11-29-16 Pork Checkoff: Pig Farmers Encouraged to Pay-It-Forward with #HamsAcrossAmerica

Pork Checkoff: Pig Farmers Encouraged to Pay-It-Forward with #HamsAcrossAmerica

DES MOINES, IOWA – Nov. 29, 2016 – This Giving Tuesday, the Pork Checkoff is encouraging pig farmers to pay-it-forward with a new holiday campaign called #HamsAcrossAmerica. This first-annual event encourages farmers and others involved in the pork industry to show their appreciation for friends, family and neighbors through the gift of ham –  in the form of gifts or donations of ham or ham-based products.

“For pig farmers, volunteering at community events and participating in local fundraisers, has always been a part of what makes us who we are,” said Brad Greenway, 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM, from Mitchell, South Dakota. “Hams Across America allows farmers to not only live the We CareSMethical principles, but also share their love of the product that they produce.”

Pig farmers are encouraged to extend Giving Tuesday through Dec. 23 with Hams Across America by simply purchasing a gift of ham and paying-it-forward. Participants are also encouraged to share their pay-it-forward stories on social media using #RealPigFarming and #HamsAcrossAmerica.

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11-29-16 Ag Water Summit: Watch the Webcast Archives on Livestream

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Just in case you can't make it in person, watch online, courtesy of IBCC, CAWA & The BARN. The webcast will begin @ 9am MT - CLICK HERE

Just in case you can’t make it in person, watch online, courtesy of IBCC, CAWA & The BARN. The webcast will begin @ 9am MT – CLICK HERE

Ag Water Summit Set For November 29th

A prominent message of the Colorado Water Plan is that we need to find water to meet the gap without harming agriculture—because we need the food and fiber, because we need the cultural richness, and because we need our rural communities. On the other hand, the Plan says that agriculture will likely take a hit, because so much of the water we divert in this state is for agriculture. Agricultural producers, their water managers and their communities feel the target on their backs.

The Colorado Water Plan puts a lot of stock in ways to move water temporarily from agriculture instead of through transfer of water permanently from agriculture. For the past 10 years, CWCB has granted funds to explore the potential of these temporary means—labeled alternative transfer methods(ATMs). Now that the Colorado Water Plan has been out for a full year, the IBCC and Colorado Ag Water Alliance are calling for a summit to discuss ATMs. Here are questions to be addressed: Continue reading

11-29-16 Renew Your CCA Membership Today & Join in Important Priorities for the Future

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Renew Your CCA Membership Today & Join in Important Priorities for the Future

CCA mailed its 2017 membership renewal information to over 2,000 CCA members last week. Those who become new members and renew their memberships can be assured that their voice is heard when CCA works diligently to commit the time and resources to build effective relationships and access for our priorities in the current transition planning of the new administration. “These efforts take time, trust, follow-through, and the support of the association’s members – but it pays BIG dividends,” CCA’s Executive Vice President, Terry Fankhauser said.

CCA will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017, one hundred and fifty years as the principal voice and advocate for beef production in the state. CCA will remain focused on advancing the legacy and viability of beef production for its members, while promoting growth and opportunity for future generations. The association operates through its diverse and broad membership throughout Colorado; representing the majority of beef cattle production, private land ownership, state and federal lands grazing, businesses, and those who advocate for the industry. It is also affiliated with 46 local cattlemen’s, breed, and issue organizations across the state.

“One of CCA’s focuses for this year will be market volatility. CCA’s opinion is that the erratic markets are not reacting to fundamental influences, like supply and demand. We want to compel the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to release trading data for a confidential third party review ,” CCA’S President, Tim Lehmann said. “Ag land and water conversion is also a priority.  CCA must strengthen our Right-to-Farm laws at all levels. We also plan on broadening our scope of influence, yielding greater and more efficient returns for members.  Finally, our goal is to build alignment and engagement by showing passion for our industry and contributing the resources necessary for the success of the next generations,” Lehmann continued. Continue reading

11-29-16 Farm Service Agency Extends Voting Deadline for County Committee Elections

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Colorado Producers Now Have Until Dec. 13 to Submit Ballots

(Denver, Colorado) Nov. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Leland Swenson, today announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote. Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016 to return ballots to their local FSA offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office.

We’re extending the voting deadline to Dec. 13 to give farmers and ranchers a few additional days to get their ballots in,” said Swenson. “I urge all eligible producers, especially minorities and women, to get involved and make a real difference in their communities by voting in this year’s elections. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.” Continue reading

11-29-16 Jeffery S. Hall Named Chairman of Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation Board of Directors

fcsic-farm-credit-system-insurance-corporation-headerJeffery S. Hall Named Chairman of Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation Board of Directors

McLEAN, Va., Nov. 29, 2016 — Jeffery S. Hall of Kentucky was elected today as chairman of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation board of directors. He succeeds Dallas Tonsager, who served as chairman of the FCSIC board of directors from March 2015 until he was designated board chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration (FCA).

“I would like to thank the FCSIC board for electing me chair,” Mr. Hall said. “I am honored to serve as chair because I recognize and value the role this position plays in maintaining investor confidence in the Farm Credit System (FCS or System). This confidence is crucial for the System to have a dependable source of funds to lend to agriculture and rural America. I also want to thank Board Member Spearman who so ably led both the Insurance Corporation and more recently FCA. His outstanding leadership serves as a model for those who come behind him,” Mr. Hall said. Continue reading

11-29-16 American Agri-Women Launches AgDay365, Elects National Officers and Presents Awards at 2016 Convention


American Agri-Women Launches AgDay365, Elects National Officers and Presents Awards at 2016 Convention 

Raleigh, N.C, (AgPR) Nov. 29, 2016 — American Agri-Women (AAW) launched AgDay365 at its annual convention held this month in Raleigh, N.C. AgDay365 is a year-long education and advocacy campaign to show that everyone is part of agriculture, every day, and to raise awareness about who produces our nation’s abundant food, fiber and energy supply. The organization also elected its national officers and recognized outstanding advocates for agriculture. Continue reading

11-29-16 Commodity Classic Announces Registration & Housing Opening Date


Commodity Classic Announces Registration & Housing Opening Date

commodity-classic-logo-112916ST. LOUIS (November 29, 2016) – Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations will open online at 10 a.m. CST on Wednesday morning, December 7, 2016. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register and make reservations as soon as possible once registration is open.

The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held in San Antonio, Texas March 2-4, 2017, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Welcome Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions. Continue reading

09-01-16 Former U.S. deputy ag secretary among keynote speakers for 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture

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2017 Governors Forum on CO Ag Label It Agriculture logoFormer U.S. deputy ag secretary among keynote speakers for 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture

Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden will provide one of the many highlights for the 2017 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, when she steps up to the podium to deliver a presentation on an agricultural “future built by collaboration.” Harden, who currently serves as vice president of public policy and chief sustainability officer for DuPont, will share her perspective on the need for alliances with food, nutrition and conservation groups, as well as other non-traditional partners.

The Forum – taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver – will also feature addresses from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado State University President Tony Frank and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown, among many others. Continue reading

11-29-16 NRCS to Expand Targeted Conservation Effort for Wildlife on Agricultural Landsgram, including CO…

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11 New Working Lands for Wildlife Projects Provide Opportunities for Producers to Restore, Protect Habitat

NEW FLORENCE, Missouri, Nov. 29, 2016 – From the northern bobwhite to trout and salmon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adding dozens of new target species to its premier wildlife conservation effort that helps agricultural producers make wildlife-friendly improvements on working lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding 11 new projects to Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the agency’s targeted, science-based effort to help producers restore and protect habitat for declining species on farms, ranches and working forests.

“Agriculture and wildlife both thrive together through landscape conservation,” said NRCS Chief Jason Weller, who toured a Missouri farm that has created young forest habitat to aid bobwhite and many other species. “Working Lands for Wildlife has delivered many unprecedented successes over the years, and we’re proud of our collective past achievements and look forward to continuing our work with America’s producers.” Continue reading

11-29-16 CDA Announces Colorado’s Inaugural Hemp “Certified Seed”

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is announcing that three industrial hemp seed varieties have passed the statewide THC validation and observation trial and are now eligible to be grown by the Colorado Seed Growers Association for production of “CDA Approved Certified Seed.”
“Earlier this year, we launched the first certified hemp seed program in the country to grow hemp across Colorado’s diverse growing conditions to discover which seeds would grow crops that fall within industrial hemp requirements.  This is a big step forward for this emerging industry,” said Duane Sinning, CDA’s Division of Plant Industry Assistant Director. “CDA Approved Certified Seed provides growers with the confidence they expect in seed quality.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, November 29th

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China: Potential Trade War Not a ‘One-Way Street’

Officials in China are warning a potential trade war between the U.S. in China would not serve as a ‘one-way street.’ The comments stem from the possibility President-Elect Donald Trump could impose tariffs on Chinese goods, sparking a feared trade war between the two nations. Beijing has signaled some optimism regarding the issue as Trump has backed off of some other campaign pledges. Still, as Bloomberg reports, the message from China is that any move to tax Chinese imports would bring retaliation, the U.S. economy would take a hit and America would damage its longstanding ties with Asia. China’s Foreign Affairs Committee chair said a trade war is not something China wants, but while referring to Trumps campaign pledges regarding trade with China, warned: “It won’t be one-way traffic.” For now, Bloomberg speculates China has a two-pronged response to Trump: Warn him of the consequences of unilateral action and accelerate efforts to secure an Asia-wide trade pact that does not include the United States.


Obama Administration Finishing Many Regulations

Before President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month, the Obama Administration is working to issue as many as 98 final regulations. Politico reports 17 of those actions under review are considered “economically significant,” with an estimated economic impact of at least $100 million a year. Agencies under the Obama Administration are rushing the final rules before a new Congress takes over next year, despite vows by Republicans in Congress to block many of the regulations. One of the more significant rules sets preliminary steps for the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate methane emissions from existing oil and gas infrastructure. Also, the Bureau of Land Management’s major rule on leases for wind and solar projects on federal land is expected before Obama leaves office.


Vilsack Disappointed in China Biotech Approval Delays

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed disappointment following meetings between the U.S. and China last week that failed to make progress on biotechnology approval delays. The U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade did not focus on approval delays for biotechnology, or genetically modified crop traits. Vilsack says China has made progress in the approval process, but “has not fully implemented commitments” on biotechnology approvals. In 2015, China agreed to streamline the nation’s biotech approval process. Last week, the U.S. requested that China clarify how its approval system for biotech traits will operate in a “predictable, transparent, and scientific manner.” Vilsack says the U.S. will be watching China’s National Biosafety Committee meeting next month and expects the remaining eight biotech traits will be reviewed based on science and risk, and approved.


Bird Flu Expanding Across Europe

More outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza are prompting concerns within Europe’s poultry industry. The World Organization for Animal Health reports bird flu has been confirmed in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia despite continuing biosecurity efforts. Additional outbreaks were also reported in India and Israel, and several nations –including Hong Kong and the Ukraine – have launched bans on poultry and poultry products from some of the affected nations. The spread comes less than one month after the first reports of H5N8, according to meat industry online publication Meatingplace. Animal health officials in Sweden report culling 200,000 laying hens to reduce further infection. An estimated 27,000 birds died in the first weeks’ European states confirmed the infections.


Indonesia Planning to Stop Corn Imports by 2018 or Sooner

Indonesia plans to halt imports of corn by 2018 “at the latest,” according to the country’s agriculture minister. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports Indonesia’s government is working to boost domestic production of corn as part of its broad goal of food self-sufficiency. The ag minister says up to seven million hectares—or 17.3 million acres—of land would be needed for the country to be self-sufficient in corn production, versus the 4.4 million hectares it currently plants to the grain. Indonesia’s government has restricted imports of corn in recent years, which has boosted its imports of wheat as an alternative for feed. Indonesia imported 3.5 million metric tons of corn in 2013-14 before the restrictions took effect, and the country has purchased around only 800,000 metric tons of corn this year.


GAO Says RFS Likely to Fall Short of Greenhouse Gas Goal

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) Monday claimed advanced biofuels are not likely to get the fuel market penetration the Renewable Fuel Standard predicted. Online newspaper The Hill reports that means greenhouse gas emissions are unlikely to fall as much as predicted under the 2007 law. A pair of GAO reports reached the conclusion after explaining there is limited production of advanced biofuels for blending and a limited potential for expansion by 2022. A report on greenhouse gasses stated: “In the absence of advanced biofuels, most of the biofuel blended under the RFS to date has been conventional corn-starch ethanol, which achieves smaller greenhouse gas emission reductions compared with advanced biofuels.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service