11-13-17 USDA-RD News: Trump Administration Appoints Sallie Clark as CO’s USDA Rural Development State Director…

Trump Administration Appoints Sallie Clark to Serve as State Director for USDA Rural Development in Colorado

Denver, CO, November 13, 2017 – The Trump Administration recently appointed Sallie Clark as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Colorado. Clark begins her new role with the agency on Monday, November 13th.

Clark is a former county commissioner representing El Paso County, Colorado, city councilmember, well known small-business entrepreneur, served in leadership with Colorado Counties, Inc., and is past President of the National Association of Counties (NACo).  Clark has extensive background at all levels of government, has a broad understanding of rural issues and federal agencies and has the reputation of a hard-working public servant. Clark and her husband, Welling, have made Colorado their home since 1985 and own and operate a successful business located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 “It is an honor to be selected by the President to fill the extremely important role of State Director of Rural Development in Colorado”, says Clark.   “I look forward to working with the President, Secretary of Agriculture, and the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development to increase rural prosperity and enhance customer service through innovation and partnerships in our state.”

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11-14-17 Monitor the Texas Farm and Ranch Auction on Livestream Nov 14th @ 10am CDT / 9am MDT!

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11-13-17 Millet Producers/Handlers Invited to attend first Annual Meeting of High Plains Millet Association

1st Annual Meeting of High Plains Millet Association @ NJC on December 8

November 13, 2017 – Sterling, CO – High Plains Millet Association (HPMA) is holding its first annual producer educational meeting on December 8, 2017 in in Sterling, CO.

“An outstanding program is planned to address issues affecting millet and agricultural producers and I strongly encourage all Colorado millet producers and handlers to attend,” said Chris Stum, HPMA president from Towner, CO.  Continue reading

11-13-17 CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System website is now LIVE!

CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System website is now LIVE!

The CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System website is now live and can be found at coaxium.com.  With the commercial launch of  Incline AX and LCS Fusion AX wheat varieties, growers in the US wheat market will start to maximize their return on investment by controlling tough winter annual grasses including Group 2 (ALS) resistant biotypes. The CoAXium™ Wheat Production System is a combination of a patented herbicide trait, elite varieties, a new herbicide brand and a strong focus on industry stewardship.  Learn more here.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, November 13th

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New Senate Hold on Ag Trade Nominee

Arizona Republican Jeff Flake has put a hold on the confirmation of Greg Doud, President Trump’s nominee to be the U.S. Trade Representative’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator. Politico says the hold involves concerns surrounding a controversial produce proposal that the United States has introduced into the North American Free Trade Agreement Negotiations. The seasonal produce proposal is aimed at protecting U.S. farmers from cheaper Mexican imports. Growers in the southeastern U.S. support the proposal. Flake argues that the move would raise the cost of production, reduce the selection of fruits and vegetables for consumers, and hurt growers in western states like Flake’s home-state of Arizona. The largest U.S. port of entry for produce is located in Arizona. Flake hasn’t said what it would take to get him to lift the hold. Flake wrote a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer asking him to commit to withdrawing the proposal at the next round of NAFTA talks in Mexico City. Flake wrote, “Efforts that lead to unncessary restrictions on trade with our North American partners will have devastating economic consequences both in Arizona and nationwide.”  


Group Seek Delay in Reporting Requirements

A November 15 deadline to report on-farm air emissions is looming. The National Pork Producers Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association filed a brief in support of an Environmental Protection Agency motion to delay a mandate that farmers report certain air emissions from manure on their farms. Back in April, a federal court threw out an exemption for farms from reporting “hazardous” air emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Act and the Emergency Community Response Right to Know Act. The court made the move after environmental groups sued the EPA in federal court. Between 60,000 and 100,000 livestock and poultry farmers will have to file air emissions reports with the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center. They’ll also have to file written reports to a local EPA office within 30 days of filing with the NRC. Some farmers have already tried to file reports and the NRC phone system has been overwhelmed. Operators are refusing to accept reports from more than one farm per call because they’re worried about not being able to respond to emergencies. In filing the delay request, the EPA told the court it wants time to give farmers specific guidance on how to file those reports.   


Organic Livestock Rule Delayed Until January

The U.S. Department of Ag announced it will delay the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule until January 19. The Hagstrom Report says the announcement was strongly criticized by several House Democrats but praised by House Ag Committee Chair Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican. There are several provisions under the rule, an example of which is requiring outdoor access for poultry that will produce meat to be labeled “Certified Organic.” The USDA announcement says during the course of reviewing the rule, officials discovered a material error in the record and there was a question about the scope of statutory authority. The agency also says it’s delaying the rule so that it can answer important questions, including the likely costs and benefits analysis. However, three Democrats, including Ron Kind of Wisconsin, said they were outraged, saying, “This is not a regulation for the sake of regulation,” they said., “This rule has already undergone over 10 years of public process and debate.”  The Organic Trade Association filed a lawsuit against USDA, seeking a judicial review of the Trump Administration’s delay of final organic livestock production rules. While the lawsuit is still pending, USDA must answer it by mid-November.  


U.S. Gets WTO Win on Indonesia’s Beef Import Requirements

The World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the U.S. in a dispute with Indonesia over its complex and vague import requirements for beef and beef products. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says the WTO report found that all 18 of the import measures challenged by the U.S. were inconsistent with WTO rules governing trade. The ruling marks the end of the settlement process and should open up significant new export opportunities for the U.S. beef industry in the Indonesian market. Federation CEO Phillip Seng says, “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this case and thank the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for their effective presentation of legal arguments.” Seng sees Indonesia as a very promising market for the future as it’s the fourth-most populous country in the world. However, per capita consumption is very low, which means it has the potential to become one of the largest beef importers in the world. Beef exports to Indonesia last year totaled 10.7 million metric tons, worth $39.4 million, making it the ninth-largest U.S. export market. Exports to Indonesia over the first nine months of 2017 are 96 percent higher in volume than the same period last year.


Ethanol Industry Wants Brazil Status Suspended

The U.S. Ethanol industry wants U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to suspend Brazil’s designated country status under the Generalized System of Preferences. The groups want Lighthizer to make the move against Brazil because of its “protectionist and market-distorting actions in implementing a Tariff Rate Quota on American ethanol imports.” The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, and the U.S. Grains Council all signed the letter that was sent to Lighthizer. RFA president and CEO Bob Dineen says Brazil imposed a trade quota of 150 million gallons of U.S. ethanol a year. “We had been shipping close to 500 million gallons a year,” Dinneen says, “and they also imposed a 20 percent tariff over the quota.” He calls the move particularly “galling” as Brazil is the third-largest beneficiary of GPS-eligible trade at more than $2.2 billion per year. Dinneen says that’s driven a $276 billion-dollar trade deficit in agricultural products and ethanol with Brazil. The industry groups will be submitting a petition to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office in the near future.


Farmers Need Trade to Move Record Corn Crop

It’s no secret that American farmers produced another record corn crop, which means overseas market access will be a big key to limiting losses due to depressed corn prices. The Illinois Corn Growers Association says this is what farmers pencil out on paper to demonstrate why market access is so important to corn farmer profitability. “It looks like our ‘what if’ scenarios are about to become ‘what now’ scenarios as prices are still below the cost of production, as well as threats to our trading relationships, and deteriorating transportation infrastructure,” says Illinois Corn Growers president Justin Durdan. The November 9th crop production report puts corn harvest yield at 175.4 bushels per acre. If realized, that number would be a record. Durdan says he can’t say strongly enough how important export markets are for farmers as they await what could potentially be the second-largest harvest on record. “Secretary Perdue says that USDA is preparing contingency plans in case we lose NAFTA,” Durdan adds, “but at the farm level there is no amount of preparation that will make a difference when it comes to losing a large overseas market.”  

SOURCE: NAFB News Service