11-21-16 USDA’s Five Tips for a Food Safe Thanksgiving

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WASHINGTON, November 21, 2016 – This week millions of Americans will gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked all year, leaving plenty of room for mistakes that could cause foodborne illness.

“Unsafe handling and undercooking of food can lead to serious foodborne illness,” said Al Almanza, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Turkeys may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter, harmful pathogens that are only destroyed by properly preparing and cooking the turkey. Similarly, leaving leftovers out for too long, or not taking care to properly clean cooking and serving surfaces, can lead to other types of illness. We want to be sure that all consumers know the steps they can take and resources that are available to them to help prepare a safe and enjoyable holiday meal. ” Continue reading

11-23-16 CO Corn: EPA sets 2017 conventional renewable volumes at 15.0 billion gallons, putting ethanol production back on track with original RFS statute

Colorado Corn LogoEPA sets 2017 conventional renewable volumes at 15.0 billion gallons,
putting ethanol production back on track with original RFS statute

The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) and corn producers across the country applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “move in the right direction” today, as the agency released its final rule for 2017 conventional renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Continue reading

11-23-16 Stulps chosen as Farm Family of the Year

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John and Jane Stulp (center) are surrounded by their children and grandchildren.

John and Jane Stulp (center) are surrounded by their children and grandchildren.

Stulps chosen as Farm Family of the Year

DENVER, C­olo. ­­–  John and Jane Stulp, along with their children and grandchildren, have been recognized as the Farm Family of the Year by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. The award was made at the general farm organization’s annual convention. Families are chosen for this award based on their leadership in agriculture, involvement in community, and participation in Farmers Union. Continue reading

11-23-16 EPA Sets Right Tone for Advanced Biofuels with RFS Announcement, NFU Says

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WASHINGTON (November 23, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2017 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume obligations, setting conventional renewable fuels at the 15 billion volume level established by Congress. In response, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement: Continue reading

11-23-16 Join the CLA at the Front Range Livestock Symposium on Dec 6th


Join the CLA at the Front Range Livestock Symposium on Dec 6th

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Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) is hosting its annual producer educational symposium in Loveland, CO on December 6, 2016 at the Embassy Suites. The Front Range Livestock Symposium will feature a full day of informative speakers covering a multitude of important topics affecting the livestock industry. Continue reading

11-23-16 RFA News: This Thanksgiving, American Farmers and Consumers Can Thank EPA for Raising Final 2017 RVO

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WASHINGTON — Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2017. The agency finalized a total renewable fuel volume of 19.28 billion gallons (BG), of which 4.28 BG is advanced biofuel and 311 million gallons is cellulosic biofuel. Thus, the implied RVO for conventional biofuels like corn ethanol will be 15BG—up from the 14.8 BG proposed in May.

RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen released the following statement: Continue reading

11-23-16 ASA News: EPA Releases 2017-18 RFS Volumes


ASA News: EPA Releases 2017-18 RFS Volumes

WASHINGTON (November 23, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2017-18 this morning. There are positive aspects to the volumes they have announced, with the overall RFS increasing and the total Advanced Biofuels portion being increased above the levels in the Proposed Rule. The increased Advanced Biofuels volume requirements provide a market opportunity for soy biodiesel, which is the most prevalent fuel to qualify as an Advanced Biofuel. The American Soybean Association (ASA) would have liked to see greater support and promotion specifically for domestically produced biodiesel through higher volumes for the biomass-based diesel category. EPA chose to maintain the biomass-based diesel volumes at 2.1 billion gallons for 2018, the same level in the initial Proposed Rule. While it represents a 100 million gallon increase in the RFS biomass-based diesel volumes from 2017, it is roughly the same amount of biomass-based diesel that was utilized in the U.S. in 2015. Continue reading

11-23-16 NCGA Statement on EPA’s Final 2017 Renewable Volume Obligation

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WASHINGTON (November 23, 2016) – The following is a statement from Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the final 2017 renewable volume obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“Today the EPA moved in the right direction by increasing the 2017 ethanol volume to statute. This is critical for farmers facing difficult economic times, as well as for consumers who care about clean air, affordable fuel choices, and lowering our dependence on foreign oil. Continue reading

11-23-16 EPA Finalizes Increase in Renewable Fuel Volumes

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EPA Finalizes Increase in Renewable Fuel Volumes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, today’s action finalizes the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2017, and for biomass-based diesel for 2018.

“Renewable fuel volumes continue to increase across the board compared to 2016 levels,” said Janet McCabe, the agency’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. “These final standards will boost production, providing for ambitious yet achievable growth of biofuels in the transportation sector. By implementing the program enacted by Congress, we are expanding the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing our reliance on imported oil.”

Some key elements of today’s action: Continue reading

11-23-16 Rabobank: Agri Commodity Outlook 2017: Bear in Mind—Stocks Remain Large

Stefan Vogel, Carlos Mera and Charlie Clack, from Rabobank’s Agri Commodities Markets Research team, present highlights from the Agri Commodity Outlook 2017, including price forecasts and supply and demand projections for soft commodities and livestock products.

Read the full report here: http://rabo.coop/outlook2017

11-23-16 Colorado Corn staff, CCGA president update Eaton group on organization’s recent activity

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn staff, CCGA president update Eaton group on organization’s recent activity

Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) President Dave Eckhardt and Colorado Corn Communications Director Eric Brown spent last Tuesday night updating the T-Bone Club in Eaton on the recent activity of the two Colorado Corn organizations.  Continue reading

11-23-16 CCGA lobbyist, policy committee chair provide updates to producers in Burlington

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Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) lobbyist Becky Brooks and CCGA Public Policy Committee Chair Dave Cure made a trip out to Burlington on Thursday, to provide a group of producers with policy updates. Continue reading

11-23-16 Colorado Corn staff member serves as panelist, adviser for fifth-graders working to solve global food issues

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn staff member serves as panelist, adviser for fifth-graders working to solve global food issues

This past week, Colorado Corn Market Development Director Melissa Walter served on a panel at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Launch K-8 School in Thornton, helping fifth-graders address the challenge of feeding the growing population without destroying our planet. Continue reading

11-23-16 Colorado Corn staff member assists with conference for young women in agriculture

Colorado Corn LogoColorado Corn staff member assists with conference for young women in agriculture

Colorado Corn Executive Coordinator Ann Cross this past week attended and served as a table mentor at the 2016 Aspire to Grow Leadership Conference.
The event, which took place in Fort Collins, hosted approximately 200 young women from across the state, and was organized by the Northern Colorado Chapter of Agrium Women’s Leadership Group and the Colorado FFA Foundation. Aspire to Grow is an annual leadership event dedicated to promoting education, cultivation and empowerment of young women in the agricultural industry.  Continue reading

11-23-16 Colorado Foundation for Ag, CCAC team up to publish ‘Colorado Reader’ all about corn

Colorado Corn LogoCFA-CO Foundation for Ag logoColorado Foundation for Ag, CCAC team up to publish ‘Colorado Reader’ all about corn

Bette Blinde with the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture — a partner with the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) on various education endeavors — this month published 65,000 copies of a “Colorado Reader” all about corn, which will be distributed to grade-school classrooms around the state. 
The corn-focused “Colorado Reader” aims to educate Colorado’s youth about how corn grows here in our state, the efforts that our local farmers put into producing the crop efficiently, and the number of ways corn is used in our everyday lives. 

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Trump Reaffirms Anti-TPP Promise

A video statement released by President-elect Donald Trump this week indicated he would follow through on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Withdrawing from TPP topped his priority list for day one of his presidency. Trump said that instead, under his administration, the U.S. would “negotiate fair bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores.” Amid the statement by Trump, China has announced hopes to conclude an Asia-wide trade pact as soon as possible. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday that Asian leaders are pressing ahead with talks for the 10-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership that China has backed as an alternative to the U.S.-led TPP deal.


Japan PM Says TPP Meaningless Without U.S.

Japan is one of six Trans-Pacific Partnership member countries vowing to move forward with the trade deal, despite the nation’s Prime Minister calling TPP “meaningless” without the United States. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (sheen-zoh ah-bay) made the comments around the same time U.S. President-elect Donald Trump promised to withdraw from TPP on the first day of his presidency. Still, Reuters reports that Japan plans to take the lead in getting TPP into effect as soon as possible. A top official within Japan’s government said this week that Japan plans to lobby other signatories to the pact, but declined to elaborate. Also this week, officials from Mexico said at least six countries, including Japan, plan to move forward on TPP with or without the United States.


Next Ag Secretary Likely to have Indiana Ties

When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, he is likely to have an Agriculture Secretary with ties to Indiana. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who will serve as Trump’s Vice President, is overseeing the transition efforts, and Politico reports that Pence will have a lot of say in who gets control of the Department of Agriculture. Five of the nine names among the top potential picks for Agriculture Secretary are from Indiana either by birth or business connections, and most have ties to Pence. The shortlist includes past president of the Indiana Farm Bureau, Don Villwock and Ted McKinney, the current director of the Indiana Department of Agriculture. Also included on the shortlist is Chuck Conner, the president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Conner is a Purdue University graduate who has previously served as the Deputy USDA Secretary. Also on the list is Mike McCloskey, a dairy executive from Indiana, and Kip Tom, a farmer who ran for Congress in Indiana this year but was defeated in the primary.


Vilsack Says RFS Will Survive Trump Administration

Outgoing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Renewable Fuel Standard will survive a Donald Trump administration because ethanol is too well-established in rural areas. Vilsack says the RFS “supports too many jobs” for a Trump administration to dismantle the law. U.S. ethanol production has more than doubled since 2007, when the current form of the law was enacted, according to the U.S. Energy Department. Farm Futures reports that President-elect Trump told the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association earlier this year that the U.S. should increase ethanol mandates, but in September his campaign published a fact sheet calling for the removal of the biofuel blending credit system. His campaign later reissued the fact sheet without the language opposing the system. Vilsack said rural support for the RFS would be enough to withstand attacks. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency is due to release the final 2017 RFS by the end of this month. The statute requires ethanol volumes for 2017 to be set at 15 billion gallons. However, the EPA proposed earlier this year to set the volume target at 14.8 billion gallons.

Pro-GMO Labeling Group fined for Campaign Finance Violations

Food Democracy Action was fined more than $320,000 for campaign finance violations regarding the group’s support of a ballot measure in Washington state to require GMO Labeling. Farm Journal’s AgWeb reports the Iowa-based group must also pay the state’s legal fees and trial costs. The fine was issued Monday against the organization. The fines follow $18 million in civil penalties against the Grocery Manufacturers Association because judges say the group concealed the sources of $11 million in campaign contributions. The Washington state attorney general says Food Democracy Action collected almost $300,000 from its supporters and transferred $200,000 of that to support Initiative 522, but didn’t register its political action committee or identify its 3,100 donors until after the election. The initiative later failed.


USDA Report Highlights Scientific Research, Development Breakthroughs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released investment results in scientific research including 222 new inventions, 94 patents awarded and 125 new patent applications filed in 2015. The USDA Annual Report on Technology Transfer includes new agriculture-related discoveries, inventions and processes made by USDA researchers, universities and small businesses with the potential for commercial application. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the results show that USDA research partners have “changed the world.” Vilsack says studies show that every dollar invested in agricultural research returns $20 to our economy. USDA highlighted investment projects from 2015 including computer chips made from wood fiber, mosquito-resistant uniforms for U.S. military personnel and bacteria repellent cooking pan surfaces.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service