03-01-18 NMPF Statement on Senate Confirmation of Three Trade Nominees

NMPF Statement on Senate Confirmation of Three Trade Nominees

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of

From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF:

ARLINGTON, VA – “We are very pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Gregory Doud, Dennis Shea and C.J. Mahoney to key positions at the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR). These individuals have demonstrable experience in the areas of agriculture and trade policy, and we’re confident they will strongly advocate for U.S. dairy and agriculture overall.

“Ambassador Doud’s confirmation as chief agricultural negotiator comes at a critical time for the American farming community. As modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continues, he will be instrumental in defending what is working well for agriculture and fixing what is broken, such as Canada’s damaging dairy pricing scheme and other barriers. Continue reading

03-01-18 Cheyenne County Commissioner Rod Pelton Announces Bid for CO House District #65 Seat…

Cheyenne County Commissioner Rod Pelton Announces Bid for CO House District #65 Seat…

My name is Rod Pelton and I’m a lifelong farmer and a Cheyenne County Commissioner. I announced on Feb. 19th that I’m a candidate for House District 65, which is currently held by Jon Becker. While these are huge shoes to fill, I’d devote as much time and effort to represent the 65th district as I’ve done in my current position as County Commissioner. I’ve been married to my wife Kathy for 38 years. We have 2 grown daughters and 5 grandkids and we owe it to them to fight for the rights and freedoms that we’ve enjoyed. While I come to this race with no agenda, I do have a very strong passion to protect rural Colorado and the Eastern Plains. I’m in my 6th year as a County Commissioner and I’ve been the Chairman for all but one. I think this speaks to my leadership qualities that I’d bring to this office if I’m fortunate enough to be elected to this position.

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03-01-18 NCGA Statement on Today’s White House Meeting

NCGA Statement on Today’s White House Meeting

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2018) — The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to today’s White House meeting on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“For corn farmers, the question for the ongoing White House discussions is simple – what is the problem you are trying to solve? said Skunes.

“According to EPA, refiners don’t have a problem.  EPA concluded in November that refiners are able to recover the cost of RINs through the prices they receive for refined products and that RIN values are not causing economic harm to refiners. Continue reading

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03-01-18 NPPC: Appell Inducted Into NPPC Hall of Fame

Appell Inducted Into NPPC Hall of Fame

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 1, 2018 – Jill Appell, a pork producer from Altona, Ill., today was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Pork Producers Council for her leadership of and dedication to the U.S. pork industry at NPPC’s annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held here. Continue reading

03-01-18 NPPC: Former Ohio Pork Council Executive Honored

Former Ohio Pork Council Executive Honored

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 1, 2018 – The National Pork Producers Council joined the National Pork Board today in presenting former Ohio Pork Council Executive Vice President Dick Isler with the Paulson-Whitmore State Executive Award at their annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held here.

The award, named after Don Paulson, past Minnesota state pork executive, and Rex Whitmore, past Wisconsin state pork executive, recognizes the outstanding leadership and commitment of state pork organization executives. Continue reading

03-01-18 Pork Industry Honors Tom Baas with the Distinguished Service Award

Pork Industry Honors Tom Baas with the Distinguished Service Award
Dick Isler receives Paulson-Whitmore State Executive Award

KANSAS CITY – March 1, 2018 – The National Pork Board today honored Tom Baas as the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award during the National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City. Baas is a former animal science professor at Iowa State University. Continue reading

03-01-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown

CDA Commissioner Don Brown

Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with CO Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 1, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

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03-01-18 Colorado Commissioner Brown Announces Jennifer Yezak as Deputy Ag Commissioner

Colorado Commissioner Brown Announces Jennifer Yezak as Deputy Ag Commissioner

Jennifer Yezak, CO Deputy Agriculture Commissioner

BROOMFIELD, CO – Jennifer Yezak has been named Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The vacancy was created when Chris Wiseman retired from CDA in November 2017. Yezak was raised in Texas in a small rural community where she still helps run the family’s cow/calf operation. She was a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) until January 2017. She assumes her new responsibilities as CDA’s Deputy Commissioner on March 5, 2018.

“The Deputy Commissioner plays a vital role in the day-to-day management of the Colorado Department of Agriculture. I am confident that Jenn’s vast knowledge of government affairs and her dedication to agriculture will serve the people of Colorado well,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown. “She has a well-respected reputation with a number of Colorado’s ag leaders and her experience on the federal level will help expand our role on the national scale.”

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03-01-18 NPB/Pork Checkoff: 2018 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow Named

2018 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow

2018 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow Named

Recipients recognized as leaders of the next generation of American pig farmers

KANSAS CITY – March 1, 2018 – The National Pork Board announced today that Adam Krause from South Dakota and Emma Lasco and Christine Snowden, both from Iowa, have been named the 2018 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow. They were recognized today at the 2018 National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City.

“It is important for the Pork Checkoff to recognize the future leaders of the pork industry,” said National Pork Board President Terry O’Neel, a pork producer from Friend, Nebraska. “We are excited for these young farmers to share their unique stories with consumers.”

The award recognizes farm leaders, ages 18-29, who intend to make pig farming their life’s work and who are committed to raising pigs using the pork industry’s We CareSM ethical principles. The winners will speak at Pork Checkoff events and provide content on #RealPigFarming, which is the pork industry’s social media program. Continue reading

03-01-18 American Agri-Women Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships

American Agri-Women Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships

Colchester, Vt. (AgPRMarch 1, 2018  The American Agri-Women (AAW) Foundation announces the opening of the window to submit applications for Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships.

Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarship was created to honor the memory of courageous and adventuresome pioneer women who played such an important role in the founding of this nation and encourage the present generation to continue their education in agricultural pursuits. Jean Ibendahl Scholarship and Sister Thomas More Bertels Scholarship were created to fulfill this purpose.

These two scholarships are available to any farm, ranch, or agribusiness woman or her daughter to pursue accredited courses in agriculture leadership, communications, rural sociology, medicine, or any other courses directly related to agriculture. Continue reading

03-01-18 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association seeks applicants for annual scholarship program

Dairy Calf and Heifer Association seeks applicants for annual scholarship program

Applications for $1,000 scholarship due March 30, 2018

Madison, Wis. [March 1, 2018] – The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. The goal of this long-standing program is to invest in the future of the dairy industry by offering scholastic support to outstanding agriculture-focused students.
“Education is the foundation of a successful industry,” says Lane Sollenberger, DCHA president. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s producers, technicians and veterinarians. We are pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship opportunity to the DCHA membership. The scholarship will support a student who strives to work in the calf and heifer segment after graduation.”
The annual DCHA scholarship is awarded to a student currently enrolled in an agriculture-related program at an accredited college or university. Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-high school education. An individual may only receive the scholarship once.
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03-01-18 REMINDER: Ag Day at the Capitol set for March 22; CEP reps taking part, helping organize event

REMINDER: Ag Day at the Capitol set for March 22; CEP reps taking part, helping organize event   

A celebration of Colorado’s agricultural producers and agribusinesses is set for Thursday, March 22, at the Capitol Building in Denver.
The ag organizations that make up the Colorado Agriculture Council will once again host Agriculture Day at the Capitol, starting at 10:30 a.m. and featuring the teaming up of 14 local chefs with various lawmakers and ag representatives in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods. Lunch will be served around 11 a.m.
Producers, the public and media are all invited to attend the event, which takes place as part of National Agriculture Week.

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03-01-18 CEP takes part in annual celebration of Colorado chefs industry

CEP takes part in annual celebration of Colorado chefs industry 

The ACF Colorado Chefs Association Presidents Awards Ceremony took place recently, and Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association Industry Relations Director David Collie and CEP Outreach Events Coordinator Terri Heine were there for the festivities.

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03-01-18 CEP helps sponsor Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, staff takes part in event

CEP helps sponsor Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, staff takes part in event

The 27th annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture brought together producers, consumers, experts, and other ag stakeholders to examine how each of those sectors converge to make agriculture one of the leading influencers in the state.
Additionally, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association was well-represented at the event. Pictured above with Colorado State Veterinarian Keith Rohr (second from left)are CEP Industry Relations Director David Collie, CEP Board Vice President Jerry Wilkins, and CEP Outreach Events Coordinator Terri Heine. CEP Executive Director Bill Scebbi was also among the 200-plus people at the Feb. 22 event.

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Hatch: Congress Will Act on NAFTA Withdrawal

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch weighed in this week on the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. The Senate Finance Committee Chair says Congress will intervene if President Trump follows through on his threat to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement. He says, “We’d probably work hard to pass NAFTA, hopefully by a veto-proof vote, because it’s very important, there’s no doubt about it.” Hatch spoke with reporters after speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., saying he believes Trump is only making the threat to put pressure on Mexico and Canada. Hatch doesn’t believe Trump will actually withdraw from the agreement. “I think that’s part of his negotiation posture,” he says, “and in all honesty, I think the president is negotiating. I think that he knows what he’s doing.” Meanwhile, Kansas Republican Representative Lynn Jenkins used her face time with Trump this week to make the case of “the importance of access to global markets for agricultural producers in Kansas.” Her spokesperson says the representative emphasized that building off the economic successes from the recent tax cuts, Kansas farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers are eager to deliver and are hoping the administration will continue to seek ways to get American products into new markets.”


Treasury Secretary Mentions U.S. Possibly Rejoining TPP

It’s been over a year since President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the multi-national Trans-Pacific Partnership. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (meh-noo’-chin) says the U.S. is willing to discuss possibly rejoining the trade pact. He spoke recently at an investment summit meeting sponsored by the U.S. Chamber. According to Mnuchin, renegotiating the agreement is “absolutely on the table” and he’s been in contact with the other countries about what it would take for the United States to reverse course. The New York Times says the president appears to have found renewed interest in an agreement he once described as “the rape of our country.” Mnuchin says, “I’ve met with several of my counterparts and we’ve begun to have very high-level conversations about TPP. While it’s not a priority at the moment, it’s something the president will consider.” Trump opened the door to possibly looking again at the agreement at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. “If we did a substantially better deal,” Trump said in an interview with CNBC, “I would be open to TPP.” During his remarks, Mnuchin said those comments were “quite significant” and yielded positive reaction around the world. However, the 11 countries remaining in the soon-to-be-signed TPP were a little more cautious in their reactions to the idea.  


U.S. Ag Pays the Price for Trade Disputes

The Farmers for Free Trade Group released a report this week that highlights how American farmers and ranchers have paid the price in trade disputes. Consequences usually happen in the form of retaliatory tariffs. The report comes out as the Trump Administration makes a final decision on placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. That would be on top of new tariffs already in place on washing machines and solar panels. Brian Kuehl, Farmers for Free Trade Executive Director, says it’s important to hold trading partners accountable. However, raising tariffs also comes with harmful unintended consequences. “History shows these consequences are paid for by American farmers,” he says, “in the form of retaliatory tariffs on agriculture exports that farmers rely on to make ends meet. At a time when farm incomes have decreased, while global supply is increasing, it’s important to not take any actions that would result in reducing American agricultural exports.” The report includes a long list of agricultural products that were targeted during disputes in the last 20 years. A few of the examples included disputes over cross-border trucking, country of origin labeling, and tires. Additionally, the report includes the level of tariffs slapped on American goods by other countries.


Ag Committee Members Press USDA on Payments to Deceased Farmers

Senate Ag Committee members Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan raised concerns with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency about farm program payments to deceased farmers. The Senators sent a letter to the agency, saying that they need to be careful stewards of taxpayer money and work to avoid wasteful payments. The letter says, “As we prepare to write the next farm bill, we write to request more information so we can understand more about USDA payments to an estate after the death of a farmer.” Current law says farmers must be “actively engaged in farming” in order to receive farm program benefits. Farmers do that by providing labor or management. USDA recently issued guidance that considers an estate to be actively engaged – and thus, eligible for farm payments – for up to two years after the death of a farmer, without review. The Government Accountability Office criticized USDA payments to the estate of dead farmers, saying it’s helped heirs to game the system and evade payment limits by collecting benefits on behalf of the deceased family member.


USDA Projecting Strong Red Meat, Poultry Exports

In spite of a strong U.S. dollar, the USDA is projecting red meat and poultry exports= to rise steadily over the next decade. The trade website, Meating Place Dot Com, says steady global economic growth, especially in developing economies, will drive foreign demand from the U.S. market. After dropping in the early part of this decade, beef exports should begin to rise slowly again. Despite the modest export growth, the U.S. share of global exports will likely decline. China is expected to bump the U.S. from the top spot as the largest beef importer over the second half of the upcoming decade. U.S. pork exports are projected to grow faster than beef exports and stay on par with poultry, although poultry will likely slow during the second half of the next decade. Production efficiency gains continue to enhance the pork sector’s international competitiveness. The U.S. will remain the second-largest pork exporter, just behind the European Union. Poultry exports will grow over the next decade, although slower in the second half. Export growth is faster in the first half of the period thanks to the continued recovery from the 2015 avian influenza outbreak. American will remain the second-largest poultry exporter behind Brazil.


Bayer-Monsanto Deal Should Close in the Second Quarter of 2018

Bayer AG CEO Werner Baumann says he’s confident they’ll win European Approval of their deal to acquire Monsanto. A Bloomberg report says he’s trying to win the approval of its $66 billion acquisition while contemplating the sale of more businesses. He says, without the Monsanto acquisition, Bayer sales and profits will grind to a halt this year. Company shares dropped almost four percent on the weak forecast, the biggest drop in months. The German-based company had expected to close the deal early this year. It remains confident that it can take care of EU antitrust concerns by either divesting or out-licensing businesses. The company has said it will sell its entire vegetable seed business in a deal that should wrap up in the second quarter of this year. Farming technology and the seed portfolio have emerged as key details in the EU talks. A Reuters report this week says that EU regulators have already decided to give the deal their approval.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service