03-02-17 CDA: Lynn Kubic of Willards Rodent Factory Sentenced to Fine & Jail Time

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CDA: Lynn Kubic of Willards Rodent Factory Sentenced to Fine & Jail Time

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Adams County Court has sentenced Lynn Kubic of Willards Rodent Factory to seven days in jail and a $1,000 fine for violating a 2016 permanent injunction order issued by the court. The $1,000 fine will be suspended upon a compliance check by the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care Facility Act (PACFA) program staff confirming that Kubic is not operating a pet care facility without a license.

CDA has been involved in a lengthy legal process and investigation of Kubic for operating without a license since 2013 when the Commissioner issued a cease and desist order regarding operation of an unlicensed pet facility. Continue reading

03-02-17 AVMA applauds introduction of bill to increase access to veterinary care in underserved areas

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AVMA applauds introduction of bill to increase access to veterinary care in underserved areas

avma-picWASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The AVMA welcomes the introduction of S. 487, the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRPEA), by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). This bill will increase funding available for grants through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), which implements loan forgiveness for veterinarians who commit to serving in federally designated veterinary shortage areas. Representatives Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) introduced companion legislation, H.R. 1268, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The VMLRP is a win-win for veterinarians and rural economies because it provides loan relief while also helping alleviate veterinary shortages in areas that lack adequate access to veterinary services for livestock animals,” said AVMA President Dr. Tom Meyer. “Unfortunately, the heavy tax applied to VMLRP awards decreases the number of awards that can be made and the number of rural communities that can benefit from increased services. We’re grateful our leaders in Congress are again supporting legislation to remove this tax and maximize the effectiveness of the VMLRP. The AVMA played a key role in implementing the VMLRP and will continue our strong support of the VMLRPEA during 2017.” Continue reading

03-02-17 Late Doug Wolf Inducted Into NPPC Hall of Fame

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Late Doug Wolf Inducted Into NPPC Hall of Fame

ATLANTA, March 2, 2017 – For his passion for pork production and his genuine care and concern for those in the pork industry, the late Doug Wolf, a pork producer from Lancaster, Wis., today was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Pork Producers Council at the organization’s annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held here. Continue reading

03-02-17 Determan Inducted Into NPPC Hall of Fame

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Determan Inducted Into NPPC Hall of Fame

ATLANTA, March 2, 2017 – Barb Determan, a pork producer from Early, Iowa, today was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Pork Producers Council for her perseverance and leadership of and dedication to the U.S. pork industry at NPPC’s annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held here. Continue reading

03-02-17 Students Awarded Pork Industry Scholarships

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ATLANTA, March 2, 2017 – The National Pork Producers Council today at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – awardedscholarships to 10 college students who intend to pursue careers in the pork industry. The 2017 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and managed and administered by NPPC.

The 2017 winners of the $2,500 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarships – named after the late NPPC vice president from Mt. Olive, N.C. – are:

  • Lexi Marek, Iowa State University
  • Mitchell Juhl, Iowa State University
  • Nora Faris, University of Missouri
  • Mary Heiller, Iowa State University
  • Samuel Johnson, South Dakota State University
  • Adam Stevermer, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Joshua Beam, Pennsylvania State University
  • Caleb Grohmann, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Brittney Kozenko, Kansas State University
  • Haley Stark, Butler Community College

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03-02-17 Ardent Mills Gathers Barley Industry Stakeholders to Spotlight Barley’s Nutrition and Culinary Application

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Ardent Mills Gathers Barley Industry Stakeholders to Spotlight Barley’s Nutrition and Culinary Application

Ardent Mills Brings Together Growers, Breeders, Scientific Experts to Share Insights

DENVER, Colorado, March 2, 2017–Ardent Mills flour, the premier flour and ingredient company, initiated a two-day conference at its Denver headquarters, February 23-24 to help key barley industry entities share knowledge and insights regarding this powerhouse grain.

“In a world filled with oats and wheat, Ardent Mills brought together leaders from across the full spectrum of the barley industry to explore the significance of this ‘unsung hero’ of the grain world for human health and diet,” states Ardent Mills’ Laura Wooster, Business Development at Ardent Mills. “All attendees came prepared to share their knowledge, explore new culinary applications and outline opportunities.”     Continue reading

03-02-17 BASF and commodity associations award $20,000 in agriculture scholarships

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Scholarships to aid emerging agriculture leaders for future industry success

SAN ANTONIO, March 2, 2017 – BASF, in partnership with industry-leading commodity associations, awarded academic scholarships to 12 passionate and motivated agriculture students. Along with the American Soybean Association (ASA), National Sorghum Producers (NSP), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF), BASF presented the scholarships to recipients during a ceremony at the 2017 Commodity Classic tradeshow in San Antonio.

“These students have shown a commitment to the future of our industry through their enthusiasm for learning and desire for sustainable agriculture,” said Neil Bentley, Director of Marketing, U.S. Crop, BASF. “The growth of agriculture starts with promising students like these, and we look forward to seeing their impact.” Continue reading

03-02-17 Colorado Energy Office Releases $750,000 in USDA Funds to Assist Agricultural Industry

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Colorado Energy Office Releases $750,000 in USDA Funds to Assist Agricultural Industry 

Funds to help finance energy- and water-saving projects for irrigators, dairies,
greenhouses, nurseries and cold storage facilities 

DENVER — March 2, 2017 — The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, today released $750,000 in project assistance funds through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries and cold storage facilities. The deadline to apply is March 31.

Applicants must be enrolled in the Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency program through CEO, and complete an energy audit to receive funding for projects. Interested participants can enroll in the CEO program through its online application. The Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency program provides free energy audits and technical support to Colorado producers, along with assistance in selecting and implementing cost-effective improvements that reduce energy use, environmental impacts and operating costs.

“Working with Colorado’s agricultural partners, the Colorado Energy Office has built a turnkey approach for this important industry to achieve energy savings. The USDA funding gives program participants the ability to implement identified energy improvements and increase their profits,” said Kathleen Staks, Executive Director of CEO. Continue reading

03-02-17 Pork Industry Honors Rich Degner with Distinguished Service Award

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Pork Industry Honors Rich Degner with Distinguished Service Award

Degner also received inaugural Paulson-Whitmore State Executive Award

rich-degner-former-chief-executive-officer-of-the-iowa-pork-producers-associationATLANTA – March 2, 2017 – The National Pork Board today honored Rich Degner as the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award during the National Pork Industry Forum in Atlanta. Degner is the former chief executive officer of the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

At the pork industry’s annual business meeting, the award is given to an outstanding leader to recognize his or her lifelong contribution to the pork industry.

“Rich has provided extraordinary leadership to the pork industry,” said National Pork Board President Jan Archer, who is a pork producer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “Through the years, he worked tirelessly for the advancement of pork producers, as well as for the industry in Iowa and across the United States.” Continue reading

03-02-17 Tomorrow’s Leaders Trained at 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute

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Participants in the 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute: (front row, left to right): Lucas Wysocki, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Jay LaJoie, Van Buren, ME; Lynn Dickman, Hancock, WI; Lindsey Dodgen, Denver, CO; Suzanne Price, Washington, DC; Lyla Davis, Monte Vista, CO; Brant Darrington, Declo, ID; Matthew Skogman, Foster City, MI; (second row): Braden Lake, Rupert, ID; Mike Larson, Rupert, ID; Sander Dagen, Karstad, MN; Russ Kehl, Quincy, WA; Nate Lancaster, Connell, WA; Jared Smith, Blanca, CO; Kelly Kuball, Bakersfield, CA; (third row): Chad Platt, Kennewick, WA; Nathan Bula, Oxford, WI; Travis Meacham, Moses Lake, WA; Paul Streich, Kalispell, MT; David Fedje, Crystal, ND; and Scott Fenters, Klamath Falls, OR (not pictured: Jordan Reed, WA)

Participants in the 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute: (front row, left to right): Lucas Wysocki, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Jay LaJoie, Van Buren, ME; Lynn Dickman, Hancock, WI; Lindsey Dodgen, Denver, CO; Suzanne Price, Washington, DC; Lyla Davis, Monte Vista, CO; Brant Darrington, Declo, ID; Matthew Skogman, Foster City, MI; (second row): Braden Lake, Rupert, ID; Mike Larson, Rupert, ID; Sander Dagen, Karstad, MN; Russ Kehl, Quincy, WA; Nate Lancaster, Connell, WA; Jared Smith, Blanca, CO; Kelly Kuball, Bakersfield, CA; (third row): Chad Platt, Kennewick, WA; Nathan Bula, Oxford, WI; Travis Meacham, Moses Lake, WA; Paul Streich, Kalispell, MT; David Fedje, Crystal, ND; and Scott Fenters, Klamath Falls, OR (not pictured: Jordan Reed, WA)

Tomorrow’s Leaders Trained at 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute

March 2, 2017 – The 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) provided training to 22 potato growers and industry representatives in leadership development, public policy, marketing, team building and public communication. The annual program, administered by the National Potato Council (NPC) and Potatoes USA, aims to cultivate the next generation of industry leaders. The PILI was held February 9-16, starting in Bangor and Aroostook County, Maine, and concluding in Washington, D.C.

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03-02-17 NAWG Elects President, Officers

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By Marsha Boswell, Kansas Wheat Director of Communications

NAWG - wheat_logoUnited States wheat farmers will be well represented going into the 2018 Farm Bill debate.

A third generation wheat farmer from western Kansas was elected president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) today at a board meeting held in conjunction with the Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.

David Schemm, farms with his wife, Lisa, in Wallace County, Kansas

Newly elected NAWG President David Schemm of Wallace County, Kansas

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03-02-17 Inaugural Pig Farmers of Tomorrow Named

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2017 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow: Kyle Coble from Minnesota, Logan Thornton from Idaho and Madison Schafer from Minnesota

Inaugural Pig Farmers of Tomorrow Named

Recipients recognized as the next generation of American pig farmers

ATLANTA – March 2, 2017 – The National Pork Board announced today that Kyle Coble from Minnesota, Logan Thornton from Idaho and Madison Schafer from Minnesota have been named the inaugural Pig Farmers of Tomorrow. They were recognized today at the 2017 National Pork Industry in Atlanta.

“It is important for the Checkoff to recognize the future leaders of the pork industry,” said National Pork Board President Jan Archer, a pork producer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “We are excited for these young farmers to share their unique stories with consumers.”

The new award recognizes farm leaders, ages 18-29, who intend to make pig farming their life’s work and who are committed to raising pigs using the pork industry’s We CareSM ethical principles. The winners will speak at Pork Checkoff events and provide content on #RealPigFarming, which is the pork industry’s social media program. Continue reading

03-02-17 2017 Colorado Agritourism Association Annual Conference, Business Marketplace, and Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at NWSS Complex March 9-12

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2017 Colorado Agritourism Association Annual Conference, Business Marketplace, and Rocky Mountain Horse Expo!

March 9-12, 2017

National Western Stock Show Complex – Denver CO

The Colorado Agritourism Association is pleased to partner with the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association and the Colorado Horse Council to offer two exciting opportunities.

Register to attend the Education Program and Colorado Agritourism Association Annual Meeting March 9-10.

Member Bonus! – Have a booth at the Consumer Show on March 10-12 for only $200 (a 50% savings). Continue reading

03-02-17 Red Angus and Allflex announce new program partnership

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Red Angus and Allflex announce new program partnership

fccp-red-angus-allflex-tag-blank-smsllDenton, Texas –The longest-running USDA Processed Verified Program – the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program that was launched in 1994 – announced a new tag provider recently. A new partnership with Allflex, USA Inc., will officially begin March 1, 2017. FCCP and Allied Access program participants will begin receiving Allflex USA, Inc. tags upon program enrollment as the current inventory of tags is depleted.

“We are excited about our new partnership with Allflex and believe that cattlemen around the country will find that the Allflex “FCCP” tag will meet their demands for ease of use and the ever-important tag retention,” said Chessie Mitchell, Red Angus Association of America tag program coordinator. Continue reading

03-01-17 Cornell University Professor Dr. Thomas Overton Addresses a Dairyman’s Dilemma: “Does It Work? Making Choices About New Technologies on Your Dairy”

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Cornell University Professor Dr. Thomas Overton Addresses a Dairyman’s Dilemma: “Does It Work? Making Choices About New Technologies on Your Dairy”

Dr. Thomas Overton, Ph.D., Professor of Dairy Management in Cornell University’s Department of Animal Science, shared perspective on assessing the opportunities, risks and return on investment associated with dairy technologies during the Western Dairy Management Conference on February 28, in Reno. Dr. Overton’s presentation, titled “Does It Work? Making Choices About New Technologies on Your Dairy,” was sponsored by Micronutrients.

Dr. Thomas Overton, Ph.D., Professor of Dairy Management in Cornell University’s Department of Animal Science, shared perspective on assessing the opportunities, risks and return on investment associated with dairy technologies during the Western Dairy Management Conference on February 28, in Reno. Dr. Overton’s presentation, titled “Does It Work? Making Choices About New Technologies on Your Dairy,” was sponsored by Micronutrients.

FEBRUARY 28, 2017, INDIANAPOLIS—Dr. Thomas Overton, Ph.D., Professor of Dairy Management in Cornell University’s Department of Animal Science and Director of PRO-DAIRY, presented a practical approach for assessing the opportunities, risks and return on investment associated with dairy technologies during the Western Dairy Management Conference on February 28, in Reno.

Overton reviewed a model evaluating the improvements yielded by a dairy technology against the implementation costs and lost opportunity costs associated with foregoing the technology. His model presented a framework for comparing the risks and payoffs of technologies requiring intensive capital outlays, such as robotic milking systems or other types of parlor systems, against more modest technology investments such as changes in management practices or nutritional management decisions, including the use of improved forms of nutrients such as hydroxy trace minerals in dairy cattle nutrition. Continue reading

03-02-17 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for March 2nd

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White House Says No Changes to RFS

Reuters says the White House is denying a report that President Trump is about to issue an executive order aimed at changing the nation’s biofuels program. This comes after a statement from the Renewable Fuels Association saying a member of the Trump administration informed them an order was pending. News of the pending order and its subsequent denial threw turbulence into the energy and corn markets yesterday. The RFA statement said they received a call from a Trump staffer informing them the order was imminent and would shift the burden of combining biofuels with gasoline away from refiners. The order would require companies farther down the supply chain to handle that. Refiners have long-requested the change, saying the requirement has hammered their profits. White House spokeswoman Kelly Love said yesterday, “there’s no ethanol executive order in the works.” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor issued a statement thanking the White House for putting a stop to the rumors of a pending executive order. Skor added, “The RFS and the point of obligation are working as intended and making sure consumers have a choice of fuel at the gas pump.” Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley spoke with several White House sources and said yesterday, “There’s no reason to believe such an executive order is pending or imminent.”

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Trump Speech Doesn’t Mention Rural America

The Hagstrom Report says President Donald Trump’s first speech before Congress took a more moderate stance but noted that his speech “didn’t mention rural America.” Trump brought up immigration, suggesting a switch “away from lower-skilled immigration to a merit-based system.” While farm and labor leaders say the work done by farm workers is more skilled than most realize, farm labor is still classified as unskilled labor. Trump’s idea has Ag groups concerned that the White House still doesn’t understand how important immigrant labor is to the farm economy. North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp notes some very good things in the President’s speech but says “I expressed concern when previous Presidents didn’t mention rural America and I have the same concerns about this speech. There wasn’t any mention of a farm bill or agricultural workers.” National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says Trump failed to mention the words ‘rural,’ ‘farm,’ or ‘agriculture,’ but talked about policies that could have major impacts on rural America. “While he did focus on trade,” Johnson says, “our members are concerned that earlier harsh rhetoric has placed a strain on our trading partners.”

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Farm Credit System Able To Weather Economic Downturn

Loan delinquencies and other signs of repayment problems are expected to increase in 2017 among farmers and ranchers. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says in spite of that, the farm credit system should be able to weather the downturn in the Ag economy. That was the message Farm Credit Administration CEO and board chair Dallas Tonsager gave to members of the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee this week. The Farm Credit Administration oversees the banks in the farm credit system. Lawmakers were looking for some assurances that the farm economy isn’t headed for a disaster on par with the 1980’s farm crisis that put tens of thousands of farmers out of business. Young farmers just starting out are the biggest concern for the administration as they don’t have capital and valuable assets built up yet. Tonsager says lenders in the Farm Credit System have a $242 billion portfolio and expect delinquency rates to remain relatively low. He also notes there are more checks in place to ensure that something like the farm crisis of the 1980’s doesn’t repeat itself.

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El Nino May Yet Show Up in 2017

Tropical waters in the Pacific Ocean are said to be warming at an increasingly substantial rate, leading some to believe the time it will take for another round of El Nino appears to be getting shorter and shorter. A Cattle Network Dot Com article notes that El Nino typically appears every two to seven years. Weather forecasters have been looking at the potential of a return of El Nino for a couple of months. El Nino is associated with warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The phenomenon is known to bring turbulent weather to certain parts of the world and beautiful crop growing weather to other parts of the globe. Some of the more notable impacts include drought in southeast Asia and heavy rains with erosion along the Pacific coasts of North and South America. The cooler temps in the equatorial Pacific bring on a La Nina phenomenon, which experts say just wrapped up a six-month run as cooler Pacific waters along the equator have all but disappeared. This month is the firs time that the International Research Institute and the U.S. Climate Prediction Center say El Nino is the more favored weather scenario over neutral or La Nina Conditions.

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India Reconsidering Wheat Import Tax

Two sources in the Indian government told Reuters this week that India could impose a 25-percent import tax on wheat by the middle of March. That move would reinstate the tariff after a three-month gap as a response to recent large purchases from overseas. India is the world’s second-biggest wheat producer. The government lowered the tariff from 25 percent to ten percent in September of 2016 before scrapping it entirely on December 8. After that move, private traders signed deals to import more than 5 million tons of wheat to help ease a supply shortage after two years of drought. Higher imports and expectations of a bumper crop this year have government officials seriously thinking about re-instituting the import tax. The Prime Minister of India and government officials want to curb imports to avoid a crash in local wheat prices, which would bring on a backlash from millions of poorer citizens. Many businesses that use wheat find it cheaper to import the product from Australia rather than purchase it from the main wheat-growing areas in their own country.

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Cattlemen, PLC Applaud Zinke As New Interior Secretary

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council reacted positively to the Senate’s confirmation of Ryan Zinke as the new Secretary of the Interior. NCBA President Craig Uden called it great news for American ranchers and cattle producers. “Ryan Zinke has an outstanding record of advocating for western communities and ranchers. We look forward to working with Secretary Zinke to restore common sense and balance on issues like public land management, conservation, and endangered species.” PLC President Dave Eliason says having an Interior Secretary who understands public lands and values cooperation with stakeholders is good for everyone. “Secretary Zinke is from the west and understands the challenges of communities with a large federal footprint. We look forward to working with him to restore the role of local input in planning and review processes, fix laws like the Endangered Species Act, and protect grazing rights that are so vital to western economies,” Eliason said. Western ranchers own approximately 120 million acres of the most productive private land in the West and manage nearly 250 million acres of public land.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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