01-19-17 Nufarm teams up with John Deere Financial


Nufarm teams up with John Deere Financial

Morrisville, NC (AgPR) Jan. 19, 2017 – Nufarm and John Deere Financial have teamed up to help farmers grow a better tomorrow. This program helps make purchases of Nufarm products easier and more cost effective by providing exclusive offers on the products customers already use to protect their crops against weeds, pests and disease.

The crop protection financing program will run from December 1, 2016- July 31, 2017 and consists of a 120 day No-Payment/No-Interest* program. Payments are due in full December 2017 and require a low minimum purchase of $3,000. Additionally, among its many benefits, the program is available nationally, meaning it has no geographic restrictions and adds no additional cost to the retailer.

The offer is valid on over 25 eligible products from the Nufarm portfolio, which features bactericides, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, plant growth regulators and seed treatment brands. Trusted products such as ChampION++™, Credit® Xtreme, Weedmaster®, Abamex ™, CutOut™ and Sativa® are included in this offer.

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01-19-17 USCA Welcomes Announcement of Sonny Perdue to Secretary of Agriculture


USCA Welcomes Announcement of Sonny Perdue to Secretary of Agriculture

(WASHINGTON) – Following the announcement of President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner issued the following statement: Continue reading

01-19-17 NPPC Endorses Pruitt For EPA Administrator

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NPPC Endorses Pruitt For EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 19, 2016 – Calling him a champion for American agriculture and a strong advocate for sound science and the rule of law, the National Pork Producers Council today endorsed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Continue reading

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01-19-17 NCGA Welcomes Governor Perdue to Lead USDA

NCGA Welcomes Governor Perdue to Lead USDA

NCGA News Release logoWASHINGTON (January 19, 2017) – National Corn Growers Association President and Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock today congratulated former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Governor Perdue on his nomination to lead USDA. We look forward to his confirmation hearing, and learning more about his positions on issues important to corn farmers and the entire agriculture industry. Continue reading

01-19-17 NMPF Statement on Announcement of Agriculture Secretary Nominee Gov. Sonny Perdue

NMPF Statement on Announcement of Agriculture Secretary Nominee Gov. Sonny Perdue

From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation:

NMPF logo 2 102715ARLINGTON, VA – “America’s dairy farmers are looking forward to working with Secretary of Agriculture-designate Sonny Perdue, whose role as the chief advocate for farmers and rural America is absolutely crucial in the new Trump Administration, especially when milk prices have been in a prolonged slump.

Former Gov. Perdue is well-qualified to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a result of his eight years of executive experience as Georgia’s governor, and his career as a state legislator and small businessman.  His educational training as a veterinarian also gives him unique insights into the important issues facing America’s livestock producers in the areas of animal health, food safety and the environment. Continue reading

01-19-17 NPPC Backs Perdue For Agriculture Secretary

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NPPC Backs Perdue For Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 19, 2017 –Saving the best for last, President-elect Donald Trump has decided to tap former Georgia Gov. George “Sonny” Perdue as his secretary of agriculture. The National Pork Producers Council hailed the pick – the final Trump cabinet post to be filled – as “very good for America’s farmers and ranchers.”

Perdue, who is a veterinarian, was governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. Prior to that, he served in the Georgia Senate for 10 years. A part of Trump’s agricultural advisory team, Perdue grew up on a row crop farm in central Georgia and owned agricultural businesses.

“Well, we don’t have a lot of pork production down in Georgia,” said NPPC President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. “but Sonny Perdue is from a farm family and he’s a veterinarian. As head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he’ll be very good for America’s farmers and ranchers. Continue reading

01-19-17 NFU Statement on Sonny Perdue’s Selection to Agriculture Secretary…

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NFU Statement on Sonny Perdue’s Selection to Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON (January 19, 2017) – President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the U.S. Agriculture Secretary in the incoming Trump administration. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to today’s announcement: Continue reading

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Vilsack’s Week Early Departure Meant to Save Tax Dollars

Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stepped down a week early from his cabinet post to “save taxpayers a few bucks.” Vilsack told Reuters he and his family were taking a trip to Mexico this week and did not want the federal government to pay for a security detail to travel with him. Vilsack served as Ag Secretary for all eight years of President Barack Obama’s time in the White House. Following his exit, The U.S. Dairy Export Council confirmed Vilsack would be its next president and CEO, taking over the duties next month. Vilsack said he left extensive briefing books and electronic information about the agency for the Trump Administration. Vilsack said it would take the next Agriculture Secretary “some time” to absorb all the information Vilsack’s team has prepared. President-elect Trump has yet to name his nominee for Agriculture Secretary.


NPPC Calls Organic Animal Welfare Standards “Another Poke in the Eye”

In a parting gift from the Obama administration, the Department of Agriculture has issued a regulation that adds animal welfare standards to the nation’s organic food production law. The National Pork Producers Council, which opposes the move, says the gift “is not welcomed” by the pork industry. USDA’s amendment to the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 would strictly dictate how organic producers must raise livestock and poultry and specify which standard practices are allowed and prohibited in organic farming. NPPC calls the regulation an overreach of standards that are not based on science and outside of the scope of the organic food production law. NPPC says some of the standards even could jeopardize animal and public health, as the provision on outdoor access conflicts with best management practices to prevent swine diseases that pose a threat to animal and human health.


USDA Modifying COOL Regulations for Venison

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to publish a proposed rule to amend country-of-origin labeling regulations adding venison under the labeling law. While Congress repealed COOL regulations for beef and pork in 2015, the regulations still require retailers to notify their customers with information regarding the source of other certain foods, including lamb, goat and chicken, farm-raised fish and fruits and vegetables. The Agricultural Act of 2014 directed USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to add muscle cuts of venison and ground venison to the list of covered commodities subject to mandatory COOL requirements, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by March 14.


China Halts Ethanol Shipments

Buyers in China have canceled up to seven ethanol import shipments due to arrive by April, the first sign a likely hike in import duties is threatening to stall demand. The import tariff is likely to rise to 30 percent from five percent and would shut imports out of the market based on current prices, according to Reuters. Seven cargoes could equate to between 266,000 and 443,000 cubic meters of ethanol. Ethanol shipments to China in the first 11 months of 2016 hit 765,000 cubic meters, up 51 percent on the prior year, while 2015 imports of 686,000 cubic meters soared 2,741 percent from the year before. There has been some confusion over the 2017 tariff after the government said it would adjust the tax to “protect” the domestic industry but did not provide further details. If the tariff moves forward, U.S. ethanol shipments to China would stall due to a lack of profit margins.

Farm Leaders Taking Part in Inaugural Parade Friday

Leadership from national farm organizations will represent agriculture during the inaugural parade for President-elect Donald Trump Friday. Several agriculture association leaders will drive tractors in the parade, including American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, American Soybean Association President Ron Moore, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance CEO Randy Krotz, National Pork Producers Council President John Weber, and National Association of Farm Broadcasting past and current presidents Mark Oppold and Max Armstrong. The farm leaders will take part in the RFD-TV Rural Tractor Brigade, driving new tractors along the parade route. Members of the National FFA will carry the banner for the Rural Tractor Brigade and lead the contingent of tractors in the parade.


USDA Announces Funding to Support Agricultural Education at Land-grant Universities

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced $18.9 million in funding for land-grant universities to obtain or improve agricultural and food sciences facilities and equipment. The funding, according to USDA, will help land-grant universities sustain their programs in agriculture, food and human sciences. Previously funded projects include an outreach and teaching facility for livestock at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. The project also provided outdoor laboratory facilities for veterinary faculty and students. Land-grant institutions must apply before early March. Since 2009, USDA has invested in land-grant initiatives to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service