08-19-16 USMEF Event Showcases Return of U.S. Beef, Pork to South Africa…

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The outstanding quality of U.S. beef and pork were highlighted during the first South Africa Seminar and Buyers Reception, held Aug. 18 in Johannesburg

The outstanding quality of U.S. beef and pork were highlighted during the first South Africa Seminar and Buyers Reception, held Aug. 18 in Johannesburg

USMEF Event Showcases Return of U.S. Beef, Pork to South Africa

Working to build a solid base in a developing market, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) matched red meat exporters with buyers during the first USMEF South Africa Seminar and Buyers Reception. Funding support for the networking and educational event, held Aug. 18 in Johannesburg, was provided by the USDA Market Access Program, the Beef Checkoff Program and the Pork Checkoff

Along with one-on-one business meetings and updates on current market conditions, USMEF staff provided technical advice and assistance to traders with an interest in putting more U.S. beef and pork in South Africa’s processing, retail and foodservice sectors. Focus was also put on food safety and the quality and consistency of U.S. red meat products, as well as the availability of U.S. beef livers, kidneys and other beef variety meats.

“This was an opportunity to not only build and establish relationships, the event also provided valuable information for buyers in South Africa and helped reacquaint them with high-quality U.S. beef and pork,” said Dan Halstrom, USMEF senior vice president of marketing, who noted that those in attendance were from the South African trade, along with one buyer from Nigeria. Continue reading

08-19-16 USDA/NASS News: CATTLE ON FEED…

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USDA/NASS-CO News: CATTLE ON FEED

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 810,000 head as of August 1, 2016. The latest inventory was 5 percent below last month, but up 3 percent from August 1, 2015 inventory. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 150,000 head of fed cattle during July 2016. This was 7 percent above June 2016 marketings and 20 percent above marketings one year earlier. An estimated 115,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during July 2016, 10 percent above the previous month’s placements and 28 percent above the July 2015 placements. Of the number placed in July, 22 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 13 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 26 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 39 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for July, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.

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08-17-16 Ardent Mills Adds States to Organic Wheat Producer Program and Organic–Certified Facilities…

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(The BARN /BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 19, 2016 – Ardent Mills plans to add several states to the Organic Wheat Producer Program and to their organic–certified facilities. The premier flour-milling and ingredient company plans to work with farmers to double the U.S. Organic wheat acres by the year 2019.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this min more detail is Shrene White, Ardent Mills Director of Specialty, Risk Management…

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About Ardent Mills

Ardent Mills is a leading supplier of organic flour, certified since 1996. The premier flour-milling and ingredient company whose vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing its customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions. Ardent Mills’ operations and services are supported by more than 40 flour mills and bakery-mix facilities along with a specialty bakery and Mobile Innovation Center, all located in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, Ardent Mills is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and employs more than 100 certified millers, supporting thousands of local jobs and contributing billions of dollars to local economies. To learn more about Ardent Mills, visit ardentmills.com.

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08-19-16 CFVGA Co-Hosting Legislative Roundtable at Sakata Farms in Brighton on Aug 24th…

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The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) will co-host with U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman a roundtable discussion and tour for the Colorado congressional delegation Aug. 24, from 8:30am to 10:30 am in Brighton, Colo.  The event will commence at Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., with a sweet corn breakfast and an agriculture policy roundtable discussion. Following this, at approximately 9:30 am, the group will tour Sakata Farms and then move on to tour Petrocco Farms, also in Brighton.
“We are hosting this roundtable and tour to provide Colorado’s congressional delegation the opportunity to better understand how federal policies impact Colorado fruit and vegetable farmers. In discussion with CFVGA members we hope to outline some possible solutions to the challenges we face,” said Robert Sakata, host of the event and president of CFVGA.

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08-11-16 The 23rd Annual HIA Conference will be held September 17-20 at the Denver Marriott…

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(The BARN / BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 19, 2016 – The Hemp Industry Association is hosting their 23rd annual conference in Denver, CO this September.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the event and the hemp industry in more detail is Erik Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp…

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 19th…

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Lower Meat Prices Stall Food Inflation

Consumer food prices in the U.S. were unchanged in July, thanks largely to declining meat costs. The Labor Department reports the consumer price index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs purchased at the grocery store dropped 0.6 percent last month, following a 0.7 percent decrease in June. Over the previous 12 months, meat, poultry, fish and egg prices together have fallen 5.6 percent. The decline has contributed to a decrease of 1.6 percent in the index for all food consumed at home over that time span, according to Meatingplace. In July, the index for food at home fell 0.2 percent, its seventh decline in the past nine months. Prices for dairy, cereal and bakery products fell last month, while fruits, vegetables and nonalcoholic beverages turned higher.

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Senator Toomey Announces Opposition to TPP

Republican Senator Pat Toomey this week announced his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The Senator from Pennsylvania says TPP has inadequate provisions for drug companies and dairy farmers. Pro Farmer reports President Barack Obama has been banking on gathering enough Republicans for most votes needed to pass the trade agreement. Obama is expected to send the trade deal to Congress following the November election. Toomey said TPP does not do enough to open up new markets in Japan and Canada for American dairy products, compared to access the deal would grant to New Zealand farmers eyeing milk exports to the United States. The opposition by Toomey is largely seen as a move to gain votes for re-election. As the Washington Post Reports, Toomey has generally supported free-trade agreements, even writing so in his book “The Road to Prosperity.” 

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2017 Forecasted to Bring some Relief from Record Heat

NASA predicts 2016 will be the warmest year on record for Earth, but forecasters offer a prediction of relief for 2017. Weather forecasters say a new annual record is unlikely in 2017 since the effect of El Niño is fading. That does not mean 2017 will be much cooler, however. Forecasters say the long-term trend is towards warming, but there is natural variability, bringing ups and downs to overall temperatures each year, according to Reuters. La Niña, the cool counterpart to El Niño, is expected to be weak and develop late this fall or early winter. July of this year was the hottest single month since records began in the 19th century. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association says July was the 15th month in a row to break a monthly heat record. Records date back 137 years to 1880.

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Monsanto Allowing Bayer Limited Access to its Books

Monsanto has allowed Bayer AG a glimpse into the St. Louis, Missouri-based seed company’s books amid ongoing merger talks. Sources familiar with the talks told Reuters this week Monsanto and Bayer have yet to sign a non-disclosure agreement, but Monsanto has granted Bayer a “limited drip of information.” A non-disclosure agreement would allow Bayer to conduct due diligence on Monsanto in reconsidering its offer to acquire the company. The sources also say Bayer has no appetite to put a deal at risk by going hostile, although added talks were “difficult.” Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant told investors this week that Monsanto remains in discussions with Bayer and other parties about “potential strategic transactions.” Monsanto has rejected two potential bids from Bayer thus far, the latest being worth $64 billion.

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U.K. Pledges Support to Farmers Following Brexit

The United Kingdom this week vowed to support farmers and universities that receive billions in funding each year from the European Union once the country leaves the EU. Bloomberg reports the U.K. will match the level of agricultural funding until 2020.  A U.K. official says the nation is “determined to ensure that people have stability and certainty” in the period leading up to its departure from the EU. The announcement comes as the U.K. faces an array of demands from EU nations when exit negotiations begin, foreshadowing a long and complicated process that’s likely to generate uncertainty and weigh on business investment.

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Louisiana Flooding Destroys $14 Million of Rice

With more than 20 inches of rain in southwest Louisiana since last week, early estimates are that flooding has destroyed $14 million worth of the state’s rice crop. That estimate remains “fully speculative,” however, as the full scope of damage will not become clear until the water recedes. Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says “once the water recedes we’ll begin doing analysis” along with federal officials. The U.S. Rice Federation says about 80 percent of the southwest Louisiana crop had been harvested before the flooding, but of the 20 percent still in the field, 20 percent of that would likely be lost due to the flooding. None of the rice mills in the state have reported flood-related disruption.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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