01-18-17 NCBA: Cattlemen Support Nomination of Gov. Perdue to Lead USDA

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NCBA: Cattlemen Support Nomination of Gov. Perdue to Lead U.S. Department of Agriculture

WASHINGTON (Jan. 18, 2017) – Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today released the following statement in support of President-elect Trump’s nomination of former Gov. Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

“Governor Perdue’s an excellent pick to head the Agriculture Department. As a lifelong agri-businessman and veterinarian, as well as the two-term governor of a state where agriculture’s the largest industry, Gov. Perdue has a unique and expert understanding of both the business and scientific sides of agriculture. In a time of increasing regulations and a growing governmental footprint, we have no doubt that Gov. Perdue will step in and stand up for rural America so that we can continue to do what we do best – provide the safest and most abundant food supply in the world.” Continue reading

01-18-17 Soy Growers Welcome Perdue as Nominee to Lead USDA

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WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) – American Soybean Association President and Illinois soybean farmer Ron Moore welcomed the forthcoming announcement of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the administration of President Donald Trump in a statement late Wednesday.

“Congratulations to Governor Perdue. USDA touches the lives of every American, and it is among the most crucial government functions for farmers across the United States. For soybean farmers, USDA serves us in so many ways. From working to implement a viable risk management framework to helping expand our markets overseas, to investing in agricultural research here at home, these are critical elements of the farm economy, and we look forward to working alongside USDA under Secretary Perdue to ensure that the department continues to serve American soybean farmers in the most effective manner possible.” Continue reading

01-18-17 IRFA Responds to Trump Nomination of Gov. Sonny Purdue for Agriculture Secretary


IRFA Responds to Trump Nomination of Gov. Sonny Purdue for Agriculture Secretary

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Tonight several media outlets have reported President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue to serve as the United States Secretary of Agriculture. Trump is expected to make his formal announcement this Thursday. In response to these reports, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw made the following statement: Continue reading

01-18-17 Federation of State Beef Councils Reinforces Successful Ibotta Mobile Commerce Campaign

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Federation of State Beef Councils Reinforces Successful Ibotta Mobile Commerce Campaign

Executive Committee Votes to Boost Reserve Fund Investment by $300,000

CENTENNIAL, COLO. (January 18, 2017) – A successful campaign to drive nationwide sales of fresh beef at retail has resulted in the confirmed movement of more than 270,000 units of fresh ground beef in less than two weeks. Today, the Federation of State Beef Councils of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association approved an additional $300,000 to extend the partnership with the mobile rebates app Ibotta through the Super Bowl, giving consumers more reasons to purchase great tasting beef. Continue reading

01-18-17 NFU Statement on Pruitt Backing of Renewable Fuel Standard

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WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) – In response to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt’s commitment to proper implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at today’s U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works confirmation hearing, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement: Continue reading

01-18-17 NCBA: Administration Pushes Forward with Organic Marketing Rule

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NCBA: Administration Pushes Forward with Organic Marketing Rule

-Disregards Stakeholder Comments

WASHINGTON (Jan. 17, 2017) WASHINGTON (January 18, 2017) – NCBA President Tracy Brunner released the following statement in response to the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service’s Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule:

“The Obama Administration has bowed to the whims and demands of animal activists rather than talking to the industry as a whole to see what is best for the program and for consumers. This rule sends a clear signal that an activist agenda is more important to the outgoing Administration than any true attempt to clarify a consumer’s perception of what ‘organic’ means. Continue reading

01-18-17 Culver’s Sponsors FFA Day at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show


Culver’s Sponsors FFA Day at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show

Restaurant covers registration fee for up to 250 members on Friday, Feb. 3

2017_ncba-trade-show-and-convention-logoPRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Jan. 18, 2017 – Culver’s is supporting the country’s next generation of agricultural leaders by sponsoring FFA Day at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show on Friday, Feb. 3, in Nashville, Tennessee. The restaurant will cover registration fees for the first 250 FFA members who register to attend the trade show using the promotion code “FFACULVERS”.

“The NCBA trade show is part of the largest event in its industry, so it’s a great opportunity for future agricultural leaders to network and learn,” said Jessie Corning, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “We’re excited to help more FFA members attend.”

FFA Day is open to all FFA members and advisors. With over 300 exhibitors and 7,000 industry professionals, farmers and ranchers in attendance, FFA Day is a valuable opportunity for FFA members to learn about career options available in the cattle industry. Continue reading

01-18-17 DoI News: Secretary Jewell Directs Continued Work on Crucial Colorado River Basin Water Agreements

Secretary Jewell Directs Continued Work on Crucial Colorado River Basin Water Agreements

WASHUS Dept of Interior logoINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order directing the Department of the Interior and its bureaus to continue collaborative efforts to finalize important drought contingency actions designed to reduce the risk of water shortages in the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basins and build on recent progress to complete “Minute 32X” – a long-term Colorado River bi-national cooperative agreement with Mexico.

“I am proud of the tremendous progress we have made over the last eight years to work with our basin states, tribal and Mexican partners to address water resource challenges in the Colorado River Basin,” said Secretary Jewell. “With water from the Colorado River supporting the life and livelihood for an estimated 40 million people, it is absolutely critical for the Department of the Interior to continue to build on this progress and finalize these agreements.” Continue reading

01-18-17 KSU Research & Extension: Program set for cow-calf conference February 10th in Goodland, KS

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K-State Research & Extension Program set for cow-calf conference Feb. 10 in Goodland, KS

Multi-state symposium will include trade show for beef industry


ksu-re_angus-calvesMANHATTAN, Kan. — “Succeeding in a Challenging Beef Industry” is the focus of the 2017 Tri-State Cow-Calf Symposium and Trade Show scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10 in Goodland, Kansas.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. MST with the program from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Goodland Elks Lodge. The annual symposium is held in conjunction with a trade show. Attendees will have time to visit with industry representatives and view their materials throughout the day.
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01-18-17 USDA Announces $18.9 Million Available to Support Agricultural Education at 1890s Land-grant Institutions

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USDA Announces $18.9 Million Available to Support Agricultural Education at 1890s Land-grant Institutions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $18.9 million in funding for eligible 1890 land-grant colleges and universities to obtain or improve agricultural and food sciences facilities and equipment. The 1890 Facilities Grant Program helps the eligible institutions educate the future workforce in the food, agricultural and human sciences job sectors.

“This funding signals our ongoing commitment to create future leaders and skilled professionals in the field of agricultural innovation,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “By building adequate facilities we help 1890 Land-Grant Universities and Institutions sustain their programs in agriculture, food and human sciences.” Continue reading

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Ag Secretary Pick Expected Soon

The incoming Donald Trump administration is expected to fill its final cabinet seat possibly before Inauguration Day. Interviews are ongoing as of Tuesday, according to those close to the process. That came despite another false report on Tuesday that former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was to be named Agriculture Secretary. Perdue may still be in the running, but the selection process continues and other candidates are being considered. Incoming Vice President Mike Pence over the weekend said it’s very possible the cabinet will be filled before Friday. When leaving the Department of Agriculture last week, former Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack criticized the incoming administration for delaying the selection of a nominee for the position. Vilsack said the delay will make it difficult for the next USDA leader to “hit the ground running.”


Vilsack Takes Post at U.S. Dairy Export Council

In an expected move, now former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join the U.S. Dairy Export Council. The council announced Tuesday Vilsack will become its CEO at the beginning of next month. Vilsack’s final day at USDA was last Friday, leaving Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse as the acting USDA Secretary. However, Scuse was expected to attend a confirmation hearing this week to again serve as the Agriculture Secretary of Delaware. Regarding the move, Vilsack says he looks forward to partnering with the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the agriculture industry to “advance the council’s mission and strengthen trust in American dairy.” As president and CEO, Vilsack will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the council’s global promotional and research activities, regulatory affairs and trade policy initiatives.


USDA Seeking Comments on Organic Checkoff Proposal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced it is seeking public comments to a proposal for a nationwide research and promotion checkoff program for the organic industry. The organic industry proposal estimates the organic checkoff could raise more than $30 million a year to spend on organic research, according to the Organic Trade Association. The association called the action a significant step that will help advance the organic sector. OTA officially submitted an application to USDA in May of 2015 on behalf of the organic industry to consider implementing the program. The association submitted a revised application a year later to reflect alternatives presented to USDA from organic certificate holders. USDA established a 60-day public comment period for interested parties to now weigh in on the proposal. Comments on the proposal are due March 20th.


Bayer Promising Billions in Research, Jobs in Merger with Monsanto

Bayer AG has promised U.S. President-elect Donald Trump the Bayer-Monsanto merger will bring billions of dollars in research and development spending in the U.S. and make a significant commitment to creating jobs. Trump’s transition team confirmed a deal was reached between Trump and Bayer despite the agreement still being analyzed by regulatory authorities. Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Bayer has committed to $8 billion in new U.S. research and development. Bayer will also keep 100 percent of Monsanto’s 9,000 plus U.S. workforce, and add 3,000 new U.S. high-tech jobs. The National Farmers Union called the announcement “deeply disturbing” if it leads to an approval of the Bayer-Monsanto acquisition by the incoming Trump Administration. NFU President Roger Johnson urged Trump to “reject the notion that corporate consolidation benefits family farmers and rural America.”


NCBA Calls on Senate to Confirm Pruitt as EPA Administrator

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works this week expressing strong support for the nomination of Scott Pruitt as the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. NCBA President Tracy Brunner, said in the letter that Pruitt “led the fight to bring common sense back to environmental regulation.” NCBA has sued the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to block the Waters of the U.S. Rule, and is calling on Congress and the incoming administration to kill the regulation. Pruitt has also spent years attached to different lawsuits against the EPA, including its WOTUS rule, while serving as Oklahoma attorney general.


Wyoming Bill Would Outlaw In-State Renewable Energy Sales

A bill introduced in the Wyoming state legislature would forbid utilities from providing any electricity to residents that comes from large-scale wind or solar energy projects. Online publication Inside Climate News reports the bill’s nine sponsors, two state senators and seven representatives, largely come from Wyoming’s top coal-producing counties. The state is the least populous in the U.S., and ranks second in overall energy production, first in coal production, fourth in natural gas and eighth in crude oil. The bill doesn’t completely outlaw renewable energy, however. Selling Wyoming-made solar and wind energy to other states would remain legal. Under the proposal, if a utility provided energy produced by a large-scale wind or solar plant to Wyoming residents, it would be fined $10 per megawatt sold.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service