07-08-16 NPPC URGES PRODUCERS TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON ORGANIC ANIMAL WELFARE RULES

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NPPC URGES PRODUCERS TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON ORGANIC ANIMAL WELFARE RULES

NPPC is encouraging pork producers to weigh in on new organic animal welfare standards proposed by USDA. If promulgated, it would be the first time welfare standards are codified in federal law and would present serious challenges to livestock producers, according to NPPC. The organization is urging producers to submit by the July 13 deadline comments in opposition to the proposed rules, which not only wouldn’t change the concept of “organic” but could be broadened to encompass conventional livestock production. (Click here to submit comments.) Continue reading

07-08-16 CDPHE News: New solid waste plan addresses disposal, management throughout Colorado…

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New solid waste plan addresses disposal, management throughout the state

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today released a plan to address Colorado’s solid waste and waste diversion and recycling needs over the next 20 years.

The Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan will guide the development of waste disposal, collection and diversion options for various geographic regions in the state and is a road map for future waste management in Colorado. The plan recommends: Continue reading

07-08-16 CFB: U.S. Senate passes GMO labeling compromise…

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Centennial, Colo. July 8, 2016 – Colorado Farm Bureau is pleased that the Senate passed the Roberts/Stabenow compromise on the labeling of foods containing GMO by a vote of 63-30.

“The Senate had to take this issue up quickly because a single state in the northeast is imposing their will upon us,” President of Colorado Farm Bureau Don Shawcroft said. “The Vermont GMO labeling law took effect on July 1. While this law aims to increase food labeling transparency and consumer knowledge, it is neither transparent nor does it give information that consumers want. Simply put, it doesn’t do what it claims to do, and without Senate action America will be stuck in a lose-lose situation  There have been calls for Vermont law to be the law of the land, but last time I checked, Vermont state legislators have not been elected by Coloradans.” Continue reading

07-08-16 FAS is Now Accepting Applications for a September 2016 Trade Mission to Hong Kong and China…

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Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor will lead a trade mission September 7-15, 2016 to Hong Kong and Shanghai, China. Designed for women leaders, the mission will enable participants to forge relationships with potential customers and trading partners, interact with Government officials, gather market intelligence that will help them develop strategies to start or expand sales in these key markets, and gain valuable insight into the role women play in China’s agricultural industry.

In 2014 USDA began its Women in Agriculture initiative as a way to highlight the roles women play in the agriculture industry, from farm to fork to boardroom. The goal is to encourage more women to take on leadership roles in the industry, while inspiring the next generation of young, second career, and socially disadvantaged women to pursue food and agriculture. This trade mission is the next step in increasing women’s leadership through creating important business-to-business connections with foreign counterparts. Although this ATM is targeted at women, men are welcome to apply.

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07-08-16 ASI 2016 Photo Contest…

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DENVER, Colo.Once again, it’s time to start sorting through your photos. Remember that great shot you took during lambing? Or the one you snapped while pushing the sheep to summer range? Or how about the one you’ve been planning to take of the flock out on pasture? They could pay off in the form of a cash award in the 2016 ASI Photo Contest.

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07-08-16 “The Dog Lover,” A Protect The Harvest Film, Opens Today

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The long wait is over! We’re excited to announce that “The Dog Lover” opens today in theaters and Video On Demand, nationwide.

Beautifully shot, heart-pounding, and gut-wrenching; this movie will open your eyes to a world you only thought you knew. You have to see this to truly understand what happens when you end up on the wrong side of right.

The movie is inspired by several real-life events, you can learn more about one of them here.

To find out where it’s playing go to www.TheDogLoverMovie.com.

Here’s what people are saying: “A great David and Goliath story.”  “Grazes A Nerve.” “A dramatic thriller.” 

 

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07-08-16 Farm Foundation hosting Forum “What Brexit Means for the Global Food System” on July 13th

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July 13: What Brexit Means for the Global Food System

On June 23, voters in Great Britain called on the nation to withdraw from the European Union (EU). While it may take years before Great Britain formally leaves the EU, the potential repercussions are already

generating political and economic uncertainty across many sectors, including agriculture.

On Wednesday, July 13, the Farm Foundation Forum will explore the topic:

What Brexit Means for the Global Food System. Perspectives on  the topic will be presented by:

07-08-16 USDA-FAS: Weekly Export Sales…

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This report is based on individual reports submitted by private exporters and identifies outstanding sales and accumulated exports of selected U.S. agricultural commodities.  The report is published weekly, normally on Thursday morning at 8:30 A.M.

A PDF file of the complete report is attached.  For more information you may visit: www.fas.usda.gov/programs/export-sales-reporting-program.

For a schedule of upcoming FAS reports, please visit www.fas.usda.gov/data-analysis/report-release-calendar.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, July 8th…

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(The Senate was expected to vote on the compromise GMO labeling bill Thursday evening. An additional story will be forthcoming following the outcome.)

BREAKING AG NEWS

Senate Passes GMO Labeling Bill Thursday Night

The U.S. Senate late Thursday night passed a bipartisan GMO labeling bill, sending the measure on to the U.S. House of Representatives. On a vote of 63 to 30, the Senate approved the bill that will mandate labeling of genetically modified foods and preempt state labeling laws. The bill requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture  to administer GMO labeling required through either on package notification, or smart labels that direct consumers to more information through a smart phone or 1-800 number. The vote occurred after Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon motioned to open the process to allow amendments to the bill. However, his motion failed 30-63. Now, the bill moves on the House, which passed a voluntary GMO labeling bill last year. The House is under pressure from the food industry to take up the Senate version so the bill could be sent to the President before Congress goes into recess on July 15th until September, according to the Hagstrom Report.

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Vermont Politicians Critical of Senate GMO Labeling Bill

As Congress inches closer and closer to passing a GMO labeling bill, Vermont’s Governor criticized the legislation authored by Senate Ag Committee members Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow because the bill is weaker than the Vermont law. Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law went into effect at the beginning of this month. Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont told reporters Wednesday as the bill cleared a cloture vote in the Senate that “It’s a sad day when so many members of the U.S. Senate sell out to big food and big business and turn their backs on those who elected them.” The Roberts-Stabenow bill places a national standard of mandatory GMO labeling requiring either on package labels or smart labels that would direct consumers to more information. The bill would block Vermont’s first in the nation state GMO labeling bill as the Senate bill preempts state labeling laws.

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Global Food Prices Rise in June

The latest Food Price Index shows global food prices moved 4.2 percent higher compared to May of this year. The monthly report released Thursday by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations shows June food prices represented the largest monthly increase witnessed over the past four years. The index averaged 163.4 points in June 2016, 6.6 points higher than in May and one percent below the corresponding month last year.  Except for vegetable oils, the values of all commodity sub-indices included in the index moved higher. The increase was led by a surge in the price of sugar and more moderate increases for cereals(grains), dairy and meat. The dairy index increased 7.8 percent compared to May, but compared to June last year, the Dairy Price Index was down 23 points, or 14 percent. Meanwhile, the Meat Price Index increased 2.4 percent compared to May. Finally, sugar prices jumped 14.8 percent on less positive production prospects in Brazil, the world’s largest sugar producer and exporter, following heavy rains which hampered harvesting operations and lowered sugar yields.

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Increased Rail Freight Demand Expected for July, August

Another year of at or near record crops has rail freight demand on the rise. BNSF Railway reports there are “tangible signs” for much better U.S. grain exports than the industry expected a few months ago, according to BNSF’s chief of agricultural products, John Miller. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports that BNSF has sold record grain shuttles for July and August this year, and the company expects a late surge in the size of the U.S. winter wheat crop. BNSF grain shipments have increased 4.3 percent year over year through week 26 this year, according to the Association of American Railroads.

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New Proposal Eases Travel Burden to Cuba

The Department of Transportation Thursday proposed to select eight U.S. airlines to begin scheduled flights between the United States and Cuba. While not directly impacting agricultural trade between the two nations, it will allow for easier travels by agriculture groups promoting U.S. products in Cuba. In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the move creates “opportunities for American businesses of all sizes.” The proposal comes nearly one year after the United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic relations in July 2015. Still hindering agriculture trade though are limits on financing. Earlier this year, the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba urged Congress to take action to allow private financing for agricultural exports to Cuba. The coalition says that while channels are open for shipping agricultural commodities to Cuba, “those sales have made it difficult to compete with our foreign competitors in the Cuban market.”

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Texas Researchers Find Improved Beef Quality in Cloned Cattle

Scientists at West Texas A&M University are one step closer to helping ranchers produce a herd of cattle that consistently produces the highest-quality beef per animal, along with more beef per animal. In 2012, the University successfully cloned a bull, which they named Alpha, from the carcass of a steer that graded Prime, Yield Grade 1 – the best combination of quality grade and yield grade in the United States. Such a rating is only achieved by about 0.03 percent of all beef carcasses. Three heifers were cloned from another Prime, Yield Grade 1 carcass. While not clones themselves, the 13 calves of Alpha and the heifers were the first bovine offspring ever produced from two cloned carcasses. Last month, seven of them were harvested. The seven steer carcasses were evaluated by a third-party USDA beef grading supervisor and graded significantly above the industry average. The project’s lead researcher, Ty Lawrence, says “by cloning and crossing these rare genetics, we have demonstrated the ability to create exactly what the market desires.”

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USDA Announces $49 Million to Improve Critical Wetlands

The Department of Agriculture Thursday announced a $49 million public-private investment to improve what USDA calls critical wetlands in 12 states. USDA is awarding $44.6 million through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to support ten wetland enhancement projects. Recipients for each project are providing more than $4.3 million in matching funds, bringing the total investment to approximately $49 million. In total, the projects will help to protect, restore or enhance 15,000 wetland acres in critical watersheds. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says the projects will “ensure our land and water resources are healthy now and for the next generation.” The funding will help projects in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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