10-13-16 Farm Foundation: Food and Agriculture Platforms of the Presidential Candidates Forum on Oct. 19th

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Farm Foundation: Food and Agriculture Platforms of the Presidential Candidates Forum on Oct. 19th

All of the audio from October 19th’s Forum on the food/ag platforms of the two Presidential candidates is available now featuring: 

  • Kathleen Merrigan, former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture represented Hillary Clinton.
  • Sam Clovis, who is Co-Chair of the Trump Campaign

The moderator was Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman. 

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OAK BROOK, IL Oct. 7, 2016: The food and agricultural platforms of Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the subject of the Farm Foundation® Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Farm Foundation, NFP is partnering the Farm Journal’s AgDay Television in presenting this Forum.
For the last two presidential election cycles, Farm Foundation has provided this opportunity for the candidates, or their representatives, to focus discussions specifically on issues important to agriculture and rural communities. As a non-partisan organization, Farm Foundation has an important role in providing this opportunity for voters to learn more about the specific elements of the respective candidates’ food and agricultural platforms.

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10-19-16 AFBF: Farmers call for action to stop estate tax increases

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Oct. 18, 2016-Farm Bureau is urging Congress to pass legislation blocking a recent IRS proposal that would result in higher estate taxes for farmers and ranchers. The IRS’ plan for more restrictive rules for using valuation discounts would make it more difficult for farmers and ranchers who operate family-owned partnerships, LLCs or corporations to transfer their farms and ranches to the next generation.

The Protect Family Farms and Businesses Act (H.R. 6100 and S. 3436), introduced in the House by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) and in the Senate by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), would stop the IRS from implementing its proposed restrictive estate tax discount valuation. Continue reading

10-19-16 Make plans to attend the Grass-Grazers-Family: Finding Common Ground Conference in Pueblo Nov 1-3

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josh-saunders-nrcs-co-range-specialist(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 19, 2016 – The Colorado Section of the Society For Range Management (CSSRM) and the Pueblo County Office for Colorado State University Extension have partnered to bring together an amazing set of speakers who are going to provide a dynamic program.  Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the 2016 Grass Grazers Family Conference “Finding Common Ground” in more detail is Josh Saunders, USDA-NRCS Range Specialist…

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Make plans to attend the Grass-Grazers-Family: Finding Common Ground Conference which will be held in Pueblo November 1 – 3, 2016. Continue reading

10-19-16 National Conference to Celebrate ‘Quarter Century of No-Till Learning’

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National Conference to Celebrate ‘Quarter Century of No-Till Learning’

The 25th annual gathering of the National No-Tillage Conference in St. Louis
this January will include more than 40 presenters and celebrate decades of no-till innovation.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (Oct. 11, 2016) — Behind the theme “Quarter Century of No-Till Learning,” the 2017 National No-Tillage Conference (NNTC) returns in January to the “Gateway to the West” in St. Louis for the seventh time in the conference’s 25-year history.

The just-completed conference program, now available at www.NoTillConference.com, provides a glimpse into the 40-plus presentations offering the most innovative, leading-edge information farmers will absorb over the conference’s four days, Jan. 10-13, 2017. Continue reading

10-19-16 NCGA Promotes Engagement, Membership to Young Farmers

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NCGA Promotes Engagement, Membership to Young Farmers

national-ffa-convention-and-expo-button-logoAs the National FFA Convention begins in Indianapolis, the National Corn Growers Association invites attendees to visit them at booth 1755 to learn more about scholarship opportunities and take grassroots action on the important issues facing farmers. With opportunities to voice support for the Trans Pacific Partnership and to grab a photo with Captain Cornelius, NCGA representatives will be on hand to discuss how NCGA membership benefits U.S. corn farmers and youth in agriculture.
“The National FFA convention provides an opportunity for NCGA to interact with the next generation of agricultural leaders and help them understand the importance of active participation in commodity associations,” said NCGA Director of Public Policy Zach Kinne, who served as FFA National President in 2007-2008. “Having been actively involved in FFA myself for many years, I understand the optimism, energy and potential FFA members provide for the future of our industry. We are excited to help them engage with NCGA both now, as students, and as they move forward in their careers.” Continue reading

10-19-16 USCA Comments on Proposed Changes Announced by CME Group

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USCA Comments on Proposed Changes Announced by CME Group

WASHINGTON – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement on the announcement made by the CME Group this week that a proposal is being considered to switch to a cash settlement process for its live futures.  The CME Group also announced that modifications to the physical delivery process would be considered. Continue reading

10-19-16 CDA: Grants Awarded for Colorado Specialty Crops

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Grants Awarded for Colorado Specialty Crops

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Eleven grants totaling $549,000 were awarded through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2016 Specialty Crops Program. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Funds are received by the Colorado Department of Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops.

“These funds are important to a diverse range of Colorado crops, and for the development of markets for specialty crops,” said Tom Lipetzky, Colorado Department of Agriculture Markets Division Director. “This block grant helps crops that have historically been grown in Colorado as well as new and emerging crops such as hops that have recently become more widely-planted.”
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10-19-16 NFU Representatives Ensure Family Farmers and Ranchers Have a Seat at the Table for International Policy Development

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WASHINGTON (October 19, 2016) – Representatives of National Farmers Union (NFU) appealed to international policymakers this week, requesting that the perspective of family farmers and ranchers be better represented in the global food security and nutrition arena. NFU Vice President of International Relations Dave Velde and North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne attended the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 40thAnniversary Plenary Session on behalf of the World Farmers’ Organization (WFO).  

“Family farmers and ranchers are engaged on many of the same issues that CFS tackles as a committee, which ultimately impacts the work carried out by international bodies like the World Trade Organization. It is important that producers are involved in international discussions at the formative stages to help advise the policies that eventually shape the business and livelihoods of farmers around the world,” said Watne, who presented before members of the committee in Rome, Italy. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 19th…

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Dannon Responds to Ag Attack

Dannon claims the company was blindsided Monday when a half-dozen agriculture groups attacked the companies shift away from GMO ingredients. Groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation sent Dannon a letter calling the switch “marketing puffery.” Dannon’s CEO says the company was surprised by the “divisive and misinformed letter.” Dannon announced back in April the company would switch to non-GMO dairy feed for three of its flagship brands and begin labeling GMO products in other brands next year. Politico reports that Dannon stood by its sustainability claims, noting the company has built a “direct and transparent” relationship with dairy farmers. However, the letter by agriculture groups says “It appears to be an attempt to gain lost sales from your competitors by using fear-based marketing and trendy buzzwords.” The groups say “neither farmers nor consumers should be used as pawns in food marketing wars.”

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ASA, NOPA Signal Strong Push on TPP in Lame-Duck

The American Soybean Association and the National Oilseed Processors Association are continuing their push for Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The two groups informed members of Congress this week they will continue to pressure lawmakers to pass TPP during the lame-duck session following the presidential election. The message follows a new document on the benefits to soybean farmers, processors and exports from the trade deal. ASA President Richard Wilkins said the document shows that “there is too much promise in the TPP for us to give up.”Prospects for passage of TPP are dim, with both presidential candidates opposed, and a crowded lame-duck congressional calendar. However, many agriculture groups pledge to continue pressing Congress to seek passage of the agreement.

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Two Identified as Potential Ag Secretary Under Clinton Administration

The Hagstrom Report says Steve Beshear and Karen Ross are the top candidates to become Hillary Clinton’s Agriculture Secretary, along with another unnamed candidate, should she win the presidential election next month. A third candidate was not named to the Hagstrom Report, but a source described the person as “more surprising.” Beshears is a former Democratic governor of Kentucky. Ross is a former chief of staff for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and is the current California Food and Agriculture Secretary. It is safe to say the candidate is not current Secretary Vilsack, as he told AgriTalk last week “I have no idea what is in my future, adding “I do think it’s time for someone else to take a crack” at USDA.

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BASF Chemical Plant Faces Prolonged Shutdown Following Explosion

An explosion at the world’s largest chemical facility has killed two firefighters and shut down production. The explosion at BASF’s Germany plant near Frankfurt shut down the four square mile complex Monday that makes raw chemicals for BASF products. BASF is the world’s largest chemical company and says the facility is likely to face a prolonged shutdown. The complex is home to some 39,000 BASF employees. An extended shutdown may tighten earnings for BASF and benefit Dow Chemical, according to Bloomberg. There’s no word yet on how the shutdown might impact the production of BASF’s agriculture chemicals. BASF never joined the merger and acquisition trend within the agriculture chemical industry but did reportedly enter talks with Monsanto to sell-off BASF’s agriculture-solutions unit. However, that was before Bayer and Monsanto agreed on a merger worth $66 billion.

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USDA Predicts Record California Almond Harvest

California almond growers are facing similar price troubles as Midwest row-crop farmers. A predicted record almond harvest will drop prices again this year as the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects the harvest to reach 2.05 billion pounds for the 2016-17 crop year. The harvest projection represents an eight percent increase from a year ago and a slight increase from the 2011-12 crop year record of 2.03 billion pounds. USDA says that while many areas are still under drought, trees have shown signs of recovery from multiple years of water deprivation. The increase in production may put negative pressure on prices received by growers. After a strong year of production, for example, grower prices fell from $4.00 per pound in 2014-15 to $2.84 per pound in 2015-16. Last year’s almond crop was worth $5.33 billion. However, with prices high relative to long-term averages, USDA says almond producers still have an incentive to increase production.

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India Seeks to Triple Egg Production to Combat Malnutrition

India’s agriculture minister says the nation is aiming to triple egg production to combat the challenge of malnutrition. The Poultry Site reports India is already among the top egg producers of the world. With total egg production close to 83 billion, but the domestic requirement is much higher. Agriculture officials in India say the per capita availability of eggs is only 63 per year while the National Nutrition Institute prescribes for a minimum of 180. To triple production, India’s government is taking steps to promote poultry farming. The agriculture ministry says one in every four children up to five years old is suffering from malnutrition and that “eggs can help a lot in combating the malnutrition.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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