09-19-16 ASTA Statement on Competition in the Seed Industry…

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ASTA Statement on Competition in the Seed Industry

Alexandria, Va.—September 19, 2016—In advance of tomorrow’s U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, American Seed Trade Association President & CEO Andrew W. LaVigne made the following statement about competition in the seed industry:

“Because of the seed industry’s past, present and future research and development investments, America’s farmers have access to a better quality and larger variety of seed products than ever before. Plant breeders and companies have strived to continually improve the quality and performance of their products for America’s farmers, gardeners and consumers. In bringing those new varieties to the market, seed companies spend significant resources to research, develop, and commercialize varieties at a significant cost and investment. This is a commitment that will continue into the future.  Continue reading

09-19-16 Red Angus News: Top-performing cattle receive prestigious Grid Master distinction, including Weldona, CO’s Christensen Brothers

RAAA-Red Angus Association of America OldLogoTop-performing cattle receive prestigious Grid Master distinction

Denton, Texas – The Grid Master Award, presented by the Red Angus Association of America, recognizes excellence in commercial cattle and the cattle feeding industry. Those firms – who have successfully combined superior Red Angus genetics, feeding management skills and precise marketing to achieve success with the harvest of a superior beef carcass –earn the award. During the National Red Angus Convention, Harold Bertz, RAAA commercial marketing programs coordinator, announced the recipients of the 2016 Grid Master Awards. Continue reading

09-19-16 NCBA: Valuable Pocket Recordkeeping Tool for Cattle Producers Available

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DENVER (Sept. 19, 2016) – A pocket-sized recordkeeping tool that has been used by cattle producers for more than 30 years to enhance profitability will be available for the 2017 year starting Oct. 3, 2016.  The Integrated Resource Management (IRM) Redbook from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association helps cattle producers effectively and efficiently record their daily production efforts. Continue reading

09-19-16 CDA: Showcase Colorado Agriculture Through Pictures

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Showcase Colorado Agriculture Through Pictures

BROOMFIELD, Colo. —From vast wheat fields on the eastern plains and cattle grazing on lush mountain pastures to plump fruit in Western Slope orchards and chile peppers basking in the Pueblo sun, Colorado’s agricultural landscape is endless. It’s time to capture the “spirit” of Colorado agriculture through photographs. The 19th annual “Colorado…it’s AgriCultural” photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate the state’s agricultural heritage.
“It is exciting to see photographs that demonstrate the diversity of Colorado agriculture and its importance to the state,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown. “I look forward to seeing images that tell stories from Colorado’s farms and ranches.” Continue reading

09-19-16 Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Local Initiatives to Address the Rural Opioid Epidemic, including Brighton, CO…

USDA Press ReleaseAgriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Local Initiatives to Address the Rural Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2016, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new USDA initiatives to strengthen outreach and education resources at the local level to combat the rural opioid epidemic, including an expanded series of state-led opioid awareness events and increased access to information in USDA local offices. The effort begins on Monday, Sept. 19, coinciding with President Obama’s designated Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week from Sept. 18 – 23.

Opioid addiction, including heroin and prescription drug misuse, is a fast-growing problem that played a role in more than 28,000 deaths in 2014. The opioid crisis disproportionately affects rural communities in part due to the lack of outreach and treatment resources available in remote areas. In January, President Obama tapped Vilsack to lead an interagency initiative focused on curbing rural opioid misuse. Over the past nine months, Vilsack has visited regions of the country that have been hit hard by opioid addiction to host a series of White House Rural Council Townhalls to hear from local leaders fighting the epidemic on the ground and discuss possible solutions.

“Over the past few months, I’ve seen firsthand the devastation that opioid addiction is causing in communities across the country. After hearing from mothers and fathers who’ve lost their children to opioid misuse, and listening to mayors and medical personnel appeal for greater treatment resources, it’s clear that rural communities need our help.” said Vilsack. “In order to better serve our communities, I’ve directed USDA’s local teams to step up as leaders and expand our resources and programs to battle the opioid epidemic.”

To continue the important conversations happening in rural communities devastated by the opioid crisis, leaders from USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Rural Development offices in key affected states will host opioid awareness events to bring together government officials, medical professionals, law enforcement, and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the issue, forge partnerships, identify possible solutions and highlight the need for more treatment resources in rural communities. The series will kick off with these four events in September with more to follow in the coming months:

  • September 19 : Tolland, Connecticut
  • September 20: Brighton, Colorado
  • September 26: Grants Pass, Oregon
  • September 29: Fayetteville, NC

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09-19-16 It’s National Farm Safety Week and Farm Safety, Should be a Priority Everyday…

american-family-insurance-logoNational Farm Safety Week – Farm Safety, Should be a Priority Everyday…

chris-j-buechle-afis(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) – September 19, 2016 – This week is National Farm Safety and Health Week and experts from American Family Insurance are working with farmers to identify dangers and risks in their operations. Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone this morning to discuss this in more detail is Chris Buechle, American Family Insurance farm/ranch loss control specialist


AmFam: 11 Tips for Farm Safety


When it’s time to head out into the fields for planting or harvesting, it’s important to make safety a priority. Keep yourself and your family safe with these smart tips for your busy time of year. Continue reading

09-19-16 ACE ad buy urges Congress to act on RVP legislation


ACE ad buy urges Congress to act on RVP legislation

Washington, DC (September 19, 2016) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) kicked-off a two week ad campaign today in Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E), a Washington DC-based media outlet with five daily online publications and a daily video webcast for energy and environmental policy leaders. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, September 19th…

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Farm Groups Want December Action on FSA Loans

Farm and banking groups spoke with congressional appropriators this week about using upcoming appropriations bills to give authority and funding for Farm Service Agency Loans to farmers. The Hagstrom Report said the 15 farm and banking groups feel a continuing resolution should be used to solve short term funding issues, while the upcoming omnibus appropriations bill could be used to help clear up a backlog of funding requests from fiscal year 2016. The appropriations bill could also be used to prepare for the expected rise in the number of loan applications next year because of the economic downturn in agriculture. “We realize time is short and the demands on appropriators are many, but there’s a crisis in farm country,” said Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. He said it should be easily fixed by giving FSA increased flexibility in the short term and a moderate increase in funding in the medium term to allow the agency to meet the growing credit demands from farmers. It will also allow the FSA to continue focusing on the needs of the next generation of agriculture as well.


WRDA Bill Clears Senate with On-Farm Storage Exemption

The Senate overwhelmingly approved the Water Resources Development Act this week by a 95-3 vote. Agri Pulse said the bill will pay for waterway improvement projects in 30 states, as well as projects to improve delivery systems for drinking water. The bill also includes an exemption for some farmers with above-ground fuel storage tanks from Environmental Protection Agency requirements to prepare spill-control plans. Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer inserted the storage tank provision in the bill to give farmers some relief from the EPA’s Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures requirements. Fuel storage tanks of 1,000 gallons or less, or an aggregate capacity of not more than 2,000 gallons would be exempt from the rules. Containers that hold animal feed ingredients would also be exempt. Fischer said, “Most agricultural producers live miles away from the nearest source of fuel, so they have to rely on on-farm fuel storage to have access to the fuel when they need it. This ensures that they can maintain their on-farm storage and bring reasonable exemptions for small and medium sized farms as well as livestock producers.”


Bayer Investors React to the Monsanto Acquisition

A Dow Jones Report says investors generally seem positive about the deal struck by Bayer CEO Werner Baumann to acquire Monsanto. The head of a global equities asset management company in Paris that invests in Bayer said, “So far, he’s proven to be quite a good negotiator. He’s been very efficient.” Markus Manns, a portfolio investor at Union Investment, another Bayer shareholder, said Baumann has shown that he won’t spend money recklessly just to get the deal done. “I’m a little more optimistic,” he added. Investors are particularly pleased with how the financing worked out. Baumann took advantage of access to debt at very low interest rates to largely pay for the deal, which would allow the new company to quickly grow its earning potential. There is some uncertainty that the deal will get regulatory approval from roughly 30 agencies around the world, and the fact that Bayer will pay Monsanto $2 billion if the deal falls through. A professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management said just closing the deal is not a sign of success. “It’s going to depend on whether or not he can turn this acquisition into reality,” said Professor Nils Stieglitz.


Farm Equipment Sales Mixed in 2016

Retail sales of tractors under 40 horsepower and between 40-100 horsepower rebounded in August. However, sales of larger tractors and combines continued their double-digit declines in the newest data available from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). U.S. retail sales for two-wheel drive tractors under 40 horsepower gained 21 percent in August, and are 11 percent higher on the year-to-date. August four-wheel drive tractor sales declined 48 percent year over year, and combine sales declined 22 percent for August. “Growth in the under-40 horsepower segment was strong during August and farm tractors in the 40-100 horsepower range reversed a lower recent monthly trend,” said Charlie O’Brien, AEM Senior Vice President. He said the over 100 horsepower two and four-wheel drive tractors are underperforming their five-year average. “Earlier in the year, we felt the market was stabilizing,” said O’Brien. “As we passed the middle of 2016, we continue to see smaller equipment sales thriving and the larger equipment sales remain depressed.”


Soybean Planting in Brazil Arrives with Concerns

Soybean planting in Brazil starts on September 15, but the Agri Money Dot Com website said it’s starting this year under pressure from prices, tight credit, and dry weather. There’s a few worries about the quality of available seeds as well. Crops are not actually allowed in fields before September 15 as the country tries to cut down on the chance of disease and pest pressures. A U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast of a 1-million-hectare increase in soybean plantings was almost cut in half recently, as the USDA now forecasts a rise of 600,000 hectares. The USDA downgraded the forecast because even though soybean prices are higher in Brazil than last year, they’re not as strong as the surge corn prices right now, which takes away some incentive to plant soybeans. The USDA’s comments follow a recent report from FCStone regarding tight credit conditions amid Brazil’s worst recession in decades. Reports say the farmers in Brazil are in a troubling financial spot right now after a bad growing season last year. Many farmers are having trouble repaying their production loans and filling forward grain contracts.


Talk of a 2017 Farm Bill?

Should the farm crisis continue or even worsen, there are some in Washington D.C. who say it may be necessary to do a farm bill a year early, with the regular deadline for a new Farm Bill set for September of 2018. House Ag Committee ranking member Collin Peterson said it’s something that may have to happen. Peterson said if there’s a real crisis this winter with farmers unable to get financing and bankers up in arms, “Does it make sense to do a Band-Aid or admit that the safety net in the 2014 bill is inadequate and try to fix it?” He said it depends on how bad things actually get. While Peterson readies for the worst, other farm state lawmakers are hoping the safety net programs in the 2014 farm bill can help carry producers through low prices, soaring production domestically and abroad, and weak global demand. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report said interviews with key lawmakers showed skepticism about even getting the 2018 bill done on time as the last one took an extra year to get approved.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service