10-31-16 Second Annual CLA Northeast Livestock Symposium in Sterling


Second Annual CLA Northeast Livestock Symposium in Sterling

CattleFax Market Outlook, Antibiotic Use Reduction, & Drones

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 31, 2016 – The Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) is hosting its annual producer educational symposium in Sterling, CO on November 15, 2016. The Northeast Livestock Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics affecting the livestock industry. Continue reading

10-31-16 USCA Announces Launch of CattleMarketNews.com


USCA Announces Launch of CattleMarketNews.com

(WASHINGTON) The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is pleased to announce the launch of “CattleMarketNews.com“.  The site provides commentary and feedback on the state of the market from individuals actively engaged in producing, marketing and trading cattle, in addition to USDA price reporting and trade statistics.

“The current volatility of the cattle market has been driven in part by a drastic decline in negotiated fat cattle sales, the rise of the algorithmic trader, and an overall disconnect between the actual fundamentals and trends,” noted USCA President-Elect Kenny Graner.  “Markets operate the best with informed and active participants; Cattle Market News is intended to help drive this action.” Continue reading

10-31-16 LEAP Kicks Off Enrollment Season, Providing Funds to Help More Eligible Coloradans with Home Heating Bills


LEAP Kicks Off Enrollment Season, Providing Funds to Help More Eligible Coloradans with Home Heating Bills

October 31, 2016 – DENVER – Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) begins accepting applications for its 2016/17 season on Tuesday, November 1.

LEAP is a 100-percent federally funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) that provides cash assistance to help Coloradans pay a portion of home heating costs during the winter months. The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and the lowest incomes by family size. Applicant income may not exceed 165 percent of the federal poverty level ($3,341 per month for a family of four). Continue reading

10-31-16 CME Group to Host Ninth Annual Global Financial Leadership Conference…

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CME Group to Host Ninth Annual Global Financial Leadership Conference

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced it will host the ninth annual Global Financial Leadership Conference (GFLC) Nov. 14-16, at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, Fla. The GFLC is an exclusive, invitation-only event that brings together decision-makers from the world’s leading financial institutions to discuss the global investment climate and outlook, debate critical economic issues and share insights and analysis of geopolitical trends and the global financial landscape.

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include: Continue reading

10-31-16 Reminder: Free BQA Certification Period Ends in Two Weeks!

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bqa_mystorybannersReminder: Free BQA Certification Period Ends in Two Weeks!

The countdown continues for beef and dairy producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified for free online through Nov. 13. As an added bonus, anyone who becomes certified during this period is eligible to win a prize package, courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. and the BQA program, funded in part by the beef checkoff. Continue reading

10-31-16 DoI: New Rangeland Fire Science Plan Essential for Sage-Grouse, Sagebrush Conservation and Restoration

US DoI US BLM HeaderNew Rangeland Fire Science Plan Essential for Sage-Grouse, Sagebrush Conservation and Restoration
Plan also addresses other rangeland threats 

sage grouse rich ranchsmWASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior released a new science plan that will serve as an action-oriented blueprint for acquiring information needed to make science-based decisions to restore and conserve the imperiled ‘sagebrush sea,’ a roughly 500,000-square-mile-area of sagebrush steppe habitat across western North America.

The science plan identifies 37 priority science needs that address knowledge gaps in five topic areas: fire, invasive plants, restoration, sagebrush and greater sage-grouse, and climate and weather. Led jointly by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service, the plan is a critical step forward in the implementation of Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s 2015 Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy. The goal of that Strategy is to reduce the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires; address the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species that exacerbate the threat of fire; position fire-management resources for more effective rangeland fire response and effectively restore healthy rangeland landscapes. Continue reading

10-31-16 ADM Gives Back to National FFA Organization

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ADM Gives Back to National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, /National FFA Organization) – Following the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo held earlier this month, Mark D. Schweitzer, vice president of Investor Relations for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has been named the 2017 Chair for the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 31st…

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Farm Lending Declined in Third Quarter 2016

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank says farm lending at commercial banks fell in the third quarter of 2016 but remained elevated as lenders continued to assess the downturn in the U.S. agricultural economy. In a new report, the bank said the need for short-term financing in the farm sector remained high as profit margins remained weak. The volume of farm loans originated in the third quarter decreased about 19 percent from a year ago but remained elevated by historical standards. Consistent with recent trends, the Fed report said loans for operating expenses continued to drive the demand for new loans. So far in 2016, loans used to finance operating expenses total about 70 percent of all non-real estate farm loans and nearly 60 percent of total loan volume.


Trade Essential for U.S. Beef and Poultry Markets in 2017

An analyst with Rabobank says “all roads lead to China” when describing the potential for the U.S. poultry sector’s success in 2017. At the National Chicken Council annual meeting last week, Will Sawyer said trade with China would be critical to the success of the U.S. poultry sector next year, while another analyst said trade was the key to the U.S. beef sector. Meatingplace reports expected increases in supplies and decreased prices of chicken, beef, pork and grain had a panel of analysts at the meeting thinking along the same lines. Their expectations were more or less in line with USDA forecasts for 2017 compared with 2016. Sawyer’s enthusiasm for the Chinese market for U.S. chicken comes as China’s poultry production is expected to decrease by 10 to 15 percent in 2017 from 2016.


Biodiesel Industry Urges Extension of Tax Incentive

The National Biodiesel Board is urging Congress to extend the biodiesel tax incentive before it expires on December 31st. In a letter to House and Senate tax committee leaders last week, NBB says failure to support the extension could lead biodiesel producers to “cut jobs and production,” at a time when they are “poised to expand and hire.” Policy stability will help the industry sustain growth, according to NBB leaders. The letter to lawmakers says the growth of the U.S. biodiesel industry in recent years is paying tremendous dividends in reducing emissions, strengthening energy security and creating jobs and economic activity in every state. NBB says the biodiesel industry supports nearly 48,000 jobs and $1.9 billion in wages across the country.


Vilsack as Chief of Staff for Clinton Possible

Politico speculates again that current Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack could be in position to become Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff, should Clinton beat Donald Trump in the presidential election. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta is Clinton’s top pick for the post, but has made it clear he does not want the same job he held during the Bill Clinton administration. More than half a dozen insiders have told Politico that Vilsack, a decades-long Clinton ally, is being widely discussed for the position. However, Vilsack finds himself in the same spot he was in during the Vice President search for Clinton—a top-tier contender, but facing stiff competition. Beyond Podesta and Vilsack, Joe Biden chief of staff Ron Klain and Clinton policy adviser Jake Sullivan are also being considered. As for whom a Clinton administration might pick for Vilsack’s current seat, Politico says the top contenders to lead USDA include California’s agriculture secretary Karen Ross, former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, former USDA deputy secretary Kathleen Merrigan, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. The Clinton Transition team told the Hagstrom Report last week she may even choose a Republican Agriculture Secretary, should she become President.


Amazon Targeting Grocery Sector

Online retailer Amazon wants to open 20 grocery stores over the next two years and believes the U.S. market has room for up to 2,000 of the Amazon Fresh-branded stores in the next decade. Business Insider reports Amazon is planning to operate a 20-location pilot program for its grocery stores by the end of 2018, in places like Seattle, Las Vegas, New York, Miami, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The company wants to experiment with different versions of stores during the pilot program. Ten of the grocery stores will be “click-and-collect” drive-up spots for Amazon customers to pick up their online orders. The other ten will be traditional stores allowing shoppers to stroll the aisles. While the business plans could change, physical stores are becoming increasingly central to Amazon’s business ambitions. Amazon has studied the move for years and if the pilot program is successful could start opening 200 stores a year.

World Wildlife Numbers Down 60 Percent Since 1970

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund says populations of wildlife around the globe have plunged near 60 percent since 1970. Reuters says the data shows conservation efforts in the last 40 years have proven stagnant as human activities overwhelm the environment. An index compiled with data from the Zoological Society of London to measure the abundance of biodiversity was down 58 percent from 1970 to 2012 and would fall 67 percent by 2020 on current trends, according to the World Wildlife Fund report. The index tracks about 14,200 populations of 3,700 species of vertebrates – creatures that range in size from pea-sized frogs to 100 foot-long whales. And the report claims the rising human population is threatening wildlife by clearing land for farms and cities, while other factors include pollution, invasive species, hunting and climate change.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service