10-21-16 National FFA’s 2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Winners


National FFA’s 2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Winners

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Oct. 21, 2016/National FFA Organization) –

Winners of the 2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Awards were announced on Friday, Oct. 21 during the sixth general session at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo. Awards were given in 47 categories.

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Tune in and “Transform!” Watch the 2016 National FFA Convention, live from Indianapolis Oct 19-22


Tune in and “Transform!” Watch the 2016 National FFA Convention, live from Indianapolis. IN Oct 19-22!

You can see the general sessions, events in the CFD Finals Hall, and some student workshops. Tune into RFD-TV through your cable or satellite provider, or watch online at the link below.

Don’t miss USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as he addresses National FFA members on Thursday, Oct. 20 @ 8:30 a.m. ET, during the Convention General Session 1C, from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. WATCH ALL THE SESSIONS LIVE ONLINE OR ON RFD-TV



10-21-16 NWSS: 2017 Coors Western Art Show Announces Dinah Worman as Featured Artist…



Dinah Worman has been named the 2017 Featured Artist of the 24th Annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. Dinah’s painting “Community” will be the signature work for the 2017 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and thereafter will reside in the National Western’s permanent collection.

Dinah Worman has been named the 2017 Featured Artist of the 24th Annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. Dinah’s painting “Community” will be the signature work for the 2017 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and thereafter will reside in the National Western’s permanent collection.

2017 Coors Western Art Show Announces Featured Artist

DENVER, CO.  Dinah Worman has been named the 2017 Featured Artist of the 24th Annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. Dinah’s painting “Community” will be the signature work for the 2017 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and thereafter will reside in the National Western’s permanent collection. “Community” will also be available for sale as a poster, and can be purchased at the 2017 Coors Show or online at www.CoorsWesternArt.com.

The Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale opens Tuesday evening, January 3, 2017, with the Red Carpet Gala Reception. The Exhibit features 66 contemporary realists from North America and Europe who capture the Western way of life.

Featured Artist Dinah Worman, a painter and printmaker, has been in the Coors Western Art Show since 2011.  In prior shows, Ms. Worman received the Best in Show Award and the Southwest Art Award. Her oil painting “Community” depicts Ms. Worman’s signature style of “stacked landscapes,” where she often treats the landscape like a still life for compositional elements rather than the beauty of individual objects.  Continue reading





The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 860,000 head as of October 1, 2016. The latest inventory was 8 percent above last month and 4 percent above the October 1, 2015 inventory. The inventory included 570,000 steer and steer calves, no change from the previous year. The number of heifer and heifer calves, at 290,000 head, are up 12 percent from a year ago. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 170,000 head of fed cattle during September 2016. This was 3 percent below last month’s marketings but up 10 percent from the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 235,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during September, 38 percent above the previous month’s placements and 12 percent above September 2015 placements. Of the number placed in September, 11 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 9 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 23 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 57 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for September, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2016 – The National Association of Conservation Districts has reviewed the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) final Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) rule and is pleased to hear of its submission to the Federal Register on Tuesday. NACD believes the finalized rule will give voluntary conservation program participants the certainty they need to confidently enter into easements on working lands.

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10-21-16 NIFA Announces Funding Available for Organic Agriculture Research, Education and Extension Projects

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NIFA Announces Funding Available for Organic Agriculture Research, Education and Extension Projects

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2016 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $17.6 million for research and outreach activities to support the organic agriculture sector. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“The organic industry is the fastest growing segment of U.S. agriculture, with sales growing by $4.2 billion last year to reach a record $43.3 billion,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “Over the past seven years, USDA has invested nearly $261 million in research to improve the productivity and success of organic agriculture, including seed-breeding. The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative is one of the many ways USDA is helping this sector meet growing consumer demand.” Continue reading

10-21-16 NFU Defends Family Beef Producers Against Meatpackers’ Aggressive Market ControlPolicy Development

NFU logo 3NFU Defends Family Beef Producers Against Meatpackers’ Aggressive Market Control

WASHINGTON (October 21, 2016) – As the weakened farm economy continues to take a toll on family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union (NFU) is criticizing meatpackers for driving down prices for independent beef producers. Data released last week showed that family cow-calf producers are losing nearly $300 per cow while the packers’ profit margins have increased by approximately $75 per cow, compared to a year ago.

“We’ve seen a lot of family cattle operations go out of business in the last 30 years because the packers have an enormous amount of power and control over the beef market. Beef production is at an all-time low, but beef prices continue to decline faster than they have in history. Yet, the packers cash profit margins have been on the rise. The situation is incredibly unfair for family producers,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. Continue reading

10-21-16 CFVGA President Robert Sakata Recognized by The Packer

CFVGA - Growing Resources Cultivating Success logoCFVGA President Robert Sakata Recognized by The Packer

By Marilyn Bay Drake, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
bob-sakata-leaning-on-shovel-in-field-cfvgaColorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) President Robert Sakata, Sakata Family Farms, Brighton, was one of 25 individuals nationally recognized by The Packer, a Farm Journal publication, for his work and accomplishments in the produce industry. The list of 25 honorees was announced in a special publication, The Packer 25, released last weekend at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Orlando, Fla. The publication was distributed to the 20,889 attendees from 65 countries.

“The Packer 25 is an annual collection of feature stories on 25 leaders in the produce industry,” said Greg Johnson, editor, The Packer. ” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 21st…

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Industry Calls for Clearing up of Organic Marketing

The organic industry wants more certification for organic products. The Organic Trade Association told public officials during a Thursday roundtable consumers need to trust organic marketing of products beyond food. That includes cosmetics, household cleaners and other non-food products claiming to be organic. The Organic Trade Association presented its case during the roundtable to the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. OTA says the roundtable was organized to determine if the FTC needs to issue further guidance to makers of non-food products that use the organic claim or term, but do not use the USDA Organic seal or make any reference to organic certification. A survey by OTA found consumers who are buying organic feel that both organic food products and non-food products claiming to be organic should be regulated in the same manner. The National Organic Program regulates strict organic standards for agricultural products. However, the program’s enforcement authority does not extend to certain types of non-food or non-agricultural products.

RFS Sent to OMB for Review

The final 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard is now under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The White House review is expected to be completed within the next 90 days to set renewable volume obligations in the RFS. DTN reports the OMB received the final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday and that puts the EPA on track to finalize volumes by the statutory November 30th deadline. Over the last few years, EPA has struggled to meet the deadline. EPA proposed a 2017 total RFS volume of 18.8 million gallons, including 14.8 million gallons of corn-based ethanol and two billion gallons of biodiesel. DTN says the final rule could be released within the next 30 days, depending on how long the OMB analysis takes.

Former GOP EPA Administrators Fear Trump

Former Republican administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency say they fear a Donald Trump presidency could destroy the agency. Politico reports the former EPA officials say if Trump were to follow through on threats to undo some of the Obama administration’s signature environmental efforts, it would likely lead to mass protest resignations. Christine Todd Whitman, the first EPA administrator under George W. Bush, says moving the agency away from its core mission would result in “a wholesale resignation within the industry.” Doug Parker, the former career-level director of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, suggests Trump should relax enforcement, rather than retracting regulations if elected. Parker says political appointees could decide to slow-walk cases and make other policy changes, although that would not bring an immediate halt to any ongoing investigations.

China Takes Steps to Boost Demand for Domestic Corn

China will end auctions from its state corn reserves to increase new-crop corn buys, according to the National Grain Trade Center. China has sold around 20 million metric tons of old-crop reserve corn at those auctions this year. The Center says it will consider additional corn stockpile sales in May of 2017. Pro Farmer reports that speculation is also on the rise that China will subsidize corn processors to make it cheaper for them to purchase corn, boosting consumption. Talk of the subsidies accelerated when corn processors in the number one corn growing province of China raised their purchase prices, bringing them in line with regional prices offered by the state grain reserve. The market expects Beijing to issue a subsidy of 200 Yuan per metric ton of corn through the 2016-17 marketing year.

USDA Streamlines Loans for Small and Urban Farmers

The Department of Agriculture Thursday announce 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. The program is for beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers, according to USDA. Through the program, they can apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the loans would help farmers obtain needed capital to start or expand their operation. USDA also unveiled a new category of lenders that will join traditional lenders, such as banks and credit unions, in offering USDA EZ Guarantee Loans. Microlenders, which include Community Development Financial Institutions and Rural Rehabilitation Corporations, will be able to offer their customers up to $50,000 of EZ Guaranteed Loans, helping to reach urban areas and underserved producers.

World Wine Output Slipping to 20 Year Low

Global wine volumes are expected to decline this year as adverse weather damaged grapes during the growing season. World wine output could fall by 5.3 percent because of excess rain that spoiled grape harvests in South America and adverse weather in French vineyards, resulting in one of the smallest vintages of the past 20 years. Bloomberg reports Wine volume may fall to 259.5 million hectoliters from 273.9 million last year, according to estimates from the International Organization of Vine and Wine, a Paris-based group. Expected output is equivalent to about 35 billion bottles. Wine production in Chile may fall 21 percent, while Argentina is positioned to slump 35 percent. Italy is expected to remain the world’s biggest wine producer, with output slipping just two percent. France is expected to keep second place, even as production slumps 12 percent. French grape growers struggled with a combination of spring frost, hailstorms, drought and fruit rot that is expected to lead to the country’s smallest wine volume in four years.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service