06-13-18 Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Farm Bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Delivering on a promise, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today are pleased to announce the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was favorably reported out of the Committee with bipartisan support. Click here to watch the meeting.

Commonly referred to as the Farm Bill, the bipartisan 5-year legislation encompasses a broad array of agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy.

“The Senate Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan Farm Bill process is a reminder of how things should work in Washington – listening to the folks back home, working through issues with the other side of the aisle, then writing a good bill,” said Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow. “Today marks another important step in the road to getting an on-time Farm Bill enacted into law. We urge our colleagues to support this bill.”  Continue reading

06-13-18 NMPF: Senate Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill That Enhances Dairy Safety Net

Senate Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill That Enhances Dairy Safety Net

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today commended the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee for crafting a bipartisan Farm Bill that contains beneficial provisions for America’s dairy farmers. Following today’s passage by a margin of 20-1, the bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

The Senate Farm Bill contains enhancements to the dairy Margin Protection Program sought by NMPF, including improved coverage levels and greater program flexibility. The measure raises the maximum covered margin to $9/cwt. and adjusts the minimum percentage of milk that can be insured. It also includes an important agreement reached between NMPF and the International Dairy Foods Association on price risk management.

NMPF applauded Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for their leadership in finalizing the measure before the current Farm Bill expires on Sept. 30. Sen. Stabenow helped secure $100 million in additional funding for the dairy title budget baseline.

“The leadership of Senators Roberts and Stabenow has led to the creation of a bipartisan Farm Bill that has important provisions for dairy farmers during this prolonged period of low milk prices,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “With the House also set to move on its version of the Farm Bill later this month, we are hoping a final measure will pass Congress by this fall.” Continue reading

06-13-18 CDA: Fine Arts Exhibition: One of the Longest Running Traditions at the Colorado State Fair July 20th Deadline

Fine Arts Exhibition: One of the Longest Running Traditions at the Colorado State Fair July 20th Deadline

PUEBLO, Colo. – Artists throughout Colorado are busy preparing their artwork for the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. The popular and prestigious part of the annual event showcases original artwork by Colorado residents.
All artwork chosen for the exhibition will be on display in the Fine Arts Building during the entire length of the Fair. Two divisions for artwork submission are being offered: Emerging Artist and Professional.
The entry form and fee deadline is Friday, July 20, 2018. Artists may enter through the Fair’s General Entry office, Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm, call 719-404-2080, or online at www.coloradostatefair.com.

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06-13-18 CO Potato Disease Alert: Soil Testing for Powdery Scab at San Luis Valley Research Center

Soil Testing for Powdery Scab at San Luis Valley Research Center

In the San Luis Valley, powdery scab disease is developing into a major concern for potato production in recent years. Spongospora subterranean is a soil borne pathogen that can infect root hairs, and at early stages of epidermal cells of a stolon. Infected tubers show lesions on the tuber skin, and roots develop root galls. In severe cases tubers with the disease are highly prone to weight loss in storage, and more vulnerable to secondary infection. Powdery scab is also responsible for the transmission of Potato mop-top virus (PMTV) which causes significant suppression of plant growth and internal tuber necrosis.

Powdery scab symptoms can cause significant economic losses in both fresh and seed markets due to the rejection of shipments. Potato cultivars with smooth or light skin (i.e., whites and reds) are more susceptible; whereas russet-skinned cultivars are less prone to powdery scab. The pathogen survives in soil or potato debris. Inoculum levels in the soils have risen to high levels due to susceptible cultivars, not having nonhost rotation intervals, non-availability of seed treatments.

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06-13-18 NFU Highlights Positives of Senate Ag Farm Bill, Makes Recommendations on Amendments at Committee Level

NFU Highlights Positives of Senate Ag Farm Bill,
Makes Recommendations on Amendments at Committee Level

WASHINGTON – In advance of Wednesday’s Senate Agriculture Committee markup of the 2018 Farm Bill, National Farmers Union (NFU) highlighted positives in the current draft of the bill and sent vote recommendations on amendments to members of the committee.

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EPA Admin Visits Ethanol Plant, Says EPA Will Move on Year-Round E15

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt spent part of a trip in Kansas at an ethanol production facility. Pruitt’s trip included a stop at the East Kansas Agri-Energy ethanol plant, along with meeting local agriculture groups. The visit comes a week after the White House stopped a proposal that ethanol groups say would harm the industry, allowing RIN exports, but the proposal also included year-round E15 sales. Pruitt told the group he believes E15 should be available year-round. He said the EPA has the authority and will seek a waiver to allow year-round E15 sales. But, the ethanol industry has seen other perceived attacks, including hardship waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard account for an estimated demand loss of 1.56 billion gallons, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. Those in the ethanol industry meeting with Pruitt didn’t hold back, expressing their anger towards him and the EPA. Via Twitter, Pruitt said the meeting was “candid and productive.” He is scheduled to visit South Dakota Wednesday.

Ranking House Ag Member Peterson Welcomes Senate Farm Bill

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson of Minnesota welcomed farm bill text released by the Senate Agriculture Committee. In a statement released prior to Wednesday’s planned markup of the bill, Peterson applauded the Senate for its bipartisan approach and expressed hope that the House would bring a similarly bipartisan bill to conference. Notably, Peterson says the Senate bill “avoids poison pills, stays away from ideology on SNAP,” and should be able to get the votes needed for passage. In his statement, Peterson said the House version of the bill “doesn’t stack up” to the bipartisan proposal in the Senate. He says the House should “match their effort,” and bring forth a bipartisan bill that can get votes from both sides of the aisle in the House. The House farm bill failed last month when no Democrats voted in favor of the bill, along with Republican of the Freedom Caucus blocking passage in favor of finding an immigration resolution first.

Mexico Turning to EU and Others to Replace U.S. Pork Imports

Mexico is turning to the European Union and Latin America to offset any potential declines in U.S. pork imports. Mexico recently announced a 20 percent tariff on U.S. pork shoulders and legs starting next month in response to steel and aluminum tariffs placed on Mexico by the Trump administration. Mexican officials told Politico the nation will allow 350,000 tons of pork from all countries to ensure “that its consumers do not face shortages.” Experts predict the quota will be quickly filled by the European Union and Latin America. U.S. pork will still be able to compete under the quota but is expected to see a sharp loss in sales from the Mexican tariffs. The United States sent 25 percent of its total pork exports to Mexico last year. Meanwhile EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said “if Trump does not want to do business, the EU is ready and willing.”

NFU, Canada Farmers Group, Make Joint Statement Supporting Trade

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson made a joint statement with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture supporting agricultural trade. The statement was prompted by President Trump’s lashing out against Canada over the weekend and early this week regarding dairy trade, and other issues included in the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation effort. Johnson, along with CFA President Ron Bonnett, urged Canadian and U.S. officials to preserve the strong, longstanding trade relationship between the two countries. The two say: “No heated rhetoric nor inflammatory remark could possibly represent the positive sentiment that American and Canadian farmers share for each other’s nation.” The statement urged officials to “engage in positive discourse” to protect the trade ties between U.S. and Canadian farmers.

USDA Lowers Corn, Soybeans, Projected Ending Stocks

The Department of Agriculture lowered 2017/2018 ending stocks for corn and soybeans in its latest monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates. USDA reduced ending stocks for corn 105 million bushels to 1.57 billion bushels, which if reached, would be the lowest level since 2013/2014. The season-average farm price is raised ten cents at the midpoint with a range of $3.40 to $4.40 per bushel. Ending stocks for 2018/2019 are projected at 385 million bushels, down 30 million from last month. Price forecasts for 2018/2019 are unchanged this month. The 2018/2019 season-average price for soybeans is forecast at $8.75 to $11.25 per bushel. Wheat supplies are increased slightly this month on higher beginning stocks and production. Winter wheat is forecast up six million bushels to 1.19 million with modest increases in all winter wheat classes and total wheat production is now at 1.82 million. The projected season-average farm price is up $0.10 per bushel with the midpoint at $5.10, compared to the revised 2017/2018 price of $4.75.

U.S. Tractor, Combine Sales Up

U.S. tractor and combine sales increased last month, according to the latest monthly measure by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The association’s monthly report shows sales of all tractors in the U.S. during May increased 17 percent compared to the same month last year. For the five months in 2018, a total of 96,700 tractors were sold which compares to 92,100 sold through May 2017, representing a five percent increase for the year. Farmers purchased 20 percent more two drive tractors under 40 horsepower in May, compared to last year, along with 20 percent more two-wheel-drive 100-plus horsepower tractors. However, sales of four-wheel drive tractors were down six percent for the month. For the year, two-wheel drive tractors under 40 horsepower are up six percent from last year, and sales of four-wheel drive tractors are up two percent. Combine sales were up 52 percent for the month. Sales of combines for the year total 1,550 compared to 1,225 in 2017, a 27 percent increase.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service