07-11-17 USW Board Seats New Officers at 2017 Annual Meeting


USW Board Seats New Officers at 2017 Annual Meeting

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Board of Directors seated new officers at its annual meeting July 11, 2017, in Annapolis, Md. USW officers for 2017/18 are: Chairman Mike Miller of Ritzville, Wash.; Vice Chairman Chris Kolstad of Ledger, Mont.; Secretary-Treasurer Doug Goyings of Paulding, Ohio; and Past-Chairman Jason Scott of Easton, Md. Vince Peterson succeeded Alan Tracy as USW President, a staff office position, on July 1, 2017. USW officers were elected to these one-year positions at the February 2017 Winter Wheat Conference in Washington, D.C.

Also during the USW board meeting, committees met on July 9 and 10, including the Joint Wheat Breeding Innovation and Joint International Trade Policy committees that operate in conjunction with the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). Official business was called to order at 1 p.m., EDT, July 10 and continued through 10 a.m. July 11.

USW’s next Board meeting will be held jointly with NAWG Oct. 16 to 19, 2017, in Charleston, SC. Continue reading

07-11-17 Golden Harvest® portfolio grows with 46 new corn hybrids and 18 new soybean varieties for 2018

Golden Harvest® portfolio grows with 46 new corn hybrids and 18 new soybean varieties for 2018

MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, July 11, 2017 – Each year presents its own unique series of weather, pest and market challenges to corn and soybean farmers. It’s a lot to keep up with, which is why farmers need their seed to work as hard as they do. With the release of 46 new corn hybrids, 14 of which are new genetic families, and 18 new soybean varieties for 2018, Golden Harvest® is expanding its strong portfolio of seed options that farmers can count on to get the most yield out of every field.

The new hybrids and varieties further grow a portfolio engineered to equip farmers with agronomic options for all kinds of field types, soil characteristics and weather conditions.

“Rooted in genetics, agronomy and service, the new Golden Harvest hybrids and varieties build on a legacy of genetically diverse, high-yielding seed that farmers can depend on,” said Eric Boersma, Golden Harvest Corn product manager lead. “Because no two fields are the same, we are committed to providing a range of unique, genetically diverse corn and soybean seed options.”

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07-11-17 Governor Hickenlooper names new executive director for Colorado Department of Revenue

Governor Hickenlooper names new executive director for Colorado Department of Revenue

Michael S. Hartman will be the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue.

DENVER — Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Michael S. Hartman will be the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. He replaces Barbara Brohl who announced her departure effective Aug. 31, 2017.

“Michael places high priority on those operations that serve the public,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “He brings extensive banking experience and organizational management to the role. Perhaps more importantly, this opportunity is a bit of a coming home as he served in  Colorado’s inaugural Governor’s Fellowship Class.”

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Strong Relationships with Growers, Innovative Techniques at Breweries and Favorable Weather Lead to Significant Reductions in Water Use for 2016

CHICAGO (July 11, 2017) – Today, MillerCoors announced it used 15 billion fewer gallons of water across its value chain in 2016. The reduction can be attributed to changes in farming techniques that include innovative tools and irrigation initiatives that use less water while still producing high-quality barley, along with increased brewery efficiencies. Wet weather also contributed to the 2016 reduction MillerCoors used 16.9 percent less water compared to 2015 – equivalent to more than 500 million kegs of beer.

“When it comes to water savings at our breweries and across our agricultural system, 2016 was a banner year at MillerCoors. We’re proud of the water efficiencies achieved at our breweries by our passionate and innovative employees, and we are proud of our long-standing partnerships with our growers. These partnerships span multiple generations and are a driving force behind using less water in 2016,” said Karina Diehl, director of community affairs at MillerCoors. “While this was a unique year, we are committed to developing innovative ways to use less water across our system for years to come.”

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Denver, CO — Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, released the following statement in support of Governor John Hickenlooper’s announcement that Colorado would commit to climate action and would be joining 12 other states and 1 territory in the United States Climate Alliance:

“I applaud the Governor for sending a strong message that Colorado would continue to be a nationwide leader in combating climate change and advancing in the new energy economy. Colorado has a moral obligation to tackle climate change not only for the preservation and health of our planet, but for the health and safety of our families as well. Additionally, taking climate action has helped create our booming economy, which includes thousands of good-paying renewable energy jobs across the state and our incredible tourism industry that is fueled by our clean public lands. The bottom line is committing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is the right move for the future of Colorado and its people, and I am so pleased the Governor made this very important decision.”

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07-11-17 US Senator Bennet Statement on Colorado Joining U.S. Climate Alliance…

Bennet Statement on Colorado Joining U.S. Climate Alliance

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today issued the following statement in response to Governor Hickenlooper’s announcement that Colorado will join the U.S. Climate Alliance. Earlier today, Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order committing the state to climate action, which includes reducing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 to levels set by the Paris Agreement.

“Today, Colorado became the first state in the Rocky Mountain west to commit to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement,” Bennet said.“This is great news for our economy and environment. Our state is number one in the country for wind energy jobs, and this announcement will only strengthen our leadership in building a clean energy economy and combatting climate change. As Coloradans do their part at home, I’ll continue to  fight for policies in Washington that leave a safer, healthier planet for future generations.”

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07-11-17 CO Gov. Hickenlooper: Colorado commits to state climate action

Colorado commits to state climate action

DENVER — Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an executive order committing the state to climate action. He also announced that Colorado will join the U.S. Climate Alliance.

“Coloradans value clean air and clean water. Our strong economy is a reflection of how our exhilarating outdoors attracts young entrepreneurs and the talent they need for their businesses,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The vast majority of our residents, and indeed the country, expect us to help lead the way toward a clean and affordable energy future. In this process, we no doubt can address climate change while keeping a priority on household budgets.”

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07-11-16 Syngenta introduces new AgriPro® winter wheat variety SY Grit that offers optimum yields across a range of conditions

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Syngenta introduces new AgriPro® winter wheat variety SY Grit that offers optimum yields across a range of conditions

  • Delivers drought tolerance, yielding well even in tough, dry conditions
  • Offers excellent straw strength
  • Reflects Syngenta commitment to bring new, best-in-class wheat varieties to market annually

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MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, July 11, 2017 – Syngenta is introducing SY Grit, a hard red winter wheat variety, to the proven portfolio of AgriPro® brand wheat for the 2017-2018 season.

SY Grit is a yield leader, standing well in good conditions and offering excellent straw strength. It also features great drought tolerance to maintain yields in tough, dry conditions. SY Grit is a medium early maturity with a good disease tolerance package, well suited for the Central and Southern Plains and is widely adapted in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and across southern Nebraska.

“SY Grit is a great example of the hardy, locally adapted varieties growers have come to expect from the AgriPro brand,” said Greg McCormack, key account manager for the Plains region. “We’re excited that we can deliver high-performing varieties like this year after year. Syngenta is dedicated to the wheat industry, and growers can see our investment in research pay off for them as AgriPro varieties consistently thrive and outperform competitor wheat varieties.” Continue reading

07-11-17 Beef Checkoff News: Reminder to all Cattle Farmers, Ranchers and Importers

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Reminder to all Cattle Farmers, Ranchers and Importers

All beef checkoff meetings are open to every person who pays the checkoff. During the upcoming 2017 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, July 12-14 in Denver, Colorado, these meetings include meetings of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB); Federation of State Beef Councils (Federation) and joint committee meetings that include checkoff representation. Pre-registration not required – register on site.

For more information about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.


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07-11-17 Red Angus Stakeholders Venture to Colorado Springs for Convention September 13-14-15

Red Angus Stakeholders Venture to Colorado Springs for Convention

The scenic beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains, pristine pine-and-aspen forests and twisting canyons of Colorado’s Front Range will greet cattlemen and women from across the country as they gather in Colorado Springs, Sept. 13 to 15, for the 2017 National Red Angus Convention. Online registration is open atRedAngus.org.

Themed “Reds in the Rockies,” this year’s convention is slated to celebrate the growth of the breed, the camaraderie of its breeders and the success of commercial cattlemen using Red Angus genetics. The annual event is hosted by the Red Angus Association of America and Rocky Mountain – Area 3 members.

The trade show will be open each day enabling attendees to visit with some of the industry’s most progressive enterprises, and RAAA Member Services personnel will staff computer stations providing one-on-one REDSPro navigation sessions. Additionally, the Junior Red Angus Association of America Board of Directors will host a silent auction fundraiser and assist as needed with the functions of the convention. Continue reading

07-11-17 NFU Applauds USDA Decision to Allow for Emergency Haying in Upper Great Plains

NFU Applauds USDA Decision to Allow for Emergency Haying in Upper Great Plains

WASHINGTON – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue authorized the release of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota for emergency haying. The announcement follows urgent requests from National Farmers Union (NFU), state Farmers Union divisions, agriculture groups and legislators for the USDA to address severe drought conditions in the Upper Great Plains.

In response to the decision, NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement:

“The persistent drought in the Upper Great Plains is forcing many of our members in the region to make tough decisions about downsizing their herd, or even keeping their farm. Given that they are also dealing with a severely depressed farm economy, the Secretary’s action will go a long way towards alleviating some of the concerns currently facing family farmers and ranchers.

“NFU applauds the Secretary for listening to our concerns and responding in a meaningful way to help family ranchers in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and surrounding areas get through this drought.” Continue reading

07-11-17 CSU Golden Plains Ext News: PEST ALERT – Western Bean Cutworm

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Early western bean cutworm instars (left) lack the identifying black rectangles that develop with older larvae (right). (Purdue Entomology photo/John Obermeyer)

CSU Golden Plains Ext News: PEST ALERT – Early emergence of western bean cutworm moth in northeastern Colorado

Issued by Assefa Gebre-Amlak (PhD) Extension Specialist, Pest Management, CSU Extension

We are seeing early emergence of western bean cutworm moth in most parts of northeastern Colorado this year. According to the historic monitoring data, the moth population will peak between the third week of July and first week of August in Colorado (www.nocopestalert.com). Continue reading

07-11-17 NPPC: Agriculture Groups Worried About Import Restrictions


NPPC: Agriculture Groups Worried About Import Restrictions

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11, 2017 – The National Pork Producers Council and 17 other food and agriculture organizations, representing the vast majority of production agriculture, today sent a letter to the Trump administration urging it to refrain from placing restrictions on imports of steel and aluminum. The organizations are very concerned that such restrictions will boomerang against U.S. food and agriculture exports. Continue reading

07-11-17 NPPC: Veterinarians – Establish Offshore FMD Vaccine Bank


NPPC: Veterinarians – Establish Offshore FMD Vaccine Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11, 2017 – Warning of the dire economic consequences of an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), swine veterinarians from around the country during Capitol Hill visits today and tomorrow will urge congressional lawmakers to establish an offshore vaccine bank to help quickly control and eradicate the animal disease.

The 23 veterinarians are in town as part of the Swine Veterinarian Public Policy Advocacy Program of the National Pork Producers Council, which has made creating a robust FMD vaccine bank its top priority for the 2018 Farm Bill. Continue reading

07-11-17 USCA: USDA Secretary Perdue Authorizes Emergency Haying on CRP Lands in Drought-Stricken Regions

USCA: USDA Secretary Perdue Authorizes Emergency Haying on CRP Lands in Drought-Stricken Regions

(WASHINGTON) – On July 10th, the United States Cattlemen’s Association sent a letter to Secretary Perdue requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture consider authorizing the emergency haying of Conservation Reserve Program lands in the drought-stricken regions of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. USDA immediately responded with the authorization, and went beyond the initial ask to also include up to 150 miles beyond the D2 region.  Continue reading

07-11-17 Beef Checkoff News: The National Beef Quality Audit

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In each National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) over the past 25 years, innovative approaches have been developed to create a more meaningful and robust set of results. The NBQA is more than just an exercise to assess where our industry stands on beef quality. It’s a roadmap to help drive all sectors of the industry forward and create more opportunities for all. The audits completed over the past 20 years paint a clear picture.

“We’ve come a long way as an industry in terms of improving beef quality. Changes suggested by the audit through the years are significant. The opportunities for further improvement — and success — are unmistakable.” – Jeff Savell, University Distinguished Professor, Meat Science & E.M. “Manny” Rosenthal Chair in Animal Science, Texas A&M University, and one of three 2016 NBQA Principle Investigators…



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Missouri and Arkansas Halt Dicamba Sale and Use

The Missouri and Arkansas Agriculture Departments both halted the sale and usage of dicamba in their respective states. Those two states have been in the middle of hundreds of misuse complaints. The Arkansas ban is effective for 120 days while the Missouri Ag Department would like to reinstate product usage this growing season after their investigation is concluded. The Missouri Soybean Association issued a statement saying over 200,000 acres of soybeans show at least some level of dicamba damage. The state’s soybean checkoff issued a statement saying it’s clear some type of action is necessary. Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn said in a statement on the department’s YouTube channel that they’re actively working on the issue. “I’ve asked the makers of these approved, post emergent products and farmers to work with us to determine how we can expeditiously allow applications to resume this growing season,” she said in the video. Monsanto released a statement saying they’re complying with the order and they encourage all growers to do the same. The 120-day ban goes into effect at midnight on Tuesday, July 11th. Arkansas farmers have filed nearly 600 complaints in which dicamba is the suspected pesticide.


Syngenta Settles Nebraska Complaint, Minnesota Trial Next

Syngenta has reached a confidential settlement with a Nebraska farmer who claims the company mishandled marketing of its genetically modified seed, which in turn caused corn prices to plummet. Bloomberg says a settlement heads off a trial that was to start this week. Terms of the settlement were not made public. It was just two weeks ago that Syngenta lost a jury verdict worth $218 million dollars because of a class action suit brought by Kansas farmers alleging similar claims against the company. Syngenta will next face a class action suit, which starts in August, up in Minnesota. Farmers there are seeking more than $600 million dollars. The farmers allege that Syngenta rushed its seed into the marketplace before getting approval from China to export the grain over there. China stopped bringing in shipments of corn in 2013, calling the grain shipments contaminated by the GMO seed. The farmers say that set off a five-year depression in corn prices. They also say Syngenta misled them on when China would approve the seed for import. Syngenta disputes the damage claims, saying it did nothing wrong. The company says it didn’t sell the seed until approved in the U.S. and didn’t need China’s approval to do so.


Canadian Problems with PEDv Continue to Grow

The continued surge of a piglet-killing virus in Canada is starting to threaten a share of pork supplies in the U.S. Fifty cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv, have been confirmed in Manitoba between May 1 and July 4th. The virus has affected over 63,000 sows at hog operations in southeast Manitoba, Canada’s third biggest pork producer. Bloomberg says some U.S. brokers have already quit taking shipments from Canada because of the outbreak. The virus causes diarrhea and vomiting. While older animals typically recover from the virus, mortality rate in young piglets can be as high as 100 percent. A recent U.S. outbreak back in the winter of 2013-2014 killed millions of animals, sending pork prices to record highs. Canada’s veterinarian service is still allowing pigs without the virus to be shipped south into the U.S. The latest outbreak is estimated to have cut production by as much as 200,000 piglets, with roughly half of that number ending up in U.S. barns.  


Northern Plains Drought Damage Mounts

The northern plains drought is continuing to damage crops and forage with no real end in sight anytime soon. Grassland and spring wheat have both suffered significant damage. A DTN article says South Dakota is the driest it’s been for April-June since 2006. Other locations have seen the driest April-June time period ever. Experts are worried about damage to the corn crop. “Corn is so short that even cutting for silage is questionable,” says North Dakota State Extension Crop Specialist Ryan Buelow. “The way it’s starting to look now, it’s not even going to make silage.” South Dakota State Climatologist Laura Edwards says the dryness is becoming historic. June was the eighth-driest month on record for the state and the weather forecast is continued hot and dry for the next two weeks. “Corn in South Dakota starts to pollinate around mid-July,” she says, “and that could be a tough time.” The impact is being felt across the entire ag industry. Cattle ranchers are selling large parts of their herds because of feed shortages. There have also been big reductions in fertilizer and herbicide sales.


Utah Ag-Gag Law Gets Overturned by Judge

A federal judge has officially overturned a 2012 Utah law that made a criminal offense of lying to access a farm and filming once inside. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says that makes it the second “ag-gag” law to be struck down for violating the First Amendment. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals brough suit against the law. In a ruling issued last Friday, Judge Robert Shelby of the Utah U.S. District Court found that the state undoubtedly has an interest in addressing threats to the state’s agricultural industry. Shelby said, “As history shows, the state has a variety of constitutionally permitted tools at its disposal to do so. Supressing broad swaths of protected speech without justification, however, is not one of them.” The decision is similar to a ruling from a district court judge in Idaho in 2015. That case is currently before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals after that state appealed a lower court’s ruling that found the law unconstitutional. Oral arguments took place in May of this year and a final order could possibly come at any time.


Southern Cotton Producers Heading to California

Twelve cotton producers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri will travel west to observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin (Wah-keen’) Valley during the week of July 17th. It’s part of the National Cotton Council’s 2017 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E) Program. The P.I.E. program is now 29 years old and sponsored by Bayer through a grant to The Cotton Foundation. The program has exposed more than 1,100 cotton producers to innovative production ideas in cotton belt regions different from their own. The program’s goal is to help cotton producers boost the efficiency on their operations through several ways, including getting new perspectives on fundamental practices like land prep, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation, and harvesting. Producers also get a look at innovative ways others are using current technology. This year’s other P.I.E. tours will have southwestern cotton producers touring operations in Georgia in early August. Southeast and Far West cotton producers will tour Texas cotton regions in mid-August.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service