03-06-18 NCGA: RFS Tinkering Would Deal Substantive Blow to Farmers

NCGA: RFS Tinkering Would Deal Substantive Blow to Farmers

WASHINGTON (March 6, 2018) — Statement by National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes regarding a new study by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.

“This economic analysis backs up what corn farmers have been telling the Administration – that manipulating the RIN market mechanism would reduce ethanol blending and impact corn prices. A drop of 25 cents per bushel in corn prices, as CARD economists project from a RIN price cap, would devastate farmers and stagger rural communities. Continue reading

03-06-18 Inside the Colorado Ag Council with Events Chair David Collie: National Ag Week & Ag Day at the Capitol

Inside the Colorado Ag Council with Events Chair David Collie: National Ag Week & Ag Day at the Capitol

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 6, 2018 – Joining the BARN on the CO Ag News Network at this time David Collie, CO Ag Council Events Chair and the Industry Relations Manager CO Egg Producers which is the organization that is hosting Ag Day @ the Capitol on March 22nd during National Ag Week…

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03-06-18 Inocucor Hires Director of Marketing

Inocucor Hires Director of Marketing

DENVER, March 6, 2018—Natalie Shuman, a fresh produce marketing and communications professional, has joined Inocucor, the Denver-based developer and producer of biological crop inputs for agriculture, as director of marketing.
Shuman will be responsible for brand management, communications, product management, trade marketing and product lifecycle management for Inocucor’s microbial and plant nutrient technologies. During her nine-year career at Sun World International, a global producer and marketer of proprietary seedless table grapes, Shuman has directed business-to-business marketing, consumer marketing and communications programs internationally.
“Natalie’s experience working with growers globally will help us tailor our product offerings to better meet our customers’ needs,” said Tim Sturm, Inocucor’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

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03-06-18 NFU: Three Individuals Awarded Farmers Union’s Highest Honor

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NFU: Three Individuals Awarded Farmers Union’s Highest Honor

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The strength, diversity and success of modern family farm agriculture is the result of hardworking men and women across the industry, and three individuals have gone above and beyond to ensure that success and the well-being of family farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

National Farmers Union (NFU) presented Matt Birgen, Sue Carlson and Janet Nelson with the Meritorious Service Award at the organization’s 116th Anniversary Convention. Birgen, Carlson and Nelson were selected for their outstanding leadership and service to family agriculture and to Farmers Union over the course of their lifetimes.

“As advocates for family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities, it is important to our mission as an organization that we recognize those who work to aid progress in rural America and in family agriculture,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Matt, Sue and Janet dedicated their careers and lives to bettering life for family farmers, ranchers, their communities, and to farmers across the world. I am proud to recognize their contributions with our organization’s highest honor, the Meritorious Service Award.” Continue reading

03-06-18 CEP: Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22 in Denver

CEP: Agriculture Day at the Capitol set for March 22 in Denver

Food competition, celebration of state’s ag industry one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome

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. Continue reading

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NAFTA Round Seven Wrapping Up Today (Monday) and Facing More Questions

The seventh round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement are wrapping up today in Mexico City. The three countries have taken some incremental steps toward agreements on some of the lower-level issues. However, trade negotiators and almost anyone else interested in the NAFTA negotiations acknowledged that the looming threat of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum was overshadowing any progress that was made. Negotiators said most of their weekend meetings started off talking about tariffs instead of the agreement itself. After the sixth round, Politico says there was a feeling of accomplishment as all three countries felt the others were getting more engaged in the process. A business source told Politico that round seven has felt a little more “anticlimactic” because of the tariff news, which took up a lot of time and energy in Mexico City. Negotiators didn’t spend a lot with some of the heavier issues, including automotive rules-of-origin and investor-state dispute settlement. There has been some progress made in areas like a chapter on good regulatory practices, which was closed last Thursday. Other chapters on the discussion schedule in round seven included sanitary and phytosanitary chapters, as well as telecommunications. Roughly half of the agreement’s chapters are between 80 and 90 percent completed.

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Grain, Dairy Markets Worried About Trade War

Analysts are saying that President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could be hard on farmers. Farm Journal’s Ag Web Dot Com points out that, while Trump hasn’t officially imposed the tariffs, the decision doesn’t have the support of his entire Cabinet and has raised eyebrows all over the world. Jeff Harrison of Combest, Sell, and Associates told Agri-Talk that there is a real possibility this could invite retaliation against agriculture in the U.S., adding that “the consequences are all too real.” Shawn Haney of Real Agriculture Dot Com says America’s partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement will likely be hit the hardest. “Will there be exemptions,” Haney asked. “From what I’ve read, the president has been very firm on no exemptions.” If the president follows through on his threat to implement the tariffs, it would be because of national security concerns. That’s something that Canada takes offense to. “It’s entirely inappropriate to view Canada as a national security threat to the United States,” says Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Edge, a dairy cooperative in Wisconsin, says a trade war will likely result in fewer dairy sales for American dairy producers, which would come at a very bad time.

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No Tariff Exceptions for Canada/Mexico

Bloomberg is reporting that there will be no exceptions for Canada and Mexico when it comes to potential tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The only way they get exempted from the tariffs will be if they sign a new North American Free Trade Agreement that’s better for America. “Canada must treat American farmers better and Mexico must stop drugs from pouring into the U.S.,” Trump says. “Tariffs on steel and aluminum only come off if a new and fair NAFTA is signed.” The Bloomberg report says it’s the latest sign that Trump’s plan to impose tariffs is overshadowing the NAFTA negotiations, which had already been yielding very little progress on the most contentious issues. The Mexican peso and Canadian dollar extended their recent losses after Trump’s comments. The peso dropped to its lowest level in two months while the Canadian dollar was at its weakest level since last July. Trump’s decision came last Thursday and caught negotiators off guard during the seventh round of talks. Canada is the biggest supplier of steel and aluminum to the U.S. and Mexico is the fourth-largest supplier of steel to America. Both countries have asked to be excluded but Trump’s senior trade adviser says the president doesn’t want any exemptions.

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USDA Introduces Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking steps to assist cotton producers through a Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program. The program is designed to maintain and expand the domestic marketing of cotton. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the program at the 66th annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. He says American producers have faced four years of intense financial stress, similar to other commodities, but with a weaker safety net. “In particular, cotton producers confront high input and infrastructure costs, which leaves them more leveraged than most of their colleagues,” Perdue says. “That economic burden has been felt by the entire cotton industry.” The sign-up period for the program runs from March 12 through May 11. The program will be administered by the Farm Service Agency. Cotton producers will receive a cost-share payment, which is based on a producer’s 2016 cotton acreage reported to the FSA and then multiplied by 20 percent of the average production cost in each production region. Payments will be capped at $40,000 a producer, who must meet conservation requirements, be actively engaged in farming, and be under adjusted gross income limits.

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NFU National Convention Underway in Kansas City

The National Farmers Union officially kicked off its 116th annual convention on Sunday in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 450 members have come in from all over the country to attend the annual event. Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the convention is the number one event of the year for the family farmer-driven organization. Over the next few days, Farmers Union members will engage with industry experts, policymakers, thought leaders, and their fellow farmers on topics of vital importance to family farm agriculture. Among the more important topics, members will discuss the depressed farm economy, negotiations on the upcoming farm bill, extreme consolidation in the agricultural sector, and the success of the next generation of family farmers. Johnson says this year’s policy deliberations at the convention will be especially important as family farmers and ranchers face a dismal economy, waves of consolidation, and upcoming farm bill negotiations. “That’s in addition to the normal volatility that they deal with on a day-to-day basis,” Johnson says, “and we look forward to our members setting positions that are representative of policy solutions that work for family agriculture and rural communities.”

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Monsanto Faces Cancer Claims in California Court

Claims that the active ingredient in Monsanto causes cancer have been evaluated by multiple agencies, including international agencies, U.S. and foreign regulators, and Monsanto, the product’s manufacturer. CBS News Dot Com says a federal judge in San Francisco will conduct his own review during a set of court hearings that began today (Monday). There are big stakes for both Monsanto and the groups of people who’ve filed suit against the company. The U.S. District Judge will spend up to a week hearing from experts to help decide whether or not there’s sufficient evidence to support the lawsuits’ claim that exposure to Roundup can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The California court will be presiding over more than 300 lawsuits against Monsanto filed by families who are claiming that the company knew about Roundup’s cancer risk and failed to warn them. The plaintiffs will have to convince the judge to listen to their experts. Many other experts have rejected the link between cancer and glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. The court won’t actually determine if there is a connection between cancer and Roundup, but whether the claim has been tested, published, and widely accepted by the scientific community.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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