10-13-17 CCA – CCALT: Seeking Nominations for the 2018 Leopold Conservation Award

CCA – CCALT: Seeking Nominations for the 2018 Leopold Conservation Award

October 13, 2017 – You  have the unique opportunity to work day in and day out with, or be part of, Colorado’s landowners and agricultural producers. The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust invite you to submit a nomination for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award.

The Leopold Conservation Award Program recognizes agricultural landowners who actively exemplify Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic”.  The award recognizes and celebrates extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation by private landowners, and provides a prominent platform by which agricultural community leaders are recognized as conservation ambassadors to the general public. The program builds bridges between agriculture, government, environmental organizations, industry, and academia to advance the cause of private lands conservation. To learn more about the program please visit http://leopoldconservationaward.org/Continue reading

10-13-17 WDA: Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip

On October 19 at 11 a.m., Undeniably Dairy will transport fifth through eighth-grade students to a dairy farm in Colorado. The 30-minute virtual field trip focuses on cow care and sustainability and follows third-generation farmers, the Feldpausch family. You, your employees, friends and family are invited to tune in via the Discovery Education website, so be sure to register for the trip!

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10-13-17 WDA: CEOs Talk About the Future of Dairy At the 2017 World Dairy Expo

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WDA: CEOs Talk About the Future of Dairy

At the 2017 World Dairy Expo, Tom Gallagher, CEO of Dairy Management Inc., and Tom Vilsack, U.S. Dairy Export Council CEO and former agriculture secretary, spoke to the press about how the checkoff is building trust and sales for all dairy products, both domestically and internationally. Click here to view Tom Gallagher’s remarks and click here to view Tom Vilsack’s remarks.

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10-13-17 CDA: Noelle’s Dogs Four Hope Surrenders Pet Care License

CDA: Noelle’s Dogs Four Hope Surrenders Pet Care License

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) program has entered into a stipulated agreement with Noelle’s Dogs Four Hope (“Noelle’s”). Located in Colorado Springs, Noelle’s, and its owner, Tina Lynn Rivero, surrendered Noelle’s PACFA license to the Commissioner of Agriculture.

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U.S. Offers Proposal That Could Kill NAFTA in 5 years

U.S. negotiators officially offered the “sunset clause” proposal on Wednesday during the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. The sunset clause would bring NAFTA to an end after five years unless the three countries involved agree to extend it. Two people familiar with the talks told Bloomberg that the proposal was made to a smaller group of negotiators. The White House declined to comment on NAFTA talks and the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office didn’t respond to a Bloomberg request for a comment. Canada and Mexico both rejected the idea when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross brought it up a month ago. Both countries say it would create so much uncertainty for business that it would hurt long-term investments. The trade pact already has an exit provision. A country can leave NAFTA simply by giving a six-month notice to the other two parties. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is warning against “poison-pill” proposals, saying they could doom the entire agreement. Secretary Ross was asked about the sunset clause during an event on Wednesday and said, “that’s our proposal.”

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Perdue Says NAFTA Benefits Canada More Than U.S.

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue talked with Fox Business about some of America’s grievances with Canada being outlined in the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Perdue says past trade deals lacked enforcement, so the president is sending a message to Mexico and Canada. “He’s serious about trade deficits,” Perdue says. “He’s serious about keeping jobs in the U.S.,” Perdue says NAFTA benefits Canada more than America in several different areas. “The Canadian dairy management supply program is overproducing product,” he says, “depressing milk solid prices around the world. There’s a wine issue in British Columbia. They aren’t letting our wines out front where customers can choose. There are poultry access issues too.” Perdue says there are several things like this that were left out of the first NAFTA agreement that are creating access issues in Canada. Trump was outspoken against NAFTA during his presidential campaign, saying that the agreement has treated U.S. workers unfairly and has negatively impacted America’s manufacturing sector.

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Ag, Business Groups Hit Capitol Hill

As the fourth round of NAFTA talks continue, several agriculture and business groups are increasingly concerned about the future of the 23-year old agreement. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says a large group of organizations, including the American Farm Bureau, National Pork Producers Council, the Coalition of Services Industries, and many others hit Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The goal was to enlist lawmakers in their campaign against the Trump administration approach to trade policy. The stakes are especially high for ag exporters. Should the agreement be terminated, the resulting increases in tariffs would be low for many economic sectors. However, farmers would see a 25 percent tariff on beef shipments, 45 percent on turkey and some dairy products, and tariffs as high as 75 percent on chicken, potatoes, and high-fructose corn syrup sent to Mexico. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the danger of a NAFTA withdrawal to ag producers was “an empty threat.” He says, “As far as I can tell, there’s not a world oversupply of agricultural products. Unless countries are prepared to have their people go hungry or change their diets, I think it’s more of a threat to try and frighten the agricultural community.” Two House Democrats who’ve been past critics of trade agreements, Bill Pascrell of New Jersey and Lloyd Doggett of Texas, are calling on Republicans to hold a hearing on the impact of a potential NAFTA withdrawal.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Iowa ‘Ag-Gag’ Law

A coalition of animal-rights and food safety groups filed a federal lawsuit this week against Iowa’s “ag-gag” law, which makes it a crime to conduct undercover investigations of farms and slaughterhouses. The groups, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and others, say the law is unconstitutional. A Courthouse News Dot Com article says the suit alleges that the law prevents them from investigating alleged animal abuses in Iowa-based livestock confinement operations, egg production operations, and slaughterhouses. The groups are represented by an attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa. The two local plaintiffs in the suit include Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Bailing Out Benji. A spokesman for the state attorney general said they’d just received the complaint and weren’t able to comment on it yet. A first conviction under the law is a misdemeanor, which can mean up to a year in jail. The second or subsequent conviction is an aggravated misdemeanor and can mean up to two years in jail. The groups argue that the law violates their First Amendment rights and the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

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Rabobank: U.S. Pork Industry Should Continue Growth

A new report from the RaboResearch Food and Agribusiness Group looks at the growth of the U.S. Pork industry and the factors that could influence continued growth. Rabobank analysis shows the pork sector could grow 11 percent between 2017 and 2025. That growth will be supported by increasing production efficiency and adding additional processing capacity. These are the two most important factors in improving efficiencies for everyone in the supply chain. Sterling Liddell is a Global Data Analyst for the group. He says exports are a necessity for future pork expansion but they aren’t guaranteed. “Mexico continues to grow its sow inventory and slaughter plants, which means it’s only a matter of time before their domestic production grows,” Liddell said. Over the long term, the U.S. sow herd is expected to decline by 6.3 percent from 2016 to 2025. The Rabobank report says the sow reduction is necessary in order to balance the increased production capacity gained from more pigs produced per sow and the 5.5 percent growth in carcass weight. As more pork comes into the market, the study authors say that will put pressure on the industry to increase its exports.

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Pastureland Values Hit New High

The average value of pastureland across America took a jump from last year. The average value is $1,350 per acre, up 1.5 percent from 2016. That value is a record-high since the U.S. Department of Agriculture first began keeping records. As a comparison, the average acre of cropland is worth $4,090, the same as in 2016. In different parts of the country, pastureland values vary by a wide margin. The Southeast has the highest pasture values in the country at $3,910 per acre. Other regions of the country include the Northeast at $3,420 per acre, the Appalachian region at $3,340, the Delta at $2,480, and the Corn Belt at $2,380. The Delta states saw the highest average increase since last year at 2.9 percent. Among the Delta States, Lousiana saw the largest overall jump in value of 3.8 percent to $2,700 per acre. The largest decrease of any region in the country came in the Corn Belt, where average prices came in 1.7 percent lower than in 2016. Iowa pastureland prices dropped 8.8 percent to an average of $3,100 per acre. Illinois values dropped 2.9 percent per acre and Ohio was 1.6 percent lower than last year.

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