12-01-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

12-01-16 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for December 1st

USDA FAS - Foreign Agricultural Service headerWeekly Export Sales

This report is based on individual reports submitted by private exporters and identifies outstanding sales and accumulated exports of selected U.S. agricultural commodities.  The report is published weekly, normally on Thursday morning at 8:30 A.M.

A PDF file of the complete report is attached.  For more information you may visit: www.fas.usda.gov/programs/export-sales-reporting-program.

For a schedule of upcoming FAS reports, please visit www.fas.usda.gov/data-analysis/report-release-calendar.

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TPP Showing Slight Signs of Life in Congress

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, at least in its current form. Republicans in Congress are increasingly talking about somehow salvaging the trade deal, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to walk away from the agreement. Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said this week he did not believe Trump’s threats to tear up trade agreements should be taken at “face value.” Politico says he also speculated that Trump may seek to negotiate bilateral deals with the other TPP countries. Meanwhile, House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chair, Representative Dave Reichert (rye-kert) of Washington State, says he is “not giving up” on TPP or possible bilateral trade deals. Reichert says the path forward is to focus on the specifics of TPP — potentially making any number of changes to the 12-nation agreement that has already been through five years of negotiations.

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Businesses Join Agriculture in Fretting Over Trump Anti-Trade Talks

U.S. importers and exporters are worried about President-Elect Donald Trump’s anti-trade views that could significantly dent their revenue if Trump follows through. For his part, Trump has scaled back on his campaign threats, but the American Association of Exporters says businesses are still worried as they assess where they are vulnerable. USA Today says if Trump would follow through with imposing a 45 percent tariff on Mexico and China, impacts include replacing Boeing aircraft orders by Airbus, U.S. auto and iPhone sales will suffer a setback, and for agriculture, U.S. soybean and corn imports will be halted. Boeing is the largest U.S. exporter with about 70 percent of its revenue derived from abroad, and China is the company’s biggest customer. Any trade war that would develop during the Trump administration would significantly hurt U.S. agriculture exports, and the National Pork Producers Council says the pork industry would be forced to cut production, raising prices for U.S. consumers.

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Fish and Wildlife Service Reverses Lesser Prairie Chicken Proposal

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week the federal agency would consider re-listing the lesser prairie chicken as an endangered species. The announcement comes despite the fact a Texas court ordered the agency to withdraw a proposal to list the lesser prairie chicken as an endangered species last year. The Fish and Wildlife Service in May dropped an appeal against the court order, ending the agency’s pursuit of listing the lesser prairie chicken. The agency gave no explanation for dropping the appeal, saying only that efforts to protect the species would continue, according to DTN. The Fish and Wildlife Service says the reconsideration follows a petition to list the lesser prairie chicken as endangered. The Agency will again conduct a status review of the species to determine what action to take. However, Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, says he is hopeful private/public conservation efforts to preserve the bird would be allowed to work. Inhofe says he is confident the incoming Trump administration is aware that state conservation is sufficient to protect the lesser prairie chicken.

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Vilsack Says Farm Income Forecast Shows Farm Sector Strength

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Farm Income and Financial Forecasts for 2016 shows the health of the overall farm economy is strong in the face of challenging markets. Released by the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service, the report shows final income for 2016 is expected to decline after dropping in 2015 following record highs between 2012 and 2014. Net cash farm income is forecast at $90.1 billion and net farm income at $66.9 billion for 2016. Net cash farm income is expected to fall by 14.6 percent in 2016, while net farm income is forecast to decline by 17.2 percent. Vilsack noted that debt to equity ratios—two key indicators of the farm economy’s health—continue to be near all-time lows. Further, Vilsack says higher off-farm earnings are expected to help stabilize losses due to low commodity prices for rural communities.

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Wisconsin Dairy Bull Calves

The Centers for Disease Control has linked a multi-state salmonella outbreak of a multidrug-resistant salmonella strain to dairy bull calves from livestock markets in Wisconsin. The CDC says it is working with Wisconsin health and agriculture agencies, along with several other states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to investigate the outbreak. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the outbreak has infected 21 people from eight states, and the first illness was reported in January of this year. Dairy bull calves are young, male cattle that have not been castrated and may be raised for meat. 15 of 19 infected subjects interviewed by the CDC reported contact with dairy bull calves or other cattle the week before becoming ill. Laboratory testing concluded the outbreak is likely linked to ill calves.

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California Fighting Global Warming on the Backs of Dairy Farmers

New legislation in California has some fearing many dairy operators will leave the state. The law signed in September requires livestock operations in California to reduce methane emissions 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030. But as the largest milk-producing state, California could stand to lose dairy operators because of the growing cost to meet regulation requirements, according to a U.S. News and World Report publication. California dairy farmers are dealing with five years of drought, low milk prices and rising labor costs. A spokesperson for Western United Dairymen says: “Dairies are moving out of state to places where these costs don’t exist.” Driving dairies out of California to less-regulated states would not lower methane emissions globally, only remove them from the state. Regulators are targeting dairy manure, accounting for about a quarter of California’s methane emissions. The state has set aside $50 million to help offset the cost of installing methane digesters at dairy farms, but the industry says that won’t be enough to help all 1,500-some dairy operations in California.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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11-30-16 Governor Hickenlooper appoints Stephanie Copeland as executive director of the CO-OEDIT

co-oedit-and-co-tourism-office-joint-logoGov. Hickenlooper appoints Stephanie Copeland as executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

DENVER – Wednesday, Nov. 30 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Stephanie Copeland has been appointed executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), effective January 2017. She will replace Fiona Arnold, who has served in the role since November 2014.
“From small startups and early phase companies to large multi-national companies, Stephanie focuses on ensuring high growth for companies both in the U.S. and Europe. Colorado is extremely lucky to have her expertise and know-how,” said Hickenlooper. “Stephanie’s leadership will enhance OEDIT’s ability to attract investment from both the international and national business communities, as well as unlock new opportunities to accelerate the state’s job growth.”

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