10-31-17 Make Plans to Attend the 24th Wyoming Women’s Ag Symposium November 9-10

WY Women’s Ag Symposium hosts 24th annual event Nov. 9-10

Casper – The 24th Annual WY Women’s Ag Symposium is set for Nov. 9-10, 2017 in Casper, WY at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, 800 N. Poplar.

With the mission of recognizing women’s important role in agriculture, their unique interests and needs to build a network of support, the WY Women’s Ag Symposium promises a full day of informative sessions.

The event opens on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Keynote speaker Kevin Ochsner will speak at 6:30 p.m. on “Connecting and Communicating with Consumers.” The evening event is free and open to all. Continue reading

10-31-17 CSFS: Tips to Prepare Landscape Trees for Winter

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The mission of the Colorado State Forest Service is to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations.

CSFS: Tips to Prepare Landscape Trees for Winter

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – October 31, 2017 – Landscape trees in urban and community settings throughout Colorado are going dormant now, and they require care before and during the winter to remain in top health. Homeowners can take measures this fall and through the spring to help their trees through the oncoming harsh conditions, says Keith Wood, community forestry program manager for the Colorado State Forest Service.

The CSFS offers the following tips to prepare Colorado’s community trees for winter: Continue reading

10-31-17 Inside FSA-CO w/Acting Director Jenny Peterson: COC Elections, ARC/PLC & More…

Inside FSA-CO w/Acting Director Jenny Peterson: COC Elections, ARC/PLC & More…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 31, 2017 – Ballots for the upcoming 2017 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections will start appearing in elgible producers/owners/operators mailboxes after November 6th…and joining the CO Ag News Network once again is Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Jenny Peterson…

  • Upcoming COC Election – Ballots are in the mail
  • ARC/PLC Payments for Crop Year 2016 Distributed
  • & more

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Don’t forget, 2017 FSA County Committee ballots will be coming in the mail soon, remember to get your ballots completed, postmarked and in the mail by December 4th. For more information, visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.  You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office. For an FSA office near you, please visit https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Colorado/

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 31st – HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 31st

NAFTA Renegotiation Agreement Depends on Tax Reform, Agriculture

The fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement depends on U.S. tax reform and agriculture. That’s according to Former U.S. ambassador to Mexico Jim Jones, who told Politico that if tax reform passes, President Donald Trump will be “more interested in listening to reason” on NAFTA and other issues. Jones says: “Trump is less interested in substance than he is in political victories.” Following a decision on tax reform, Jones says agriculture groups will be critical in persuading the administration to stick with NAFTA, adding that pressure from farm groups will increase after the tax reform debate. He says that once tax reform is concluded, agriculture leadership would be “so outraged at the possibility of leaving NAFTA that there’s a good chance we’ll negotiate.” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts have both said agricultural trade would be critical to ensuring a successful NAFTA agreement.

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Trade Lawyer Tells Companies to Prepare for no NAFTA

A trade lawyer in the U.S. says companies should start contingency planning amid trade uncertainty. Dan Ujczo (Yoot’-zoh), an international trade lawyer specializing in Canada-U.S. matters, told Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper that growing uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement means companies need to brace themselves, including for the possibility that President Donald Trump walks away from a deal. The trade expert says companies involved in trade, including agriculture, need to “understand this is very real,” regarding the potential of no NAFTA agreement. In echoing his comments made a month ago, Ujczo said there are some practical matters to consider, such as looking at the supply chain to determine how exposed a business would become if some of the tougher proposals, such as stricter rules of origin for the materials used in auto manufacturing, come to pass.

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Consumers See ‘Organic’ and ‘non-GM’ Food Labels as Synonymous

A study by Florida State University shows consumers regularly mix up food labels. Florida State University’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences says consumers mix up foods labeled “organic” and “non-genetically modified” and some view the two labels as the same. A national survey of more than 1,000 consumers gauged their willingness to pay for food labeled genetically modified versus non-genetically modified. In the study, when consumers looked at packages of granola bars labeled “non-GMO Project,” they were willing to spend 35 cents more than for the boxes that had text that read, “contains genetically engineered ingredients.” With the “USDA Organic” label, consumers were willing to pay nine cents more. Meanwhile, consumers indicated they were willing to pay 35 cents more for apples labeled “non-GMO Project” and 40 cents more for apples labeled “USDA Organic.” Organizers say the results led them to conclude that consumers don’t distinguish definitions of the two food labels. For example, the researchers say it’s possible that a product labeled, “Non-GMO Project Verified” more clearly communicates the absence of GM ingredients than a product labeled “USDA Organic.”

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Insurer Suing ABC over BPI Settlement

AIG Specialty Insurance Co. is suing ABC News over its settlement with Beef Products Inc. regarding ABC’s “pink slime” reports. AIG Specialty Insurance is one of the insurers for ABC’s parent company, the Walk Disney Company. AIG is suing Disney over its insistence that its settlement with BPI, which cost Disney $177 million, after the amounts covered by insurance, is not, in fact, covered by its policy with AIG. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports AIG said that its policy specifically excludes coverage for legal claims that allege “malice,” which BPI’s product defamation lawsuit did include. Court documents outline a series of meetings between AIG and Disney over the summer, seeking to hammer out an agreement. By filing a lawsuit, AIG is seeking to prevent Disney from pursuing coverage from the company through arbitration. The lawsuit was filed in the New York State court system.

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Wheat Growers Association President Resigns for Potential FSA Appointment

The National Wheat Growers Association said Monday that association president David Schemm has resigned from his position to pursue other professional opportunities in his home state. The High Plains Journal says Schemm, a Sharon Springs, Kansas, wheat grower, has reportedly been tapped to accept the position of Kansas Farm Service Agency executive director. Wheat Growers CEO Chandler Goule (gool) said that as president, Schemm “helped move the wheat industry forward, grew its presence on Capitol Hill, and improved its relationship with the media and other farm organizations.” National Wheat Growers Association past president and Montana farmer Gordon Stoner has been chosen to assume duties and the role of president. Stoner will fulfill the role as president until the 2018 Commodity Classic, when the association will hold its next officer election, in Anaheim, California.

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Drivers Surpass 2 Billion Miles on E15

Growth Energy says that in just five months, American drivers have surpassed another billion miles on E15, bringing the total miles driven across the U.S. to two billion. This comes on the heels of Growth Energy’s recent announcement that more than 1,000 stations across the country are currently offering E15 to consumers. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the milestone “cements the fact that drivers have embraced” E15 fuels. E15 is approved for use in all vehicles 2001 and newer, as well as, all flex fuel vehicles, which combined represent more than 87 percent of the vehicles on the road. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 fuel stations around the country are offering E15—nearly triple the number of stations from the same time last year, and almost 16 million American adults have access to the fuel

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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