10-25-17 Colorado Water Congress’s 2018 Annual Convention is Jan 24-26 in Denver

Colorado Water Congress’s 2018 Annual Convention is Jan 24-26 in Denver

A Question of Balance 

The Colorado Water Congress looks forward to seeing you for the 2018 CWC Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center on January 24 to 26, 2018. The theme for the conference is “A Question of Balance”. The event will explore how the water community is handling the many priorities and perspectives that guide our actions. Please plan to join us as we celebrate many great years at the Hyatt!

Early registration is now open until December 31st.
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10-25-17 Upper Colorado River Basin Forum in Grand Junction, CO Nov 1-2…

Upper Colorado River Basin Forum in Grand Junction, CO Nov 1-2

The 2017 Forum will showcase stories that illuminate the challenges and complexities involved in trying to understand Upper Colorado River Basin water issues and manage water in new ways.

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10-25-17 The 4-States Irrigation Council Annual Meeting is January 10-12, 2018 in Ft Collins, CO

The 4-States Irrigation Council Annual Meeting is January 10-12, 2018 in Ft Collins, CO

Take advantage of the Early Registration discount available until December 21. Sponsors and exhibitors, please register by November 15 so that your information may be included in the program guide. Please contact dana@4-states-irrigation.org if you have any questions.  CLICK HERE to learn more

10-25-17 NMPF Applauds House Judiciary Committee for Endorsing New Agriculture Guest Worker Program

NMPF Applauds House Judiciary Committee for Endorsing New Agriculture Guest Worker Program

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation said today it supports the efforts by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and the House Judiciary Committee to pass legislation creating a guestworker program that provides a new opportunity for immigration reform in agriculture. Continue reading

10-25-17 FSA-CO: County Committee Elections to Begin; Producers to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 6

FSA County Committee Elections to Begin; Producers to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 6

Farmers and Ranchers Have a Voice in Local Farm Program Decisions

Denver, CO – October 25, 2017 – Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Jenny Peterson today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4, 2017, to ensure that their vote is counted.

“County committee members represent the farmers and ranchers in our Colorado communities,” said Peterson. “Producers elected to these committees have always played a vital role in local agricultural decisions. It is a valued partnership that helps us better understand the needs of the farmers and ranchers we serve.” Continue reading

10-25-17 NCGA Applauds Bill with Proposed Changes to ARC

NCGA Applauds Bill with Proposed Changes to ARC

WASHINGTON (October 25, 2017) – The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes regarding the introduction of a bill yesterday by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D – N.D.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) directing the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to use crop yield data from the Risk Management Agency for yield calculations.

“NCGA applauds Senators Heitkamp and Ernst for recognizing the importance of having a strong revenue-based program for farmers and taking this step to strengthen the Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Level (ARC-CO) Safety Net Program in the next Farm Bill,” said NCGA President Kevin Skunes. “In this economy, having strong farm bill risk management programs are more important than ever.” Continue reading

10-25-17 Colorado Farm Show Scholarships DUE NOV 1st!

Colorado Farm Show Scholarships DUE NOV 1st!

The Colorado Farm Show is proud to announce an increased number of scholarships being offered to graduating Colorado High School Seniors. The scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students who apply should be High School graduates in the Winter 2017 or Spring 2018 and planning on pursuing a degree in an Agricultural field of study at the College or University of their choice. To date, the Colorado Farm Show has awarded $151,000 in scholarships to Colorado graduating High School Seniors pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study. Continue reading

10-25-17 Potatoes USA: U.S. Potato Exports Continue to Grow

U.S. Potato Exports Continue to Grow

U.S. potato exports for August 2017 showed positive growth compared to the same month in 2016. This growth was led by a 15% increase in the volume of Fresh exports, a 13% increase in Dehy and a 6% increase in Frozen. The Frozen growth was led by 25% growth in the volume of exports to Mexico, 34% to Central America, 41% to Indonesia, 22% to Malaysia and 21% to Vietnam. Of some concern are the 36% decline to China, 6% decline to South Korea and 23% drop in exports to Thailand. For China, 2016 saw a spike in exports as domestic production was offline, however, in 2017, additional processing plants are up and running. Continue reading

10-25-17 My Beef Checkoff News: Showing Consumers How You Are Raising Beef With Care

Showing Consumers How You Are Raising Beef With Care

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No one needs to tell you how much care, work and dedication goes into producing the world’s best beef! But you know who does need to hear it – just about everyone else! And when we say everyone, we mean those folks who enjoy beef on the dinner table, at a tailgate party or when they go out for a nice meal to celebrate with family and friends. That’s a lot of people and they are really interested in what you do and how you produce the food they enjoy.

Cody EasterdaySo that’s what your beef checkoff is doing with the #RethinkTheRanch media campaign. Based on consumer research, we know that your consumers want to know more about sustainable farming and ranching, and how you care for your cattle.

Cody Easterday, who operates feedlots in eastern Washington, knows the importance of the beef checkoff when it comes to communicating with his consumers.

“The checkoff is a conduit between us and the consumer,” says Cody. “It provides the education we need to produce the product that the consumer wants.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 25th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 25th

Senate Committee Advances Chief Ag Negotiator Nominee

The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday advanced the nomination of Greg Doud (Dowd) as chief agriculture negotiator to the full Senate. The move puts Doud closer to the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations, with one vote remaining until he can take his post at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah says of the Trump Administration that it is “essential that his administration is well-staffed and ready to get to work,” on trade in urging the Senate to act quickly to confirm Doud. Last week, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said Doud needs to be at the negotiating table to represent U.S. agriculture as part of the NAFTA talks. Roberts and the White House agreed that agriculture exports are key to addressing the U.S. trade deficit as part of the NAFTA talks.

Korea Sends KORUS Analysis, Says No to Opening Ag Trade

A review of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement by South Korea claims to show little basis to support the U.S. desire for renegotiation. A South Korea-based newspaper reports that Korea submitted an analysis to Washington, D.C. showing that preferential U.S. duties as part of KORUS had almost no direct effect on the increase in South Korean exports to the U.S. over the past five years. The findings indicate that the effects of preferential duties were not statistically significant for 11 of the items, including automobiles, steel, general machinery, and agriculture products. The report follows an announcement by South Korea last week saying the renegotiation will have to focus on other areas instead of agriculture. Korea’s Trade Minister said South Korea would “consider all possibilities, including no deal being reached.” He also reported that the demands by the U.S. for additional openness in the agricultural sector are something “completely unacceptable.”

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Lists Farm Bill Priorities

The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives is urging Congress to finish the next farm bill on time. In releasing the organization’s farm bill priorities Tuesday, President and CEO Chuck Conner noted the “challenging price environment” farmers are dealing with in explaining the need for a timely farm bill. The council’s framework outlines eight general principles to be included in the next farm bill, including a focus on promoting farm cooperatives and “their abilities to enhance competition in the agricultural marketplace by acting as bargaining agents” for cooperative members. The organization also calls for the expansion of all U.S. agriculture exports, support for a strong safety net and an assurance that farmers and ranchers will have access to needed labor. The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives has supported farmer cooperatives since 1929 and represents more than 2,000 local farmer cooperatives throughout the nation.

NCGA Offers Reminder on Dicamba Label Changes 

The National Corn Growers Association is urging farmers to be aware of the label changes for dicamba herbicides next year. NCGA says farmers interested in using dicamba as part of their crop strategy in the 2018 growing season need to be aware only certified applicators, or those under direct supervision, will be allowed to apply the product. The Environmental Protection Agency recently classified dicamba as restricted use, among placing further restrictions and regulations on the use of dicamba herbicides. The label change reflects an agreement between the EPA, Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to further minimize the potential for drift to damage neighboring crops from the use of dicamba herbicides. The new restrictions include the need for special training to apply dicamba, limiting applications to when maximum wind speeds are below 10 miles per hour, and a requirement for farmers to maintain specific records regarding the use of dicamba products to ensure compliance with label restrictions.

Nestle Leaving Grocery Manufacturers Association

Nestle Foods announced it would leave the Grocery Manufacturers Association trade group by the end of the year, following the heels of Campbell Soup Company. Politico reports that Nestle has been at odds with GMA on some of the most high-profile food issues in Washington, D.C. in recent years. Nestle was one of a handful of companies that backed labeling for added sugars and supported voluntary efforts for food companies to cut back on sodium, both issues GMA lobbied against. Nestle officials also were unhappy with GMA’s opposition to GMO Labeling. Association spokesperson Roger Lower told Politico the group was “disappointed” by the move. However, he noted that: “Companies decide to join and leave trade associations for a variety of reasons over time.” Campbell Soup Company announced it would leave the trade group in July, in part due to differences in opinion on GMO labeling.

Plant-Based Foods Increasing in Popularity

The use and popularity of plant-based foods is increasing, but that doesn’t mean a change in course for the world population. A recent survey by the restaurant food delivery service GrubHub reported that vegan orders have increased in popularity by 19 percent in 2017. However, the number of vegan or vegetarian consumers has remained around five percent of the world’s population. Meat industry publication Meatingplace says the statistics simply reflect a trend of meat-eaters choosing to vary their diets more with an increasing array of non-meat options. Meatingplace also points out that not all vegans or vegetarians stick with the diet. The United Kingdom’s Daily Caller recently asked vegetarians why they went back to eating meat. The ex-vegetarians said they “couldn’t deny the cravings,” and one said: “I dreamed of cheeseburgers.” The most common reason though was from mothers who said they wanted to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service