01-25-17 NCBA: Cattlemen Hail Introduction of Legislation to Repeal Death Tax

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NCBA: Cattlemen Hail Introduction of Legislation to Repeal Death Tax

WASHINGTON (Jan. 25, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would permanently kill the onerous death tax.

The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 was introduced this week by U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and by U.S. Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.)

“As a fourth-generation cattle producer, I can attest that the death tax can wreak havoc with agricultural families, and it’s long past time that we kill it off once and for all,” said NCBA President Tracy Brunner. “We thank Senator Thune and Representatives Noem and Bishop for introducing this common-sense bill and we hope Congress passes it as soon as possible.” Continue reading

01-25-17 USFS Memorandum of Understanding Meeting and Document Signing held in Cheyenne, WY

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Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Wyoming Woolgrowers Association enter in MOU as partners

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) and Wyoming Wool Growers Association (WWGA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region and Intermountain Region on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. This new agreement replaces the expired MOU dated August 20, 2008. A meeting was held prior to signing the new 2017 MOU to discuss areas of concern and ensure that this agreement would benefit WSGA and WWGA members as well as other livestock producers in the state who have a U.S. Forest Service Allotment. Continue reading

01-25-17 CSU Ext: Farm and Ranch Business Succession Workshops

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Farm and Ranch Business Succession Workshops

Have You Planned For the Succession of Your Farm or Ranch?

Have you formalized your estate plan? Have you shared your plans with your family members? Many farmers and ranchers have an unwritten estate plan. And lots of questions.

Colorado State University Extension will conduct a workshop in Springfield on Thursday, February 23rd to help answer some of your questions and provide you with valuable resources.  The program will take place at the Minnick Building on the Baca County Fairgrounds from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Continue reading

01-25-17 AgPR: Women in Agriculture for Mentoring & Empowerment (WAME) hosts more than a dozen educational seminars at World Ag Expo

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Women in Agriculture for Mentoring & Empowerment (WAME) hosts more than a dozen educational seminars at World Ag Expo

Speaker series offers unique educational and networking opportunity for all Expo attendees

Tulare, CA (AgPR) Jan. 25, 2017 – Conversations, inventions and innovations are on display at the 50th World Ag Expo, February 14-16, 2017 thanks to Women in Agriculture for Mentoring & Empowerment (WAME). All men and women involved in farming and agricultural businesses are invited to join the conversation in the Seminar Tent for a 3-day learning opportunity.

“We’re thrilled with this year’s lineup of speakers,” said WAME event organizer Pamela Sweeten. “The Expo seminars provide a tremendous opportunity for farmers and agriculture professionals to gather new ideas, ask questions, exchange insight and develop business strategies to feed the growing world.” Continue reading

01-25-17 NCGA: Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest Winners Announced

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NCGA: Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest Winners Announced

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The National Corn Growers Association today announced the 22 winners of the 2016 Fields of Corn Photo Contest, a contest that provided aspiring shutterbugs of all types the opportunity to share in – and visually communicate – the great beauty and hard work that make up American agriculture.

“For the third year in a row, we opened up this photo contest to the general public, and we are again impressed with the high quality of the results,” said NCGA Graphic Communications Designer Beth Musgrove. “These images will help us tell the story of farming in a meaningful, powerful way and, in fact, they are already featured in some of our publications and on our website.” Continue reading

01-25-17 CSFS: Spruce Beetle Epidemic Continues to Expand, Kill Trees in Colorado

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An aerial survey photo over forest lands heavily impacted by bark beetles

CSFS: Spruce Beetle Epidemic Continues to Expand, Kill Trees in Colorado

csf-forest-service-logoFORT COLLINS, Colo. – January 25, 2017 – Spruce beetle was the most damaging forest insect pest in Colorado for the fifth consecutive year, based on a 2016 forest health aerial survey conducted by the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Rocky Mountain Region. Douglas-fir beetle populations also continued to expand, while mountain pine beetle, western spruce budworm and Douglas-fir tussock moth populations continue to decline. Every year the CSFS and USFS work together to aerially monitor forest health conditions on millions of forested acres across the state.  Continue reading

01-25-17 Pork Checkoff News: Search Begins for the 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM

Search Begins for the 2017 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM

DES MOINES, IOWA – Jan. 25, 2017 – The National Pork Board is searching for the next America’s Pig Farmer of The Year, with applications now open for the annual industry award through March 13 at americaspigfarmer.com. The award, now in its third year, recognizes a U.S. pork producer who demonstrates excellence in raising pigs using the We CareSM ethical principles and in sharing his or her story with the public. Continue reading

01-25-17 USCA Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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USCA Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

(WASHINGTON) – United States Cattlemen’s Association President Kenny Graner commented on President Trump’s executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Continue reading

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TPP Member Nations Seek to Save Trade Agreement

Trans-Pacific Partnership member nations are hoping to salvage the trade deal after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement by executive order. Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Trump signed the order this week, pulling the U.S. out of the massive trade deal. Both Australia and New Zealand remain hopeful the deal can be salvaged without the United States. Both nations talked with Japan on continuing the agreement, according to Reuters. Australia’s Prime Minister said the U.S. withdrawing from the deal is “a big loss,” but added there is potential for China to join the agreement. China has proposed a counter pact, the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific and has championed the Southeast Asia-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Meanwhile, TPP requires ratification by at least six countries accounting for 85 percent of the combined gross domestic product of the member nations. A meeting between the remaining TPP nations is expected in the coming months, according to a New Zealand trade official.

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Trump Freezes EPA Grants and Communications

The Donald Trump administration has ordered a freeze on grants and contracts from the Environmental Protection Agency and ordered EPA staff to halt external communications. A memo to EPA staff instructs the employees not to publish press releases, blog messages or social media postings. The memo also says media request will be carefully screened and no new content can be placed on any EPA website. Political analysts say the move is not uncommon, but further overreaching than a typical freeze by a new administration, according to the Huffington Post. The EPA awards roughly $4 billion in grant funding each year. President Trump and his transition team have promised a reduction of regulatory grasp by the EPA, specifically targeting Clean Air Act regulations and the Waters of the U.S. rule.

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Agricultural Research Service Receives Communication Guidance

An internal email sent to the Agricultural Research Service allegedly directs the department not to release any public facing documents, but the Department of Agriculture says the email “was flawed” and that new guidance would be issued to replace it. According to Reuters, the email was sent Monday, the first business day of the new Donald Trump administration. The email directed ARS staff not publish press releases, photos, fact sheets or social media content until further notice. A similar memo was sent to staff of the Environmental Protection Agency. However, in a statement, USDA said peer-reviewed scientific papers from the unit should not be blocked, adding that ARS “is committed to maintaining the free flow of information between scientists and the American public.” The Agricultural Research Service is tasked with scientific research info issues facing agriculture, including long-term climate change.

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GIPSA, Organic Livestock Rules, Suspended for Review

The Donald Trump administration has suspended all new or pending regulations from taking effect for 60 days to allow for review by new leadership. For agriculture, that means the organic livestock welfare rule announced in the final week of the Obama administration will be suspended for at least another 60 days, along with the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration regulations announced last month. At the least, the suspension adds 60 days to all pending regulations before taking effect or resuming a comment period in the Federal Register. The organic welfare rule would set strict guidelines for raising organic livestock. The GIPSA rules refer to the practices of poultry and meat processors relative to the farmers that supply them with live animals.

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2016 Biodiesel Market Skunks Previous Records

U.S. consumers saw a record of almost 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2016, outpacing the previous record by nearly 40 percent. Also for the first time, the monthly market topped 300 million gallons, with December’s numbers coming in at 362 million gallons. The National Biodiesel Board welcomed the numbers but says that success is undermined by imports. Imports provide more than a third of the U.S. biodiesel market. Figures by the Environmental Protection Agency show the 2.9 billion gallons represented an 800 million gallon increase of biodiesel and renewable diesel from 2015.  At the same time, domestic production rose from about 1.4 billion gallons in 2015 to more than 1.8 billion gallons in 2016, well below available capacity, according to NBB. Imports increased by more than 50 percent from an estimated 670 million gallons in 2015 to over one billion gallons in 2016, which the Biodiesel Board says shortchanges potential economic benefits to U.S. producers.

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Non-Browning Genetically Engineered Apple to Reach Stores Next Month

The first genetically engineered apple variety will reach store shelves next month after years of development and protest. A limited “test run” release of the non-browning Arctic Apple branded fruit is expected to find its way to select Midwest grocery stores in February. The apple variety has been genetically modified to eliminate the browning that occurs when an apple is left out in the open air. Genetic engineering advocates tell the Washington Post the apple could be a turning point in the debate over genetically modified organisms. While genetic modifications have in the past been mainly defended as a way to protect crops, the Arctic Apple would be one of the first GMOs marketed directly to consumers. The founder of the company marketing the Arctic Apple says: “We see this as less about genetic modification and more about convenience.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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