08-25-16 Potatoes USA: U.S. Potato Exports Are Second Highest Level On Record…


U.S. Potato Exports Are Second Highest Level On Record

Total U.S. potato exports for the July 2015 – June 2016 marketing year grew 4% in value to $1,693,395,167, the second highest level on record. The fresh weight equivalent (fwe) volume of exports increased 6% to 3,219,892 metric tons (MT) or 70,985,739 hundredweight (cwt). This growth was led by increases in the volume of exports of frozen potato products up 11%, fresh potatoes up 8%, potato chips up 3% and seed potatoes up 6%. The only category to decline was dehydrated potatoes down 3%. Frozen potato products are still the dominate export item accounting for 52% of the total with dehydrated potatoes second at 27%. Continue reading

08-25-16 CFA News: Game on! Broncos tickets available at auction eBay!

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Game on! Broncos tickets available at auction eBay

Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, September 18 | 2:25 pm Kickoff | Section 338, Row 12, Seats 1-4 (Club Level)
Four Club Level Tickets — Auction Starts August 25 on eBay!

Thanks to a donation from the Colorado Beef Council, the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture will be holding an eBay auction to raise money to support agricultural literacy in Colorado. This is your chance to see the world champions play at home on a September afternoon while supporting a great cause — helping our youth understand where their food and fiber comes from.


CLICK HERE to learn more about the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture

08-25-16 WDA: In Remembrance of Lupe Carpio…


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Western Dairy is saddened to hear of the passing of Lupe Carpio. Please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers to the Carpio family. His obituary and information on services is below.

Lupe Carpio

Lupe Carpio, 86, a longtime resident of Gill but most recently of Greeley, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at the Hospice of Northern Colorado inpatient unit. He was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Greeley to Ezekiel and Julia (Perez) Carpio. Continue reading

08-24-16 Colorado produce growers and lawmakers gather for inaugural legislative round table…

Colorado produce growers and lawmakers gather for inaugural legislative round table

Article written & submitted by: Kayla Young of SLY Media for The BARN & the Video produced by Alvaro Serey of SLY Media for The BARN

The BARN & SLY Media – AUGUST 24, 2016 – Colorado farmers and legislators came together Wednesday morning at Brighton’s Sakata Farms to discuss policy priorities for the state’s produce growers. Immigration reform and water policy dominated the dialogue, in what the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association hoped would the first of many annual meetings to come with state policy makers.

CFVGA Executive Director Marilyn Bay Wentz said the event sought to highlight priorities for the produce sector and open communication channels between growers and policy makers.

Other organizers included Colorado Farm Bureau and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

“Sometimes it’s just a matter of communication to be able to have an open dialogue about what is and isn’t working, so at a base level, this is an important event,” Wentz said. Continue reading

08-25-16 CDA: Colorado Hay Directory Celebrates 30 Years

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The 2016 Colorado Hay Directory, published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, is now available.
“For 30 years the Department has helped connect Colorado hay producers with buyers,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “This free directory is a great resource for anyone looking for Colorado hay.”

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08-18-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 25th…

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Federal Ag Spending to Increase Through 2018

Spending on farm programs by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is projected to increase $1 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO this week projected spending on farm programs to rise from $13 billion in 2015 to $14 billion in 2016, and then to $19 billion in 2017 and 2018. CBO projects farm program spending to then go back down to $16 billion in 2019 and down again to $15 billion per year until 2026. At the same time, payments under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps, would decline continually, then rise slightly, presumably due to population growth, according to the Hagstrom Report. CBO did not say why the office projects agriculture spending would go up, but the increase likely stems from payments triggered by low commodity prices.


Farm, Dairy Groups Praise USDA Surplus Cheese Purchases

Agriculture groups and the dairy industry are praising the Agriculture Department’s announcement to reduce surplus cheese stocks in the U.S., a move requested by the American Farm Bureau and others. USDA this week announced it would purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories and donate the product to food banks and pantries across the nation. The purchase, valued at $20 million, should reduce some downward pressure on dairy markets as dairy producer’s revenues have dropped 35 percent over the past two years. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says the announcement will “help alleviate the tough realities of the market and keep family farmers in business.” Farm Bureau and the National Milk Producers Federation had asked USDA to spend more than $20 million on the purchases, but USDA cited budget restraints, limiting the purchase amount. Vilsack also further extended the signup period for the dairy industry safety net—the Margin Protection Program—through December 16th.


Environmental Groups Hamper Endangered Species Conservation

Environmental groups are hampering species recovery under the Endangered Species Act, according to the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Tuesday, the Center for Biological Diversity threatened to sue the Department of Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service to force action on 417 proposed listings under the Endangered Species Act. NCBA and the Public Lands Council say the move stems from a massive lawsuit settlement brokered behind closed doors and without stakeholders at the table. The groups, in a joint statement, say “this is precisely why the Endangered Species Act is broken.” The environmental groups, according to PLC executive director Ethan Lane, hamper species recovery by placing arbitrary listing-decision deadlines that leave no time for sound research or science-based decisions. During the nearly 40 years since the ESA was passed, the Act has a recovery rate of less than two percent and has more than 2,000 domestic species listed.


Schneider Electric SE Mulling Sale of DTN

Bloomberg reports power-equipment maker Schneider Electric SE is weighing a sale of agriculture news and data service DTN. The price tag could be an estimated $1.5 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter. Schneider, with a market value of more than $40 billion, is a French multinational corporation specializing in electricity distribution. Schneider, lik many energy-focused companies, is weathering lower demand stemming from decreased oil and gas prices. Sources tell Bloomberg Schneider does not consider DTN a “core operation,” despite being a solid, profitable business. DTN would likely attract interest from both information and technology companies as well as private equity firms, and Schneider could decide whether to auction off the unit as soon as next month, according to the report.

Monsanto Pulls GM Cottonseed Application in India

Monsanto has pulled its application for approval for its next generation of genetically modified cotton seed in India. The St Louis Post-Dispatch calls the move a “major escalation in a long-running dispute” between India and Monsanto. A business partner from India for the St Louis, Missouri-based Monsanto recently sent a letter to India’s government objecting a proposal to force Monsanto to share its technology with local seed companies. The company is also at odds with India over how much it can charge for its genetically modified cotton seed, costing Monsanto tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue every year. Pulling the application could set back Monsanto’s efforts to introduce its new seed, called Bollgard II Roundup Ready Flex technology. It could also hurt India’s cotton farmers as the new seed variety helps fight against weeds.

Canada Testing PEDv Vaccine

Testing is underway in Canada for a vaccine to protect pigs from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, or PEDv. While U.S. made vaccines are available in Canada, the vaccines are only recommended for use if there is an outbreak. The vaccine being tested in Canada is aimed at preventing the disease altogether, according to the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization. The University’s prototype vaccine, first announced last year, recently moved into field testing. The PED virus is in the coronavirus group, which includes human diseases such as SARS and MERS, and produces mortality rates of up to 100 percent in infected herds of piglets. Over eight million pigs in North America have died from PED since the disease first appeared in the U.S. in 2013 and Canada in 2014.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service