USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow the Bioeconomy and Improve Forest Health
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. The funds are from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
“USDA investments in expanding biofuel feedstocks lay the foundation for more bioproducts made in rural America, supporting rural economic development, reducing carbon pollution and helping decrease our dependence on foreign energy,” said Dolcini. Continue reading
Wheat Growers Urge Congressional Leadership to Allow a Vote on TPP
WASHINGTON D.C. — Nine months ago, following the signing of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) called on Congress to rapidly consider and ratify the agreement. After a long and disappointing wait, a real window of opportunity for a vote on TPP will soon open when the legislative session resumes next week. We call on Congress again, to urge its leadership to allow an implementing bill to be considered as soon as possible.
Wheat is the most export-dependent grain commodity grown by U.S. farmers. Since February, many national and state wheat grower association members visited congressional offices to stress their support for the agreement. Since February, however, those same growers have seen their average cash prices drop from an already unprofitable $4.90 per bushel to a devastating $3.50 per bushel. Continue reading
Unfair Foreign Labor Standards Are Another Reason to Question TPP, NFU Says
WASHINGTON (November 10, 2016) – As the clock is ticking for Congress to take up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging lawmakers to oppose a lame duck vote on the multinational trade agreement. The farm organization, representing nearly 200,000 family farmers and ranchers, cited a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) http://nfu.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/TVPRA_Report2016.pdf as further evidence of the trade agreement’s inability to reign in unfair foreign practices that place American producers at a competitive disadvantage.
“Promoting trade for American agricultural products should not come at the expense of our farmers, ranchers and workers. We need to rethink a trade deal that does not appropriately address unfair and unnerving practices, like child or forced labor, that ultimately impede U.S. producers’ ability to compete at home and abroad,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. Continue reading
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(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) November 10, 2016 -The 2016 RMFU Innovation Fair kicked off on Nov 10th @ Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO. One of the keynote speakers was Barbara Patterson, Government Relations Director with the National Farmers Union, one of the hot topics of discussion at the gathering and around the nation right now is the result of the elections. Continue reading
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WELD COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OFFICIALLY WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS AT PINNING CEREMONY
WELD COUNTY, CO – Yesterday, November 9th, the Weld County Board of Commissioners (along with the Weld County Department of Veterans Services) officially welcomed home and honored Vietnam veterans with a pinning ceremony. The ceremony recognized these veterans in light of Veteran’s Day, but also intended to offer them the welcome back they did not receive upon their return from the war. Over 30 veterans attended, each was individually recognized and thanked by all five commissioners, and each received both county and federal proclamations of appreciation and pins. Continue reading
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Colorado Wheat to Host 2016 Colorado Agricultural Summit
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FORT COLLINS, CO – The Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG), and Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) will host the 2016 Colorado Agriculture Summit on December 1, 2016 at Longmeadow Event Center in Wiggins, Colorado. Open to all involved in agriculture, the summit will feature a full day of informative speakers and panels focused on bringing real, timely industry information to Colorado agricultural producers. Continue reading
Richard Pringnitz Named 2016 Professional Farm Manager of the Year
GREENSBORO, N.C., USA., Nov. 10, 2016 – Richard “Dick” Pringnitz, accredited farm manager and rural appraiser with Hertz Farm Management, has been recognized as 2016 Professional Farm Manager of the Year. Syngenta, AgProfessional magazine and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) co-sponsor the annual award honoring excellence in farm management and customer satisfaction.
To honor Pringnitz for this achievement, Syngenta made a $1,000 donation in his name to the Nevada, Iowa, FFA chapter. Continue reading
ACE announces 2017 Fly-in Dates
Sioux Falls, SD (November 10, 2016) – On the heels of Tuesday’s historic election, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) today announced their annual grassroots Washington, DC, fly-in will take place March 22-23, 2017, with the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill serving as the headquarters for the event.
Ag Scientists Elevate Soil Health Potential at International Meeting
NCGA’s Soil Health Partnership engages with scientists to foster movement
(ST. LOUIS) – The biggest agronomic, crop science and soil science group in the country this week demonstrated their growing emphasis on the importance of soil health. The Soil Health Partnership, an initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, was invited to give five presentations during the event. Continue reading
Kansas State University researchers aim to heighten feed mill biosecurity
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Researchers are using Kansas State University’s O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center to study ways to make food safer for animals and humans
MANHATTAN — They’ve come a long way already, but Kansas State University researchers studying the safety of animal food produced in feed mills say they’ve got plenty more to learn as they work to maintain safe food for animals and humans.
The researchers are trying to protect food from dozens of risks to raw agricultural products entering and leaving the nearly 6,000 feed mills in the United States.
“For many decades, we were manufacturing feed but we really never thought of feed as one of those things that could be bringing some of these diseases into our animals,” said Cassie Jones, assistant professor of animal sciences and industry. “Just like food can make humans sick, some contaminated animal food can — rarely, but can — make animals sick.”
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