07-18-17 USCA Responds to Case of Atypical BSE

USCA Responds to Case of Atypical BSE

(WASHINGTON) – United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner responded to today’s announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that a case of atypical BSE was detected in Alabama:

“USCA appreciates the swift response and communication by the USDA to both industry and consumers on this issue.  The safeguards in place by the U.S. worked successfully to detect this atypical case before any product entered the food supply.  The U.S. has had four previous atypical cases reports, and in no way are these the same as the Classical BSE cases reported in the 1980s in the United Kingdom and which would affect public health.  Experts have reported that atypical BSE cases do not represent a risk to public health, and given the differences between Classical and atypical cases, the two should be categorized separately.” Continue reading

07-18-17 NFU: NAFTA Objectives a Missed Opportunity for Family Farmers

NFU: NAFTA Objectives a Missed Opportunity for Family Farmers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) this week released its Summary of Objectives for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Renegotiation, a document that will guide talks with Canada and Mexico expected to begin in mid-August.

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

For too long, our nation’s trade negotiators have prioritized a free trade over fair trade agenda, leading to a massive trade deficit, lost jobs and lowered wages in rural communities across America. We are cautiously optimistic that several of the USTR’s recommendations for the NAFTA renegotiation will address the fundamental flaws of free trade agreements. Continue reading

07-18-17 Colorado Producers Have Until Aug. 1, to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

Colorado Producers Have Until Aug. 1, to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

USDA-FSA-CO Acting Executive Director Jenny Peterson

Denver, Colorado, July 18, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for Colorado, Jenny Peterson today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2017, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA. Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are over 7,700 farmer and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

“The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Peterson. “If you know of a great candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, go to your county FSA office right now and submit the nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

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07-18-17 Lee Klancher’s newest book “Red 4WD Tractors” available September 1, 2017!

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07-18-17 US Senators Bennet, Daines, Tester, Gardner, Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Protect Water Rights for Hemp Farmers

US Senators Bennet, Daines, Tester, Gardner, Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Protect Water Rights for Hemp Farmers

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure farmers across the West can use the water they own through private water rights to grow industrial hemp in states where it is legal.

A pilot program created by the 2014 Farm Bill granted permission to state Departments of Agriculture to license farmers to grow industrial hemp. The Bureau of Reclamation, however, prohibits the use of federally-controlled water for growing industrial hemp. These conflicting policies create confusion for farmers who grow, or wish to grow, industrial hemp using water from federal reservoirs. The Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act would clarify federal policy, ensuring owners of water rights can use their water, even if it passes through federal facilities, to cultivate industrial hemp.

“This bipartisan legislation provided needed clarity for farmers in Colorado who want to grow industrial hemp legally,” Bennet said. “This is a necessary measure to fix conflicting federal policies that are slowing the implementation of the Farm Bill pilot program and stifling new business opportunities in rural Colorado. At the very least, Colorado’s farmers deserve a clear path to boost growth in our agriculture economy.” Continue reading

07-18-17 Golden Harvest® reinforces commitment to farmers with launch of new online presence

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Golden Harvest® reinforces commitment to farmers with launch of new online presence

MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, July 18, 2017 – Rooted in genetics, agronomy and service, Golden Harvest has launched a comprehensive new website and dedicated social media channels.

Located at www.GoldenHarvestSeeds.com, the website offers farmers an online experience tailored to their needs. It delivers different experiences by geography, providing information on locally relevant corn hybrids and soybean varieties alongside regular agronomy updates from their area. For farmers with additional questions, the site also includes a “Find Your Seed Advisor™” function allowing them to locate their closest local agronomic expert.

“At Golden Harvest, we’re committed to helping farmers get the best yields in all their fields through local agronomic knowledge, strong genetics, and hardworking, service-oriented Golden Harvest® Seed Advisors,” said Chad Stone, head, Golden Harvest East. “Our new website reflects this commitment, equipping farmers with tools designed to help them improve their bottom lines.” Continue reading

07-18-17 Culver’s Kicks Off Second Year of #FarmingFridays

On July 21st, the National FFA Officer Team – Leaders of the national youth organization made up of 649,355 student members focus on agricultural education and career readiness.

Culver’s Kicks Off Second Year of #FarmingFridays

Agricultural influencers share their stories on restaurant’s social media platforms

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – July 18, 2017 – Following the success of last year’s #FarmingFridays social content series, Culver’s has again invited agricultural influencers to share photos and videos depicting their passion for and knowledge about agriculture.  #FarmingFridays is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers initiative, which recognizes the hard work and commitment of the farmers who feed the nation. New for this year, #FarmingFridays will extend  throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons on five different Fridays, beginning on April 28 and ending on November 3.

“Culver’s is committed to teaching our guests more about agriculture and the hard work of the people in this industry,” said Jessie Corning, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “We’re excited to again provide a platform for agricultural leaders to share their stories and educate our guests.”

Here is the #FarmingFridays schedule:

  • July 21: National FFA Officer Team – Leaders of the national youth organization made up of 649,355 student members focus on agricultural education and career readiness. Continue reading

07-18-17 NPPC: Vaccine Bank Needed To Protect Food, National Security

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NPPC: Vaccine Bank Needed To Protect Food, National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 18, 2017 – Citing economic and food and national security concerns, an ad hoccoalition of more than 100 agricultural organizations and allied industries groups urged Congress to include in the next Farm Bill language establishing and funding a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank. Continue reading

07-18-17 Beef Checkoff News: New Beef WISE Study

New Beef WISE Study

New research shows lean beef can help people lose weight while maintaining lean muscle and supporting a healthy heart

New research published in Obesity Science & Practiceshows that lean beef, as part of a healthy and higher-protein diet, can help people lose weight while maintaining muscle and a healthy heart. [1] “The Beef WISE Study: Beef’s Role in Weight Improvement, Satisfaction, and Energy,” conducted at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center with a research grant from the beef checkoff, adds to the growing body of evidence demonstrating lean beef can contribute to a healthy weight loss diet. Continue reading

07-18-17 RMFU: Amidst a Severe Economic Downturn for Farmers, Congress Must Create a Functional, Adequately Funded Farm Safety Net

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

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.” Continue reading

07-18-17 American Gelbvieh Junior Association Elects Leadership

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The American Gelbvieh Junior Association elected directors and officers for 2017-2018 during the annual meeting in Grand Island, Nebraska. Front row (left to right): Ex-officio Aubree Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa; Treasurer Caitlin Griffin, Westminster, S.C.; Kallie Mattison, Lamberton, Minn.; Secretary Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo. Back row (left to right): Wyatt Forbes, DeSmet, S.D.; Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; President Callahan Grund, Wallace, Kan.; Vice President Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Vice President of Leadership and Development Jesse Henson, Canton, N.C.; Anna Ring, Oregon, Ill.

American Gelbvieh Junior Association Elects Leadership

 

Members of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) elected five candidates to serve two-year terms and one candidate to serve a one-year term on the AGJA Board of Directors. The election was held at the 2017 Big Red Classic in Grand Island, Nebraska, on June 28, 2017.

The AGJA Board of Directors consists of nine AGJA members and one ex-officio member. Directors serve two-year terms and must be 16 years of age as of January 1, and many not have reached his or her 20th birthday as of January 1. Continue reading

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China Approves More GMO Crops

China’s Ministry of Agriculture announced it has approved two more genetically modified crops for import into the country. A Reuters article says it’s the second move in the past month to expand access to biotech seeds as a part of Beijing’s 100-day trade talks with Washington. The Ministry approved Syngenta’s 5307 insecticide-resistant corn sold under the Agrisure Duricade brand. It also approved Monsanto’s 87427 glyphosate-resistant corn, sold under the Roundup Ready brand. The approvals are good for a period of three years, starting from July 16th. The move brings the total number of approved genetically modified crops to four. Four other products are still on a waiting list for Beijing approval, including products from Monsanto, DuPont, and Dow. A DuPont spokeswoman said the company was disappointed its Pioneer insect-resistant corn was not included. The other three on the waiting list were Dow’s Enlist soybeans and two alfalfa products from Monsanto. The moves come as China promised to speed up the review process for GMO crops. While GMO crops can’t be planted for food in the country, corn and soybeans can be imported and used in animal feed products.

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Farmers Worried About the Future of Health Care

It may not be front and center in agriculture like the farm bill discussion is, but farmers have a lot to worry about as Congress debates the future of health care. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says farmers have been struggling for some time with low commodity prices and a sharp drop in farm income. In turn, that’s led to a push on promoting exports and shoring up the farm safety net. But the concern in rural America about health care has never been higher, even though roughly 90 percent of farmers currently have health insurance. Most farmers get their health insurance through off-farm employment, something they have to have because farming is a dangerous occupation. A new university-led survey shows just how much farmers are concerned about the high cost of health care. Nearly half of them are worried they might have to sell off land or other assets to help pay for the cost of health care. National Farmers Union State Presidents met last week in North Dakota. They’ve started hearing so much about health care from their members that the board has bumped it higher on their list of priorities in Washington.

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Ag Lenders Pessimistic About Farm Profits

Farmers are still feeling the pressure of a lagging farm economy. A joint survey from the American Bankers Association and the Federal Ag Mortgage Corporation confirms the pressure. Nearly 90 percent of ag lenders report an overall decline in farm profitability over the last year. 84 percent indicate there are higher levels of operating leverage as a result. The survey of 350 ag lenders showed that 60 percent of all borrowers are profitable, but only 54 percent of those same borrowers are expected to stay profitable through the rest of 2017. The degree of pessimism varies by location. Lenders in the South and West said a majority of their customers were profitable in 2016. Corn Belt lenders expect only 55 percent of their customers to remain in the black through 2017. Things are tougher in the Plains states. Lenders in those locations expect only 45 percent of their customers to remain profitable through the rest of this year. A Farmer Mac analyst said the grains, cattle, and dairy sectors have been hit hardest as market prices remain at the low end of the cycle. Lenders that work primarily with poultry, vegetable, fruit, and nut farmers are more optimistic about the future.

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China Purchasing Near Record Number of U.S. Soybeans

A Chinese delegation signed contracts on Sunday to purchase a large amount of U.S. soybeans. The contract is for the purchase of 460 million bushels of U.S. soy worth more than $5 billion. It’s a large increase from the $1 billion contract signed a year ago at this time. The delegation of Chinese buyers represents 11 different companies. China has a growing middle class that’s eating more meat and consuming more protein, plus it has the largest swine herd in the world. That makes China the number one customer for American soy. The Chinese demand for soy is large as it purchases more than 60 percent of all soybeans exported around the world. The United States Soybean Export Council’s China Director says this ceremony represents the value of the 2017 soybean crop, even before it’s harvested. They also called it evidence of the enhanced trade agreements between the two countries. USSEC Chair and Nebraska farmer Jim Miller says U.S. soybean farmers should be confident in the long-term demand for their product. “U.S. soybean farmers have done an exceptional job of meeting the global demands of their customers,” Miller says.

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U.S. Winter Wheat Harvest Forecast Improves

As the American wheat harvest rolls along, the government forecast last week calls for growers to bring in 1.28 billion bushels of winter wheat. The latest projection is two percent higher than the previous month’s forecast, but it’s still 23 percent lower than 2016. The forecast based on July 1 conditions projects a 49.7 bushel per acre average. Hard red winter wheat projections are estimated at 758 million bushels. Kansas is the nation’s biggest wheat producer with 324 million bushels expected to be cut this year. That number is 37 percent below last year when Kansas had an unusually good harvest, but it’s still a lot better than most experts predicted. An Associated Press report says Kansas was hit hard by wheat streak mosaic disease, brutal hail storms, and that poorly-timed late spring snowstorm. “We could have been looking at another phenomenal crop in western Kansas if not for disease pressure,” says Aaron Harries, Marketing Director for Kansas Wheat. He says there was a widespread surprise that the wheat crop in western Kansas recovered from the spring snowstorm as well as it did.

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Love for Bacon Pushing Pork Belly Prices to Record Highs

America loves its bacon, and that love is pushing pork belly prices to record highs. Prices for the part of the hog that’s used to make bacon have jumped roughly 80 percent higher this year. This comes in spite of frozen reserves at a low not seen in sixty years. Market research firm Nielsen says Americans bought 14 percent more bacon in stores during 2016 than they did in 2013. “The consumer has simply woken up to the joys of having bacon on more and more things,” says Arlan Suderman, Chief Commodities Economist at FC Stone. A Market Watch Dot Com article says bacon no longer takes a back seat to the more prized cuts like pork chops and tenderloins. Over the past ten years, bacon popped on menus across the country on everything from BLTs to breakfast specials. As an example, fast food chain Arby’s recently introduced a series of triple-thick bacon sandwiches. Bacon-themed festivals have popped up across the country as well.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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