05-25-17 CO Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered Monday to observe Memorial Day per President Trump’s Proclamation

CO  Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered Monday to observe Memorial Day per President Trump’s Proclamation

DENVER — Thursday, May 25, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Monday, May 29, in recognition of Memorial Day, and as proclaimed by President Donald J. Trump. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to noon.

The full text of the president’s proclamation: Continue reading

05-25-17 State Legislators to attend NYFC Farmers Roundtable in Mancos on May 31st

The National Young Farmers Coalition and Local Chapter Four Corners Farmers and Ranchers Coalition Host State Legislators for Farmer Roundtable

MANCOS, CO (May 25) – The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), which represents America’s next generation of farmers and ranchers, is hosting a Farmer Roundtable in Mancos with Senator Don Coram and Representative Barbara McLachlan. The Farmer Roundtable is co-hosted by local NYFC affiliate chapter the Four Corners Farmers and Ranchers Coalition, a joint chapter with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. Young farmer leaders from the chapter will discuss how the legislators can support the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Continue reading

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05-25-17 USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15th

USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15th

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Wednesday, June 15, 2017.

“County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs,” said Acting FSA Administrator Chris Beyerhelm. “We strongly encourage all eligible producers to visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers.”  Continue reading

05-25-17 WGCD: Don’t Miss the CSFS Nursery Tour on June 30th

WGCD: Don’t Miss the CSFS Nursery Tour on June 30th

Greeley, Colo.- – – The West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) will host a free nursery tour for district stakeholders who are interested in learning more about the growth and production of the low-cost seedlings offered annually during their conservation seedling tree sale. WGCD Conservation Technician, Liz Schneider will meet attendees at the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery (CSFSN), at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 30. The tour group will meet inside the gates of the CSU Foothills Campus at 3843 LaPorte Ave. in Building 1060, Fort Collins, CO 80521. Continue reading

05-25-17 NAWG Applauds Senate Agriculture Committee for Holding Hearing to Examine the Farm Economy

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Washington, D.C. (May 25, 2017)  Today, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing to examine the farm economy in rural America. Members heard testimony from USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson who spoke on several domestic and global factors generating low commodity prices and the financial implication this has on farmers. Additional witnesses included Nathan Kauffman, assistant vice president and Omaha branch executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Bruce Weber, professor emeritus of applied economics and director of the rural studies program at Oregon State University; and Alec Sheffer, director of retail sales for Agri-AFC.

NAWG President David Schemm made the following statement:

“With the rural economy struggling and farm income down 46 percent from only three years ago, growers are enduring some of the toughest economic conditions since the 1980s.  Farmers have also had to deal with severe weather issues, making the Farm Bill a key tool to enable them to farm another year.  Continue reading

05-25-17 USDA Awards Loans to Build and Expand Rural Electric Infrastructure

USDA Awards Loans to Build and Expand Rural Electric Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is providing more than a quarter billion dollars in loans for rural electric infrastructure improvements.

“These loans will help improve the delivery of reliable electricity, and will help ensure that rural areas nationwide can prosper economically and benefit from today’s technologies to meet tomorrow’s needs,” Glendenning said. Continue reading

05-25-17 National Dairy FARM Program Opens Registration for 2017 Evaluator Conference

 

National Dairy FARM Program Opens Registration for 2017 Evaluator Conference

ARLINGTON, VA – The second annual National Dairy FARM Program Evaluator Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., from July 18-19, with an optional farm trip to Fair Oaks Farm on July 20. More than 400 certified FARM Program evaluators will have the chance to network and discuss relevant topics in animal care, environmental stewardship and antibiotic stewardship.

Starting on Tuesday, July 18, FARM evaluators will spend a day with key Elanco staff, focusing on professional development and learning more about Elanco’s global business of feeding a growing population. Wednesday, July 19, features a full day of programming, including presentations on “The Economics of Animal Well-Being,” as well as insight from a panel of farmers and veterinarians on the importance of protocol development and employee training.

“We are excited to host a dedicated group of FARM evaluators for what will be three full days of enlightening conversation and learning,” said Emily Meredith, chief of staff for the National Milk Producers Federation. “Nurturing strong relationships among members of the animal care community will only enhance our ability to share the industry’s great story of top-notch animal care.” Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for May 25th

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Weekly Export Sales

05-25-17 NPPC White Paper Details Benefits Of NAFTA

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NPPC White Paper Details Benefits Of NAFTA

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2017 – Following last week’s notification by the Trump administration that it will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the National Pork Producers Council today released a white paper on the benefits of the trade deal among the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The paper, which focuses primarily on trade with Mexico, makes the case for not abandoning the 23-year-old pact and for not disrupting trade in sectors for which the agreement has worked well, including U.S. pork. Mexico is the No. 2 export market for U.S. pork, and Canada is No. 4. Continue reading

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Trump Budget Proposal Puts Perdue in Awkward Position

The deep cuts to the nation’s agricultural support programs proposed by President Donald Trump have put Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in an awkward position with both lawmakers and farm groups. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says a good example of this is the plan to cut funding for trade promotion programs and to eliminate more than 230 jobs geared toward boosting U.S. exports. These proposed cuts follow a promise from the secretary that the administration would focus on expanding foreign market access to help farmers. The plan also proposes to cut $193 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next decade. However, that idea runs completely opposite of comments that Perdue made about SNAP before the House Agriculture Committee that said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In a budget hearing with reporters on Tuesday, Politico says Perdue didn’t speak much, passing off the telephone to acting USDA Deputy Secretary and Budget Director Michael Young. During the briefing, Young was quick to point out that USDA and the secretary had little to no part in putting together the budget proposal.

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Heritage Action Praises Trump’s Budget Proposals

Heritage Action is a conservative think tank known for criticizing programs at the USDA. The Hagstrom Report says the group applauds White House budget proposals released this week. However, the group did say it was disappointed the proposals didn’t include structural changes to Medicare and Social Security. Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham calls budget proposals “visionary documents,” saying that the Trump proposal would put taxpayers first by directing their dollars toward the most effective programs. “It’s the type of document our president promised on the campaign trail,” he says, “including some serious, structural reforms to our nation’s entitlement system.” He added that the failure to address Social Security and Medicare would make it difficult for the nation to address its ever-growing debt. “The Trump budget presents an opportunity for Republicans to unite around fiscally responsible reform for food stamps, disability insurance, and the Earned Income Tax Credit,” Needham says.

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Organic Ag Sector Posts New Records in U.S. Sales

The organic sector stayed on an upward trend last year, gaining new market share and setting new records as consumers across the country ate more organic products than ever before. That news comes from the 2017 Organic industry survey that was released during the OTA policy conference this week. Organic sales in the U.S. totaled $47 billion last year, $3.7 billion more than the previous year’s total. The total marked the first time the organic market broke through the $40 billion dollar mark in sales. Organic food sales also make up more than five percent of overall food sales in America, at 5.3 percent. That’s another high water mark for the organic industry. Organic sales increased by 8.4 percent from 2015. The sales growth rate was 8.8 percent higher in 2016, a number that easily surpassed the growth rate of .8 percent in non-organic foods. The $15.6 billion dollar fruits and vegetable market held onto its position as the largest of the organic food categories in 2016. Sales of organic meat and poultry products shot up by more than 17 percent in 2016 to $991 million, the category’s biggest yearly gain ever.

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Elanco Seeks Injuction Against Deceptive rbST Advertising

Elanco initiated legal action last week in an eastern Wisconsin U.S. District Court against international dairy conglomerate Arla Foods last Friday. Elanco wants the court to force Arla to stop what it calls a deceptive advertising campaign and false business practices against rbST. It’s a supplement marketed and sold by Elanco under the brand name Prosilac. Elanco says the technology has been proven safe and effective since it was first approved by the FDA in 1993. The Arla campaign is called “Live and Unprocessed,” launching across America in late April. The campaign is based upon a child’s understanding of what rbST is and then brings the perception to life as an animated monster with razor-sharp horns and electrified fur. Elanco’s complaint says it believes that Arla is intentionally deceiving the public about the safety of rbST. The product has been used for more than 20 years, with rbST used to help cows give more milk without changing the safety and quality of American dairy products.

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AZ Rancher Wants Burden of Federal Regulations Lifted

Arizona rancher David Cook is calling on Congress to remove layers of red tape and federal bureaucracy that have made it much harder to effectively manage and care for public lands. He testified this week before the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Cook told lawmakers he doesn’t believe it was the intent of Congress to disenfranchise communities like his when it enacted the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Wilderness Act, but that’s exactly what happened. “The burden of compliances with these regulations, plus the struggle to get our voices heard as stakeholders have become the dominant consumer of time and resources,” he said, “for anyone or entity interacting with federally-managed lands.” Cook and his wife, Diana, own DC Cattle Company and partner with other ranches in their local county. The agreement between the entities covers 4,800 square miles, but less than five percent of that is deeded as private lands. Cook says the delegation of authority from Congress to land management agencies has resulted in unchecked authority over land-use planning and has been abused by administrators and capitalized on by environmental groups through continuous litigation.

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New Proposal Could Protect Farm Workers from Deportation

The American agriculture industry relies on foreign workers, especially at harvest time. The website Eater Dot Com reports a group of Democrats has introduced legislation that would give farm workers some protection from possible deportation. The bill is called the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1034). It would protect undocumented workers from deportation if they can prove a history of working in American agriculture. The bill may also provide them a path to long-term residence and citizenship. Workers that can prove 100 days of employment in American agriculture over the previous two years can apply for a blue card, which grants temporary residency and authorization to work, pending background checks. A blue cardholder that meets more stringent requirements may apply for a green card. Those who hold green cards for five years and meet other requirements may eventually apply for full citizenship.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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