12-08-17 WDA News: Student’s Design Inspires Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador’s Cleats

WDA News: Student’s Design Inspires Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador’s Cleats

On Sunday, December 3 Western Dairy Association’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Player Ambassador, Virgil Green took the field for the Broncos’ week 13 game against the Miami Dolphins wearing a special pair of shoes – his custom Fuel Up to Play 60 cleats, as part of the NFL’s second annual My Cause My Cleats campaign. Similar to the inaugural campaign in 2017, players from across the NFL worked with cleat designers to create custom kicks that would bring awareness to their favorite causes or charities. For Green’s cleat design, Western Dairy Association helped him bring in a special design consultant – 4th grader Travis R. Continue reading

12-08-17 EPA News: Bonita Peak Mining District among Superfund sites targeted for intense and immediate attention

Bonita Peak Mining District among Superfund sites targeted for intense and immediate attention

EPA announces elevation of 21 sites nationwide  

DENVER (Dec. 8, 2017) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the list of Superfund sites that Administrator Pruitt has targeted for immediate and intense attention. The 21 sites on the list – from across the United States – are in direct response to theSuperfund Task Force Recommendations, issued this summer, calling for this list.

“By elevating these sites we are sending a message that EPA is, in fact, restoring its Superfund program to its rightful place at the center of the agency’s mission,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.  “Getting toxic land sites cleaned up and revitalized is of the utmost importance to the communities across the country that are affected by these sites. I have charged the Superfund Task Force staff to immediately and intently develop plans for each of these sites to ensure they are thoughtfully addressed with urgency. By getting these sites cleaned up, EPA will continue to focus on ways we can directly improve public health and the environment for people across America.” Continue reading

12-08-17 West Central Cattleman’s Day Programs Announced this January in Wray and Sterling, CO

West Central Cattleman’s Day Programs Announced this January in Wray & Sterling

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(Burlington, CO) Nebraska Extension and Colorado State University Extension will be hosting two winter programs for cattle producers in eastern Colorado. Programs will be held January 23rd in Wray, Colorado and January 25th in Sterling, Colorado. The programs are designed to help producers evaluate management practices that could improve their bottom line. Extension personnel and other presenters will discuss a variety of topics including nutritional management, range management, premiums for market calves, risk management, and the National Beef Quality Audit. A Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training will be available after the Sterling program.

Registration is $15 per program, and high school and college students can register for a reduced price of $10. Participants can register online or by mailing in a registration form available at their county CSU Extension office.

For more information, go to http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/agri/agri-cattlemansday.html.

12-08-17 National Western to Unveil Vision for New World Headquarters

National Western to Unveil Vision for New World Headquarters

DENVER, CO – The National Western Stock Show is building a new home for the countless supporters of this longtime fixture of the American West.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Pete Coors are among the speakers at the Tuesday, December 12 event, marking the milestone transformation of the National Western Stock Show’s home into a year-round institution.

The 100,000-square-foot Western Stock Show Association Legacy Building will be a focal point of the new National Western Center—a transformation of the aging facilities on the banks of the South Platte River into a year-round attraction. Continue reading

12-08-17 Back Inside the BARN with Charles Baron of the Farmers Business Network: Annual Insights Conference in Omaha, NE & more…

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Charles Baron -FBN VP of Product and Co-Founder(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 8, 2017 –
The Farmers Business Network
 is holding it’s annual insights conference in Omaha, Neb., Dec. 13 – 15, Farmer2Famer III: The Battle for Margin, over 2,000 farmers are expected to attend from across the Corn Belt, which will feature a  jam-packed schedule and provide insights and content providing farmers actionable strategies to drive their margins.

In to discuss that event and share details about the Farmers Business Network is Charles Baron, Co-Founder & Vice-President of Product

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, December 8th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, December 8th

State Farm Bureau Study Estimates Cost of NAFTA Withdraw

A study from the Nebraska Farm Bureau finds withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement could cost farms in the state up to $55,000 each, annually. The report identifies the 2016 export value of individual Nebraska agriculture commodities to both Canada and Mexico. Analysis in the report also assigns a dollar value of NAFTA on a unit basis for individual agriculture commodities, demonstrating how NAFTA supports commodity prices, but also what the loss of NAFTA could mean. Nebraska Farm Bureau president Steve Nelson says the report shows withdrawing from NAFTA “would be damaging.” Nelson points out that nearly half of the state’s agricultural exports are bound for Canada and Mexico. He calls the idea of withdrawing from NAFTA “unfathomable,” saying farm and ranch families are already working through a struggling agriculture economy. Find the report at www.nefb.org.

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Global Food Prices Slightly Lower in November

A measure of global food prices decreased in November largely due to a decline in dairy values. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations monthly Food Price Index averaged 175.8 points in November 2017, down 0.5 percent, from October. However, the index is still four points, or 2.3 percent, higher than the same time last year. November saw a sharp rise in sugar and vegetable oil, but those increases were offset by a fall in dairy values, while international prices of cereals and meat products remained relatively unchanged. Cereal prices were unchanged for the month, but up eight percent since a year ago. The Vegetable Oil Price Index rose 1.2 percent in November, while sugar prices increased 4.5 percent. Meat prices were nearly unchanged, and dairy prices fell 4.9 percent in November, but remain 9.6 percent higher than the same time last year.

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Beef, Pork Exports Post ‘Stellar’ November

U.S. pork exports remained ahead of last year’s record volume pace, and beef exports are poised to break $7 billion this year for only the second time. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says October pork exports were the largest since May, totaling 211,500 metric tons, up five percent from a year ago, valued at $565.4 million. Through the first ten months of the year, pork exports increased eight percent in volume and ten percent in value from the same period last year. Meanwhile, beef exports reached 111,000 metric tons in October, up five percent from a year ago, valued at $662 million. These were the second-largest monthly totals of 2017, trailing only August. For January through October, exports totaled 1.038 million metric tons, up nine percent year-over-year, valued at $5.93 billion.

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China Needs More Corn to Meet Fuel Mandate

To meet a fuel blend requirement, China must import more corn, according to industry analysts. A Stewart Peterson advisor tells Farm Journal’s AgDay that China will need to import “an additional billion bushels of corn a year” to meet the mandate. Earlier this year, China announced the nation would require ethanol blends in all fuel by 2020. Demand is growing in China, and ethanol imports to China increased in October. Currently, just 20 percent of fuels in China contain ethanol. Stewart Peterson is a commodity brokerage and analysis firm. The firm says China is starting to make moves now to meet the mandate, and that 70 percent of China’s current corn stocks may be unusable. If so, those stocks will need replenished with fresh corn, and some analysts expect a demand boom will come in 2019.

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USDA to Revisit Standard for Beef Carcass Grades

The Department of Agriculture announced it will revisit the United States Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef, a move drawing praise from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. NCBA President Craig Uden (you-den) says the updates to the beef standards will improve accuracy by basing carcass quality grades on the most current scientific data available. Following a petition led by NCBA, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announced that dental study documentation of actual age will now be used as additional methods for classifying maturity of carcasses. Prior to the change, some cattle were incorrectly deemed ineligible for USDA quality grades because of limitations in the process used to assess their age. A beef industry working group composed of representatives from the cow-calf, feeder and packer segments conservatively estimated that incorrect classification of carcasses cost the industry nearly $60 million annually.

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Bayer, Luke Bryan, Celebrate Successful Feeding Campaign

A campaign by Bayer and country star Luke Bryan has donated more than one million meals to hungry families. Bayer says the “Here’s to the Farmer” campaign this year asked Luke Bryan fans to give thanks to American Farmers, while also helping hungry Americans. Bayer donated one meal through Feeding America for each #HeresToTheFarmer hashtag share online. The campaign, coinciding with the 2017 Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour, set a target of one million meals donated before the end of the year. However, this year the campaign reached and surpassed the goal in less than four months. A Bayer spokesperson offered thanks to Luke Bryan and his fans, calling the campaign a huge success. To learn more about the campaign visit www.herestothefarmer.com.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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