USFRA News Release


Announced at the NAFB Convention in Kansas City, the next class of Faces of Farming & Ranching will be the voice of agriculture for today’s consumers

ST. LOUIS, (November 9, 2016) – From the cotton fields in the South Plains of West Texas and broilers and cattle of Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to America’s Dairyland in Wisconsin and the broad diversity of pigs, sheep, corn and soybeans in Ohio, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) next class of Faces of Farming & Ranching capture the passion behind agriculture and drive for sustainability and technology on today’s SMART Farm.

Unveiled at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention in Kansas City, the winners include Lauren Arbogast of Virginia, Jeremy Brown of Texas, Emily Buck of Ohio, Katie Roth of Wisconsin and Lauren Schwab of Ohio. These incredible farmers will share their personal stories through influential conversations on a national stage with consumers, influencers and end users to help earn consumer trust and confidence in U.S. food and agriculture.
“Agriculture today is driven by technology and an unparalleled commitment to animal care, and this group of exceptional farmers and ranchers are such an accurate portrayal of the entire agricultural community,” said Brad Greenway, USFRA Chairman and South Dakota crop and livestock farmer. “With their sustainable practices ranging from no-till and cover crops to pollinator habitat and state-of-the-art animal facilities, I’m proud to have these five represent USFRA and all of agriculture.”
Background on each Face of Farming & Ranching Continue reading


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LAKEWOOD, CO – Growers of row crops and hay around the country will receive survey forms from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS conducts the County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS) once a year in two segments: The first segment collects data from small grain producers beginning in July. The second segment collects data from row crop producers beginning in November. Continue reading

11-09-16 Here’s the 2016 NAFB Foundation Scholarship Recipients

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Courtney Wingate, Texas Tech University
Courtney is a fifth generation Floridian and cattle rancher who has a passion for telling the story of agriculture. Currently a senior majoring in Agricultural Communications at Texas Tech University (TTU), she is currently serving as Treasurer for the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow chapter at TTU and a member of Block and Bridle. By the Summer of 2017, Courtney plans on expanding her personal brand and blog called Capturing CAW to include interview podcasts of creative, agricultural women and how they are promoting and enhancing agriculture for future generations. In addition to Capturing CAW, Courtney will be taking steps closer to owning her own business. In the South Designs will be an agricultural based advertising agency specializing in graphic design, web design, photography, video, and radio advertising.

farisnoraGeorge Logan Scholarship
Nora Faris, University of Missouri
Raised in Concordia, Missouri, Nora is currently a junior at the University of Missouri, majoring in science and agricultural journalism. She plans to obtain a law degree and pursue a career in government affairs or political communications in the agriculture industry. Nora interned with FLM+ in Washington D.C. this summer. Currently, she is working as a reporter for KBIA, mid-Missouri’s NPR affiliate, and KOMU-8, an NBC-affiliate in central Missouri. Nora is an active leader of the MU College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Ambassadors, a member of Ag Communicators of Tomorrow, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Mortar Board Honor Society. Nora has supported agriculture through her service as a state FFA officer, a Missouri Pork Association ambassador and as a current Missouri Farm Bureau Ambassador. She was selected to represent the University of Missouri in the Mid-America CropLife Association Young Leaders Scholarship Program, chosen as a Farm Foundation Cultivator and as the Livestock Publications Council Forrest Bassford Student Award recipient.

southardhananOrion Samuelson Scholarship, Sponsored by the CME Group
Hanan Southard, University of Arkansas
Hanan Southard is a second-year graduate student at the University of Arkansas. She is currently in the Agricultural and Extension Education master’s program where she is specializing her coursework and research in agricultural communications. Originally from Rolla, Missouri, Hanan grew up as the fifth generation on her family’s cattle farm where she and her sister showed Angus cattle through 4-H and FFA for more than ten years. She completed her undergraduate degree in agricultural economics from the U of A in May 2015. Upon graduation, Hanan plans on pursuing a career that allows her to act as an educational voice within agriculture. In her spare time, Hanan enjoys running, spending time with her mini Australian Shepherd, Hoss, and calling the Hogs during football season.

rosmanjohnThe Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Scholarship
JD Rosman, Oklahoma State University
A Washington native, JD grew up working on his family’s wheat and cattle operation as well as raising and showing his herd of Angus cattle. He is currently a senior at Oklahoma State University studying agricultural communications with minors in animal science and agricultural economics. This summer JD interned with Angus Media as the communications intern and worked to provide cattlemen and women industry leading information and telling agriculture’s story. Through assisting with production of The Angus Report TV show, Angus Journal and various media outlets we can reach millions and share our story. After graduation, JD plans to work within the agricultural industry to continue building relationships with producers and consumers through various media platforms.

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Cameron Jodlowski, Iowa State University
Cameron is a senior at Iowa State University studying Agricultural Communications with a minor in Agronomy. Cameron comes from central Illinois where he grew up on a small acreage raising dairy goats. In high school, Cameron learned leadership through his 4-H and FFA experiences. He took those experiences to Iowa State. He became active in the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Club, Iowa State Bacon Expo, Iowa State CALS Council, and the Student Alumni Leadership Council. Cameron also serves as National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow officer and has worked with the National FFA Organization as a National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador. He has had internships with University of Illinois Extension, Arysta LifeScience, AgSolver, the Iowa State College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Communications Service, and recently Landus Cooperative. After graduation, Cameron hopes to pursue a career in agronomy sales.

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Mara McGurl, University of Georgia
Mara McGurl is a third-year senior at the University of Georgia. She is majoring in Agricultural Communication with a certificate in Leadership and Service. She grew up in the small town of Zebulon, Georgia. One unique passion she has that separates her from most people is public speaking. Giving speeches in front of huge crowds is something she has thrived for since she was a little girl. She competed in her first public speaking contest at 7-years old and has gone on to compete in and win many competitions since. She hopes to obtain a career that allows her to participate in large-scale public speaking every day. Mara’s next step will be continuing her education by attending graduate school at the University of Georgia in Mass Communications and Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. She will then focus on a public speaking/communications-oriented career path, whether it be a spokesperson for an organization, a representative of a company, or a broadcaster for a TV or radio station.



11-09-16 NPC: Potato Growers Support Passage of TPP

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Potato Growers Support Passage of TPP

Washington, D.C. – The National Potato Council supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and believes that passage is necessary during the final days of the 114th Congress.

TPP includes tariff reductions that are critical to growth in exports of fresh, dehydrated and frozen potato products. Without those tariff reductions, competitors that have or are currently negotiating deals with the TPP trading block have a strong competitive advantage. “The U.S. potato industry can compete with worldwide growers, processors and distributors if the playing field is level,” said NPC Vice President for Trade Cully Easterday. “The TPP tariff reductions in our key markets, including Japan and Vietnam, allow us to go head-to-head with our foreign competitors and successfully win the business.” Continue reading

11-09-16 USDA-NASS: Colorado Crop Production for November 2016…

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Based on November 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 168.98 million bushels, up 25 percent from last year’s  134.90 million bushels, according to the November 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by theMountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The 1.19 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year are unchanged from the October forecast and 240,000 acres above the 950,000 acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 142.0 bushels per acre, up 4.0 bushels from the October 1 forecast and equal to last year’s final yield. As of October 30, Colorado’s corn harvested for grain was 68 percent complete, compared with 41 percent last year and the 5-year average of 61 percent.
Sorghum production in 2016 is forecast at 19.89 million bushels, down 10 percent from the 22.00 million bushels harvested last year.  Growers expect to harvest 390,000 acres this year, unchanged from the October forecast but down 10,000 from the 400,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 51.0 bushels per acre, down 2.0 bushels from the October1 forecast and down 4.0 bushels from last year. As of October 30, Colorado’s sorghum harvested for grain was estimated at 81 percent complete, compared with  53 percent last year and the 5-year average of 42 percent.
Sugarbeet production in Colorado is forecast at 954,000 tons, down slightly from the 958,000 tons produced in 2015. Growers expect  to harvest 27,500 acres this year, compared with 27,300acres a year ago. Yields are expected to average 34.7 tons per acre, unchanged from the October 1 forecast but down from last year’s yield of 35.1 tons per acre. As of October 30, Colorado’s sugarbeet crop condition  was rated 1 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 71 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Harvest of sugarbeets was estimated at 52 percent complete, compared with 62 percent last year and the 5-year average of 76 percent as of October 30.
Fall potato growers in Colorado produced an estimated 21.94 million hundredweight of potatoes this year, down of 3 percent from last year’s crop. Fall potatoes produced in the San Luis Valley totaled 19.30 million hundredweight compared with 19.94 million  hundredweight produced last year. Fall potatoes grown in all other areas in Colorado totaled 2.64 million hundredweight compared with 2.63 million hundredweight last year. Average yield, at 386 hundredweight peracre, decreased 7 hundredweight per acre from the combined yield attained last year. The harvested area, estimated at 56,800 acres is down from the 57,400 acres harvested last year

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11-09-16 ASA Congratulates President-Elect Trump, Incoming 115th Congress


ASA Congratulates President-Elect Trump, Incoming 115th Congress

WASHINGTON (November 9, 2016) – American Soybean Association (ASA) Vice President and Roseville, Ill., soybean farmer Ron Moore congratulated President-Elect Donald Trump on his victory early this morning. In a statement, Moore pointed to the work ahead for the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress on critical agriculture issues and signaled ASA’s willingness to collaborate on securing policy that benefits American soybean farmers: Continue reading

11-09-16 NCBA Statement Regarding the 2016 National Election

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NCBA Statement Regarding the 2016 National Election

Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner following the 2016 national election:

“Although it is still too early to determine what exactly this election will mean for our priorities, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association remains committed to expanding access to foreign markets, fighting burdensome federal regulations and ensuring the continued health of our herd and industry. I am proud to see that across the nation, the majority of candidates and incumbents we, and our state affiliates supported through the NCBA Political Action Committee, were elected or re-elected. Continue reading

11-09-16 United Wind and Options for YOUR Agriculture Operation…

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Ryan Storke, United Wind VP Project Development

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) November 9, 2016 – United Wind completed the installation of two 100kW turbines for the Heritage Dairy in Yuma.  The project is United Wind’s first installation in Colorado since the company expanded there earlier this year. Joining the CO Ag News Network at this time to discuss that project and the wind industry and its potential for the agriculture industry is Ryan Storke VP Project Development @ United Wind, discussing several topics including:

  • Wind Industry History
  • United Wind and the Heritage Dairy Project in Yuma
  • Renewable Energy Project Differences
  • What is “Distributed WInd”
  • How wind power can help farmers
  • Wind Power and Utility Companies
  • Benefits of WindLeasing vs Purchasing
  • Colorado’s wind energy potential
  • How United Wind Power Works for Your Operation
  • & More


United Wind : Making Wind Power Possible

United Wind providing customers with wind energy options that make sense today and into the future. Learn more about United Wind @ http://www.unitedwind.com/

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11-09-16 USDA releases November 2016 WASDE Update..

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The current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is now available in PDF, XML, and Microsoft Excel formats at:


Acrobat Reader, which is required to view and print the WASDE report, can be downloaded at:


The next release of the WASDE report will be December 9, 2016.

Previous WASDE reports are available at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1194.

NAFB: USDA WASDE Report At a Glance Continue reading

11-09-16 NCGA Statement on 2016 Election

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WASHINGTON (November 9, 2016) – The National Corn Growers Association today congratulated Donald Trump on his election as the 45th President, and pledged to work with the new Administration and Congress on important issues of the day.

“The American people have spoken. Now, it is time for us all to set aside our differences, roll up our sleeves, and get to work,” said Wesley Spurlock, a farmer from Stratford, Texas, and president of the National Corn Growers Association. Continue reading

11-09-16 CFB says THANKS Colorado Voters for Raising the Bar

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Colorado Farm Bureau Thanks Colorado Voters for Raising the Bar

cfb-protect-co-raise-the-barCentennial, Colo. –  Nov. 8, 2016 –Colorado Farm Bureau, the state’s largest organization of farmers and ranchers, would like to thank the hundreds of thousands of Colorado Voters who voted yes on Amendment 71, and Raised the Bar

The backbone of this campaign centered around grassroots members, volunteer petition signature gatherers and ag organization support.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 9th…

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CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

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Election Results Not a Factor in Early Farm Bill Discussions

An American Farm Bureau official told an Iowa TV station this week that the outcome of the election does not seem likely to impact the chances of an early farm bill. No matter the results, Farm Bureau’s Dale Moore said before Election Day, a push for an early farm bill is still going strong with low commodity prices and huge surpluses. He told ABC-TV 9 in Des Moines, Iowa that Farm Bureau is seeing support from both sides of the aisle for an early farm bill. Moore expects farm bill talks to start early next year in both the House and Senate agriculture committees. The 2014 Farm Bill expires in 2018, but planning is already under way for a new farm bill by agriculture groups and lawmakers.


With Election Day Over, Farm Groups Push for TPP

Many agriculture groups are now switching their focus to making a push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership before a new Congress. Groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Pork Producers Council and the National Corn Growers Association are pressing the current Congress to consider and approve the trade deal during the lame-duck session. The fate of TPP remains uncertain, however, with congressional leadership voicing concerns and opposition to the deal. But the Obama Administration believes it can push the deal through Congress before the administration leaves the White House. Further, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that recent polling suggested “lukewarm” support for the deal, not the “bitter opposition” seen on the campaign trails of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.


States Joins Dow-DuPont Merger Probe

At least seven states have joined a federal antitrust probe of the planned merger between DuPont and Dow Chemical Company. A separate group of state attorneys generals are expected to join a probe of Bayer AG’s $66 billion plan to buy Monsanto. Pro Farmer’s First Thing’s Today reports the involvement of states increases scrutiny of the mega deals and will complicate what are already expected to be tough and lengthy reviews by U.S. antitrust enforcers. The states are concerned that the companies may raise pesticide and herbicide prices for farmers following a merger, and have less incentive to compete to introduce better and cheaper products. The news comes as European Union antitrust regulators halted their scrutiny of the deal last week because the companies failed to provide crucial data needed for the review. The EU investigation is expected to continue and wrap up sometime next year.


September Meat Exports Strong

New data from the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Meat Export Federation show September was another solid month for U.S. red meat exports. The data shows pork, beef and lamb totals were all well above year-ago levels. September beef export volume was recorded at 101,000 metric tons, down slightly from August, but 27 percent above the same time last year. Third quarter volume was 307,300 metric tons, the best quarterly performance since 2014. September pork exports totaled 183,900 metric tons, also down slightly from August, but up seven percent since the same time last year. USMEF president and CEO Phillip Seng said the positive trend in exports “couldn’t come at a better time,” noting the U.S. large supplies that are hitting the market.


West Coast Ports Improving Infrastructure, but More Needed

Operators of U.S. ports along the West Coast are taking steps to improve infrastructure, but the Government Accountability Office says there is more room for improvement. A report by the GAO following the 2014-2015 labor slowdown shows the ports have either planned or completed infrastructure projects and implemented operational changes, although some additional changes need to be made. Meatingplace reports port stakeholders told the GAO that efforts to address volume-processing issues at the ports still can be “hampered by competing priorities and limited data.” Additionally, 13 of 21 industry groups representing major shippers told the GAO that some of their members are diverting their shipments, modifying supply chains or making alternative shipping plans after the labor issues backed up shipping operations. All 13 also reported increased costs or a decline in revenues.


Peterson Named U.S. Wheat Associates President in 2017

The U.S. Wheat Associates has selected Vince Peterson as the next President of the organization. Peterson will replace Alan Tracy, who plans to retire in July 2017. The Associations Board of Directors last week unanimously selected Peterson for the post. Peterson currently serves as the U.S. Wheat Vice President of Overseas Operations. U.S. Wheat Chairman Jason Scott, a wheat farmer from Easton, Maryland said: “The entire board believes that Vince Peterson is the right person at the right time to fill the President’s position after Alan retires.” Peterson said he would do “all he can” to continue the organizations service to U.S. wheat farmers and overseas customers.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service