09-29-17 NFU’s Friday Farm Fact: Farmers Receive Less Than Sixteen Cents of the American Food Dollar

NFU’s Friday Farm Fact: Farmers Receive Less Than Sixteen Cents of the American Food Dollar

For generations, family farmers and ranchers have provided the essential service of growing nutritious, safe, and tasty food for our country and countries around the world. But farmers only receive 15.6 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food. The rest of the food dollar – more than 80 percent – goes to off-farm costs, like marketing, processing, wholesaling, and distribution. This number is particularly troubling considering the fact that net farm income has plummeted in recent years. This year, median farm household income is projected to be negative $1,400, meaning many farmers will actually lose money.

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NAFTA Nations Reports Progress Despite Tensions

Negotiators in the North American Free Trade Agreement talks say they’re making progress after the third round of talks concluded Wednesday. A Bloomberg report says that talk of progress comes as tensions grow between the U.S. and Canada over aircraft. The U.S. imposed trade duties on Canadian-made aircraft, inflaming tensions with Canada. The nations did make some progress in the talks, including closing out the chapter on small and medium-sized businesses. The U.S. Commerce Department made the decision to impose duties on Bombardier’s marquee jetliner on the final day of negotiations. Canada’s Foreign Minister calls the Trump Administration “protectionist,” saying that fact is no big secret to the rest of the world. At the same time, she says the Bombardier issue is separate from the NAFTA negotiations. Negotiators did say they made progress in several different areas, including telecommunications, digital trade, and state-owned enterprises. The chapter on competition will probably be agreed on before the next round of talks begins.

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Mexico Says U.S. Proposals Would Threaten Free Ag Trade

Pan Am Post Dot Com says the U.S. will be putting forth controversial proposals during the next round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. The U.S. will allegedly be putting forth proposals for what it calls “seasonal windows” when it comes to agriculture trading with Mexico and Canada. The article says this type of a proposal would be a form of “managed trade” by establishing seasonal ag trade restrictions in North America. The president of the Mexican National Agriculture and Livestock Council offered an example of what that means. He says America wants to establish conditions saying that when Georgia produces strawberries, Mexico either won’t be able to export strawberries to the U.S. or would only be allowed to put the same amount of strawberries into the marketplace that Georgia has. Ag trade hasn’t been limited by seasonal windows since 2008, when a period of 15 years of gradual reduction was established. Mexico’s general coordinator of International Affairs says the Mexican government and producers won’t even consider discussing the proposal.

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Organic Field Crop Production Numbers Rising

Organic farming is a rapidly growing segment of U.S. agriculture. Organic vegetables, fruits, and livestock make up the bulk of the entire segment. However, a new USDA report shows organic field crops are making gains in the number of acres planted and overall value. The National Ag Statistics Service released the numbers showing that U.S. farms and ranches produced $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities in 2016. That’s up 23 percent over the previous year. The number of certified organic farms also climbed 11 percent higher, coming in at 14,217 last year. The number of certified acres is up 15 percent to five million acres. Livestock marketed as organic can only consume feeds certified through the USDA’s organic program. That’s helping to drive organic production of corn, soybeans, and hay. The USDA report says about 7,400 farms planted 1.6 million acres of organic field crops and hay last year. The value of organic field crop sales totaled up to more than $762 million in 2016, more than $100 million dollars higher than in 2015. Organic corn had the most acres planted, totaling almost 214,000 acres last year.

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Brazil Says U.S. Ban on Brazilian Beef May End in October

Brazil’s agriculture ministry says that the ban on fresh Brazilian beef exports to the United States may be lifted in October. The ban was first implemented in June. A Reuters article says it would end after the U.S. finishes evaluating the responses on documents sent in response to questions raised earlier this year during a U.S. veterinary mission to Brazil. Brazil exports three percent of its overall beef exports to the U.S., but America is seen as a leader in food safety and other countries will take their cues if America ends the ban. The prediction on the end of the ban came after Washington D.C. informed Brazil it would allow thermprocessed beef imports to resume from five beef plants in the country. Back in March, Brazil unveiled an investigation into meatpackers accused of bribing inspectors, which led many countries to ban Brazilian beef imports. While many countries have already lifted their ban, the U.S. has not yet done so, saying there is no timeline in place for lifting the ban as of yet.

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Packer Capacity to Keep Up With Expanding Beef Herd

A new report says the U.S. beef herd will keep expanding through the end of this decade but there shouldn’t be any need for increased beef packer capacity. The report from CoBank says the herd will increase 3-5 percent from 2018-2019. Improving pasture conditions and continued profitability in the beef sector have been fueling herd expansion in recent years. Trevor Amen, animal protein economist at CoBank, said over the last three years, the expansion has been the most aggressive on record. He says, “Recent slaughter numbers and the cattle on feed mix indicate the expansion rate may be slowing, but barring any significant export interruptions or weather events, the expansion will continue through the end of the decade.” The increasing cattle numbers are bringing more market-ready cattle through the supply chain but expectations are that slaughter capacity should remain sufficient. Amen says plants will be adding extra working hours to get through the increasing supply through 2019. The biggest potential concerns as the industry drifts closer to capacity are labor availability and unforeseen plant shutdowns for maintenance.

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China Set to Import $100 Million Worth of U.S. Peanuts

China is buying U.S.-produced peanuts on a very high level. The USDA says that will continue. An Agri-Pulse report says China will purchase $100 million dollars of American peanuts. Sales data so far in 2017 says it very well could happen. The U.S. has already sold $29 million dollars’ worth of peanuts from Texas, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, as well as other states in just the first seven months of this year. The peanut industry is taking notice of the potential for China as a large market for its products. Total peanut exports were worth $4 million dollars just a few years ago, which means peanut farmers are very optimistic about the future of China as an export market. The jump in peanut exports to China actually began just last year. China ramped up its imports during the summer of 2016, with the total imports last year at $172 million. That’s a roughly 700 percent increase from the $22 million China imported as recently as 2015.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-28-17 Save the Date – Eastern Colorado Crop Production Conference December 5-6

Save the Date – Eastern Colorado Crop Production Conference December 5-6, 2017

Colorado State University Extension will offer a continuing education program on Crop Production and Soil Management.  This program is designed for Crop Producers, Agronomists and Certified Crop Advisors.  This two-day crop science technical program will take place at the Country Steak Out in Fort Morgan on December 5-6, 2017. Continue reading

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09-28-17 USCA Urges Administration to Include Expedited Tariff Reductions in KORUS Negotiations

USCA Urges Administration to Include Expedited Tariff Reductions in KORUS Negotiations

(WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent a letter today to President Donald J. Trump, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and Members of Congress urging that priority be placed on expediting tariff reductions on beef products under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).

In the letter, USCA President Kenny Graner states:  Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for September 28th

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Farm Bureau Reacts to Tax Reform Framework

The American Farm Bureau Federation says tax reform framework released Wednesday includes important principles for agriculture. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said in a statement that AFBF was encouraged by the inclusion of lower tax rates for individuals who own businesses, elimination of the death tax and some business interest deductibility. However, AFBF says any tax reform package should also include the continuation of cash accounting and like-kind exchanges, unlimited stepped-up basis and lower capital gains taxes. President Trump announced the tax reform framework at the Farm Bureau building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Meanwhile, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association welcomed the tax plan, saying cattle producers are “very pleased” with the President’s plan.

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South Korea Trade Representative Meets with U.S. Lawmakers

South Korea’s Trade minister is meeting with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. this week, ahead of a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer next month. Lighthizer will meet with Korea next month to discuss a “path forward” for KORUS, The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Korea’s Trade Minister has met with agriculture sector lawmakers, including Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer, to discuss KORUS, along with Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, according to Politico. Fischer maintained support for KORUS, “because of the great economic benefits it provides” agriculture. South Korea will host the next trade meeting with the U.S. on October 4th. The Trump administration is seeking to amend the five-year-old deal to address the country’s growing deficit in trade with South Korea.

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Syngenta Reaches Settlement in Viptera Case

Syngenta has reached a settlement with farmers involved in lawsuits over the launch of Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade corn traits. The lawsuits alleged Syngenta’s release of traits unapproved in China led the nation to reject U.S. corn shipments and pushed corn prices lower. The settlement is estimated to be close to $1.5 billion, according to Reuters. The settlement does not apply to lawsuits filed by U.S. grain handlers Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill against Syngenta. Further, cases brought by farmers in Canada are also still pending. Syngenta says the proposed settlement would allow both sides to avoid the uncertainty of ongoing litigation.  Lawyers representing corn farmers in the federal litigation confirmed what they called a “preliminary settlement framework.” Syngenta has denied any wrongdoing in the case.

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Ireland Tops U.S. in Food Security

For the first time, the United States has dropped from the top spot in a global ranking of how well countries can feed their own people. A new ranking shows Ireland now as the world’s most food secure nation, with the U.S. the second most food secure nation. Bloomberg reports the drop in food security for the U.S. can be attributed to concerns about agricultural research spending and government policy trends, which may make the world’s top food exporter a less-certain place to get a meal. Researchers for the Global Food Security Index say Ireland has improved its food affordability, availability, quality and safety over the last year. When including climate as a factor of food security, the U.S. fell even further to fourth on the list. This is the sixth annual ranking of food security by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a London-based economics group. Overall, global food security declined for the first time in five years, largely because of increases in the number of refugees, weather disasters and a decline in global political stability.

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BPI Using Settlement Funds to Help Employees

Owners of Beef Products Inc. have established a $10 million fund to benefit former BPI employees impacted by plant closures. The fund will help employees who were laid off when sales dropped stemming from a series of reports about the company’s Lean Finely Textured Beef product broadcast by ABC News. BPI laid off roughly 750 employees and closed facilities in Iowa, Kansas and Texas at the time of the reports in 2012. Following a settlement with ABC in its lawsuit, BPI announced the fund this week. In June, BPI settled a $1.9 billion lawsuit against ABC and correspondent Jim Avila for defamation and claims that the network had used false information. The settlement amount was not made public, but the Walt Disney Company ABC’s parent company, listed a $177 million litigation settlement in a quarterly financial filing.

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Coffee Supplies May Drop on Low Farm Earnings

International coffee growers are warning less coffee supplies may be in the future as coffee farmers are earning very little globally. The International Coffee Organization this week said farmers’ low earnings in many countries were depressing supply even as demand grows around two percent annually, according to Reuters. Rabobank last month forecast a 2017-18 global coffee deficit of 6.1 million bags amid rising demand, and signs of tightening supplies that are evident in top coffee grower Brazil, where inventories have dropped sharply. Investing in new coffee trees requires a long-term commitment, one that farmers with low profits are having to carefully consider, leaving global supplies in jeopardy. Coffee is primarily grown in Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia and Ethiopia.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-27-17 Wheat Organizations Applaud Trump Administration’s Aggressive Trade Enforcement at the WTO

Wheat Organizations Applaud Trump Administration’s Aggressive Trade Enforcement at the WTO

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome the decision by the Trump Administration to make sure China is living up to its commitments on wheat trade. In response to action by the Administration, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body has established a panel to rule on a complaint filed in December 2016 by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) regarding China’s administration of its tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for wheat and other agricultural products. USW and NAWG are very pleased with the Trump Administration’s aggressive use of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism on behalf of wheat farmers.  Continue reading

09-27-17 NPPC: U.S. Pork’s Commitment to Responsible Antibiotic Use Making a Difference

NPPC: U.S. Pork’s Commitment to Responsible Antibiotic Use Making a Difference

Scientific research, farmer and consumer education a key focus in 2017

DES MOINES, IOWA – Sept. 27, 2017 – Nine months after the full implementation of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Guidance 209 and 213, America’s pig farmers continue to demonstrate their awareness and commitment to doing what’s right on the farm. Since the rules went into effect on Jan. 1, the National Pork Board has received only two calls into its farmer call center requesting clarification or information on the rule change.

“America’s 60,000 pig farmers are keenly aware of the change occurring on farms, and they were clearly ready, willing and able to meet the requirements of these new rules,” said Terry O’Neel, board president and a pig farmer from Friend, Nebraska. “To have just two calls into our call center tells me that the requirements are being met and our two-year proactive education plan has paid off.” Continue reading

09-27-17 NCGA Calls on EPA to Rescind 2015 WOTUS Rule

NCGA Calls on EPA to Rescind 2015 WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON (September 27, 2017) – The National Corn Growers Association today asked the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the 2015 “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule and write a new rule that provides farmers with clarity and certainty, reduces red tape, and does not discourage farming practices that improve water quality.

“Corn farmers take very seriously the important role we play in helping the country meet its water quality goals, as laid out in state and federal statutes, including the Clean Water Act. We depend on clean water for our livelihood, and we are committed to conservation practices that protect our nation’s streams and rivers,” NCGA President Wesley Spurlock wrote in comments submitted today to the Agencies. Continue reading

09-27-17 CSU Develops New Varieties of Wheat

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Colorado State University develops new varieties of wheat

As home to one of the nation’s best-known wheat-breeding programs, Colorado State University has recently developed two new wheat varieties that carry a novel herbicide resistance trait. The varieties, Incline AX and LCS Fusion AX, are resistant to the herbicide Aggressor, which is highly effective for selective control of winter annual grassy weeds in the wheat crop.

“These are the first wheat varieties in the world that are resistant to this herbicide,” said Scott Haley, a professor in CSU’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences who heads the Wheat Breeding program. “Through our collaboration with researchers in CSU’s Weed Science program, we developed a novel herbicide tolerance trait that will provide farmers with more economic and effective control of winter annual grassy weeds, such as cheatgrass, downy brome and feral rye.”

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09-27-17 CDA: Fall is the Perfect Time for Fun on the Farm

CDA: Fall is the Perfect Time for Fun on the Farm

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –Casper White, Knucklehead, Cinderella and Baby Bear may sound like characters in your favorite story, but they are also varieties of pumpkins. Pumpkins come in an abundance of colors, shapes, sizes and textures, and this is the perfect time to explore local patches to find the one that is right for you.  To help people experience agriculture in the state, the Colorado Department of Agriculture lists a variety of fall activities online at www.coloradoagritourism.com.
“When the air gets cooler and leaves change color, families start looking for pumpkin patches and corn mazes,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “There is nothing like walking through a pumpkin patch on a beautiful fall Colorado day, hoping to find that perfect gourd.”

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09-27-17 NFU: Farm Bill Conservation Coalition Comes to a Consensus

NFU: Farm Bill Conservation Coalition Comes to a Consensus

WASHINGTON – As U.S. House and Senate agriculture committee leadership readies a framework for the 2018 Farm Bill, the conservation community has come to a consensus on a fundamental set of provisions to strengthen the conservation title of the bill. National Farmers Union (NFU) joined 20 other prominent farm, food, wildlife and environmental organizations today in sending these recommendations to the agriculture committees.

“As we move toward reauthorization of the next farm bill, the Conservation Title programs, funding, and authorities are more critical now than ever,” wrote the coalition. “The farm conservation community, representing agriculture, wildlife, sportsmen, conservation, and environmental organizations, stands united in calling for a strengthened and expanded Conservation Title in the 2018 Farm Bill. Continue reading

09-27-17 NFU: New EPA Proposal Undermines RFS, Administration’s Promises to Rural America

NFU: New EPA Proposal Undermines RFS, Administration’s Promises to Rural America

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday announced new, lower proposed obligations for renewable fuel usage under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the nation’s preeminent policy for encouraging the production and development of American grown and produced transportation fuels. The agency’s proposal would reduce obligations in 2018 for total renewable fuel volumes, biomass-based diesel, and advanced biofuel if finalized.

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09-27-17 AAW, Bayer Sponsored ‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’ Advocacy Contest – Submissions due by Oct 10th

Oct. 10 Deadline Approaching: ‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’ Advocacy Contest Sponsored by American Agri-Women & Bayer

The contest is for photos, videos, special events and pollinator education events and is part of American Agri-Women’s #AgDay365 campaign. 

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AgPR) Sept. 27, 2017 — Our young advocates are important voices for agriculture and American Agri-Women (AAW) and and Crop Science, a division of Bayer, want to recognize them for their efforts with the “Gen Z Speaks Ag” advocacy contest. Those who are between 15 and 23 years old can enter the contest and the deadline is Oct. 10.

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Higher Supplies Keeping Consumer Meat Prices Lower

Higher supplies of meat will continue to pressure consumer prices lower, according to a forecast by the Department of Agriculture. The USDA Economic Research Service Food Price Outlook predicts beef and veal prices to decrease one to two percent in 2017 but increase the same amount in 2018. That’s because in August, the U.S. cattle herd was at its highest level since 2008, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. Lower beef prices are adding pressure to lower pork prices, along with an anticipated 4.9 percent increase in pork production this year. Large pork supplies are expected to change retail prices in a range of 0.5 percent lower to 0.5 percent higher in 2017, but increase 1.5 to 2.5 percent in 2018. Meanwhile, prices for poultry rose 0.2 percent from July to August and are one percent higher than last year. Despite high broiler production, many broilers have low weights, which along with larger birds demanding higher prices, has contributed to higher retail poultry prices.

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Farm Policy Facts Study Addresses Heritage Foundation Suggestions

A study sponsored by seven agriculture groups and released by Farm Policy Facts calls a plan by the Heritage Foundation misleading. Brandon Willis, former Agriculture Department Risk Management Agency administrator, crafted the study “How Heritage Foundation’s U.S. Farm Policy Proposals Would Put America Last.” The Heritage Foundation released a blueprint earlier this year for the 2018 Farm Bill, and claims it is time to change farm policy. The blueprint would eliminate revenue-based crop insurance and the Renewable Fuel Standard, eliminate the Waters of the United States Rule and eliminate bio energy programs. Willis writes in the Farm Policy Facts study that the Heritage Foundation assumes farmers are in a good position economically, but adds the Foundation cherry-picked the data and used a flawed methodology to “exaggerate the financial condition of actual farmers and ranchers.” Willis says 70 percent of the income reported was derived from other sectors. His research shows that wheat, corn and cotton farmers, when all cost are considered, profit less than 30 percent of the time. The study is available at www.farmpolicyfacts.org.

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Soybean Growers Want Dicamba Damage Answers

The American Soybean Association is demanding more answers regarding dicamba drift damage. ASA President Ron Moore this week addressed dicamba drift in a statement. Moore says the issue “isn’t going away,” and is “only getting worse.” The Association says it is supporting research at land grant universities to find answers. Moore says the independent research is needed, as well as research by states to “determine the root causes of this widespread problem and how to address them.” There are now a reported 2,200 complaints affecting 3.1 million acres of soybeans in 21 of 30 soybean-growing states, and ASA expects those numbers to climb. Moore says it’s “very important” to recognize that the industry does not have all the data needed to “clearly determine the causes” of dicamba drift damage.

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CropLife America CEO to Retire

CropLife America CEO Jay Vroom will retire at the end of 2018, ending nearly 30 years leading the organization. Vroom announced his retirement plans during the general session at the 2017 CLA Annual Meeting in California this week. During the announcement, he said he is “proud to have represented the industry,” during his tenure as CEO. Vroom will continue to serve as president and CEO of CLA over the next twelve months and will assist with the transition through the end of 2018. During that time, the CLA board of directors will work with a search firm to identify potential candidates for the next CEO. CropLife America represents the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States.

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Hurricanes Devastate Puerto Rico Agriculture

Hurricanes Irma and Maria combined destroyed about 80 percent of crops in Puerto Rico. The damage is so heavy that one farmer told the Seattle Times there is “no more agriculture” on the island. Across the island, Maria’s took out entire plantations and destroyed dairy barns and industrial chicken coops. Plantain, banana and coffee crops were the hardest hit. The island suffered a loss of $780 million in agriculture yields, according to Puerto Rico officials. Hurricane Georges in 1998 wiped out about 65 percent of crops and Hurricane Irma, which only grazed the island, took out about $45 million in agriculture production. For more than 400 years, Puerto Rico’s economy was based on agriculture, historically focused on sugar cane, tobacco and citrus fruits. However, that changed after World War II. Puerto Rico now imports about 85 percent of its food, and its food imports are expected to rise drastically.

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Coffee Supplies May Drop on Low Farm Earnings

International coffee growers are warning less coffee supplies may be in the future as coffee farmers are earning very little globally. The International Coffee Organization this week said farmers’ low earnings in many countries were depressing supply even as demand grows around two percent annually, according to Reuters. Rabobank last month forecast a 2017-18 global coffee deficit of 6.1 million bags amid rising demand, and signs of tightening supplies that are evident in top coffee grower Brazil, where inventories have dropped sharply. Investing in new coffee trees requires a long-term commitment, one that farmers with low profits are having to carefully consider, leaving global supplies in jeopardy. Coffee is primarily grown in Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia and Ethiopia.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-26-17 USDA Secretary Perdue Hosts U.S. Senators for 2017 Fire Briefing

USDA Secretary Perdue Hosts U.S. Senators for 2017 Fire Briefing

(Washington, D.C., September 26, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hosted U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for a 2017 fire briefing to hear about this year’s efforts to contain wildfires out west as well as the way the USFS is funded. Currently, the agency has to borrow money from prevention programs to combat ongoing wildfires. Secretary Perdue believes Congress should treat major fires the same as other disasters and that those fires should be covered by emergency funds so prevention programs are not raided.

“This has been a tremendous fire season,” said Secretary Perdue. “As wildfire costs exceed $2 billion, I appreciate those in Congress who recognize this funding issue and are working to make a permanent fix that allows us to manage our forests preemptively. While we can’t stop these wildfires, we know we can be prepared in a much better way.”

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09-26-17 CCAC president helps Beef Battalion feed 2,500 more troops and family members

CCAC president helps Beef Battalion feed 2,500 more troops and family members

Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) President Mike Lefever this month teamed up once again with the All-American Beef Battalion — a volunteer organization that travels the U.S. serving steaks to our men and women in uniform, and their families. Continue reading