05-30-18 Family Farm Alliance: 2018 Farmer Lobbyists Engage D.C. Policymakers

2018 Farmer Lobbyists Engage D.C. Policymakers

A group of Family Farm Alliance members spent three days walking the halls of Congress and downtown Washington, D.C., meeting with Trump Administration officials, Members of Congress, and Congressional staffers as part of the Alliance 2018 Farmer Lobbyist trip.

“The Alliance’s D.C. fly-in is one of our “cornerstone” programs which brings family farmers and water professionals to Washington, D.C. to meet with legislators and Administration policy leaders on critical water issues,” said Alliance President Pat O’Toole. “The Alliance philosophy has long held that the most effective voice in Washington DC is the individual family farmer.”

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05-30-18 NE Extension – Field Days  – June 18-19-20

NE Extension – Field Days  – June 18-19-20

Nebraska Extension Field Days will be held this June at several locations across NE and are free to attend. The event will provide a diverse learning experience and great networking opportunity for farmers and agribusinesses.

During the field visits, participants will be able to learn more about different varieties of wheat, field peas, chickpeas and forages. Depending on the location, field visits will also include other specialty crops (i.e. lentils, winter canola, forages, cover crops) and demonstrations of different agronomic practices such as planting dates, seeding rates, fertilizer management, etc.

Besides field visits, field days will feature indoor sessions that will include a free lunch, a 30 minute networking sessions, and brief research updates. Networking sessions will allow participants to meet with seed, processing, and marketing businesses critical to pulse crop industry development in NE. Research updates will include pulse crops production and marketing, topics on incorporating cover crops in wheat and field peas cropping systems, and wheat production with a focus on management for higher yield and grain protein.

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05-30-18 Inside CCALT w/Executive Director Erik Glenn…

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Inside CCALT w/Executive Director Erik Glenn

Division of Conservation, Conservation Easements, Upcoming Events & More…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio Briggsdale, CO May 30, 2018 – Joining the CO Ag News Network to talk about conservation easements is Colorado Agricultural Land Trust’s Executive Director Erik Glenn, discussing several topics including:


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05-30-18 Dairy Farmers Have Until June 1 to Apply for Improved Safety Net under Margin Protection Program

Dairy Farmers Have Until June 1 to Apply for Improved Safety Net under Margin Protection Program

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds dairy farmers of the June 1 deadline to enroll in the improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPPDairy).

Many producers will see payments in early June, depending on the coverage they elect.
The program protects dairy producers by paying them based on the difference between the national all milk price and the national average feed cost. The 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act made several changes to the safety net program to provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices.

“MPP-Dairy is an important, improved safety net tool for the dairy industry,” said Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “We encourage all dairy producers to carefully weigh their options and make their way to one of our 2,100 FSA county offices nationwide to discuss signing up for the program before the June 1 deadline.”

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05-30-18 Montrose, CO host of Stockmanship & Stewardship Conference September 21-22…

Montrose, CO host of Stockmanship & Stewardship Conference September 21-22

Registration Opens June 1st!

Join us on Colorado’s Western Slope for a one-of-a-kind “High Country” Stockmanship and Stewardship educational opportunity.

Spend a day and a half at the newly constructed, state of the art Montrose County Event Center in Montrose, Colorado to hear from some of the beef industry’s top-most experts, like Dr. Temple Grandin, on how implementing sound Stockmanship and Stewardship practices on your operation will add value to your bottom line. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 30th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 30th

DOJ Approves Bayer Purchase of Monsanto

The U.S. Department of Justice Tuesday approved Bayer Ag’s acquisition of Monsanto, with conditions. The Justice Department says Bayer must sell approximately $9 billion in businesses and assets to BASF. The Department says the proposed divestiture to BASF, which it calls an experienced chemical company with a substantial crop protection business, will fully resolve all horizontal and vertical competition concerns. As a result, the Department says “American farmers and consumers will continue to benefit from competition in this industry.” The Antitrust Division Tuesday filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the proposed transaction, while simultaneously filing a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve the department’s competitive concerns. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, Bayer must divest businesses that compete with Monsanto. Those include Bayer’s cotton, canola, soybean and vegetable seed businesses, as well as Bayer’s Liberty herbicide business, a key competitor of Monsanto’s well-known Roundup herbicide.

NAFTA Talks Continue, Time Running Short

Negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement continue this week in Washington, as all sides are trying to wrap up the talks quickly. Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland is in Washington this week, meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and others, according to Bloomberg News. However, absent from the table is Mexico’s Economy Minister, who is attending other meetings in Paris. Time is running out for Mexico and Canada to continue to be exempt from U.S . steel and aluminum tariffs, which the “final exemption” according to the White House is set to expire this Friday. Also, Mexico’s election is set for July first, a hurdle in the talks negotiators have been trying to avoid. Mexico’s Economy Minister last week predicted there was a 40 percent chance all sides could reach an agreement before the election. The talks remain focused on the automotive sector, though other barriers remain for all sides to reach an agreement.

U.S. to Continue With Trade Action Against China

Despite a potential agreement on trade issues between the U.S. and China, the Trump administration will continue to pursue action against China. By mid-June, The U.S. is expected to release a list of $50 billion worth of Chinese goods that will be subject to a new 25 percent tariff, according to Reuters. The United States will also continue to pursue litigation against China at the World Trade Organization. China earlier this month agreed to purchase more U.S. agricultural products, and the U.S. said the two had reached a deal for mobile phone manufacturer ZTE to remain in business. However, with nothing finalized, it appears the U.S. will push forward with what it calls “enhanced export controls” related to technology. The previous announcements eased the scare of a trade war, but President Trump last week said any agreement between the two would need “a different structure,” prompting more trade uncertainty.

Beef Supply Facing Mounting Market Pressures

A recent report from Rabobank shows dryness in the south is pointing towards tightening of beef supplies. The Rabobank Beef Quarterly report shows beef cow slaughter numbers are up ten percent through mid-April from a year ago, driven by ongoing dry pasture conditions, and the likelihood of forced herd liquidation during the coming grazing season, as reported by meat industry publication Meatingplace. Beef production and consumption are both increasing, adding some building pressure on the world’s major beef markets, along with the potential of a drought year in the United States. The limited grazing opportunities in the U.S. forced cattle into feedyards quicker, driving up the number of cattle on feed between September and February. Western Oklahoma remains in an extreme drought, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, along with much of Western Texas classified in a severe drought.

USDA Will Not Recognize Third-Party Inspections Regarding Animal Welfare

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, will not establish new criteria for recognizing third-party inspection and certification programs when determining the Agency’s own inspection frequency under the Animal Welfare Act. In December of last year, APHIS announced a series of public listening sessions as for leadership to gather information about the concept of third-party inspections from stakeholders, state partners and the public. However, APHIS says it found the vast majority of the comments were not in favor of establishing new criteria for recognizing third-party inspection and certification programs. USDA says stakeholders on all sides of the issue expressed concern about APHIS’ ability to maintain responsibility for inspections and Animal Welfare Act compliance should third-party inspections be taken into account when determining APHIS inspection frequencies.

Reminder: MPP Enrollment Deadline Looming

Dairy farmers have until Friday to enroll in the retooled dairy Margin Protection Program. The Department of Agriculture set a June first deadline for enrollment in the program that was revised by Congress earlier this year. USDA says many producers will see payments in early June, depending on the coverage they elect. The program protects dairy producers by paying them based on the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost. The 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act made several changes to the safety net program to provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices. Producers already enrolled in the program must still enroll in the new program, if they have yet to do so already. The new program is retroactive for all of 2018. For more information and enrollment, farmers are encouraged to contact their local Farm Service Agency office.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service