09-14-16 Register now for 10th Annual Water 101 Workshop & Pilot Water 202 Session in Durango Sept 22-23

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Register now for the 10th Annual Water 101 Workshop and Pilot 202 Session to be conducted September 22 (8:30 am to 5:00 pm) and 23 (8:30 am to 12:00 noon), 2016 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango, CO.

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Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Water 101 Workshop and Pilot Water 202 Session! The workshops will be conducted September 22-23, 2016 at the La Plata County fairgrounds in Durango, CO. We are once again fortunate to have Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs (retired) as our keynot speaker. See the sessions agenda and flyer for more information. Register for either session or both below or call (970) 247-1302. Continue reading

09-14-16 Reminder: Complete Your NCGA Yield Contest Harvest Forms Today

 

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Reminder: Complete Your NCGA Yield Contest Harvest Forms Today

With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association reminds 2016 National Corn Yield Contest entrants to complete the online harvest forms. 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.
 
“While many may still have weeks before harvest begins, we remind entrants that they must submit harvest forms within one week of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Brent Hostetler. “The National Corn Yield Contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms.” Continue reading

09-14-16 Shutter Bugs: Share Your Best Corn Pics with NCGA

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Shutter Bugs: Share Your Best Corn Pics with NCGA

ncga-photo-contest-2016The National Corn Growers Association invites photographers of all skill levels to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it.
Even those who have already submitted can enter additional photos as participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016.
Please make sure to submit the highest resolution version of each entry possible. The best submissions are featured in NCGA’s major publications such as the Annual Report. To see the most recent edition, click here. Continue reading

09-14-16 NFU Honors 44 Congressional Champions of Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

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NFU Honors 44 Congressional Champions of Agriculture with Golden Triangle Award

RMFU President presents US Senator Michael Bennet with 2016 NFU Golden Traingle Award

RMFU President Dale McCall presents US Senator Michael Bennet with 2016 NFU Golden Tiaingle Award

WASHINGTON (September 14, 2016) – Having champions in Congress to ensure Americans have strong food and farm policies is important, and National Farmers Union (NFU) proudly recognized 44 outstanding Senators and Representatives who have demonstrated leadership and support for family farmers and ranchers and their rural communities.

The Golden Triangle Award, NFU’s highest legislative honor, was presented to each recipient at an awards reception last night, during NFU’s Annual Legislative Fly-In.

“The Golden Triangle Award represents outstanding leadership and tireless effort on the issues that are important to our industry and organization. It is our honor to recognize the efforts of these Congressional champions and friends of family farming and ranching,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.

The Golden Triangle, first presented in 1988, symbolizes the core principles of the Farmers Union organization: education, cooperation, and legislation. This year’s Golden Triangle honorees were selected for their leadership and contribution to several issues important to family farmers and ranchers, including Trade Promotion Authority, currency manipulation enforcement, and the estate tax.

The 2016 recipients of the Golden Triangle Award are:

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09-14-16 CSU Ext ALERT: Wheat Disease Update – Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist…

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Wheat Disease Update – September 13, 2016

Written by: Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist; Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University; C030 Plant Science Bldg., 1177 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO, 80523-1177; 970-491-0850 (work);  kirk.broders@colostate.edu 

Planting winter wheat is getting underway in Colorado and there are a several disease topics growers need to consider at this time of year. Making good disease management decisions this fall will have positive impacts on reducing disease the following spring and summer.

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09-14-16 NCGA: Corn Growers to Study Bayer-Monsanto Merger Impact

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Corn Growers to Study Bayer-Monsanto Merger Impact

Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association

“The National Corn Growers Association is committed to protecting the best interests of our nation’s corn farmers. Our primary concern with respect to any merger is how it may affect input costs – particularly given the current farm economy.  With respect to a previously announced merger, we completed a thorough analysis that informed the comments and information we provided to the US Department of Justice during their investigation into the merger.  We would anticipate following a similar path with respect to this merger so that we can truly understand the merger’s impact on agricultural research, innovation, and competitive pricing of farm inputs.”

09-14-16 BREAKING AG NEWS: Bayer and Monsanto to Create a Global Leader in Agriculture

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Bayer and Monsanto to Create a Global Leader in Agriculture

Realizes a shared vision of integrated agricultural offerings, delivering enhanced solutions for growers and creates a leading innovation engine for the next generation of farming / USD 128 per share in all-cash transaction, represents 44 percent premium to Monsanto shareholders and an aggregate value of USD 66 billion / Significant value creation with expected annual synergies of approximately USD 1.5 billion after year three; plus additional synergies from integrated solutions in future years / Bayer shareholders expected to benefit from accretion to core EPS in the first full year after closing and double-digit percentage accretion in the third full year / Committed to retaining strong presence in the U.S. with the combined business’ global Seeds & Traits and North American commercial headquarters in St. Louis

Werner Baumann (left), CEO of Bayer AG, and Hugh Grant, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monsanto.

Werner Baumann (left), CEO of Bayer AG, and Hugh Grant, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monsanto.

Leverkusen / St. Louis, September 14, 2016– Bayer and Monsanto today announced that they signed a definitive merger agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for USD 128 per share in an all-cash transaction. Monsanto’s Board of Directors, Bayer’s Board of Management and Bayer’s Supervisory Board have unanimously approved the agreement. Based on Monsanto’s closing share price on May 9, 2016, the day before Bayer’s first written proposal to Monsanto, the offer represents a premium of 44 percent to that price.

“We are pleased to announce the combination of our two great organizations. This represents a major step forward for our Crop Science business and reinforces Bayer’s leadership position as a global innovation driven Life Science company with leadership positions in its core segments, delivering substantial value to shareholders, our customers, employees and society at large,” said Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG.

“Today’s announcement is a testament to everything we’ve achieved and the value that we have created for our stakeholders at Monsanto. We believe that this combination with Bayer represents the most compelling value for our shareowners, with the most certainty through the all-cash consideration,” said Hugh Grant, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monsanto. Continue reading

09-14-16 NFU Condemns Bayer/Monsanto Deal, Asks for Critical Review of Consolidation in Ag

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NFU Condemns Bayer/Monsanto Deal, Asks for Critical Review of Consolidation in Ag

WASHINGTON (September 14, 2016) – In response to today’s announcement of a $66 billion merger deal between Bayer AG and Monsanto Co., National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement: Continue reading

09-16-16 RFA: Bureaucratic Barrier to Cleaner, Cheaper E15 Will be Lifted Thursday

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WASHINGTON — Consumer choice at the pump will get a shot in the arm on Thursday as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) arcane restriction on summertime E15 sales finally expires for the year. The end of EPA’s “volatility control season” means many gasoline retailers can again sell E15 to conventional automobiles built in 2001 and later years without needing to secure more expensive, specially-tailored gasoline blendstock. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 14th…

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NFU and Farm Aid Looking for Help

The National Farmers Union and Farm Aid groups have partnered to send 275 farm families to Washington D.C. this week to seek help for farmers struggling through the current economic downturn. Both organizations say that America’s farmers can’t afford to wait for assistance until after the November election. They’re asking Congress for emergency relief for the hardest-hit farmers, increased funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture farm loan programs, and resources to help provide a remedy for low commodity prices all be included in the upcoming Congressional spending package in fiscal year 2017. Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union President, said, “Low commodity prices and high input costs have been relentless, and 2014 farm bill safety net programs have failed to deliver the relief farmers and ranchers need to help them recover.” Net farm income is forecast to be 43 percent lower than in 2013, yet farm production expenses are four percent higher than last year at this time. “Every week, we hear from family farmers and ranchers facing these challenges on their farms,” said Carolyn Mugar, Executive Director of Farm Aid. “This is becoming the new normal for many farmers and ranchers across the country.”

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Pork Producers Can Challenge Information Release

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that pork producers can challenge the public release of their water pollution permit applications. The Courthouse News Dot Com website says those applications contain the estimated amount of waste produced by their operations. However, the applications also contain the name of the facility’s owner, the mailing address, a topographic map of the area around the operation, as well as the estimated amounts of manure, litter, and wastewater produced each year. The Clean Water Act states that these applications will be made public. However, the three-judge appeals panel said personal information is included in those applications, like names, home addresses, telephone numbers, GPS coordinates of those homes, and information that could lead to financial information being gleaned by someone else. The panel said while information about owners can usually be found in the public, farmers can object to having their information put into a central database, which EPA did three years ago and then gave that information to environmental groups through Freedom of Information Act requests. The panel said the EPA’s extensive data collection efforts and environmental groups’ multi-year attempts to access that data show that the EPA has collected data that would otherwise exits in greater obscurity.

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India Wants U.S. to Drop Penalties in WTO Dispute

India will ask the U.S. to drop its plans for $450 million in penalties for non-compliance on a World Trade Organization ruling on poultry imports. Bloomberg reports the Minister of Commerce and Industry from India will discuss the issue with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Frohman during a phone call this week. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today said the penalty is in response to a dispute regarding poultry imports from the U.S., which asked the WTO dispute settlement body to allow $450 million in annual retaliatory trade measures against India. The retaliatory measures would continue against India until they come into compliance with a 2015 WTO ruling to lift the ban on poultry. The ban was put in place several years ago over concerns about avian influenza possibly coming into India. The U.S. argued before the WTO that America hadn’t had an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza since 2004, while India had 90 such outbreaks between 2004 and 2014.  

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U.S. Files WTO Complaint Against China

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative filed a claim against China in the World Trade Organization over market price supports for wheat, rice, and corn. The complaint says that China is using these supports in excess of its commitments under WTO rules. The Hagstrom Report said China’s support for those three commodities are roughly $100 billion over levels China committed to during its accession to the WTO. The excessive market price for wheat, rice, and corn inflates Chinese prices above market levels, creating artificial incentives for Chinese farmers to increase their production. The decision to file the complaint is a victory for rice, wheat, and corn groups that have been talking about the issue of Chinese subsidies for years. The complaint will result in WTO-led negotiations with China over the alleged level of subsidies. If the U.S. prevails, China’s choice would be to reduce the subsidies or deal with U.S.-imposed punitive tariffs on its products. The process is likely to take several years.

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California Governor Signs Farm Worker Overtime Bill

California’s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that would raise the state’s farmworker wages for overtime. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the United Farm Workers supported the legislation, but the Western Growers Association President said it will have the exact opposite effect of what was intended. Tom Nassif said it will actually cause workers to lose wages. Producers will have to cut down on costs of production and they’ll reduce worker hours and may even plant crops that don’t require as much labor. Retail buyers will purchase products from other states to keep their costs down as higher production costs will drive prices on California goods higher. He added, “California farmers compete with farmers in other countries and states with no overtime costs, far lower minimum wages, reliable water supplies, and far less regulatory burden.”

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State Ag Officials Seek OSHA Enforcement Extension

The National Association of State Ag Departments is asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to delay its enforcement of stringent new requirements for the storage of anhydrous ammonia at retail locations. The State Ag Departments sent a letter to OSHA asking them to delay enforcement of the new Process Safety Management rules until July of 2018. OSHA removed the retailer’s exemption from the Process Safety Management anhydrous ammonium requirements after the explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant in West, Texas, back in 2013. Ag groups say the change could be significantly expensive for small, independent retail fertilizer dealers. The letter to OSHA goes on to say, “During a time of low commodity prices and higher input costs, this policy could increase the price of anhydrous ammonia and decrease its availability, without improving safety.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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