03-31-17 Governor Hickenlooper announces appointment of new Adjutant General, Air Force Major General Michael A. Loh

Governor Hickenlooper announces appointment of new Adjutant General, Air Force Major General Michael A. Loh

DENVER — Friday, Mar. 31, 2017 — Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed U.S. Air Force Major General Michael A. Loh as Colorado’s new Adjutant General. Loh replaces Adjutant General U.S. Air Force  Major General H. Michael Edwards who is retiring. In this capacity, Loh also serves as the Executive Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Loh is currently assigned as the National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. He serves as senior National Guard officer to the commander and his staff in organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining Air Combat Command assigned Air National Guard Forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense.

“Colorado is fortunate to have an officer like Major General Loh whose distinguished service speaks to the kind of leader he will be as Adjutant General,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “He will ensure that Coloradans and the nation are protected both at home and abroad. Major General Loh brings the kind of experience that makes all of Colorado proud.” Continue reading

03-31-17 NSPC: Projected Sorghum Acres Indicate Potential Shortfall to Meet Established Demand

Projected Sorghum Acres Indicate Potential Shortfall to Meet Established Demand

LUBBOCK, Texas — In response to the March 31, 2017, U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Prospective Plantings report, National Sorghum Producers CEO Tim Lust released the following statement:

“As we know from past years, this report is a survey of intentions weeks before the actual report. With recent weather events across four states, we feel confident there will be additional sorghum acres likely behind failed wheat and other crops. Relatively, demand for sorghum continues to rise, and expected ending stocks-to-use ratios are now down to 7.92 percent.

Current sorghum prices, like corn and wheat prices, are a reflection of our current economy and the situation farmers are facing with local basis. We also recognize our challenge in supplying growing domestic and export demand that continues to aggressively seek sorghum at-cost or above the corn price in more locations across the Sorghum Belt, particularly at export terminals. This is encouraging for our industry, and as our mission remains focused on maximizing sorghum producer profitability, we encourage farmers to evaluate the entire market and policy landscape as they make planting decisions this spring.” Continue reading

03-31-17 WIFE Members Return From Week In “The Swamp” of D.C.

Colorado WIFE members with Congressman Scott Tipton (L to R): Korry Lewis, Cheyenne, WY; Kerry Froese, La Junta, CO, Jillane Hixson, Lamar, CO & Elisabeth Erickson-Noe, La Junta, CO.

WIFE Members Return From Week In “The Swamp” of D.C.

Several WIFE members went to Washington D.C. this past week to advocate for responsible policy regulating the Ag industry. Many of the members chalked the week as successful after attending meetings, policy briefings, and meeting with policy makers to discuss the real issues associated with independent Ag producers.

Here is what some of the members who went on the trip had to report… Continue reading

03-31-17 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

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As of March 1, Colorado growers intend to plant 1.30 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2017, down 40,000 acres, or 3 percent from last year’s plantings, according to the March 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Sorghum planting intentions total 450,000 acres, unchanged from last year. The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 55,000 acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay. Growers intend to plant 62,000 acres of barley in 2017, down 17,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings. All wheat acreage is expected to total 2.31 million acres for 2017. Winter wheat seeded last fall for harvest in 2017 is estimated at 2.30 million acres, down 50,000 acres from the 2016 crop. Growers intend to seed 8,000 acres of spring wheat this year, down 3,000 acres from last year. Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1.35 million acres this year. This is down 30,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2016. Growers intend to plant 81,000 acres of sunflowers this year, up 7,000 acres from what they planted in 2016. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 65,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be up 2,000 acres to 16,000 acres this year. The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be down 100 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 28,000 acres. Dry edible bean acreage is expected to total 59,000 acres, up 28 percent from the 46,000 acres planted in 2016. As of February 27, mountain snowpack was 138 percent of average, statewide. Final acreages actually planted for several crops will be determined by irrigation water prospects, soil moisture levels at planting time, and changes in economic conditions between now and actual planting.

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Perdue Nomination Poised for Full Senate Vote

The confirmation of Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue now awaits a full Senate vote after the Senate Agriculture Committee on a voice vote approved the nomination. The vote occurred off the Senate floor in the midst of floor votes Thursday morning. Full Senate action has yet to be scheduled, and a packed schedule next week could mean the Senate won’t be able to consider Perdue’s nomination until after a two-week Easter recess that starts at the end of next week. The Senate is expected to consider the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court next week, and that process is expected to be time-consuming. All but one Senate Ag Committee member voted in favor or Perdue. New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand insisted on a no vote and Perdue’s cousin, Georgia Senator David Perdue, abstained.


Trump May Seek Only Minor Tweaks to NAFTA

The Donald Trump administration seems more likely to pursue modest changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement in negotiations with Canada and Mexico. Trump called NAFTA a “disaster” during his campaign for President, but the Wall Street Journal reports his suggestions for NAFTA seem less likely to make sweeping reforms to the trade agreement. According to an administration draft proposal being circulated in Congress by the U.S. trade representative’s office, the U.S. would keep some of NAFTA’s most controversial provisions, including an arbitration panel that lets investors in the three nations circumvent local courts. The draft, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, talks of seeking “to improve procedures to resolve disputes,” rather than eliminating the panels. However, experts caution that the draft could be revised. The administration must give Congress 90 days’ notice under trade law before beginning formal NAFTA renegotiations.


EPA Denies Petition to Remove Chlorpyrifos from the Market

The Environmental Protection Agency this week denied a petition to remove chlorpyrifos (clo-PEER-uh-foss) from the market. The NGO, or non-government organization petition, failed to fall in line with scientific research, according to agriculture groups. CropLife America says EPA’s decision to deny the chlorpyrifos petition is a hopeful indication that EPA is recommitting t to established requirements and guidelines relating to transparency, public process, and scientific integrity. The crop protection industry is “encouraged by EPA’s detailed rationale set forth in the denial order and supports EPA’s commitment to a thorough registration review of chlorpyrifos.” An official with the Department of Agriculture’s the Office of Pest Management Policy said: “This is a welcome decision grounded in evidence and science.” National Corn Growers President Wesley Spurlock said the organization was pleased the EPA will return to the standard pesticides review process as called for under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, adding “the overwhelming scientific consensus is that chlorpyrifos is safe for use by farmers, and we are confident that the pesticide review process will reaffirm this.”


U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up Four Percent

The Department of Agriculture’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released Thursday shows the current U.S. inventory of hogs and pigs up four percent from March of last year. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says there were 71 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms as of March 1, 2017. While an increase year-over-year, that figure is down one percent since the December 2016 report. The report also found that of the 71.0 million hogs and pigs, 64.9 million were market hogs, while 6.07 million were kept for breeding. Further, between December 2016 and February 2017, 31.4 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, up four percent from the same period one year earlier. Also, U.S. hog producers intend to have 3.01 million sows farrow between March and May 2017, and 3.05 million sows farrow between June and August 2017.


India Still Top Global Milk Producer

Data by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows India remains the global leader in milk production, trailed by the United States, which is the second largest milk producing country. India is unique among the major milk producers because more than half of its production comes from water buffalo, rather than cattle. However, India’s dairy herd is the largest in the world. Since 1980, production has grown consistently at an average of 4.5 percent per year. India surpassed the United States as the largest dairy producer in 1997 when both countries produced roughly 70 billion tons, each. In 2016, total production reached 154 billion tons compared with 96 billion produced in the United States.


Men, Young Adults, Most Likely to Grocery Shop Online

A new study shows men and young adults are more likely to be online shoppers of groceries. The NPD Group report, The Virtual Grocery Store, finds since many younger adults are delaying marriage and the formation of families, and many Boomers are becoming widowers, more than 40 percent of primary grocery shoppers are men and 60 percent of men, ages 18 to 44, have purchased groceries online. The report says the Internet is becoming the virtual grocery store for many American consumers with 52 million currently grocery shopping online. Grocery shopping online appeals to those who find grocery shopping a necessary evil and many of those who feel that way are men, according to the report. NPD has found that men tend to make grocery shopping a mission and spend less time in brick and mortar stores compared to women. Young adults of the Gen Z and Millennial generations, who were born and raised in the tech era, also favor grocery shopping online.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service