01-12-17 USDA Announces $252 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

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USDA Announces $252 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Applications requested for innovative partner-driven projects

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today invited potential conservation partners, including private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts, and universities to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  Continue reading

01-12-17 USDA Releases New Report on Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Balance of Ethanol

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USDA Releases New Report on Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Balance of Ethanol

Analysis finds that U.S. corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to gasoline, with additional benefits projected through 2022

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release of a report studying the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) balance of corn ethanol. The report, A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol, finds that GHG emissions associated with corn-based ethanol in the United States are about 43 percent lower than gasoline when measured on an energy equivalent basis. Unlike other studies of GHG benefits, which relied on forecasts of future ethanol production systems and expected impacts on the farm sector, this study reviewed how the industry and farm sectors performed over the past decade to assess the current GHG profile of corn-based ethanol. Continue reading

01-12-17 USDA Corn Ethanol Report Supports Environmental Benefits of RFS, NFU Says

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WASHINGTON (January 12, 2017) – Demonstrating the environmental benefits brought about by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concludes that corn ethanol provides a considerable reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to conventional gasoline. Continue reading

01-12-17 NCGA: USDA Analysis: Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

NCGA News Release logoUSDA Analysis: Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WASHINGTON (January 12, 2017) – Corn ethanol achieves a 43 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when compared to the 2005 baseline for gasoline, according to a new analysis released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Based on current trends in crop production and ethanol production efficiency, the study projected that by 2022, corn-based ethanol will achieve a 50 percent reduction in GHG emissions compared to the gasoline baseline. The study was conducted by ICF International. Continue reading

01-12-17 Statement from Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft on Infrastructure Issues in Hickenlooper State of the State Speech

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CFB President Don Shawcroft

CFB President Don Shawcroft

Centennial, Colo. –  Jan. 12, 2017 – “Infrastructure is a priority for the members of Colorado Farm Bureau in 2017. Our aging transportation system needs significant updates, maintenance and improvements. Agriculture and many other key Colorado industries depend on having a workable transportation system that helps aide commerce and grow the economy. Increasingly, our transportation system is a hinderance.

“While the overall state budget has ballooned in the last 10 years with the expansion of Colorado’s economy and population growth, spending on roads, bridges and highways has remained flat. This must change, and we are pleased that Governor Hickenlooper shares our view. Continue reading

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01-12-17 CO Gov. Hickenlooper delivers annual State of the State address

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DENVER — Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper today delivered his annual State of the State address. The governor’s remarks focused on transportation, economic development, health care, infrastructure and the marijuana grey market.

Here is the text of the speech as prepared: Continue reading

01-12-17 Learn more about the upcoming Canola College 2017 in Enid, OK on January 19th…


Taking Canola Production to the Next Level

Sponsored by Great Plains Canola Association, Oklahoma State University, Kansas State University, USDA-RMA, and the Canola Industry

Register for Canola College at www.canola.okstate.edu

Once again, the Great Plains Canola Association, Oklahoma State University, Kansas State University, USDA-RMA, and partners from the canola industry are teaming up to conduct Canola College.

Canola College 2017 will be held January 19, 2017 at the Chisholm Trail EXPO Center in Enid, OK.

This will be the premier canola education/training event in the region in 2017.  Canola College 2017 is for anyone with an interest in the canola industry including: experienced and first time growers, crop insurance agents, members of agricultural governmental agencies, and canola industry service and product providers.  Attendees will hear from canola experts on a variety of key topics and will have the opportunity to visit with industry members who provide the goods and services needed to produce, handle, and market the crop.

Canola College 2017 topics will include: Continue reading

01-12-17 Angus Foundation Heifer Package Raises More Than $265,000 for Youth, Education & Research

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Angus Foundation Heifer Package Raises More Than $265,000 for Youth, Education & Research

Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb., purchases Basin Lucy 6265, donated by Basin Angus Ranch, Joliet, Mont.

The Angus Foundation Heifer Package has been the premier fundraiser for the Angus Foundation to generate funds for Angus youth, education and research efforts. Generous Angus breeders from across the country stepped up as buyers on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Angus Bull Sale in Denver, Colo., to raise $265,750 in support of the Angus Foundation.

It was standing room only in the historic Stadium Arena when the Angus Foundation Heifer Package sold for $170,000 to longtime Angus supporters, Charles W. and Judy Herbster of Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb. Continue reading

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One is the Loneliest Number: Ag Secretary Last Cabinet Position to Fill for Trump

President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday announced his nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, leaving the Agriculture Secretary cabinet position the last to fill for the incoming administration. Trump announced during a rare news conference Wednesday David Shulkin as his Veteran Affairs Secretary nominee but offered no mention regarding the search for his Agriculture Secretary. The delay in picking a nominee for the Department of Agriculture is causing some concern within the agriculture industry, but the Trump Transition team continues to say the President-elect is looking for the best candidate.


Confirmation Hearing Scheduled for Trump’s EPA Administrator Nominee

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator nominee Scot Pruitt. Politico reports lawmakers on the committee have a long list of questions they want to ask the Oklahoma attorney general. Just last week, Senators from Midwest states held a meeting to question Pruitt on his stance regarding biofuels. Pruitt reassured the group he would follow the law on renewable fuels, Waters of the U.S. and other issues key for agriculture. The American Farm Bureau Federation “strongly endorses” the nomination of Pruitt as EPA administrator. Just last week, AFBF President Zippy Duvall called Pruitt an “ideal nominee.”


2017 Farmland Values in Limbo

Farmers National Company says 2017 land values are dependent on several different factors the industry may see throughout the year. The agricultural landowner services company says the direction of commodity prices, interest rates, inflation, challenges in the world economy, weather and U.S. tax law; all could change the direction of land prices for 2017. In the past three years, agricultural landowners in many regions across the country have seen a decline in profits, which also pushed land values lower. Land prices remain mixed to start the year as some regions are seeing prices stabilize while other regions are seeing lower prices, according to the company. The biggest two factors this year will be interest rates and commodity prices. Meanwhile, foreign trade policy will also be of interest as changes in trade policy could impact commodity prices and influence land buying and selling decisions.


U.S. Grains Council Calls China Actions on DDGS Restricting

The U.S. Grains Council says China is attempting to restrict access to the U.S. dried distillers grain market by subjecting U.S. DDGS to anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight says the organization is “deeply disappointed” in the move. The announcement came just ten days after the Chinese government increased tariffs on imported U.S. ethanol from five to 30 percent. The Grains Council says that move effectively stops market growth for U.S. farmers and ethanol producers. Meanwhile, U.S. farmers also continue to wait for China’s approvals of biotech corn events, which last happened in 2014. Sleight says the protectionist trade restrictions by China are “based on false allegations” and do not benefit China or the United States.

Canada Replaces Trade Minister in Cabinet Shuffle

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (True-doh) has replaced Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland with Francois-Philippe (Frans-wah-Fill-leap) Champagne, a Quebec lawyer specializing in international trade. Freeland was moved to another cabinet position in the shuffle aimed at creating middle-class jobs in Canada, according to online publication AgCanada. Freeland negotiated on Canada’s behalf, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. However, should U.S. President-elect Donald Trump seek to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, his trade team will be negotiating with Freeland. Trudeau said Trump’s approach to foreign policy was the reason for the unusual decision. Freeland was appointed foreign affairs minister under the cabinet shakeup.


U.S. Eggs Heading to South Korea

The United States is shipping near three million eggs to South Korea to help the nation cope with its worst-ever bird flu epidemic. South Korea’s two major airlines will each carry 100 metric tons of eggs to South Korea, according to Reuters. That equals out to be roughly 2.98 million eggs. The first batch of fresh eggs from the United States will arrive in South Korea on Saturday. South Korea is facing an egg shortage as the nation has culled a record o\31 million birds infected with bird-flu. These are the first fresh egg imports from the U.S. to South Korea. The nation has not imported fresh eggs from any country since 1999. An additional 200 metric tons of eggs will be transported by air again next week.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service