06-22-17 AAW Members Talk with EPA About Their Environmental Stewardship

AAW Members Talk with EPA About Their Environmental Stewardship 

AAW member Krystal Doolittle from Iowa during her interview with the EPA

Washington, D.C. (AgPR) June 22, 2017  At the American Agri-Women (AAW) D.C. Fly-In earlier this month, AAW had an exciting opportunity. Shortly before the visit with the EPA, AAW was asked by the EPA if they had anyone who would “step aside and answer a few questions with our videographer. We are recording a short documentary film on how farmers and agribusiness leaders are some of the best stewards of the environment. They can just speak to what the environment means to them.” Continue reading

06-22-17 Secretary Perdue: USDA Halting Import of Fresh Brazilian Beef

Secretary Perdue: USDA Halting Import of Fresh Brazilian Beef

(Washington, DC, June 22, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market.  The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.

Since March, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been inspecting 100 percent of all meat products arriving in the United States from Brazil.  FSIS has refused entry to 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef products.   That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of one percent of shipments from the rest of the world.  Since implementation of the increased inspection, FSIS has refused entry to 106 lots (approximately 1.9 million pounds) of Brazilian beef products due to public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues. It is important to note that none of the rejected lots made it into the U.S. market.

The Brazilian government had pledged to address those concerns, including by self-suspending five facilities from shipping beef to the United States.  Today’s action to suspend all fresh beef shipments from Brazil supersedes the self-suspension.

Secretary Perdue issued the following statement: Continue reading

06-22-17 NFU Applauds Decision to Suspend Importation of Fresh Brazilian Beef

NFU Applauds Decision to Suspend Importation of Fresh Brazilian Beef

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil due to food safety and animal health concerns. The announcement came on the heels of a scandal in which Brazil’s largest food-processing giants JBS and BRF were raided by government authorities for allowing rotten meat to be distributed in Brazil and exported to Europe. In response to the decision, NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement: Continue reading

06-22-17 CFB News: Ranchers See Relief in New Water Rights Legislation

Ranchers See Relief in New Water Rights Legislation

Centennial, Colo. — June 22, 2017 — This week, Colorado U.S. Representative Scott Tipton reintroduced the Water Rights Protection Act (WRPA) offering ranchers hope that they won’t have to choose between their privately held water rights and feeding their livestock.  Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB) supports this important bill that will prevent federal land managers from offering ranchers an ultimatum: turn over your water rights or leave.

“Without water, ranchers in Colorado and throughout the West lose their ability to care for their livestock and for the land,” said Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau. “We are thankful to our policymakers who are fighting not only for the rights of our ranchers but for the success of the agriculture community as a whole. No citizen should be forced to relinquish private property in exchange for the ability to access public lands.” Continue reading

06-22-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

06-22-17 Colorado Farm Bureau Welcomes New Staff

Colorado Farm Bureau Welcomes New Staff

Centennial, Colo. — June 21, 2017Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB) welcomes two new additions to the organization’s core team. Zach Riley and Taylor Lobato will support the organization’s public policy goals as directors of federal affairs and policy communications, respectively. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for June 22nd

USDA FAS - Foreign Agricultural Service header

Weekly Export Sales