07-14-16 NCBA: Six Ranches Awarded for Honored for Stewardship Efforts

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DENVER (July 14, 2016) – The tradition of cattlemen and women serving as stewards of America’s natural resources was honored today with the announcement of the six regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winners. The recipients who were honored during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, span the country and were nominated for their outstanding efforts to protect land, air and water resources on their individual farming and ranching operations. The regional winners will now compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced in February 2017.  Continue reading

07-14-16 ASA Applauds Senator Grassley’s Introduction of Biodiesel Tax Credit Reform, Extension Act

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ASA Applauds Senator Grassley’s Introduction of Biodiesel Tax Credit Reform, Extension Act

WASHINGTON (June 14, 2016)—The American Soybean Association supports the work of Sen. Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Cantwell (D-Wash.) and the other 12 senators who yesterday introduced legislation to reform the biodiesel tax credit to a domestic production credit and extend the new policy through 2019.

“This bill allows producers the security they need to grow their operations in the coming years, and will help to continue biodiesel’s success in diversifying the fuel market,” said ASA president Richard Wilkins, from Greenwood, Del. “This tax credit and extension is vital to the industry’s continued growth, and will maximize the added value of domestic production of biofuels.” Continue reading

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07-14-16 NCBA: Cattle Producers Meet in Denver to Establish Direction for Industry

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DENVER (July 14, 2016) – This week, more than 700 cattle producers are gathered in Denver, Colo., for the annual Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting to set direction for the industry. The event includes meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, American National Cattlewomen and National Cattlemen’s Foundation. The purpose of this yearly Summer Business Meeting is to create the framework for policy and checkoff efforts on behalf of U.S. cattle producers for the year ahead. Continue reading

07-14-16 CCGA thanks Congress for passing nationwide GMO-labeling standards, now urging presidential action

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CCGA thanks Congress for passing nationwide GMO-labeling standards,
now urging presidential action

The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) and many others today are praising the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of S. 764.

“CCGA, the National Corn Growers Association and other representatives of the agriculture industry want to thank Chairmen Conaway and Roberts, Ranking Members Peterson and Stabenow, Congressmen Pompeo and Butterfield, and all of the members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, who worked together to pass this bill,” said CCGA President Dave Eckhardt, who represents the fourth generation to operate his family’s farm near LaSalle, Colo. “We’d also like to specifically recognize Congressman Doug Lamborn for voting on behalf of Colorado’s ag industry today, as well as our U.S. Senators from Colorado, Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, for their support of the bill in recent weeks, which helped get this measure from the Senate to the House in a timely manner for a vote.”    Continue reading

07-14-16 CFB: U.S. House passes GMO labeling compromise

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U.S. House passes GMO labeling compromise

Centennial, Colo. July 14, 2016 Colorado Farm Bureau is pleased that the House of Representatives passed the S. 764 by a vote of 306-117. S. 764 created a national labeling standard for food containing GMO’s.

“We would like to thank Congressman Lamborn for standing with Colorado agriculture today and joining Senators Bennet and Gardner in passing legislation creating a national standard on GMO labeling,” President of Colorado Farm Bureau Don Shawcroft said. “This legislation will end the confusion created by a state-by-state approach to food labeling.” Continue reading

07-14-16 USDA releases July 2016 WASDE Update..

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The current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is now available in PDF, XML, and Microsoft Excel formats at:

http://www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde

Acrobat Reader, which is required to view and print the WASDE report, can be downloaded at:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

The next release of the WASDE report will be August 12, 2016.

Previous WASDE reports are available at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1194.

07-14-16 NMPF Comment on Passage of Biotech Labeling Bill in House of Representatives

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From Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer:

ARLINGTON, VA – “Today’s action in the U.S. House to pass the Senate’s biotech food labeling bill is a resounding rejection of activists who have been working for years to undermine consumers’ understanding of the safety of food biotechnology. By reasserting the federal government’s role in regulating food labeling, the Congress is ending the ‘death by a thousand cuts’ approach of potentially conflicting state laws in this area. Continue reading

07-14-16 ASA Congratulates House on GMO Labeling Passage, Looks to Move Forward

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ASA Congratulates House on GMO Labeling Passage, Looks to Move Forward

WASHINGTON (July 14, 2016) – Following the House passage of a bill that creates a national labeling standard for foods containing GMO ingredients, American Soybean Association (ASA) President Richard Wilkins, a soybean farmer from Greenwood, Del., recognized the House’s bipartisan work to provide certainty in the marketplace with the following statement:

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07-14-16 AEM: Midyear U.S. Tractor and Combine Sales: Overall Market Tracks Ahead of 5-Year Average…

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Midyear U.S. Tractor and Combine Sales: Overall Market Tracks Ahead of 5-Year Average, Says AEM

MILWAUKEE, July 14, 2016 – Overall U.S. retail sales of ag tractors and combines continued to beat the 5-year average as 2016 hit the midyear mark, with smaller tractors still the sales leader, according to data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the leading trade organization for off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Continue reading

07-14-16 Vital for CO: Devastating impacts of setback initiative continue to worsen…

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Devastating impacts of setback initiative continue to worsen
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DENVER (July 14, 2016) – Today, a new economic study confirms the devastating financial impacts a proposed anti-energy initiative will have on Colorado’s economy. The Business Research Division of the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business finds that proposed Initiative #78, which aims to increase setbacks from energy development to 2,500 feet, would cost Colorado billions in its gross domestic product and over 100,000 jobs. Continue reading

07-14-16 ASTA: Biotechnology Disclosure Bill Good News for American Families, Farmers

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Biotechnology Disclosure Bill Good News for American Families, Farmers

Alexandria, Va.—July 14, 2016—The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) praised today’s passage of common sense legislation to provide a transparent, uniform national food disclosure standard while protecting consumers, farmers and small businesses from the harmful consequences of a confusing and costly patchwork of state labeling mandates.  Continue reading

07-14-16 NCGA Thanks House, Urges Presidential Action

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NCGA Thanks House, Urges Presidential Action

ST. LOUIS (July 14, 2016) — The National Corn Growers Association praised the U.S. House of Representatives for its vote today passing S. 764. Particularly, the association praised Chairmen Conaway and Roberts, Ranking Members Peterson and Stabenow, Congressmen Pompeo and Butterfield, and all of the members of Congress, from both sides of the aisle, who worked together to pass this bill.

Now, NCGA calls upon President Obama to quickly sign this bill into law, thus avoiding the negative impacts of Vermont’s law.

“Today, our representatives in the House built upon last week’s work in the Senate, taking another important step toward bringing consistency to the marketplace,’ said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland. “This achievement was made possible as members of the food and agricultural value chain came together as never before to advance a solution that works for farmers, food companies and, most importantly, consumers.

“S. 764 ensures consumers have the access to product information without stigmatizing this safe, proven technology that America’s farmers value. Now that both houses of Congress have come together to address this important issue, we ask that the President take the final step by signing this legislation into law.”

America’s corn farmers, along with other family farmers across the country, rely on agricultural biotechnology to meet the demand of an ever-growing global population, while reducing their impact on the environment. The bill passed today ensures that mandatory, on-pack labels do not place an unwarranted stigma on safe, proven technology.

NCGA, working with partners across the value chain, has pushed for a solution to this issue for more than two years now as a member of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food.

For more information on the need for a federal labeling standard, visit the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, at www.CFSAF.org.

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07-14-16 National Cattlemen’s Foundation Accepting Applications for W.D. Farr Scholarships

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DENVER (July 14, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for the W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2016-17 school year. The scholarship was established by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation to honor the successful career of the late W. D. Farr.  Two annual $12,000 grants will be awarded to outstanding graduate students that demonstrate superior achievement in academics and leadership and will allow the students to further their study in fields that benefit the cattle and beef industry. Continue reading

07-14-16 CO Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of William Armstrong…

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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of William Armstrong

US Sen_William_L_ArmstrongDENVER — Thursday, July 14, 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise until sunset on Friday, July 15, 2016, in honor of former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong who passed away on July 6.

Armstrong, 79, represented Colorado in state and federal offices for 28 years. A Colorado businessman, he was elected at the age of 25 from Arapahoe County to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1962 and he served one term.  He was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 1964 and served as Senate Majority Leader from 1969 to 1972. Armstrong was elected to United States House of Representatives from the newly created Fifth Congressional District in 1972 and served three terms. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1978 and reelected in 1984.  After not seeking reelection in 1990, Armstrong returned to running his many business interests.  He became president of Colorado Christian University in 2006 and had recently announced his retirement from that position. Armstrong also served in the United States Army National Guard. Continue reading

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GMO Labeling Bill Set for Debate and Vote in U.S. House

The U.S. House is expected to consider and likely pass the Senate’s GMO labeling bill Thursday (today). The House Rules Committee passed a closed rule on Senate Bill 764, the Genetically Modified Foods Labeling Bill, setting the bill up for debate without amendments and a vote, earlier this week. The White House confirmed Wednesday that President Obama would sign the compromise labeling bill. The legislation requires either an on-package label, or smart-label that directs consumers to more information through a smartphone. The Hagstrom Report says Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has been a big supporter of the smart-label technology included in the bill as a potential compromise to getting the labeling issue resolved. The bill passed the Senate last week. The House Rules Committee rejected a couple of amendments, and its Republican Chairman, Pete Sessions of Texas, said the House has a lot of work to do before Friday. He expects the House to be in session until well after midnight on Thursday night, but not on Friday. Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern expects the bill to pass the House and be signed by President Obama shortly afterward. 

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U.S. Breweries Ride Labeling Wave

Six of America’s brewers, including three of the largest, will start posting nutritional information on all containers for sale by 2020. Pro Agriculture says three of the bigger brewers involved include Anheuser-Busch, Heineken USA, and Miller-Coors. The Beer Institute is the trade group that represents the nation’s largest brewers, and they’ll voluntarily begin applying labeling standards in an industry that has largely avoided increasing consumer demand for more nutrition information. The other three breweries include Constellation Brands Beer Division, the Craft Brew Alliance, and North American Breweries. Together with the other three, they produce around 80 percent of the beer consumed by Americans each year. The beer makers will identify ingredients on bottling, another part of the package, or on websites. Beer containers will also carry freshness dates. The labeling move is “an effort to get in line with where consumers are,” said Craft Brew CEO Andy Thomas.

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NPPC Opposes Proposed Animal Welfare Changes

The National Pork Producers Council wants its members to voice their opinions on the new organic animal welfare standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Ag. The standards are unprecedented because if they’re passed, it’s the first time they’ll be written into federal law. NPPC says it could present problems for producers.  NPPC says the standards won’t change the concept of organic food and agriculture, but they could be broadened to include regular livestock production methods. Another policy change NPPC opposes is in Massachusetts, where a livestock housing initiative backed by the Humane Society of the U.S.A. will appear on the November ballot. It would ban the use of certain types of animal housing, including gestation pens for sows, pens for veal calves, and cages for laying hens. It would also prohibit the sale in-state of meat and eggs from confined animals. NPPC believes this prevents producers from caring for their animals. For example, gestation crates are approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association as appropriate for pregnant sows. NPPC said banning sales of meat and eggs because of production styles would needlessly drive up the prices for these products and limit consumption.

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Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Deal Goes to A Vote

A free trade agreement between Canada and Ukraine was signed on Monday and will go to a vote in the parliaments of both countries for approval. AgCanada says the deal is expected to benefit Canada’s livestock sector, among others. The signing follows a recent surge in trade between the countries that totaled $278 million in 2015, which was 14 percent higher than the year before. Canadian exports totaled $210 million in 2015, and imports from Ukraine reached $67 million. Trade officials say the greatest opportunities are for beef and dairy cattle producers, sheep and goat producers, along with beef, pork, and poultry packers and processors. Global Affairs Canada also notes significant opportunities in agricultural machinery and livestock management technologies. Global Affairs staff in Canada say long term business relationships between Ukraine and other former Soviet countries, especially Russia, have disintegrated. As a result, there may be more opportunities for Canadian companies as Ukraine’s trade market diversifies, particularly in food and agriculture. 

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Women-In-Ag Trade Mission to the Far East in September

The U.S. Department of Agriculture began its Women in Ag Initiative as a way to highlight the role that women play in the agriculture industry. The goal is to encourage more women to step up into leadership roles within the industry and inspire the next generation of women to do the same thing. A Women in Ag-led trade mission to Hong Kong and Shanghai, China, takes place on September 7-15. The mission lets these women forge relationships with potential customers and trading partners, interact with government officials, and develop strategies for starting or increasing sales in these markets. The trip also allows participants to understand the roles that women play in China’s agricultural industry. Hong Kong and Shanghai were picked as destinations for the mission because the U.S. enjoys strong trading relations with both countries. Hong Kong relies on imports for 95 percent of its food supply, and China was the second largest market for American ag exports in 2015 to the tune of $23.5 billion.

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Ag Groups Host Events at Party Conventions

Farm and agribusiness groups are planning their traditional events at the upcoming Republican and Democratic national conventions this month. DTN/The Progressive Farmer reports they’ll have some competition from a group called Plate of the Union, which is a coalition of groups with close ties to the Environmental Working Group. Plate of the Union plans to highlight a radically different version of American agriculture. The Great American Farm Luncheon will take place at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, July 20 in Cleveland. The Leaders of American Agriculture cocktail reception will take place at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, July 26, in Philadelphia. Plate of the Union will have an event at each convention location a day before the farm groups hold theirs.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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