04-10-18 Southern Colorado Livestock Association Passes Resolution Opposing Wildlife Sanctuary

L-R: President Mack Louden, Vice President, Marty Canterbury, Secretary/Treasurer, Julie Sumpter, Jerry Winford, past president, Kim, Johnnie Mayhan, Member, Board of Directors, and past president, Branson, CO. Other Directors Not pictured: Henry Brown, Branson; Kirk Noe, La Junta; Sharri Smith, Pritchett; Stan White, Aguilar.

Southern Colorado Livestock Association Passes Resolution Opposing Wildlife Sanctuary

The spring meeting of the Southern Colorado Livestock Association (SCLA) was called to order by President Mack Louden at 2:15 P.M., Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Hoehne Community Center, Las Animas County, CO. Abel Benavidez, of Model, led the pledge of allegiance. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as was the treasurer’s report.

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04-10-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach: ADT, Trade, Farm Bill & More…

Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach: ADT, Trade, Farm Bill & More…

Briggsdale, CO – April 10, 2018 – April is National Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month…and joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is Former Nebraska Director of Agriculture and current USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Gregory Ibach. Under Secretary Ibach is in Denver to speak at the National Institute of Animal and Agriculture’s annual meeting April 10-12 @ the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel.

Topics within the interview include:

  • Impacts of De-Regulation by the Trump Administration and USDA
  • 2018 Farm Bill
  • Animal Disease Traceability
  • Biosecurity
  • National Bio & Agro Defense Facility
  • Chinese Tariffs on US Ag Products
  • Comments on latest on the ELD Mandate Extension
  • & More

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04-10-18 RMFU’s Aubriel Jones details “Soil Health on Your Farm” Workshop in Hugo on April 20th

Make Plans to Attend RMFU’s “Soil Health on Your Farm” Workshop in Hugo on April 20th

Aubriel Jones – RMFU Membership Coordinator

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio) Briggsdale, CO – April 1, 2018 – The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is hosting a Workshop in Hugo, CO on April 20th entitled, “Soil Health on Your Farm” and joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss that event in detail is RMFU Membership Coordinator Aubriel Jones.

Jones also discusses other upcoming RMFU events like the Farmers for America Documentary viewing on May 19th and the RMFU Leadership Camps in Bailey in June too…

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Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

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04-10-18 Center for Rural Affairs: Latest seed merger is a blow to family farmers and ranchers 

Latest seed merger is a blow to family farmers and ranchers 

Lyons, Neb. – A major wave of consolidation that kicked off in 2016 continues to move forward with the U.S. Department of Justice allowing chemical producer Bayer to acquire the U.S. based seed company Monsanto, reported yesterday.

“As giant transnational corporations increase their power over the market, independent farmers are left with fewer options and suffer from less competition among input providers,” said Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Anna Johnson. Continue reading

04-10-18 USCA Statement on Effort to List Feral Horses as Endangered Species

USCA Statement on Effort to List Feral Horses as Endangered Species

(WASHINGTON) – Friends of Animals, a Connecticut-based activist group, is challenging in court the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) rejection of their petition to list the feral horses inhabiting the Pryor Mountain Herd Management Area under the Endangered Species Act.

The feral horses, located on the border between southeast Montana and north-central Wyoming, are subject to management by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to maintain a “thriving, natural ecological balance” on the rangelands the horses graze.
USCA Board Representative for Region VI (Montana, Idaho) Maggie Nutter issued the following statement:

“The Endangered Species Act, when used appropriately, has had its fair share of success stories.  However, to utilize the Act in this manner, for a species that is non-native and invasive, would be counterproductive to the original purpose of the Act and consume much-needed resources for truly perilous species. Continue reading

04-10-18 Colorado to Host 50th BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium; Registration Now Open

Colorado to Host 50th BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium; Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2018 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. This year’s event themed 50th Anniversary in the Rockies, will be June 20 to June 23 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center Hotel in Loveland, Colorado.

Early registration deadline is May 31. Attendees can save $80 by pre-registering. Online registration is available at http://www.beefimprovement.org

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04-10-18 NFU Supports Establishment of Meat and Beef Labeling Requirements

NFU Supports Establishment of Meat and Beef Labeling Requirements

WASHINGTON – As new, alternative “beef” products make their way onto grocery store shelves, National Farmers Union (NFU) is encouraging federal officials to establish labeling requirements that better inform consumers about the difference between beef products that come from cattle and those that were created in a laboratory.

NFU today wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in support of a U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) petition on the matter. The family farm organization opposes labeling alternative protein sources as “meat.” Delegates to NFU’s 116th Anniversary Convention in March passed a special order of business to this effect.

“NFU is concerned with the recent introduction of foods composed of alternative protein sources that are being labeled and marketed as ‘meat,’” said NFU President Roger Johnson in the letter. “NFU embraces new opportunities for family farmers and ranchers, including further development of markets for plant-based and insect-based proteins. However, we believe all food products should be clearly labeled in a manner that helps consumers make informed decisions and allows producers to differentiate their products.” Continue reading

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Senators Urge White House to Suspend RFS Waivers

A group of Senators from the Midwest are urging President Donald Trump to cease Renewable Fuel Standard waivers for refiners. The waivers, intended for small, struggling refiners, has been reportedly issued to some of the nations largest, essentially letting them ‘off the hook’ for their biofuel blending responsibility. The Senators, including Iowa’s Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, along with Deb Fischer of Nebraska, John Thune of South Dakota, and Roy Blunt of Missouri, say the “hardship” waivers issued by the Environmental Protection Agency are being used in an “unprecedented manner.” The letter, which was issued the same day Trump was considering RFS proposed changes at the White House, urges the President to call on the EPA to cease the waivers “until the agency’s administration of the RFS can proceed in a more transparent and impartial manner.” Grassley charged last week that the EPA is “chipping away” at the RFS by allowing the hardship waivers to refiners, harming corn demand for U.S. farmers.

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NAFTA Talks Progressing

Trade officials from the U.S., Mexico and Canada are hopeful to reach a consensus on the North American Free Trade Agreement by early May. A trade negotiator from Mexico says “there’s a very high probability of reaching an agreement in principle,” within the next month, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Trade leaders from each nation met in Washington, D.C. last week, seeking to step up negotiations. The timeline, outlined by Mexico, would allow the U.S. enough time to present the agreement to lawmakers following the November midterm elections. Some trade experts speculate that given the Trump administration is battling with China on trade, the administration appears to be in a hurry to wrap up the NAFTA talks. The talks continue this week. However, there still appears to be little movement on dairy trade issues between the U.S. and Canada, thus far.

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Proposed Tariff’s Realigning Soybean Trade

The proposed tariffs on U.S. soybeans as part of the trade war beginnings between China and the U.S. is shifting trade habits. Trump announced the intention last week to seek $100 billion of tariffs on additional Chinese products, which comes after China announced intention of a 25 percent soybean tariff. Data from the Department of Agriculture Friday shows other nations are buying U.S. soybeans. Trade analyst say “unknown destinations” for U.S. soybean buys from Friday likely are processors from European Union nations, including the Netherlands and Germany. Jack Scoville, analyst with the Price Futures Group, told Reuters “we’re seeing a realignment of trade,” and he attributes the changes to politics driving up Brazilian soybean prices. The U.S. Soybean Export Council speculates that Brazilian soybeans will likely go to China in the near-term, leaving U.S. soybeans available for others.  Meanwhile, Jim Bower of Bower Trading pointed out that trade may shift, but global demand should not decrease overall, because the U.S. and South America are the only major soybean growing areas.

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Farm Groups Want Farm Bill to Address Farmer Suicides

A group of farm organizations led by the National Farmers Union are urging Congress to address farmer suicide rates in the next farm bill. the Coalition of 35 farm groups are asking lawmakers to make mental health treatment more accessible to farmers through the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. NFU points out that farmers and ranchers commit suicide at a rate five times that of the general population. The groups sent a letter to U.S. Senate and House agriculture committees’ leadership Monday. The letter states that economic conditions, like seen currently, along with unpredictable weather and heavy workloads “place a significant strain on a farmer or rancher’s mental and emotional well-being.” The 2008 Farm Bill established the assistance network to provide grants to extension services and nonprofit organizations that offer stress assistance programs. However, the network has never received funding from Congress.

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Organic Valley Cooperative Post Losses in 2017

The $10 million loss posted by Organic Valley during 2017 is the cooperatives biggest financial loss in 20 years. Leaders say increased milk inventories, falling prices and a slowdown in sales growth are to blame for the losses. Gross sales were up four percent to more than $1.1 billion for the year. The Wisconsin-based company is now the top national brand for organic, 100 percent grass-fed dairy and meat. Organic Valley leaders expressed optimism last week in announcing the financial figures during it’s annual meeting. CEO George Siemon notes that the farming industry today is similar to the conditions seen when the cooperative started 30 years ago. Meanwhile, Organic Valley leaders say they plan to be the largest food company in the world powered only by renewable energy no later than next year.

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Brazil Packer Acquiring Controlling Stake of U.S.-based National Beef

Brazil meatpacker Marfrig (Marr-FRIG) Global Foods will purchase a controlling stake of U.S.-based National Beef Packing Company. The $969 million agreement will hand over 51 percent of National Beef Packing to Marfrig Global and would create the world’s second-largest beef processor. The agreement was announced Monday. A leader in the U.S. beef industry, National Beef exports to 40 countries, including Japan, which is a market currently closed to beef exports from Brazil. Founded in 1992, National Beef reported sales of $ 7.3 billion in 2017. National Beef says its operations and management will remain unchanged in the agreement, as Tim Klein will continue as National Beef President and Chief Executive Officer upon completion of the transaction. The transaction will require regulatory approvals. It is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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