READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 31st

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 31st

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Administration on E15: “Let’s Get it Done”

Year-round E15 sales are nearing reality. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reports in Boone, Iowa at the Farm Progress Show that he has spoken with the President, who wants to make an announcement next week. Perdue told the Iowa City Gazette he received a phone call from the White House while attending the outdoor farm show. Trump told Perdue “let’s get it done,” ordering him to meet with Environmental Protection Agency acting administrator Andrew Wheeler. Following the call, Perdue told reporters he expects to have an announcement “sooner rather than later.” Perdue says the action needs to clear some legal and regulatory hurdles, but added Trump gives executive orders, not suggestions, saying “so we’re going to get it done.” The question remains though, at what cost would E15 sales come under the give-and-take operating nature of the Trump administration, more so with the controversial actions around the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Farm Bill Differences Remain

Lawmakers met this week on the farm bill, making “good progress.” However, major differences remain between the House and Senate bills that the conference committee will address next week. Congress returns next week with 16 days in-session scheduled for the Senate in September, and 11 in-session days in the House of Representatives. That means differences in the farm bill must be ironed out quickly to pass the bill before the current one expires at the end of September. Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts told Bloomberg “some real progress was made,” including on the nutrition title. However, Debbie Stabenow, the top Democrat on the panel, indicates there is much work left to do. Stabenow says “there are big differences between the House and Senate farm bills, not just nutrition,” citing specifically the commodity and conservation provisions. The House version of the bill includes work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Freedom Caucus members in the House, the same lobby the voted down the farm bill earlier this year, say: “We want what we have in the House farm bill.”

Texas Rep. Says Farm Bill Must Meet Objectives

A U.S. Representative from West-Texas says the farm bill must ensure a strong, viable ag sector. Republican Jodey Arrington, a member of the farm bill conference committee, penned an editorial this week. The congressman says the mission of the committee is clear: “to establish policies that support a vibrant agriculture economy, strengthen rural communities, maintain food security in America and tighten up work requirements for food stamp recipients.” The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program includes the most controversial changes in the bill, but is largely only supported by House Republicans. Arrington said in his editorial he believes “it would be a travesty” to not make reforms to SNAP, pointing out that SNAP accounts for more than 80 percent of the farm bill’s funding and costs taxpayers more than $70 billion a year. Arrington is one of two West-Texas voices on the conference committee, joining House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway.

Beef and Pork Export Values Expected to Soften in 2019

The tit-for-tat trade war with China means a lower forecast for the value of U.S. beef and pork exports next year. The Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service said in its latest quarterly Situation and Outlook Report released this week that forecasts total exports of beef, pork, dairy, poultry and other livestock products combined are expected to decline $300 million to $30.3 billion next year, compared with 2018. Beef is projected down $100 million as growth in volume is offset by lower values, and Pork is forecast down $300 million despite volume growth. USDA says the lower values are expected due to weaker demand and the pressures from retaliatory tariffs. However, poultry exports are expected to be slightly higher next year. Exports of poultry and poultry products are forecast $100 million higher to $5.3 billion, due to elevated prices and volumes for most products.

Environmental Groups Urge EPA to Revoke Dicamba Approval

Environmental groups are using the courts to argue against renewing approval of dicamba. The groups are arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to analyze the risks of now Bayer’s dicamba-based weed killer posed to nearby crops before approving it in 2016, according to Reuters. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer, urged the court to dismiss the lawsuit. Bayer expects the EPA to announce its decision on the renewal of dicamba registration by October. The expectation is that the EPA will approve the registration for dicamba. The environmental groups want the courts to force the EPA to vacate its approval of XtendiMax, a Monsanto dicamba-based product, arguing it not only harms nearby crops and plants but wildlife as well. The lawsuit was filed in February.

Companies Targeted by Senator Sanders Fire Back

Companies targeted by Senator Bernie Sanders are firing back, calling his statements inaccurate in his accusations over food stamps. Sanders plans to introduce legislation that would require large companies, specifically, Amazon, Walmart, and others, to pay a 100 percent tax on government benefits to their employees, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a significant portion of the farm bill. Amazon countered this week saying Senator Sanders “continues to spread misleading statements about pay and benefits.” Amazon says Senator Sanders’ references to SNAP are also misleading because they include people who only worked for Amazon for a short period of time and/or chose to work part-time, both of which would almost certainly qualify for SNAP. Sanders says Amazon’s median U.S. salary is $28,446, but Amazon counters that excluding part-time and global salaries, the U.S. median salary is $34,123. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



08-30-18 NFU: Net Farm Income to Drop 13 Percent in 2018, USDA Projects

NFU: Net Farm Income to Drop 13 Percent in 2018, USDA Projects

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) today projected net farm income to be $65.7 billion in 2018, a $9.8 billion, 13 percent decrease from 2017.
National Farmers Union (NFU), an advocacy organization for American family farmers and ranchers, says the projection highlights the need for the Trump administration and Congress to act quickly on the 2018 farm bill, trade protections, and biofuel market expansion. The organization will host 350 of its farmer members in Washington, DC, in September to lobby administration officials and members of Congress on progressive federal policy priorities for family farmers and ranchers.
NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the ERS report:


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08-30-18 Statement by RMFU President Dr. Dale McCall on this week’s announcement of a bailout package for farmers impacted by the U.S. trade war

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Statement by RMFU President Dr. Dale McCall on this week’s announcement of a bailout package for farmers impacted by the U.S. trade war

“The government bailout for farmers sounds good, but it will not work well for farmers and ranchers in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Most of the cash will go to soybean producers in Indiana and Ohio, and the payments for corn growers will only be one cent per bushel, and hardly worth the effort. Plus, many of the county FSA offices that will deal with this additional paperwork are still understaffed, another issue we haven’t received assurance on from the administration for some time, now.

“This bailout is in response to a failed trade war whose only outcome has been to cause increasing uncertainty for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. The bailout fails to work out for many farmers and isn’t available to others. What happens if this situation gets worse? Will a second bailout be needed?

“Ag lenders will not count this bailout as income. Nor will the bailout offer a long-term solution. In fact, the current trade war launched by the U.S. against many of our trading partners worldwide is likely to see American export markets disappear. Those markets might be gone forever.

“Farm and ranch families are facing a financial crisis. Farm income is down by more than 50 percent. Weather disasters have hammered some fields into the ground, and drought has decimated crops across much of our region. Market prices for crops and livestock are not enough to even cover the cost of production.

“The real solution is twofold. One: pass a Farm Bill that provides a well-funded and working safety net. Two: back away from a trade war that no one will win, and that leaves American farmers, ranchers, and rural communities on the losing end. More than anything, farmers want trade over aid, and they deserve certainty in these uncertain times.”


08-30-18 In Memory of Edward Reid Graves Jr. 

Reid Graves, Jr.

August 19, 1933 ~ August 23, 2018

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado 
Resided in: Ft. Lupton, Colorado

Edward Reid Graves Jr.  passed away on August 23, 2018 in Brighton, Colorado. He was born on August 19, 1933 in Pueblo, Colorado to Edward Reid Graves, Sr. and Mildred (Stewart) Graves. He received a Bachelors of Science from Colorado A&M (currently Colorado State University), and ultimately retired from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. He was involved with Kiwanis, National Western Stock Show, Fort Lupton Historical Society, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He is survived by his wife Mary Elaine Graves; his children Mike Graves (Kathy Graves), Laurie Livesay, Betsy Goodell (Rob Goodell), and David Graves (Dawn Graves); his grandchildren Bailey Vail (Brandon Vail), Addem Goodell, Kim Graves, Kelcie Cleary (Brandon Cleary), Erin Goodell, Sara Graves, Jack Graves, and Ryan Graves; his great grandchild Colsen Vail; and his sister Eleanor Hubbard (Ken Hubbard) and sister-in-law Marie Graves. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Larry Graves.

There will be a services held in his honor on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 1 o’clock in the afternoon at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church 8545 E Dry Creek Rd, Englewood, CO 80112. The family welcomes you to join them for refreshments immediately following the church service.

Donations may be made to Mildred and Edward Graves Scholarship Fund, Colorado State University.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 30th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 30th

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Top Ag Lawmakers Meet Ahead of Farm Bill Conference

The top lawmakers on the farm bill conference committee met this week, ahead of the first formal meeting next week. The farm bill conference is set to meet September 5th, in the first public meeting likely dominated by posturing and speeches. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts told Politico that he, Senate Agriculture ranking member Debbie Stabenow, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway ranking member Collin Peterson, had made “real progress” during the meeting, but did not get into specifics. Roberts is hopeful to submit a conference report to the committee, if ready at the time. Much of the work on the farm bill is ongoing at the staff level, and that’s expected to continue. The committee faces the task of merging the two versions of the bills, including the controversial Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program work requirements.

BSE Confirmation in Florida Considered Atypical, Not Worrisome

The Department of Agriculture says a Florida case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (in-sef-o-lop-athy)  has no impact on the BSE free status of the nation. USDA says the BSE case is considered atypical, not classical, the much more worrisome form of BSE. The disease was discovered on a six-year-old mixed-breed beef cow in Florida and was tested by a lab at Colorado State University as part of routine surveillance of cattle that are deemed unsuitable for slaughter. BSE is not contagious and exists in two types – classical and atypical. Classical BSE is the form that has been linked to disease in people. Atypical BSE is different, and it generally occurs in older cattle, usually eight years of age or greater. It seems to arise rarely and spontaneously in all cattle populations, according to USDA. This is the nation’s 6th detection of BSE. Of the five previous U.S. cases, the first, in 2003, was a case of classical BSE in a cow imported from Canada. The rest have been atypical.

Canada Ready to Make Concession on Dairy Trade

Despite posturing by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (true-doh) that Canada ‘won’t back down on dairy issues, Canada is ready to make concessions. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland rejoined the discussion in Washington this week. The Globe and Mail reports Canada is ready to make concessions to the Trump administration on Canada’s protected dairy market in a bid to save a key NAFTA dispute-settlement system, preserve safeguards for cultural industries and avert tougher pharmaceutical patent protections. Canada’s dairy, egg and poultry sectors operate under supply management that protects Canadian producers from foreign competition by charging tariffs up to 275 percent on imports. Trudeau said this week Canada will “defend supply management.” However, sources close the negotiation say Canada’s plan is not to dismantle the supply management system entirely, but that negotiators will agree to change one rule that blocks U.S. farmers from exporting ultrafiltered milk to Canada, and also offer the United States a percentage of the Canadian dairy market.

R-CALF Looking for COOL in NAFTA

R-CALF is hopeful the details of the U.S.-Mexico announcement as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations will include country-of-origin meat labeling. R-CALF, a long-time supporter of COOL, in a statement by its CEO said: “We hope that a further release of details will show that COOL will be required for Mexican beef and beef from Mexican cattle.” The organization says trade agreements, like NAFTA, allow unlimited numbers of tariff-free cattle from countries like Mexico, where cattle are overproduced at a significantly lower cost, and displace opportunities for current and aspiring U.S. cattle producers to expand or start their herd. R-CALF continues to argue that because beef from these imported cattle can be sold as a “Product of USA,” multinational beef packers “wallow in higher profits” because they can import lower-cost cattle into the U.S. market. The organization claims that Since NAFTA, the U.S. imports on average 1.1 million Mexican cattle each year, and since U.S. domestic cattle shrank by 6.5 million.

Environmental Groups Seek Clean Water Language in Farm Bill

Environmental groups want clean water regulations in the farm bill. A coalition of environmental groups penned a letter to the farm bill conference committee with suggestions the coalition claims will “help address the challenges facing the nation’s drinking water supplies.” In a news release on the topic, the Environmental Working Group claims that America’s drinking water is under threat from polluted farm runoff, noting that About 1,700 public water systems across the country are contaminated with levels of nitrate that exceed what the National Cancer Institute says increases the risk of cancers. Much of the provisions in the letter pertain to the Department of Agriculture’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The letter seeks several reforms under the conservation title of the farm bill, including a proposal that reserves 40 percent of the acres enrolled through the continuous CRP sign-up for practices that will protect water quality in watersheds where lakes, rivers and streams are impacted by sediment and nutrients or by harmful algae blooms.

Vegetarian Food Company Sues Missouri over New Law

A vegetarian food company is challenging a new law in Missouri regarding meat labeling. The law, taking effect next week, prohibits food manufacturers from using the word “meat” on products made without animal flesh, and will make Missouri the first state to regulate meat labeling. However, Tofurky, the manufacturer of vegetarian products labeled as hot dogs, burgers and others, is challenging the law in court. The Oregon-based company contends that the provision barring food producers from “misrepresenting” their products as meat – as in calling them sausage and hot dogs – if they are not made from livestock or poultry is too vague, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. Missouri lawmakers passed the law earlier this year, and it was signed by now-former governor Eric Greitens. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is expected to defend the law in the wake of the Tofurky lawsuit.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



08-29-18 USDA Designates Eight Kansas Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas, impacts Kit Carson County, CO

USDA Designates Eight Kansas Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas, impacts Kit Carson County, CO

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2018 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated eight counties in Kansas as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Atchison, Graham, Lane, Marshall, Nemaha, Scott, Sherman and Washington counties who suffered losses due to drought, hail, high winds, excessive rain, flooding or lightning, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

This designation by Secretary Perdue allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including replacing essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganizing a farming operation or refinance certain debts.

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08-29-18 USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Bridge the Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure Gap

USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Bridge the Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure Gap

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a new webpage featuring information about the importance of rural e-Connectivity and the ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing to help deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural America.

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08-28-18 Bison Ranchers Launch Petition to Stop Deceptive Use of ‘Buffalo’ on Food Products

Bison Ranchers Launch Petition to Stop Deceptive Use of ‘Buffalo’ on Food Products

Water Buffalo Meat Being Marketed in U.S. Labeled Only as Buffalo
Westminster, CO (August 29, 2018) – The National Bison Association this week launched an on-line petition asking the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and the FDA to immediately develop new labeling policies to stop water buffalo products sold in the U.S. from being labeled only as “buffalo.”
The petition effort was launched after the National Bison Association learned of a growing number of retail stores carrying water buffalo meat that is labeled only as “Wild Buffalo” or “Free Range Buffalo.”
Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association, said, “Our ranchers and marketers have worked hard over the past two decades to build a relationship with our customers that is built upon quality and trust. That trust is threatened by water buffalo products coming into the market disguised as bison.”

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Watch the 146th CO State Fair Junior Livestock Shows, Junior Livestock Sale & Archives on Livestream now thru Aug 28th

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Watch the 146th CO State Fair Junior Livestock Shows on Livestream Aug 23 – 28, 2018

Can’t wait for the 146th CO State Fair here @ The BARN…looking forward to announcing ALL the livestock shows in the Livestock Pavilion Arena again this year…and providing LIVE and archives of all the junior livestock shows, showmanships, championship drives and of course the 2018 CO State Fair Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale…ARE YOU READY?

The Junior Market Show Schedule has changed from years past…

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08-29-18 NFU Foundation Awards Scholarships for Next Generation Agriculture Leaders

NFU Foundation Awards Scholarships for Next Generation Agriculture Leaders
WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union Foundation today announced the 2018 recipients of the Hubert K. & JoAnn Seymour and Stanley Moore Scholarship awards.

Jessica Jurcek of Jefferson, Wisconsin, received the Hubert K. & JoAnn Seymour Scholarship, a $2,000 scholarship award given in honor of the dedication and commitment to Farmers Union and family farming by Hubert and his wife JoAnn.

Hubert K. Seymour was a leader in the Farmers Union organization throughout his life at both the state and national levels. He served the Illinois Farmers Union as secretary-treasurer for eight years and vice president for 12 years before he stepped down in 1990. He farmed full-time with his wife until his passing in 1994. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 29th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 29th

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Canada Returns to NAFTA Talks

Negotiators from Canada rushed to Washington, D.C. this week to resume talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States. The U.S. is pushing to get a so-called handshake agreement with Canada, following a framework agreement with Mexico. The U.S. seeks to announce a deal by the end of this week, placing a deadline of Friday. However, that deadline is purely political, as the U.S. wants to notify Congress 90 days before the outgoing Mexican President’s term expires. Under Trade Promotion Authority, the administration must give Congress a 90-day notice before sending the agreement to Congress for consideration. Trump has suggested breaking up NAFTA, and signing separate deals with Mexico and Canada. However, Politico points out that by doing so, Trump could forfeit his ability to get a straight up-or-down vote in Congress without any amendments under trade promotion authority. Trump notified Congress last year he intended to renegotiate NAFTA, not strike bilateral trade deals. For agriculture, the updated agreement with Mexico included improved food safety standards, biotech approvals and no new tariffs.

Canadian Business Council Says NAFTA Agreement Possible this Week

Business groups in Canada say it is possible that Canada could agree to a framework deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement this week, in line with a Trump administration goal. Talks are underway between the U.S. and Canada in hopes an updated handshake agreement can be reached, after the U.S. announced an agreement with Mexico. The CEO of Canadian American Business Council told CNBC Tuesday “I think we can get there this week,” saying there’s just a handful of issues left. Although, the talks are expected to be “harsh” and intensive.” The U.S. remains hopeful Canada can get on board quickly, but is ready to go ahead with just Mexico, for now, to avoid political pressures later. President Trump spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday, and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland arrived in Washington, D.C. Tuesday for continued trade talks.

Trade Relief Package Favors Soybeans

The Department of Agriculture’s trade relief package is drawing criticisms that it favors soybean production over corn. Soybeans, no doubt a hotter commodity for China, which is targeting U.S. ag as part of the trade war with the U.S., have a much larger payout than corn. The payments are based on 2018 production levels that must be certified and provided to USDA. For soybeans, that’s $1.65 a bushel, for 50 percent of production. For corn, it’s a one cent per-bushel payment, for 50 percent of production, or considered as a half-cent payment on total production. The payout for soybeans is estimated to reach $3.7 billion, while the payments for corn are forecasted to reach $96 million. Texas Corn Producers Association President Joe Reed called the package a “slap in the face” to farmers working to make ends meet. Kansas corn President Ken McCauley says of the payments, “A half-cent is no relief from the market destruction we’ve seen for corn,” adding he’s “starting to feel picked on by the administration,” citing trade and the Renewable Fuel Standard. The payments become more troublesome for producers in drought pockets, such as Texas and Missouri, where corn production will be much lower than the rest of the nation.

Senator Sanders Wants Big Employees to Pay for SNAP

A bill by Senator Bernie Sanders seeks to make big companies pay up for SNAP benefits their employees receive. Sanders, of Vermont, plans to introduce the bill next week on the same day the farm bill conferees meet. The bill would impose a 100 percent tax on government benefits including food stamps received by workers at companies with 500 or more employees, according to the Washington Post. For example, “if an Amazon employee receives $300 in food stamps, Amazon would be taxed $300.” Sanders wants those large employers to fully cover the costs of food stamps, public housing and Medicaid, among other federal assistance program received by their employees. The Senator specifically mentioned companies such as Amazon, Walmart and McDonalds. Sanders says the goal is to “force corporations to pay a living wage and curb roughly $150 billion in taxpayer dollars that go to funding federal assistance programs for low-wage workers each year.”

USDA Announces Assistance to Pecan Growers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced additional assistance for pecan growers to replant and replace trees through the Tree Assistance Program. Pecan growers are recovering from weather events in 2017, and the funding through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 will help the industry recover and replace lost and damaged trees, according to USDA undersecretary Bill Northey. Up to $15 million is available to eligible pecan orchards or pecan nursery tree growers for certain mortality losses suffered in 2017. To be eligible, the grower must have suffered a mortality loss on a stand in excess of 7.5 percent, but less than 15 percent, adjusted for normal mortality. Growers may also be eligible for other 2014 Farm Bill programs. For example, pecan growers who suffered greater than a 15 percent mortality loss remain eligible under the regular Tree Assistance Program provisions. Northey urged those who may be eligible to visit their local state or county FSA office.

Dairy Farms Turning to GoFundMe to Stay in Business

The wife of a Wisconsin dairy farmer started a GoFundMe page to help their family farm survive. With a goal of $35,000, the story made national headlines over the weekend, and as of Tuesday, donations have reached $90,000. In her message, the wife was “asking for help to keep our small family dairy farm going.” The family farm recently went to take out a $35,000 loan to purchase half a herd of cows from a fellow farmer who was going out of business, but they were denied because of projected milk prices. The fourth-generation farm dates back to 1873. However, with the dairy market muddled in oversupply and impacting prices, the farm was set to go out of business, unless it could take on more cows to bring in more milking money. The plea, now well past its goal, concludes: “Please donate to help keep this farm going for more generations to come, the money will go to purchase new animals, hay and anything over would be applied to the farm loans.” The page is now one of several found on the GoFundMe website seeking donations for dairy farms.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



08-28-18 CDA: Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth

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CDA: Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Honors Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 55th annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close. According to preliminary totals, the 2018 sale accumulated approximately $495,000 from the state’s most dedicated bidders.  The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.
“Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale is a time-honored event that celebrates our 4-H and FFA youth.  These amazing kids work tirelessly caring for their animals and learning how to contribute to a health food system. A big thank you also goes to our bidders who are instrumental in the success of this event,” said Scott Stoller, State Fair General Manager.
For the last 38 years, gross sales totaled over $10.3 million that went directly to the agricultural youth who raised those animals. PRELIMINARY results for the 2018 sale are available at
Grand & Reserve Champion
Exhibitor Name & Hometown
Grand Beef
Nash Richardson, Yuma, Colo.
Sam Brown & Family
Reserve Beef
Cal Sidwell, Gill, Colo.
Denver Rustlers
Grand Hog
Ema Richardson, Yuma, Colo.
Reserve Hog
Hannah Rigirozzi, Stratton, Colo.
Denver Rustlers
Grand Lamb
Allyson Sandy, Loveland, Colo.
Denver Rustlers
Reserve Lamb
Lauren Frink, Eaton, Colo.
Sam Brown & Family
Grand Goat
Karsyn Fetzer, Kersey, Colo.
Crabtree Amusements
Reserve Goat
Anna Vetter, Bennett, Colo.
Denver Rustlers
Grand Rabbits
Aidan Datteri, Greeley, Colo.
Legacy Bank
Reserve Rabbits
Aidan Datteri, Greeley, Colo.
Fair Ladies
Grand Chickens
Nathan Keintzelman, Penrose, Colo.
Crabtree Amusements
Reserve Chickens
Nathan Keintzelman, Penrose, Colo.
Fair Ladies
Grand Turkey
Colton Steinke, Eaton, Colo.
Friends of the Fair
Reserve Turkey
Isaiah Rueter, Holyoke, Colo.
TIC Southwest
The Colorado State Fair runs until September 3, 2018.  For more information, visit

08-28-18 CDA: EIA-Positive Horse Identified In Colorado

CDA: EIA-Positive Horse Identified In Colorado

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Department of Agriculture, State Veterinarian’s Office, was notified by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) that a Weld County horse tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The initial test result was received on August 24, 2018, with a re-test confirmation on August 28, 2018.  The Weld County facility is currently under a quarantine order that restricts movement of horses until further testing is completed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA).
“The affected horse has been isolated from the remaining horses on the facility, which will be observed and retested in 60 days.  We are actively tracing movements of the horse and others it came in contact with in Colorado and other states. The disease is most commonly spread by biting flies and we’re still in the midst of Colorado’s fly season,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.
FAQs about Equine Infectious Anemia

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08-28-18 CFB News: Private Property Rights Initiative Certified for November Ballot

CFB News: Private Property Rights Initiative Certified for November Ballot
Centennial, Colo. – Aug. 28, 2018 – Today, the Colorado Secretary of State certified that the more than 208,000 signatures submitted by the Colorado Farm Bureau includes the sufficient amount of valid signatures to put the group’s property rights initiative on the November ballot. The initiative will appear as Amendment 74.

“Property rights are important to all Coloradans,” says Chad Vorthmann, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Farm Bureau and one of the proponents of the measure. “We saw that support as we worked around the state to gather more than 208,000 signatures. This measure will protect Coloradans and hold government accountable for its actions. We’re excited to take it to the ballot in November.”

The state Constitution provides protection for when a government action takes or devalues property. Amendment 74 will ensure citizens have a fair opportunity to be compensated for their potential losses due to punitive government action. It protects all private property owners, including homeowners, businesses, farmers and ranchers, urbanites and suburbanites from state or local governments taking their property by reducing its value without compensation.

“The Colorado Farm Bureau has stood strong on private property rights for generations,” continues Vorthmann. “This is a good government measure that will hold policy makers accountable and give voice to citizens who may be negatively impacted by government action.  We believe that Coloradans have a right to hold their governments accountable and deserve to be compensated when a government does something to reduce the value of their property. It’s only fair.”

For more information, visit Colorado’s Shared Heritage’s website:

Colorado’s Shared Heritage

Colorado’s Shared Heritage was created to defend strong property rights for all Coloradans. The group is committed to holding government accountable for its actions and ensuring property owners have the opportunity to be compensated for what is taken from them.

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.

08-28-18 FSA-CO: Low-Interest Loans Available for Agricultural Producers in Colorado Impacted by Natural Disasters

Low-Interest Loans Available for Agricultural Producers in Colorado Impacted by Natural Disasters

DENVER, Colo., Aug. 27, 2018 — Morgan County, Colorado, agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) physical loss loans. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these low-interest loans for losses caused by hail, high winds and tornadoes that occurred on July 29, 2018. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock.

“Colorado’s hardworking ag producers feed our neighbors, the nation and the world,” said State Executive Director Clarice Navarro. “When they suffer losses because of extreme weather, helping them get back on their feet is important. So, we’re giving affected county producers until April 17, 2019, to apply for these emergency loans.”

Producers in the contiguous counties of Adams, Weld, Logan and Washington in Colorado are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Physical loss loans can help producers repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agricultural operation, including livestock losses. Examples of property commonly affected include essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops and hay.

For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs or to find your local USDA Service Center visit

08-28-18 Culver’s Continues its A-maze-ing Fall Family Tradition

Culver’s Continues its A-maze-ing Fall Family Tradition

10 Things to Know Before Visiting Restaurant’s Five Corn Mazes

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Aug. 27, 2018 – With fall around the corner, corn mazes are popping up all over the country.

Culver’s teamed up with corn mazes designers to grow messages that celebrate agriculture while growing our guests’ appreciation for those who produce food.

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08-28-18 CO Corn’s Stewardship Award Recipient Announced

CO Corn’s Stewardship Award Recipient Announced

A Hearty Congratulations to the Olander Family

Colorado Corn Growers Association is proud to announce Olander Farms and Root Shoot Malting from Loveland, Colorado as the recipients of this year’s Farm Stewardship Award.Stewardship is a long-standing practice for Olander Farms and we look forward to honoring the Steve, Marsha, Todd and Emily and celebrating their accomplishments at the Annual Banquet in December. As the winners of the state award, the Olander’s were submitted for the National Corn Growers Association Good Steward Recognition.


READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 28th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 28th

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USDA Announces Farm Trade Relief Package

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Monday announced details of the trade assistance package for farmers hurt by the President’s trade agenda. The $12 billion package will provide payments to producers as part of a “short-term relief strategy” to protect agriculture. The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will administer the Market Facilitation Program to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean and wheat producers starting September 4th, 2018. It’s important to note that payments will be based on actual production. Producers must harvest a crop and provide their production numbers to USDA before payment can be sent. The payments to producers will total $4.7 billion. Also included in the relief package, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will administer a Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities targeted by “unjustified” retaliation. And, through the Foreign Agricultural Service’s Agricultural Trade Promotion Program, $200 million will be made available to develop foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products.

Payments include:

Soybeans             1.65 per bushel for 50 percent of production

Corn                    One cent per bushel for 50 percent of production

Pork                    50 percent of the total number of pigs on hand as of August 1, $8 per pig.

Cotton                 Six cents per pound of 50 percent production.

Sorghum             86 cents per bushel of 50 percent production

Dairy                  The margin protection historic number at 12 cents per hundredweight times that production number. USDA has a number for 21,000 producers but for&; those who don’t have it can be calculated by USDA.

Eligible applicants must have an ownership interest in the commodity, be actively engaged in farming, and have an average adjusted gross income for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less than $900,000. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the “Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation” regulations. On September 4, 2018, the first MFP payment periods will begin. The second payment period, if warranted, will be determined by the USDA.

The initial MFP payment will be calculated by multiplying 50 percent of the producer’s total 2018 actual production by the applicable MFP rate. If the Commodity Credit Corporation announces a second payment period, the remaining 50 percent of the producer’s total 2018 actual production will be subject to the second MFP payment rate. Payments are capped per person or legal entity at a combined $125,000 for dairy production or hogs. Payment for dairy production is based off the historical production reported for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy. Payment for hog operations will be based off the total number of head of live hogs owned on August 1, 2018.

Agriculture Welcomes USDA Help, Urges End to Trade Disputes

Agriculture groups welcomed the aid offered by a Department of Agriculture relief package announced Monday, but urged the administration to end trade disputes. Pork exports are one of the hardest-hit export categories, as U.S. pork exports to China are down significantly for the year, with the value falling nine percent through June. The drop has come mostly because of the 50 percent additional tariff from China. The package will provide producers $8 per hog based on 50 percent of the number of animals they owned on August first. National Pork Producers Council President Jim Heimerl (Hi’-merle) stated that the U.S. pork sector was “grateful” for the relief package, “what pork producers really want is to export more pork, and that means ending these trade disputes soon.” Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said the relief package was “welcome news” for farmers, but added “what they really want are long-term markets, not handouts.”

NCGA: USDA Trade Aid Won’t Make Up for Lost Markets

In response to the Department of Agriculture’s tariff mitigation package, the National Corn Growers Association says the plan “won’t make up for lost markets.” The organization reiterated its call for the Administration to rescind tariffs, secure trade agreements and allow for year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol; “no-cost actions that would allow for the marketplace to drive demand.” NCGA President Kevin Skunes says that corn farmers appreciate the help from USDA, but adds that the plan “provides virtually no relief to corn farmers.” According to an NCGA-commissioned analysis, which NCGA provided to USDA and the Office of Management and Budget, trade disputes are estimated to have lowered corn prices by 44 cents per bushel for crop produced in 2018. This amounts to $6.3 billion in lost value on the 81.8 million acres projected to be harvested in 2018. USDA’s plan sets the payment rate for corn at just one cent per bushel.

Trump Terminating Current NAFTA

The U.S. and Mexico have agreed to a new North American Free Trade Agreement framework, prompting President Trump to announce his intent to terminate the current agreement. That means Trump is seeking to replace NAFTA with an agreement that for now does not include Canada. The expected agreement between the U.S. paves the way for the U.S. to shift its negotiating efforts towards getting Canada to agree to the deal. Although, Trump said he preferred to rename the trade pact to the “United States-Mexico trade agreement.” There are still issues to work out with Canada, but administration officials a hopeful the issues can be resolved quickly. Trump Monday told reports Canada could have a separate deal or be included in the U.S.-Mexico deal. However, authority over his moves resides with Congress. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer indicated he would send a notification letter to Congress later this week to withdraw from the current NAFTA and sign a new agreement with Mexico.

Farm Groups Respond to NAFTA Announcement

Farm country overall shows reserved optimism regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement announcement Monday. The announcement marks a step forward, as Mexico and the U.S. have a basic agreement in place. However, with Canada yet to be included, many questions remain. Farmers for Free Trade director Brian Kuehl says there is “significant work that remains” in delivering on trade priorities for agriculture.” The organization maintains that farmers will ultimately be judging any new NAFTA deal by two crucial measures: will it provide any new market access for American ag exports and will it do anything that erodes the gains the original NAFTA provided. Kuehl says U.S. farmers are looking for certainty and a “de-escalating” of the trade war that is putting U.S. agriculture “in the crosshairs.”  Meanwhile, the U.S. Grains Council noted the importance of Mexico to U.S. farmers in a statement by CEO Tom Sleight. Mexico is a top export market for U.S. corn and other products. However, Sleight says Canada is the second largest ethanol market and a top ten corn market for the United States. While hopeful Canada will soon re-engage in the talks, Sleight says “we continue to oppose withdrawal from the existing NAFTA under any circumstances except the adoption of a new, beneficial and trilateral pact.”

China Grain Imports Plunge Amidst Tariffs

Imports of grain to China plunged in July after rounds of heavy tariffs between the U.S. and China were enacted. Data reviewed by Reuters shows China imported 220,000 metric tons of sorghum in July, down 62.5 percent from 588,300 metric tons a year ago. The imports were also below June’s 450,000 metric tons, when buyers scooped up U.S. shipments of sorghum. The customs figures do not give a country by country breakdown, but China imports almost all its sorghum from the United States. In July, China imported 330,000 metric tons of corn, down 63 percent from last year, and wheat imports declined 43 percent from a year earlier. Customs data from China shows that the nation imports one-third of its corn and wheat from the United States. Market experts from China blame the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China as the likely culprit for lower imports of grains. The trade war has targeted agricultural products from the U.S., including staple imports of pork and soybeans. Meanwhile, China has begun importing pork from Chili and the European Union.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service



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