06-05-17 USDA Sec Perdue Statement on Visit to Toronto, First International Trip

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (left) meets with Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay during the secretary’s trip to Toronto.

USDA Sec Perdue Statement on Visit to Toronto, First International Trip

(Washington, DC, June 5, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today completed a trip to Toronto, marking his first international trip as secretary.  Perdue conducted a series of meetings with Canadian officials, including Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and current Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, regarding bilateral trade issues of importance.  Among other issues, Perdue raised the topic of American ultra-filtered milk that has been a point of disagreement between the U.S. and Canada.

Perdue also participated in a celebration of the 10th year of the Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP), an organization meant to foster mutually beneficial relationships Perdue helped found as governor of Georgia in 2007.  Perdue participated in a “fireside chat” regarding SEUS-CP with former Premier of Quebec Jean Charest.

Finally, Perdue attended the inaugural “tasteU.S.” culinary showcase of Southeastern United States products at the Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Restaurant.

Following his meetings in Canada, Perdue issued the following statement: Continue reading

06-05-17 Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Focuses on the Complexity of Ag

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Focuses on the Complexity of Ag
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Agriculture is built on iconic images of golden fields and livestock grazing in the pastures but there is also a complex string of business structures that can make information gathering difficult. In May, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, by invitation, discussed the increasing complexity of farm businesses with the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on National Statistics to help create a picture of the American farm family and how many of them conduct their business operations.
“While 97 percent of farmland in the country is owned by families, they still have multiple company structures, just like any other type of business. For example, my family farm includes multiple generations, tax structures, and properties which make sorting and providing data rather difficult and it is so important to provide factual data to help provide a comprehensive snapshot of the state and federal agricultural picture,” said Commissioner Brown. Continue reading

06-05-17 NCGA: National Agricultural Genotyping Center Announces New Tools in Corn Disease Identification

National Agricultural Genotyping Center Announces New Tools in Corn Disease Identification

ST. LOUIS (June 5, 2017) — Identifying corn diseases and pursuing the best management plan available just got easier, faster and more cost effective due to new testing protocols announced today by the National Agricultural Genotyping Center located in Fargo, North Dakota.

“Farming is a complicated pursuit that involves many choices. Making the right choice at the right time can have a huge effect on profitability,” said Larry Hoffman, Chairman of the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Productivity & Quality Action Team. “This is especially true when it comes to identifying the dozens of diseases that can harm healthy corn plants, yields and grain quality.” Continue reading

06-05-17 USCA: Cattlemen go to Washington, D.C. to discuss COOL, Livestock Hauling, Trade & More

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USCA: Cattlemen go to Washington, D.C. to discuss COOL, Livestock Hauling, Trade & More

(WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) will bring a delegation of nearly thirty producers to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with Members of Congress and the Administration on key issues affecting the industry.

Producers from across the country will make the trip out, representing Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Texas.

USCA President Kenny Graner commented, “The annual USCA fly-in serves as an opportunity for our members to put a face to the issues being discussed and debated in D.C.” Continue reading

06-05-17 CDA: Celebrate National Dairy Month

Celebrate National Dairy Month

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different product to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. June is National Dairy Month! Colorado is home to 148,000 milk cows that produce 436 million gallons of milk each year. Milk is a nutrition powerhouse, providing 9 essential nutrients in the form of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, and vitamins A, D, B12, riboflavin and niacin. Look for Colorado dairy products at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or on the menu at restaurants across the state.
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Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert

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06-05-17 Southwest Basin Tour June 13-14

Southwest Basin Tour June 13-14

Join the Colorado Foundation for Water Education for the Southwest Basin Tour, hosted in Colorado’s beautiful San Juan mountains June 13-14.

Tour attendees will visit sites up and down the San Miguel River, from Telluride to the confluence with the Dolores River, and along a stretch of the Dolores hearing from local water managers, city officials, conservation groups and business leaders about water management, economic development and collaborative restoration projects. Share a unique educational experience with other tour participants, which will include members of the Colorado legislative interim Water Resources Review Committee, and get an in-depth look at how the Southwest Basin Implementation Plan is being put into action. Registration includes lunch both days and dinner on the first day. Take a look at the draft agenda here.

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06-05-17 Hemp History Week Launches Nationwide June 5-11, 2017

Hemp History Week Launches Nationwide June 5-11, 2017

Advocates Promote Sustainability Benefits of Organic Hemp, Innovative Hemp Technologies and the Need to Lift Federal Prohibition on Hemp Farming

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp launched the 8th annualHemp History Week, to occur June 5-11, 2017, throughout the country.  As event organizers advocate for full federal legalization of industrial hemp farming this Spring, Hemp History Week raises awareness about the environmental sustainability, health benefits, regenerative agriculture potential, and new technological applications of industrial hemp.  This year’s campaign theme, Breaking Ground, focuses on new advances in hemp agronomy research; innovative, breakthrough product applications of hemp; and the need to break new ground in federal legislation efforts to expand hemp farming legalization to farmers and communities in sovereign tribal lands across America. For more information about the campaign, visit:www.HempHistoryWeek.com.

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06-05-17 Pork Checkoff Publishes New PRRS Initiative Research Book

Pork Checkoff Publishes New PRRS Initiative Research Book

New 88-page guide provides valuable update to U.S. pork producers

DES MOINES – June 5, 2017 – The National Pork Board’s new porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus research booklet is now available. The guide, PRRS Initiative Research, is the most comprehensive source of Checkoff-funded research available on the subject, spanning 20 years of results.

“Each year, the effect of PRRS is felt on pig farms across the country, and it has a $664 million annual impact on the U.S. pork industry,” said David Pyburn, DVM, senior vice president of science and technology, National Pork Board. “The Pork Checkoff has consistently invested in swine science and PRRS research, and the result is a guide that will provide value to understanding PRRS in an effort to address its impact.”

The updated and expanded 2017 edition contains Checkoff-funded PRRS research from 1997 to 2016, which can help producers, swine veterinarians and researchers learn more about how to control the costly virus. The guide has six sections including: Continue reading

06-05-17 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to Travel to Canada

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to Travel to Canada

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2017 – Secretary Sonny Perdue will make his first international trip as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture today, Monday, June 5, to Toronto, Canada.

“The bilateral U.S.-Canada relationship is important to the prosperity of both of our countries and I look forward to strengthening this bond with our neighbors to the north moving forward,” said Perdue.  Continue reading

06-05-17 National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference Instills Importance of Growth, Leadership, Community Service

National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference Instills Importance of Growth, Leadership, Community Service

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, June 5, 2017/National FFA Organization) – Thousands of FFA members from throughout the country are converging on Washington, D.C., this summer to evaluate their personal skills and interests, develop leadership talent and create service plans that will make a difference in their communities. Continue reading

06-05-17 ASA News: New Educational Opportunity Available to Young Interested in Ag Policy

New Educational Opportunity Available to Young Interested in Ag Policy

Program Sponsored by Valent and ASA. Application Deadline is June 9th

ST. LOUIS (June 5, 2017) – Next month, the American Soybean Association (ASA) and Valent USA will host the first Soy Leaders of the Future program. This is a new opportunity for young people interested in improving their understanding of major policy issues that impact soybean farmers, the importance of advocacy, and careers that can impact agricultural policy. The first class will take place this summer and will be held in conjunction with the ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Briefing, July 10-13, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Student travel expenses will be covered by the program sponsors. Continue reading

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Leaving Paris Climate Accord Could Impact Trade Negotiations

The Donald Trump administration is pledging a plan of bilateral trade negotiations with individual countries, but Politico speculates his latest move may hinder negotiations. President Trump removed the U.S. from the Paris climate accord last week, joining just Nicaragua and Syria as the only nations not to sign the pact. Politico says the withdrawal sets up the potential for other countries to use Trump’s decision as reason not to cooperate with him on other negotiations, including trade, or to implement tariffs in retaliation. Beyond simply refusing to negotiate, trading partners could also take steps to hit U.S. products with a so-called carbon tariff, a levy that would increase the cost of American goods to offset the fact that U.S. manufacturers could make products more cheaply because they would not have to abide by Paris climate goals. U.S. Senate Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon says by leaving the Paris agreement, the Trump administration is “putting a bull’s-eye on American exporters and the jobs they support.”

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Secretary Perdue Issues Statement on Paris Climate Accord

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue offered his thoughts on President Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. Perdue, nominated by Trump in January and confirmed by the Senate in April, says Trump “has rightly determined that the Paris accord was not in the best interests of the United States.” Perdue says the agreement would cost the U.S. economy trillions of dollars and millions of jobs. Business Insider reports that the U.S. is the world’s second-largest carbon emitter, after China. The publication also says that most greenhouse gases come from burning fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas, but they also come from using fertilizers, raising livestock and maintaining landfills. Perdue said the Paris accord would have a “negligible impact on world temperatures.” He says Earth’s climate has been changing since the planet was formed, and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture remains “firmly committed to digging ever deeper into research to develop better methods of agricultural production in that changing climate.”

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Rollback of Cuba Policies Will Harm U.S. Agriculture

A recent study says any rollback of Obama-era moves to normalize relations with Cuba will harm U.S. Agriculture. The study by Engage Cuba, a coalition of private companies seeking an end to the Cuba embargo, says any new regulations on exporting agricultural commodities to Cuba could cost $1.5 billion and affect 2,200 U.S. jobs. That’s on top of the estimated $6.6 billion economic impact and near 13,000 jobs on the line, if President Donald Trump changes provisions by former President Barack Obama. USA Today says the expected rollback by President Trump is largely based on discussions with Cuban-American Republican lawmakers from Florida, Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, and Senator Marco Rubio. The announcement would come eight months after candidate Trump promised Cuban-Americans during a Miami campaign speech that he would reverse Obama’s policies on Cuba if the Castro government didn’t increase political and religious freedoms.

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House Ag Committee Plans Another Farm Bill Hearing

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee will hold another farm bill hearing this week. Texas Republican and Committee Chairman Mike Conaway announced the hearing, titled The Next Farm Bill: The Future of International Food Aid and Agricultural Development. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Chairman Conaway says the committee has long planned to continue reviewing international food aid programs as it works toward developing the next farm bill. Conaway said: “The president’s recent budget proposal makes this hearing especially timely, as supporters of these programs will have the opportunity to demonstrate how these programs truly embody an ‘America first’ policy.” Witnesses giving testimony at the hearing have yet to be announced.

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Backyard Flocks Sickening Hundreds of People

The Centers for Disease Control says more than 370 people have reported Salmonella infections from backyard flocks this year, and more than one-third of them were children under five years old. The CDC is reporting eight separate outbreaks across 47 states in backyard flocks. These outbreaks are expected to continue for the next several months, according to a public warning issued last week by the CDC. Public health officials interviewed 228 of the sick people and 190, or 83 percent, reported contact with live poultry in the week before they became ill. While contracting Salmonella and other bacteria from live poultry is relatively easy, the preventive measures recommended by public health officials are also easy, but must be practiced diligently. The CDC recommends hand washing after handling live poultry, not allowing live poultry in the house, not allowing children under five to handle poultry without supervision, and the CDC says “do not snuggle or kiss the birds, touch your mouth, or eat or drink around live poultry.”

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Farm Machinery Giant Acquiring Leading Road Construction Manufacturer 

Deere & Company announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the Wirtgen (Vert-gIN )Group, a privately-held international company that is the leading manufacturer worldwide of road construction equipment. The acquisition is valued at $5.2 billion, or 4.35 billion euros, in an all-cash transaction. Headquartered in Germany, the Wirtgen Group has five premium brands across the entire road construction sector spanning milling, processing, mixing, paving, compaction and rehabilitation. Deere plans to maintain the Wirtgen Group’s existing brands, management, manufacturing footprint, employees and distribution network. The transaction has been approved by Deere’s Board of Directors. The purchase is subject to regulatory approval in several jurisdictions as well as certain other customary closing conditions. The companies said they expect to close on the transaction in the first quarter of Deere’s 2018 fiscal year

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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