02-14-17 CFB Member Wins National Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet

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CFB Member Wins National Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet

cfb-member-ryan-oreilly-of-csuCentennial, Colo. –  Feb. 14, 2017 Colorado Farm Bureau is proud to announce that the winner of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet is CFB member Ryan O’Reilly. O’Reilly, a senior at Colorado State University, is studying environmental and natural resource economics. The final discussion centered on ensuring that farmers and ranchers, not government agencies, drive the management of natural resources.

“Ryan put 110 percent into this competition and did an amazing job representing Colorado State University and Colorado Farm Bureau,” said Lori Kester, Associate Director of Leadership Development for Colorado Farm Bureau. “This is the first time a CFB member has won the national competition, and we could not be happier.” Continue reading



BQA logoFort Collins, Colo., Feb. 9, 2017 – Two Colorado companies earned recognition for their outstanding efforts in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) on Feb. 3 in Nashville, Tenn. at the 2017 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show. Magnum Feedyard Co., LLC, owned by Steve Gabel of Wiggins, Colo., was honored as the recipient of the 2017 National BQA Feedyard award, while IMI Global, owned by John and Leann Saunders of Castle Rock, Colo., was presented the 2017 National BQA Marketer award. Continue reading

02-14-17 CDA News: Bovine Trichomoniasis Update…

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CDA: Bovine Trichomoniasis Update

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has seen a steady decrease in Bovine Trichomoniasis cases in the last three years.  Bovine Trichomoniasis, commonly referred to as “trich,” is an infectious sexually transmitted disease in cattle, resulting in abortions and infertility.
“Ranchers who co-mingle their herds have a state requirement to test their bulls for trichomoniasis because there is a higher risk of transferring the disease. Testing and monitoring herds for ‘trich’ is the best method of controlling this infection. Cattle owners should talk to their veterinarian to determine the best management practices for their herd,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.
Positive Trich Locations
Number of Colorado Counties
3 (Costilla, Otero & Routt Counties)

02-14-17 U.S. Grains Council, Panama Canal Authority Sign MOU Before Canal Tour

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U.S. Grains Council, Panama Canal Authority Sign MOU Before Canal Tour

Panama City, Panama – More than 350 attendees had a firsthand look at the new Panama Canal expansion on Monday to kick off events at the U.S. Grains Council 14th International Marketing Conference & 57th Annual Membership Meeting in Panama City, Panama.

The tour of the Agua Clara locks in Colon, Panama, was a unique opportunity to see trade in action, and an important reminder of the dynamic global trade environment for those who last visited the Canal shortly after construction on the new locks began.

“When USGC last met in Panama, the canal expansion was only a construction site,” said Chip Councell, USGC chairman and a grain farmer in Maryland. “Visiting the new locks reflects the long-term commitment of the Council and its members to enabling more and expanded trade opportunities for American agriculture.” Continue reading

02-14-17 NMPF: New FARM Program Environmental Stewardship Module Helps Measure Improvements in Dairy Sustainability

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NMPF: New FARM Program Environmental Stewardship Module Helps Measure Improvements in Dairy Sustainability


nmpf-new-logo-021417ARLINGTON, VA – In its continued effort to share the compelling story of continuous improvement on America’s dairy farms, the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has opened participation in its third component, FARM Environmental Stewardship (ES).

The Environmental Stewardship module joins the FARM Program’s two other pillars, FARM Animal Care and FARM Antibiotic Stewardship. The voluntary FARM Environmental Stewardship program helps dairy producers augment their environmental management efforts by identifying ways to improve their on-farm sustainability.

“America’s dairy farmers have long been active stewards of the environment,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF. “Farmers should be proud that, today, producing a gallon of milk uses 65 percent less water, requires 90 percent less land and has a 63 percent smaller carbon footprint than it did 70 years ago. The FARM Environmental Stewardship program captures more detailed data on these great advances, while at the same time presenting farmers with useful information that can help them improve their farms efficiency and use fewer natural resources, all while saving money.” Continue reading

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Trump Assigns Japan Trade Talks to Pence

President Donald Trump has assigned Vice President Mike Pence to lead economic dialogue with Japan following meetings with Japan’s Prime Minister. Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Sheen-zoh-ah bay) made no decision regarding bilateral trade negotiations while meeting over the weekend in Florida. Vice President Pence will lead any trade talks with Japan, while Japan appointed its Deputy Prime Minister to lead talks with Pence. The talks will address fiscal and monetary policies, along with infrastructure and trade, according to Reuters. A top economist at Nikko (knee-coh) Securities in Tokyo said Pence “may be easier to work with” and “probably more logical” than Trump regarding trade policy negotiations. Trump has publicly opposed Japan, on both the campaign trail and in office, for its trade and economic policies.

China, New Zealand to Hold Free Trade Talks

China and New Zealand will hold a series of meetings to promote free trade amid growing concerns over U.S. trade protectionism. The Strait Times, a Singapore-based newspaper, reports officials from both China and New Zealand have confirmed the meetings will take place. China’s Foreign Minister last week met with New Zealand officials. The two reportedly discussed the upgrade of the nations’ bilateral free trade agreement, China’s possible involvement in what remains of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and New Zealand’s role in China’s One Belt, One Road economic strategy. China and New Zealand officials both agreed the consideration of China joining the TPP needs to be discussed further now that the United States withdrew from the trade agreement. New Zealand and Australia have said that they hope to salvage the TPP by encouraging China and other Asian countries to join the trade pact.


Senate Ag Committee Facing 18 Confirmation Hearings

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold 18 confirmation hearings in the coming months for positions in the Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies. While yet to be scheduled, a confirmation hearing for Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue will be one of 14 for USDA positions, alone. The committee must also confirm replacements for three vacancies at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and one for the Farm Credit Administration board. Senate aides told The Hagstrom Report that considering nominees for confirmation is a primary responsibility of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and will take priority over work on the next farm bill. The committee must confirm the USDA Secretary, Deputy Secretary and a group of Assistant Secretary and Undersecretary positions. Sources close to the transition efforts expect Sonny Perdue’s confirmation to come in early March.


Groups Urge New U.S. Attorney General to Block Major Ag Mergers

More than 300 groups signed a letter calling on newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to block the three major seed and chemical mergers being reviewed by the Department of Justice. The groups consisting of consumer, food, farm and anti-pesticide organizations say the mergers would increase both food and farming costs, threaten global food security, curtail innovation and limit farmer choices, according to DTN. The mergers involved include Dow Chemical and DuPont, Bayer AG and Monsanto and ChemChina and Syngenta. Regarding the mergers, the letter states: “Conglomerates of such massive scale…pose a real risk to our economy.” The letter argues the mergers would translate into fewer options for farmers and raise input prices. DTN points out that many groups signing the letter have been longtime opponents of biotechnology and pesticides.


Cotton Acres Forecasted to Increase 10 Percent

The Annual Planting Intentions survey by the National Cotton Council estimates U.S. cotton acres will expand near 10 percent in 2017, compared to 2016. The survey projects 11.0 million acres of cotton will be planted in the U.S. this year. An analyst with the National Cotton Council says the increase in acreage is “largely the result of weaker prices of competing crops and improved expectations for water.” Meanwhile, world cotton mill use is expected to exceed world production in 2017, and global cotton stocks are projected to decline by 7.7 million bales. The majority of the global stocks decline is due to China’s reduced inventories. While China’s increased consumption of reserve stocks has bolstered mill use in 2016, it also has curbed China’s demand for imported cotton, leaving global market price implications unclear.


Farm Bureau Program Donates More than 28 Million Pounds of Food in 2016

American Farm Bureau Federation members raised more than $1.1 million and donated a record of more than 28.9 million pounds of food to assist hungry Americans in 2016. The donations were part of Farm Bureau’s Harvest for All program. Combined, the monetary and food donations also reached a record level of the equivalent of more than 31 million meals. In addition to raising food and funds for the initiative, farmers and ranchers tallied more than 9,000 volunteer hours assisting local hunger groups in 2016. Now in its 15th year, Harvest for All is spearheaded by members of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service