09-14-16 NPPC Concerned About Rules On Livestock Contracts

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NPPC Concerned About Rules On Livestock Contracts

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 14, 2016 – The National Pork Producers Council today expressed concern about U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations on the buying and selling of livestock and poultry. USDA today sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review three rules – the “Farmer Fair Practices Rules” – that, according to the agency, would “help balance the relationships between livestock producers, swine production contract growers, and poultry growers and the packers, swine contractors, and live poultry dealers with whom they interact.” Continue reading

10-14-16 NCBA: USDA Moves Forward with Flawed GIPSA Rules

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USDA Moves Forward with Flawed GIPSA Rules

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2016) – In a letter to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, USDA acknowledged that the agency would continue the rulemaking process on the 2010 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act proposed rules. The proposed rulemaking was initially undertaken in 2010 and quickly defunded by Congress which recognized them as a flawed concept that limits producers’ marketing options while adding layers of bureaucracy and opening the door to litigation. NCBA President Tracy Brunner said these provisions were troubling in 2010 and remain a major concern six years later.

“The GIPSA rules, as they pertain to cattle producers, are extremely troubling to our industry at a time when we are already grappling with volatile futures markets and a fragile cash market,” said Brunner. “Rather than working to help ensure producers have accurate price information in a productive way, like ensuring Mandatory Price Reporting is a critical government function, unaffected by future government shutdowns; USDA is expending time and resources to push forward outdated rules to regulate an industry that never requested their assistance. These rules were flatly rejected by cattle producers six years ago and a strong bi-partisan majority in Congress expressed their continual disapproval through a half-decade of defunding.” Continue reading

10-14-16 USDA’s Action on Long-Awaited Farmer Fair Practices Rules a Win for Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

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WASHINGTON (October 14, 2016) – Following months of progress on the long-awaited Farmer Fair Practices Rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), which would provide needed contract protections for livestock producers and poultry growers, National Farmers Union (NFU) was pleased by today’s administrative step forward in the process towards publishing the rules later this year. Continue reading

10-14-16 Letter to the Editor: Kiowa County’s Phyllis Nelson supports Kimmi Lewis for District 64…

Kimmi LewisLetter to the Editor:

Kimmi Lewis registered as a Republican when she turned 18 and has served in many capacities in the Republican party since that time. She is very conservative and dedicated, honest and hardworking. She has a strong Christian background and strong family values and will serve to the best of her ability, and her abilities are many. She will faithfully serve House District 64.

Kimmi Lewis is very ardent in any type of work she does, whether it be in running the ranch, following up on current issues that affect the livelihood of not only her own family ranching business, and Agriculture, in general, but, that of other sectors of business and economy. She is a strong believer in people having the ability to govern their own affairs; take care of their own property without government intervention with regulations that cause hardships and are not conducive to growth and economy. Continue reading

10-14-16 NFU Appreciates Lawmaker Support for Direct Dairy Assistance as Farmers Struggle to Stay in Business

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WASHINGTON (October 14, 2016) – As U.S. dairy producers are facing the business-crippling burden of multi-year price lows, National Farmers Union (NFU) praised several lawmakers for their support of critically needed assistance for the nation’s dairy sector. Continue reading

10-14-16 USMEF: Vetter, Gustafson to Receive USMEF’s Michael J. Mansfield, Distinguished Service Awards

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USMEF: Vetter, Gustafson to Receive USMEF’s Michael J. Mansfield, Distinguished Service Awards

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) has announced the recipients of its Michael J. Mansfield Award and Distinguished Service Award. Both will be presented at the USMEF 40th Anniversary & Strategic Planning Conference, Nov. 2-4 in Carlsbad, California.
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10-14-16 WGA: ENTER: ‘Celebrate the West’ high school art competition launches second year

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ENTER: ‘Celebrate the West’ high school art competition launches second year

wga-2016-celebrate_the_west_art_competition_logoThe Western Governors’ Association is proud to announce the second year of  Celebrate the West, a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state.

The inaugural year of the competition attracted hundreds of entries from the 19 WGA member states, as well as American Samoa and Guam.The artwork was displayed at the WGA Annual Meeting in Jackson, Wyoming, and several winners subsequently had a chance to meet the governors of their respective states.

Celebrate Winner GraphicClick here or the photo to see 2016 Winners And now it’s time for year two of the competition. Entrants will create original two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state or informed by living in the West. Students may draw ideas from a variety of sources, including state history, landmarks, natural resources, National Parks and Monuments, people, communities, and culture. Continue reading

10-14-16 CO Corn: Nearly 200 Colorado farmers, industry representatives weigh in on EPA’s ‘flawed’ atrazine proposal

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Nearly 200 Colorado farmers, industry representatives weigh in on EPA’s ‘flawed’ atrazine proposal

Standing by more than 7,000 studies that have proven atrazine to be safe, nearly 200 Colorado farmers and representatives of the state’s agriculture industry submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recent weeks regarding its proposal that would effectively ban the long-used herbicide. Continue reading

10-14-16 CCAC sees all-time best refund rate in 2015-16 fiscal year

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CCAC sees all-time best refund rate in 2015-16 fiscal year 

The 2015-16 Colorado Corn Administrative Committee’s (CCAC) fiscal year ended on Sept. 30, with the organization seeing its refund rate for the year come in at 10.57 percent — a record low for the CCAC, which dates back to 1987. This year’s refund rate just slightly bested the 2014-15 fiscal year refund rate of 10.73 percent, which stood as the lowest on record for the organization until now.  Continue reading

10-14-16 FFA Rangeland Judgers Compete in Burlington

Eastern Colorado State FFA Rangeland Judging career Development Exercise (CDE) held in Kit Carson County.  There were 230 FFA students participating in this year’s contest representing 24 schools from all over eastern Colorado.  This picture shows one group of students judging a Limestone Breaks ecological site, one of two ecological sites located near Burlington.  The participating teams were Akron, Arickaree, Branson, Burlington, Crowley County, Flagler, Fowler, Hi-Plains, Hoehne, Holyoke, Karval, Kim, Lamar, Las Animas, Liberty, Lonestar, Merino, New Raymer, Peetz, Pritchett, Rocky Ford, Rye, Sedgwick County, and Stratton.  (Photo by Emmett Jordan)

Eastern Colorado State FFA Rangeland Judging career Development Exercise (CDE) held in Kit Carson County. There were 230 FFA students participating in this year’s contest representing 24 schools from all over eastern Colorado. This picture shows one group of students judging a Limestone Breaks ecological site, one of two ecological sites located near Burlington. The participating teams were Akron, Arickaree, Branson, Burlington, Crowley County, Flagler, Fowler, Hi-Plains, Hoehne, Holyoke, Karval, Kim, Lamar, Las Animas, Liberty, Lonestar, Merino, New Raymer, Peetz, Pritchett, Rocky Ford, Rye, Sedgwick County, and Stratton. (Photo by Emmett Jordan)

FFA Rangeland Judgers Compete in Burlington

By Ben Berlinger, Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair

October 14, 2016 – FFA students and their advisors from high schools across eastern Colorado arrived at the Morgan Community College community building in Burlington October 5th.  The purpose was to compete in a rangeland plant identification exercise and participate in judging the soundness of the rangeland.  This state-level competition attracted an astounding 230 students representing 24 FFA Chapters from as far away as Peetz & Holyoke to the north and Rye & Pritchett to the south.

Team awards and top scoring individuals were recognized at the awards ceremony which was held at the conclusion of the competition.  The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) sponsored the individual honors while nineteen of the Conservation Districts across eastern Colorado and some local business sponsored the team plaques and provided a breakfast snack. Steve Poet, of the Seibert FFA Chapter, provided a delicious “Farm to Table” lunch for the students. The Burlington Conservation District provided the local coordination for the activity.  Jennie McCasland, Conservation District Manager in Burlington, handled the local arrangements for the Conservation District. Colorado Conservation Districts have always united to provide support for natural resources education for our youth in Colorado.

FFA rangeland judging CDE.  Students are judging the second of two ecological sites located near Burlington.  The judging consisted of properly identifying the site, determining the range condition & trend, and then recommending certain management practices that could be implemented.  Here the students are judging a Sandy Plains ecological site. (Photo by Emmett Jordan)

FFA rangeland judging CDE. Students are judging the second of two ecological sites located near Burlington. The judging consisted of properly identifying the site, determining the range condition & trend, and then recommending certain management practices that could be implemented. Here the students are judging a Sandy Plains ecological site. (Photo by Emmett Jordan)

The Colorado Section SRM individual awards were presented to McCrae Rider of the Burlington FFA Chapter for the high score on the combined site judging & plant identification (79% score); and to Cody Wilson of Pritchett FFA for second place honors with his combined score of 73% correct.  Micah Crane of the Pritchett FFA was recognized as the top individual for the plant identification part of the contest.  He scored 96% correct in this exercise requiring the identification of 50 rangeland plants and their characteristics.  McCrae will be presented with a $200 check from the Colorado Section SRM along with his plaque. Continue reading

10-14-16 Alltech Crop Science: Sustainable agricultural production helps to promote food safety

As we approach World Food Day, Oct. 16, 2016, Alltech Crop Science calls on consumers and producers to take a more sustainable approach to food and food production.

As we approach World Food Day, Oct. 16, 2016, Alltech Crop Science calls on consumers and producers to take a more sustainable approach to food and food production.

Sustainable agricultural production helps to promote food safety

World Food Day raises debate about the principal challenges in food production

alltech-crop-science-logo[LEXINGTON, KY.] – The United Nations (UN) expects the population to grow to more than 9 billion inhabitants on Earth by 2050. Not only will there be more mouths to feed, but nutritional trends and consumer demands have introduced new challenges to agricultural production, especially in Brazil, the fourth-largest producer of food in the world. This conversation gains prominence in October with the celebration of World Food Day, a date that highlights the importance of debating public policies and new technologies related to production. Continue reading

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NOAA Increases Odds of La Niña

The fall forecast is trending more towards the chances of a La Niña weather pattern. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration raised the chances of La Niña development this fall to 70 percent from 55 to 60 percent as forecasted last month. An official “La Niña watch” was issued Thursday by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, which means the pattern is likely to form within the next few months. The forecast says the combined ocean and atmosphere system are more clearly trending toward La Niña conditions, according to Pro Farmer. A typical La Niña weather pattern brings a warm and dry winter for the southern tier of the nation and a potentially cooler, stormier winter across the north. NOAA will issue its official winter forecast for the U.S. next Thursday.

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U.S. Dairy Farmers Dumping Millions of Gallons of Excess Milk

The nation’s dairy farmers are dumping more milk this year amid a glut of supplies and low market prices. The Wall Street Journal reports dairy farmers in the U.S. have dumped 43 million gallons of milk in 2016, the most in 16 years. While the industry works to find new uses for the excess milk, many producers cannot afford to transfer the raw product for alternative use at current market prices, which have plummeted 36 percent since record prices in 2014. Dairy and meat producers started expanding operations two years ago in response to a shortage, a move that set the stage for the current global supply excess. The U.S. Department of Agriculture intervened again this month, pledging to buy excess cheese supplies. Full relief may be on the horizon, but not until the next farm bill. The American Farm Bureau Federation says it is evaluating recommendations for the next farm bill that would provide relief to the dairy industry. Meanwhile, a National Milk Producers Federation spokesperson said the Trans-Pacific Partnership would not be a magic bullet but would provide some relief to the industry.

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Top Court in Germany Backs Canada-EU Trade Deal

The Constitutional Court of Germany Thursday supported a trade deal between the European Union and Canada. The top court in Germany rejected a legal challenge to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. The decision allows EU trade ministers to move forward on a vote next week to approve the agreement. It would also require ratification from national, and some regional parliaments to go fully into force. The emergency ruling followed a hearing this week in which activist groups sought to block the deal. Three German activist groups handed in 125,000 signatures to the court in August in opposition to CETA, which they fear will undermine workers’ rights and worsen standards for consumers, according to Reuters. What’s thought to be a precursor to the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, CETA has also faced opposition from some EU member states. Unlike TTIP, however, CETA is looking more likely to be implemented than TTIP, after negotiations regarding TTIP broke down last week.

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Outlook for Equipment Manufacturers set to Improve

A Wells Fargo analyst says the equipment manufacturing industry’s demand cycle should bottom out within the next 12 to 18 months, signaling a turnaround for the industry. The turnaround would mean improved sales volumes and margins for Deere & Company’s fiscal 2017 and 2018, and improved outlooks for other manufacturers. The Wells Fargo data shows Deere and AGCO Corp. outperforming average market performance for the first time since 2012 and 2008, respectively. Wells Fargo predicts a $15 to $20 increase per-share value for Deere, based on the projected turnaround. Such a recovery would bring much-needed relief for the company, according to Bloomberg, which has cut production amid a recession in the agricultural economy. When the Deere reports earnings next month, it is expected to post a third consecutive year of falling revenue and net income. The recent commodity market downturn, which has led to less farm income, has stalled purchasing of new equipment by farmers.

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Certified Angus Beef Sales top One Billion Pounds

Sales of Certified Angus Beef products for the fiscal year that ended September 30th topped one billion pounds for the first time. The fiscal year 2016 sales figure represents a 13 percent increase over 2015, 119 million pounds to 1.015 billion. Average growth over the past five years was three percent, but the growth rate is nearly 75 percent in the last decade of annual records, marking the 12th straight year of growth. Overall, beef retailers made it through six years of relatively flat to declining sales to arrive at a year of explosive growth, setting a record with sales of 435 million pounds, an 18.5 percent increase. Of the top 100 retail chains carrying Certified Angus Beef products, 70 percent saw a rise in beef sales.

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Domino’s Pizza Donating $1 Million to FFA

Just ahead of the annual FFA convention, Domino’s Pizza announced this week the chain would donate $1 million to the National FFA Organization. The five-year commitment will begin in 2017. Each year, the gift will help fund college scholarships to students aspiring to further their education after high school, as well as grants for supervised agriculture experiences. The donation will also assist agriculture literacy and advocacy programs, and FFA’s Living to Serve platform that supports hunger and environmental initiatives. A Domino’s Pizza spokesperson said “there is no Domino’s without the dairy, tomato, wheat and other farmers across the United States,” adding “a commitment to FFA is a commitment to supporting the future of agriculture.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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