10-23-17 Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 23, 2017 – Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss issues facing Colorado’s ag industry is Shawn Martini,  Vice President of Advocacy at the Colorado Farm Bureau, discussing the upcoming 99th CFB’s Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center November 17-18 – 19 and more…




About: Shawn Martini, CFB VP of Advocacy

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10-23-17 Make plans to attend the 99th CO Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Denver Nov 17-18

Make Plans to Attend the 99th CO Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Denver Nov 17-18

We hope you will join us!

The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to set policies for the Colorado Farm Bureau for 2018, make recommendations for American Farm Bureau Federation policy, set membership dues for 2019, consider bylaw amendments, and elect members to the Colorado Farm Bureau Board of Directors from districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 and Young Farmer and Rancher Chair.

This year the 99th CFB Annual Meeting will take place from November 17th – 18th at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.


Gen. Ron Keys, retired as Commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command

This year we are proud to host Gen. Ron Keys (Ret.) was the Commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command, the Air Force’s largest major command, consisting of more than 1,200 aircraft, 27 wings, 17 bases, and 200 operating locations worldwide with 105,000 personnel. General Keys is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in fighter aircraft, including more than 300 hours of combat time.

We will also host Mr. Dale Moore, Executive Director of Public Policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation to give attendees an update from the front lines of AFBF’s work in Washington, D.C.

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10-23-17 U.S. Pork Industry Seeks 2018 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow

U.S. Pork Industry Seeks 2018 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow

Award aims to recognize and inspire the next generation of pig farmers

DES MOINES, IOWA – Oct. 23, 2017 – The National Pork Board is searching for the next Pig Farmers of Tomorrow, with applications now open for the industry award through Nov. 21 at www.pigfarmersoftomorrow. The award, in its second year, is designed to recognize, inspire and connect with the next generation of American pig farmers. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 23rd

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 23rd

Report: Farm Lending Stabilizing

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank reports farm lending has stabilized, but risks remain. The Federal Reserve’s Agricultural Finance Databook shows risks in the sector have remained alongside a persistently weak agricultural economy. The volume of non-real estate farm loans originated in the third quarter this year increased about two percent from the previous year. The slight increase followed a similar year-over-year increase in the second quarter after sharp declines in lending activity the previous two quarters. Operating loans have continued to account for a rising share of commercial banks’ farm loan portfolio, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the total volume of non-real estate farm loans over the past year. The report says that risk ratings on new farm loans have increased somewhat, interest rates have edged higher, and the loan-to-deposit ratio, a key measure of bank liquidity, also has increased.

Ag Exports Key to Trump NAFTA Deficit Strategy

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says agricultural exports are key to achieving President Donald Trump’s plan for reducing the trade deficit with NAFTA members. The White House says more ag exports into Canada and Mexico through the North American Free Trade Agreement will help reduce the trade deficit, and Senator Roberts agrees. Roberts spoke with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week, saying he indicated “the best way for our trading partners to buy down the deficit is to buy U.S. agricultural products,” according to Politico. Roberts says that Lighthizer “made that very clear” that the administration seeks to increase ag exports. Roberts says the administration needs to have its chief agricultural negotiator at the table. Gregg Doud’s (Dowd) nomination is awaiting Senate confirmation.

Trade Negotiators at Odds Over NAFTA Proposals

Trade negotiators are accusing each other of sabotaging attempts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement following the latest round of talks. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland accused the U.S. of pursuing a “winner take all” approach. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said of the talks that the NAFTA trade partners do not seem “willing to make any changes” regarding the trade deficit, a key Trump administration priority. After a failed round of talks, the renegotiation effort was extended into next year. The next set of negotiations will be held next month in Mexico. AgCanada reports officials in Mexico and Canada say of some U.S. demands, that the U.S. “knew it would not be able to push them through,” adding that there is a possibility the negotiation effort could collapse. U.S. negotiators opened a new front with a proposal that Canada dismantle its system of protections for the dairy and poultry sectors, a move that Canada is rejecting.

EPA Abandons RFS Proposals

In a letter to Midwest Senators, the Environmental Protection Agency says it has backed off a series of proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in the letter said the agency would keep renewable fuel volume mandates for next year at or above proposed levels, reversing a previous move to open the door to cuts, according to Reuters. The letter follows backlash by Senators from pro-ethanol states, including Iowa and Nebraska. Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst vocally opposed the changes, calling them a “betrayal” of the administration’s promise to support the RFS. The Senators say the move would have undercut domestic demand for ethanol. Administrator Pruitt also offered a path forward for E15 sales year-round, saying the EPA was prepared to work with Congress to examine the possibility.

Legislation Against Farm Bill Cuts a Non-Starter

Senator Pat Roberts says there will not be a vote on a proposal to protect the farm bill from budget cuts. The Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman says the Senate will not consider the bill offered up by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Debbie Stabenow. She filed the bill last week that aimed to keep all farm bill programs away from any spending reductions from 2019 to 2028. However, the bill was already perceived as being “symbolic” in nature. Roberts noted that the budget resolution does not contain any directives to the Senate Agriculture Committee to cut spending. Roberts acknowledged that there were “assumptions” there would be cuts to farm bill spending, but he attributed those to budget officials and said the Senate would determine its own spending, according to the Hagstrom Report.

Brazil’s JBS Suspending Work at Seven Facilities

Brazil’s JBS SA announced last week it would suspend its cattle purchases and slaughter activities at seven facilities for an indefinite period. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the move follows a local court decision that decided to freeze the U.S. equivalent of $230 million in assets belonging to the controlling company of JBS. The assets were blocked following the request of a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry on Tax Irregularities. The Commission was installed after former CEO Wesley Batista revealed in his plea bargain testimony to prosecutors earlier this year that false invoices were used to justify the outflow of money to pay bribes to politicians in exchange for tax incentives. JBS decided to halt operations in its seven units in the state due to “legal uncertainty,” but said that employees would continue to receive their salaries normally “until the company has a definition on the subject.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service