12-13-16 Federation of State Beef Councils: Broadening Our View of Beef Promotion

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The following column was written by: Steve Hanson Chairman, Federation of State Beef Councils Member, U.S. Meat Export Federation Executive Committee Elsie, Nebraska

Broadening Our View of Beef Promotion 

You’ve heard it before: 96 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of United States borders. The statistic has been shared so often it’s become cliché.

Lesser known but equally powerful is the fact that millions of consumers in many other countries are increasing their standards of living and buying power every year. Clearly, if the U.S. beef industry is to maximize its profitability, significant focus must be placed on consumers internationally. Continue reading

12-13-16 USCA Urges Action on Farmer Fair Practices Rules; Outlines Priorities for Next Administration

 

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USCA Urges Action on Farmer Fair Practices Rules; Outlines Priorities for Next Administration

(WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent letters this week to the current and incoming Administrations regarding U.S. cattle producers’ priorities for both the coming weeks and years ahead. USCA’s focus remains on continuing work currently underway as the transition process looms and ensuring producers’ voices are heard as one Administration caps its term and a new one begins. Continue reading

12-13-16 The 5th Annual Western Colorado Food & Farm Forum in Montrose January 20-21

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Montrose, CO – December 2, 2016 – Passionate about raising the most nutritious food possible, in the best soil possible, for the healthiest people possible? Head to the state’s premier sustainable agricultural gathering, the Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, in Montrose January 20-21, 2017. Registration is open for half-day pre-conference workshops Friday and the Forum all day Saturday. Continue reading

12-13-16 Inside the NACD with CEO Jeremy Peters and President Lee McDaniel: Congressional Recap & Annual Meeting Preview…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 13, 2016 – Joining me on the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Jeremy Peters, CEO and Lee McDaniel President of the National Association of Conservation Districts discussing several topics including:

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12-13-16 Inside the BARN with the “Songbird of the Sage” Liz Masterson regarding the 28th Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering…

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(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 13, 2016 – The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering is celebrating it’s 28th Anniversary in 2017 and will carry on a quarter century of cowboy heritage, traditions and entertainment. Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone is one of the performers that will be featured during the event is Liz Masterson, better known as the “Songbird of the Sage”

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December 6, 2016 – GOLDEN, CO – Proudly celebrating 28 years of cowboy heritage at this year’s Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Thursday, January 19 through Sunday, January 22, 2017. Continue reading

12-13-16 Pork Checkoff: Ham for All Seasons: New Research Looks at how to Increase Whole-Ham Sales Year-Round

Pork Checkoff: Ham for All Seasons: New Research Looks at how to Increase Whole-Ham Sales Year-Round

DES MOINES – Dec. 13, 2016 – For many people, preparing a whole ham is one of their go-to choices for family gatherings on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, but beyond holidays, whole-ham usually doesn’t make the shopping list. The Pork Checkoff recently funded a study to find and eliminate barriers that are stopping consumers from enjoying whole-ham yearlong.

“Holidays and ham go hand-in-hand for most consumers,” said National Pork Board President Jan Archer, Goldsboro, North Carolina. “And with new ham innovations, there are real opportunities to increase sales throughout the year.” Continue reading

12-13-16 U.S. EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water Resources…

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U.S. EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water Resources 

EPA’s report concludes that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances and identifies factors that influence these impacts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its scientific report on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources, which provides states and others the scientific foundation to better protect drinking water resources in areas where hydraulic fracturing is occurring or being considered. The report, done at the request of Congress, provides scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in the United States under some circumstances. As part of the report, EPA identified conditions under which impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities can be more frequent or severe. The report also identifies uncertainties and data gaps. These uncertainties and data gaps limited EPA’s ability to fully assess impacts to drinking water resources both locally and nationally. These final conclusions are based upon review of over 1,200 cited scientific sources; feedback from an independent peer review conducted by EPA’s Science Advisory Board; input from engaged stakeholders; and new research conducted as part of the study. 

“The value of high quality science has never been more important in helping to guide decisions around our nation’s fragile water resources. EPA’s assessment provides the scientific foundation for local decision makers, industry, and communities that are looking to protect public health and drinking water resources and make more informed decisions about hydraulic fracturing activities,” said Dr. Thomas A. Burke, EPA’s Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “This assessment is the most complete compilation to date of national scientific data on the relationship of drinking water resources and hydraulic fracturing.”

The report is organized around activities in the hydraulic fracturing water cycle and their potential to impact drinking water resources. The stages include: (1) acquiring water to be used for hydraulic fracturing (Water Acquisition), (2) mixing the water with chemical additives to make hydraulic fracturing fluids (Chemical Mixing), (3) injecting hydraulic fracturing fluids into the production well to create and grow fractures in the targeted production zone (Well Injection), (4) collecting the wastewater that returns through the well after injection (Produced Water Handling), and (5) managing the wastewater through disposal or reuse methods (Wastewater Disposal and Reuse). 

EPA identified cases of impacts on drinking water at each stage in the hydraulic fracturing water cycle. Impacts cited in the report generally occurred near hydraulically fractured oil and gas production wells and ranged in severity, from temporary changes in water quality, to contamination that made private drinking water wells unusable.

As part of the report, EPA identified certain conditions under which impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities can be more frequent or severe, including:
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12-13-16 Monsanto Shareowners Approve Merger with Bayer

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  • Key Milestone in Merger to Create a Global Leader in Agriculture
    Close of Transaction Expected by the End of 2017

 ST. LOUIS-Tuesday, December 13, 2016 –Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) announced that at a special meeting of shareowners held today, shareowners of the company approved the merger of Monsanto with a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayer Aktiengesellschaft. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Monsanto shareowners will receive $128 per share in cash at the closing of the merger.

“We are pleased we received such strong support from our shareowners,” said Hugh Grant, Monsanto Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This is an important milestone as we work to combine our two complementary companies and deliver on our shared vision for the future of agriculture. By bringing together our expertise and our resources to drive this shared vision, we can do even more together to benefit growers around the world and to help address broad global challenges like climate change and food scarcity.”

“The acquisition of Monsanto is driven by our strong belief that this combination can help address the growing challenges facing farmers and the overall agriculture industry today and in the future,” said Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG. “Together, Bayer and Monsanto will be able to offer the new, innovative solutions that our customers need. We look forward to completing the transaction and working closely with Monsanto to ensure a successful integration.” Continue reading

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Heitkamp Topping Trump Ag Secretary List

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat, tops President-elect Donald Trump’s list to be the next Agriculture Secretary. The question remains, however, whether she will accept the post. Politico reports that if she leaves the Senate for the Department of Agriculture, Heitkamp will likely be giving up her Senate seat to a Republican. Democrats are hoping she would turn down the offer because it would give Republicans a chance to increase their thin majority in the Senate, which stands at 52 seats. However, former North Dakota Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan says Heitkamp can win reelection because North Dakotans “like and trust” her. Heitkamp met with Trump earlier this month and is also considered to be a potential Energy Secretary, though former Texas Governor Rick Perry is the likely front-runner for that post. Heitkamp is viewed as a vocal advocate for farmers and would be a small signal of bipartisanship under the Trump administration.

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Japan Moving Forward with TPP

Japan’s parliament Friday ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership despite the deals likely dismissal by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The Wall Street Journal called the move by Japan a “mostly symbolic step” because of Trump’s opposition to the trade agreement. Trump repeated campaign promises in a video last month saying he would pull the U.S. out of the trade accord on his first day in office. If he follows through, Japan could pursue TPP without the United States, or negotiate a bilateral deal with the U.S. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (sheen-zoh ah-bay) acknowledged that the odds are against him, but said he still hopes to persuade Trump to revive TPP. Several of Trump’s cabinet selections have endorsed or spoken favorably about the trade pact, possibly leaving the door for TPP slightly open. Meanwhile, talks between Japan and the European Union on a free trade deal between the two are likely to accelerate in the coming months, if the United States backs away from TPP.

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Syngenta Class Action Lawsuit Moving Forward

A class-action lawsuit against Syngenta regarding rejected exports is likely to head to trial next year, as scheduled. Online publication Agri-Pulse reports the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review a lower court’s certification order, allowing the lawsuit to proceed. Syngenta called the appeals court ruling “one step in a long process.” Multiple classes of farmers within the lawsuit are suing the company because a Syngenta biotech corn trait unapproved for export to China that was found in export cargos allegedly pushed corn prices lower in 2013. Lawyers for the farmers included in the lawsuit estimate the farmers lost between $5 billion and $7 billion in revenue because China stopped importing U.S. corn at the time. The nationwide class involved in the lawsuit is set for trial in June of 2017.

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Non-OPEC Oil-Producing Countries Agree to Cut Output Along with OPEC

Oil-producing nations struck a deal over the weekend to cut output along with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC. The pact is designed to reduce a global oversupply of crude, lift prices and lend support to economies hurt by a two-year market slump. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today newsletter reports the agreement would remove 558,000 barrels a day of crude oil from the market on top of 1.2 million barrels a day in cuts already agreed to by OPEC, amounting to a total of almost two percent of global oil supply. The cuts, if carried out as described over the first half of 2017, would represent an unprecedented level of cooperation among oil-producing countries. However, oil market analysts have said prices would not go up if the bulk of the cuts were from countries where production is already expected to fall.

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EPA Finalizes Stronger Standards for Pesticide Applicators

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced the agency is finalizing standards for applicators who apply restricted-use pesticides that are not available for purchase by the general public and require special handling. The new rules require specialized licensing for certain methods such as fumigation and aerial application that the EPA says can pose greater risks to applicators if not conducted properly. Those working under the supervision of certified applicators must also receive training to use pesticides safely. EPA’s stricter standards require all people who are certified to apply restricted use pesticides to be at least 18 years-old. The certifications must be renewed every five years. The EPA expects the benefits of the rule to include fewer acute pesticide incidents to people, reduced chronic exposure and reduced incidents of ecological harm from pesticide use.

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Orchard Owner Suing Monsanto over Dicamba Drift

A Missouri peach farmer is suing Monsanto over 700 acres of orchard and timber damage believed to be caused by dicamba drift in 2016. DTN reports the farm lost more than 30,000 peach trees this year to alleged dicamba drift and another 7,000 trees last year, resulting in a $1.5 million gross loss of sales. Bader (Bay-der) Farms from Southeast Missouri is the state’s largest peach farm and alleges Monsanto knowingly marketed its Xtend cotton and soybean seeds to farmers without any safe herbicide. The suit claims Monsanto knew the only option purchasers would have to protect crops grown from those seeds from weed pressure would be to spray dicamba illegally. In a prepared statement to DTN, a Monsanto spokesperson said: “While we sympathize with those who have been impacted by farmers who chose to apply dicamba illegally, this lawsuit attempts to shift responsibility away from individuals who knowingly and intentionally broke state and federal law and harmed their neighbors in the process.” Missouri agriculture officials are investigating 124 dicamba-related complaints this year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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