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.”

Other beneficial traits

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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.

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

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.

The contest includes four options: photo, video, special event or pollinator education. Prizes range from $100-500. The entrants can have an agriculture background or have an interest in related topics, such as food safety, food preparation, sustainability, etc. Continue reading

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 27th

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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