08-08-18 PlainsGold Releases Six New Wheat Varieties

PlainsGold Releases Six New Wheat Varieties

August 8, 2018 –PlainsGold is excited to announce the release of six new wheat varieties as Foundation seed for planting this fall by PlainsGold Participating Seed Growers. These varieties were developed under the direction of Dr. Scott Haley in the Wheat Breeding and Genetics Program at Colorado State University. Ownership has been transferred to Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, and the varieties will be marketed under the PlainsGold brand. More information will follow at PlainsGold.com, and can also be found in the Making Better Decisions book published by CSU Crops Testing.

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08-08-18 CO House Republicans: Terri Carver’s youth suicide prevention grant goes into effect

Terri Carver’s youth suicide prevention grant goes into effect

Rep. Terri Carver – Colorado Springs (HD 20)

DENVER—Today, legislation that makes over $800,000 available to schools for comprehensive crisis and suicide prevention training goes into effect. Senate Bill 18-272, sponsored by Representatives Terri Carver (R-Colorado Springs) and Barbara McLachlan (D-Durango), and Senators Nancy Todd (D-Aurora) and Beth Martinez-Humenik (R-Thornton), creates the Crisis and Suicide Prevention Training Grant Program to help fund prevention training in schools; with priority given to schools that have previously not received such training. Additionally, the legislation codifies the existing Office of Suicide Prevention into law.

 “Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation and we must act now to address this emergency,” said Carver. “Teachers and school administrators often see a different side of youth than friends or parents, and with greater training and awareness, may be able to help troubled students get adequate mental health treatment before suicide takes more young lives in Colorado.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 8th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 8th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Producer Sentiment Plummets in July

Concerns over agricultural trade weighed heavily on producers’ current and future expectations of the agricultural economy. As a result, the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer tumbled in July, dropping 26 points to a reading of 117. To paint a further bleak picture, the Index of Current Conditions fell from 138 in June down to 99, while the Index of Future Conditions fell from 146 in June to 126 in July. This month’s decline is the largest drop in the three-year history of the producer survey. Producers were much more negative in their economic forecasts over the next 12 months. When asked if they expect good economic times or bad in the next 12 months, 61 percent producers forecast bad economic times ahead. That’s a 15 point jump up from the June reading. Just 19 percent of producers expect good economic times in the next 12 months, down seven points from June. The percentage of producers saying it’s not a good time for large farm investments rose to 73 percent in July, up 13 points over the previous month. Producers were also decidedly negative when it comes to the future trading ranges of both corn and soybean prices.


Beef Exports “Tremendous” in First Half of 2018

Strong June results capped a tremendous first half of 2018 for U.S. beef exports. That’s according to USDA data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. June pork exports were lower than a year ago for the second straight month, but first-half volume and value remained ahead of last year’s pace. Beef muscle cut exports set a new volume record in June, coming in at 90,745 metric tons, 15 percent higher than in 2017. By adding in variety meat, total beef export volume was more than 115,000 metric tons. That’s six percent higher than 2017 and valued at $718 million dollars. International customers bought a larger share of beef production, even at higher prices, which indicates strong demand. After setting a new record in April, pork export volume has trended lower the past two months, mainly due to a drop in exports to the China/Hong Kong region. June pork exports totaled 191,303 metric tons, 4.5 percent lower than last year. The USMEF says pork exports face a challenging environment in China and Hong Kong. It’s not just because of retaliatory tariffs, but also because China is increasing domestic production.


U.S. Poultry Gets New Market Access in Morocco

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. meat and poultry for the first time. Lighthizer says opening new markets is a continuing priority for the Trump Administration. “This new access to the Moroccan market is an important step in ensuring that American farmers can continue to expand their exports,” says Lighthizer. Perdue says expanding exports is a top priority for USDA. “I’m convinced that when the Moroccan people get a taste of American poultry, they’re going to want more of it,” Perdue says. “We hope there are other things we can cooperate on as USDA continues to expand market access around the globe.” The U.S. is the world’s second-largest poultry exporter, with global sales of poultry meat and products at $4.3 billion in 2017. Initial estimates show that Morocco will be a $10 million market, but there will be room for additional growth.


Soybean Analyst Says China May Have to Buy More U.S. Soybeans

In spite of an ongoing trade war between the world’s two largest economies, China may actually have to start buying U.S. soybeans in the near future. A Reuters report says oil seed analysis organization Oil World, based in Germany, says South American countries can’t supply all the soybeans that China needs. China is the world’s largest soybean buyer and has been buying South American supplies to make up for the shortfall caused by the trade war with America. However, South American supplies that are actually available for export are down. The latest newsletter from Oil World says China will have to buy more U.S. soybeans. “The South American supply shortage will make it necessary for China, in our opinion, to import 15 million tons of U.S. soybeans in October 2018/March 2019, even if the trade war isn’t resolved,” Oil World says in its newsletter. Oil World also says those Chinese purchases of U.S. soybeans could start again in the “coming weeks.” Otherwise, without buying from America, domestic supplies of soybeans will get very tight in China.  


Farm Bureau Denounces North Carolina Gag Order Against Farmers

A judge’s order forbids farmers and their neighbors from discussing the recent run of abusive and predatory lawsuits against pork farmers in North Carolina. Lawyers for the American Farm Bureau Federation and the North Carolina Farm Bureau filed a brief asking for the order to be overturned. Although their law-abiding farms have been labeled a “nuisance” by trial lawyers seeking multi-million-dollar verdicts from urban juries, the farmers and their neighbors can’t talk about it. They can’t talk about the conditions and practices on their farms and the devastating effects of the lawsuits on their rural communities. Trial lawyers actively solicited hundreds of plaintiffs to assert nuisance allegations in dozens of lawsuits against Murphy Brown, LLC. While the company is the only named defendant, most of the farms are independently owned family farms, which stand to lose their production contracts and their livelihoods as a result of the litigation. The brief denounced the chilling effect the gag order will have on the American Farm Bureau, as well as the North Carolina Farm Bureau, for years to come if the order is not lifted.


Deadline to Sign up for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Approaching

Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce is reminding producers that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program is Friday, August 17th. “Any agricultural producer with eligible land should look into the benefits of this program,” Fordyce says. “It removes marginal, erodible land from production, thereby improving water quality, increases wildlife habitat, and provides more opportunities for recreational activities like fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing.” For this year’s signup, limited priority practices are available for continuous enrollment. They include grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration, and others. FSA will use updated soil rental rates to make their annual payments, reflecting current values. It will not offer incentive payments as part of the new signup. USDA will not open general signup this year. However, a one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants with expiring contracts of 14 years or less.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service