10-20-16 National FFA Organization Names Stars Over America


National FFA Organization Names Stars Over America

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016/National FFA Organization) – FFA members from Oklahoma, Minnesota and South Dakota earned the most prestigious honor awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization Thursday at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The American Star awards – including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience – are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning or operating an agricultural business, working or serving in an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.

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10-20-16 USDA NASS CO Quarterly Milk Production July-Sep 2016 – Mtn Region Highlights…


Arizona dairy herds produced 1.11 billion pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, up 0.5 percent from the previous year.

Colorado dairy herds produced 1.01 billion pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, up 5.5 percent from the previous year.

Montana dairy herds produced 74.0 million pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, down 1.3 percent from the previous year.

New Mexico dairy herds produced 1.94 billion pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, down 0.3 percent from the previous year.

Utah dairy herds produced 541.0 million pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, down 4.1 percent from the previous year. .

Wyoming dairy herds produced 35.1 million pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, up 0.3 percent from the previous year.

Nationally, U.S. milk production during the July – September quarter totaled 52.6 billion pounds, up 1.7 percent from the July – September quarter last year Continue reading

10-20-16 USDA/NASS-CO: LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – September 2016

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Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.32 billion pounds in September, up 4 percent from the 4.14 billion pounds produced in September 2015.

Beef production, at 2.18 billion pounds, was 4 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.62 million head, up 6 percent from September 2015. The average live weight was down 12 pounds from the previous year, at 1,370 pounds.

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10-20-16 National FFA Organization Names Top Chapters

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization named its top chapters today during the 89th National FFA Organization & Expo.

  • Outstanding Middle School: Madison County Middle FFA of Georgia
  • Model of Excellence: Yelm FFA of Washington
  • Student Development: Bullard FFA of Texas
  • Chapter Development: Omak FFA of Washington
  • Community Development: Exeter FFA of California

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10-20-16 NCGA Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Corn Board

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The National Corn Growers Association Nominating Committee is now accepting applications from members for the 2018 Corn Board.  Through the Corn Board, members can become an integral part of the organization’s leadership. Click here for the application, which provides complete information on requirements, responsibilities and deadlines.

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10-20-16 USDA Seeks Applications for Next Round of Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program Grants

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USDA Seeks Applications for Next Round of Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program Grants

Up to $16.7 Million Available to Help Low-Income Families Purchase Healthy Produce

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of up to $16.7 million in competitive grant funding to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by families and households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The funding will be awarded to eligible nonprofits and governmental organizations through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program, administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“Recent data shows that 2015 marked the lowest figures on record for food insecurity among children—a major achievement in our country’s efforts to ensure every child has a safer, healthier future filled with unlimited opportunity. In addition, last year 7.9 million fewer people were struggling to provide adequate food for themselves or household members than when President Obama took office in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We must continue to invest in initiatives like the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive, which are maximizing SNAP recipients’ access to healthy foods and are playing a major role in winning this battle against hunger.” Continue reading

10-20-16 USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Addresses 89th National FFA Convention Atttendees…



CLICK THE MP3 audio link below to listen to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack deliver his remarks during the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN on May 20, 2016

10-20-16 USDA Announces Streamlined Guaranteed Loans and Additional Lender Category for Small-Scale Operators

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USDA Announces Streamlined Guaranteed Loans and Additional Lender Category for Small-Scale Operators

Options Help More Beginning, Small and Urban Producers Gain Access to Credit

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of a streamlined version of USDA guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations.

“Over the past seven years, we have been transforming our loan programs at USDA so that they can be attainable and useful to all kinds and sizes of producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These EZ Guarantee Loans will help beginning and underserved farmers obtain the capital they need to get their operations off the ground, and they can also be helpful to those who have been farming for some time but need extra help to expand or modernize their operations. USDA’s Farm Service Agency has offices in nearly every county in the country, and we encourage all farmers, including those in urban areas, to stop in and inquire about this program.” Continue reading

10-20-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Make plans to attend the 2016 CoAAA Convention and Trade Show in Loveland Nov 14-17

For more information about the 2014 CAAA Convention & Trade Show - CLICK HERE

For more information about the 2016 CoAAA Convention & Trade Show – CLICK HERE

2016 CoAAA Convention and Trade Show

November 14-17, 2016

Embassy Suites
4705 Clydesdale Parkway
Loveland, CO 80538
970- 593-6200
Hotel reservations must be made by Nov. 1st to guarantee a room.
Room rate is $124+ tax/ night Group reference code: COA
Book a room online

Attendee/ PAASS Program Registration

Vendor/ Trade Show Registration

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10-20-16 Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Chris Wiseman…

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Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Ag Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CO Proud Month, 144th CO State Fair & More…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) October 20, 2016 – Chris Wiseman,  Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture joins the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss several topics…

  • 144th CO State Fair RECAP
  • CDA Photo Contest: “Showcase Colorado Agriculture through Pictures” 
  • “Fall Family fun on the Farm”, CDA lists a variety of fall activities online 
  • Nominations sought for Noxious Weed Advisory Committee
  • West Nile Virus Update
  • & MORE
To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below….

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 20th…

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Europe Trade Woes Spelling Trouble for TTIP

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada may not be passed by the deadline this week. Politico reports one of Belgium’s regional leaders vowed on Tuesday not to support the deal by Friday, and Belgium cannot sign the agreement without consent from its five regional parliaments. Further, the EU cannot ratify CETA without unanimous support from its members. The European Commission will vote Friday on the trade agreement after postponing Tuesday’s vote. The deal must be approved this week to be signed at next week’s trade summit with Canada. The deal is seen as a test of whether or not the EU still has the power to negotiate trade deals. CETA is also considered a precursor to the success of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership being sought between the United States and the EU. Failure of CETA would be another likely death blow to TTIP, which negations for broke down at a recent meeting. Many political leaders involved in the talks say TTIP is effectively dead at this point. Meanwhile, farmers in the EU protested both trade deals last weekend.


Ryan: Cuba Embargo Will Continue

Despite the Obama Administration lifting restrictions last week on Cuba and a quest to normalize relations with the nation, House Speaker Paul Ryan says the embargo against Cuba will continue. The Wisconsin Republican blasted the Obama administration’s latest round of regulatory changes meant to chip away at the U.S. embargo against Cuba and ease trade and travel with the island nation. The Miami Herald reports the strong rhetoric by Ryan on Cuba appears to be increasing. The embargo withholds financing for U.S. commodity shipments to Cuba as the transaction and shipment of U.S. commodities currently can only take place with third party financing. Ryan says allowing normal financing would only finance “the Castros’ grip on power” and jeopardize property rights of American businesses. The announcement last week does allow financing for farm inputs, such as crop protection products and machinery. The administration also removed a shipping barrier, keeping U.S. ships traveling directly to Cuba from returning for 180 days.


Syngenta Seeking Appeal in Viptera Lawsuit

Syngenta is seeking an appeal in a lawsuit filed by farmers regarding Agrisure Viptera branded corn. The corn contains a biotech trait that at the time of question was not approved for import to China, but was found in U.S. shipments to China in 2013 and 2014. A group of farmers is seeking $5 billion in a lawsuit because they say the discovery of Viptera corn in the export system led China to reject U.S. corn, causing a price collapse of the commodity. The court decision created nine classes within the suit. DTN reports Syngenta is asking for a chance to appeal the decision. All farmers in the U.S. who priced corn for sale after November 18th, 2013, were approved as a major class in the lawsuit. The company is dealing with multiple lawsuits regarding the issue and argues the case is unprecedented given the guarantee that tens of thousands of cases will remain separate from the class. Attorneys for Syngenta said that creating a nationwide class of farmers for the case was not fair because it would include farmers who were not harmed by the trade dispute.


USCA Opposes CME Proposed Changes to Live Cattle Futures

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association says proposed changes to live cattle futures by CME Group will not address the concerns of producers across the country. CME group is considering switching to a cash settlement process for live cattle futures, the same settlement process for other livestock futures operated by CME. Modifications to the physical delivery process are also being considered. USCA Marketing Committee Chair Allan Sents explains “the need to evaluate the current state of the livestock marketplace is real,” but says the proposal is a step in the wrong direction. USCA says the proposed changes will do nothing to impact the amount of high frequency, overly speculative trading, which the organization says must be addressed to achieve market stability. USCA concludes “efforts must instead be made toward encouraging ‘long’ participation and addressing the many issues currently within the futures market, not the settlement process.”


USDA Taking Action Regarding Low Survey Responses

The Department of Agriculture has formed an internal committee to review and improve survey response rates after a record low number of responses. USDA says responses to the September 30th Grain Stocks Report fell to a record low of 65.5 percent. Responses did improve some for the October 12th Crop Production report, coming in at 71.3 percent. Still, those tallies are historically low. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports USDA is now working with groups like the National Corn Growers Association to encourage farmers to respond to such surveys. Pro Farmer proclaims the data included in USDA reports is especially important considering crop yield data is one of the factors used to calculate payments under the 2014 Farm Bill.

Trade War Could Cost California 640,000 Jobs

A new editorial by the LA Times says California could lose 640,000 jobs if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would start trade wars as President. Rhetoric from both candidates is anti-trade, but the LA Times focuses on the steeper opposition by Trump, estimating the cost of Trump fulfilling his campaign promises against trade if elected. Los Angeles would lose an estimated 176,000 jobs alone by 2019, according to data from the Peterson Institute. The date includes campaign pledges of a 45 percent tariff on China and a 35 percent tariff on Mexico. The editorial does say however trade issues have seldom reached the top of the U.S. political agenda. For decades, a consensus in favor of an open U.S.-led trade system held, but the 2016 election has marked a departure from the pattern. The editorial expressed disappointment in the anti-trade talks regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pending trade deal with billions of dollars for U.S. agriculture.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service