07-20-16 Colorado Pork Producers seek Producers to serve as Board Members…

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Colorado Pork Producers seek Producers to serve as Board Members

The Colorado Pork Producers Council seeks candidates to run for four vacant positions on the CPPC Board of directors.  The election will be held August 25 in the Colorado Building, Pueblo,  Colorado, at the CPPC annual meeting.  The following is the criteria for membership and to run for a board position.    Continue reading

07-20-16 Colorado Pork Producers announce Annual Meeting at CSF Aug 25th…

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The Colorado Pork Producers Association announce their annual meeting and invite anyone who raises hogs in Colorado and their guests, to attend.  The event will be held August 25, at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in the Colorado Building, Pueblo, Colorado, and will kick off the State Fair hog shows beginning August 26. Continue reading

07-20-16 NMPF Supports Senate Legislation to Create Tax Incentive for Investments in Biogas and Nutrient Recovery

NMPF Supports Senate Legislation to Create Tax Incentive for Investments in Biogas and Nutrient Recovery

NMPF logo 2 102715ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today endorsed new Senate legislation that would help dairy farmers increase their investment in technologies that can improve water and air quality and maximize the value of nutrients.

Senate Bill 3248, introduced by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) of the Senate Finance Committee, mirrors legislation introduced by the House of Representatives in June. Like the House bill, S. 3248 will modify Section 48 of the tax code to make biogas systems and nutrient recovery technologies eligible for an already-existing 30 percent investment tax credit to cover capital costs. This needed policy change will help dairy farmers to reduce their environmental footprint, both on their farms and in their communities. Continue reading

07-20-16 Produce Industry Urged to “Save the Date” for CFVGA’s 3rd Annual Conference…

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Produce Industry Urged to “Save the Date” for  Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association 3rd Annual Conference

Feb. 21, 2016, Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel
The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is urging all Coloradoans connected to the produce industry to put Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 on their calendars as the day for the organization’s third annual conference. The full-day conference will build on last year’s event, which was attended by more than 300 people, including 20 produce buyers, 35 exhibitors and 30 speakers.
“The conference will feature networking opportunities, business contact introductions and a chance to learn what is new in our industry,” said CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Family Farms, Brighton, Colo. “The conference committee has been hard at working planning another great event. Program details will be relayed once confirmed.” Continue reading

07-20-16 CFVGA: Who Knew Cabbage Could Be So Delicious?

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Who Knew Cabbage Could Be So Delicious?

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) has teamed up with Chef Jason Morse, 5280 Culinary, to create and demonstrate on film produce-focused recipes. Today, CFVGA releases the first of these recipes: Braised Colorado Cabbage.
“This is a fantastic recipe that braises Colorado cabbage, carrots, onions and apples in beer,” said Chef Jason. “It is easy to prepare, especially now when these produce items are abundantly available fresh from Colorado growers’ fields and orchards.” Continue reading

07-20-16 Senator Joe Donnelly Receives NCGA President’s Award

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Senator Joe Donnelly Receives NCGA President’s Award

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WASHINGTON (July 20, 2016) – National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling today presented the NCGA President’s Award to U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana. This award is given annually to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn farmers and agriculture.

“Senator Donnelly is a true advocate for farmers in Indiana and throughout the country,” said Bowling. “He is one of ethanol’s biggest champions in Congress. He understands the importance of ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard, which has made America more energy independent, strengthened the rural economy, and given consumers more choices, lower prices, and cleaner air. He has consistently defended the RFS and has spearheaded meetings with the Administration in support of this policy. He is also a lead sponsor of a bill that would give consumers access to higher blends of ethanol year-round.”

US Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana NCGA“Indiana and America’s corn farmers are providing the feed, food, and fuel that help to feed our families and power our economy,” said Senator Donnelly. “It is an honor to be recognized by the National Corn Growers Association, and I look forward to continuing to work hard every day to bring the wisdom of America’s farmers to Washington to advance the interests of our farming and rural communities.”

“Senator Donnelly knows that farmers need clarity and certainty when it comes to regulations that affect their business,” said Bowling. “He cosponsored the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, a bipartisan bill to improve and clarify the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ Waters of the U.S. rule. While the bill ultimately fell short, we appreciate his efforts to find a permanent, constructive solution to the WOTUS rule.” Continue reading

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EPA Study Supports Keeping Fuel Efficiency Targets for 2025

A highly anticipated study from the Environmental Protection Agency supports staying the course on fuel efficiency targets that automakers say are unattainable by 2025. Bloomberg says current industry trends show cars getting between 50 and 52 miles per gallon by 2025, which is short of the original projection of 54 miles per gallon. The report that came out Monday was put together by the EPA, the National Highway Transportation Safety Board, and the California Air Resources Board. The report says automobile manufacturers have different technologies they can turn to for help in meeting the original projection and it will be cheaper than first thought. A spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said it will be a big challenge to meet the “very aggressive requirements of the 2022-2025 federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas rule, especially with changes in the current marketplace.” The Alliance worries that excessive regulatory costs could impact car buyers and those who manufacture those cars. 


Monsanto Calls Bayer’s Revised Proposal Inadequate

The Monsanto Board of Directors announced its unanimous conclusion that Bayer’s revised proposal of $55 million to take over Monsanto was financially inadequate and won’t provide for certainty in the deal. The Board did say it remains open to continuing conversations with Bayer and other parties to see if a deal can be reached that would be in the best interests of Monsanto’s shareholders. Bloomberg said at this time there isn’t any deal in the works and nothing is set in stone. Bayer said it was disappointed by Monsanto’s reaction, calling the revised, all-cash offer a “compelling opportunity.” A Bloomberg analyst said Bayer has enough financing available to raise it’s offer to $158 per share. It’s the second rejection for Bayer, who had an offer of $122 a share turned down by Monsanto back in May. Buying Monsanto would give Bayer the largest seed supplier and a leader in crop biotechnology.  


USDA Proposes Changes to Beef and Soybean Checkoffs

The USDA’s Ag Marketing Service has proposed changes to both the beef and soybean checkoff programs. In special circumstances, the proposed changes would allow producers to request that their assessment be sent to a certified state board or the national checkoff. Feedstuffs says in most cases, assessments are collected by a certified state board, which keeps a portion of it, before sending the rest on to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board or the United Soybean Board. Some states have laws that allow state assessments and some don’t. As a result, the Ag Marketing Service decided to add a provision to these promotion and research orders that allow producers to redirect them to national programs in certain cases and ensures that producers pay the full amount. For producers to request their assessments go from a state program to a national one, they have to live in a state that meets two requirements: Either there isn’t a state law requiring assessments to a state board or council, or there is a state law requiring assessments but allows for refunds. 


Water Challenges Around the World Are Getting Worse

On Monday, a panel of experts said world water scarcity is a growing problem that will have a direct effect on agriculture and an expanding population that will need food. DTN/The Progressive Farmer says panelists at an Ag Symposium at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City said farmers worldwide need to find a way to produce more food on the same amount of land or they’ll need to broaden agriculture’s footprint in the face of expanding water shortages. Mark Rosegrant of the International Food Policy Research Institute said water scarcity has grown in recent years and drought is expanding in different areas of the world. He said the adoption of new technologies, including drop and sprinkler irrigation, is not having system-wide benefits as far as curbing water use. However, the panel also said the rate of growth in annual grain production yields of 1.2 percent between 1965-2011 won’t be enough to feed a projected population of nine billion in 2050.


Merger in China to Create Global Grain Trading Force

China National Cereal Company along with Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation announced a merger with Chinatex. The goal is to create a bigger company to compete with the “ABCD companies” in global grain trading. World Grain Dot Com said the term ABCD refers to companies that act as a middle man between farmers and grain markets in global trading. The groups are ADM Company, Bunge Limited, and Cargill Incorporated from the U.S., along with Louis Dreyfuss SAS in the Netherlands. Chinatex is one of the nation’s main textile and grain trading groups, and will now become a subsidiary of the nation’s biggest food trader after the merger. This indicates that the central government will now push ahead with efforts to redo state-owned enterprises this year. The three companies are huge in terms of total volume of grains traded. The total amount of purchased corn exceeds domestic volumes, and the soybean import volume accounts for more than 30 percent of the total imports into China. 


US Imports of Beef Products from Brazil is Rising

U.S. imports of processed beef and sub-beef products from Brazil rose 34 percent in June over the previous month. They’re expected to keep rising every year to get back to the volumes that were traded before imports were suspended in 2010. The U.S. doesn’t bring in fresh beef from Brazil but does purchase a lot of processed products like canned corned beef. U.S. purchases from Brazil totaled $27.6 million in June, which means America is now one of the biggest beef buyers from Brazil. U.S. purchases were suspended from April to December in 2010 due to high levels of anti-parasitic medications in beef imports. Industrialized beef exports from Brazil have been increasing every year since 2012. They’re expected to go higher after the countries sign a formal agreement to authorize fresh beef trade, which could happen this year. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service