08-03-17 WGCD Invites you to drop by their Family-Friendly Community Appreciation BASH & FREE BBQ August 11th Greeley

Invites you to drop by their Family-Friendly Community Appreciation BASH & FREE BBQ – Friday, Aug. 11th 4-8 p.m.  @ Houston Gardens, 515 23rd Ave., Greeley.

Come eat, enjoy the abundant beauty of their 7 acres, discover the resources available to District constituents, and learn from the following conservation activities: Continue reading

08-03-17 SRM’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Abstract Submission OPEN Aug. 1st

Submission of Titles and Abstracts for Technical Oral Sessions and Poster Presentations

Submission of Titles and Abstracts for ‘Technical Oral Sessions (20 minutes)’ and ‘Poster Presentations’ will open on August 1, 2017. Abstract submission will occur at http://srm.apexabstracts.com. Abstracts are limited to 300 words. The submission period will remain open through September 22, 2017, with the goal of having the program finalized about November 1, 2017.  Continue reading

08-03-17 Rabobank: A Change in U.S. Row Crop Production Mix on the Horizon…

Rabobank: A Change in U.S. Row Crop Production Mix on the Horizon

New report explores what is to come in the next ten years and it’s looking like more soybeans

St. Louis, Mo. (August 3, 2017) – Margins at farm gates across the U.S. are tighter than they’ve been in recent history. Increases in acreage for corn and soybeans reached a level that is consistently able to overproduce current and future demand. As a result, stocks are high and prices are low.  The first in a new series of reports from the RaboResearch Food and & Agribusiness group, provides a ten-year outlook that sees demand stabilization in grain and oilseed but not without challenges.

The report, “Change is the Constant: U.S. Long-Term Grain and Oilseed Baseline Outlook,” provides an outlook through 2025 for U.S. grains & oilseeds, animal protein, and other major crop industries. The purpose of the baseline is to create a point of comparison which can be utilized for strategic planning and scenario analysis.

“Our position is that through 2025, total acres for the three major U.S. crops (corn, wheat, and soybeans) will level off, but some remix is expected – specifically as it relates to soybeans,” notes RaboResearch Global Senior Data Analyst Sterling Liddell. “. As protein types compete for market share, any movement between beef consumption and poultry consumption will directly impact the demand for corn produced for energy in feed and soybeans, which supply the protein component for feed.”  Continue reading

08-03-17 The 2017 Weld County Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale FINAL RESULTS: $743,280.70!!!

Weld County Junior Livestock Sale

FINAL TALLY $743,280.70

 Just in case you missed the 2017 WCF-JLS, you can watch the sale webcast archive  online courtesy of The BARN by visiting https://livestream.com/BarnMedia/WCFJLS2017/statuses/new

CLICK HERE to watch The 2017 WCF JLS Online LIVE @ 3pm on July 31, 2017

CLICK HERE to view the 2017 WCF-JLS Sale Order

 

 

08-03-17 NFU: Organic Family Farmers Deserve Strong Standards and Enforcement

NFU: Organic Family Farmers Deserve Strong Standards and Enforcement

WASHINGTON – The American family farmers and ranchers who grow and raise organic foods and goods for our nation adhere to strict standards – set by the National Organic Program under guidance of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) – that protect the integrity of the industry. So when major producers and importers of organic products fail to comply with these standards, it puts organic family farmers and ranchers at a major disadvantage.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson highlighted the importance of strong U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) enforcement of the NOSB standards in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today.

“While the U.S. farm economy continues to cause stress in rural America, one bright spot remains: organic agriculture,” said Johnson. “Critical to the success of organic family farming is the integrity of the organic seal. Recently, the integrity of the organic label has been publicly challenged.” Continue reading

08-03-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

08-03-17 Inside the NACD w/Secretary-Treasurer Kim LeFleur…

Inside the NACD with Secretary-Treasurer Kim LeFleur…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) August 3, 2017 – Within this month’s interview with the National Association of Conservation Districts, Kim LeFleur, who serves as Secretary-Treasurer on the Board of Directors weighs in on several issues from her home state of Massachusetts, including:

  • LeFleur’s Agriculture Background
  • LeFleur’s Family’s Operation “Mayflower Cranberries” in Massachusetts
  • Federal Appropriations Process Update from NACD’s standpoint
  • NACD’s 2018 Farm Bill Task Force
  • Recap of the NACD’s Summer Meeting in Altoona, Iowa
  • Net year’s NACD Summer Conference will be in Virginia
  • 2018 NACD Convention in Nashville, TN
  • & more

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Mayflower Cranberries LLC is a family cranberry farm located in Plympton, Massachusetts. The 112 acre farm has 23.65 acres of active cranberry bogs. Learn more about Kim LeFleur and her family’s operation by clickng the picture above.

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08-03-17 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Proclaims National Farmers Market Week…

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signing a proclamation

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Proclaims National Farmers Market Week

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2017 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the eighteenth year USDA has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers market.

The proclamation Perdue signed notes farmers markets and other agricultural direct marketing outlets contribute approximately $9 billion each year to the U.S. economy and “serve as significant outlets by which small-to-medium, new and beginning, and veteran agricultural producers market agricultural products, generating revenue that supports the sustainability of family farms and the revitalization of rural communities nationwide.” Continue reading

08-03-17 Keller Elected U.S. Grains Council Chairman, First Woman To Hold The Office

Deb Keller, 2017-2018 USGC chairman

Keller Elected U.S. Grains Council Chairman, First Woman To Hold The Office

Vancouver, Washington – Deb Keller, a farmer from Clarion, Iowa, was elected as U.S. Grains Council (USGC) chairman Wednesday at the organization’s 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

In accepting the chairman’s gavel, she also made history as the first female selected for the role in the organization’s nearly 60 year history.

Keller’s experience as a strong advocate for trade will amplify the Council’s mission of developing markets, enabling trade and improving lives.

“Thinking ahead, I see so many areas for growth, but I also see challenges that will take much time and patience to see through,” Keller said in her incoming chairman’s remarks. “After working with our delegates, the board and our staff both internationally and domestically, I know we can be successful together.” Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for August 3rd

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Weekly Export Sales

 

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 3rd

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 3rd

Mexico Releases NAFTA Goals

Mexico says it plans to prioritize free access for goods and services in the upcoming North American Free Trade Agreement Negotiations. Mexico this week announced the nation’s goals for the renegotiation effort, set to begin August 16th. Mexico is also seeking greater labor market integration and a strengthening of energy security, according to Reuters. Additionally, Mexico is looking to unify agricultural, animal and health safety regulations. A document from the economy ministry of Mexico, which outlines the goals, states: “Our objective is to have an expedited negotiation that maintains the benefits that we have achieved during the lifespan of NAFTA,” but also says the renegotiation should serve as a platform for modernization. Those comments are similar to goals expressed by the U.S. agriculture industry. Mexico and Canada, the two trading partners included in NAFTA with the U.S., are the biggest export destinations for U.S. agricultural goods.

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Senate Democrats Revive Bill to End Cuba Embargo

Senate Democrats are pushing back against President Trump concerning Cuba, reviving a bill to lift the U.S. embargo. In mid-June, Trump rolled back former President Barack Obama’s historic opening to the island. The group of Senators, led by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, introduced the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2017, which would establish normal trade relations with the island nation, in addition to lifting the economic sanctions, according to Politico. Wyden says the embargo “only serves to shut U.S. exporters out of a natural market for American agricultural and manufactured goods.” The International Trade Commission estimated easing the U.S. restriction on Cuba could increase U.S. exports by $1.4 billion annually in the next five years, with even bigger gains possible. However, the bill faces stiff opposition from the Republican Party and the Trump administration.

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Trump Endorsed Immigration Bill Could Harm Farm Labor

A bill endorsed by President Donald Trump that would change the U.S. immigration system may harm farm labor. The bill by Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia would reduce the number of legal immigrants coming into the United States and emphasize highly educated immigrants over what are regarded as the low-skilled laborers, which could be interpreted to mean those in agriculture, according to the Hagstrom Report. The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy, Or RAISE Act, does not target the H2A program, which brings in temporary workers, but the bill would have implications for illegal immigrants who may try to qualify for permanent residency and for the prospect of bringing in workers in the livestock and dairy industries, which need year-round workers. The bill seems likely to meet opposition from Democrats and some Republicans in the Senate, but could start the immigration debate and lead to some method of reform.

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Bee’s Are Buzzing Back from Colony Collapse

New data from the Department of Agriculture shows U.S. honey bee numbers increased in the last year. USDA released its honey bee health survey this week, which found the number of commercial U.S. honey bee colonies rose three percent to 2.89 million as of April 1st, 2017 compared with a year earlier. The number of hives lost to Colony Collapse Disorder was 84,430 in this year’s first quarter, down 27 percent from a year earlier. Still, more than two-fifths of beekeepers said mites were harming their hives, and with pesticides and other factors still stressing bees, the overall increase is largely the result of constant replenishment of losses. Colony Collapse, while not a leading cause of loss, has perplexed scientists for more than a decade. May Berenbaum from the University of Illinois entomology department told Bloomberg News that as beekeepers have worked to improve hive conditions, the syndrome has waned as a concern. She says colony collapse disorder has been “more of a blip in the history of beekeeping,” adding that “it’s staggering that half of America’s bees have mites.” She claims that Colony Collapse Disorder has been vastly overshadowed by diseases, recognizable parasites and diagnosable physiological problems.

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Gray Wolf Court Decision Highlights Need for Modernizing ESA

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council say a recent court decision regarding the gray wolf demonstrates the need for modernizing the Endangered Species Act. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld the listing of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act in the Western Great Lakes Region. Public Lands Council executive director Ethan Lane says the decision means Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin will “continue to be held hostage to the whims of radical environmental activists,” instead of celebrating the successful recovery of the species. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall echoed Lane’s comments, saying the thriving population of 4,000 gray wolves threatens farmers and ranchers in the region. Duvall says the court decision “defies common sense,” adding that Congress needs to take action to reform the “broken and outdated” Endangered Species Act.

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Ireland Could be GMO-Free Haven

Ireland Minister of State for Agriculture Andrew Doyle says the island nation should have a status as GMO-free to maintain biodiversity. The Irish Times reports that the comments by Doyle were expressed as his personal opinion, and not that of the nation’s Agricultural and Food Development Authority, which takes the “follow the science” approach. Doyle claims the island could be a “reservoir” of non-GMO seed varieties in the event of an international food scare. Doyle says he believes Ireland could be a seed bank for mainstream arable crops such as wheat, oats and barley, all crops that are not commercially available as GMO products. His comments came as he also says Ireland is “not going to be an organic island” and that he thinks the nation should not try to be, adding that “organic has its place, but it is not mainstream.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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