10-04-16 Make plans to attend the Arkansas Valley Livestock Symposium in LaJunta on Oct 13th…


2nd Annual CLA Arkansas Valley Livestock Symposium is Next Week!

CattleFax Outlook, Antibiotic Use Reduction, & Drones vs. Privacy

The Colorado Livestock Association is hosting its annual livestock producer educational symposium in La Junta, CO on October 13, 2016. The Arkansas Valley Livestock Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics concerning livestock producers in Colorado. Continue reading

10-04-16 Safety Net Payments Will Provide Needed Assistance to Farm Country, NFU Says

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Safety Net Payments Will Provide Needed Assistance to Farm Country, NFU Says

WASHINGTON (October 4, 2016) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it would be making more than $7 billion in safety net payments to many of the 1.7 million farms enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. In response, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement: Continue reading

10-04-16 USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Farmers in Response to 2015 Market Downturn

USDA Press ReleaseUSDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Farmers in Response to 2015 Market Downturn

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning today, many of the 1.7 million farms that enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year.

“This fall, USDA will be making more than $7 billion in payments under the ARC-County and PLC programs to assist participating producers, which will account for over 10 percent of USDA’s projected 2016 net farm income. These payments will help provide reassurance to America’s farm families, who are standing strong against low commodity prices compounded by unfavorable growing conditions in many parts of the country,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “At USDA, we are standing strong behind them, tapping in to every resource that we have to help. So far in 2016, this has included creating a one-time cost share program for cotton ginning, purchasing about $800 million in excess commodities to be redirected to food banks and those in need, making $11 million in payments to America’s dairy farmers through the Dairy Margin Protection Program, and reprogramming Farm Service Agency funds to expand credit options for farmers and ranchers in need of extra capital. As always, we continue to watch market conditions and will explore opportunities for further assistance in the coming months. For producers challenged by weather, disease and falling prices, we will continue to ensure the availability of a strong safety net to keep them farming or ranching.” Continue reading

10-04-16 Inside the WDA w/Interim CEO Darlene Clifford…

WDA_4C_wTaglinedarlene-clifford-wda-interim-ceo(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 4, 2016 – Joining the BARN by telephone is the recently appointed WDA’s Interim CEO Darlene Clifford who was named by the  Western Dairy Association Board of Directors to that role within the organization following the departure of former President and CEO Cindy French


Western Dairy Association works on behalf of dairy farm families in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.  WDA is centered on driving sales and trust in dairy foods and dairy farms. To learn more about the Western Dairy Association – CLICK HERE


10-04-16 Pork Quick Facts and the Pork Checkoff Photo Library Now Available on pork.org

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DES MOINES, IOWA — Oct. 4, 2016 — The National Pork Board announces the debut of Pork Quick Facts (pork.org/QuickFacts) and the Pork Checkoff Photo Library (pork.org/photos), two new online resources to help build transparency and trust in the U.S. pork industry. Pork Quick Facts provides a snapshot of the pork industry through statistics and infographics, while the Pork Checkoff Photo Library shares images of pig farms across America.

“Today, farm and ranch families make up only 2 percent of the U.S. population, with most of the other 98 percent two or more generations removed from the farm,” said National Pork Board President Jan Archer, a pig farmer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “That makes it even more important to share how we raise safe, high-quality pork. The Checkoff’s new online resources will help bridge the gap as consumers increasingly ask how their food is raised.” Continue reading

10-04-16 Enter to Sing the National Anthem at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention

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2017_ncba-trade-show-and-convention-logoEnter to Sing the National Anthem at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention

DENVER (Oct. 4, 2016) – Individuals can now submit entries to have the opportunity to sing the National Anthem during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 1-3, 2017.

The 2017 Tune Up For Tennessee- NCBA National Anthem Contest, hosted by NCBA, is open to any family member of an NCBA, American National CattleWomen or Cattlemen’s Beef Board member. Contestants must be 18-years or younger to qualify, and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to convention. Previous NCBA National Anthem Contest winners are not eligible.

The contest is open from Tuesday, Sept. 13 until Friday, Oct. 21. After entries close, four finalists will be selected and their video entries will be posted to www.beefusa.org for a public vote from Nov. 1-23, 2016. The public will have the opportunity to vote once per day, per person for their favorite anthem singer. The winner will be announced on Dec. 2, 2016. Continue reading

10-04-16 Colorado Farm Bureau announces Congressional “Friend of Farm Bureau” recipients…

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cfb-friend-of-the-farm-bureau-logo-100416Colorado Farm Bureau announces Congressional “Friend of Farm Bureau” recipients 

Centennial, Colo. –  Oct. 4, 2016 The Colorado Farm Bureau is pleased to announce members of the 114th Congress awarded the 2016 “Friend of Farm Bureau” award. The “Friend of Farm Bureau” designation is awarded at the end of each Congress to members who work to support agriculture and rural Colorado.

Winners for the 114th Congress are:

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10-04-16 DuPont Pioneer Introduces Exclusive Pioneer® Brand Alfalfa Varieties with HarvXtra® Technology

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Reduced-lignin varieties allow producers to achieve high-quality alfalfa at every cut

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 4, 2016 — DuPont Pioneer announced today that Pioneer® brand alfalfa varieties with HarvXtra® technology are available for growers. These exclusive varieties with significant lignin reductions enable producers to achieve higher quality hay and forage compared to varieties without HarvXtra technology, no matter when they cut.

“These varieties are part of the DuPont Pioneer commitment to improving forage quality at every stage,” said Dan Wiersma, DuPont Pioneer alfalfa business manager. “They increase the level of forage digestibility by 10 to 15 percent, which leads to higher energy in forage diets and may result in more milk production.” Continue reading

10-04-16 Registration Open for 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show

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2017_ncba-trade-show-and-convention-logoRegistration Open for 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show

DENVER (Oct. 4, 2016) – Registration and housing for the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show is now open. The 120th annual convention will be held in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 1-3, 2017. Advanced registration is open until Jan. 4, 2017. Convention participants will hear from industry leaders, gather insight on industry trends, and enjoy an evening of stars and guitars at the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as an exclusive event at the famous Grand Ole Opry.  NCBA President Tracy Brunner said this convention is a must for everyone involved in the cattle industry.

“The Cattle Industry Convention is the oldest and largest national convention in the cattle business,” Brunner said. “We look forward to another great meeting in a great location for cattle producers. Once again, NCBA will have one of the largest trade shows in agriculture and revisit one of our favorite cities, with great entertainment around every corner.” Continue reading

10-04-16 Farmers Union Television Program Nominated for 3rd Emmy® Award

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Farmers Union Television Program Nominated for 3rd Emmy® Award

WASHINGTON (October 4, 2016) – A farm-to-table television program produced with the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) was nominated for its third Emmy® Award by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Farm Fresh Road Trip takes viewers around Minnesota to see well-known chefs prepare dishes with farm fresh foods produced by local family farmers. 

“It is important that we educate consumers about how and where their food is grown, and we’re excited to see the Minnesota Farmers Union have immense success with Farm Fresh Road Trip,” said Roger Johnson, president of National Farmers Union. “The collaborative team behind this television show has found a creative way to highlight local agriculture across Minnesota, benefiting both farmers and rural communities.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 4th…

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USDA Report shows Biobased Industry Contributes Billions to U.S. Economy

A new report released Monday by the Department of Agriculture shows the U.S. biobased industry in 2014 contributed $393 billion and 4.2 million jobs to America’s recovering economy. The report also indicates that the sector grew from 2013 to 2014, creating or supporting an additional 220,000 jobs and $24 billion over that period. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says the report shows America has an appetite for everyday products—including plastic bottles, textiles, cleaning supplies and more—made from renewable sources. The new report shows that the industry directly supported 1.53 million jobs in 2014, with each job in the industry responsible for generating 1.76 jobs in other sectors. In 2013, the industry was found to contribute $369 billion and four million jobs to the U.S. economy. Vilsack announced the report Monday at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.


China May Impose Duties to Support Domestic Soybean Production

China may soon impose measures to protect its soybean industry, based on remarks from a leading figure in the country’s agricultural production sector. A trade official at China’s Agriculture Ministry said it might be necessary to introduce anti-dumping tariffs and other measures to curb imports and protect domestic production. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports trade officials in China have long talked about protecting China’s agricultural industries, both to ensure food security and to alleviate poverty, which is most prominent in China’s rural areas. However, one industry contact questioned the potential moves, questioning “they want to protect their domestic industry and their consumers?” Noting that  import protection leads to higher prices, the source said the talk “sounds more like jawboning prices down further.”


U.S. District Court Dismisses HSUS Lawsuit on Regulating CAFO Emissions

A U.S. District Court last week dismissed a Humane Society of the United States lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, alleging the agency would not regulate confined animal feeding operations or CAFOs. The group requested in 2009 that EPA begin rulemaking under the Clean Air Act to regulate air emissions from CAFOs. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out the case because the plaintiffs did not give EPA 180-days’ notice of their intent to sue, which is required. In 2006, nearly 1,900 pork producers and other livestock and poultry farmers entered into agreements with EPA, settling what the agency believed were issues with air emissions associated with livestock production. However, the National Pork Producers Council says the studies were blocked by activist groups that filed the lawsuit. HSUS indicated it would re-file the lawsuit after providing the 180 days’ notice.

Hog Futures the Biggest Commodity Loser in 2016

A new report by Bloomberg says hog futures were the worst investment in commodities last quarter and the past year. That’s because there are too many pigs coming to market, forcing slaughterhouses to add weekend shifts in November and December. Those increased supplies come at a time of sluggish export demand. China more than doubled U.S. pork purchases in the first half of the year but has now put the brakes on buying. Bloomberg further notes that hog futures also face devaluation of the peso which threatens shipments to Mexico, the destination for 40 percent of U.S. hams. PCI Advisory Services broker Dustin Guy says “we have a black cloud over the market as a whole,” as the slaughter numbers have scared some investment positions away. The Department of Agriculture’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from last week showed there were 70.9 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up two percent from last September and four percent higher than June of this year.

Fruit Growers Fight for Market Share in China

Demand for fruit in China continues to rapidly grow and U.S. exporters are fighting for market share. A report by the Department of Agriculture shows exports rose threefold to 3.8 million metric tons in 2015, representing nearly seven percent of total market share by value. Politico says that while the U.S. continues to be a major supplier of fruit like bananas, grapes, oranges and apples to China, it faces increasing competition from both Chinese growers and neighbors of Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. Combined, those three countries supply more than half of China’s fresh fruits each year. Still, USDA researchers say the export outlook to China remains good as the nation carries out a five-year plan to move citizens from rural areas to cities and modernize its agriculture industry. Analysts say the move means consumers will have more purchasing power.

USDA Launches New Apprenticeship Program Targeting Veterans

The Department of Agriculture announced a new jobs program that will use the national apprenticeship system to hire new employees as agricultural commodity graders. The graders are a key role in USDA’s mission to protect American consumers. The program, piloted by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, combines on-the-job training with theoretical and practical instruction in the classroom and online. Apprentices who complete the paid training program will meet the qualifications for a position as a USDA Agricultural Commodities Grader. USDA employs more than 11,000 veterans and since 2009 has provided more than $505 million in direct farm loans to help more than 7,400 veterans start, maintain or grow their farming operations. Find more information online at AMS dot USDA dot gov (www.ams.usda.gov).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service