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

CLICK HERE to watch strarting on August 23 thru August 28th!

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…

Here’s a quick preview of the Junior Shows:

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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