10-11-16 Northern Colorado well adds value to land, cattle operation in water-scarce region

Northern Colorado well adds value to land, cattle operation in water-scarce region

On Colorado’s arid, northeastern plains, a high-capacity water well promises to tap into a much-needed resource for local cattle and crop production.

The 1,500 foot-deep well outside Briggsdale, Colo., has been a long-term vision for the Mertens family and their ranching operation. Continue reading

10-11-16 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer, “Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program”

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Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program

Colorado farmers can improve energy efficiency in their agricultural operations and save money.  The Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program offers a variety of energy assistance including:

  • Free energy audits tailored to your agricultural operations
  • Objective, third party technical assistance
  • Assistance with grants and rebate programs for energy saving equipment

Energy audits are available on a first-come first-served basis.  Call 1-800-441-8525 or email agservices@gdsassociates.com with questions.  In addition, visit the website at www.colorado.gov/energyoffice/agricultural-energy-efficiency.  Last and new this year, greenhouses are now eligible for participation in addition to powered irrigators and dairies.

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10-11-16 Economic Study Shows Billions of Dollars in Losses to U.S. Dairy Industry Under Abusive EU Geographical Indications Policies

joint-dairy-logoEconomic Study Shows Billions of Dollars in Losses to U.S. Dairy Industry Under Abusive EU Geographical Indications Policies

Consumers Also Would See Increased Prices, Limited Food Choices

courtesy of the NMPF

courtesy of the NMPF

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Surrendering to a European Union (EU) seizure of common food names would cost the U.S. dairy industry billions of dollars, slash domestic cheese consumption and increase prices for consumers, according to an analysis released today by Informa Economics IEG (a summary of the report can be found here).

The European farm policy agenda, which is focused on using geographical indications (GIs) to unfairly grant European food producers a huge commercial advantage, would force farmers and food producers outside of Europe to rebrand familiar foods with unfamiliar names. The resulting confusion in the U.S. domestic marketplace could shutter family farms, eliminate thousands of rural jobs and hurt the overall U.S. economy, the analysis said. The European Union advocates extending GI protections beyond a small number of specialty foods to cover many food names that have little to no geographic identity and have long been commonly used by food producers around the world. Continue reading

10-11-16 USDA Announces Plans to Purchase Surplus Cheese, Releases New Report Showing Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Create Growth for Dairy Industry

USDA Press ReleaseUSDA Announces Plans to Purchase Surplus Cheese, Releases New Report Showing Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Create Growth for Dairy Industry

LA CROSSE, Wisc., Oct. 11, 2016 – Following a roundtable discussion with dairy producers near La Crosse, Wisc. today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering to purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese to reduce a private cheese surplus that has reached record levels, while assisting food banks and other food assistance recipients. Continue reading



5-Year, $3.9 Million Pilot Program To Reach 120 Early Care Centers

monsanto-fund-logoST. LOUIS (October 11, 2016) – While U.S. food security improved last year, approximately 3 million American households were unable at times to provide adequate, nutritious food for their children, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To address malnutrition and food insecurity impacting young children (birth to age 5), the Monsanto Fund is supporting Healthy Food Alliance for Early Education, a joint program of the American Heart Association and Nemours, with a five-year, $3.9 million pilot program in the St. Louis region. Continue reading

10-11-16 USDA Celebrates Progress during National School Lunch Week and Farm to School Month

USDA Press ReleaseUSDA Celebrates Progress during National School Lunch Week and Farm to School Month

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) joins youth, parents, schools, communities, and partners across the country in honoring National School Lunch Week 2016, as proclaimed by President Obama, a time to reflect on the positive steps our nation has taken to make nutrition a priority in every U.S. school. This also coincides with the month-long celebration of Farm to School Month, which recognizes efforts to bring local foods into schools and onto students’ trays. Continue reading

10-11-16 American Ag Law Association Elects Leaders, Honors Members in Oklahoma City


American Ag Law Association Elects Leaders, Honors Members in Oklahoma City

The American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) held their 37th Annual Agricultural Law Symposium on October 6, 7 and 8.  More than 250 agriculture and food attorneys from across the country attended the AALA Symposium that was held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The symposium featured national and regional legal and policy experts addressing cutting edge issues in agriculture, natural resources, water, food, environmental and agribusiness law.  Attendees included in-house counsel, small and rural practitioners, attorneys from large firms, policy counsel, and law students. Continue reading

10-11-16 NCBA-PLC News: Sage Grouse Management Plans Based on Inaccurate Science

NCBA PLC logosSage Grouse Management Plans Based on Inaccurate Science

WASHINGTON (Oct. 11, 2016) – One year after the announcement by the Department of Interior that a listing under the Endangered Species Act was not warranted for the greater sage grouse and the implementation of restrictive resource management plans for the species, the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association submitted a report to the agencies citing concerns with the methodology used. Continue reading

09-11-16 Pork Checkoff: South Dakota Farmer Named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

South Dakota Farmer Named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

Recipient Recognized for Outstanding On-Farm Practices

chad-greenway-pig-farmer-of-the-year-2016CHICAGO – Oct. 11, 2016 –The National Pork Board announced today that Brad Greenway, a pig farmer from Mitchell, South Dakota, has been named the 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM by achieving the highest score from a third-party judging panel and online voting. The award recognizes a pig farmer who excels at raising pigs using the We CareSM ethical principles and who connects with today’s consumers about how pork is produced.

“We are pleased to have Brad represent America’s pig farmers. He embodies the very best in pig farming,” said Jan Archer, National Pork Board president and a pig farmer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “It’s important that we share with today’s consumers how we raise their food in an ethical and transparent way. Brad’s interest in sharing his farm’s story – and putting a face on today’s pig farming – will help us reach this goal.”

Greenway has focused on doing what’s right for people, pigs and the planet on his family farm for the last 40 years. He and his wife, Peggy, own two wean-to-finish pig barns. They also raise beef cattle and grow corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. Continue reading

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ABC Seeks Pink Slime Lawsuit Dismissal

ABC network, along with employees Diane Sawyer and Jim Avila are asking a judge to dismiss a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit regarding the networks reporting on lean, finely textured beef products. ABC had nicknamed the product “pink slime,” which Beef Products Inc. claims led to significant losses. BPI filed the lawsuit in 2012 claiming the reporting led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs. However, in the request for dismissal, ABC argues that the number of reports was driven primarily by questions from viewers. The Washington Post reports ABC’s argument counters the lawsuit’s characterization of the network’s coverage as a “vicious, concerted disinformation campaign against BPI.” Court documents recently filed by ABC argue the work was done in the public’s interest as consumers were unaware that the product at the time was present in 70 percent of the ground beef sold in supermarkets. The case is currently slated to go to trial in June.


Former AFBF President Joins Foundation for Food and Agriculture Board

Former American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman has joined the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Board of Directors. The Foundation announced last week that it was expanding the board to include six new representatives. Stallman and the five other appointees will serve five-year terms. Stallman has also served on numerous state and federal panels, advising on economic issues including farm and trade policy. He was appointed by the President to the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and served from 2007 through 2016. The new directors join a roster of 19, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who serves as an ex-officio member. The addition is the largest expansion of the Board since the inaugural members were appointed following the creation of the Foundation as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. The Foundation was created to support food and agriculture research.


Russia Declared a Grain Superpower

The American Journal of Transportation calls Russia a “grain superpower” as wheat exports from Russia surge. The Journal says grains are propelling Russia’s agriculture into a renaissance, charged by the 45 percent drop in the ruble against the dollar over the last few years and bumper crops. Last season, Russian topped the U.S. in wheat exports for the first time in decades and is expected to extend those gains to displace the European Union from the top spot this year. Wheat exports from Russia are projected around 30 million metric tons, and President Vladimir Putin of Russia last month urged the country to not hurry in moving excess grain. Russia’s Agriculture Ministry says the nation’s all-grain crop was estimated at 110 to 115 million metric tons, the largest overall grain crop in 25 years. The EU is also enjoying gains in wheat exports. The gains by Russia and the EU are coming mostly at the expense of the United States, which has seen its share of the wheat market steadily moving lower in recent years.

India, Pakistan Tensions could send Cotton Business to U.S.

A territory dispute between India and Pakistan could mean increased cotton trade for the United States. Pro Farmer’s Frist Thing Today reports that the dispute over Kashmir has basically stopped cotton trade between India and Pakistan, a business valued at $822 million per year. Pakistan was India’s largest cotton buyer in the 2015-16 marketing year, purchasing around 2.5 million bales from the nation. Pakistan is the world’s number three cotton consuming country. While the nation typically begins importing cotton in September, sources from India and Pakistan say trade has been at a near standstill. Some officials from India recently indicated that its Prime Minister may cut off trade with Pakistan. Reduced cotton imports from Pakistan may help other suppliers like Brazil, the United States and some African countries supply India.


Florida Citrus Growers Spared by Hurricane Matthew

Citrus growers in Florida “dodged a huge bullet” as Hurricane Matthew seems to have caused just minimal crop damage, according to the Indian River Citrus League based in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Citrus industry publication The Packer reports the hurricane apparently caused little damage to Florida’s Indian River citrus growing region and south Florida vegetables. While the eye of the hurricane saw winds of up to 130 mph, the center of the storm remained off the coast and brought less powerful tropical force winds to inland areas. Most Florida citrus groves are five to 10 miles west of the coast where winds peaked at only 48 miles per hour. Any damage would pale in comparison to back-to-back storms in 2004 that destroyed 23 million boxes of an estimated 27 million box crop of fresh grapefruit. The industry has never fully recovered since, as citrus greening disease started to spread across the region in the years following the 2004 storms.

FFA Announces Record Membership

The National FFA Organization last week announced record-high student membership of 649,355. Current membership is three percent higher than 2015’s 692,000 some members. FFA says the number of FFA chapters also grew, increasing from 7,757 to 7,859. The top six student membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio and Missouri. Interest in FFA and agricultural education also continues to grow, as membership continues to increase. Student membership was not the organization’s only growth opportunity in 2016. National FFA Alumni membership grew to 225,891 members, growing from 62,000 some in 2015. This year, graduating high school seniors automatically received alumni membership, which the growth numbers reflect.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service