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01-18-18 National Pork Industry Forum to Be Held Feb. 28 – March 2, 2018

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National Pork Industry Forum to Be Held Feb. 28 – March 2, 2018

Pork producers to discuss industry issues in Kansas City

DES MOINES, IOWA – Jan. 18, 2018 – Producer delegates from across the United States will gather in Kansas City Feb. 28 – March 2 for the annual National Pork Industry Forum.

The 15 producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board will hear directly from Pork Act Delegates appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Each year the delegates confer, vote on resolutions and advisements and provide valuable direction on the important issues facing pork producers and the industry. Delegates will learn about the aggressive promotions to grow consumer demand and plans to build consumer trust and drive sustainable production.

The theme for this year’s Pork Forum, We Care® – A Decade of Commitment, references the 10-year anniversary of the We Care ethical principles. Adopted in 2008, the ethical principles show pork producers’ commitment to producing safe food, protecting and promoting animal well-being, safeguarding natural resources, promoting public health, promoting a safe work environment and contributing to a better way of life in their communities.

“The We Care ethical principles are at the core of who we are as pig farmers,” said Terry O’Neel, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer from Friend, Nebraska. “They show consumers that we are committed to doing what’s right on the farm for people, pigs and the planet.”

At the meeting, Pork Act Delegates will rank eight candidates for the National Pork Board and submit the list to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for approval. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

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01-18-18 Sara Wyant Receives American Agri-Women’s VERITAS Award

Sara Wyant Receives American Agri-Women’s VERITAS Award

Bloomington, Minn (AgPRJan. 18, 2018  The American Agri-Women (AAW) presented Sara Wyant of Missouri the Veritas award at their recent convention in Bloomington Minnesota. She originally worked with Illinois Agri-Women in the 1980’s when her job took her to Illinois as part of the Farm Progress Show. Sara was honored for her reporting of State and National Ag Issues that affect daily farm policies. Sara has a long history of serving on AAW committees and always being supportive to AAW members visiting Washington, D.C. to seek independent, reliable information to develop AAW position statements.

Sara’s newsletter and website, Agri-Pulse, includes the latest updates on farm policy, commodity and conservation programs, trade, food safety, rural development, and environmental and regulatory programs.She started Agri-Pulse in 2005 to report weekly to legislators, national media and the whole agriculture community. She recently had a special Farm Bill summit hosted by Agri-Pulse that she moderated. Continue reading

01-18-18 Top Leaders Honored with American Agri-Women Awards

(L-R) American Agri-Women President Doris Mold, and recipients of the Ag Day 365 campaign awards including Arwen McGilvra (Oregon), Lynn Wolf (Kansas), Krystal Doolittle (Iowa), Kristi Miller (Oregon). Not pictured is Mallory Phelan (Oregon).

Top Leaders Honored with American Agri-Women Awards

Minneapolis, MN (AgPR) January X, 2018 — At the American Agri-Women (AAW) national convention Nov 15-18th, 2017, Oregon Women for Agriculture (OWA) was the recipient 1st Place for Most New Members. California Women for Agriculture as the recipient 1st Place for Most Members. Several OWA Members were recognized for contributions to AAW. Additionally, three members of the Oregon affiliate Kristi Miller, Mallory Phelan and Arwen McGilvra, plus Lynn Wolf of Kansas Agri-Women and Krystal Doolittle of Iowa Agri Women were honored for their part in the Ag Day 365 campaign. (See twitter.com/AgDay365 andfacebook.com/AgDay365.) Ag Day 365 was a year-long advocacy initiative started by American Agri-Women during the 2016 National Convention and formally kicked-off at National Ag Day 2017 in Washington D.C. Mrs. McGilvra was also honored with the organizations president’s award along with Lynn Woolf of Kansas. President Doris Mold, MN, remarked on the great amount of work McGilvra and Woolf did for the all-volunteer organization during the year, and thanked them for being “the wind beneath her wings.” American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women. American Agri-Women began in 1974 with members of women from four states joining together to create a national organization to represent women involved in agriculture and agri-business. Continue reading

01-18-18 Estate planning workshop in Burlington, Colorado on Feb 5th

Lasting Legacy workshop scheduled for Feb. 5

KIT CARSON, Colo. – Jan. 17, 2018. – Colorado Agri-Women and the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association will host a Lasting Legacy Estate Planning Workshop on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at the Burlington Community and Education Center in Burlington, Colorado. The workshop will start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. with 90 minutes allowed for participants to eat lunch in Burlington.
Initiating discussions on succession and estate planning can be uncomfortable. Parents do not want to upset children and children don’t want to be seen as greedy. Fear of upsetting family with estate decisions or an attitude of, “I won’t have to worry about it when I’m gone,” can lead to devastation for family members who are left. Conversely, parents and grandparents are often more than willing to share stories of their life, family accomplishments and personal success.

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Canada Official: U.S. Direction on NAFTA Like Following a Pinball

An agriculture official from Canada says trying to determine the U.S. direction for the North American Free Trade Agreement is like “following a pinball.” Ron Bonnett, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture president, was attending when President Donald Trump spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention last week. Bonnett told an Ontario, Canada-based newspaper that he is still optimistic that NAFTA will be renegotiated, but says “It’s like following a pinball to figure out exactly where it’s going,” regarding the ever-changing positions taken by Trump. Reports from Canada last week suggested that the county was expecting Trump to withdraw from the agreement. But, at the same time, reports in the U.S. are suggesting Trump may be softening his position on NAFTA, and shifting away from the threats to withdraw. Further, the Canada farm organization reports seeing more pressure building in the U.S. from agriculture and other industries to keep and modernize the agreement. Canada will host the sixth and potentially make-or-break round of NAFTA talks later this month in Montreal.

Trump Falling Behind on USDA Nominees

President Donald Trump has nominated just seven of the 13 Agriculture Department positions that require Senate confirmation. The Senate has confirmed just four nominations, being Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Deputy Secretary Steve Censky and Undersecretaries Ted McKinney and Greg Ibach (eye-bah). The undersecretary nomination of Bill Northey remains on hold by Senator Ted Cruz, and one Trump nomination, Sam Clovis, withdrew from the process. The Partnership for Public Service said that Trump has fallen behind his predecessors in filling top government posts. As of January 13th, less than 40 percent of the 626 Senate-confirmed appointments still had no nominee. Trump has nominated Stephen Vaden as general counsel for USDA and announced intent to nominate Ken Barbic as assistant secretary for congressional relations. Open nominated positions remaining at USDA oversee administration, civil rights, nutrition, food safety, natural resources, research and the chief financial officer post remains vacant, according to the Hagstrom Report.

Organics Encourage Support for Livestock Rule

The organic food sector is drumming up support for the recently ditched organic livestock rule. Leading the charge, Organic Valley cooperative of Wisconsin says the group is demanding that the Department of Agriculture stop interfering with the public process that created the rule. The coalition, which includes the National Farmers Union, published a paid open letter in the Washington Post Tuesday, asking Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to reinstate the rule that was issued in January of last year. USDA continually delayed the rule, and announced in December intent to withdraw the rule. The withdraw intent met support from livestock groups and the American Farm Bureau Federation. However, Organic Valley is calling on consumers to submit comments to USDA to reconsider. Last month, the Organic Trade Association, which is suing USDA over the withdraw of the rule, said that USDA data shows out of the more than 47,000 comments the department received in the last public comment period for the regulation, 99 percent were in favor of the rule becoming effective without further delay.

Brazil Considers Dropping Tariff on U.S. Ethanol Imports

Brazil is considering removing a 20-percent tariff on ethanol imports from the United States. An agriculture official from Brazil said Wednesday the decision could depend on the U.S. lifting a ban on fresh beef exports from Brazil, according to Reuters. Brazil imposed the ethanol tax last year on U.S. imports that exceed a 600-million-liter annual quota to protect local producers. But, the tariff was also seen as a retaliation to the U.S. ban on shipments of fresh beef from Brazil following a food safety scandal. The ban on fresh beef exports could be lifted by April, according to Brazil, which claims the nation has submitted all materials requested by the United States to address concerns over beef exports. Brazil says it is waiting for the United States to decide whether the issue is resolved.

Iowa Group Calls for Ban on New Livestock Facilities

A group in Iowa wants state lawmakers to ban the construction of animal confinements until Iowa’s water quality is significantly improved. With ties to the Humane Society of the United States, the Iowa Alliance for Responsible Agriculture is asking lawmakers to support 15 bills tightening oversight of confinements. The Des Moines Register reports that the bills seek a moratorium on building or expanding concentrated animal feeding operations, until Iowa’s list of impaired waterways shrinks from 750 to fewer than 100, and until the rules that dictate where confinements can be located are strengthened. The action is supported by Des Moines Water Works, which sued three rural counties in 2015 over high nitrate levels, but the lawsuit was dismissed. Iowa Pork Producers Association President Curtis Meier (my-err) argues that Iowa’s pork industry is “already one of the most heavily regulated industries in the state and the call for stricter regulations is unwarranted.”

Cargill Enters Plant-Based Protein Market

Cargill has signed a joint venture agreement with the largest North American producer of pea protein, stepping into the plant-based protein market. The agreement with Puris, is called a “game changer in terms of taste and vertical integration” in plant-based protein, according to Cargill officials. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports Cargill’s financial backing and market reach will drive significant expansion of the operation by Puris, globally. The announcement comes just months after Cargill invested an undisclosed sum in Memphis Meats, a company that has developed beef, chicken and duck protein from animal cells. Cargill joins other large meat companies investing in alternative protein sources. Tyson Foods in 2016 acquired a five percent stake in plant-based meat alternative maker Beyond Meat and boosted its stake last month. In September of last year, Nestle USA purchased Sweet Earth, a manufacturer of plant-based burritos, burgers and other foods.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service