09-27-16 More than $1 million in Grants Available for Sustainable Ag in the West

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Farmers, ranchers and agricultural professionals in the West are eligible to apply for a share of more than $1 million in available grants to study, demonstrate and improve sustainable agricultural practices on their land.

The grants are being offered by the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, known as Western SARE. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve sustainable agricultural practices in the United States, and is unique among federal agriculture programs. Continue reading

09-27-16 CattleFax Announces Agenda for Outlook & Strategies Seminar on Nov 29th…



CattleFax Announces Agenda for Outlook & Strategies Seminar on November 29th

Cattle Producers and Beef Industry Leaders Are Encouraged to Attend

Centennial, CO – Sept. 27, 2016 – The cast is set and there is no turning back. The cattle industry is facing larger domestic supplies for 2017 and 2018, and pork and poultry production will be record large as well. Continue reading

09-27-16 United Soybean Board Appointments Increase to 73 Directors

United Soybean Board Appointments Increase to 73 Directors

Twenty-four returning, 15 new directors will be sworn in at annual meeting

usb-united-soybean-board-logoST. LOUIS (Sept. 27, 2016) – The United Soybean Board (USB) will grow from 70 to 73 directors this winter to represent soybean production growth in Missouri, New Jersey and Wisconsin. New and returning farmer-leaders will be sworn in at USB’s annual meeting in St. Louis on Dec. 9. All appointees were nominated by their Qualified State Soybean Boards (QSSBs) and confirmed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Sept. 26.

This year’s group of 39 appointees will join the other 34 farmer-leaders in directing soy checkoff funds to research, marketing and promotion efforts that increase soybean farmer profitability. To increase the value of U.S. soy, the checkoff works with partners in the value chain, from supply to marketplace to demand, to identify and capture opportunities that increase farmer profit potential.

“Soybean farmers are at the heart and mission of the soy checkoff,” says Jared Hagert, USB chair and soybean farmer from Emerado, North Dakota. “To embody the farmer perspective, farmer-leaders from the soybean-growing region step up to volunteer their time and skills to maximize profit opportunities for their neighbors over the county line and across the country. It is through the expertise, vision and inspiration of these dedicated men and women that the checkoff can bring fresh, new ideas to grow innovation beyond the bushel.”

Appointed farmer-leaders include: Continue reading

09-27-16 NCBA: NCF Accepting Applications for CME Beef Industry Scholarship

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NCF Accepting Applications for CME Beef Industry Scholarship

DENVER (Sept. 27NCF - National Cattlemans Foundation logo, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for 2017-2018 beef industry scholarships sponsored by CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.

“The CME Beef Industry Scholarship represents an investment in the future of the cattle business. By helping the next generation of cattlemen and women further their education, CME Group is helping to advance the future of the U.S. agricultural economy,” said Tim Andriesen, CME Group Managing Director of Agricultural Products. “Our partnership with the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and NCBA has spanned nearly three decades, and during that time, we’ve underscored the importance of risk management to the beef industry while contributing to the education of tomorrow’s industry leaders.” Continue reading

09-27-16 Inside the NACD with First VP Brent Van Dyke…

Inside the NACD with First VP Brent Van Dyke…

Brent Van Dyke, NACD First Vice-President

Brent Van Dyke, NACD First Vice-President

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 27, 2016 – Joining me on the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Brent Van Dyke, First Vice-President of the National Association of Conservation Districts discussing several topics including:

  • Recent Voluntary Conservation Successes in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Update on Wild horses and Burro Policy Update
  • Recent Petition to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
  • Legislative Update on Two Bills regarding NRCS voluntary conservation programs and the Federal SAM and DUNS reporting requirements
  • NACD’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver-Registration Open Now
  • & more


BIOGRAPHY: First Vice President Brent Van Dyke is a retired teacher and FFA advisor from Hobbs, New Mexico. He has worked for the State Department, specifically U.S.A.I.D., for more than 15 years as a contract advisor for agricultural projects in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Continue reading

09-27-16 CDA: Fall Family Fun on the Farm

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Fall Family Fun on the Farm

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Plump orange gourds shine in fields across Colorado and are ripe for the picking.  Fall brings a variety of family-friendly activities on farms and ranches. To help people experience agriculture in the state, the Colorado Department of Agriculture lists a variety of fall activities online at www.coloradoagritourism.com.
“This is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy Colorado agriculture,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Whether you are looking to find that perfect pumpkin or get lost in a corn maze, we have the resources you need.” Continue reading

09-27-16 CME Group to Transition Dairy Spot Call to CME Direct Auction Platform

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CME Group to Transition Dairy Spot Call to CME Direct Auction Platform

CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced that in December it will begin transitioning its CME Dairy Spot Call, for daily price discovery in physical dairy markets, to an electronic, transaction-based auction, which can be accessed through CME Direct. Ultimately, this will replace the physical spot market held via a limited open outcry session on the company’s Chicago trading floor that currently facilitates price discovery, trading and delivery of dairy products such as Cheese Barrels, Cheese Blocks, Butter and Nonfat Dry Milk. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 27th…

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

State Ag Directors Say next Farm Bill Could Provide Relief

A group of state agriculture directors says the next farm bill could offer relief to farmers in the midst of lower commodity prices and lower farm income. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture met in Nebraska last week. Politico reports members mulled over issues including dairy prices, water quality issues and disaster relief funding as farm bill priorities for the group. NASDA expects to finalize its farm bill priority list early next year. The group discussed adding a title to the farm bill related to land transition. South Carolina Agriculture Secretary Hugh Weathers said “if getting new people into farming is seen as that vital, then it has a place in the farm bill,” in regards to helping new farmers get farmland. Vermont Agriculture Commissioner Chuck Ross added “Capitol Hill tends to listen to state agriculture officials when it comes to the farm bill,” that’s because nearly all of NASDA’s priorities for the 2014 Farm Bill were included in the final legislation.


USDA Waiting on More Funding

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the U.S. Department of Agriculture needs more funding to continue distributing aid to farmers hit by low commodity prices. Vilsack said last week “hopefully with the continuing resolution, we can take a look at what additional steps we might be able to provide” to farmers and the agriculture industry. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, introduced a stopgap funding measure last week that would also accelerate reimbursement funding for USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation, a USDA-run entity that helps farmers endure unstable market prices by providing loans and purchasing surplus commodities. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports President Barack Obama requested the provision in August, saying the Commodity Credit Corporation would exceed its $30 billion borrowing limit during the period of the continuing resolution and needed its annual reimbursement moved forward to continue operating.


Court Strikes Down Tighter Anhydrous Ammonia Restrictions

The Ag Retailers Associations says Friday’s court decision to strike down tighter anhydrous ammonia restrictions will save U.S. retailers an estimated $100 million in compliance costs. A U.S. appeals court ruled against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA, because the Administration violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Last year, OSHA issued a memo redefining the retail facility exemption to the Process Safety Management Standard without seeking industry input. The appeals court ruled OSHA should have posted for public comment the proposed changes to the PSM standard. Process Safety Management applies to any facility storing 10,000 pounds or more of anhydrous ammonia. However, retail agriculture facilities selling more than 50 percent of the fertilizer to farmers have been exempt from PSM. OSHA’s 2015 memo eliminated the exemption.

Farm Bureau Survey Shows Lower Food Prices

The annual Fall Marketbasket survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows lower retail food prices compared to the same time last year. The survey released Monday showed an eight percent decrease, or four dollars in price, to total $49.70. The marketbasket survey features 16 common food items including eggs, whole milk, cheddar cheese, chicken breast, sirloin tip roast and ground chuck. Of the 16 products, 13 in all decreased in price while just three increased in average price. Egg prices saw the most significant price drop, down 51 percent compared with last year. Farm Bureau’s John Newton says that is because egg production is recovering well from the 2014 avian influenza outbreak. Prices for bagged salad, apples and potatoes all increased. Newton says apple prices are higher because of dry conditions in apple growing areas, and salad prices are up because of lower output by farmers in California and Arizona.

NCBA, PLC: Fish and Wildlife Service Addressing ESA Deficiencies

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, along with the Public Lands Council say a Federal Fish and Wildlife Service final rule is a step to “address rampant abuse of the Endangered Species Act listing process. The rule announced Monday limits petitions for new listings to one species and will require more substantive justification to file a petition for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Public Lands Council executive director Ethan Lane says the rule is “progress toward increasing local input into the process” and applauded the rule. Currently, the Endangered Species Act has a less than two percent recovery rate. The Fish and Wildlife Service says the changes will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the petition process to support species conservation. The rule was expected to be published to the Federal Register Tuesday.

USDA Launches Cage-Free Egg Report

Last week’s Cage-Free Shell Egg Report was the first of a new monthly report by the Department of Agriculture. The department launched the Monthly Cage-free-Shell that USDA says will add transparency to the cage-free shell egg market. The new monthly report includes wholesale price information for cage-free shell eggs traded on a contract basis and negotiated spot market basis. The report also includes retail feature price information for extra-large and large sized cage-free shell eggs, and information for both brown and white eggs. The report also provides information on cage-free shell egg estimated production in the United States, based off of organic and cage-free flock size estimates collected by USDA. Information for the report is collected from weekly retail advertised specials from more than 29,000 retail stores across the country. USDA says the monthly report will be released on the first Monday of each month.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service