07-05-17 NFU Statement on EPA’s RFS Volume Targets

NFU Statement on EPA’s RFS Volume Targets

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the Trump Administration’s first proposed set of volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal maintains the conventional biofuel amount at 15 billion gallons, yet lowers obligations for advanced biofuels, including biodiesel, and ultimately falls nearly 7 billion gallons short of the levels prescribed by Congress in the RFS statute.

In response to the proposal, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement:

“While we’re pleased to see proposed conventional renewable fuels obligations remain consistent with the RFS statute, the overall proposal falls short of preserving the integrity of the RFS – which is to drive the biofuels market and grow the industry. Continue reading

07-05-17 NCGA Statement on EPA’s Proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation

NCGA Statement on EPA’s Proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation

WASHINGTON (July 5, 2017) – The following is a statement from Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the proposed 2018 renewable volume obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“We are pleased to see EPA pick up where last year’s RFS rulemaking left off and propose a rule that keeps the RFS on track for conventional ethanol production. EPA’s proposal is good for farmers who are facing tough economic times and good for consumers who want affordable fuel choices that give us a cleaner environment.

“The Renewable Fuel Standard has been a resounding success: cleaner air, greater energy independence, and stronger rural communities. We call on the EPA to keep the RFS moving forward in line with the law and in a timely manner. Doing so will bring greater stability and certainty to the marketplace and spur increased investment in renewable fuels. Continue reading

07-05-17 Rebecca Mitchell selected as new CWCB director

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Rebecca Mitchell selected as new CWCB director

Rebecca Mitchell, who played an instrumental role in production of Colorado’s Water Plan, has been named the new director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Mitchell, who was selected by the CWCB’s 15-member board, will oversee CWCB’s 45-member staff as it provides statewide policy direction on water issues and continues implementation of the water plan. Mitchell replaces James Eklund, who left recently for private law practice after serving nearly four years as the agency’s director.

“I’m excited and fortunate to have an opportunity to serve a state agency filled with committed and thoughtful stewards of Colorado’s precious water resources,” Mitchell said. “Coloradans and our water communities are working like never before to solve our state’s challenges collaboratively. The same kind of cooperation that led to Colorado’s Water Plan will fuel the long-running effort necessary to continue putting the plan into action. What a privilege to be part of this process.”

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07-05-17 ACE reaction to proposed 2018 RVOs

ACE reaction to proposed 2018 RVOs

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Brian Jennings, executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard.

“ACE is grateful EPA is proposing to maintain the 15-billion-gallon conventional biofuel blending requirement for 2018. This issue is of paramount importance to America’s farmers—who are reeling from oversupplies and low prices—and the rural communities that depend upon a strong farm economy.” Continue reading

07-05-17 ASA: RFS Volumes a Missed Opportunity for Biodiesel

ASA: RFS Volumes a Missed Opportunity for Biodiesel

WASHINGTON (July 5, 2017) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for biomass-based diesel for 2019 and the advanced biofuels volumes for 2018, calling for biomass-based diesel volumes of 2.1 billion gallons for 2019, the same level established by EPA for 2018. For the advanced biofuels volumes, EPA has proposed 4.24 billion gallons for 2018, below the 4.28 level established for 2017. American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore signaled ASA’s frustration with the levels in a statement:

“The lack of growth in the biomass-based diesel volumes and the reduction in advanced biofuels volumes is certainly disappointing and a missed opportunity by the Administration to demonstrate their support for the U.S. biodiesel and soybean industries. As a point of reference, there were approximately 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel utilized in the U.S. in 2016. ASA and our biodiesel industry partners have urged EPA to set the RFS levels for biomass-based diesel at 2.75 billion gallons for 2019. To have the levels proposed be no higher than called for in 2018 and less than what is being utilized in 2016 is disappointing and would miss an opportunity to utilize surplus soybean oil to diversify our fuel supply and boost jobs, particularly in rural America. Continue reading

07-05-17 Mark Fowler Joins U.S. Wheat Associates as Vice President of Overseas Operations

 

Mark Fowler Joins U.S. Wheat Associates as Vice President of Overseas Operations

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) announces a change to its senior staff, naming Mark Fowler as the new Vice President of Overseas Operations, following the transition of Vince Peterson to President on July 1, 2017. In this role, Fowler will be responsible for providing program and personnel direction to USW’s 15 overseas offices, as well as technical and marketing guidance in support of USW’s trade servicing activities. USW is the industry’s export market development organization, representing the interests of U.S. wheat farmers in more than 100 countries.

“My first memories growing up in a farming family were riding with my grandfather to the grain elevator with a load of wheat,” said Fowler. “I am honored to be selected to serve U.S. wheat producers and support the mission of U.S. Wheat Associates.”  Continue reading

07-05-17 National 4-H Council and CME Group Celebrate 5th Year of Partnership, Commodity Carnival Arrives in 120 State and County Fairs

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National 4-H Council and CME Group Celebrate Fifth Year of Partnership, Commodity Carnival Arrives in 120 State and County Fairs

CHICAGO and CHEVY CHASE, Md., July 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, and National 4-H Council mark five years of their popular and award-winning fair experience, Commodity Carnival, this summer. The interactive experience will visit 120 state and county fairs across nine states, teaching fair-going families the fundamentals of risk management in agriculture, and will also continue to be accessible beyond the fairgrounds through the mobile companion app, Risk Ranch.

“CME Group’s roots are in agriculture, and we are pleased to once again provide this program to help the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness leaders throughout the United States,” said CME Group Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy. “The agriculture and food science workforce is expected to grow five percent by 2024, and Commodity Carnival is a fun, educational way we can help students to better understand the concept of managing risk from a young age.”

“Empowering youth today and creating opportunities for them tomorrow is our key objective,” said National 4-H Council’s President and CEO Jennifer Sirangelo. “Both the Commodity Carnival and Risk Ranch have helped students learn not only about the risk inherent in bringing a product to market, but also developed their skills for problem solving, communication and technical competence – essentials for positive youth development that transcend even beyond the agricultural field.” Continue reading

07-05-17 CFVGA: Sprouts Farmers Market, King Soopers Display Produce Calendar

CFVGA: Sprouts Farmers Market, King Soopers Display Produce Calendar
July 5, 2017 – The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is encouraging the public to look for CFVGA’s colorful produce calendar when shopping at Sprouts Farmers Market, City Markets and King Soopers stores. Produced by CFVGA in cooperation with Colorado Proud, the calendar is designed to provide consumers with an approximate calendar of when Colorado produce is available fresh from local growers’ fields and orchards.
“We invested in this produce calendar, so that consumers will know when to look for fresh Colorado fruits and vegetables,” said Adrian Card, CFVGA founding board member. “We want Coloradoans to know the wide variety of high quality produce they can buy from growers right here in our own state.”
The calendars show the season of typical availability for 44 produce items grown in Colorado. Look for the poster-sized calendars in all Sprouts Farmers Markets and City Market stores throughout the state, as well as in King Soopers stores. Retailers wishing to order poster-size calendars can contact CFVGA. Continue reading

07-05-17 CDA Recipes: Enjoy Colorado Cherries Before They’re Gone!

Enjoy Colorado Cherries Before They’re Gone!

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. Cherries are Colorado’s first fruit crop of the season, and they are perfect for baking and cooking. Not only are they fat free and sodium free, cherries also contain other important nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium,magnesium and fiber. Select firm, red cherries with stems attached. Avoid those that are soft, shriveled or blemished. Look for Colorado cherries at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or on the menu at restaurants across the state.

Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert

07-05-17 Vince Peterson Replaces Alan Tracy as U.S. Wheat Associates President

Vince Peterson Replaces Alan Tracy as U.S. Wheat Associates President

ARLINGTON, Virginia — On July 1, 2017, Vince Peterson became the fourth President of U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) since the organization was formed in 1980 by the merger of Great Plains Wheat and Western Wheat Associates. Peterson replaced Alan Tracy who retired as President after 20 years. Tracy will serve as a Senior Advisor with USW for the foreseeable future.  Continue reading

07-05-17 Agri-Inject Introduces Versatile Omni Mister Mist’r®

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Agri-Inject Introduces Versatile Omni Mister Mist’r®  

YUMA, CO (AgPRJuly 5, 2017 —  Agri-Injecthas introduced what may be the most versatile, and durable, member of the Mister Mist’r lineup of fluid injection check valves. The new Omni Mister Mist’r is designed to deliver consistent product injection in a wide variety of applications. Continue reading

07-05-17 Rabobank: Wh(e)at’s Going On?

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Wh(e)at’s Going On?

St. Louis, Mo. (July 5, 2017) – U.S. wheat acres have declined almost yearly over the last 35 years, and in the current season, they have hit the lowest point in more than 100 years. In a new report from the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group, Grains and Oilseeds Analyst, Stephen Nicholson takes a look at the declining wheat acreage and the potential effects over the next few growing seasons.

The report, “Wh(e)at’s Going On?,” finds the decreased number of acres being planted may begin causing a domino effect down the supply chain. Fewer acres leads to less supply, which leads to increased imports that raise the price of the raw goods. The result is, in the end, a more expensive consumer good. Continue reading

07-05-17 1,500 Ways to Participate in Colorado State Fair General Entry Competitions

1,500 Ways to Participate in Colorado State Fair General Entry Competitions

PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair’s General Entry Department provides an opportunity for all Coloradans to participate in the Fair. Whether its needle arts, floriculture, field crops, pantry, or a number of cooking competitions, there’s room for anyone who wants to compete for blue ribbon glory.

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07-05-17 RAAA News: Are You a Grid Master?

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RAAA News: Are You a Grid Master?

Red Angus calves enrolled in the FCCP or Allied Access that were harvested between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, may be considered if they meet the following specifications under two different classifications: all-natural cattle or conventionally fed cattle.

All-Natural Cattle Specifications  Continue reading

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Trump Talks Trade with South Korea

President Donald Trump met with the new President of South Korea on Friday and opened up the session with tough trade talk. An L.A. Times article says Trump announced he will be renegotiating a trade agreement with South Korea that’s already been in place for five years. The agreement is a co-legacy for both Presidents Bush and Obama and it had broad Congressional support when it was approved. At the same time Trump made the announcement, the U.S. is looking for help from South Korea to contain the nuclear threat from North Korea. Trump called it, “A rough deal for the United States, but I think it will be much different and will benefit both parties.” The South Korean President (Moon Jae-in) said nothing to give the impression that a renegotiation was already underway. He calls it a beneficial agreement to both countries while also saying the two countries can address specific concerns. Trump complained in the past about the trade deficit with South Korea, which totaled $17 billion dollars in 2016. While Trump wants to redo or even end the agreement, it’s important to remember that South Korea is the sixth-largest overseas trading partner for the U.S. The two countries traded more than $112 billion dollars worth of goods last year.

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Arkansas Dicamba Ban Advances

Arkansas Governor Asa (Ay’-sah) Hutchinson said Friday he’s acted on a couple of proposed emergency rules he received through channels regarding the use of dicamba herbicide. In the first action, he’s sending a proposal on “Banning the Sale and Use of Dicamba” to the Legislative Council for review. If given the go-ahead, that measure would put a 120-day moratorium on any further use of dicamba over the top of row crops. The only dicamba herbicide currently allowed for use in Arkansas from April through September is BASF’s Engenia. There is an exemption written into the governor’s proposal for using the product on pastureland. Hutchinson expresses concern about banning the product during the growing season, but he also says the number of complaints justifies the action. Most recently, as of June 23rd there were 507 separate complaints about dicamba misuse filed in 12 Arkansas counties. The governor also instructed the state’s Plant Board and Ag Department to form a task force to review dicamba technology, to investigate the use of dicamba, and come up with a long-term strategy for Arkansas. Governor Hutchinson also announced he’s approving the endorsement of a proposal calling for stiffer penalties in cases of dicamba misuse.

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Sugar Deal Sparks Twitter Debate

One of the less incendiary tweets sent out last week by President Trump had to do with the American sugar industry, making corn and sugar lobbyists happy. Trump tweeted, “New sugar deal negotiated with Mexico is a good one for both Mexico and the U.S. Had no deal for many years, which hurt U.S. badly.” The deal announced last month addresses long-term complaints that many in the American sugar industry had regarding unfair trade practices by Mexico. However, Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says many conservative voices spoke out against the deal. Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey tweeted back at Trump, saying, “I disagree – the new sugar deal hikes prices for consumers even more.” However, the sugar and corn refining groups side with Trump regarding the deal. “America’s sugar producers thank President Trump and his team for defending U.S. jobs, supporting America’s sugar farmers, and holding Mexico accountable for breaking U.S. trade law,” says Phillip Hayes, spokesman for the American Sugar Alliance. John Bode, President and Chief Executive for the Corn Refiners Association, says the deal strengthens protections for U.S. sugar while also protecting U.S. corn sweetener exports, as well as the 4,000 jobs those exports support.

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41 PEDV Sites Confirmed in Manitoba

The Manitoba Pork Council confirms 41 sites in the province have tested positive in a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus outbreak. The southeast part of the province is where the outbreak is centered. A National Hog Farmer Dot Com article says officials have confirmed PEDV on 18 operations representing over 54,000 sows. It’s also been confirmed on seven nurseries representing over 126,000 nursery spaces and 16 feeder operations representing over 99,000 feeder spaces. Manitoba’s Office of the Chief Veterinarian is working with Manitoba Pork provide guidance, support, and all resources pork producers need to help manage their way through the outbreak. The article stresses it’s important for pork producers in any country to stay vigilant regarding biosecurity protocols in order to protect the health of their herds. Any concerns about keeping herds healthy should be discussed immediately with a local veterinarian.

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Rural Broadband Improvements will be Costly

The president promised to improve broadband service to rural areas as part of his nationwide infrastructure plan. Bloomberg says it would take roughly $80 billion to expand broadband to all rural areas in America that need it. However, Trump’s most recent spending proposals only set aside $25 million over the next ten years on rural infrastructure needs. Only 55 percent of rural residents have access to broadband with speeds faster than 25 megabits per second, which is the government’s standard for adequate service. That compares with 94 percent in urban areas across the country. Advocates say increasing broadband access is necessary for improving economic growth. For example, farm equipment now comes with the ability to remotely troubleshoot problems no matter where you are in the country. However, farmers need the right bandwidth available to make that happen. Farmers also can’t access the real-time data they need to make their operations more efficient. “Without it, you’re asking farmers and ranchers to run a viable business without modern technology,” says R.J. Karney, Director of Congressional Relations with the American Farm Bureau.

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Summer Grilling is Still Affordable

Entertaining for a Fourth of July cookout is still affordable as all-American favorites are a bargain. So says the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Farm Bureau priced the average cost for a summer cookout for ten people. The menu included hot dogs, hamburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, watermelon, chocolate milk, lemonade, along with ketchup and mustard on the side. That menu would set the host back roughly $5.57 per person, a very slight drop from last year. John Newton, AFBF Director of Market Intelligence, says higher production has pushed the cost of meat lower. “Retail pork prices also declined in 2017, largely due to more pork on the market and ample supplies of other choices for animal protein,” Newton says. “Lower beef prices are also likely putting downward pressure on pork prices.” Newton also points to stability in dairy prices due to an improving export market.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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