05-12-17 Colorado Pork Producers announce postponement of Annual Meeting

Colorado Pork Producers announce postponement of Annual Meeting

The Colorado Pork Producers Council has postponed its annual meeting scheduled for June 2, 2017 at Island Grove Regional Park due to unforeseen circumstances.  The meeting will be rescheduled for the fall.

The 2017 Taste of Elegance held at the Platte River Fort is still scheduled to proceed as planned.  To buy tickets for this event, visit www.coloradoffafoundation.org. Continue reading

05-12-17 CPPC announce FFA Fundraising: 2017 Taste of Elegance on June 2nd

Colorado Pork Producers announce FFA Fundraising: 2017 Taste of Elegance on June 2nd

The Colorado Pork Producers Council invite everyone to attend the Taste of Elegance, a fundraiser to benefit the Colorado FFA Foundation.

CPPC will be hosting this 10-course pork sampling from chefs all across Colorado, and it will be held at The Platte River Fort west of Kersey from 6:00 pm until 8:00. There will also be music and Colorado beer and wine included in the price. This event is a joint fundraising event for the Colorado FFA Foundation and the Colorado Chefs Association.  To RSVP for this event, visit www.coloradoffafoundation.org.

This event is funded partially by your check off dollars and the National Pork Board.  For more information on this event you can call the Colorado Pork Producers Council at (970) 356-4964.

05-12-17 FireWise Landscaping by Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Program Associate

FireWise Landscaping by Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Program Associate

Learn all you can about wildfire preparedness before a fire happens in your home or neighborhood.  Join us on Wednesday, June 14th at the Burlington Library on 321 14th Street at 10:30 am for a FireWise Program.  Come and understand how to create a defensible space around your home.  Know what types of materials can be used for construction which are more fire resistant.  Enhance your landscape with a variety of plant materials which are more fire resistant. Continue reading

05-12-17 USCA Comments on U.S. Beef Access to China

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USCA Comments on U.S. Beef Access to China

(WASHINGTON) The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner issued the following statement on the announcement of initial actions under the “100-day action plan” as agreed to by President Trump and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinpig:

“As noted in the U.S.-China Economic Cooperation 100-Day Plan, U.S. beef access in China remains one of the priorities for both countries.  The Plan states that following one more round of technical consultations, U.S. beef will be granted access to China, in accordance with international standards.  The plan gives a timeline for access set at no later than July 16, 2017.” Continue reading

05-12-17 USCA Comments on USDA Restructure

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USCA Comments on USDA Restructure 

(WASHINGTON)United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner issued the following statement on today’s announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the position of Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs would be created as a result of the restructuring of the USDA:

“We applaud the actions of Secretary Perdue to establish an Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. The 2014 Farm Bill directed the Department to establish this position, and the industry has since been left without this critical position for far too long. USCA is looking forward to working with this Under Secretary to secure U.S. beef access to China and to ensure that our global trading partners are held to the same high standards of production as U.S. cattle producers. Continue reading

05-12-17 Joint Statement with Governor Sam Brownback on U.S. Beef Exports to China

Joint Statement with Governor Sam Brownback on U.S. Beef Exports to China

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey released a statement in response to Thursday’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Commerce that China will once again allow imports of U.S. beef.

“Kansas welcomes the news that an agreement has been reached to open China’s borders to U.S. beef after being locked out of that market for the last 13 years,” said Governor Brownback. “We commend the Trump Administration for this achievement. Restoring U.S. beef exports to China opens the door to sell high quality, safe and delicious Kansas beef to nearly 1.4 billion new customers in China.”

“This is tremendous news for Kansas agriculture,” said Secretary McClaskey. “The Kansas beef industry is the single largest agricultural sector in the state, making it a significant contributor to the Kansas economy, generating more than $15 billion annually. We are committed to working with the Kansas beef industry to take full advantage of this export opportunity, which will have a major impact as we continue to identify ways to grow Kansas agriculture.”

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05-12-17 SHIC Funded Study Suggests Potential for Pathogen Transmission Via Feed

SHIC Funded Study Suggests Potential for Pathogen Transmission Via Feed

Ames, Iowa — In preliminary findings, a study conducted by Pipestone Applied Research and South Dakota State University shows the potential for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and other viruses to contaminate and survive in feed ingredients, including soybean meal (SBM) and dried distillers grains (DDGs). The study is based on a model simulating the transboundary movement of contaminated ingredients that was developed to identify “high risk combinations” of viruses and feed ingredients. The entire white paper is available at http://www.swinehealth.org/pathogen-transmission-white-paper/. Continue reading

05-12-17 Statement of Secretary Perdue Regarding Trade Breakthrough with China

Statement of Secretary Perdue Regarding Trade Breakthrough with China

(Washington, D.C., May 12, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today hailed the agreement between the United States and China on several key trade issues, most notably the return of American beef to the Chinese market after a hiatus that began in 2004.

Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:

“This is tremendous news for the American beef industry, the agriculture community, and the U.S. economy in general.  We will once again have access to the enormous Chinese market, with a strong and growing middle class, which had been closed to our ranchers for a long, long time.  I commend the persistence of President Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the U.S. Trade Representative’s officials, and our own USDA professionals.  I also thank our Chinese counterparts, who worked so hard to get this agreement into place.  When the Chinese people taste our high-quality U.S. beef, there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll want more of it.”

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05-12-17 The 2017 National Red Angus Convention in CO Springs Sept 13-15…Be a Sponsor!

2017 National Red Angus Convention

The Red Angus Association of America will host its annual
National Convention Sept. 13-15, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

For 64 years, the National Red Angus Convention has been an opportunity for producers, breeders, affiliates and industry partners to come together from across the country and celebrate the Red Angus breed.

Consider being a sponsor this year in Colorado Springs.  Check out the details.

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05-12-17 REMINDER: Deadline to apply for Wildfire relief funds from CFB May 15th!

A reminder to those impacted by the Northeast Colorado Wildfire, the deadline to apply for relief funds from the Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation is this Monday, May 15th.

Go to www.ColoradoFarmBureau.com to apply online. For more information contact the CFB office at 303-749-7500″

A link to the online application is http://bit.ly/2qZ7HfB

 

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, May 12th

Perdue Announces Creation of USDA Trade Undersecretary, USDA Reorganization

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s announcement of a USDA undersecretary on trade was met with open arms by farm groups. The Department of Agriculture will be reorganized to include a trade secretary. He made the announcement to the public during a tour of a grain shipping facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, Thursday afternoon. In a letter to Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, Perdue said the move follows “Congress’s directive in the 2014 farm bill.” Congress directed USDA to establish an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural Affairs and realign the Foreign Agricultural Service to report to the new trade undersecretary. Perdue also announced the creation of an undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation, which will oversee the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency. The reorganization also includes eliminating the Rural Development Undersecretary, having the division report directly to Secretary Perdue. In the letter, Perdue stated: “This realignment will re-orient our approach to serving producers and improve our responsiveness to the needs of producers.”

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Regional Farm Sector Stress Intensifies

The Midwest farm economy in the Tenth Federal Reserve District weakened in the first quarter of 2017, but conditions varied from east to west. The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank’s Agriculture Credit Conditions survey reports farm income, loan repayment rates, and the value of most types of farmland all trended lower in each of the districts seven states. However, the deterioration in the western portion of the district was more severe than the moderate weakness in the eastern portion. The district includes Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming. Since 2014, following a drop in the prices of major row crops, farm income has fallen more sharply in the Mountain States and the western portion of Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. According to the survey, the gap between the two regions widened during the first quarter of this year. Alongside persistent weakness in cattle and wheat markets, more than 80 percent of bankers indicated farm income was lower than a year ago in the western part of the district versus about 60 percent in the eastern part. 

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EPA Delays Implementation of Pesticide Applicators Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would delay implementation of the Pesticide Applicators rule. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (gright-tins) says the action follows his recommendation to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt during a meeting to delay the rule. Greitens says the recommendation was made at the request of Missouri farmers and ranchers. The move, according to the Missouri Governor, proved “the old way of doing business at the EPA is over and done with.” Pruitt said the EPA would delay the rule for 12 months. The Pesticide Applicators Rule would establish a minimum age of 18 and stricter training requirements for people who apply restricted-use pesticides. The extended timeline, according to Pruitt, will give the EPA more time to consult with states and receive feedback from farmers and ranchers about the rule.

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Senate Confirms USTR Nominee

After a lengthy confirmation process, the U.S. Senate gave the nod to Robert Lighthizer Thursday to serve as U.S. Trade Representative for President Donald Trump. The Senate approved Lighthizer 82-14, giving the Trump administration its final trade voice needed to move forward with its trade agenda. That agenda includes a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue predicted last week could happen within the next six months. Following the confirmation vote, agriculture groups stressed the importance of trade. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association released a statement calling international trade “vital to the success” of agriculture. NCBA President Craig Uden urged Lighthizer to “focus his efforts on opening and expanding our access to other markets and preventing any action that may hinder our export growth.” U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers welcomed the confirmation vote, and encouraged Lighthizer to quickly name a new U.S. Agricultural Trade Ambassador.

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New Zealand Continues TPP Push Without U.S.

New Zealand continues its push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership without the United States. New Zealand this week completed its ratification process, approving of the final agreement. Although, the future is uncertain for the trade deal given President Donald Trump removed the U.S. from the agreement earlier this year. Despite that, A New Zealand trade official says ratifying TPP “sends a clear message that we see value in a common set of high-quality rules across the Asia-Pacific and we are keeping all of our options open,” according to Politico. The trade official says: “We are still actively exploring alternative options for TPP and expect other TPP partners to also ratify in the coming months.” Trade talks between the 11 other TPP member nations have been ongoing this spring to decide the fate of TPP without the United States, but little movement has yet to surface.

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Overall Tractor Sales Trending Higher in 2017

Tractor sales in the United States increased again last month, representing a six percent increase since the beginning of the year. A monthly report by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers shows April tractor sales were up seven percent, compared to April of last year, with more than 67,000 sales reported. For the month, two-wheel drive under 40 horsepower tractors, were up 11 percent from last year, while 40 and under 100 horsepower tractors were up one percent. Sales of two-wheel drive 100-plus horsepower were down eight percent, while four-wheel drive tractor sales were down five percent. For the year, two-wheel drive smaller tractors, under 40 horsepower, are up 13 percent over last year, while 40 and under 100 horsepower are down two percent. Sales of two-wheel drive 100-plus horsepower tractors are down 12 percent, while four-wheel drive tractors are down 10 percent. Combine sales were up 0.3 percent for the month. Sales of combines for the year total 1,034 a decrease of 12 percent from 2016.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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