08-15-16 Remaining Colorado Corn district meetings taking place in Stratton, Yuma and Fort Collins

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Remaining Colorado Corn district meetings taking place in Stratton, Yuma and Fort Collins

Colorado Corn staff and board members encourage farmers and any others interested to attend our upcoming district meetings, where attendees will hear updates about the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), as well as issues impacting the industry.

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08-15-16 The 2016 Quivira Conference “Lights, Soil, Action!”to be held in Albuquerque, NM on Nov 9 – 11…

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2016 Quivira Conference “Lights, Soil, Action!”

Featuring: Dr. Temple Grandin & Wes Jackson

NOVEMBER 9 – 11, 2016, Albuquerque, New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM. – The Quivira Coalition is proud to announce its 2016 Quivira Conference: “Lights, Soil, Action!” taking place Wednesday– Friday, November 9 – 11, 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Thanks to more than three decades of innovation and on-the-ground beta-testing we have an amazing toolbox of regenerative, profitable and potentially scalable solutions to a wide variety of twenty-first century challenges, including drought and food scarcity. However, most of these solutions have not reached their potential despite their many benefits. Quivira’s 15th conference, will tackle the urgent question: How can we transform our world by getting regenerative solutions implemented widely and quickly? What are the obstacles? The opportunities? What are we doing wrong? Right? Continue reading

08-15-16 NASS-CO: USDA TO SURVEY CORN AND POTATO GROWERS…

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USDA TO SURVEY CORN AND POTATO GROWERS

LAKEWOOD, CO – In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will begin contacting corn and potato growers to learn about their production practices during the 2016 growing season. NASS and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) jointly conduct the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS), which gathers data on farmers’ chemical use, pest management, and irrigation practices for these crops.

“This phase of the ARMS survey is a unique data source that demonstrates how farmers responsibly utilize fertilizer, pesticides, and conservation practices to manage their crops, and also gives farmers a voice about what they need for the future,” said NASS Mountain Region Director Bill Meyer. “The results of this survey will help agricultural leaders and decision-makers better understand how producers make decisions about chemical use, new technologies and other aspects of farming. Producers themselves can use the survey results to make irrigation and production decisions on their farm.” Continue reading

08-15-16 Rabobank Expects Rental Prices to Fall and Land Values to Follow…

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Report explores possibility of decline in land values even if rental prices stick

St. Louis, Mo. (August15, 2016) –  A new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group finds that order for U.S. ag commodity production activity to remain economically viable, land rent must decline.  The report, “The Land Value Wave Dips: Land Values Set to Decline Further, Despite Sticky Rental Prices,” explores the impact of low commodity prices on land values and rent prices.. Continue reading

08-15-16 Pork Checkoff News: Expert Panel Named to Judge Pig Farmer Award Finalists…

Expert Panel Named to Judge Pig Farmer Award Finalists 

Final Steps Underway to Announce 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM

DES MOINES, IOWA – August 15, 2016 – To help build consumer trust and foster greater transparency about U.S. pork production methods, the National Pork Board announced an expert judging panel that brings a new, multi-faceted approach to selecting the second annual America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM.

Members of the five-member panel include Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane; Kari Underly, a third-generation butcher, author and principal of Range®, Inc., a meat marketing and education firm; Dr. Justin Ransom, senior director, supply chain management at McDonald’s USA; Dr. Jodi Sterle, an associate professor of animal science at Iowa State University; andKeith Schoettmer, the 2015 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year. Continue reading

08-15-16 Online Harvest Forms for NCGA Yield Contest Now Available…

Online Harvest Forms for NCGA Yield Contest Now Available

With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2016 National Corn Yield Contest are now available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven business days of their final yield check or by Nov. 21, whichever comes first. Continue reading

08-15-16 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 15, 2016 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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08-15-16 CCALT’s Annual Fall Harvest Dinner Sept 15th…

 

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CCALT Harvest Dinner
September 15, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield
The Green Farm Barn

8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton, CO 80128
Join us for music, cocktails, and appetizers followed by a family style dinner at the 2nd Annual CCALT Harvest Dinner. Tickets are $85/person – space is limited, so reserve your tickets today!
For more information, visit our website at www.ccalt.org.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 15th…

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USDA Forecasts Record-High Corn and Soybean Production in 2016

Both U.S. corn and soybean growers are expected to harvest record-high crops this year, according to the Crop Production report issued by the Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. USDA NASS Friday released the report that shows U.S. corn production is forecasted at 15.2 billion bushels, while soybean growers are expected to harvest 4.06 billion bushels in 2016. Average corn yield is forecast at 175.1 bushels per acre, setting a new record-high. U.S. soybean farmers also took advantage of the favorable weather conditions and are expected to increase their production by three percent from 2015. Soybean yields are expected to average 48.9 bushels per acre, reaching another record-high mark. Wheat production is forecasted at 2.32 billion bushels, up 13 percent from 2015. The report also included the first production forecast for U.S. cotton. NASS forecasts all cotton production at 15.9 million bales, up 23 percent from last year. Yield is expected to average 800 pounds per harvested acre, up 34 pounds from last year.

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Farm Bureau Asks USDA for Emergency Dairy Assistance

The American Farm Bureau Federation wants the Department of Agriculture to provide emergency assistance to dairy farmers. The request follows a call by 61 members of Congress asking USDA to provide emergency assistance to the nation’s dairy farmers, against a backdrop of plummeting farm-level milk prices. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, AFBF President Zippy Duvall noted that the U.S. all-milk price fell to $14.50 per hundredweight in May, the lowest level since 2009. In addition, he told USDA, dairy farm cash receipts from milk sales have fallen $16 billion since the record highs of 2014. USDA is projecting a 2016 average milk price of $15.70 per hundredweight, down 35 percent from 2014 and the second-lowest level in the past decade. Duvall said AFBF was “extremely appreciative” of USDA’s deadline extension to sign-up for MPP as well as the expansion of a farm’s production when new family members join the business. He noted AFBF also believes the $11.2 million in MPP assistance announced last week will help, but says more can be done. Duvall asked USDA to buy additional dairy products to be used in USDA’s nutrition programs and for donations to food banks.

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Pork Workers Agree to Discuss Contract Extension

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union delegates last week voted to discuss a contract extension with the Pacific Maritime Association. Pro Farmer reports an extension would spare shippers the prospect of another round of long delays, which were seen at the biggest West Coast ports from mid-2014 to February 2015. The vote is welcome news for agriculture and trade groups, as companies suffered billions of dollars in losses on the recent port slowdowns. The National Pork Producers Council and 112 other trade associations in March sent a letter to the groups urging them to begin early discussions on a contract extension or a new contract “to avoid actions that would slow, stop, or disrupt cargo movement during negotiations.” The existing contract expires on July 1st, 2019.

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Grains Council Promoting U.S. Sorghum in Peru for Export

The U.S. Grains Council has ramped up its sorghum promotion work in Peru. The Grains Council says the market in Peru is seeing both a significant discount to corn and can now import unlimited quantities of U.S. sorghum duty-free under the existing U.S.-Peru free trade agreement. A small group of USGC representatives visited the country last month and will follow up with another visit this week. As the fifth largest importer of U.S. corn, USGC says Peru’s growing meat, milk and egg production make it an ideal location for new products, specifically dried distiller’s grain and sorghum. Starting January first, the duty and quota restrictions on U.S. sorghum have been lifted under the free trade agreement, and a recent port expansion in Peru adds increased interest to the market. Grains Council global trade manager Alvaro Cordero says Peru shows potential that USGC is aiming to develop through direct market promotion. Cordero hopes that current prices and changing weather patterns in Argentina and Brazil will lead buyers in Peru to consider U.S. sorghum as a first choice.

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Sales of Precision Farm Services Expected to Slow

Following the downturn in the agriculture economy, a majority of precision farm equipment dealers expects sales to slow. Precision Farming Dealer magazine reports only 40 percent of dealers expect some growth in their precision farming sales due to the continuing headwinds in agriculture. Still, precision farm equipment dealers remain optimistic. The magazine’s 2016 Benchmark Study found only 21.1 percent of dealers expect any fall off in revenue, a considerable improvement from last year’s results when 35.5 percent of dealers predicted declining revenues. The percentage of dealers reporting declines of seven percent or less in 2015 revenue was about two percent less than forecast in last year’s benchmark study. When it comes to predicting strong growth, however, fewer dealers expect a significant gain in sales dollars in the precision segment of their business. The survey shows just one in 10 dealers are projecting revenue increases of over eight percent for this year.

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Canada Restaurant Chain Apologizes to Beef Producers for Humane Beef Claims

The Canada-based restaurant chain Earl’s has apologized to beef producers in the spat between the two over an announcement the chain would only serve 100 percent Certified Humane beef. The announcement earlier this year was immediately met with intense criticism from both consumers and beef producers. If the restaurant chain had moved forward with the decision, the company would have sourced the most of its beef from the United States. Meatingplace reports suppliers in Canada would not be able to keep up with the demand. At the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary last week, Earl’s President Mo Jessa said “I am asking for your forgiveness and allow me the chance to work with the industry.” Within a week of the announcement this spring, the company announced  that it would be bringing back Alberta beef to its restaurants—59 of which are located in Canada—and that it would work with local farms “to build a supply of Alberta beef that meets their criteria.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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