07-13-17 CFVGA President Addresses International Association for Food Protection

CFVGA President Robert Sakata, second from left, was one of only a few farmers attending the International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting July 9-11, in Tampa, Fla. Other panelists included Bob Zeil, J&J Farms; Chelsea Matzen, National Farmers Union, Dr. Elizabeth Bihn, Produce Safety Alliance; and Dr Samir Assar, U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

CFVGA President Addresses International Association for Food Protection
Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) President Robert Sakata July 11 was one of two growers on a panel at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting in Tampa, Fla. The panel, titled It’s going to take a Village: Grower Perspectives on FSMA Implementation, was one of many sessions at the meeting which draws more than 3,400 of the top industry, academic and governmental food safety professionals from six continents.

“Interestingly, there were very few farmers at this meeting; Colorado was fortunate to be represented,” said Sakata. “It takes a village but sometimes for vegetable growers it feels like an island,” he told the audience in regard to the challenge facing growers in implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA.

“The challenge for family farm operations like ours is that the family is HR, payroll, production, food safety, procurement, R&D, crisis management, accounting, and everything else,” he said. “During the production year, we may be putting in 120 hour weeks. FSMA might not take me out of business, but it’s death by a thousand cuts. I need audits for food safety, sustainability, workers, etc. It’s the culmination of a thousand small pricks that are going to bleed us dry.” Continue reading

07-13-17 “Resilient Agriculture” Author Laura Lengnick is Inside the BARN…

 “Resilient Agriculture” Author Laura Lengnick is Inside the BARN…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) July 13, 2017 – How do we feed a growing world when the way that we eat fuels climate change? Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss that in more detail is Author, scientist, policy-maker and North Carolina farmer Laura Lengnick…


Lengnick will be in Colorado to discuss her book “Resilient Agriculture” and more find out when below… Continue reading

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07-13-17 NGWA: Five free webinars offered to help household water well owners…

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Five free webinars offered to help household water well owners

Five free webinars to help household water well owners with issues including drought, turbid water, and well disinfection are being offered July through early September by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

The one-hour webinars presented by water well experts are intended to explain these common issues in ways the well owner can understand. Each webinar will allow time for questions and answers.

Register for the webinars on the NGWA website, WellOwner.org, at http://wellowner.org/well-owner-webinars/.

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07-13-17 NFU: Amidst a Severe Economic Downturn for Farmers, Congress Must Create a Functional, Adequately Funded Farm Safety Net

NFU: Amidst a Severe Economic Downturn for Farmers, Congress Must Create a Functional, Adequately Funded Farm Safety Net

WASHINGTON – As American family farmers and ranchers navigate the most severe economic downturn since the 1980s farm crisis, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors is urging the U.S. Congress to allocate more money to the farm safety net to make it work for family agriculture.

Family farmers and ranchers provide an essential service in growing high quality food, fiber, feed and fuel for the country; and agriculture serves as the backbone of America’s rural economy, the board noted in a resolution passed today. However, it continues to be put on the chopping block.

“The productivity of America’s family farmers and ranchers provides our country with national security, renewable wealth, and vibrant rural communities,” noted the NFU Board. “The farm bill is to provide the nation with a safe, affordable food system for its citizens. We should increase the dollars in the agricultural budget to make effective farm legislation.”

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07-13-17 Agri-Inject: Create a ‘No-Mite Zone’ Around Your Fields

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Agri-Inject: Create a ‘No-Mite Zone’ Around Your Fields

YUMA, CO (AgPRJuly 13, 2017  Explosive. That’s one way to describe the speed at which mite infestations in crops can develop under the right conditions. Those conditions are hot, dry weather—a common occurrence on the High Plains. A spider mite female, for example, can produce 300 offspring during her 30-day lifetime, enabling a mite population to grow from a few individuals to millions rapidly.

The two primary mite pests in the High Plains are the Banks grass mite and the two-spotted spider mite. Heavy infestation in beans can cause leaf loss and even the death of the plant, while mites can cause lighter test weights in corn. Continue reading

07-13-17 Kevin Rein appointed as New State Engineer and Director of Colorado Division of Water Resources

Kevin Rein appointed as New State Engineer and Director of Colorado Division of Water Resources

DENVER — Thursday, July 13, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Kevin Rein’s appointment as the new State Engineer and Director of the Colorado Division of Water Resources. Rein replaces Dick Wolfe, who retired at the end of June after 10 years in the position.

Rein has served as the Deputy State Engineer since 2008, where he directed and supervised the review and engineering evaluation of substitute water supply plans; water court and well permit applications; subdivision water supply plans; and other instruments that guide the management of water rights throughout Colorado. He has worked for the Division since 1998.

“The importance of water administration has never been more clear as we implement Colorado’s Water Plan,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Kevin’s experience and leadership will be crucial to our state’s long-term success in protecting this vital resource.” Continue reading

07-13-17 Colorado Wheat Organizations Announces Brad Erker as New Executive Director

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Colorado Wheat Organizations Announces Brad Erker as New Executive Director

July 13, 2017, Fort Collins, Colo. – The three Colorado wheat organizations, Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG), and Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF), are pleased to announce that Brad Erker, of Fort Collins, Colorado, has been selected to serve as the next Executive Director for the organizations.

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07-13-17 Climate Change, Resilience and the Future of Food – Upcoming Events in Aspen, Littleton & Ft Collins

Climate Change, Resilience and the Future of Food – Upcoming Events in Aspen, Littleton & Ft Collins

Author, scientist, policy-maker and farmer Laura Lengnick to speak
in Aspen, Littleton and Fort Collins

DENVER, CO, July 8 – How do we feed a growing world when the way that we eat fuels climate change?

Drawing her travels in the U.S. and beyond, Dr. Laura Lengnick, soil scientist and author of Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, will share some answers to this question when she visits Colorado at the end of this month to speak at a series of public events.

“A lot of fingers are pointed at agriculture and food as a big part of the climate change problem,” Continue reading

07-13-17 Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Wyoming Department of Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award Seeks Nominees

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Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Wyoming Department of Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award Seeks Nominees

Award recognizes landowners who exemplify outstanding stewardship

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) and Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) are accepting applications for the 2018 Wyoming Stock Growers Environmental Stewardship Tour, which honors Wyoming ranchers who demonstrate outstanding, sustainable management of natural resources.

The annual award, presented as the most prestigious award within the Wyoming Stock Growers Association’s Environmental Stewardship Program, includes a monetary award, an automatic entry into the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s regional and national awards program and stewardship plaque.

“The WSGA Environmental Stewardship Program has recognized the careful management of our natural resources by Wyoming’s ranchers since 1996,” WSGA Executive Vice President Jim Magagna said. “Each year WSGA and our partners look forward to honoring outstanding landowners for the contribution they make to our state’s economy, environment and culture.”

The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 6, 2017. All materials must be mailed to: Wyoming Stock Growers Association, P.O. Box 206, Cheyenne, WY 82003.

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07-13-17 Beef Checkoff News: Research Suggests Quality of U.S. Beef Supply Improving, But Opportunities Remain

Research Suggests Quality of U.S. Beef Supply Improving, But Opportunities Remain

Results of 2016 National Beef Quality Audit Shared at Cattle Industry Summer Meeting

Data from the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit suggests the beef industry continues to improve the quality of its products, but there is still room for improvement. Results from the research were presented at a session during the 2017 Cattle Industry Summer Meeting in Denver July 13.

Read the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit executive summary here. Continue reading

07-13-17 CDA: A Bottle of Your Finest Please…The Colorado State Fair Honors Wine Industry

CDA: A Bottle of Your Finest Please…The Colorado State Fair Honors Wine Industry

PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair invites professional and hobby wine enthusiasts to participate in this year’s wine judging to compete for blue ribbon and bragging rights.
The Commercial Wine division is open to any wine produced anywhere in the world, as long as it is distributed in commercial quantity at the time of the competition. Classes include sparkling wines, blush and rose, white wines, red wines, dessert, and mead wines. All placing wines will be displayed for the duration of the Colorado State Fair. The entry deadline is August 7th and the judging will take place on August 13th.

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07-13-17 NPPC: Registration Open for First Pig Welfare Symposium


NPPC: Registration Open for First Pig Welfare Symposium

Agenda Set for November Event

DES MOINES, IOWA – July 12, 2017 – The National Pork Board has announced that its first-ever Pig Welfare Symposium will take place Nov. 7-9, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. The forum is designed to help improve the well-being of pigs by disseminating recent research findings and recommendations, raising awareness of current and emerging issues and identifying potential solutions.

“The symposium provides a forum for sharing ideas, learning from other segments of the industry and fostering dialogue on pig welfare-related issues,” said Sherrie Webb, director of animal welfare for the Pork Checkoff. “We hope that a broad spectrum of people will attend, including producers, veterinarians, academia, packers and processors and allied industry partners.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, July 13th

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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.         

NAFTA Boosted Canada’s Corn Syrup Consumption

A new study claims the North American Free Trade Agreement has drastically changed the Canadian diet by boosting consumption of high-fructose corn syrup. The peer-reviewed study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that as tariffs on high-fructose corn syrup dropped over a four-year period, consumption grew from 21.2 calories of corn syrup per day in 1994 to 62.9 calories-per-day by 1998. The study linked the increase as a possible contributing factor to increasing obesity and diabetes rates over that time. The connection between free-trade agreements and health has not been well-studied, according to the study’s researchers, who say that to date, most research on globalization and nutrition has examined the effects of foreign direct investment: how consumption patterns change when multinational food companies, such as Coca-Cola, begin producing and advertising in new markets. Former U.S. Department of Agriculture chief economist Joe Glauber told the Washington Post that: “This connection between trade and nutrition is getting to be a very big question,” while cautioning that the research is in its early days. High fructose corn syrup is commonly used as a sweetener in soft drinks.


Politico: Nebraska Ag Director Being Considered for USDA Under Secretary

Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach (eye-bah) is said to be in the running for a top post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Politico reports that several unnamed sources say Ibach is being considered, which would put yet another Midwestern farmer at the top of the department. Ibach has led the Nebraska Agriculture Department since 2005. Politico speculates that Ibach is most likely in the running for undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, which oversees the Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey and Indiana Agriculture Director Ted McKinney are reported to be in the running for the newly created undersecretary posts for domestic farm services and trade, respectively. Also, Iowa economist Sam Clovis, a longtime Trump ally, is said to be the pick for the undersecretary for research, education and economics.

Former U.S. Ag Trade Chief Named to University of Nebraska Position

Former U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator Darci Vetter was recently named as a diplomat in residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The former Obama-era trade negotiator will work with leadership from the university’s College of Law, College of Business and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, to launch the Clayton K. Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance in her new role, according to the Hagstrom Report. Vetter, who has worked in the Agriculture Department and on Capitol Hill, grew up on a Nebraska family farm, received her undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a master of public affairs degree and a certificate in science, technology and environmental policy from Princeton University. Yeutter, a former U.S. trade representative and Agriculture secretary, was a Nebraska native and Nebraska alumnus who died in March.

Germany Pork Consumption at 11 Year Low

Pork consumption in Germany has fell to an 11 year low, as the nation is cutting back on the world-recognized Bratwurst and hot dogs in favor for more vegetables. Bloomberg News reports Germans last year consumed the smallest amount of pork since at least 2005, and the drop will continue in 2017. Pork still accounts for more than half the meat eaten in Europe’s top economy, but pork is losing market share to poultry and beef and competing more with vegetarian options at shops and restaurants. The shift, according to researchers, reflects changing German attitudes about healthier diets and climate-friendly, sustainable food production. There’s also been an influx of refugees who don’t eat pork. Total pork consumption in Germany has plunged 10 percent since 2011, to about two million tons last year, according to data compiled by researcher Euromonitor International. Over the same period, demand has increased in neighboring Poland, France and Austria.

Chinese Fund Purchasing Dow Seed Business in Brazil

A Chinese investment fund has paid $1.1 billion to purchase Dow Chemical Company’s corn seed business in Brazil, a move Reuters calls a further sign of China’s fast-expanding role in the global seed sector. The assets, which generated revenue of about $287 million in 2016, are being sold by Dow to meet conditions set by U.S. antitrust regulators for its $130 billion merger with DuPont. The deal will boost China’s share of the global seed business, which now includes the $43 billion takeover of Syngenta by state-owned ChemChina. ChemChina officials said recently the company is looking to snap up seed assets that rival Bayer must sell to gain regulatory approval for its takeover of Monsanto.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service