05-21-18 Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific Highlights Global Ethanol Use Opportunities

Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific Highlights Global Ethanol Use Opportunities

Washington, D.C. – Industry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting with members of the U.S. ethanol industry and U.S. officials in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific (Summit), focused on current and future prospects for expanded ethanol use throughout the region.  Continue reading

05-21-18 USDA REMINDER: What Improvements Have Been Made to the MPP?

What Improvements Have Been Made to the MPP?

What are the changes that have been made to the safety net for dairy producers? (Stephanie Ho and Danielle Cooke, FSA Acting Price Support Division Director)

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05-21-18 USDA REMINDER: Online Tool to Help Dairy Producers Make MPP Decision

Online Tool to Help Dairy Producers Make MPP Decision

There’s an online tool to help you compare different risk management plans under the new and improved Margin Protection Program. (Stephanie Ho and Danielle Cooke, FSA Acting Price Support Division Director)

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05-21-18 USDA REMINDER: Everyone Has to Re-Enroll in MPP, Even if They Signed Up Last Year

Everyone Has to Re-Enroll in MPP, Even if They Signed Up Last Year

Everyone has until June First to sign up for Margin Protection Plan coverage for 2018 — even if you signed up for it last year. (Stephanie Ho and Danielle Cooke, FSA Acting Price Support Division Director)

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05-21-18 IDFA Collaborates with NMPF and USDEC to Launch ‘Got Jobs?’ Campaign

IDFA Collaborates with NMPF and USDEC to Launch ‘Got Jobs?’ Campaign

IDFA, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) have collaborated to produce a new, cross-industry campaign called “Got Jobs? Dairy Creates Jobs, Exports Create More.” It launches today with a virtual press conference featuring the CEOs from each organization and show how the U.S. dairy industry creates jobs and provides economic benefits in every state.

The three organizations are strong advocates for modernizing and entering trade agreements, which will help to place the U.S. dairy industry on a level playing field with global competitors. The campaign will stress the need for continued growth from U.S. dairy exports by bringing to life the story of Americans who benefit from a thriving dairy industry. The target audience is policymakers, consumers and state and local media.

“Got Jobs?” will package economic impact data from IDFA’s Dairy Delivers℠ economic impact tool with compelling narratives and export data at the state level to demonstrate dairy’s impact on the U.S. economy. According to Dairy Delivers℠, the industry supports nearly 3 million workers, generates more than $39 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of more than $206 billion. Continue reading

05-21-18 Inside The BARN with USDA-FSA Weld County Executive Director Jeff Wilson: Important Deadlines…

Inside The BARN with USDA-FSA Weld County Executive Director Jeff Wilson: Important Deadlines

Jeff Wilson , USDA Farm Service Agency Weld County Executive Director

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) May 21, 2018 – Joining FarmCast Radio, the Colorado News Network and FarmCast Radio is Jeff Wilson , USDA Farm Service Agency Weld County Executive Director in Greeley, CO, discussing several deadlines that are fast approaching that producers need to know about and make appointments to get into their respective FSA Service Center. Topics included:

  • Acreage Reporting Deadline
  • ARC/PLC Annual Enrollment
  • Dairy MPP Program Signup Deadline
  • Emergency Loans for Producers Effected by recent Blizzard in NE CO 
  • 2018 Colorado Hay Directory Reminder
  • CRP – Conservation Reserve Program Requirement Reminder
  • & More

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For more information on bulletin subjects or details regarding your GovDelivery subscription with the Weld County FSA Office, contact Jeff Wilson, County Executive Director at:  jeff.wilson@co.usda.gov  or Bryan Cook, Farm Loan Manager at:  bryan.cook@co.usda.gov  (303) 659-0525

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contactJeff Wilson at 970-356-8097 extension 2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

05-21-18 CSFS/CDA: 17,000 Front Range Trees Already Treated, Removed to Manage for Tree Pest

CSFS / CDA: 17,000 Front Range Trees Already Treated, Removed to Manage for Tree Pest

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – A score of cities and towns along the Front Range have already treated or removed more than 17,000 public trees in preparation for – or response to – the arrival of emerald ash borer (EAB), a highly destructive tree pest. These same municipalities also have already planted more than 17,000 ash replacement trees as part of their EAB management plans, and along with Boulder County have collectively spent more than $9 million on the management of a tree pest that in Colorado has thus far only been detected within Boulder County.

These figures, which provide only a conservative estimate of what Colorado’s cities and towns are doing as they ramp up community forest management efforts related to EAB, do not include any expenses or current actions HOAs or homeowners are similarly taking.

“The fact that our communities are spending so much already to prepare for EAB is telling,” said Keith Wood, urban and community forestry manager for the Colorado State Forest Service. “It’s a good indicator that we all recognize the potential environmental and economic impacts of losing a significant portion of our urban tree canopy in the years to come.”

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04-27-18 FFAR awards $5 million to launch public-private effort to address water scarcity and irrigation innovation

CLICK HERE to watch the announcement during the Inaugural CSU Water in the West Symposium in Denver on April 27, 2018, courtesy of BARN Media

FFAR awards $5 million to launch public-private effort to address water scarcity and irrigation innovation

University researchers and industry leaders will pool resources to advance irrigation technology development and transfer

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The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, today awarded a $5 million grant to launch the Irrigation Innovation Consortium, a collaborative research effort to accelerate the development and adoption of water and energy efficient irrigation technologies and practices through public-private partnerships. The $5 million FFAR grant was matched by participants for a total initial investment of $10 million to support research and collaboration costs over five years.

The Consortium is composed of the following initial founding members: Continue reading

05-21-18 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 21, 2018 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, May 21st

House Fails to Pass Farm Bill

The Friday attempt to approve the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 failed in the U.S. House, 198-213. 30 Republicans voted against the bill, along with 183 Democrats, without a Democrat supporting the legislation, as expected. The House Freedom Caucus refused to budge on its demand that the House considers immigration issues before passing a farm bill, thus voting against the bill. The House Freedom Caucus consists of roughly three-dozen conservatives that have made immigration a signature issue. Democrats in the chamber cheered as the bill failed as the minority party says it was given no chance to provide input on the bill, and objects to changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway disagreed, stating on the House floor that Democrats refused to provide input before lawmakers voted down a motion by Democrats to send the bill back to committee.

Conaway calls the vote a setback that follows a streak of victories throughout the week leading up to the vote. He says: “We may be down, but we are not out.” The Republican says lawmakers will deliver a new farm bill to the President on time, adding farmers and ranchers “deserve nothing less.” Meanwhile, Ranking Democrat of the House Agriculture Committee, Collin Peterson, says the failure provides “a good opportunity for us to return to the table” and “fix” the bill before moving forward.

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Farm Income, Credit, Weakening

Farm income and credit conditions continued to weaken in the first quarter of 2018, but at a slower pace than in previous quarters. According to the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions, compiled by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, reduced farm income contributed to intensifying cash-flow concerns and tightening lending standards. Cash-flow shortages continued to limit the availability of working capital, and financing needs continued to rise. The report released last week says the decline in the first quarter makes 2018 the fifth consecutive year that bankers have reported lower farm income than the year before. The report says reduced farm income also restricted cash flow and contributed to more farm loan denials than in recent years. In the first quarter, more than eight percent of farm loan requests were denied because of customer cash-flow shortages. And, despite a recent uptick in commodity prices, cash-flow shortages have reinforced concerns about liquidity in agricultural lending.

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China Drops Investigations, Top Market for Sorghum Reopens

China has dropped its anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations into U.S. sorghum. National Sorghum Producers Chairman Don Bloss says NSP is “gratified” by the announcement and quick result. China has determined that the investigations do not serve public interest. Bloss says that NSP demonstrated that “we were helping, not injuring,” Chinese consumers and farmers. The U.S. Grains Council also applauded the decision by China. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight in a statement said the announcement is a “step in the right direction for U.S.-China trade relations.” While U.S. sorghum exports to China won’t resume immediately, the announcement comes roughly a month before the U.S. sorghum harvest is set to begin, boding well for new-crop sales.

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USTR To Investigate NPPC Thailand Complaint.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office will investigate a complaint against Thailand by the National Pork Producers Council. In a news release, NPPC President Jim Heimerl (Hi’-merle) stated Thailand for years has willfully denied equitable access to our products.” NPPC is challenging Thailand’s eligibility for the agency’s Generalized System of Preferences trade preference program. NPPC filed a complaint petition in April alleging fails to meet the Generalized System of Preferences criteria requiring countries to provide “equitable and reasonable access” to their markets. Further, NPPC alleges that Thailand maintains an array of import restrictions on U.S. pork, including a ban on uncooked pork and offal products and a ban on imports of pork produced with ractopamine, that constitutes a “de facto ban on U.S. pork imports.” USTR’s acceptance of the NPPC petition will result in a public review of Thailand’s GSP eligibility, including a public hearing and comment period.

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Syngenta Settlement Details Announced

Syngenta and plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the company have announced a $1.51 billion settlement to resolve class actions and individual cases regarding Agrisure Viptersa. The cases allege that Syngenta sold its “Agrisure Viptera” and “Agrisure Duracade” corn seeds before it should have because new insect-resistant genetic traits in those seeds had not yet received import approval in China. The lawsuits argued that China rejected shipments of U.S. corn because the genetic traits were not yet approved there, causing the U.S. corn industry to lose access to the Chinese market and resulting in lower corn prices. Syngenta denies that it did anything wrong. If the United States District Court of the District of Kansas approves the settlement, then Syngenta will pay $1.51 billion into a Settlement Fund to pay corn farmers, grain handling facilities, and ethanol production facilities who submitted eligible claims. The court will hold a hearing in November to consider whether to approve the settlement.

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Missouri Cattlemen’s Fake Meat Bill Passes       

A Missouri omnibus agriculture bill contacting provisions against so-called fake meat has passed the state legislature. The language prohibits misrepresenting a product as meat that was not derived from harvested livestock. The Missouri House passed the bill 125-22 following previous passage in the Missouri Senate. Missouri became the first state to address the issue with legislation, sending a signal to other states to follow suit. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Mike Deering expects other state cattle organizations to lead legislation in their respective state. Deering says the legislation ensures “the integrity of our meat supply and reduces consumer confusion.” The passage of the legislation follows a vote by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee supporting regulatory oversight of lab-grown meat substitutes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Missouri Cattlemen’s, along with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association believe USDA is “best-placed to ensure food safety and accurate labeling of these products.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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