01-11-18 CO Legislative Session – CLA Bills of Interest

Legislative Session – CLA Bills of Interest

The Second Regular Session of the 71st General Assembly convened on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and will adjourn on May 9, 2018. Colorado Livestock Association’s Legislative Affairs Committee, chaired by Julie McCaleb, meets throughout the session to discuss proposed legislation that could impact Colorado’s livestock industry. Currently, there are two bills that have been introduced that the Committee and Steve Holdren, CLA’s lobbyist, are monitoring closely.
Concerning a requirement that a retailer indicate the country of origin of beef sold to the public.
Sponsored by: Rep. Kimmi Lewis and Sen. Vicki Marble

Senate Bill 18-033 Animal Feeding Operation Permits Continuation

Concerning the continuation of the animal feeding operation permit program under the department of public health and environment.
Sponsored by: Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, Rep. Jeni Arndt, and Rep. Jon Becker
CLA Members: If you would like to participate on the CLA Legislative Affairs Committee please contact the CLA office at (970) 378-0500.

01-11-18 Commodity Classic Trade Show Features 360+ Exhibitors; Wide Array of Equipment, Technology & Innovation

Commodity Classic Trade Show Features 360+ Exhibitors; Wide Array of Equipment, Technology & Innovation

ST. LOUIS (January 11, 2018)—With a trade show featuring more than 360 exhibitors commanding nearly 2,000 booth spaces, Commodity Classic attendees are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable shoes!

The 2018 Commodity Classic, the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, will be held Feb. 27-March 1 in Anaheim, Calif.  The trade show is open all three days.

“The farmers who attend Commodity Classic are aggressively pursuing in making their farms even better,” said Gerry Hayden, a Kentucky farmer and co-chair of the 2018 Commodity Classic. “That quality of farmer encourages exhibitors to staff their booths with knowledgeable people who can answer challenging questions. It’s really about getting the best of the best together.” Continue reading

01-11-18 FFA Members and Advisors Can Attend FFA Day at the NCBA Trade Show for Free, Courtesy of Culver’s

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FFA Members and Advisors Can Attend FFA Day at the NCBA Trade Show for Free, Courtesy of Culver’s

Use promo code FFACULVERS at convention.beefusa.org for free registration

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—Jan. 11, 2018FFA members from around the country are invited to connect with America’s cattle farmers and ranchers at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show on Friday, Feb. 2, in Phoenix, Arizona. Through the Thank You Farmers® Project, Culver’s will cover registration fees for the first 250 FFA members and advisors who register to attend the trade show using the promotion code “FFACULVERS.”

“NCBA’s trade show gives agricultural students an opportunity to network with professionals and learn more about the beef industry,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “We are so honored to help these future leaders connect with others in an industry they are passionate about.” Continue reading

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01-11-18 CO Governor Hickenlooper delivers final State of the State speech

Gov. Hickenlooper delivers final State of the State speech

DENVER — Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 Gov. John Hickenlooper today delivered his eighth and final State of the State speech before Colorado’s General Assembly. As he begins his final year in office, the Governor stressed that he is not letting up on the state’s top priorities and encouraged the legislature to collaborate on tackling infrastructure, bolstering education and building budget reserves.

A copy of the prepared speech can be found here.

01-11-18 Colorado Farm Bureau Proposes Initiative to Protect Private Property Rights

Colorado Farm Bureau Proposes Initiative to Protect Private Property Rights

Denver, Colo. — The Colorado Farm Bureau has filed ballot measures to protect private property owners from lost income resulting from government bans on oil and natural gas drilling.

The proposed initiatives are designed to ensure farmers, ranchers and other property owners are properly compensated if new laws or regulations prevent them from being able to benefit from the mineral rights attached to their property. The measures follow an initiative recently filed that sets random and increased setback requirements for oil and natural gas development from homes, parks, schools, rivers and many public places.

“These measures are about protecting Colorado’s farmers and ranchers from extremist attempts to enforce random set back requirements for oil and natural gas development,” said Chad Vorthmann. “While these setbacks may on their face sound reasonable, they would essentially eliminate oil and natural gas development in Colorado and strip away Colorado landowners’ right to use their land the way they wish. Continue reading



NACD is pleased to announce that Dr. Sam Clovis, senior White House adviser to the United States Department of Agriculture, will be providing the keynote address for Tuesday’s general session. To learn more about the confirmed and invited speakers for our 2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville, click here.

NACD’s 72nd Annual Meeting is less than three weeks away, and you only have until this Friday, January 12, to complete your registration. After this Friday, we will only be able to process registrations on-site at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Continue reading

01-11-18 NACD names New Communications Director – Stephanie Addison

Welcome to the team, Stephanie!

Last week, NACD welcomed Stephanie Addison to lead the communications team as the new director of communications.

Addison joins NACD from the House Agriculture Committee where she served as the deputy press secretary for the past two years. Prior to that, she worked for the congressional offices of Representative Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) and Representative Randy Neugebauer (TX-19).

As a West Texan from the heart of cotton country, Addison recognizes the significant role agriculture has within rural America. She brings a unique perspective to NACD as someone who grew up on a cotton farm and cattle ranch her family has operated since 1914.

You can reach Stephanie in our Washington, D.C., office or by email at Stephanie-Addison@nacdnet. org.

To learn more about the NACD please visit http://www.nacdnet.org

01-11-18 Friend of FFA Creates Endowment to Help Members Attend National Convention; Participate in Ag Issues Leadership Development Event

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Friend of FFA Creates Endowment to Help Members Attend National Convention; Participate in Ag Issues Leadership Development Event

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018/National FFA Organization) – While agriculture always played a part in Arthur Daniel “Dan” Nafziger’s life, his love for FFA developed when he volunteered to judge Career and Leadership Development Events (CDEs and LDEs) at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

It was here that he judged the Ag Issues LDE and he found a love for FFA and what it has to offer students. In the Ag Issues LDE, participants research the pros and cons of an agricultural issue and present their findings to a panel of judges. A team from each of the 50 states and both U.S. territories are eligible to participate in the CDE. The event helps students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving and formal communication skills. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, January 11th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, January 11th

Wrong Trade Policy Poses Risks to Economic Growth

The leader of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says the wrong move on trade policy poses serious risk to economic growth. In the annual “State of American Business” address, Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue says that if the U.S. is not leading on trade, “we’re falling behind.” He reasserted the business communities strong support for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, rather than withdrawing from the agreement. The U.S. Chamber largely agrees with the majority of agriculture, which seeks careful modernization of the trade agreement, under the slogan “do no harm” to farmers and ranchers. Donohue did say that tax reform and regulatory relief, the same two issues championed by agriculture, have helped usher in a “new era of growth.” He also called for immediate action to modernize the nation’s infrastructure.

Trump on NAFTA: Don’t Get Nervous

Following his address to the American Farm Bureau Federation earlier this week, President Donald Trump cautioned farmers and ranchers: “Don’t get nervous” regarding his efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. He made the comments during an interview with RFD-TV. In a separate interview with Agri-Pulse, Trump said: “I’m negotiating tough for the farmers.” Trump says he thinks the new NAFTA agreement will “come out very well for the farmer.” However, the President did not promise to not withdraw from the agreement. And, while NAFTA was top of mind for AFBF members, Trump Monday spared but one-line of his speech to the trade agreement, opting to focus on tax reform and regulatory relief. The next round of NAFTA negotiations is set to begin later this month in Canada. AFBF officials believe agriculture issues could be a topic in the next round of negotiations, but stress automobile-related issues are the main drivers for the renegotiation effort.

Canada Launches WTO Trade Disputes Against U.S.

Canada has launched a wide-ranging trade dispute against the United States that challenges the U.S. use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties. Canada appeared to be mounting a case on behalf of the rest of the world, since it cited almost 200 examples of alleged U.S. wrongdoing, almost all of them concerning other trading partners, such as China, India, Brazil and the European Union, according to Reuters. However, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer described the dispute as a “broad and ill-advised attack on the U.S. trade remedies system.” Lighthizer says the claims by Canada are “unfounded,” and could “lower U.S. confidence that Canada is committed to mutually beneficial trade.” The 32-page complaint focuses on technical details of the U.S. trade, including the treatment of export controls to the use of retroactive duties and split decisions by the six-member U.S. International Trade Commission.

AFBF Sets 2018 Policy, Raises Membership Dues

A low-key policy session of American Farm Bureau Federation delegates this week opted to raise annual national dues for members to $5, from $4. The Hagstrom report points out that delegates voted 298 to 50 in favor of the dues increase, but only after rejecting an amendment to limit the increase to 50 cents. The dues increase required a two-thirds vote of the delegates, but it won by 85.6 percent. It’s been many years since AFBF has raised national dues, and President Zippy Duvall said the organization has a $1.5 million deficit because it has lost income from “benefit programs.” Duvall was also reelected to a two-year term Tuesday by delegates in Nashville. Tennessee, following the AFBF annual convention. After the policy deliberations, the membership passed a recommendation to the board that Farm Bureau explore creating a national health insurance program. Duvall says a health insurance program could both be a benefit to members and an income generator for the organization.

Senate Ag Gets New Members

The Senate agriculture committee has two new members to start the year. Tina Smith, a Democrat from Minnesota, has joined the committee, along with Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer. Smith was recently appointed to take the seat of resigned Senator Al Franken. She takes the committee seat of Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland, who is leaving the Senate Ag Committee to join the Energy and Public Works Committee. Smith will be the second Senator from Minnesota on the panel, joining Amy Klobuchar. Fischer, of Nebraska, is a cattle rancher and former state legislator. She says she is looking forward to engaging on the farm bill, according to a statement on her website. Fischer started her time in the Senate in 2013, and takes the committee seat of Departed Alabama Republican Luther Strange.


November 2017 Pork Exports Set Value Record

Pork exports in November of last year set the highest-ever monthly value record, while beef export value took another step toward a likely full-year value record. November pork exports totaled nearly 224,000 metric tons, down slightly from a year ago, and November export value was a record-high $615.6 million, up five percent year-over-year and just the fourth-time monthly export value has topped $600 million. Through November, pork export value increased ten percent to $5.9 billion. Meanwhile, beef exports reached near 112,000 metric tons in November, down three percent from the large volume of November 2016, but still the second-highest monthly total of the year. Export value was also the second-largest of 2017 at $666.4 million, up eight percent year-over-year. January to November export volume totaled 1.15 million metric tons, up seven percent, while export value climbed to $6.6 billion – up 15 percent from a year ago.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service