11-08-17 CFVGA invites proposals for annual conference “Tech Pitch”…Submissions Due by Dec 20th

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association invites businesses with tech solutions for pressing issues in the produce sector to submit a proposal to pitch at the 2018 CFVGA annual conference, February 20 in Denver, Colorado.  https://cfvga.org.

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11-08-17 USDA-FSA-CO REMINDER: Acreage Reporting Deadline Fast Approaching…its Nov 15th!

Acreage Reporting Deadline Fast Approaching

Sherry Lederhos, Logan County Executive Director, reminds producers of the November 15th, 2017 acreage reporting deadline.

In order to maintain program eligibility and benefits, producers must timely file acreage reports for fall wheat, fall barley, perennial forage (alfalfa over 1 year old), grass and other fall seeded small grains.

Failure to file an acreage report by the crop acreage reporting deadline may result in ineligibility for future program benefits. Any farms reported after the deadline will be assessed a $46.00 late fee per farm.

Check you records, if you have not completed your report, contact the county office immediately.

11-08-17 Growing Organic with NRCS

Growing Organic with NRCS

View the new 3-minute video, “Growing Organic,” and learn about NRCS assistance for organic farmers.

Organic farming is an ecologically-based system that relies on preventative practices for weed, insect and disease problems, uses nontoxic methods to manage problems if they arise, and improves the natural resources of the land, including soil and water quality.

View the video, and learn more at www.nrcs.usda.gov/organic.

11-08-17 Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. Launches E-Commerce Platform for Inputs…

Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. Launches E-Commerce Platform for Inputs

The FBN Direct Online Store brings offline input purchasing online, bringing farmers added efficiency, transparency and ease

SAN CARLOS, Calif. – Nov. 8, 2017 – Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. is modernizing the way farmers shop with a new e-commerce platform designed and engineered exclusively for agricultural inputs. FBN℠ members can now search for, compare, and buy thousands of input products online. The site, which was developed with extensive input from farmers, offers transparent, national pricing and a wide selection of both generic and brand name herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, adjuvants, seed, and fertilizer. Continue reading

11-08-17 Plan on Attending the 2018 International Limousin Congress July 19-27 in Denver, CO

2018 International Limousin Congress

The International Limousin Council is the global organization for Limousin Associations around the world. The main purpose and objectives of the ILC are to network with the world’s elite Limousin breeders while coordinating international research efforts; encouraging uniform recording and registration policies; and to highlight and honor efforts that have been made for the benefit of the Limousin breed on an international and domestic level.

Every two years, the International Limousin Congress (ILC) is hosted by a different country. This event first took place in 1973 in France and has been going strong ever since. The ILC event has traveled to numerous countries including: France, USA, Argentina, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, and Canada. Continue reading

11-08-17 NACD Announces Availability of $9M for Conservation Work…

NACD ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF $9 MILLION FOR CONSERVATION DISTRICT WORK

Last week, NACD launched a webpage announcing the availability of $9 million in technical assistance grants for conservation districts. This funding will help conservation districts build their technical assistance capacity and thus enhance their ability to provide conservation planning and assist with conservation practice implementation. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 8th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, November 8th

Producers More Optimistic in October Survey

The latest Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer showed farmer optimism improving slightly in October, coming in at an index of 135. That’s actually the third-highest level since the survey began two years ago. The modest improvement during October came about because of increasing optimism for what lies ahead. The Index of Future Expectations increased from 130 to 137 in October. But, the Index of Current Conditions was a little lower than the previous month. Compared to the July survey, fewer producers expect higher corn, soybean, and wheat prices over the next 12 months. At the same time, producers don’t expect lower prices during that same time period, either. Fewer producers expect to make major management changes from a year ago, specifically when it comes to fertilizer application. Similar to last year, 19 percent of producers expect to lower their seeding rates and 35 percent of farmers will adjust their seed variety or hybrid package in 2018. Only one-third of producers plan to reduce fertilizer rates when compared to last year. That’s down from 46 percent when the survey was conducted last year, likely due to lower fertilizer costs. 80 percent of producers expect farmland rental rates to be unchanged in 2018.

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Ag Struggling to Make Voice Heard in NAFTA Talks

The American agricultural lobby thought that President Trump’s trade politics would spare farmers and others in agriculture. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says it was the rural and red-state turnout that put Trump over the top in the presidential election. Trump has threatened to issue a formal intent to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and agriculture can’t seem to get its message through. The U.S. exports nearly $18 billion of agriculture goods to Mexico, with exports the main profit driver in agriculture. However, Politico says those numbers don’t seem to be registering with the negotiators. “To be honest with you, it’s difficult, because even though we have a lot of support from people within the Trump Administration, the president has made comments that have obviously caused us a lot of concern,” says Kent Baucus, the International Trade Director for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Now that the threat of withdrawal seems more like reality, rather than a bargaining tactic, there’s also a growing recognition that agriculture may not have put together an effective strategy to counter the threat. Gordon Stoner, a Montana farmer who leads the National Association of Wheat Growers, says the only solution may be a grassroots campaign in which farmers, ranchers, and others, stand up and demand action.

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NAFTA Negotiators Extend Length of Next Round

A Bloomberg report says negotiators discussing the North American Free Trade Agreement will begin next week’s round in Mexico City two days early. The goal is to give themselves more time to discuss the large number of issues surrounding the two-decade-old pact. Negotiators last met in Washington D.C., for the previous round of talks. Two officials close to the talks, who asked not to be identified, said the next round of talks will now run November 15 through the 21, rather than beginning on the 17th. The negotiators want to give themselves time to avoid potential scheduling conflicts. However, the chief negotiators from all three countries still won’t join the talks until the 17th. The decision to extend the upcoming round comes about shortly after the three countries abandoned the December target for wrapping up the talks. The sides now say they’ll likely have to work through the end of March to wrap up a deal. They’ve also extended the time allowed between each round of discussions in order to have adequate time to consider new proposals. Negotiations grew contentious during the recent fourth round. The fifth round begins with discussions on intellectual property, textiles, and labor services.

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Ag Groups Ask Trump to Implement Farmer Fair Practice Rules

The National Farmers Union joined a coalition of 82 farmer, rural, and consumer groups, in sending a letter to the president, asking him to implement the Farmer Fair Practice Rules by executive order. The groups say those rules would provide basic protections for farmers and ranchers against unfair and abusive practices as a result of consolidation in agriculture marketplaces. The letter says, as a result of massive consolidation, just four meatpacking companies control 85 percent of the marketplace, as well as 74 percent of the pork market and over half the poultry market. Over the last four decades of consolidation, 90 percent of hog farmers and 41 percent of cattle farmers are now out of business. 71 percent of poultry growers now live below the federal poverty level. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says family farmers and ranchers simply don’t have any marketplace power. “Multinational and foreign corporations control our market prices, dictating much of what happens on our farms and ranches,” says Johnson. “We’re urging the president to take the first step in addressing these abusive practices by implementing the Farmer Fair Practice Rules.”

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WHO Takes a Strong Stand Against Antibiotics in Animals

The World Health Organization issued a strong statement this week against the use of all antibiotics in healthy food-producing animals. The WHO says overuse and misuse of antibiotics in both animals and humans is contributing to the buildup of antibiotic resistance. The organization notes that some bacteria that cause serious diseases in humans have built resistance to most types of treatment options and there are very few new options in the research pipeline. WHO says 80 percent of antibiotic use is in the animal sector, with most usage promoting animal growth instead of treating disease. The agency says healthy animals should only be treated if a disease has been diagnosed in other members of the herd or flock. Antibiotics should also be chosen from the group of medicines that the WHO considers “least important to human health.” The National Pork Producers Council called a ban on disease prevention uses of antibiotics in animal food production “ill-advised and wrong,” also saying that the U.S. pork industry’s goal has been to reduce the need for antibiotics. However, they say denying the use of antibiotics goes against the obligations of pork farmers and veterinarians to care for their animals.

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Less Than Two Percent of Food Violates Pesticide Residue Standards

Every year, the Food and Drug Administration tests food for pesticide residues that violate the limits allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The FDA enforces those standards in both domestically-produced food as well as imported food. As late as the fiscal year 2015, the FDA found that most food was well within the allowable standards, with domestic food outperforming imported food. The FDA analyzed 6,000 samples of food, with quite a bit more of the samples from imported foods because they typically have higher residues than domestic foods do. The foods came from 111 countries and 39 states, as well as Washington D.C. and U.S. territories. More than 98 percent of domestic foods and 90 percent of imported foods were compliant. 50 percent of domestic foods and 57 percent of imported foods had zero pesticide residue. That means less than two percent of domestic food and 10 percent of imported food violated EPA standards.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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