06-06-17 Inside the CO FFA w/State Advisor Kenton Ochsner: 89th CO FFA Convention at CSU-Pueblo, June 13-14-15

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CO FFA Advisor Kenton Ochsner

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 6,  2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Kenton Ochsner, Assistant Program Director of Agricultural Education with Colorado’s Community College System and State FFA Advisor discussing the 89th CO FFA State Convention coming up June 13-14-15 at CSU-Pueblo…


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06-12-17 US Senator Bennet, Colleagues Urge the State Department to Maintain Economic and Political Engagement with Cuba

US Senator Bennet, Colleagues Urge the State Department to Maintain Economic and Political Engagement with Cuba

Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined a group of 13 other senators in calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to maintain and expand economic and political engagement with Cuba. In the letter, the senators emphasize how normalizing relations with Cuba provides clear economic benefits to American businesses and facilitates cooperation on issues of national security.

 “Each year the United States exports approximately $300 million in agricultural commodities to Cuba,” the senators wrote. “This represents just 16 percent of Cuba’s $1.9 billion in agricultural imports. Expanding these opportunities would directly benefit American Farmers. Isolating Cuba again would not just block opportunities for American businesses, it would also allow competitors like China and Brazil to expand their operations.” Continue reading

06-12-17 US Senator Bennet Statement on Bears Ears Recommendation

US Senator Bennet Statement on Bears Ears Recommendation

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today issued the following statement regarding Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s interim report on Bears Ears National Monument.

“Today’s recommendation reflects Washington interests and ignores the overwhelming input from tribes and citizens across the West who continue to support Bears Ears,” Bennet said. “This confirms the Administration’s intent to remove protections for Bears Ears and undermine the integrity of the Antiquities Act. We will continue to fight these attacks, so we can leave a public lands legacy for our children and grandchildren.”

Bennet has been an adamant supporter of our national monuments and has stood up to defend Bears Ears. Specifically, he: Continue reading

06-12-17 USWA: Mid-Size Millers Team from Japan Learn about U.S. Wheat Supply Chain

Mid-Size Millers Team from Japan Learn about U.S. Wheat Supply Chain

ARLINGTON, Virginia — In the world wheat market, milling companies of all sizes can have an impact on wheat exports and purchasing decisions. This is certainly the case in Japan where mid-sized milling companies representing Japan’s National Cooperative of Millers provide input on the functional characteristics those millers need to meet customer demand to buyers at Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).  Continue reading

06-12-17 NFU Joins Broad Coalition in Support of USDA Rural Development

NFU Joins Broad Coalition in Support of USDA Rural Development

WASHINGTON – Recent efforts by the Trump Administration to weaken and eliminate important rural development work done within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are not sitting well with family farmers, ranchers, and rural residents.

National Farmers Union (NFU) today joined a coalition of 578 farm and rural organizations, businesses and local governments in sending a letter to Congress pushing back on the administration’s recent budget proposal and proposed reorganization for USDA. The groups urge lawmakers to reject both proposals, as they would eliminate Rural Development as an essential Mission Area of USDA and cut Rural Development funding and staffing by 30 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

“The administration’s proposals do not sit well with family farmers and rural residents who benefit tremendously from the work of USDA Rural Development,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “While we appreciate Secretary’s Perdue’s heightened interest in rural economic development, President Trump’s proposed budget does not align with this interest. In fact, the budget proposal and proposed USDA reorganization bring the long-term viability of USDA RD into question.” Continue reading

06-12-17 USCA Applauds News on China Market Access Opening this Month


USCA Applauds News on China Market Access Opening this Month

(WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) concluded its annual fly-in to Washington, D.C. this week.  With over 30 producers from across the country making the trip out to discuss issues of importance to the U.S. cattle industry, a main talking point throughout the week’s meetings was trade, notably the importance of reestablishing trade with China.  Continue reading

06-12-17 Dairy Groups Pledge to Work with Trump Administration on NAFTA Modernization

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Dairy Groups Pledge to Work with Trump Administration on NAFTA Modernization

ARLINGTON, VA – Two leading dairy groups said today they will work with the Trump Administration to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to make sure it safeguards open trade with Mexico and confronts increasingly protectionist dairy policies by Canada.

In joint comments sent to the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) describe the existing North American dairy landscape as one in which U.S. dairy products flow relatively unhindered to Mexico but are curtailed by Canada’s increasing use of policy tools violating international trade obligations.

“NAFTA has accomplished a great deal over the past two-plus decades, but it has also been overtaken by new, unanticipated forms of trade and trade problems,” said Tom Vilsack, U.S. Dairy Export Council president and CEO. “We agree that NAFTA could use a facelift and our industry looks forward to working with the Trump Administration to explore ways to preserve and strengthen it.”

Since NAFTA’s implementation, the United States has shifted from being a consistent net importer of dairy products to being a significant net exporter. Over the past five years, cumulative U.S. dairy exports are more than double the import total.

“The relationship between the dairy sectors of the U.S., Mexico and Canada is of such great importance to all of our nations that we need to devote the time and effort to make it better,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation.  “A modernized NAFTA agreement must preserve the open and dependable trade relationship with Mexico, and remove remaining barriers to trade that were not adequately addressed in the original agreement.” Continue reading

06-12-17 NPPC: Withdraw ‘GIPSA’ Rule, Say NPPC, Pork Producers


Withdraw ‘GIPSA’ Rule, Say NPPC, Pork Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 12, 2017 – The National Pork Producers Council in comments submitted today again urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withdraw a regulation related to the buying and selling of livestock. It also delivered to the agency comments from 630 pork producers and others in the pork industry, opposing the regulation and asking that it be withdrawn.

The comments were on an interim final rule of the so-called Farmer Fair Practices Rules, which was written by USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). The interim final rule is set to become effective Oct. 19. (NPPC in late March submitted comments in opposition to the broader Farmer Fair Practices Rules.) Continue reading

06-12-17 National FFA Organization Names 2017 New Century Farmers

National FFA Organization Names 2017 New Century Farmers

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INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, June 12, 2017/National FFA Organization) – – The National FFA Organization has selected 50 outstanding young people to participate in the 2017 New Century Farmer conference. This exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women committed to pursuing a career in production agriculture.

Participants will take part in an intensive seminar July 16-22 in Johnstown, Iowa. They will learn from each other and industry experts during a series of workshops and sessions. Topics will include the global marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. New Century Farmers will hear from motivating and informative keynote speakers who will educate them on the risks and rewards involved with production agriculture. In addition to classroom learning, students will experience the latest developments in agricultural technology. Continue reading

06-12-17 CCA’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off Today!

CCA’s 150th Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off Today

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Convention and 150th Anniversary Celebration kicks off today!  It’s shaping up to be an event you won’t want to miss, with lots happening between now and Wednesday.
There are three rounds of committee meetings scheduled for today that will focus on policy and education.

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USDA Releases Latest WASDE Report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand estimates report released Friday offered no changes to U.S. corn ending stocks and increased the ending stocks estimate for soybeans. USDA increased soybean ending stocks for new-crop soybeans to 495 million bushels, up from 480 million last month, and left new-crop corn ending stocks unchanged at 2.1 billion bushels. The season average corn price estimate received by producers is unchanged from last month at $3.00 to $3.80 per bushel. The season-average price for soybeans was forecasted at $8.30 to $10.30 per bushel, and the season-average farm price for wheat is projected at $3.90 to $4.70 per bushel, up five cents from the latest report. USDA will release its U.S. acreage and grain stocks reports on June 30th.

U.S. Ag Machinery Industry Says NAFTA Could Use Changes

New surveys by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Equipment Dealers Association show modest satisfaction with the current North American Free Trade Agreement, but a suggestion that there is room for improvement. Survey results revealed that 36 percent of equipment dealers and 59 percent of manufacturers are largely satisfied with the existing terms of NAFTA, but that some small changes were needed. Equipment dealers expressed concern that the U.S. was shouldering too much of the cost under NAFTA and that Mexico was benefiting from more favorable terms. The two groups also analyzed the differences in data collected from their U.S. and Canadian members. Both dealers and manufacturers in Canada had more positive views of trade than their U.S. counterparts. For example, 80 percent of Canadian equipment dealers and over 50 percent of Canadian manufacturers surveyed were satisfied with the terms of NAFTA.

EU Seeks to Expand Trade with Mexico

The European Union is seeking to expand its trade relationship with Mexico. Under the current trade agreement between the EU and Mexico, the EU’s most active trading sectors with Mexico are machinery and car parts. The current agreement was implemented in 2000. Politico reports that a renewed deal would also be a response to Trump’s aggressive trade stance against Mexico. “U.S. President Trump’s threats to impose punitive tariffs on imports from Mexico are piling the pressure to quickly diversify the trade,” according to a spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who traveled to Mexico last week to push trade. An upgraded trade agreement, according to Politico, would feature food and agriculture products, such as bananas, avocados and tuna.

Secretary Perdue to Testify Before Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will give testimony to the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday. The subcommittee will hold a hearing on President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Michel Young, the Department of Agriculture budget officer who is also acting deputy secretary, and Robert Johansson, USDA’s chief economist, are scheduled to testify, according to the Hagstrom Report. The budget proposal would cut funding for trade promotion programs and 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, and makes cuts to farm subsidies.

Pace of Young, Beginning and Small Farmer Loans Slowing

In 2016, the pace of new lending to Young, Beginning and Small Farmers, or YBS loans, remained relatively flat, according to a new report by the Farm Credit Administration. Regarding dollar volume, the pace of these loans slightly exceeded the pace of overall farm lending by Farm Credit System institutions. In terms of loan numbers, the pace of YBS lending lagged slightly behind the pace of overall farm lending. From 2015 to 2016, the dollar volume of new loans made to small farmers rose 3.3 percent, while the dollar volume of new loans to young and beginning farmers declined by 1.9 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. However, since the dollar volume of the Farm Credit System’s overall farm lending declined by 5.4 percent in 2016, the proportion of the system’s dollar volume going to every YBS category actually increased slightly. On the other hand, all three YBS categories experienced slight declines in the number of loans made in 2016. In 2016, a total of 363,988 new farm loans were made, totaling $79.2 billion. The total outstanding farm loan numbers at year-end was just more than one million, amounting to $252.3 billion.


Brazil State-controlled Bank Cuts Credit Lines to JBS SA

A state-controlled bank in Brazil has cut credit lines to meat processor JBS SA, following the plea bargain deal in which the company’s majority owner admitted paying bribes to Brazilian politicians. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the bank decided to review the conditions of JBS’ credit limit, and of a loan expiring in 2018. Reuters previously reported that the Brazilian government had ordered the bank not to refinance existing credit lines to J&F, the company controlling JBS. However, other state-controlled banks in Brazil are not planning to do the same. The move stems from a majority shareholder revealing in a plea bargain in April an apparent consent to bribe politicians. JBS signed a leniency deal to pay the equivalent of $3.15 billion in fines to settle the charges over corruption.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service