03-09-18 CO Corn: The Renewable Fuel Standard is at Risk Your Response Matters

The Renewable Fuel Standard is at Risk Your Response Matters

The White House has plans to host a meeting next week in consideration of efforts spearheaded by oil refiners to disrupt the effectiveness of the Renewable Fuel Standard. This influential push by non-agricultural interests has received the President’s attention. If the effort is effective, it could seriously disrupt the ethanol marketplace and jeopardize the bottom line of America’s farmers as well as America’s progress toward increased energy independence.
The debate over RFS could include a deal with with oil refiners that would significantly harm the RFS by capping the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). As producers are well aware, RINs are the market mechanism that drives biofuels blending. A cap on RIN values or RIN waiver credits would disrupt this market mechanism and take away the incentive to blend biofuels.
A proposal of this type would take away 700 million gallons of ethanol demand and cost farmers as much as 25 cents/bushel at a time when farm income is already at its lowest level since 2006.

Here’s How You Can Help

Rural America’s message needs to be heard, and we need to ensure the President understands the significant impact any action to dismantle the RFS could have.
Call, Email or Tweet via this link or the NCGA Action App

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This report contains corn, soybean, wheat, and Upland cotton price reactions to the USDA Crop Production and Grain Stocks reports. Each year, estimates of corn, soybean, wheat, and cotton production are published in the monthly Crop Production reports. Corn and soybean estimates are published in the August, September, October, and November Crop Production reports and the January Crop Production Annual Summary. Wheat estimates are published in the May, June, July, and August Crop Production reports and the September Small Grains Annual Summary. Cotton estimates are included in the August, September, October, November, and December Crop Production reports and the January Crop Production Annual Summary. Estimates of corn, soybean, and wheat stocks are published in the Grain Stocks report issued in March, June, September, and January. This report does not imply that NASS reports are solely responsible for changes to the price level for commodities referenced in the publication. The price level for any commodity can potentially be affected by other information available to the market at that time but ultimately is determined by supply and demand. The prices in this report for corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton represent sales from producers to first buyers at major markets as reported by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Continue reading

03-09-18 AFBF: Advocacy Alert: Don’t Mess with the RFS!

Advocacy Alert: Don’t Mess with the RFS!

Farmers and Ranchers Need to Voice their Concerns

ACTION ALERT: Don’t Mess with the Renewable Fuel Standard!

The White House soon may decide to cap the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). RINs are the market mechanism that drives biofuels blending. Any cap on RINs or other manipulation would disrupt the market mechanism and diminish the related incentive to blend biofuels. The RINs system allows the RFS to function as Congress intended.

We need you to tell President Trump that we have a better proposal: lift summertime restrictions on the sales of 15 percent ethanol blends. This minor change would support growth on all sides, generate a new supply of RINs, and ease pressure on refiners. But this proposal holds no value if it becomes tied to destructive RIN caps that eliminate market access for biofuels.

Tell the White House and Congress: Don’t Mess with the RFS!

Farm Bureau members are urged to contact the White House and your members of Congress immediately. We need your messages to help an industry vital to farmers and ranchers, and rural America’s economic strength. Please click on the link below and send your message today.

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03-09-18 NFU Urges Administration Against RINs Cap

NFU Urges Administration Against RINs Cap

E15 Summertime Waiver Is Win-Win for RFS Stakeholders, Organization Says

WASHINGTON – Trump Administration officials will meet leaders from biofuel and oil companies on Monday to end the current impasse over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

One proposal being floated by oil company representatives would put a cap on prices for Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, which are required to comply with the RFS. The proposal stands to undermine growth in the biofuels industry, according to National Farmers Union (NFU).

NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in advance of Monday’s meeting: Continue reading

03-09-18 NASS-CO: Still Time to be Counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture

NASS-CO: Still Time to be Counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture

NASS to follow-up with Colorado farmers and ranchers who have not yet responded

LAKEWOOD, COLORADO – March 8, 2018 – Colorado farmers, ranchers, land owners, and others who received a form still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the first deadline has just passed, NASS will continue to accept Census information through the spring to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture that represents all farmers and ranchers in all counties.

“We thank everyone who has completed their Census to date. Colorado currently has a return rate of 49 percent of the 58,500 Census questionnaires mailed last fall,” said William Meyer, Director Mountain Regional Field Office. Continue reading

03-09-18 ASI Concludes Spring D.C. Trip 

ASI Concludes Spring D.C. Trip

With negotiations on the Farm Bill and appropriations for fiscal year 2019 well underway, ASI members took to Washington, D.C. this week to visit with the federal agencies they work with so frequently and express their policy priorities to Congress. In keeping with last year’s trend of record attendance, turnout was again strong as sheep producers from across the country overcame some challenging weather and travel delays to make the trip. In the end, some 60 producers from over 15 states attended and after three days packed with meetings, took away a sense of accomplishment that they had made their voices heard.  Continue reading

03-09-18 NCGA: Mr. President, Don’t Cap Our Future

NCGA: Mr. President, Don’t Cap Our Future

WASHINGTON (March 9, 2018) – The National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Skunes told US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue this morning that proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard would trigger significant losses in farm income and in rural jobs.  Skunes asked the Secretary to work with President Trump to ensure the President understands the economic challenges farmers are facing today.

“Corn farmers have fought hard the past ten years, within Congress, with the last Administration, and in the Courts to protect the opportunity for renewable fuels to continue to grow as an option for consumers,” said Skunes. “Today, the President is considering a proposal from the oil industry that could cut farm income almost $4 billion dollars per year for the next two years.  It is a deal that American farmers cannot afford.  My message to the Secretary today was to ask the President not to cap future growth and opportunity in rural America by implementing a bad policy that would only serve to bailout a small handful of oil refiners.” Continue reading

03-09-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Chad Shelton of Albaugh, LLC…

Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Chad Shelton of Albaugh, LLC:

A Closer Look at Aggressor™ herbicide & CoAXium™ Wheat Production System

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 9, 2018 – Three major agricultural organizations, Albaugh, LLC, Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, Inc. (CWRF) and Limagrain Cereal Seeds, LLC (LCS) have announced the EPA registration of Aggressor™ herbicide, the exclusive-use herbicide for CoAXium™ Wheat Production System. Aggressor™ herbicide, providing growers with a new mode of action to address tough-to-control winter annual grassy weeds, including feral rye, Group 2 or ALS resistant biotypes of downy brome grass and jointed goatgrass. Aggressor™ herbicide will be the exclusive herbicide brand for use with two new CoAXium Wheat varieties. Joining FarmCast Radio inside the BARN is Chad Shelton, Global Proprietary Products Director at Albaugh LLC.


Please visit http://www.CoAXium.com to learn more about Aggressor herbicide and CoAXium Wheat Production System. Continue reading

03-09-18 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim Attracts 8000+

2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim Attracts 8000+

Enthusiastic Crowd Includes Record Number of First-Time Attendees

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (March 8, 2018)—More than 8,000 farmers, agriculture leaders and ag advocates converged on the Anaheim Convention Center to “GROW BEYOND!” as the 2018 Commodity Classic took place Feb. 27-Mar.1 in California.  Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show.

Included in the preliminary number of 8,055 registered in Anaheim were a record number of non-exhibitor first-time attendees (1,533) and more than 150 media representatives. A total of 3,646 farmers from across the nation and several foreign countries were on hand to take part in a robust slate of educational sessions, tour the large trade show and hear from a wide range of experts and thought-leaders in agriculture.  Attendance numbers are preliminary and subject to a final audit.

Highlights of the 2018 Commodity Classic included: Continue reading

03-09-18 CSU Extension: Health Benefits of Eggs…by Abby Weber

Health Benefits of Eggs

Written and submitted by Abby Weber

If you have not kept your New Year’s resolution to take better care of your health, no need to worry. Spring is a time for new beginnings; and with spring comes the Easter season -and……..eggs!  Here is an opportunity to renew your resolution for a better health with none other than the almighty egg.  For so many years, the question has been whether or not eggs are good for a person’s health.  Anyone can search the internet and get a variety of answers concerning health benefits of eggs, but the overwhelming response according to the most current research is that eggs don’ t raise cholesterol and may even help prevent more serious health concerns like stroke and reduce the risk of heart disease.  The U.S Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, has discontinued their previous advice that warned “eating cholesterol-rich foods was a bad and potentially health-harming idea.” Instead, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans no longer places a daily limit on dietary cholesterol. Continue reading

03-09-18 Introducing The Annex by Ardent Mills

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Introducing The Annex by Ardent Mills

A new business unit committed to partnering with farmers and customers to develop specialty ingredients and products

DENVER, Colorado, March 9, 2018 ─ Ardent Mills, North America’s leading flour supplier and grain innovator, has announced the launch of a new business unit, The Annex by Ardent Mills (“The Annex”), dedicated to exploring and providing food companies and foodservice operators with “next” grains and unique plant-based ingredients.

Driven by a team of experts The Annex offers the nimbleness, flexibility and speed of a start-up, all supported with the resources, relationships and expertise of Ardent Mills. It operates as a company-within-a-company, cultivating deep and lasting ties with farmers, university and private research teams, customers, and key vendors to identify, source, grow and pioneer everything from organic and heirloom grains to leading-edge ingredients. Continue reading

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Trump Unveils Steel and Aluminum Tariff Plan

President Donald Trump Thursday unveiled his plan to impose 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and ten percent on aluminum. The plan includes provisional exceptions for Canada and Mexico. However, the tariffs could trigger a trade war between the U.S. and the European Union and China, among others. Despite a large pushback by U.S. industry and trading partners, Trump is forging ahead with the plan that will go into effect in 15 days. The EU plans to retaliate and a fight at the World Trade Organization is also possible. Agriculture and industry groups fear the retaliations will harm the U.S. export market, and the U.S. rural economy. Meanwhile, Republican Senator Jeff Flake is said to be introducing legislation to block the tariffs, part of what Politico calls a growing GOP effort to overrule the president on trade. A senior administration official says all countries impacted are “welcome to discuss” alternative ways to address the so-called national security concerns Trump is citing, implying nations can negotiate trade agreements with the U.S. to squash the tariffs.

Canada Staying Calm and Constructive Amidst Trade Talks

As President Donald Trump has ratcheted up the conversation on trade, Canada is sticking to it’s “keep-calm” strategy. While the European Union immediately offered a list of targeted U.S. products in response to Trump’s tariff plan for steel and aluminum, Reuters says Canada is trying to stay constructive, and use negotiations for a better outcome. For now, the tariff plan rolled out by Trump includes exemptions for Canada and Mexico, if the three nations agree to a fair North American Free Trade Agreement. The mood by Canada reflects comments by Canadian trade officials who earlier this week said threatening retaliations and striking back at the U.S. “just irritates” President Trump. Although, officials say Canada does have a list of products for retaliation against the steel and aluminum tariffs, if warranted. Another trade official from Canada says “its pointless” to talk publicly about retaliation measures “until you have to act.”

TPP Leaves U.S. Behind

The 11 remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership countries officially left the U.S. behind Thursday, signing an amended agreement that does not include the United States. The 11 nations signed what is now called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership the same day the U.S. moved to a more trade protectionist status, rolling out tariffs for steel and aluminum imports. The new CPTPP will reduce tariffs in countries that together amount to more than 13 percent of the global economy, a total of $10 trillion in gross domestic product. With the United States, it would have represented 40 percent. Even without the United States, the deal will span a market of nearly 500 million people, making it one of the world’s largest trade agreements. The trade agreement would have been worth roughly $4 billion a year for U.S. agriculture.

Roberts: Senate Farm Bill Work Scheduled Next Month

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts hopes to begin Senate farm bill work next month. This week, Roberts said that he wants to mark up the bill in April, adding that his staff and the staff of the committee’s ranking Democrat, Debbie Stabenow, have begun work on the bill. The key to the bill, Roberts told the Hagstrom Report, is coming up with language that has majority support so the committee can seek Senate floor time. Roberts said he would like to move the bill in March, but the omnibus appropriations bill and immigration will be priorities. He also said it is important to get the bill “right” before marking it up. Speaking on tariffs, Roberts said “I don’t like tariffs,” saying the farm bill and tariffs “are not a separate issue” because farmers need to export. Roberts says the benefits of the recent tax bill could be negated by the tariffs and a trade war, further harming U.S. farmers and ranchers at an already critical time.

USDA Report Indicates Increased Corn Demand

The Department of Agriculture has increased corn demand in it’s latest forecast for the 2017-18 crop year. The monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand report increased exports of corn by 175 million bushels to 2.2 billion bushels based on price competitiveness, and increased expected corn ethanol use by 50 million bushels to 5.5 billion bushels. The average price for corn was increased five cents a bushel in the report to $3.35 a bushel. Meanwhile, the report shows a lower forecast for soybean exports, down 25 million bushels this month based on increased production and exports by Brazil. The price range for soybeans was increased, but the average expected price remains at $9.30 a bushel for the 2017-18 crop year. Further, U.S. wheat exports for the 2017-18 crop year were lowered 25 million bushels to 925 million bushels, while ending stocks were bumped up the same amount, ending at 1.034 billion bushels. The average wheat price for the 2017-18 crop was bumped up 5 cents to $4.65 a bushel.

Alltech President and Founder Dies

Alltech announced its founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons, died Thursday. The 73-year-old developed an acute lung condition during his recovery from heart surgery that led to his death. Alltech CEO Alric Blake said in the announcement Lyons was “a visionary entrepreneur who transformed the agriculture industry,” beginning with the application of yeast technology in animal nutrition. A leadership structure developed by Lyons names his son, Dr. Mark Pearse Lyons, as Chairman and President of Alltech. Lyons, described as an Irish entrepreneur and scientist, founded Alltech in a garage in 1980. The company has grown to include more than 5,000 employees worldwide and operates three divisions, including animal nutrition and health, crop science, and food and beverage. Funeral services are scheduled later this month in Lexington, Kentucky, and Dublin, Ireland, along with a celebration of life planned in May during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, in Lexington.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service