11-14-16 USMEF Members Updated on West Coast Port Labor Situation

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USMEF: USMEF Members Updated on West Coast Port Labor Situation    

DENVER, CO – November 14, 2016 – At the recent U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) strategic planning conference, James McKenna, president and CEO of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), addressed USMEF members on key issues affecting the movement of meat exports through U.S. West Coast ports. McKenna had just completed the first round of talks with representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) on a possible extension of their port labor contract, which currently runs through July 1, 2019. Continue reading

11-14-16 WGA: Chairman’s Initiative Webinar: The Future of Wild Horse and Burro Management, featuring CO’s Callie Hendrickson…

WGA: Chairman’s Initiative Webinar: The Future of Wild Horse and Burro Management

The webinar “The Future of Wild Horse and Burro Management: Challenges and Opportunities” examined the economic and environmental impacts of wild horses and burros on western rangelands and rangeland-dependent communities. Panelists discussed the challenges of responsible and humane management of horses and burros on public lands and possible solutions to ballooning wild horse and burro populations. The panel was moderated by: U.S. Representative Chris Stewart (UT-2). The panelists: Kathleen Clarke, Director, Utah Public Lands Coordinating Office; J.J. Goicoechea, Eureka County Commission Chair, Eureka County, NV; Callie Hendrickson, Executive Director, White River & Douglas Creek Conservation Districts in Rio Blanco County, CO; Tammy Pearson, Commissioner, Beaver County, UT; Dr. Eric Thacker, Professor of Wildland Resources, Utah State University. This webinar is one in a series for the “National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative,” the Chairman’s Initiative of Montana Governor Steve Bullock, which creates a mechanism for states and land managers to share best practices and policy options for forest and rangeland management.

11-14-16 Rabobank Analysts Discuss Impact of Trump Election on Food & Ag Sector

 

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Rabobank Analysts Discuss Impact of Trump Election on Food & Ag Sector

Report addresses key areas of focus for U.S. ag industry

(NEW YORK, NY) Nov. 15, 2016 – The election of Republican candidate Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has the food and agriculture sector awaiting clarification on his policies and positions. The Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) group has authored a report on the possible implications of the election.

“Republican-controlled Executive and Legislative branches could mean swift action when the new administration takes office,” notes Pablo Sherwell, Rabobank head of Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, North America.  “Our analysts and others around the world are keeping a close eye on trade, labor, the upcoming Farm Bill and regulations impacting production agriculture, as these areas are where potential policy changes could have longer-term implications on the industry as a whole.”

While President-elect Trump’s policies are yet to be clearly defined, his statements during the campaign suggest drastic changes from current policy could be on the horizon. Acknowledging that any change, and the subsequent impact, is uncertain, Rabobank analysts dissect key areas to watch, both short and long-term: Continue reading

11-14-16 CSU Ext SEA: Serve Safe Food This Holiday Season…

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Serve Safe Food This Holiday Season

Serve Safe Food This Holiday Season

Food is an important part of many holiday events.  “With so many home cooks planning to prepare large meals over the holidays, coupled with the fact that one in six people become sick from a foodborne illness each year, this is the best time for reminders about the importance of safe food handling for good health,” said Shelley Feist, Partnership for Food Safety Education executive director.   Consumers play a key part in making sure the food they serve is safe to eat.  Follow these important home food safety practices from Southeast Area Extension to be sure food borne illness is not part of your holiday festivities:  Continue reading

11-14-16 Next Farm Foundation Forum to examine agendas for next Farm Bill on Nov 30th

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Farm Foundation Forum to examine agendas for next Farm Bill

Nov. 30: The Next Farm Bill–What are the Agendas? 

OAK BROOK, IL Nov. 14, 2016: The 115th Congress of the United States will not convene until January, but development of the next farm bill is already a major topic of discussion among food and agricultural interests, as well as Congress. While the current legislation runs through the 2018 crop year, conversations are already emerging about how the next legislation should be structured.
The Next Farm Bill: What are the Agendas? will be the topic for the Farm Foundation® Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Invited to present perspectives from their respective stakeholder groups are: Continue reading

11-14-16 NCGA: Voice of Corn Farmers Amplified at NAFB

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If you are hearing a lot of news and information from the National Corn Growers Association on your local radio station this week, it is no accident. The 73rd National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention wrapped up this past weekend where more than 650 attendees gathered, including hundreds of farm broadcasters.
“NCGA is a long-time participant in this convention and the Trade Talk event, specifically, because of the media contacts and relationships we build,” said Wesley Spurlock, a farmer from Stratford, Texas, and NCGA President. “Farm families listen to their local broadcaster, so this event also provides us an opportunity to discuss NCGA’s priorities with our members.” Continue reading

11-14-16 NFU’s Beginning Farmer & Rancher hosting an OnLine Virtual Conference Dec 5-8 – REGISTER TODAY!

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Hey, beginning farmers and ranchers: National Farmers Union is gearing up to host “Growing for the Future,” a brand new, free, online conference that will focus on all sorts of issues faced by beginning farmers and ranchers, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, student loans, land tenure, food safety, women and veterans in farming, conservation, and much more! The virtual conference will be held December 5-8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST, and will feature a number of top speakers in agriculture, farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q&A, a discussion board, a resource center and free giveaways. Registration is free, so sign up now and let all of your friends know you’ll be tuning in for #Growing4TheFuture! http://bit.ly/Growing4TheFuture

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11-14-16 CDA: Round 2 – Additional Grant Funds Available for Agricultural Producers Affected by 2012/2013 Floods and Fires

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Round 2:  Additional Grant Funds Available for Agricultural Producers Affected by 2012/2013 Floods and Fires

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Applications are being sought for grants to assist farmers and ranchers who were impacted by 2012/2013 floods and fires.
This funding is part of the second round of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) allocated to the State of Colorado from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is working in partnership with the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) in administering $2.7 million to assist farmers and ranchers who were impacted by the 2012/2013 disasters through the Agriculture Business Grant Program.
The program is providing the grant funding to agricultural businesses in counties affected by: Continue reading

11-14-16 Make Plans to Attend the 5th Annual Western Colorado Food & Farm Forum in Montrose January 20-21

western-colorado-food-and-farm-forum-header-2017Please join us for the 5th Annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum: Healthy Land, Food, People on January 20-21, 2017 in Montrose, CO.

What some of our past attendees are saying:

“Great turnout! Representation of youth was awesome! Very professionally presented.”

“Great event, informative and a great opportunity to connect with other farmers.”

“This was a very successful event. The info provided and networking created was extremely valuable.”

The Food and Farm Forum has a wide array of breakout sessions which convey vital, regionally specific agricultural information in areas including maximizing crop and livestock production, innovative agricultural marketing and management strategies, and specialty crops.

The conference is for anyone with an interest in the future of agriculture, including: ranchers, farmers, gardeners, students, and ag professionals. Whether you’re looking to improve or innovate on your existing practices, the forum has myriad resources and networking opportunities.

Registration will open November 18th.

There are a several registration options available.

Early Bird Rates available November 18-December 21

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11-14-16 K-State Animal Science Department Launches KSUAntibiotics.org

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K-State animal science department launches KSUAntibiotics.org  

Looking for information about antibiotic use in livestock or the new veterinary feed directives (VFD) set to go into effect? Check out KSUantibiotics.orgfor resources to answer your questions.

ksu-herefords-feedingMANHATTAN, Kan. – Antibiotics are critical tools for control of diseases in livestock. Antibiotic resistance threatens the use of antibiotics in livestock for two important reasons. If resistance develops, the antibiotic may not be effective in treating the disease. Increased antibiotic resistance could lead to policies limiting access to antibiotics for use in livestock.

“KSUantibiotics.org was created as a launching point to find information about antibiotics,” said Mike Tokach, Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry distinguished professor. “The new site includes a section on antibiotic resistance, featuring new K-State fact sheets about how antibiotic resistance occurs and why livestock producers should care about antibiotic resistance.”

The website, at www.KSUantibiotics.org also includes links to sites that provide an overview of antibiotic resistance, mechanisms, the current knowledge about resistance in livestock production, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration action plans concerning resistance, and news feeds with the latest information on the topic. The subpages contain information from major agencies such as the World Health Organization, producer groups like the National Pork Board, and research publications on the topics. Continue reading

11-14-16 CDA: Be Colorado Proud and Buy Local This Holiday Season

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Be Colorado Proud and Buy Local This Holiday Season

colorado_proud_logo1BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Many Colorado farmers are extending their growing seasons, and farmers’ markets are moving indoors for the fall and winter.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Winter Farmers’ Market List provides information about markets statewide. Additional online resources include the Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide and Colorado Christmas Tree List, which help connect holiday shoppers with local producers.
“Whether you are looking for great gift ideas or local ingredients for your holiday menus, we have the resources to help you find Colorado products,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Look for the Colorado Proud logo and buy local this holiday season.”

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10-14-16 PORK CHECKOFF: U.S. Pig Farmers Celebrate Progress on Antibiotic Stewardship…

U.S. Pig Farmers Celebrate Progress on Antibiotic Stewardship

Pork Industry Collaborates in Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Outreach

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DES MOINES, IOWA – Nov. 14, 2016 – American pig farmers have a long history of doing what’s best for their animals, their customers and their communities. This commitment matches nicely with the goals of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) annual celebration, Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (Nov. 14-20), and demonstrates why it’s so critical to use antibiotics wisely to safeguard the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment.

“The Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is a good time to reflect on our long history of accomplishments in the antibiotics area, such as using these medications responsibly and embracing the updated Pork Quality AssuranceSMPlus certification program,” said National Pork Board President Jan Archer, a pig farmer from North Carolina. “As pig farmers, we are aware of the challenge of antibiotic resistance and are dedicated to working hard to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics, both on the farm and in human medicine.” Continue reading

11-14-16 Trade, RFS Among Issues NFU Ready to Tackle with Trump Administration

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WASHINGTON (November 14, 2016) – National Farmers Union (NFU) extended a congratulatory letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, outlining opportunities to work together with the new administration on several common ground farm policy issues. Continue reading

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Japan Passes TPP

Japan’s lower House of Parliament passed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement this week. A German web publication says experts view the move as an empty gesture because U.S. President-elect Donald Trump rejects the deal. Japanese lawmakers approved the free trade deal that includes Japan, the U.S., and ten other countries that together make up 40 percent of the world’s economy. Outgoing U.S. President Obama championed the deal in the face of China’s increasing economic clout in the world economy. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made TPP a big part of his plan to revive the Japanese export sector of the economy. London-based Capital Economics said the Japanese hopes for TPP were “dead and buried,” and the upshot for Japan is substantial long-term economic losses with no TPP in effect. In September, President Obama warned that China is pushing for its own long-term trade deal with the Asian region and that America wouldn’t be welcome in any deal set up by China. President-elect Trump says he’s in favor of free trade deals but existing agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement weren’t negotiated with American interests in mind.  

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Farm Groups Begin Lame-Duck TPP Push

Farm Groups are beginning a final push for action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement in the lame-duck session of Congress, but the uphill climb is getting steeper. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week he wouldn’t be holding a vote on TPP until Donald Trump takes office. Texas Republican Kevin Brady, House Ways and Means Chair, said Trump would be the one to determine the way forward. The Hagstrom Report says a spokesman for U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman called it, “Republicans playing politics with TPP. It’s all about Donald Trump and nothing else.” New York Democrat Chuck Schumer, the incoming Senate Minority Leader, told the Washington Post that TPP is “dead in the water.” The National Association of Wheat Growers is urging Congress to take action, noting that wheat growers rely on export markets to ease low prices. Since February, the average cash price for wheat has dropped from an unprofitable $4.90 a bushel to a disastrous $3.50 per bushel.

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E.U. Advisers Pushing for U.S.-Style Insurance Program

A European Union commission is looking into ways of protecting its farmers from environmental disasters and large price swings. To accomplish the goal, a group of experts are recommending that the E.U. adopt a U.S.-style private insurance system. The Commission recommends the E.U. move away from ad hoc-style disaster payments that were sent to farmers in 2015 and this year. The Commission wants to see a uniform system adopted across the Union. The group says such actions “are vital if the E.U. wishes to invest in improving the uptake of risk management in member states.” POLITICO Europe reports a recommendation to shift resources from the Common Agricultural Policy to fund an E.U.-wide risk management policy. They also want to fund a dedicated platform that could be used to share best risk-management practices to avoid financial difficulties when disasters hit or market prices drop substantially.

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EPA Will Not Change Biofuels Program

Oil industry groups recently filed several petitions with the Environmental Protection Agency requesting changes to American biofuels programs. The EPA announced this week it will deny all of the petitions. A Reuters article says several groups wanted the Agency to begin a full rule-making process in order to change the “point of obligation” requirement in the Renewable Fuels Standard. The RFS establishes targets for the amount of biofuels that are blended into the nation’s fuel supply. Several groups wanted to do away with that obligation or push the obligation into the future because they say it burdens refiners that have little to no capacity to blend biofuels at their operations. Multiple refining operations say they’re being squeezed by higher costs from government mandates to blend increasing amounts biofuels into their products. The EPA did decide to open a 60-day public comment period on the topic, which the oil industry says is a sign that the issue is worth serious consideration. The oil industry has spent millions lobbying against the Renewable Fuels Standard. The industry says the targets set by Congress in the policy are unachievable without a serious overhaul of the nation’s infrastructure.

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Canada Makes Big Investment in Dairy Industry

The Dairy Farmers of Canada organization was very happy with the government’s plans to invest $250 million dollars into the nation’s dairy farms. The government will also contribute $100 million in funding to help spur investments into updating the nation’s dairy processing infrastructure. The DFA says it’s a good step to help grow the dairy sector but it doesn’t do away with all the damage they say will be caused by the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Trade Agreement, or CETA. The Dairy Farmers of Canada say CETA will result in up to two percent of milk market share in Canada being taken over by the EU. The DFA says that’s the equivalent of nearly 18,000 tons of cheese that will no longer be produced in Canada, resulting in a loss of $116 million dollars in revenue. The DFA called the announcement “a significant step in demonstrating their commitment to supply management as well as continued growth of Canada’s dairy sector. However, work still remains to be done and the government has a significant role to play.”

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Weak La Nina Weather Pattern Officially Arrives

Government weather forecasters say La Nina has officially arrived and will likely affect American weather patterns into next year. La Nina is the periodic cooling of water in the central Pacific Ocean that affects weather patterns around the world. An Associated Press article says current predictions say La Nina has a good chance to hang around into February. Mike Halper of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, “It’s anticipated to be a weak and short-lived event.” In the U.S., a typical La Nina means wetter weather in the northern Rockies, Pacific Northwest, and the Ohio valley. It usually means a drier winter in southern California, the southeast U.S., and the southern plains. The most recent NOAA forecast called for a wet winter in the northern Rockies, Great Lakes region, Hawaii, and western Alaska. NOAA called for warmer and drier than normal conditions in the south, while the nation’s midsection was called a “tossup” in the most recent forecast.

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Dairy Industry Segment Doesn’t Want TPP

Many Ag industry groups like the American Farm Bureau and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association have recently been strong supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership freed trade agreement. A segment within the dairy industry isn’t so sure TPP will be beneficial in its current form. The Wisconsin Farmers Union surveyed 1,000 dairy producers and 80 percent expressed serious concerns about milk imports and think the deal should be rejected until those concerns are dealt with. The Wisconsin Farmers Union thinks the trade deal would open up a large influx of milk concentrates from New Zealand. They fear those imports will replace a great deal of Wisconsin milk in cheese production. The deal would allow dairy producers access to 11 other countries in the TPP, like Japan. The survey revealed some concerns that farmers have about currency manipulation on the island country. However, other groups like the Dairy Farmers of America say the TPP deal will be good for producers because of better access and lower tariffs in growing markets around the world. The DFA says America has exported 15 percent of its overall milk production in recent years and that number will only grow with TPP in place.

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NASCAR Will Surpass 10 Million Miles on Biofuel

At the end of its current season, NASCAR will surpass 10 million competition miles on Sunoco (sun-know’-co) Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15 percent American-made ethanol. The miles have been totaled up over practice, qualifying and racing laps since the sport adopted the biofuel six years ago. NASCAR entered into a partnership with Sunoco and American Ethanol and launched a long-term biofuels program across its three national series of races. The goal behind the decision was to reduce emissions. The biofuel first made its debut at Daytona International Speedway in Florida back in 2011. “As we approach 10 million miles, it’s evident that the renewable, higher ethanol blended fuel performs flawlessly against rigorous racing conditions,” said Brent Dewar, Chief Operating Officer at NASCAR. He added, “This milestone is the result of an industry-wide commitment to demonstrate high performance racing with reduced emissions, along with educating our fans about the benefits of sustainable and renewable American ethanol.”  

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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