08-17-17 USDA: South Korea Lifts U.S. Poultry Ban

USDA: South Korea Lifts U.S. Poultry Ban

(WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 17, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the government of South Korea has lifted its ban on imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products, including fresh eggs. Korea had imposed the ban in response to a recent detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Continue reading

08-17-17 NPPC: U.S. PORK GAINS LONG-AWAITED ACCESS TO ARGENTINE MARKET

NPPC: U.S. PORK GAINS LONG-AWAITED ACCESS TO ARGENTINE MARKET

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 17, 2017 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds the Trump administration for negotiating U.S. pork access to the Argentine market. Argentina was among several countries with non-science based barriers to U.S. pork imports. With today’s White House announcement, trade-dependent U.S. pork producers now have unfettered access to this large pork-consuming nation.

“U.S. pork producers are the most competitive in the world and we have long sought the opportunity to provide affordable, high-quality pork in Argentina,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff. “We thank Secretaries Perdue and Ross, and their teams at the USDA and the Department of Commerce, as well as U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and his team, for their diligent work to win Argentine market access.” Continue reading

08-17-17 NMPF: Deadline Approaching for Producer Feedback on FARM Program Resources and Tools

Deadline Approaching for Producer Feedback on FARM Program Resources and Tools

ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy producers have until Sept. 10 to complete a survey asking about their perceptions of the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program and how it can continue to improve the resources it offers farmers.

The voluntary survey, conducted by the FARM Program in conjunction with Colorado State University, probes producers’ knowledge of FARM and the value it provides to their operations. The results will help FARM’s Animal Care program better provide cooperatives and farmers with the appropriate guidance and materials required of program participants. Survey questions address topics such as the producer’s familiarity with the program, where they seek additional FARM Program information, and why stewardship practices are important to them. Continue reading

08-17-17 US Dept of Interior Deputy Secretary Bernhardt Announces $450,000 in Historic State and Tribal Preservation Grants to CO…

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Deputy Secretary Bernhardt Announces $450,000 in Historic State and Tribal Preservation Grants to Colorado

Offshore Drilling Funds Directed to Help Protect U.S. and Tribal Historic Places, Culture, and Traditions

WASHINGTON – U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service today announced the distribution of $417,936 in historic preservation grants to Colorado as well as $32,415 for historic preservation grants to a Tribal Historic Preservation Office in the state. This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and partnering nations this year.

“These grants highlight the Department’s and the National Park Service’s commitment to preserving U.S. and tribal history and heritage,” Deputy Secretary Bernhardt said. “Through valuable partnerships,we are able to help communities and tribes protect the diverse historic places, culture, and traditions unique to our country for future generations.” Continue reading

08-17-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

08-17-17 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

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Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 17, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

  • Thoughts on NAFTA Renegotiations
  • US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent visit to Last Chance, CO
  • WOTUS Repeal Comment Period Extended
  • Recent Ag Tour w/US Senators Bennet & Gardner
  • Recent CDA Survey Results
  • August is Colorado Proud Month
  • Colorado Crisis Services – Help for those in Agriculture
  • 2017 CO State Fair – August 24-Labor Day in Pueblo
  • and MORE

Listen to the interview with CO Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown below…

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08-17-17 “Sizing up Profit” to Be the Focus of the RAAA Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium in Colorado Springs

“Sizing up Profit” to Be the Focus of Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium in Colorado Springs

Commerce City, Colorado – Cattlemen and women will gather in Colorado Springs in September to take advantage of insight offered by industry experts on pressing issues affecting beef producers today. The Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium, hosted by the Red Angus Association of America as part of the National Red Angus Convention, is a one-day event focused on equipping producers with the knowledge and guidance they need to take their management skills, and ultimately, profits, to the next level. Appropriately, this year’s symposium will focus on “Sizing up Profit” and will take place Wednesday, September 13, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Tom Brink, RAAA CEO, expressed his enthusiasm about the symposium’s speaker lineup, noting that the event is always a highlight of the National Red Angus Convention.

“This year’s lineup of speakers is outstanding. They will be covering a host of topics designed to help producers improve their productivity and create better bottom line results. Cattlemen and women who choose to attend will no doubt leave the symposium with renewed passion and dedication for raising the best beef in the world.” Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for August 17th

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Weekly Export Sales

 

08-17-17 Country Music Artist Clare Dunn Teamed with ACM Lifting Lives to Raise Over $25,000 at VIP Charity Party for Children’s Hospital and the CO FFA Foundation

(L-R): Jenny Stafford with Children's Hospital Colorado, Clare Dunn, Rayce Coen and Dillon Roesch with Colorado FFA Foundation

(L-R): Jenny Stafford with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Clare Dunn, Rayce Coen and Dillon Roesch with Colorado FFA Foundation

Country Music Artist Clare Dunn Teamed with ACM Lifting Lives to Raise Over $25,000 at VIP Charity Party for Children’s Hospital and the CO FFA Foundation

Last weekend Colorado native Clare Dunn returned home to headline this year’s Sand and Sage Round-Up Kick-Off concert, drawing one of the largest events in crowd history. Prior to her performance, Dunn hosted a VIP charity party including a silent auction, autographed memorabilia, an acoustic performance and more, raising over $25,000 for the Colorado FFA Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

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Farm Groups in NAFTA Nations Express Unity

The largest farm groups in the U.S., Canada and Mexico offered a sign of unity Wednesday over the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations. The American Farm Bureau Federation, Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Mexico’s National Agricultural Council (Consejo Nacional Agropecuario) issued a joint statement supporting NAFTA and how the trade agreement supports agriculture in each of the NAFTA nations. AFBF says agriculture industries in each NAFTA country would greatly suffer from disruptions to trading relationships developed over the last 23 years. Meanwhile, the U.S. Grains Council says it will be engaged closely with the negotiations to help achieve a conclusion “that provides long-term certainty and creates a new platform for growth and integration of our regional feed and fuel industries.” Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight says “Both farmers and negotiators must understand how important these markets – and free trade – are to agriculture’s profitability.”

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Not All Ag Groups Happy with Direction of NAFTA Talks

A handful of farm groups say the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation goals favor corporate agribusiness over family farmers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Politico reports that a coalition of farm groups argues that increasing exports won’t replace the need for fair prices in disputes such as the one over Canada’s dairy supply management system, along with eliminating restrictions on genetically engineered crops. The group includes the U.S. National Family Farm Coalition, Canada’s National Farmers Union and Mexico’s National Association of Rural Producers, as well as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Officials with the Mexican National Association of Rural Producers says the “whole process should begin with a thorough, independent evaluation of NAFTA’s economic, social, environmental and governance impacts,” adding “the new NAFTA should support local farming communities.

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Roberts, McCaskill To Host Agriculture Security Roundtable

Senate Agriculture Chair Pat Roberts of Kansas, along with Senate Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri will hold a roundtable discussion Friday on agriculture security. Senators McCaskill and Roberts will discuss the role of the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies in protecting farmers and ranchers, and our nation’s food supply. The discussion Friday in Kansas City, Missouri is hosted by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City. Participants include Missouri and Kansas stakeholders, and officials at national agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture and the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and McCaskill, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, recently passed the “Securing our Food and Agriculture Act,” which President Trump signed into law in July.

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Family Farm Action Lobbying Group Launched

A new political organization says it will fight for America’s family farmers and rural communities. The Family Farm Action group was launched this week, and says it will “fight to protect” America’s family farms and rural communities from multinational agribusiness monopolies that are “destroying rural economies and way of life.” The Kansas City, Missouri-based group’s President Joe Maxwell, a Missouri farmer, has ties to the Humane Society of the United States. In a statement announcing the launch, Maxwell said “Our freedom and our democracy is threatened by the corporate stranglehold large corporations have on our country.” At the announcement, Mike Weaver, President of the Organization for Competitive Markets explained how in the recent China Beef Trade Agreement the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association had signed off on allowing both Canadian and Mexican cattle to be marketed as U.S. Beef. He declared: “The American family farmer needs an organization who can politically stand toe to toe with NCBA, NPPC and the other industrial agriculture political voices.”

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Settlement Reached in Duarte Nursery Case

California-based Duarte (Doo-ar’-tay) Nursery has agreed to a settlement with the United States in the federal government’s nearly five-year enforcement action over Duarte’s plowing property to plant wheat in late 2012. The Pacific Legal Fund, along with Duarte Nursery President John Duarte announced the settlement earlier this week. Under the agreement, Duarte would admit no liability, pay the government $330,000 in a civil penalty, purchase $770,000 worth of vernal pool mitigation credits, and perform additional work on the site of the plowing. The Corps of Engineers accused Duarte of improperly disturbing a wetland when he plowed the wheat field in 2012. The Corps claimed Duarte was liable for millions of dollars in fines despite a provision in the Clean Water Act which exempts “established farming, ranching, and silviculture activities such as plowing, seeding, cultivating, minor drainage, harvesting for the production of food, fiber, and forest products, or upland soil and water conservation practices.”

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EPA Administrator Asks Cattlemen to Submit WOTUS Comments

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is urging cattle ranches to submit comments to the EPA on the Waters of the U.S. rule repeal. Pruitt made his plea in a video released by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, urging farmers and ranchers to submit official comments on the repeal of the WOTUS rule before the Agency’s deadline of Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. In the video, Pruitt says the comments: “helps inform our decision-making process.” The video was filmed during a visit that Pruitt and his senior staff made earlier this month to a Colorado ranch as part of Pruitt’s nationwide State Action Tour. The video can be found on YouTube. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTVd54WyhDQ&hd=1)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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