09-22-16 Bennet, Crapo Urge Leadership to Fully Fund PILT for FY 2017

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Bennet, Crapo Urge Leadership to Fully Fund PILT for FY 2017

More than 30 Senators Sign Letter in Support of PILT program

Washington, DC – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Republican Senator Mike Crapo from Idaho led a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid urging them to work together to ensure that the PILT program is fully funded for Fiscal Year 2017.  This fiscal year, Colorado communities received more than $35.5 million to fund critical services like police, fire protection, and emergency response.

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Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.43 billion pounds in August, up 14 percent from the 3.90 billion pounds produced in August 2015.

Beef production, at 2.26 billion pounds, was 17 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.75 million head, up 18 percent from August 2015. The average live weight was down 11 pounds from the previous year, at 1,352 pounds.

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09-22-16 NCBA: China Announces it Will Lift Ban on U.S. Beef

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 22, 2016) – Following a 13-year ban on U.S. beef exports to China, an announcement from the Chinese Government indicates they will begin accepting U.S. beef from animals under 30 months of age.

“This is great news for U.S. beef producers,” said Kent Bacus, director of international trade for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “While these initial reports are positive, we must continue technical negotiations and undergo the process of formally approving export certificates. China is already the world’s second largest buyer of beef, and with a growing middle class, the export opportunities for U.S. cattlemen and women are tremendous.” Continue reading

09-22-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

09-07-16 Accurately Estimating Evapotranspiration: The Third Colorado ET Workshop in Ft Collins on Oct 13th

Tom Trout checking out the CoAgMet weather station instrumentation (from Peggy Greb)

Tom Trout checking out the CoAgMet weather station instrumentation (Peggy Greb)

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) September 22, 2016 – Evapotranspiration – What is it, how is it measured and how important is it to CO’s Agriculture Industry?

Did you know that two organizations here in CO have been collecting date on evapotranspiration for 20 years?

In to discuss Evapotranspiration in much more detail on the CO Ag News Network and provide the details regarding the 3rd CO ET Workshop in Ft Collins on October 13th is Thomas Trout, with the USDA Ag Reasearch Service’s Water Management Research



Accurately Estimating Evapotranspiration: The Third Colorado ET Workshop

By Tom Trout, USDA-ARS-Water Management Research

Much more accurate ET calculation methods are now available. ET weather station networks in Colorado—Colorado Agricultural Meteorological Network (CoAgMet), and Northern Water’s network—have been collecting detailed weather data for over 20 years that can be used to calculate reference ET using globally-recognized standardized methods. Satellites have been collecting images of farm crops for over 30 years. These technologies can be combined to improve ET estimates over the past month or season or several years.Water rights transfers in Colorado are based on consumptive use. A city or company that purchases water from a farmer can only use the amount of water that the farmer has historically consumed—that is, the water that actually evaporated and transpired from the crop and soil. Thus, they must estimate the evapotranspiration, or ET, for the fields that had been irrigated. The method to estimate ET commonly used in Colorado is an old method developed over 50 years ago called the Blaney-Criddle method. The method is based only on temperature and is simple, but not very accurate. Continue reading

09-19-16 New Country Organics Expands Feed Business to the Southwest, Reinforces Sustainability Mission by Refurbishing Historic Texas Feed Mill

Historic Economy Mills - Watercolor. Courtesy of Lubbock's own Tim Oliver Fine Art

Historic Economy Mills – Watercolor. Courtesy of Lubbock’s own Tim Oliver Fine Art

new_country_organics_ceo_jim_campbell(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) September 22, 2016 – Organic feed is on the rise in the United States…and feed manufacturer based in Virginia has expanded their operation with their recent purchase of a feed mill in Lubbock, Texas, which will expand the company’s distribution into the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and of course Texas.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the organic feed industry and New Country Organics is their Chief Executive Officer Jim Campbell…



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09-22-16 NCBA-PLC News: Congress Steps in to Address Continued Abuse of Antiquities Act

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WASHINGTON (Sept. 22, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for taking substantive action on the continued abuse of the Antiquities Act of 1906. These common sense bills from Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Flake (R-Ariz.) are critical to addressing the deficiencies in the existing law.

“The Antiquities Act of 1906 is simply too broad and gives too much power to the Administration,” said Ethan Lane, executive director of the PLC and NCBA federal lands. “This Administration continues to brag about President Obama’s record-setting abuse of the Act, locking up hundreds of millions of acres with the stroke of a pen. We are glad Congress is finally stepping in to provide balance and refine that authority.” Continue reading

09-22-16 USMEF: China’s Announcement an Important First Step Toward Resuming Beef Trade

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USMEF: China’s Announcement an Important First Step Toward Resuming Beef Trade

Chinas Ministry of Agriculture and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine have announced that Chinas ban on imports of U.S. beef has been lifted. While this is an important first step in the process of resuming beef exports to China, USMEF understands that China must still negotiate with USDA the conditions that will apply to U.S. beef exports entering this market. USMEF looks forward to learning more details about the remaining steps necessary for the market to officially open and for U.S. suppliers to begin shipping product.

— Philip M. Seng, president and CEO, U.S. Meat Export Federation

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09-22-16 NFU VP of International Relations Represents World’s Farmers in UN Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance

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NFU VP of International Relations Represents World’s Farmers in UN Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance

WASHINGTON (September 22, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) General Counsel and Vice President of International Relations Dave Velde represented the world’s farmers yesterday before a high-level meeting of the United Nations (U.N.) to discuss global antibiotic resistance. The meeting concluded with the 193 member countries of the U.N. adopting a declaration to fight antibiotic resistance and reduce the use of the drugs in agriculture and human medicine. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, September 22nd…

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Farmers Urging Congress to Swiftly Move on TPP Agreement

Through groups like the National Corn Growers Association and the American Farm Bureau, thousands of farmers are asking Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement quickly. NCGA says more than 6,000 farmers have written letters to Congress members urging passage of the agreement this year. NCGA is delivering those letters to lawmakers this week. Meanwhile, Farm Bureau joined the National Association of Manufactures and others Wednesday in a letter to Congress asking lawmakers the same. The Farm Bureau letter told lawmakers “the status quo is not acceptable,” in calling for passage. NCGA President Chip Bowling stated to Congress: “Pass TPP and give America’s farmers and ranchers a chance to compete for the world’s business.” The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement represents 40 percent of the global economy and one of the fastest-growing regions in the world. President Barack Obama signed the TPP agreement earlier this year, but it now must be approved by Congress.


EU, Canada, Working to Overcome Trade Deal Doubts

The European Union and Canada are working to overcome doubts of other nations included in an EU-Canada free trade deal. The EU and Canada Wednesday announced a declaration spelling out the limits of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, to ease other EU nations, such as Austria, according to Reuters. Trade officials from Canada say the legally binding declaration on key issues would add no new elements to the deal, which Austria’s chancellor opposes in its current form. The trade agreement has been a key target of protests by unions and environmental groups who say it will worsen labor conditions and allow big business to challenge governments across Europe. The EU is expected to vote on the deal October 18th before a planned signing at an EU-Canada summit later in the month.


FSIS Updates Procedure Allowing Organic Meats Non-GMO Label

The Department of Agriculture has released a new procedure allowing certified organic meat and poultry producers to obtain approval of non-GMO label claims, based on the products organic certification. Announced by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the change was made because of the newly passed National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Act, or GMO labeling bill. The Act states organic certification is enough information to make claims about the absence of bioengineered ingredients. Meatingplace reports USDA’s organic regulations already require certified operations to obtain approval for labels that use the term “organic” or display the USDA organic seal. Now, a certified organic meat or poultry processor can modify or add a label claim to a previously approved label under the update. However, non-GMO label claims must be carefully worded so they do not confuse or mislead consumers, according to USDA.

FSW Proposes Endangered Species Act Protections for Bumble Bee Species

The federal Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list rusty patch bumble bees under the Endangered Species Act because of declining populations. Agri-Pulse reports the proposed rule was scheduled to be published in the Federal Register Thursday. Petitions to the Fish and Wildlife Service say the bumble bee “is not only an important pollinator of prairie wildflowers but also of cranberries, blueberries, apples, alfalfa and numerous other crops.” The Fish and Wildlife Service says the number of rust patch bumble bee populations has declined by 91 percent. The proposal lists stressors to bumble bees as pathogens, pesticides, habitat loss and climate change. The Service points specifically to neonicotinoids use in agriculture that correlates with the decline in populations. The proposal starts a 60-day comment period and a final decision is expected in September of next year.

Canada Producers Share Agribusiness Merger Fears

Farm groups in Canada are voicing concerns over the latest flurry of merger and acquisitions within the agribusiness industry. Just a day after a U.S. Senate committee held a hearing on the topic, the Calgary Herald reports farm groups in Canada have similar thoughts as U.S. farm groups. Bayer AG was the latest to join the trend in its announcement last week that Bayer would purchase Monsanto for $66 billion. Farm groups in Canada are in the process of gathering comments from farmers on mergers, including the Agrium-PotashCorp deal. That merger would create the world’s largest fertilizer company. A spokesperson for the Alberta Wheat Commission said “we aren’t opposed to mergers in general,” but says too much concentration of ownership could lead to less healthy competition. Canola-based associations have already voiced concerns over the Bayer-Monsanto deal, as the two companies currently control more than 90 percent of the herbicide-tolerant canola trait business. The Alberta Canola Producers Commission says farmers are concerned with potential input cost increases and that a merger may diminish the incentive for future innovation.

USDA Designations Offer Natural Disaster Assistance for Louisiana Farmers

The Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday the designation of primary natural disaster area’s for 11 Louisiana parishes due to losses caused by historic flooding last month. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the designation in a statement, adding USDA stands with Louisiana farmers in their recovery efforts. 12 other parishes in Louisiana are eligible for assistance, because USDA designated their counties as contiguous, along with two counties in Texas. The designation means all qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Farmers in eligible parishes and counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. USDA advises farmers in the area to contact their local FSA office to learn more.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service