03-23-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

03-23-17 Haxtun Community Fire Relief Committee’s Aubriel Jones Details their Efforts & How YOU can Help…

Haxtun Community Fire Relief Committee’s Aubriel Jones Details their Efforts & How YOU can Help…

Aubriel Jones – RMFU Membership Coordinator

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) March 23, 2017 – Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones is part of a relief committee working for people who have been affected by the Northeast Colorado fire. The Haxtun Commuity Fire Relief Committee is made up of volunteers that work cooperatively to meet the ongoing individual and community needs stemming from the fire, as well as gathering all incident-related information and locating all available resources for those in need….

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If you are interested in donating anything to help those who have been affected by the fire, please call Jones at 308.778.6535 or email aubriel.jones@rmfu.org.

Fire relief donations should be made to the Haxtun Chamber of Commerce at the Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union. Other donation sites are available such as gofundme pages, Amazon and the Red Cross. Accounts have been established at the Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union for general fire relief, individual families affected by the fire, for local fire departments, for agriculture related losses and necessities and assistance with oats needed to plant in the burnt soil. Total there are 10 accounts set up for specific families affected by the fire and additional accounts may be added at any time.

Donations to any of the above mentioned funds may be made to the Haxtun Chamber of Commerce, in care of the donor’s area of choice, at the Haxtun Community Federal Credit Union, P.O Box 41, Haxtun, CO 80731. Continue reading

03-23-17 CFB: Monsanto Donates $50,000 to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

CFB: Monsanto Donates $50,000 to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Centennial, Colo., – March 23, 2017 – Just this week, Colorado agriculture celebrated National Ag Day at the State Capitol, only a few weeks after a grass fire spread throughout Northeast Colorado, devouring more than 30,000 acres and the livelihoods of many in the agricultural community. In response to the disaster, Monsanto has announced it will donate $50,000 to the Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Disaster Relief Fund in an effort to help provide relief for fire victims.

In addition to the donation from Monsanto, monetary and in-kind support has poured in from across the country, and from both rural and urban communities.

“Many of the impacted farmers and ranchers have lost in a matter of seconds what had taken them decades to build. It is times like these in which we see how strong our agricultural community truly is, as we witness the outpouring of support from around the country to help the victims of this natural disaster,” said Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau. Continue reading

03-23-17 Haxtun Community Fire Relief Information and How YOU can Help…

Written by: From Candie Salyards After Incident – Incident Command PIO

The Logan/Phillips County Fire started on Monday, March 6 around 11:30 a.m. on private property near the South Plate River. Winds at speeds between 40-60 miles per hour carried the fire over Interstate 76, across the plains of Northeastern Colorado to north of Haxtun where total containment came two days later on the evening of March 8. Total, 32,564 acres burned, spanning nearly 26 miles. Continue reading

03-23-17 USDA/NASS-CO: LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – FEBRUARY 2017

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 3.94 billion pounds in February, up 1 percent from the 3.90 billion pounds produced in February 2016.

Beef production, at 1.93 billion pounds, was 3 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.37 million head, up 3 percent from February 2016. The average live weight was down 12 pounds from the previous year, at 1,360 pounds

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03-23-17 NFU Public Comments Strongly Endorse Fair Practice Rules

NFU Public Comments Strongly Endorse Fair Practice Rules

WASHINGTON On behalf of nearly 200,000 family farm and ranch members, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday, advocating for the agency to finalize the Farmer Fair Practices Rules. The rules would provide family farmers and ranchers with protections against anti-competitive and abusive practices.

“Family farmers and ranchers are operating in an extremely consolidated agricultural marketplace, where lack of competition provides the major meat companies with tremendous power,” said Johnson. “Farmer Fair Practices Rules provide family farmers and ranchers with the most basic of protections against egregious and anti-competitive practices. They are long overdue and we urge the USDA to finalize them as soon as possible.” Continue reading

03-23-17 Beef Checkoff News: Masters of Beef Advocacy Program Reaches 10,000 Grads!

MBA Program Reaches 10,000 Grads!

This month, the beef checkoff’s Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program, reached 10,000 graduates! This group of beef and dairy producers – along with chefs, teachers, doctors, dietitians and others in the beef community – has stepped up and are leading the way in advocating for the industry and all of agriculture. After completing the program, MBA grads are equipped to have engaging conversations with consumers, both online and in person, and are encouraged to participate in advocacy campaigns. The MBA program was started in March 2009. Continue reading

03-23-17 Colorado’s Cool Planet closes on nearly $20M to fund commercialization of engineered biocarbon products…

Cool Planet closes on nearly $20 million to fund commercialization of engineered biocarbon products

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (March 23, 2017) — Agriculture technology company Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products. Cool Planet is focused on developing products that are simultaneously profitable as well as sustainable and has raised nearly $30 million in the last 18 months. This latest round of funding was led by Agustín Coppel and North Bridge Venture Partners. Continue reading

03-23-17 CO-OEDIT: Deadline Approaching for Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting

Deadline Approaching for Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting
Colorado-based companies that have exported products or services for three years or more are eligible to apply for the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in ExportingApplications are due on or before April 14, 2017. 
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the World Trade Center Denver are now accepting applications for the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting. This award has been given to Colorado exporters annually since 1970 and recognizes economic growth through international business.
Access the 2017 Governor’s Export Award application here.  More information about OEDIT’s export grant programs can be found here.
Winners will be formally recognized on May 16, 2017 at World Trade Day, the region’s premier international trade event. Awardees will receive two tickets to the 44th annual World Trade Day conference at the Colorado Convention Center. This year’s World Trade Day theme is Containers to the Cloud: Trade as Goods, Services & Knowledge.

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03-23-17 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for March 23rd

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Trump Ag Assistant Lists Administration Priorities

North Carolina native Ray Starling is still new to his role as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Agricultural Trade, and Food Assistance. Starling spoke to Penton Agriculture this week about some of the administration’s key priorities when it comes to agriculture. Some of the biggest priorities include promoting agricultural trade, giving farmers access to a stable workforce, regulation reform, and giving agriculture a seat at the table when new regulations are discussed. Starling says, “We are getting to a period of push comes to shove” on accessing a sufficient workforce for American agriculture. Just how this is going to be set up in future policy development remains to be seen, but he said this is a top-of-mind issue. “On the regulatory reform issue, we want to evaluate the current landscape and make it less onerous,” Starling says. “We want to lessen the cumulative impact of those regulations and provide you a stronger voice in the process to vet future regulations.”  He says a voice for agriculture should not only be in place at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but at other agencies as well, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, and the Department of Labor.

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3.3% Rise Seen in 2017 Soybean Acres

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will release its Prospective Plantings Report on March 31. In the days leading up to it, several organizations are making predictions as to what the report will show. An Ag Web Dot Com article says Met Life Agricultural Finance is the latest to do so. Met Life is predicting that farmers will increase their soybean acres 3.3 percent over last year. If that comes true, it would raise U.S. soybean acres to 87 million. That number is a bit lower than Allendale’s projection of 88.8 million acres and USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum prediction of 88 million acres. A Met Life report says, “Cyclically low agricultural commodity prices have led to declining financial conditions in the sector, and planting soybeans requires less working capital than corn and cotton.” As an example, the report cites 2015, when the average per-acre operating costs for soybeans was $171 per acre, compared to $334 for corn and $497 for cotton.  Other highlights from the Met Life report include an expectation that farmland values won’t start a recovery until 2019. The report also advises a cautious approach to 2017 because political uncertainty can cause market volatility.

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Brazil Meat Scandal an “Economic Embarrassment”

Brazil President Michel Temer (Mee’-shell Tuh-mehr’) called the recent scandal around Brazil’s sale of expired meats to other countries an “economic embarrassment” on Tuesday while more countries suspended meat imports from his nation. An Associated Press Report says five countries and the European Union have all halted at least some meat imports from Brazil, which will be a major blow to a struggling economy. Temer tried to downplay the scandal, calling it a “fuss.” He notes that only three of the more than 4,000 meatpacking plants across Brazil have been forced to close. Investigators are saying health inspectors were bribed to ignore the sale of expired meat products. Police also say the appearance and the smell of the rotten meat were covered up by chemicals, as well as water and flour. Trade Associations for beef, pork, and poultry producers in Brazil say this could have a major impact on employment across the country. It could put a major dent in the economy as meat exports comprise 15 percent of the country’s total amount of exports. So far, the Brazil government has banned meat exports from 21 plants under investigation.

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Consumer Groups Rally Against Rollbacks

A dozen consumer groups have banded together to work against legislation that would make it more difficult for the government to issue regulations. The groups have dubbed it the “filthy food act,” which they say will make it more difficult to keep the American food supply safe. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says the bill is formally known as the Regulatory Accountability Act, clearing the House in January, with the Senate looking at its own version of the legislation. Groups like the Environmental Working Group, the Consumers Union, and others, say they are working to “raise the alarm” across social media platforms this week. The groups sent a letter to Congressional leaders this week saying, “Food safety rules help to reduce the risks posed by pathogens and pesticides. But the ‘Filthy Food Act’ would create an unprecedented regulatory gauntlet through which no food safety rule or guidance could pass.” They also say the act would cut science out of the regulatory process, replacing public input and expert testimony with mountains of reviews and red tape. The groups also point out that the Food Safety and Modernization Act, passed in 2011 and strongly supported by consumer groups and the food industry, would have been much more difficult to push through if the Regulatory Accountability Act was in place.

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White House Recognizes National Ag Day Tuesday

President Donald Trump proclaimed Tuesday as National Ag Day in America, noting that “American farmers and ranchers help to feed the world.” The proclamation also says farmers help to fuel the nation’s economy and lead global markets in output and productivity. The Trump proclamation also calls agriculture endlessly innovative and the largest positive contributor to the nation’s trade balance. The proclamation was praised by virtually all sectors of agriculture. John Bode, President and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association, said the president recognizes that “improved trade balances and a successful agriculture sector are linked.” Bode says the industry’s exports not only deliver jobs at home, but they’re a fundamental strength abroad. “We are happy to know the White House agrees with this and will look to increase ag exports as they study existing and future trade agreements,” he added.  White House press secretary Sean Spicer mentioned National Ag Day during his daily briefing, saying American farmers are the most efficient in the world, in spite of tighter margins, increasing regulations, and declining exports due to unwise trade policies. Spicer adds, “The President has promised people in the ag industry and rural America that he will not allow this to continue.”

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Meat Groups Want Disease Protection in Farm Bill

Beef, turkey, sheep and pork industry representatives all testified in favor of a stronger program to protect animals from disease, especially foot-and-mouth disease. The Hagstrom Report says the groups gave testimony on Tuesday at a hearing before the House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council both testified in favor of spending $150 million on an FMD vaccine bank. Current foot-and-mouth disease funding is at $1.9 million. National Turkey Federation President and Minnesota turkey farmer Carl Wittenburg said the proposal should build on the 2014 Farm Bill’s authorization of the National Animal Health Laboratory. The new proposal should establish the national FMD vaccine bank, help develop a block grant system that allows states and key groups to target areas of concern, and take full advantage of the science generated by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture program. All the groups giving testimony want the new program to be included in talks as Congress develops the 2018 Farm Bill.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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