01-31-17 Learn more about the The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation w/Jeffrey S. Moen…

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jeff_moen_12(The BARN – Denver, CO) January 30th, 2017 – Had the distinct pleasure to sit down and visit with Jeffrey S. Moen, Director of Business Development from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, during the 71st National Association of Conservation Districts in Denver; and learned more about the Noble Foundation and its funding of many facets within the agriculture industry, including those directly involved with conservation like the NACD and the Soil Health Institute…

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To learn more about the Noble Foundation, please visit www.noble.org

To learn more about the National Association of Conservation Districts, please visit http://www.nacdnet.org

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01-31-17 CFB Sends Priorities to US Senator Cory Gardner

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Colorado Farm Bureau Sends Priorities to Senator Cory Gardner

Centennial, Colo. –  Jan. 31, 2017 Colorado Farm Bureau today sent a letter to U.S. Senator Cory Gardner outlining its policy priorities for the 155th Congress. The correspondence is in reply to Sen. Gardner’s request for information on policies that could help assist the agriculture industry in dealing with the recent drop in prices for farm products.

“Whether it is regulations or legislation, it is important for the Administration and Congress to understand the impact of their policies, and agriculture is no exception,” wrote the Senator in his Jan. 10th letter. Continue reading

01-31-17 Colorado Pork Producers elect new officers

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Colorado Pork Producers elect new officers

The Colorado Pork Producers Council met Jan 21 to elect new board of director officers and Pork Act Delegates for the 2018 Pork Forum.

The new state officers, which will serve for the next two years, are President Roc Rutledge, Vice President Kep Proctor, and Treasurer Chad Franke. Continue reading

71st NACD Annual Meeting: 2016 Poster, Photo Contest Winners Announced

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POSTER, PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016

DENVER, Jan 31, 2017 —The 2016 winners of the National Association of Conservation District’s poster and photo contests were announced Sunday at the organization’s 71stAnnual Meeting. Each year, the NACD photo and poster contests give students and adults alike the opportunity to display their artistic talents on a national stage.

NACD and the NACD Auxiliary would like to once again congratulate the winners of NACD’s 2016 national photo contest. The top honors for photos in the Agriculture and Conservation Across America category went to: Continue reading

01-31-17 Sunday and Monday Recap: NACD 2017 Annual Meeting

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Sunday and Monday Recap: NACD 2017 Annual Meeting

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) hosted over 800 people in Denver today for its 71st Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting featured a long list of VIP speakers. Just in Monday’s general session alone, attendees heard from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, and Olympian Jenny Simpson.

In keeping with the 2017 Annual Meeting theme “Conservation: Our Water, Our Land, Our People,” Monday’s speakers spoke on a crucial component of successful voluntary conservation: partnerships. Governor Hickenlooper credited conservation collaboration with the recovery of the greater sage grouse and improved water management in the Colorado, while Commissioner Brown stressed the importance of telling a cohesive agriculture and conservation story. Ms. Simpson, in addition to recounting her early experiences in 4-H, said relationships have been crucial to her athletic achievements. Archived video from Monday’s general session is available here.

At lunch, attendees heard from documentarian Ben Masters – a young man with a profound talent for telling conservation stories. In addition to taking questions from the audience, Mr. Masters showed one of seven new short films he’s released on pointed conservation topics. To rewatch “Selah: Water from Stone,” or to send it along to your friends, colleagues, and family, follow this link.

In the afternoon, more than 16 districts and conservation partners gave presentations from the Expo Stage or as part of nine breakout sessions. Farm broadcaster Brian Allmer of The BARN also interviewed this year’s NACD officer candidates from the Expo Stage. You can access the archived footage of those interviews here. Continue reading

01-31-17 USMEF Regional Director Sees Strong Potential for Further Export Growth to Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic

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New USMEF Regional Director Sees Strong Potential for Further Export Growth to Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic

oscar-ferrara-ph-d-usmef-regional-director-for-mexico-central-america-and-the-dominican-republicOscar Ferrara, Ph.D., joined the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) earlier this month as the organization’s new regional director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic. A native of Paraguay, Ferrara brings an extensive educational and professional background to the position. He moved to the United States in 2000, earning his master’s degree and doctorate in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida. He also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Applied Economics and Agricultural Engineering. Continue reading

01-31-17 NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen Celebrates Tenth Anniversary in Nashville, TN

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2017_ncba-trade-show-and-convention-logoNCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen Celebrates Tenth Anniversary in Nashville, TN

NASHVILLE, TENN. (Jan. 31, 2017) – Milestones were met in 2016 for NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen television show; the 500th episode was taped in Washington, D.C., last fall and the airing of the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show episode in early February will mark the tenth anniversary of the show’s first airing. Spring episodes will include full coverage of the event in Nashville and special panel shows on important industry topics including full episode dedicated to market conditions.

“Cattlemen to Cattlemen is one of the best ways NCBA can connect with farmers and ranchers today,” said John Robinson, Executive Director of Organizational Communications, NCBA. “We are very proud of the work we do on behalf of NCBA members and the beef industry and we remain committed to telling the story of America’s farmers and ranchers.” Continue reading

01-31-17 NCBA-PLC: Livestock Industry Supports Legislation to Address BLM Planning Rule

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Livestock Industry Supports Legislation to Address BLM Planning Rule

WASHINGTON (Jan. 31, 2017) – The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applaud the introduction of concurrent resolutions in both the Senate and House disapproving the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule finalized last December. The resolutions, introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) respectively, would reverse damage done in the final hours of the Obama administration. Ethan Lane, Executive Director of PLC and NCBA Federal Lands said the rule represents a wholesale shift in management focus at BLM; prioritizing “social and environmental change” over multiple use, and eliminating stakeholder and local input into the planning process. Continue reading

01-31-17 Ten Reasons to Attend the Third Annual CFVGA Conference on Feb 21st

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Ten Reasons to Attend the Third Annual CFVGA Conference on Feb 21st
  1. Be entertained, inspired and informed with the Produce Fresh Trends Quiz Show by keynoter Pamela Reimenschneider, editor, Produce Retailer magazine
  2. Learn what the new FSMA rules mean for your operation/business
  3. Network with fellow growers, companies and other in the produce industry
  4. Kill two birds with one stone by attending FSMA food safety training Feb. 20, the day before the conference, and the conference Feb. 21
  5. Learn the latest and greatest in the produce industry by visiting with 30-plus exhibitors
  6. Learn about your organization and have a say in its priorities at the annual business meeting
  7. Enlarge your business opportunities at the ever-popular grower-buyer networking session
  8. Learn about labor, food safety produce trends and research
  9. Enjoy a scrumptious, Colorado-produce lunch
  10. Use clickers to express your opinions during general sessions (Really, it’s fun!)
  11. BONUS TIP-Register by Feb. 7 and SAVE! http://cfvga.org/ Members enjoy discounted registration. Not a member? Join today:

    https://coloradoproduce.org/join-the-growers-association-2/

CFVGA’s full-day conference is designed to inspire growers and others in the produce industry as well as to provide networking and education. More than 300 people, including produce buyers and exhibitors are expected to attend. Conference registration is now open. For more information and to register: http://cfvga.org For more on CFVGA: http://coloradoproduce.org

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 31st

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 31st

Refugee Regulations Could Squeeze U.S. Meatpackers Labor Pool

An executive order by President Donald Trump to suspend refugee arrivals could harm meatpacking companies. The Wall Street Journal reports meatpackers that rely on foreign-born workers to fill tough jobs in rural America could face labor shortages. The executive order suspended the refugee program four months and would cut the number of refugees allowed into the United States in half to 50,000. The move comes as dozens of meatpackers are expanding or building new facilities, following two years of high profits. Meatpackers often look for foreign-born workers to fill jobs most Americans are unwilling to perform. North American Meat Institute CEO Barry Carpenter says he hopes the Trump administration “will give careful consideration” the impact these changes would have on meatpacking companies, and on foreign-born workers “who are eager to build new lives in America” through the jobs meatpackers can offer.

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U.K. Says Trump Ready to Begin Trade Talks

The United Kingdom says U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to start trade talks between the U.K. and the United States. British Prime Minister Theresa May says the two agreed to start preliminary talks on a trade deal but stressed that no deal would be signed until the U.K. exits the European Union. Politico reports the two leaders agreed to set up joint working groups to start “scoping out” what can be achieved while waiting for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. The signal of bilateral talks continues Trump’s campaign pledge of one-on-one trade deals with other nations. Trump on Friday said he looked forward to working with the United Kingdom. U.K. Prime Minister May said both sides were discussing a “trade negotiation agreement” as the first step of crafting a trade deal between the two countries. The wording suggests there will be an official pledge between May and Trump to negotiate a trade agreement once the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

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Germany Urging EU to Speed Trade Deal Negotiations Amid Protectionist Policy Fears

Germany asked the European Union last week to speed-up trade talks to open trade with more than a dozen countries. The effort is aimed at boosting support for free trade in response to protectionist trade policy from U.S. President Donald Trump. In a statement to the EU, Germany repeated its view that Trump, along with Britain leaving the EU, posed risks for the world economy, according to Reuters. Germany called on the EU to bolster common policies in defense, diplomacy and the economy. Germany also asked the EU to push against trade protectionism and support free trading relationships and “international cooperation.” In his first week as President, Trump signed an executive order to withdrawal the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Trump is also targeting reforms to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Former Trump Transition Leader Warns of Two-thirds Cut of EPA Staff

A leader involved in the Trump Transition team says to expect budget and employment cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. Myron Ebell(Eb-bell) was the former head of President Donald Trump’s EPA transition team and has suggested cutting the EPA workforce to 5,000, about a two-thirds reduction over the next four years. He says the EPA’s $8.1 billion budget would also be sliced in half under his recommendations, according to the Washington Post. Ebell, along with Trump, favors the cuts as a way to curb regulatory overreach by the EPA. Ebell says the overreach would be much harder if “the agency is a lot smaller.” While he says cutting 10,000 staffers may not be realistic, he called it an “aspirational goal,” saying “you’re not going to get Congress to make significant cuts unless you ask for significant cuts.”

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USDA NASS Conducting Certified Organic Survey

The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2016 Certified Organic Survey to gather data on organic crops and livestock in the United States. USDA says the survey is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified organic agriculture production in the United States. The survey is being mailed to all known certified organic farms and ranches throughout the country and asks producers to provide information on acreage, production, and sales, as well as production and marketing practices. USDA NASS says certified organic sales totaled $6.2 billion in 2015, up 14 percent from 2014. A USDA spokesperson says as sales grow, so will the demand for accurate data. The report, to be released September of this year, will also assist producers, suppliers and others in the private sector in planning the production and marketing of new products. All information in the survey is confidential, and USDA is asking producers to return the survey by February 19th.

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Monsanto to Appeal California Glyphosate Ruling

Monsanto will appeal a ruling by a California judge allowing the state to force Monsanto to label Roundup as a possible cancer threat because it contains glyphosate. Monsanto sued the nation’s leading agricultural state, saying California officials illegally based their decision to require the labels on information from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, according to the LA Times. The agency has categorized glyphosate as a likely carcinogen, against many other science and environment agencies findings. Following the findings, California took its first step in 2015 to require the warning labels. Monsanto contends California is delegating its authority to an unelected foreign body with no accountability to U.S. or state officials in violation of the California Constitution. Monsanto’s Roundup is sold in 160 countries, and farmers in California use it on 250 types of crops.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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