03-20-18 Condensed Schedule for 2018 Wyoming State Fair

Condensed Schedule for 2018 Wyoming State Fair

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff – The Wyoming State Fair is condensing the schedule for the 106th fair from the eight day schedule of past years to an action packed and active four day schedule.

The 2018 Wyoming State Fair will kick off Wednesday, August 15th and will finish strong on Saturday, August 18th.

“The condensed schedule will increase daily activity on the grounds for the duration of the fair while shortening the time away from home for families, vendors, and young people who participate in the fair,” said James Goodrich, Director of the Wyoming State Fair. “We believe it will be easier for youth from across the state to attend and compete at the Wyoming State Fair.” Continue reading

03-20-18 National Ag Day – New Bayer Study Reveals Concerns About the Industry’s Future

National Ag Day – New Bayer Study Reveals Concerns About the Industry’s Future

Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Tomorrow’s Global Challenges? New Study Suggests We Have Work to Do.

Statistics Show 80 Percent of High School Science Teachers Believe Agri-Science Is Important, but Only 22 Percent Teach It

Bayer and National 4-H Council “Science Matters” Initiative Seeks to Boost Education and Interest in Agri-Science

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (March 13, 2018) – As the agriculture and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) communities celebrate National Ag Day, a new study released today found that more than 80 percent of high school science teachers surveyed think agricultural science is important, but only 22 percent say it makes up at least some of their lesson plans.

Sponsored by Bayer in collaboration with National 4-H Council, the survey found that fewer than half of the teachers surveyed felt qualified to teach agri-science. Some 48 percent believe there is less emphasis placed on learning this particular STEM industry today as compared to 15 years ago.

“Food security, reliable access to safe and affordable food, is one of the most significant challenges of our time with most experts predicting that by 2050, population demands from nearly 10 billion people will require a 60 percent increase in global food production,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of National 4-H Council. “Science matters now more than ever. We need to create educational opportunities that inspire a new generation of leaders willing to tackle this challenge.”

Bayer and National 4-H Council also conducted a survey of more than 1,000 parents of high school students. The survey found that 86 percent of parents agree it’s important for the country’s future success to encourage pursuit of careers in the agricultural industries, and 68 percent said the industry provides exciting career opportunities. However, nearly 70 percent of respondents do not believe their children will pursue a career in agri-science, even though data from the United States Department of Agriculture shows tens of thousands of jobs each year in agriculture go unfilled by qualified candidates. Continue reading

03-20-18 NAWG: Wheat Researchers and Farmers Take to Capital Hill to Discuss Research Priorities for Wheat

NAWG: Wheat Researchers and Farmers Take to Capital Hill to Discuss Research Priorities for Wheat 

Washington, D.C. (March 20, 2018) – Today concluded the 2018 National Wheat Improvement Committee Fly-in, where more than 20 researchers and farmers from across the country visited Capitol Hill to discuss with Members of Congress and their staff the importance federal funding of research to the wheat industry. The NWIC is comprised of 24 members representing regional public and private sector researchers, growers and the food processing industry.

“Growers are dealing more and more with extreme weather conditions, disease, and pest challenges, which can only be addressed through public and private research efforts,” said Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Grower.  “In order to maintain an adequate food supply and keep the United States as the source of premier quality wheat on the world market, we must have robust and stable federal, state, and private investment in wheat research.”  Continue reading

03-20-18 National Cattlewomen Name Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program Winners

The 2018 winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program announced at the Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Az. The three winners are (pictured center, left to right) Ashley Huntsberger, Smith, NV., Will Shelby, Madill, Ok., Taylor Evans, Mobile, Al., and Evelyn Greene, ANCW Collegiate Beef Advocacy manager. Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship.

National Cattlewomen Name Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program Winners

Scholarship Winners of $2,000

PHOENIX, AZ, FEBRUARY 2018 – Developing future beef advocates and leaders for the beef industry is the goal for the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program.  The program is managed by the National Cattlewomen, Inc. organization.

The collegiate advocacy program matches the vision and purpose of the National Cattlewomen to ensure the advocates learn leadership skills and build knowledge for beef to carry forth in their careers for the beef industry.  This program is designed for college students. The program connects the collegiate advocates to the beef industry where they can have unlimited access to leadership, their peers on campus universities, cattlemen, cattlewomen and beef industry professionals.  

Three winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program selected for this year are Ms. Taylor Evans, Mobile, Al., Ms. Ashley Huntsberger, Smith, NV., and Mr. Will Shelby, Madill, OK. The announcement of the winners took place at the Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, AZ.  

During the year, the three recipients will create a beef advocacy program to execute on a college campus, within their community with an organization outside the beef community. This program helps collegiates develop their passion for beef advocacy by providing training, resources, and experiences.  The goal is to prepare college-aged students today to become tomorrow’s voice for the beef community.

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03-20-18 NACD FLY-IN UNITES CONSERVATION LEADERS ON CAPITOL HILL

NACD FLY-IN UNITES CONSERVATION LEADERS ON CAPITOL HILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) assembled on Capitol Hill alongside conservation leaders to advocate for locally-led conservation.

This year’s fly-in united 150 conservation district officials representing 27 states from across the country. Members met with their representatives to communicate the value of farm bill conservation programs and why funding for these programs and technical assistance is so crucial.

“Conservation must have a seat at the table,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “With the farm bill at the forefront of everyone’s minds, our members hit the halls of Congress to rally support for voluntary, locally-led conservation. These folks are the boots on the ground, the workforce behind preserving our nation’s natural resources.” Continue reading

03-20-18 Colorado to Receive $29,015,796 in funding for Conservation and Sportsmen Access

Colorado to Receive $29,015,796 in funding for Conservation and Sportsmen Access

Interior announces funds from Fort Carson 

FORT CARSON, Colorado –  Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced $29,015,796 million in funding for Colorado from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson (PRDJ) Sport Fish Restoration acts. The announcement was made by Interior’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Downey Magallanes from the Cheyenne Mountain Archery and Shooting Range Complex–a partnership between the U.S.  Continue reading

03-20-18 NRCS Seeks Partners for Easement Restoration

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NRCS Seeks Partners for Easement Restoration

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2018 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking assistance to complete restoration work of degraded wetlands, floodplains and forestlands.

NRCS is requesting proposals from qualified individuals and organizations to implement restoration activities on eligible easement properties. Up to $250 million is available for these restoration projects in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands Area – Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Potential applicants should review the funding opportunity, USDA-NRCS-US-WRP-ACEP- EWPP-HFRP-18-01, at https://www.grants.gov/ offsite link image    , which includes application materials and submission procedures. Applications must be received by 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on May 18, 2018. Continue reading

03-20-18 Inside the NRCS-CO with Petra Popiel: National Ag Week, National Ag Day, NRCS Programs & more…

Inside the NRCS-CO with Petra Popiel: National Ag Week, National Ag Day, NRCS Programs & more…

(The BARN  / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 20, 2018 – Ag Day is every day for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Joining the BARN and FarmCast Radio with an update from NRCS-CO is Public Information Officer Petra Popiel

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To learn more about National Ag Week and National Ag Day – CLICK HERE

03-20-18 Inside the Colorado Foundation For Agriculture with New Executive Director Jennifer Scharpe…

Inside the Colorado Foundation For Agriculture with New Executive Director Jennifer Scharpe…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 20, 2018 – The Colorado Foundation For Agriculture and Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom has a new Executive Director…it’s Jennifer Scharpe and she joins the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio inside the BARN to talk about her background, her new position, and provides the latest CFA news and upcoming events…

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To learn more about the Colorado Foundation For Agriculture – CLICK HERE

To learn more about Colorado’s Agriculture in the Classroom – CLICK HERE

03-20-18 ‘Thank you’ to ag industry for $23.2M in donations to local food banks, among highlights of Thursday’s Agriculture Day at the Capitol

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‘Thank you’ to ag industry for $23.2 million in donations to local food banks
among highlights of Thursday’s Agriculture Day at the Capitol

Recognition of the Colorado agriculture industry’s $23.2 million in donations to local food banks last year will serve as one of the highlights at the upcoming Agriculture Day at the Capitol.

The organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council will host Agriculture Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 22, in Denver – an event that will feature the teaming up of 14 local chefs with lawmakers and ag representatives in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods, as well as a big “thank you” delivered by representatives of Colorado’s Feeding America food banks.

The local agriculture industry’s product and monetary contributions to Colorado’s five Feeding America food banks totaled up to $23,218,914 during 2017.

Agriculture Day at the Capitol, which takes place at the State Capitol Building (200 E. Colfax Ave.), has become one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome – attended by about 1,000 people each year, including the governor, state legislators, farmers, ranchers and many others.

The public and media are all invited to attend the event, which is held in conjunction with National Agriculture Week. Continue reading

03-20-18 NFU Celebrates National Agriculture Day

NFU Celebrates National Agriculture Day

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Recognizes Family Farmers’ Full Breadth of Contributions to Everyday Life

WASHINGTON – As the national agriculture community joins together to celebrate National Agriculture Day, National Farmers Union (NFU) is recognizing family farmers and ranchers for the wide array of contributions they make to consumers’ everyday life. This year’s National Ag Day theme is “Food for Life.”

“National Ag Day provides a special opportunity to highlight family farm agriculture and why it is of vital importance to our communities and to our country,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Americans have access to an abundance of safe and affordable food when we visit the grocery store because of the daily sacrifices of family farmers and ranchers. When we stop by the gas station, we’re paying less for gasoline because of biofuels grown by family farmers. Nearly half of our nation’s land is taken care of by family farmers, and our waterways and ecosystems benefit from their stewardship. Whether you’re from a rural town, a big city, or somewhere in between, you benefit economically, environmentally, and socially from family farm agriculture. Continue reading

03-20-18 The 2018 World Pork Expo — Bigger, Better than Ever!

2018 World Pork Expo — Bigger, Better than Ever

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, June 6-8, Expo will feature an expanded trade show with more exhibitors

DES MOINES, Iowa, March 20, 2018 — The 2018 World Pork Expo will mark its 30th anniversary by presenting the world’s largest pork-specific trade show with more exhibit space and featuring more U.S. and international companies than ever before. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the world’s largest pork-specific trade show takes place Wednesday, June 6, through Friday, June 8, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

“The Expo’s 30th anniversary is a great time to look back at all we’ve accomplished as pork producers,” says Jim Heimerl, NPPC president and producer from Johnstown, Ohio, “But more important, it provides us with the perfect place to look forward to the many opportunities and advancements that lie ahead.” Continue reading

03-20-18 USDA Celebrates National Ag Day 2018

USDA Celebrates National Ag Day 2018

The Launch of Farmers.gov Helps NRCS Continue its Commitment to Help People Help the Land

DENVER, CO – March 20, 2018- Ag Day is every day for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Agency works on a voluntary basis, directly with farmers, ranchers, natural resource, and conservation partners to help get sound conservation practices onto private lands that  enhance the quality and increase the efficiency of soil, water, air, plants, and animal habitat. National Ag Day was created 45 years ago and since then, the NRCS has been a proud supporter of its message and mission.

The theme for Ag Day 2018 is American Agriculture is Food for Life—good for life. The NRCS couldn’t agree more. It’s a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by the agricultural industry.

“With so many efforts like National Ag Day, Farm to Table, and Earth Day, more and more people have a greater understanding about where their food originates and that means a greater appreciation for agriculture,” said Petra Popiel, NRCS State Public Information Officer for Colorado. “NRCS offers a variety of opportunities as well as technical and financial assistance to landowners that help support the sustainability of the natural resources that the Ag industry depends upon.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, March 20th

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, March 20th

House Democrats Want to Review Farm Bill Draft

Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee have asked ranking member Collin Peterson to stop negotiating on the farm bill until Chairman Mike Conaway releases the bill to the full committee. Roll Call reports Peterson is heeding the request, and says the move “will give the members information about what is actually being proposed.” The proposed farm bill reportedly included many changes and cuts to the nutrition title, and Democrats “unanimously oppose” the changes described to them and reported in the press,” according to Peterson. Committee Democrats question the changes, stating: “At no point during the committee’s 23 hearings on SNAP was there testimony in favor of radical reforms to SNAP.” Chairman Conaway had hoped to begin markup on the farm bill in committee this month. As others have pointed out, The proposed farm bill seems similar to the current farm bill, which originally included changes to the nutrition title, but failed to pass a vote in the House.

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Midwest Senators Write Trump Opposing any RIN Waiver Cap

A group of Midwest Senators is urging President Trump to oppose capping Renewable Identification Numbers, or RIN prices, as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, along with Deb Fischer of Nebraska, John Thune of South Dakota, and Missouri’s Roy Blunt signed a letter of opposition to RIN caps. The letter states that a waiver cap for RIN prices would prohibit President Trump from ‘honoring his commitment’ to a 15 billion gallon RFS. The group says a waiver cap is designed to abruptly drive down the price of RINs by reducing the amount of biofuel produced. The lawmakers suggest an alternative to reducing RIN prices, in E15 sales. The letter says that by allowing year-round sales nationwide of E15, ethanol production would increase, and lower RIN prices. The lawmakers are seeking a meeting with President Trump to discuss “the harm a RIN waiver cap would impose” on U.S. agriculture.

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EU, U.S., to Talk Tariff Exemption

The European Union and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross are meeting in Washington, D.C. this week to consider a potential tariff exemption. The EU is exploring an exemption from President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, according to Politico. The EU is seeking “more clarity” on the criteria on which such an exemption could be granted. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has named five criteria for a potential exclusion from the tariffs, but EU diplomats have criticized them on the basis that they have been left purposely vague. Any EU exemption to the tariffs must be finalized by Thursday, at the latest, as the tariffs take effect Friday. Last week, the EU made public its retaliation targets, which include U.S. rice, cranberries, peanut butter and products from cotton, along with bourbon and U.S. motorcycles. Absent from the list, for now, is dairy products, which were expected from federal lawmakers in Wisconsin. The EU list is far from final, however, as a comment period is open to allow the EU to gather further target suggestions.

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House Committee Seeking Reauthorization of Animal Drug Legislation

Lawmakers are seeking to renew the Animal Drug User Fee Act and the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments, set to expire later this year. Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health discussed reauthorization of the regulations that expires September 30th. Both grant the Food and Drug Administration permission to collect fees from the makers of new animal drugs, including generic animal drugs, which are used to support the agency’s approval and market introduction programs. The National Pork Producers Council supports the reauthorization effort, as the group says both are crucial for ensuring that animal health, human health and food safety are protected. Failure to renew the laws by the deadline, according to NPPC, will result in a major disruption for the livestock production industry. Senate and House bipartisan draft reauthorization legislation includes a requirement that all requests for new animal drugs be submitted electronically beginning October first.

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Kansas Seeks Emergency Grazing, Haying

Growing drought concerns have prompted federal lawmakers from Kansas to seek emergency grazing and haying regulations. Republican Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, along with Senator Jerry Moran and Congressman Roger Marshall, last week penned a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeking emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program lands due to severe drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated more than 24 Kansas counties primary natural disaster areas, and the state has given a drought declaration to all 105 counties in Kansas. The U.S. Drought Monitor last week found extreme drought conditions cover almost 20 percent of the state with severe drought covering 56 percent and moderate drought covering an additional 26 percent. Beyond Kansas, nearly all of the Southwestern U.S. is classified in some form of drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Colombia Increases Ethanol Mandate to 10 Percent

The Colombian government increased its national blend mandate for ethanol to E10 as of the beginning of this month. Government officials in Colombia say sugar prices dropped considerably in early 2018, encouraging the production of ethanol, which led to the mandated increase. Colombia has a growing domestic ethanol industry, producing sugar-based ethanol. Additionally, U.S. ethanol enters Colombia duty-free per the terms of the U.S.–Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, but the government’s current low-carbon fuel standard discriminates against corn-based ethanol. Still, some U.S. refineries can meet the greenhouse gas emission reductions required in the standard. A spokesperson for the U.S. Grains Council says the organization is working with Colombia to ensure the country’s biofuels policies “allow for a competitive market while also complying with the government’s GHG reduction goals.” Colombia set a new record for U.S. ethanol imports in 2016-2017, purchasing more than 13 million gallons. Imports in the current marketing year have more than doubled year-over-year to 9.62 million gallons.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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