05-17-17 Smithfield Foods Showcases Food Safety Commitment, Releases Report

Smithfield Foods Showcases Food Safety Commitment, Releases Report

Smithfield Foods is pleased to share that the third installment of Smithfield Foods’ 2016 Sustainability Report is now available. The Food Safety & Quality section features many recent achievements and delivers on our promise to produce safe, high-quality food. A video introduction detailing our commitment to food safety and quality is available below.

The report provides extensive information about Smithfield’s leading food safety and quality initiatives and certifications, such as: Continue reading

05-16-17 Ricketts, Ag Groups Highlight Importance of U.S.-Mexico Trade Relationship

Ricketts, Ag Groups Highlight Importance of U.S.-Mexico Trade Relationship

LINCOLN (May 16, 2017) – The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a boon for America’s farmers and ranchers, and we must maintain a strong partnership between the U.S. and Mexico, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and national and state grain industry leaders told Mexican officials today at a press conference highlighting the importance of Mexico to U.S. agriculture.

“Bilateral trade with Mexico has helped grow agriculture in our state over the years,” said Governor Ricketts. “Mexico is Nebraska’s largest export market for corn, dairy, sugar, and sweeteners, and second largest market for soybeans, wheat, sorghum, and distillers grains. All of this combined accounts for thousands of Nebraska jobs. I’m encouraged by local and national discussions to expand trade, and am committed to helping grow our trade relationship with Mexico so we can continue to grow Nebraska.”

The Nebraska Corn Board, the U.S. Grains Council, and the National Corn Growers Association are hosting a team of Mexican grain and industry officials in Nebraska for a town hall and industry meetings, ahead of the Trump Administration’s plans to renegotiate NAFTA, a 20-year-old trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Later this week, the Mexican delegation will travel to Washington, D.C., where they will join U.S. corn farmers for meetings with Congressional leaders to discuss the U.S.-Mexico trade relationship. Continue reading

05-16-17 Durango Bootlegger’s Society Celebrates Inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day with Commemorative Collaboration Brew

Durango Bootlegger’s Society Celebrates Inaugural Colorado Public Lands Day with Commemorative Collaboration Brew

DURANGO, CO (May 16, 2017) –Ska Brewing invited its craft beer comrades at the Bootlegger’s Society to collaborate at Ska’s Mod Project brewing facility to create a beer that recognizes the first-ever Colorado Public Lands Day on May 20, 2017.

The Bootleggers Society is comprised of all six Durango breweries: Ska Brewing, Steamworks, Carvers, Brew, Durango Brewing, and Animas Brewing. The breweries teamed up to brew a special IPA to celebrate the holiday. This beer is a Double IPA brewed with Simcoe, Galaxy and El Dorado hops. The beer will be on tap at all Durango breweries, as well as at the Colorado Public Lands Day event at the Durango Powerhouse on Saturday, May 20. Proceeds from beer sales will go directly to Conservation Colorado. Continue reading

05-16-17 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Announce $500,000 Grant for CSU

Bennet, Gardner Announce $500,000 Grant for Colorado State University

USDA Grant Will Fund First National Evaluation of Farm to School Program

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) today announced that Colorado State University has received $499,420 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct the first national evaluation of the Farm to School program. The grant is part of a $17.9 million investment from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to improve sustainable agriculture and help rural communities thrive.

“We congratulate Colorado State University on receiving this grant to evaluate the Farm to School program,” Bennet said. “Not only does this grant recognize the program’s innovative approach, it also will lead to long-term improvements to local food systems to support Colorado’s rural communities. This funding, which was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, will evaluate the Farm to School program and help improve sustainable agriculture.”

“As a Coloradan who was born and raised on the Eastern Plains, I know firsthand that our rural communities have been struggling for far too long,” Gardner said. “I’m pleased this funding will be used to boost rural Colorado and our agriculture industry as low commodity prices have had a real impact on rural America. I’ll continue to fight for Colorado’s farmers and ranchers at the federal level.”   Continue reading

05-16-17 World Pork Expo Seminars Offer Ideas and Innovation for Pork Businesses

World Pork Expo Seminars Offer Ideas and Innovation for Pork Businesses

Attendees will have access to more than 15 free seminars.

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 16, 2017 — Pork professionals attending the 2017 World Pork Expo will have the opportunity to hear the most up-to-date production information and ideas, as well as have access to world-class experts during a wide range of free educational seminars, scheduled throughout Wednesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 8. Attendees can participate in more than 15 presentations covering topics such as nutrition management, understanding consumers, data collection and more. The seminars are just a sampling of the many events presented at this year’s World Pork Expo, brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), June 7-9 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

“The Expo seminars always present a wealth of information that producers can use to run efficient and responsible pork production businesses,” says Ken Maschhoff, NPPC president and Illinois pork producer. “I would encourage producers to bring their family and employees to Expo. It’s a great place to expose them to the latest innovations and learn about research and new developments that they can apply when they return home.”

Business seminars address pigs, consumers and technology Continue reading

05-16-17 Syngenta enhances seeds leadership for growth

Syngenta HeaderSyngenta enhances seeds leadership for growth; appoints David Hollinrake president, Syngenta Seeds, LLC and North America region director; David Treinen, head GreenLeaf Genetics®

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, May 16, 2017 – Syngenta announces two strategic leadership appointments for its North American seeds business to better meet customer needs and drive growth. Both appointments are effective in the first week of June. Continue reading

05-16-17 RaboResearch F&A releases new report on Digital Farming and Ag Technology

Rabobank Analysts Say Digital Agriculture is Most Promising Innovation to the Industry

St. Louis, Mo. (May 16, 2017) –  In a new report from the RaboResearch Food & Ag group, the Farm Inputs team explores the status of Precision Farm/Digital Ag under the heavy umbrella of current commodity prices. The report, Bungle in the Ag Tech Jungle – Cracking the Code on Precision Farming and Digital Agriculture, finds thats the fourth and newest wave of innovation, digital agriculture has enormous potential, but has several hurdles that must be overcome before data intensive farming methods can add value to growers. Continue reading

05-16-17 CDA News: Annual Directory Promotes Colorado Hay…

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CDA: Annual Publication Promotes Colorado Hay

BROOMFIELD, Colo.-The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting listings for the 2017 Colorado Hay Directory. The annual publication connects hay producers with buyers.
“We receive calls from across the country requesting information about Colorado hay,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “This publication helps Colorado producers market their hay.” Continue reading

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USDA Political Appointment Nominees Coming Soon

The White House is close to announcing nominees for political appointments within the Department of Agriculture, as reported by Agri-Pulse. Rumored for the number two spot at USDA, Steve Censky, CEO of the American Soybean Association, is expected to be nominated for the USDA deputy secretary position. Current Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey is expected to receive the nominee for a nearly created post as undersecretary for farm production and conservation. Northey said on Facebook: “I love my job as Iowa secretary of agriculture and I am anxious to support the President, Secretary Perdue and USDA’s mission in whatever role I am in — either within USDA or outside.” Indiana Agriculture Department Director Ted McKinney is expected to be nominated as undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. Finally, Sam Clovis, who has served on the USDA transition team is being considered as the next undersecretary for research, education, and economics.

Mexico Officials Visiting U.S. This Week to Talk Trade

With U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s swearing-in Monday, a group of trade officials from Mexico plan to travel to the U.S. to begin working on trade issues between the two countries. U.S. News and World Report says Luis Videgaray (loo-eece Vee-duh-gur-rye), Mexico’s Foreign Minister, will travel with other high ranking officials from Mexico to the U.S. as the two countries seek to end a dispute over sugar exports and prepare for talks over renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico’s Foreign Minister said last week of the vote to confirm Lighthizer: “For us, it’s good news that the process is closer to starting.” He says Mexico is ready to enter “a serious negotiation” with the United States.

Cargill: Grain Glut to Last

Cargill expects international grain markets to remain oversupplied. The company’s CEO told Reuters recently that the oversupply will remain “for a long time” due to bountiful harvests and an increase of crops in storage. Global corn, wheat and soybean inventories have increased over the last four years in the longest stretch of gains since the late 1990s, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Meanwhile, world grain and oilseed stocks are up 48 percent since 2012, compared with production growth of 18 percent and consumption growth of 17 percent over the same period. Cargill CEO David MacLennan added: “I don’t see the clearing of excess supply or much volatility to up commodity and grain prices in the near future.”

Study: U.S. Meat Sales to Reach $100 Billion

A new report projects that demand for meat and poultry will continue to drive sales in the U.S., helping total retail sales reach $100 billion by 2021. The report by market research firm Packaged Facts says meat and poultry products are consumer favorites, food industry mainstays and protein powerhouses, all factors that will keep the U.S. animal protein industry growing. The Meat and Poultry: U.S. Retail Market Trends and Opportunities report examined the current and predicted U.S. retail market for meat and poultry products. The report says that due to its higher price point, meat will dominate dollar sales despite still trailing poultry in per-capita consumption volume. Meat substitutes will account for less than $2 billion of the projected total.

Perdue Issues Statement on Disaster Assistance for Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a reminder to farmers and ranchers Monday affected by the recent severe storms and flooding of assistance options that are available by the Department of Agriculture. USDA has several programs that provide assistance before, during and after disasters. Perdue says USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are ready to help. Perdue says: “USDA has people on the ground, in every county, who can help you.” Available programs can assist with property and shelter, food safety, and crop and livestock losses. For complete details and eligibility requirements regarding USDA’s disaster assistance programs, Perdue urges farmers and ranchers to contact a local USDA Service Center.

Poll: No Boater Confusion at the Pump

A new survey claims boaters are confident when selecting fuels, including those that include ethanol. The report by CK Motorsports and Growth Energy released this week found 94 percent of boaters find it easy to pick the right fuel and are confident in their selection. The poll surveyed 500 boat owners about fuel selection. CK Motorsports said in a statement: “Critics of the ethanol industry often claim that offering higher ethanol blends would confuse boaters and cause misfuelling issues, but that is simply not the case.” 97 percent of the nation’s fuel supply is E10, meaning the fuel contains 10 percent ethanol. The survey points out that all current boat engines are warrantied for E10 and have been for nearly two decades. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the survey shows that “boaters appreciate that E10 is a high-performance.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service