07-25-18 Conaway: Trump, Perdue Have Farmers’ and Ranchers’ Backs

Conaway: Trump, Perdue Have Farmers’ and Ranchers’ Backs

Washington, D.C. — After meeting with the president today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) issued the following statement concerning President Trump’s support for on-time passage of a strong, new farm bill and the administration’s announcement of emergency aid to help American farm and ranch families weather unjustified retaliation by foreign countries against U.S. agricultural exports:

“For years, our committee has highlighted that the U.S. is living up to its trade commitments even as foreign countries double-down on predatory trade practices that hurt America’s farmers, ranchers, businesses and workers. And for years, these concerns have largely been swept under the rug for fear that negative publicity might undermine support for free trade. Calling out our trading partners for failing to live up to the commitments they have made is not protectionism – it’s common sense. This task is made even harder by foreign countries that are now sanctioning unjustified tariffs against U.S. agricultural exports to pressure the administration to back off and simply accept the status quo.

“I thank the president and Sec. Perdue for having our farmers’ and ranchers’ backs, including today’s announcement on expanded market access in Europe. This follows on yesterday’s commitment to provide short-term assistance to our farmers and ranchers as they weather unjustified retaliatory tariffs. I also thank the president for once again reiterating in our meeting today that he expects Congress to send him a strong, new farm bill on time.”

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07-25-18 Colorado Farm Bureau Statement on USDA Trade Assistance to Farmers

Colorado Farm Bureau Statement on USDA Trade Assistance to Farmers

Centennial, Colo.,  July 25, 2018 — The following statement may be attributed to the Colorado Farm Bureau Federation President Don Shawcroft:

“The announcement of $12 billion in aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the beginning of a process designed to provide temporary relief to farmers and ranchers impacted by unfair retaliation targeting the vulnerable agriculture sector. Colorado Farm Bureau is still evaluating what this means for Colorado farmers and ranchers in the long term, but recognizes this help as temporary relief for those impacted by the market disruptions. As an organization, we will continue to advocate for free trade and the restoration of export markets but welcome the assistance for our farm families, who were already struggling with low commodity prices.”

About the Colorado Farm Bureau

Colorado Farm Bureau is the state’s largest grassroots organization with nearly 24,000 members across Colorado. CFB seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values.

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07-25-18 Weld County kicks off the 100th Anniversary of the Weld County Fair

Weld County kicks off the 100th Anniversary of the Weld County Fair

The Weld County Board of Commissioners helped kick off the 100th anniversary of the Weld County Fair this morning by proclaiming the event at its board meeting. The proclamation told of the fair’s rich tradition in Weld County and also encouraged all residents to attend the fair today through July 30 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.

“The county fair is really important to Weld County,” Commissioner Mike Freeman said. “As we’ve seen all along, kids involved in 4-H and FFA become leaders in our county and throughout the state. The fair’s always fun and I’m looking forward to attending.” Continue reading

07-25-18 Champions Named at Gelbvieh and Balancer®Junior National Show

Champions Named at Gelbvieh and Balancer® Junior National Show

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Corn Fed Classic Junior National Gelbvieh and Balancer® show took pace on Thursday, July 5, and Friday, July 6, 2018, in Waterloo, Iowa. Brent Vieselmeyer, Amherst, Colorado, evaluated the 171 Balancer cattle, and Brad Bennett of Seward, Nebraska, evaluated the 88 Gelbvieh cattle and 20 steers.
The grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh bull was LGNZ Mayweather 48E ET owned by Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, South Dakota. This bull born March 28, 2017, is the son of GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z and first claimed the spring yearling bull division.
Colton Ivers, Austin, Minnesota, owned the reserve grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh bull, IFG Ivers Hannibal F14. This JRI General Patton 213B97 ET son was born February 6, 2018, and first claimed the junior bull calf division.
The supreme grand champion Gelbvieh female was HIGH Ms Emma 9E100 ET, owned by Jacie Carroll, Raymore, Missouri. She is a September 13, 2017, born daughter of JRI Pop A Top 197T83 and first claimed grand champion Gelbvieh heifer and the senior heifer calf division. Continue reading

07-25-18 NALF: International Limousin Congress Attendees Learn More About the United States Beef Industry

ILC Attendees Learn More About the United States Beef Industry

The guests of the International Limousin Congress (ILC) had a slower day on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, but still very full. Some of the guests explored Colorado Springs or chatted by the pool. Those not relaxing were attending technical sessions at the Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colo., with many guest speakers from different aspects of the beef industry here in the United States. Continue reading

07-25-18 Inside the BARN and FarmCast Radio with Colorado State Fair’s New General Manager Scott Stoller…

Inside the BARN and FarmCast Radio with Colorado State Fair’s New General Manager Scott Stoller

Scott Stoller, General Manager CO State Fair

BRIGGSDALE, CO – The 146th CO State Fair is fast approaching, its Aug 24 – Labor Day in Pueblo, CO and joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio inside the BARN to discuss the annual agriculture extravaganza in more detail is the NEW General Manager of the Colorado State Fair Scott Stoller

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The Colorado State Fair runs August 24 – September 3, 2018.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.coloradostatefair.com.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, July 25th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, July 25th

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USDA Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Trade Retaliation

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the USDA will take several steps to assist farmers suffering from trade damage due to unjust trade retaliation. USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated $11 billion impact of the retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods. These programs will help producers to meet the costs of disrupted markets. A disproportionate number of the retaliatory tariffs were aimed directly at agricultural products. Perdue says this is a short-term solution that will allow the President more time to work on long-term trade deals to benefit agriculture and the U.S. economy. “The President promised to have the backs of every American farmer and he knows the importance of keeping our rural economy strong,” Perdue says. “USDA will not stand by while our agricultural producers bear the brunt of unfriendly tariffs enacted by foreign nations. The programs we’re announcing today help ensure our nation’s agriculture continues to feed the world.” The programs that USDA will use to assist American farmers include the Market Facilitation Program, develop a Food Purchase and Distribution Program, and a Trade Promotion Program. The aid doesn’t require congressional approval but would be provided through the Commodity Credit Corporation.

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Ag Groups Respond to Trade Aid for Farmers

The Trump Administration announced a $12 billion plan to provide emergency aid to farmers who are struggling under an escalating trade war with China and other trading partners. While the groups were grateful for the aid, they all pointed out this is a short-term fix to a long-term problem. John Heisdorffer, American Soybean Association President, says the best idea is to expand other markets and develop new ones to buy soybeans that America isn’t selling to China. National Pork Producers Council President Jim Heimerl says the restrictions that American pork faces in critical markets like Mexico and China, the top two export markets last year, has placed U.S. pig farmers in dire financial straights. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says the USDA announcement is substantial but says they cannot overstate the dire situation that farmers face because of lost export markets. Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the livelihoods of American farmers are on the line with every “tweet, threat, or tariff action that comes from the White House.” Johnson says they appreciate the stopgap assistance, but this plan is a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

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House Vote on Guest Worker Bill in Doubt

House Republican leaders appear to be going back on a promise to hold a vote ahead of the August recess on a conservative immigration bill that includes a new guest-worker program for farmers. Back in June, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised several members there would be a vote. Politico says House Republican leaders now don’t have any plans to take up the guest-worker program before the upcoming summer break. Sources tell Politico that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan doesn’t want to call a bill to the floor that might fail. Dennis Ross, a Florida Republican, says the deal was that the bill would be taken up regardless. “A lack of sufficient votes to pass shouldn’t preclude the promised vote,” Ross says. “Some of us need to go back home and show that we’re doing all we can to do what we said we would do.” Ross says if the bill fails, it fails. More than 200 Ag groups support the bill, including the American Farm Bureau Federation. A McCarthy spokesman says they have every intention of voting on the bill. But “more work needs to be done in order to gather the support necessary to pass the legislation.”

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Opposition to Ag Workforce Bill Growing Out West

While House Republican leaders grapple over whether or not to hold a vote on the ag guest-worker program, Western Growers and the California Farm Bureau are strongly opposed to the bill. Western Growers is the largest representative of the fruit and vegetable growers in the country. The Hagstrom Report says the new H-2C program would be for both seasonal and permanent employers but would also require them to use the E-Verify System to make sure workers are in the country legally. Tom Nassif, President and CEO of Western Growers, says the provisions would actually constrict rather than expand the supply of immigrant workers in the country. He says the bill would “enact E-Verify without providing adequate protections for existing farm workers or properly ensuring a sufficient flow of future guest workers.” A touchback provision in the bill would require workers in the country illegally to identify themselves, leave the country, and hope they get new visas. Western Growers and the California Farm Bureau say that’s a non-starter. The two organizations did say that several of the bill’s provisions represent an improvement over the current system. However, they say the imposition of a cap would severely restrict farmers’ access to an adequate supply of employees

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Higher Inventory and Tariffs Impacting Cattle Markets

The USDA released the Cattle Inventory, July Cattle on Feed, and July Livestock Slaughter reports last week. The Cattle Inventory report provides the first real estimate of the 2018 calf crop, as well as a look at how rapidly the U.S. cattle herd is increasing. The July first all cattle and calves number was one percent higher than last year, the preliminary estimate of the U.S. calf crop was two percent higher, and the cattle on feed inventory was four percent larger than in 2017. Professor James Mintert of Purdue University looked at the numbers and says lower feed grain prices this fall may lead to more placements of lighter-weight cattle on feed, which will impact fed cattle marketings in 2019 because the lighter weights mean cattle need to stay on feed longer. Cattle slaughter has been two percent higher than last year, picking up speed in May and June. More females are in the slaughter mix, which means herd growth could be coming to an end. Mintert says, “The rise in females in the slaughter mix isn’t large enough to suggest that liquidation is taking place, but it is indicative of waning interest in herd expansion.” Rising tariffs on U.S. meat exports are also expected to have a heavier impact during the second half of 2018.

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One Week Left to Complete Census of Agriculture

The National Ag Statistics Service is ending all of its data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture on July 31. Anyone who received the Census questionnaire is required by law to respond by that date. They can also fill out the census online at Ag Census Dot USDA Dot Gov. NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer says the Census of Agriculture, which is conducted once every five years, provides the only source of comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation. “Your information helps ensure that future decisions about U.S. agriculture represent you, your industry, and your community,” says Hamer. “Every response matters, even the ones that tell us you’re not, or are no longer a farm.” He points out that the same law that requires farmers to respond also requires the federal government to keep all of the information confidential. It’s used only for statistical purposes. Data is only published in aggregate form to prevent disclosing the identity of any individual producer or farm operation.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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