08-23-17 USGC, Growth Energy, RFA Statement On Brazil Decision To Impose U.S. Ethanol Import Tariff

USGC, Growth Energy, RFA Statement On Brazil Decision To Impose U.S. Ethanol Import Tariff

Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Blairo Maggi tweeted this afternoon that CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, has approved a recommendation to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports after a 600 million liter tariff rate quota. Local media are reporting this TRQ would be in place for the following two years, stymying access to a large and growing market for U.S. ethanol exports.

The following is a joint statement on this action from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen and Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor: Continue reading

08-23-17 CWCB News: Implementing Colorado’s Water Plan

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CWCB News: Implementing Colorado’s Water Plan 

In two months, Colorado will reach an important milestone: the two-year “birthday” of Colorado’s Water Plan. Some birthdays may seem more important than others, but each offers a chance to celebrate, reflect, focus, and look forward to the years to come.

Coloradans from every corner, every crest, and every valley of our state have been working hard – collaborating, partnering, and persevering to implement Colorado’s Water Plan for nearly two years. This journey started many years ago, far before Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order in May of 2013 calling for a strategic plan for our state’s water resources. However, it was at that time that Coloradans were re-energized to rise up to the challenge in a new way. It was time to put many years of conversations, plans, and ideas into words – words that would catalyze action and unite our collective efforts toward a better future for not only Colorado, but the entire western region.  Continue reading



Last Friday, the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service Tom Tidwell announced his retirement after 40 years of service to the agency. Tony Tooke, who is currently serving as the Regional Forester for the Southern Region, will succeed Tidwell starting September 1.

“NACD congratulates Chief Tidwell on his many years of dedicated service and is grateful for all he has accomplished as a friend of conservation,” NACD CEO Jeremy Peters said. “We look forward to working with Chief Tooke in his new role to address barriers to forest health nationwide, and to ensure conservation districts play a role in both public and private lands conservation.” Continue reading

08-23-17 USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing Requirements

USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing Requirements

Announcement During Week of 51st Anniversary of Law Protecting Animals in Research & Exhibition

(Washington, DC, August 23, 2017) – Marking the 51st anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) this week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today asked for input from the public to help determine potential updates to the law’s licensing requirements.  The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is tasked with upholding and enforcing the AWA.  The AWA was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 24, 1966.

“As a trained veterinarian, humane standards of care for animals are close to my heart and central to my love and concern for our four-legged friends,” Perdue said.  “Administering the AWA is a key USDA mission, and we are always looking for ways to improve.  We welcome comments from the public as APHIS considers changes to the licensing requirements to help us fulfill this important responsibility.” Continue reading

08-23-17 NRCS-CSU Extension’s Greywater Webinar on September 1st

Greywater Webinar – September 1, 2017 from Noon – 1:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Sybil Sharvelle, CSU

Host: Kara Harders, CSU Extension

Link: https://zoom.us/j/847942980

What are we going to talk about?

Due to ever increasing demand on diminishing water supplies, communities in Colorado strive to diversify water sources and minimize the import of water. Use of graywater to meet non-potable water demand is one alternative to make use of local water supplies. Graywater is water from showers, baths, hand-wash sinks and laundry. This water is less contaminated than water from toilets and kitchens and thus can be used for irrigation of landscape or to flush toilets. Colorado Regulation 86 was passed to allow those uses of graywater. This webinar will provide general information on graywater use for irrigation and toilet flushing, summarize Regulation 86 and allowable uses of graywater in the state of Colorado and provide information on installation of systems for use of graywater.

Five minutes before the webinar begins, click on the link and follow instructions to enter the webinar. Link:https://zoom.us/j/847942980

This is a free webinar presented by CSU Extension.

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08-23-17 National Farmers Union Rolls out Initiative to Expand Use of Ethanol, Advanced Biofuels

National Farmers Union to Power the Transition to a Homegrown, Renewable Energy Future for the U.S.

WASHINGTON – August 23, 2017 – The transition to a homegrown, renewable energy future for America is underway. Biofuels, higher blends of ethanol in gasoline, and advanced, bio-based technologies are reaping tremendous benefits for our environment and providing much-needed economic stability to America’s farming and rural communities. The U.S. must implement federal-level policies that encourage expanded markets for these energy sources and remove regulatory barriers that inhibit their growth.

To that end, National Farmers Union (NFU), in conjunction with state Farmers Union divisions, rolled out an initiative to advance federal policies that support homegrown and home-produced renewable energy sources. NFU President Roger Johnson was joined by veteran energy, environment and agriculture policy specialist Anne Steckel, who will lead the effort.



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08-23-17 National Farmers Union President to Headline 2017 Cattle Producer’s Forum

National Farmers Union President to Headline 2017 Cattle Producer’s Forum

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) announced Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union, as a keynote speaker of the 2017 Cattle Producer’s Forum to be held this September 16th at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Montana.

Following the announcement, USCA President Kenny Graner stated:

“We look forward to having NFU President Roger Johnson join us this year in Billings, Montana. As a third-generation family farmer and fellow North Dakotan, Mr. Johnson speaks from experience and fundamentally understands the challenges producers face in today’s changing industry NFU has been a relentless partner in the effort to reestablish a country-of-origin labeling program and we appreciate all the group has done to advance the interests of U.S. cattle producers nationwide.”

NFU President Roger Johnson added:

“America’s ranchers are currently stuck in a system that allows for farm prices to plummet while multinational meatpackers reap record profits. For thirty years, we’ve seen this system put thousands of family cattle operations out of business, and it must change or many more independent ranchers will experience the same fate. USCA members and leaders have been fighting for policies that benefit the American family rancher – policies like Country-of-Origin Labeling, fair trade, and reigning in corporate consolidation. I’m pleased to join them at this year’s Cattle Producer’s Forum. Together, our organizations will work together to reverse the tide for the American men and women who produce the best beef cattle in the world.”

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08-23-17 Retailers discuss ethanol opportunity at ACE conference

Retailers discuss ethanol opportunity at ACE conference

Sioux Falls, SD (August 23, 2017) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) hosted its 30th annual conference in Omaha last week, and for the fourth year in a row, the retailer panel was one of the highlights of the event. Charlie Bosselman, owner of Nebraska-based Bosselman Enterprises and Pump & Pantry c-stores, and Bob O’Connor, owner of JETZ Convenience Centers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shared experience-based insight on how the ethanol industry can help retailers add E15 and higher blends.

ACE senior vice president Ron Lamberty moderated the discussion addressing how to drive more ethanol gallons at retail. “We can come up with all kinds of programs that we think will move more ethanol, but we make the most progress when retailers tell us what they’ve learned and what they need from us,” Lamberty said. “ACE ‘deputizes’ early adopters like Bosselman and O’Connor to help us spread the word to other fuel marketers about these topics. Retailers trust the opinions of other retailers, so these people like Charlie and Bob are critical to ethanol’s growth.”

“I think ethanol has a great story,” O’Connor said. “You get more power, more performance, it’s local, and it’s cheaper. We’re all in the business to make money, and ethanol gave us an initial profit center.” Continue reading

08-23-17 CAB: Borck honored for beef industry success

Borck honored for beef industry success

Written by Steve Suther

Lee Borck, Manhattan, Kan., has known hard times and boom, seen the impact on others as well as his own enterprises. That could describe a lot of cattle feeders, but Borck stands out for his record of leadership and overcoming adversity through cooperative efforts.

That’s why the Feeding Quality Forum honored this master of ag finance and “business by the numbers” with its 2017 Industry Achievement Award. Continue reading

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USDA Launches Animal Welfare Database

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service has launched what it calls a “refined public search tool” offering access to compliance records for the Animal Welfare Act. Last year, APHIS formally initiated a comprehensive review and update of the Animal Care website. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the agency also hoped to balance its commitment to transparency with applicable laws, including rules protecting personal privacy. APHIS removed the Animal Care Information System search tool in February for review, and began posting inspection reports on a rolling basis in February, March, April and June of this year. A group of animal activists sued USDA and APHIS earlier this year over the removal of thousands of documents during the review period. The agency says that it is continuing to review animal inventories that accompany inspection reports for accuracy. For thatreason, the newly posted inspection reports do not include animal inventories, but APHIS intends to make this information available in the future.

U.S. Moving Forward with WTO China Grains Case

The United States is moving forward with a World Trade Organization case against China regarding tariff-rate quotas for agricultural products. The WTO said this week that the U.S. is requesting that the WTO set up a panel to investigate the tariff-rate quotas, a move that Reuters says sets up a showdown between the two largest economies in the world. The tariff-rate quotas at question include tariffs for wheat, rice and corn. The request was initiated by the Obama administration last year, and the Trump administration is moving forward with the format request. The U.S. Trade representative’s office last year said global prices for the three commodities were lower than China’s domestic prices, yet the country did not maximize its use of the tariff-rate quotas, which offer lower duties on a certain volume of imported grains every year. USTR said the lack of action by China limited market access for shipments from the United States, the world’s largest grain exporter, and other countries. Since then, Australia, the European Union, Canada and Thailand have joined the dispute as third parties. The WTO Dispute Settlement Body will consider the request during a meeting August 31st.

Wheat Growers Say NAFTA Can be Improved

The National Association of Wheat Growers says the North American Free Trade Agreement can be improved to benefit U.S. wheat farmers. While stressing the ag industry line of “do no harm” to agricultural trade, the Association says there are some areas where the framework for wheat trade between the three countries can be improved. Association CEO Chandler Goule (gool) says those areas include sanitary and phytosanitary rules that the three countries already agreed to as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Goule also points to Canada’s grading system for U.S. wheat, stating: “Canadian wheat can freely enter U.S. elevators and receive a grade equal to its quality while U.S. wheat brought to Canadian elevators is automatically downgraded to a ‘feed wheat’ grade or the equivalent.” NAFTA negotiations started last week in Washington, D.C., and will continue next month in Mexico.


Groups See Pruitt NCBA Video Biased Against WOTUS

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s appearance in a video with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is drawing criticism from critics and so-called government ethics experts. The Cattle Network reports that critics say Pruitt inaccurately uses industry talking points to describe the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, and that his comments sound as if he has already made up his mind about WOTUS, regardless of the comments posted to EPA’s website. In the video, NCBA suggests that viewers take action and “tell EPA to kill WOTUS,” offering a link to provide comment to the EPA. An administrative law specialist at the American University’s Washington College of Law says Pruitt’s appearance in the video makes the rulemaking process and the EPA seem like “it is not really open-minded and that public participation doesn’t really matter.” Critics also note that during a visit to Iowa last month, Pruitt was photographed holding a sign that says, “It’s time to Ditch the Rule,” with those photos posted to social media.

ISU Study Shows No Impact of RFS on Greenhouse Gasses

A study by Iowa State University says the Renewable Fuel Standard brings a net positive to the U.S. economy but fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally. The study, produced in June, was released by the Renewable Fuels Association recently, highlighting the net positive to the U.S. economy. Iowa State University’s Center for Agriculture and Rural Development developed the study that found the increased cost of soybeans and corn benefits the agriculture sector and creates broader welfare gains for the U.S. However, the study found that the direct reduction from substituting biofuels for fossil fuels was outweighed elsewhere. The study found that increasing biofuels in the fossil fuel mix reduced carbon emissions in the U.S. by about 29 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent under the 2015 baseline, but that was more than offset by increased emissions in the rest of the world.

Farm Computer Ownership Report Released by USDA

A report by the Department of Agriculture shows farm access to the internet is increasing. The 2017 USDA Farm Computer Usage and Ownership report shows that nationally, 73 percent of farms have computer access. Of those farmers having computer access, 72 percent, up one percent from 2015, own or lease a computer. To connect to the internet, eight percent of farmers indicated they use fiber-optic connections, while 17 percent indicated they used mobile internet service for cell phones. However, DSL connection continues to be the most common method of accessing the Internet, with 29 percent of the farms in the United States using it, down from 30 percent in 2015. A satellite connection, at 21 percent, remained steady from 2015. Computer usage for farm business at 47 percent nationally, is up four percentage points from 2015. However, the report does show that bigger farms are more likely to have internet access, than smaller farms.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service