06-14-17 CCA: 151st Year of State’s Leading Cattle Organization to be Led by Colorado Rancher and Local Beef Purveyor

CCA: 151st Year of State’s Leading Cattle Organization to be Led by Colorado Rancher and Local Beef Purveyor

Todd Inglee, Colorado rancher and owner of Ralston Valley Beef, takes the helm of the 150-year-old Colorado Cattlemen’s Association as its 112th president.  Inglee said of commitment to ranching, beef and CCA that, “We (beef cattle producers) care for the land, animals, and natural resources with which we have been entrusted. It’s our goal to improve the land, our local communities, and enrich the families we serve over our lifetime – helping them leave legacies that last generations.” Continue reading

06-14-17 Nation’s Oldest Cattlemen’s Association Celebrates 150th Anniversary

CCA: Nation’s Oldest Cattlemen’s Association Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Colorado CattleWomen (CCW) finished off the third and final day of their Annual Convention in Grand Junction, Colo. with over 600 people in attendance. On Tuesday morning, the Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer, Donna Lynne, accepted CCA’s Lifetime Member Award on behalf of the State of Colorado. This year is the 150th Anniversary year of its inception making CCA the oldest cattlemen’s association in the nation. CCA wanted to recognize the state by awarding it with the association’s highest honor: the Lifetime Member Award. CCA was founded nine years before Colorado entered statehood and has had a rich partnership with the state in the 141 years since. The Colorado CattleWomen are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, as well.

“From the state’s bountiful farming industry, to the public and private ranching lands, through some of the nation’s first commercial feedlots, and ultimately, a progressive packing and processing sector; Colorado has represented our industry well,” Tim Lehmann, CCA’s president stated. Continue reading

06-14-17 CFB Foundation Awards More Than $350,000 to Colorado Farmers and Ranchers for Disaster Relief

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Awards More Than $350,000 to Colorado Farmers and Ranchers for Disaster Relief

Centennial, Colo., – June 14, 2017 – Today, Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Disaster Relief Committee distributed more than $350,000 to nearly 20 farmers and ranchers whose livelihoods were devastated by the grassfire that ripped through Northeast Colorado in March.

The fire consumed more than 30,000 acres in Logan and Phillips counties, destroying three homes, killing livestock and damaging fields, facilities, equipment and infrastructure. Conservative loss estimates totaled nearly $5 million from victims in the affected areas.

“The devastation that our neighbors have suffered is heartbreaking to all of us in the agriculture community,” said Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB). “While we know these funds won’t replace all that these farmers and ranchers have lost, we hope it helps the recovery process as they start to rebuild and grow.” Continue reading

06-14-17 Perdue Farms Partners with National FFA Organization

Perdue Farms Partners with National FFA Organization

Click here to learn more about the National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, June 14, 2017/National FFA Organization) – Perdue Farms has recently become a new sponsor with the National FFA Organization and is working with the organization to provide FFA members the opportunity to grow into leaders, build their communities and strengthen agriculture through Supervised Agricultural Experience grants.

Perdue Farms announced in early June that they were donating $10,000 through its charitable giving arm The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to the National FFA Foundation to fund SAE grants in selected states this fall. FFA members who wish to initiate or improve their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) can apply for an SAE grant. Grant recipients are selected by the SAE Grants Committee, and are based primarily on financial need.

“We appreciate that the goals and values of Perdue Farms and its Foundation align with FFA and that they see agricultural education and FFA as a critical part of their industry and company success,” said Molly Ball, National FFA Foundation president. “We are thankful for support of our states and the SAE grants.” Continue reading

06-14-17 NMPF: Dairy Farmers Discuss Policy Priorities During Capitol Hill Visit

Dairy Farmers Discuss Policy Priorities During Capitol Hill Visit


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dairy farmers from across the country visited Capitol Hill today as part of the National Milk Producers Federation’s annual young farmer fly-in to Washington, where in more than 200 meetings they asked lawmakers for action on a handful of issues important to the dairy sector.

More than 70 farmers from 21 states visited their House and Senate members Tuesday as part of their role as national leaders in the 2017 NMPF Young Cooperator (YC) program. The dairy producers discussed the challenges they currently face, and highlighted four priority policy issues that need Congress’ attention: Continue reading

06-14-17 ACE encouraged by Senate hearing on RVP legislation

ACE encouraged by Senate hearing on RVP legislation


Sioux Falls, SD (June 14, 2017) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is pleased the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee is holding a full committee hearing today on bipartisan legislation S. 517, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act to clarify that E15 and higher blends should be allowed for sale from June 1 through Sept. 15.

“Senators Fischer (R-NE), Ernst (R-IA), and Duckworth (D-IL), all members of the EPW Committee, are providing timely leadership in making sure this priority issue gets the attention it deserves in Congress,” said Brian Jennings, ACE executive vice president.  “We’re encouraged that today’s hearing can be the first step toward enactment of legislation to give retailers the choice to offer E15 and higher blends to their customers year-round.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, June 13th

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, June 13th

China, U.S., Expected to Sign Dairy Agreement

The United States and China are expected to sign an agreement Thursday to promote U.S. dairy products. Politico reports the two countries are expected to sign a memorandum that will allow further market access for U.S. dairy producers. U.S. Dairy Export Council CEO Tom Vilsack said last week that he has been working for months to reach an agreement between China and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A policy change announced by China in 2014 and implemented last year required certification of U.S. dairy products to meet Chinese food safety standards, something the FDA called “challenging to accomplish.” A new registry program approved by China will allow immediate access to more than 80 U.S. milk processors to China.


Mexico Shopping for Non-U.S. Pork

Concerns over the U.S.-led effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement has prompted Mexico to consider other options for pork imports. National Hog Farmer magazine reports U.S. pork industry leaders shared that message at last week’s World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. For instance, if the U.S. would abandon NAFTA, Mexico would be poised to place a 20 percent duty on pork, which has sent Mexico searching for other potential suppliers. Last year, 26 percent of U.S. pork was exported with the largest volume shipped to Mexico, accounting for 90 percent of the pork imported into the country. And, global pork trade is extremely competitive as other leading pork-producing countries are eager to step up and supply Mexico with pork. National Pork Producers Council immediate past president John Weber says that while gaining new market opportunities is a leading offense priority, its top defensive priority is NAFTA. He says: “We want to protect pork exports to two of our biggest markets – Canada and Mexico.”


Opposition Rising Against Perdue Rural Development Pick

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s move to name Anne Hazlett as his assistant on rural development is drawing criticisms. Perdue announced Hazlett as his assistant on rural development this week, replacing the former undersecretary role for rural development. Hazlett has been the chief Republican counsel on the Senate Agriculture Committee. Hazlett will oversee the Rural Utilities Service, the Rural Business Service, and the Rural Housing Service within USDA, and report directly to Perdue. However, Senator Debbie Stabenow, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, says many rural groups are concerned with the move that eliminated the undersecretary position because it lowers rural developments profile at USDA, according to the Hagstrom Report. In a USDA news release, the department said: “It is important to note that the systems, functions, and internal structure of the Rural Development agencies will not be changing.” Perdue defended the change during testimony to Senators Tuesday, saying Hazlett is working today at USDA, while the nominations for undersecretary positions remain delayed in the vetting process.

Rural Unemployment Rates Declining

Unemployment rates in rural areas of the nation are steadily declining, a trend first started in 2010. Farm Journal’s AgWeb reports that rural and urban unemployment rates have since fallen toward pre-recession levels. The overall unemployment rate as of 2016 was 5.7 percent in rural areas and 5.2 percent in urban areas. Before that time, unemployment rates in rural America roughly doubled from 2007 to 2010. While higher educational status correlates to lower unemployment, rural Americans of all education levels saw declining unemployment rates since 2010. Those with less than a high school diploma saw unemployment rates fall from around 15 percent to just below 10 percent. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a bachelor’s degree or higher saw unemployment rates fall from around four percent to two percent.

Syngenta, BASF, Seeking to Purchase Bayer’s LibertyLink Business

BASF and Syngenta are among the bidders to purchase Bayer’s LibertyLink business. Bloomberg Business News reports the two companies have submitted bids to buy the LibertyLink business that Bayer is required to sell to get regulatory approval for its $66 billion takeover of Monsanto. Representatives for BASF, Syngenta and Bayer declined to comment to Bloomberg. However, executives of BASF and Syngenta have previously said that they would consider bidding for the assets that Bayer’s selling to complete the merger with Monsanto this year. Bayer may also sell garlic and pepper seed operations separately or as part of the whole package. In total, the disposals may fetch $2.5 billion to $3 billion. While BASF has sat out the agrochemical industry’s buying spree so far, Syngenta is in the midst of being acquired by ChemChina, and DuPont agreed to sell its crop-protection assets to FMC in March to get a merger with Dow Chemical past regulators.

Vilsack Joins Feeding America Board

Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has joined the board of directors of Feeding America, the nation’s largest anti-hunger organization. Feeding America represents 200 food banks across all 50 states in the country and provides food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. Vilsack became president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council in February of this year, after serving eight years as the nation’s 30th Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack joins the 19-member board of Feeding America comprised of business and non-profit leaders, including representatives from Wal-Mart, Kroger, Morgan Stanley, Allstate and various food banks. Vilsack reportedly joined the organization’s board of directors Tuesday.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service