04-20-18 2017 NWSS Catch-A-Calf Final Results Released

Wyatt and his steer, Gus, with his sponsors, Mrs. and Mrs. Scott Johnson.

2017 NWSS Catch-A-Calf Final Results Released

Story By: MyKayla Krentz, Paw Pals 4-H club member

A freshman at Wiley High School and Paw Pals 4-H club member, Wyatt Wollert, competed in the 2017 National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf program. This program was open to 4-H members ages twelve through nineteen. Continue reading

04-20-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

04-20-17 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

CDA Commissioner Don Brown

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 20, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

  • Touch on the Fires and emergency responses as well as the support of the community
  • Pending nomination of USDA Ag Sec Sonny Purdue
  • Census of Agriculture (NASS), Commissioner has been invited to participate in the National Academy of Sciences study on Improving Data Collection
  • State Legislature going home
  • SB 17-275 –  Marijuana and Pesticides
  • SB 17-036 – WATER – advantageous or not
  • Department bills going through – unfunded mandates
  • Crisis Services – Ag Component – Talk about their lives low commodity
  • and MORE

To listen to the interview with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, click below…

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04-20-17 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for April 20th

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Weekly Export Sales

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Trump Vows to Fix Wisconsin Dairy Situation

At a recent stop in Wisconsin to discuss job creation, President Donald Trump vowed to support Wisconsin dairy farmers in their trade dispute with Canada and possibly make big changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement. A Milk Business Dot Com article quotes the President as saying “We’re using every tool at our disposal to restore the American dream. We’re going to stand up for Wisconsin dairy farmers.” Trump has been discussing the situation with his advisers and says he plans to demand fair trade from all our trading partners, including Canada. A recent letter from Wisconsin officials to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross noted that Canada’s new targeted milk pricing programs have made it very difficult for Wisconsin dairy producers to get their product into the Canadian market. “We are greatly concerned that the new pricing programs violate their trade obligations with the United States,” the letter adds. Trump promised a group of leaders that a group including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, several senators, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan would get together to figure it out. “We’re going to get together, call Canada, and ask them what happened,” Trump promised the crowd. He promised big changes to NAFTA or says it might be time to get rid of it once and for all.

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Canada Responds to Dairy Trade Disagreement with U.S.

Canada’s Ambassador to Washington told the Associated Press this week that Donald Trump is wrong when he says that Canada’s dairy industry trade practices “are very unfair.” David MacNaughton wrote a letter to the governors of Wisconsin and New York to let them know Canada is aware of their request to the president for help with Canada’s dairy practices. “Canada does not accept the contention that its dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States,” he said. He attached a USDA dairy outlook report to the letter, which he says clearly indicates that the poor performance in the dairy sector is due to U.S. and global overproduction. Canada recently decided to impose import taxes on ultra-filtered milk, which is used to make cheese. It had been imported tax-free but Canada changed direction after dairy farmers there complained. About 70 percent of dairy farmers in Wisconsin and New York are affected by the policy change.  The U.S. dairy lobby accuses Canada of disregarding its trade obligations while the Canadian industry accused the U.S. of scapegoating.

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Monsanto Surpasses Pollinator Habitat Goal

Monsanto announced it has reached milestones in two key aspects of its biodiversity program, including protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes. Monsanto established 72 habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators at company sites across America. The number of those sites certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council doubled from 15 to 31 in the past year. “Our commitment to establishing pollinator and wildlife habitats is an important part of our advocacy for protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes, which are at the heart of our biodiversity strategy,” said Pam Strifler, Monsanto Vice President of Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement. In addition to the work Monsanto is doing on its own sites, they’re providing funding to support several initiatives that help to boost monarch habitat, honeybee health, reforestation, seed collection, and preservation. Monsanto is the primary corporate funder of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. One result of the Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s projects includes creating 16,000 acres of new pollinator habitat in 2016. Pheasant’s Forever also worked with Monsanto to help develop new pollinator sites.

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Pence Talks Trade in Japan

Vice President Mike Pence was in Tokyo on Tuesday, calling for “stronger and more balanced bilateral trade relationships” with countries like Japan and South Korea. A Washington Post article says his comments raise the prospect of trade talks with Japan as well as a look into the current agreement with South Korea. Japan and the U.S. seem to have different ideas on how to take their trading relationship forward. President Donald Trump immediately withdrew the U.S. from the Tans-Pacific Partnership agreement on his first day in office. The vice president opened up the prospect of a bilateral agreement with Japan, a country that the president accused of unfair trade practices. The trade deficit with Japan was $69 billion last year. In the meantime, Tokyo is looking to revive the TPP without the United States. Pence also spoke to U.S. and South Korea business leaders in Seoul, saying that the Trump administration wants to restructure the South Korea-U.S. trade deal, known as ‘Korus.’ He says the trade deficit with South Korea has doubled since the deal came into effect.

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Mexico Finishing New Trade Deal with Argentina

Mexico is looking to establish closer ties with other Latin American and South American countries after Donald Trump took office in the United States, its biggest export market. Reuters says Mexico expects to finish a new trade agreement with Argentina by the end of this year as it continues to try to diversify its trading partners. Argentina could make significant gains into the lucrative grain market in Mexico, Latin America’s second-biggest economy. As recently as 2015, Mexico imported $2.3 billion worth of U.S. corn and $1.4 billion of U.S. soy. Mexico’s Deputy Minister, Juan Carlos Baker, says those numbers will likely drop because of a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico currently sells 80 percent of its exports to the United States. Baker said Mexico would not accept going back to paying export taxes even if shipments to the U.S. were restricted. He did say that rules of origin, the percentage of a product made in North America for NAFTA consideration, could possibly be changed in future discussions.

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Animal Rights Groups Want Dead Animal Payments Stopped

The Humane Farming Association is once again attempting to get the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop payments to livestock farmers when their animals are unsheltered and die as a result of bad weather. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says the group has sent a petition to Sonny Perdue ahead of his confirmation as Ag Secretary. Severe storms and heat have hit poultry and livestock hard in recent years. As an example, winter storm Goliath killed roughly 40,000 dairy cows in Texas and New Mexico in 2015 and 2016. The Livestock Indemnity Program paid out more than $134 million to cover the deaths of 2.5 million poultry and 200,000 livestock from 2013-2015. The group thinks the USDA is giving out the money to compensate producers without requiring them to provide shelter and shade for their animals. The HFA says in its petition, “It’s a disincentive to farmers and ranchers to take necessary steps to provide their livestock with adequate means of protection from bad weather.” The group filed a similar petition in May of last year that didn’t get the response they were hoping for.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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