01-23-17 Wheat Grower Organizations Disappointed in TPP Withdrawal; Call for New Agreements in Crucial Asian, Latin American Markets

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Wheat Grower Organizations Disappointed in TPP Withdrawal; Call for New Agreements in Crucial Asian, Latin American Markets

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) recognize that President Trump’s executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was inevitable. It is disappointing, however, that until an alternative trade policy is established, export opportunities in the promising Pacific Rim markets that could help U.S. wheat farmers at a time when they need it most are very much at risk.

“U.S. wheat farmers depend heavily on export demand to determine their per-bushel income,” said Jason Scott, USW Chairman and a wheat farmer from Easton, Md. “We can compete very effectively in Asian and Latin American markets where the demand for high quality wheat is rapidly increasing and our organizations took a long-view of the benefits TPP held out — a trade agreement that promoted economic growth abroad as a way to grow export sales and prosperity for farmers at home.”

Without TPP or alternative agreements, U.S. farmers will be forced to the sidelines of trade while losing market share in the region to our competitors including Australia, Canada, Russia and the European Union, which have current agreements or are negotiating new ones with countries outside the network of existing U.S. trade agreements,” said Gordon Stoner, NAWG President and a wheat farmer from Outlook, Mont. Continue reading

01-23-17 Make plans to attend the Mountain West Seed Summit in Sante Fe, NM March 3-4

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Join Seed Stewards from the Mountain West and beyond for three days of seed knowledge and networking in beautiful Santa Fe.

The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the McCune Foundation, presents a two-day summit and one-day field trip focused on training and inspiring seed producers across the Rocky Mountain region. The Mountain West Seed Summit will include presentations, demonstrations, hands-on activities, lively discussions, seed exchanges, art, music, and more!

Additional local partners include SeedBroadcast which will be capturing and sharing seed stories and hosting a seed poetry slam, and Squash Blossom which will be providing incredible local food and cuisine. Continue reading

01-23-17 RMFU: In New Mexico, Oil Revenue Trends Down As Red Ink Adds Up

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Clark de Schweinitz – Farm to Table Board member & Special Commentary for the RMFU LegisLetter

New Mexico’s public coffers are much depleted, and it is not clear at this stage how they will be replenished.  Solvency, and its dreaded counterpart, insolvency, is the lead-off issue facing the New Mexico Legislature—maintaining solvency is obviously fundamental, especially in a state whose constitution prohibits public debt.  The generally assumed reason for this situation is the fall-off in oil and gas prices, which usually make up one-third of the state’s revenue.  Some believe the solvency problem is the result of not enough diversification in New Mexico’s economy.
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01-23-17 NFU Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

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NFU Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

WASHINGTON (January 23, 2017) – A staunch opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the deeply flawed TPP trade agreement. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response: Continue reading

01-23-17 RMFU Welcomes U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

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RMFU Welcomes U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

DENVER, CO –  Action by the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership is welcome news, says Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President Dale McCall.

“Our members have had deep concerns about this trade agreement ever since we first heard of it. Voters across the country, and especially in rural communities, made it clear that trade agreements have failed to have any real value to many hard-working Americans.” Continue reading

01-23-17 Colorado Corn Administrative Committee commits $130,100 to research focused on production efficiency

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One of the top priorities of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) has long been assisting local farmers in their quest to produce more food, feed, fuel and fiber with less resources and through more economically and agronomically sustainable production methods.

And that tradition continued this month, as the CCAC’s Research Action Team committed another $130,100 to various projects focusing on drought tolerance, crop-disease mitigation, hybrid development, crop-residue management, and other aspects of sustainability in agriculture.

These investments come in addition to the $650,000-plus that the CCAC invested in research endeavors from 2011-2016. Continue reading

01-19-17 Research, Market Evaluation Tools, New Water App and Insurance Options to be Explored at CFVGA-Hosted Colorado Farm Show Produce Day Jan. 24

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Research, Market Evaluation Tools, New Water App and Insurance Options to be Explored at CFVGA-Hosted Colorado Farm Show Produce Day Jan. 24
January 24-25-26, 2017 in Greeley, CO

January 24-25-26, 2017 in Greeley, CO

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is urging produce growers and others involved in any way in the produce industry to attend the Colorado Farm Show Produce Day Jan. 24 at the Weld County Fairgrounds in Greeley. Produce Day is hosted by CFVGA in conjunction with the Colorado Farm Show.

“Produce day will feature valuable information for anyone involved in any way in the production of fruits and vegetables,” said CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., who will open the day with an overview of CFVGA and its activities since the Colorado produce organization was founded in 2014. Continue reading

01-23-17 CDA: Colorado Hosts Mexican Cattle Buyers at National Western Stock Show

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CDA: Colorado Hosts Mexican Cattle Buyers at NWSS

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture hosted 23 Mexican cattle buyers at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in January. The goal was to build relationships between Colorado and Mexican cattlemen with an aim to generate robust sales in livestock and genetics.

“Mexico is an excellent trade partner and export market for Colorado’s livestock industry,” said John Addison with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “To many, both sellers and buyers, the NWSS represents the super bowl of the livestock industry and presents a tremendous platform to get our cattlemen together with our neighbors from the south.” Continue reading

01-23-17 NCBA: Cattlemen Express Concerns With Trump Administration’s Trade Action

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NCBA: Cattlemen Express Concerns With Trump Administration’s Trade Action

“Sparking a trade war with Canada, Mexico, and Asia will only lead to higher prices for American-produced beef in those markets,” NCBA Say

WASHINGTON (Jan. 23, 2017) — Tracy Brunner, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and may seek to take action on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): Continue reading

01-23-17 Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $61,000 in grant funds

Colorado FFA Foundation celebrates FFA Day at the Stock Show by giving out over $61,000 in grant funds

Colorado FFA Foundation LogoDENVER— The Colorado FFA Foundation presented FFA members and FFA Chapters from all across Colorado with grant funds to assist FFA members and chapters improve agricultural experiences in their local communities.  Students and chapters were presented grant funds for four different programs that the FFA Foundation and the Colorado FFA Association host each year.

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01-23-17 CDA: Phylloxera Update: Four Colorado Vineyards Test Positive for Insect

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. –In November 2016, the Colorado Department announced that an insect capable of damaging Colorado’s wine grape crop was confirmed in Mesa County; since then, an additional three vineyards have tested positive for the insect. US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service entomologists identified grapevine phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae) on Vitis vinifera grapevines in the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), which is a federally designated grape production area in western Colorado. Continue reading

01-23-17 National Pork Industry Forum to Be Held March 1-3

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National Pork Industry Forum to Be Held March 1-3

Pork Act Delegates to gather in Atlanta for the annual meeting

DES MOINES, IOWA – Jan. 23, 2017 – Producer delegates from across the United States will gather in Atlanta, March 1-3, for the annual National Pork Industry Forum.

The 15 producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board and Pork Checkoff staff leadership will hear directly from Pork Act Delegates appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Each year the delegates confer, vote on resolutions and advisements and provide valuable direction on the important issues facing pork producers and the industry.

The theme for this year’s Pork Forum, Power of Pork: Moving Mountains, references the current record-breaking U.S. pork production and pork producers’ continued work together to meet the challenges and opportunities of a growing industry. Delegates will learn about the aggressive promotions to grow consumer demand and plans to build consumer trust and drive sustainable production.

“While our industry is growing, so is demand for our product – both domestically and internationally,” said Jan Archer, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “With faith and focus, resolve and connectedness to each other, we can achieve our goals and move mountains.”

At the meeting, Pork Act Delegates will rank eight candidates for the National Pork Board and submit the list to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, for approval. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Continue reading

01-23-17 Bill Stagg, Strategic Communications Director to Retire from National FFA Organization

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Strategic Communications Director to Retire from National FFA Organization

national-ffa-william-staggINDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Jan. 23, 2017/National FFA Organization) – For almost 40 years, Bill Stagg has shared the story of agricultural education and FFA throughout the country. Today, the director of strategic communications for the National FFA Organization has announced he will retire at the end of January.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Stagg began his career with the National FFA Organization in Alexandria, Va., in November 1978. For 38 years, he has been dedicated to living the FFA motto, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”

“Working for FFA has been such a joy,” said Stagg. “From the moment I set foot in a local high school agricultural education program, I saw caring teachers working with students in extraordinary ways. I understood the power of that close teacher-student relationship to transform the lives of young people and accelerate their personal, academic and career development. I’ve loved working on behalf of FFA members, their teachers/advisors and the dedicated professionals who support them. The story of FFA is a uniquely American one, and it’s been immensely satisfying to share it with others and see it evolve.” Continue reading

01-23-17 Western Spirit Alive at the 111th National Western Stock Show – Final Sunday Sets Attendance Record

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Western Spirit Alive at the 111th National Western Stock Show – Final Sunday Sets Attendance Record

Denver, CO. – The 2017 National Western Stock Show finished strong with the third highest overall attendance in Stock Show history at 684,580 visitors.  The largest Stock Show attendance was in 2006 for the 100th Anniversary with 726,972 guests.   The 2017 show reported a record closing Sunday with 42,661 fans enjoying Guest Appreciation Day.  “We are thrilled with the number of guests that came out to help us celebrate,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show.   “These numbers are tremendous.  Any time we see more than 650,000 people in 16 days, we are ecstatic.” Continue reading

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Trump Praises Agriculture Secretary Nominee Perdue

A day before his Inauguration, now President Donald Trump praised his pick for Agriculture Secretary, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. At a candlelight dinner for donors and politicians, Trump spoke about Perdue’s experience as a farmer and said others who wanted the job as secretary of agriculture had never even seen a farm, according to the Hagstrom Report. Trump said of Perdue that: “He came into my office two months ago. Since then I saw ten people that everybody liked, politically correct, and I kept thinking back to Sonny Perdue.” Trump spoke on Perdue’s experience in agriculture, noting he wanted someone for the job who would understand the industry.

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Clovis to Lead USDA Transition 

With an Agriculture Secretary nominee and a new administration in place, President Donald Trump has sent policy adviser Sam Clovis to lead the transition at the Department of Agriculture. A team assisting Clovis will hire staff and begin crafting policy while Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue awaits Senate confirmation, according to Politico. USDA is home to 250 political post from deputy to undersecretaries to chiefs of staff and state Farm Service Agency administrators. Many of the positions do not need confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Brian Klippenstein, who led the USDA landing team, is expected to have a role in the transition as well.In all, President Trump will deploy a team of more than 500 temporary appointees to handle transition duties at multiple agencies to fill roughly 5,000 political positions across the Trump administration. 

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Canada Exporters Fretting Over Import Tax Proposal

Exporters in Canada are scrambling to avoid a potential 10 percent import tax promised by new U.S. President Donald Trump. In evaluating options, some are even considering moving production or supply lines south of the Canada border into the United States. Amid warnings from the Bank of Canada last week protectionist policies brought in by Trump could drive companies to invest in the U.S. rather than Canada, executives told Reuters their search for options has already begun. National Bank Financial estimated a 10 percent border tax could cause Canada’s total exports to the U.S. to drop by about nine percent, with non-petroleum goods sinking almost 11 percent. Exports are expected to drive about a third of Canada’s economic growth in 2017, behind only consumption and government spending.

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Inflation Up, Food Prices Unchanged

Overall inflation over the last 12 months increased 2.1 percent, but food prices remain unchanged. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers was up .3 percent in December, with gasoline prices up three percent. But the food-at-home index fell 0.2 percent, its eighth consecutive decrease that reflects an overall 0.2 percent decrease over the last 12 months. Four of the six major grocery store food group indexes fell in December. The fruits and vegetables index posted the largest decline, falling 1.1 percent as the index for fresh fruits declined 2.2 percent. The index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs fell 0.4 percent in December as the beef index fell 0.8 percent and the index for eggs decreased 3.9 percent. The index for nonalcoholic beverages fell 0.3 percent, and the cereals and bakery products index declined 0.1 percent. The index for dairy and related products increased 0.4 percent in December after falling in November, and the index for other food at home rose 0.3 percent.

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December U.S. Meat Production Hits Record

Red meat production in the United Stated totaled 4.4 billion pounds last month, up three percent from December of 2015, according to The Department of Agriculture. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports beef production, at 2.17 billion pounds, was six percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.61 million head, up seven percent from December 2015. The average live weight was down seven pounds from the previous year, at 1,381 pounds. Pork production totaled 2.21 billion pounds, up slightly from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 10.5 million head, up one percent from December 2015. The average live weight was down two pounds from the previous year, at 283 pounds.

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Rising Global Temperatures Poised to Crush Crop Yields

Scientists say if global temperatures continue to rise, the United States faces big drops in harvests of major food crops by 2100. A climate impact research document says the rising temperatures may ultimately lead to higher global food prices. An international team of scientists wrote in the journal Nature Communications that by the year 2100, if global emissions rise at “business as usual” levels, the world will see twice as many days with temperatures above 86 degrees Fahrenheit as it does now. Because crop yields start to drop when temperatures reach that level, it suggests U.S. wheat yields would fall by 20 percent, corn by 50 percent and soybeans by 40 percent by the turn of the century, according to computer modeling.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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