountain soils, soil testing, and how to improve granitic and sandy soils from small acreage coordinator, Jennifer Cook, CSU Extension/NRCS. RSVP to info@bigthompson.org or 970-624-7570.

Healthy Soils

July 14 at noon
Berthoud, CO

This workshop is hosted by Big Thompson Conservation District. $10 includes lunch. Learn about what you can do to improve your soil health from Clark Harshbarger, NRCS soil Scientist. RSVP to info@bigthompson.org or970-624-7570.

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07-07-16 CFVGA: Crop Calendar Helps Buyers Know When & Where to Buy Colorado Produce…

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Crop Calendar Helps Buyers Know When & Where to Buy Colorado Produce

Does Colorado grow kiwifruit? Apples? Broccoli? Potatoes? Are you planning to make peach cobbler in May but frustrated that Colorado peaches are nowhere to be found? Have you wondered if the “Colorado Proud” sticker on potatoes, cucumbers and tomatoes in winter is correct? Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, July 7th…

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Senate Passes Cloture Vote on GMO Labeling

The U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon narrowly approved a procedural vote on GMO labeling, setting up a possible final vote Thursday (today), according to the Hagstrom Report. The Senate voted 65 to 32 to limit debate on the bill. The voting was briefly interrupted by protesters throwing money and yelling “you’ve been bribed by Monsanto.” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada voted against the bill, arguing that senators should have had the opportunity to offer amendments. The bill, known as the Roberts-Stabenow compromise, preempts state laws requiring labeling of genetically modified foods and establishes a federal mandatory disclosure system. The compromise was reached after lengthy back-and-forth debate between Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and the committee’s ranking Democrat, Debbie Stabenow. Farm Groups, such as the American Farm Bureau, the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association, are urging the U.S. House to quickly consider the measure once it presumptively passes the Senate.

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ASA Survey Finds Vermont GMO Labeling Law Misleading

A recent online survey found Vermont’s GMO labeling law strongly misleads consumers. The survey, sponsored by the American Soybean Association, asked more than 1,600 shoppers regarding their understanding of five common on-pack food labels. When consumers were asked about the GMO label statements mandated by the Vermont law, the survey showed that on-pack labeling misled consumers to wrongly perceive the labeled product as less safe, less healthful, less nutritious, and worse for the environment. Approximately 73 percent of consumers responding to the survey indicated they would be less likely to buy foods bearing one of the required on-pack GMO label disclosures. The five food labels tested were common food label statements related to trans-fat, allergens, gluten, organic and GMOs. Following the announcement, ASA concluded “the survey results strongly suggest support for the Roberts Stabenow compromise.”

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House Passes Global Food Security Act of 2016

The U.S. House Wednesday passed the Global Food Security Act of 2016 by a vote of 369-53, giving the food aid bill final congressional approval. The bill ensures that both Feed the Future and the Emergency Food Security Program extend beyond the Obama administration. Among other things, the legislation requires the President’s administration to develop a government-wide strategy for addressing food security. House Agriculture Committee Chair Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican, stated he looks forward to monitoring implementation of the bill and “developing a better understanding of how our foreign assistance dollars are being put to use.” A statement issued by the White House called the bill “an overwhelmingly bipartisan piece of legislation” that puts the President’s global hunger and food security initiative into law. 

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Food Demand Growth Projected to Slow

A new report suggests slower population growth will result in a slowdown of growth in food demand. The new Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025 report also projects that increasing food production efficiency will lower overall food prices across the globe, according to Meatingplace. The report is a collaboration between the Organization for Economic Co-operations and Development, and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. The global groups say that prices for main crops, livestock and fish prices all fell in 2015, opening the door for an end to high food prices after record-high meat prices in 2014. The report adds robust supply growth combined with weakening demand in the wake of general economic slowdowns will help fuel the price reductions. Global malnutrition also is expected to decline between 11 percent and eight percent in the next decade, but the report also expects higher consumption of sugar and fats.

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Vietnam Cotton Imports Provides Small Benefit to U.S. Farmers

Vietnam is poised to import roughly 1.2 million metric tons of cotton this year, slightly boosting exports of the crop for the United States. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports the 1.2 million metric ton figure represents a 19 percent increase from the year prior. Rising demand in Vietnam’s textile industry and limited domestic production has increased the nations need to export, according to the Vietnam Cotton and Spinning Association. Most of the imported cotton will come from the United States, followed by India, Brazil and Australia. Vietnam’s overall textile and garment exports are expected to surge 36 percent this year to the equivalent value of $31 billion.

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Agrium Acquiring Cargill’s U.S. Ag Retail business

Agrium announced Wednesday the company will purchase Cargill’s agriculture retail business in the United States. Canada-based Agrium is North America’s largest retail seller of crop inputs and will acquire 18 agriculture retail locations in Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. In a news release, Agrium stated company officials expect the deal to close by the end of the third quarter, following regulatory review. The deal does not involve any of Cargill’s agriculture retail sites in Canada. Cargill operates 57 AgHorizons retail locations in Canada and 34 are attached to Cargill grain elevators. Reuters says the deal marks the latest transformative move for privately held Cargill, which is refocusing its operations by exiting some lower-margin businesses and expanding into higher-margin endeavors.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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