05-15-17 ASA: Don’t Forget About America’s Responsible Foreign Sugar Suppliers

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Mexico has until June 5 to comply with U.S. trade laws, or antidumping and countervailing duties of 80 percent will be imposed to stop the damage being caused by dumped and subsidized Mexican sugar.

If that were to happen, the United States has plenty of options for sourcing needed sugar from abroad.

There are dozens of foreign producers who responsibly and fairly supplied the U.S. market for the decades before Mexico began gaming the system. And those nations are justifiably angry about Mexico’s bad acts.

“The quota holders, although lacking legal standing, were equally harmed by Mexico’s unfair trade practices, as both the volume of access and market prices received were depressed,” the International Sugar Trade Coalition (ISTC) recently wrote in a letter to the U.S. Secretaries of Commerce and Agriculture about the harm done to their industries in 2013 and 2014.

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05-15-17 NFU, Coalition of Rural Organizations Oppose Elimination of Rural Development Mission Area and Under Secretary

NFU, Coalition of Rural Organizations Oppose Elimination of Rural Development Mission Area and Under Secretary

WASHINGTON – Highlighting the important work carried out by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, National Farmers Union (NFU) and a diverse coalition of rural organizations are calling on Congress to prevent any attempt to eliminate the Rural Development Mission Area (RD) and the Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development.

The groups outlined their concerns in a letter to members of Congress today. The letter follows a proposed reorganization of USDA by the Trump Administration, which would eliminate Rural Development as a core mission area and replace the Under Secretary for Rural Development with a Special Assistant.

“Rural America is much more than production agriculture,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Family farmers and ranchers need vibrant rural communities because they provide desirable amenities and jobs. Underfunding, understaffing or demoting the Rural Development Mission Area within USDA would cause real harm to programs that benefit farming and rural communities.” Continue reading

05-15-17 National Farmers Union Confronts the Farm Crisis

National Farmers Union Confronts the Farm Crisis

WASHINGTON – The national farm economy is deteriorating, forcing many family farmers and ranchers to make tough financial decisions that will impact their families, communities, and the entire country.

In order to provide farmers with the resources and support needed to endure these tough economic conditions, National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farmers Union state divisions have compiled resources, organized listening sessions, and initiated a national campaign to raise awareness for the current farm crisis.

“We’re in the midst of a farm crisis,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Net farm income has been cut in half over the past four years, and other indicators point to intense, ongoing stress within our rural communities. Importantly, there is no foreseeable end to these tough conditions. Farmers, ranchers, and their communities are bracing for very hard times, and Farmers Union is going to be there to help them through it.” Continue reading

05-15-17 Ports-to-Plains Brings 2017 Energy & Ag Summit to Denver June 13-14

Ports-to-Plains Brings 2017 Energy & Ag Summit to Denver

Energy and agriculture employs more than 386,000 and contribute more than $82 billion annually to the Colorado economy. In fact these to industries are the key drivers for the broad region stretching from Canada to Mexico. Factors affecting these vital parts of the economy will be the focus of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance annual Energy & Ag Summit June 12 and 13 at the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park.

“It is important for people to be informed about issues that are effecting such a large part of the economy”, says Michael Reeves, President of Ports-to-Plains, “Energy and agriculture are critical for rural communities and we have to be effective advocates to grow and prosper.” Continue reading

05-15-17 May 2017-Meet the CO Potatoes Doug Monter Scholarship and Video Contest Winners!

2017 Colorado Potato Video Contest Winners!

Proud to announce the winners of our 2017 Colorado Potato Video Contest! Congratulations to our two winners and thank you to all the schools who participated in this year’s contest!  We received a large amount of entries, and determining the winners was very difficult.

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05-15-17 CO’s Drew Carlson Hired as Gelbvieh Association Summer Intern

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CO’s Drew Carlson Hired as Gelbvieh Association Summer Intern

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) announces the hiring of Drew Carlson, Atwood, Colorado, as association intern. Carlson will be assisting in all aspects of the AGA operations including facilitating member programs and services, bull customer assistance, and marketing.

Carlson’s interest include communicating the critical importance of a strong agricultural economy to youth, as well as working closely with producers in the cattle industry and striving to narrow the disconnect between production agriculture and the consumer. The AGA has a strong history of sourcing talent that contributes to the AGA in a positive way and we are pleased that Drew has accepted the 2017 internship. Continue reading

05-15-17 USDA Approves Modifications to Margin Protection Plan of Insurance

USDA Approves Modifications to Margin Protection Plan of Insurance

Crop Insurance Program Expands Options for America’s Farmers

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced greater crop insurance options for farmers against unexpected decreases in their operating margin. Offered through the federal crop insurance program, margin protection insurance for corn, wheat, rice and soybeans will be available in more states and have updates designed to better clarify the real input costs covered beginning in 2018.

“The federal crop insurance program is a prime example of how USDA works with producers to create products that fit their needs, making the farm safety net stronger for the economic health of our rural communities,” said RMA Acting Administrator Heather Manzano.  Continue reading

05-15-17 CDA News: Pet and Livestock Owners Cautioned About Rabid Skunks

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CDA: Pet and Livestock Owners Cautioned About Rabid Skunks

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –So far this year, 34 rabid skunks have been confirmed in nine Colorado counties. The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds pet and livestock owners that rabies is a deadly disease that can spread from skunks to other mammals and vaccination is the single best method to protect pets and livestock.
“The Department of Agriculture would like to stress two very important points,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “One—livestock owners need to be aware that rabies can transfer from one species to another so they should monitor their property for skunks; and two—local veterinarians are a valuable resource to help owners decide the best course of action to protect their animals from rabies.” Continue reading

05-15-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 15, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • Passage of SB 267 – Rural Sustainability Bill
  • Constructions Defects Bill
  • Veterinary Loan Repayment Bill
  • Potential of a Special Session
  • CO’s 2017 Natural Disasters (NE CO Wildfires & SE CO Snowstorm)
  • 2017 CO FFA Convention this June
  • Final Thoughts

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05-15-17 ACE opens registration, previews agenda for 30th annual conference in Omaha Aug 15-17

ACE opens registration, previews agenda for 30th annual conference in Omaha Aug 15-17

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Sioux Falls, SD (May 15, 2017) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has opened registration and announced a preliminary agenda for its milestone 30th annual conference coming up Aug. 15-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Omaha. This year’s conference theme is Tested. Proven. Driven. The general session will include testimonials from retailers and fuel marketers on why they are selling E15 and flex fuels and a presentation on ethanol’s export market potential. In addition, the general session will decode tax reform efforts in Washington, D.C. and highlight progress toward high-octane ethanol blends.

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China Beef Market Worth Billions to U.S. Producers

The U.S. Meat Export Federation says U.S. beef exports to China could be worth an estimated $2.6 billion, once allowed. The White House announced a deal with China to open the market to U.S. beef no later than July 16th. China has been closed to U.S. beef for nearly 14 years after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (in-sef-o-lop-athy) that occurred in Washington state in December 2003. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden stated: “It’s impossible to overstate how beneficial this will be for America’s cattle producers.” Meat industry publication Meatingplace points out that China has twice before agreed to grant market access to U.S. beef, but regulatory hurdles have prevented any real trade from materializing, and U.S. beef industry stakeholders applauded a similar announcement last September. 

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China Beef Announcement a Positive Step for U.S. Chicken Exports

The National Chicken Council says the announcement that U.S. beef exports will return to China is a positive step towards resuming chicken exports to China as well. U.S. chicken has been blocked by China since January 2015, when the country issued a blanket ban on all U.S. poultry over issues related to avian influenza. In a news release, NCC President Mike Brown encouraged the administration to “continue their work to remove China’s obstacles preventing U.S. broiler access to their marketplace.” Poultry exports to China peaked in 2008, with an export value of $722 million. The trade deal announced by the White House will also allow Chinese companies to export cooked poultry products to the United States.

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Stabenow, Rural Groups, Express Concern over USDA Reorganization

Ranking Senate Agriculture Committee Democrat Debbie Stabenow praised the addition of a trade undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture, but is concerned with the proposed rural development changes. The reorganization proposal for USDA would eliminate the undersecretary for rural development. Stabenow says the role is “an important voice for rural America” adding the proposal would bypass Congress’s role to confirm a qualified nominee. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue says the move would simply have the person in charge of rural development closer to his office. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition says the move is “trading away” rural, domestic priorities in favor of boosting international trade. However, the Coalition notes that all USDA undersecretaries already report directly to the Agriculture Secretary, and say the demotion, taken together with the Administration’s recent attempt to wipe out rural business programs through the appropriations process, “sends a clear signal that the President does not understand the critical nature of rural development to the American economy.” USDA is encouraging the public to provide input on the plan.

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EPA Send RFS Volume Obligations to OMB

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent Renewable Fuel Standard volume obligations to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The White House is expected to complete its review of the proposed rule within the next 90 days for the 2018 RVO’s and the Biomass Based Diesel Volume for 2019, according to DTN-Progressive Farmer. The deadline for the final rule is November 30th. Last year, the EPA proposal called for 14.8 billion gallons of corn ethanol, just shy of the 15 billion gallon target set by Congress. The total RVO was finalized at 19.28 billion gallons. That included 4.28 billion gallons of advanced biofuel and 311 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. That means the implied RVO for conventional biofuels including corn ethanol was set at 15 billion gallons.

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Methane Vote Agreement Offers path for E15 Bill

An agreement between Senators regarding a vote to reject the Obama-era methane rule has paved a path forward for year-round E15 sales. The agreement between Senators Deb Fischer, a Nebraska Republican, and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, means the E15 bill will head to the committee for markup within the next week or so. While the Congressional Review Act resolution to reject an Obama-era methane rule failed, the agreement will stay in place, according to Politico. A hearing has not yet been scheduled to review Fischer’s bill. Under the Clean Air Act, E15 cannot be sold in the summer in some parts of the country. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said earlier this month the EPA is also reviewing the law to see if the EPA has the authority to grant a waiver for year-round E15 sales.

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Canada Ag Census Shows Increase in Young and Women Farmers

Canada saw increases in young and women farmers in its latest Census of Agriculture. Statistics Canada has released its 2016 Census of Agriculture, which counted 271,000-some farm operators, down from 293,000 during the 2011 Census. While people age 55 and over still make up the fastest-growing segment of farmers in Canada, the latest report shows slightly more producers under age 35 for the first time in five surveys. Operators under 35 years of age rose from 24,120 in 2011 to 24,850 in 2016. Women also accounted for an increasing share of operators in 2016, at 28.7 percent, up from 27.4 percent in 2011. The average area per farm increased from 779 acres in 2011 to 820 in 2016. However, Canada’s total farm area slipped 0.9 percent, from 160.2 million acres in 2011 to 158.7 million acres in 2016. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service is in the beginning stages of the next U.S. Census of Agriculture. In 2012, the U.S. census counted 2.2 million farm operators in the United States.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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