07-12-15 FSA-CO: Weld County Announces Enrollment Deadlines for 2017

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Weld County FSA CED Jeff Wilson

Weld County FSA CED Jeff Wilson

FSA-CO: Weld County Announces Enrollment Deadlines for 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Weld County Executive Director, Jeff Wilson, announced that farmers and ranchers have until July 17th to timely file an acreage report for 2017 crops.  They also have until August 1st to enroll their farms into the Ag Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage contracts for crop year 2017.  The deadline to enroll is August 1st annually, throughout the rest of this farm bill set to expire in October 2018.  Continue reading

07-12-17 AFBF and National FFA Organization to Work Together to Share the Story of Agricultural Education

American Farm Bureau Federation and National FFA Organization to Work Together to Share the Story of Agricultural Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. July 12, 2017 – Today, the American Farm Bureau Federation and National FFA Organization signed a memorandum of understanding to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture. The MOU outlines how the two organizations will work together to discover opportunities that benefit both their members and agricultural education students in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“This is an opportunity for us to share the story of agriculture and agricultural education,” said Mark Poeschl, chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization. “Our organizations know that agricultural education provides leadership development, career success and personal growth. This MOU allows us to recognize the role of school-based agricultural education.”

The MOU was signed in Washington, D.C., during a national meeting of state Farm Bureau presidents from across the country.

“Farm Bureau has long supported agricultural education’s critical role of creating opportunities for the next generation of agricultural professionals,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “This formal collaboration with National FFA will help us build on that legacy. We look forward to empowering young people to explore how they can be a part of agriculture’s bright future, from farming and ranching to agri-business and food-related careers.” Continue reading

07-12-17 USDA-NASS: Colorado Crop Production for July 2017…

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Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of July 1, 2017, is forecast at 84.00 million bushels, according to the July 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is up 8 percent from the June 1 forecast but 20 percent below the 105.12 million bushel crop produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at 2.00 million acres, is 190,000 acres less than the 2.19 million acres harvested in 2016. As of July 1, the average yield is forecast at 42.0 bushels per acre, 2.0 bushels above the June 1 forecast but 6.0 bushels below last year’s final yield.
As of July 2, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated 6 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 30 percent good, and 12 percent excellent, compared with 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 15 percent excellent last year. Winter wheat harvested was 13 percent complete, compared with 6 percent last year and the 5-year average of 25 percent.
Barley Production is forecast at 7.29 million bushels, down 24 percent from the 2016 crop. Area harvested is expected to total 54,000 acres, down 20,000 acres from the 74,000 acres harvested last year. Barley yield is forecast at 135.0 bushels per acre, 6.0 bushels per acre above last year.
As of July 2, Colorado’s barley crop condition was rated 22 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 29 percent excellent, compared with 13 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 35 percent excellent last year. Barley headed was at 82 percent complete, compared with 75 percent last year and the 5-year average of 68 percent.

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07-12-17 USDA releases July 2017 WASDE Update..

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USDA Releases July WASDE, Crop Production Reports

The recent World Agriculture Supply and Demand report by the Department of Agriculture projects corn and soybean farmers will grow more crop than previously anticipated. USDA on Wednesday increased 2017-18 corn production to an estimated 14.255 billion bushels and soybean production to 4.26 billion bushels. Corn production came in slightly above the highest pre-report estimates while soybean production came in higher than the pre-report average estimate as well, according to DTN-The Progressive Farmer. The farm price for the 2017-18 soybean crop was pegged at an average of $9.40 a bushel, a 10-cent bump from last month’s estimate. For corn, USDA estimated an average of $3.30 a bushel, down 10 cents from earlier estimates. USDA also raised All-Winter Wheat production to 1.279 billion bushels, up 29 million bushels from the June report estimate.      

The current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) is now available in PDF, XML, and Microsoft Excel formats at:


Acrobat Reader, which is required to view and print the WASDE report, can be downloaded at:


The next release of the WASDE report will be August 10, 2017

Previous WASDE reports are available at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1194.


07-12-17 Russell Assumes RAAA Accounting Director Duties

Russell Assumes RAAA Accounting Director Duties

Janet Russell of Centennial, Colorado, joined the Red Angus Association of America team in July as accounting director.

Russell is experienced as a controller, handling all aspects of accounting for multiple companies in franchise, advertising, insurance and oil and gas industries.

“Janet is a self-starter with a very strong work ethic,” said RAAA CEO Tom Brink. “She is very detail oriented with a strong background in accounting and bookkeeping. We are looking forward to her contributions to the Red Angus team.” Continue reading

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Trade Retaliation Worries Ag Groups

18 agriculture groups representing the majority of production agriculture sent a letter to the Trump administration recommending it avoid placing restrictions on steel and aluminum imports. The groups are worried that such a move would negatively impact U.S. food and agriculture exports. The groups said in the letter that, “the aftermath of those restrictions could be disastrous for the global trading system and U.S. agriculture in particular.” The letter points out that many of those countries exporting steel and aluminum are also the same countries that import a large amount of U.S. agricultural goods. The letter stresses that “potential retaliation from those trading partners is very real.” The 1994 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade says national security can be a reason to restrict trade but is rarely done. The organizations point out that no other country can dictate what another’s national security needs are. “Now, every country with a sensitive industry would know it could follow the example of America and find a national security reason to circumvent trade agreements, no matter how flimsy the reason,” they said. The farm groups urged the administration to “avoid igniting a trade war” through the imposition of restrictions on steel and aluminum imports.


Veterinarians in Washington to Talk About a Vaccine Bank

Swine veterinarians from across the country are in Washington, D.C., this week to tell lawmakers about the consequences of a Foot-And-Mouth Disease outbreak in the nation’s herds. They’re urging lawmakers to establish an offshore vaccine bank to help quickly control and eradicate the disease in the event of an outbreak. 23 veterinarians are making Capitol Hill visits as part of the Swine Veterinarian Public Policy Advocacy Program, put on by the National Pork Producers Council. The NPPC’s top goal in the 2018 Farm Bill is creating a robust FMD vaccine bank. FMD affects cloven-hoofed animals like cattle and pigs but it’s not a food safety or human health threat. Iowa State University experts point out an FMD outbreak in America would prompt other countries to shut off U.S. meat exports. That would create a surplus of meat on the domestic market that would cost the beef and pork industries a combined $128 billion over a ten-year span if producers couldn’t combat the disease through vaccination. The corn and soybean industries would lose $44 billion and $25 billion, respectively. Job losses across the economy would top 1.5 million.


USDA Authorizes Emergency Haying in Upper Great Plains

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue authorized the release of Conservation Reserve Program land in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, for emergency haying. The announcement comes after agriculture groups and state legislators made urgent requests to the agency to address the severe drought conditions in the Upper Great Plains region. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the conditions are forcing many farmers and ranchers across the drought-scorched region to make tough decisions about downsizing their herd or even keeping their farms. “Given that they’re also dealing with a severely depressed farm economy, the secretary’s action will go a long way toward alleviating some of the concerns currently facing farmers and ranchers,” Johnson said. The U.S. Cattleman’s Association says the announcement will help provide cattle operations with the tools they need to take care of livestock through an especially difficult time.


Red Meat Export Momentum Continues

U.S. beef and pork exports had a strong month of May, increasing significantly from April as well as from 2016 levels. USDA statistics compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation show pork exports reached more than 222,000 metric tons. That’s an 11 percent year-over-year increase and the fourth largest monthly volume on record. Pork exports were valued at more than $583 million, up 16 percent. From January through May, exports were 14 percent higher than last year and 18 percent higher in value. Even with higher pork production, exports accounted for a larger share in 2017. May pork exports accounted for 29.4 percent of total production. May beef exports were six percent higher than last year, coming in at 105,321 metric tons. The retail value was nine percent higher at just over $582 million dollars. From January through May, beef exports were 12 percent higher in volume and up 16 percent in value compared to 2016. Beef exports accounted for 13 percent of total U.S. beef production.


Missouri Hopes to End Dicamba Ban Late This Week

While Arkansas farmers are in the very early stages of a 120-day moratorium on using dicamba, Missouri farmers may have a much shorter time to wait for their delay to end. Missouri Ag Director Chris Chinn told Agri-Pulse that the department’s intentions are for the ban to be more of a short pause in her state. The goal is to get approved products back in the hands of farmers by the end of this week. Chinn says the decision will be based in part on what companies like BASF and Monsanto do to make changes to restrictions or to the label of their products. Chinn says, “They’re looking at the special local needs label and that’s the state label. Once my Director for the Bureau of Pesticides Control signs off on that, it will go into effect immediately.” It then heads to the Environmental Protection Agency, which has 90 days to approve it or ask for changes. Both BASF and Monsanto issued statements saying they’re working with Missouri and hope to have the issue resolved as soon as possible. The Missouri Ag Department has received over 130 damage complaints involving more than 200,000 acres of damaged soybeans.


Chinese Buyers Commit to Large U.S. Soybean Purchase

Demand already looks good for the 2017 soybean crop. China is the number one purchaser of U.S. soybeans, buying 60 percent of American soy exports every year. The U.S. Soybean Export Council, along with several American and Chinese organizations, will host a Chinese delegation of buyers at a soybean trade contract agreement signing ceremony. The event takes place on July 13th at the Des Moines, Iowa, Embassy Club. China’s middle class is expanding and the USSEC China Director said its appetite for protein is growing. That means more livestock, which means more opportunity for American soy as a preferred feed ingredient. The exact volume of the purchase won’t be known until July 13th but it should be quite large. At similar events last year, China buyers purchased nine million metric tons of U.S. soybeans worth more than $4 billion. Exports to China in the current marketing year have already been a record 34 million metric tons. Nebraska farmer and USSEC Chair Jim Miller says international customers have a lot of options for soybeans. This decision by Chinese buyers to purchase American soybeans shows how reliable a supplier the U.S. is and the quality and sustainability of the crop.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service