09-04-18 Pork Industry Focuses on Feed Ingredients to Combat African Swine Fever Threat

Pork Industry Focuses on Feed Ingredients to Combat African Swine Fever Threat

Producers urged to ask questions of feed suppliers

DES MOINES, IA – September 4, 2018 – With the expansion of the current outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in China, the National Pork Board, along with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are working even more closely together to help keep the United States free of ASF and all other foreign animal diseases (FADs). This includes focusing on the importation of feed ingredients, a key area of potential high risk of disease transport.

“Keeping trade-limiting foreign animal diseases, such as ASF, out of the United States is critical to pork producers,” said Steve Rommereim, National Pork Board president and a producer from Alcester, South Dakota. “We all need to improve the overall level of FAD preparedness. We hope for the best, but we must prepare for the worst.” Continue reading

09-04-18 Inside CEP with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning: September is “Better Breakfast Month”

NestFresh HeaderInside the BARN with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning: September is “Better Breakfast Month”

Brandy Gamoning

Briggsdale, CO – September 4, 2018 – September is “Better Breakfast Month” and joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio inside The BARN for more about that from the egg industry’s perspective is Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh, and a member of the Colorado Egg Producers

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09-04-18 CSFS: Funding Available for Projects Addressing Forest Health, Wildfire Risk

Funding Available for Projects Addressing Forest Health, Wildfire Risk

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – September 4, 2018 – A summer of destructive wildfires has served as an unfortunate reminder to Coloradans that many forested areas here remain unhealthy and fire-prone, and that the occurrence of fire in natural settings is inevitable. For those interested in taking action, but who have simply lacked the means, funding is available to help address these concerns. Continue reading

08-22-18 CSU’s Arkansas Valley Research Center Field Day and Extension Office Groundbreaking is on September 4th

Colorado State University’s Arkansas Valley Research Center to host Field Day and Extension Office Groundbreaking – Tuesday, September 4th

ROCKY FORD, CO – Colorado State University’s Arkansas Valley Research Center will hold its Biennial Agricultural Field Day along with the groundbreaking event for the new CSU Extension office. The program will be on Tuesday, September 4th at 3:30 p.m.
The Research Center was established in 1888 and is the oldest continuously operated
agricultural experiment station in Colorado. Situated on over 100 acres, the Research
Center was established to serve the research needs of the irrigated farming area of
southeast Colorado extending from Pueblo County on the west to the Kansas border on the east. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 4th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday,September 4th

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Trump Threatens to Add $200 Billion in More Tariffs

Bloomberg says President Trump wants to proceed with another $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports as soon as the public comment period wraps up next week. Six people familiar with the matter spoke anonymously with Bloomberg for the article. Companies and people have until September 6th to submit comments on duties that will cover everything from semiconductors to selfie sticks. Some sources say the president will implement the tariffs and others say there hasn’t been a final decision yet. It’s possible that the tariffs will either come in installments or several weeks after an official announcement. Bloomberg says the latest tariff threat is causing heated debate within the administration. U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer and trade adviser Peter Navarro are pushing for quick action. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Muh-NOO-chin) and economic adviser Larry Kudlow are asking for more time. If implemented, the $200 billion in additional tariffs would be the biggest number imposed to date and mark a major escalation in the trade war between the worlds’ two biggest economies.

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Lawsuit Filed Over Oil Refinery Waivers

Two of the biggest ethanol groups in America have sued both the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Secretary Rick Perry. The focus of the suit is dozens of hardship waivers granted to oil refineries that allowed them to not blend ethanol into the fuel supply. Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association filed the suit to get access to records that detail how the decisions to grant the waivers were made, exempting some refineries from the Renewable Fuels Standard. The ethanol industry says the waivers were granted in secret, without the knowledge of stakeholders, and left billions of gallons of ethanol out of the nation’s fuel supply. The ethanol industry, farm groups, and others are suing the EPA separately for issuing the waivers, which they say is illegal under the law. The lawsuit targets Rick Perry because the EPA must consult with the Energy Department to grant a refinery waiver under the RFS. “EPA should come clean and provide the public with what it deserves,” says Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “That’s a full accounting of the stark increase in the number of small refinery exemptions it has granted in recent years.”

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Ag Trade Surplus to Shrink

Agriculture is consistently one of the few areas of the American economy that sells more overseas than it buys. However, Farm Journal’s Ag Web Dot Com says that’s going to drop in the upcoming year. The surplus is set to shrink as shipments to China collapse because of the trade war with the U.S. A government forecast says the world’s biggest ag exporter will see a surplus of $18 billion in the fiscal year that starts October 1st. The USDA says that number is almost eight percent lower than in 2017. USDA forecasts $144.5 billion in exports and projects $126.5 billion in imports. China was the largest buyer of U.S. farm products last year. They’ll fall to third this year, behind Canada and Mexico. The forecast says China will fall to fifth in fiscal year 2019, behind the European Union and Japan. Shipments to China are expected to drop by 37 percent to $12 billion in the next fiscal year. Other trading partners are expected to step up their purchases, which should lead to exports increasing by $500 million, coming in at $144.5 billion.

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China Suspends Hog Transportation Due to Swine Fever

China has suspended transportation of live hogs from provinces infected with African Swine Fever. Reuters says the Chinese Ag Minister will also shut down all live hog markets in the infected provinces. Pork is a staple meat in China, which has reported five cases of swine fever in five different provinces over the past month. The outbreak is prompting Chinese authorities to cull hogs at farms in an effort to contain the outbreak. The Chinese ag ministry released a statement on its website that said the prevention and containment of African Swine Fever are proving to be complicated and serious. The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister is asking local authorities in the different provinces to do everything they can to ensure safe production at animal farms in their provinces and secure the country’s meat supplies. U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue wonders if China hasn’t been forthcoming in sharing the seriousness of the outbreak. “We think it’s probably been underreported in China because of the way they’re able to control their media there,” Perdue says. The most recent outbreak affected 185 pigs on a farm in an eastern Chinese province.

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USDA Provides Help for Rural People Recovering From Opioid Misuse

Anne Hazlett, the USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, announced that the agency has formalized an agreement to aid rural Americans in fighting the opioid epidemic. A nonprofit organization will purchase homes from the Department and convert them to transitional housing for people recovering from opioid misuse. “From the quality of life to workforce and economic opportunity, the opioid crisis is impacting rural prosperity in communities across our country,” Hazlett says. “Under the leadership of President Trump, we are committed at USDA to building innovative partnerships and driving greater collaboration of rural partners to address the crisis at the local level.” Isaiah House is the nonprofit that provides residential and outpatient treatment services. Misuse of prescription opioids is a major public health challenge facing rural communities across America. The Centers for Disease Control reported in October 2017 that death rates from drug overdoses in rural areas have now surpassed drug overdose rates in urban areas. For rural communities that are struggling to attract new businesses, or even maintaining existing ones, opioid abuse can have an enormous impact on the quality of life and economic prosperity.

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State Officials Talk Dicamba in 2019

State pesticide regulators sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency with recommendations on re-registering three dicamba products for 2019. A DTN report says the American Association of Pesticide Control Officials want the EPA to set an early-season cutoff date, but only if states are permitted to use Special Local Needs labels to adjust those dates. These recommendations will carry special weight with the EPA. These officials are “boots on the ground” as the people that carry out enforcing herbicide labels. Dicamba complaints have overwhelmed them for the last two years. Tony Cofer is President of the American Association of Pesticide Control Officials. He said they understand why these products are needed in some states to help control herbicide-resistant weeds. Many states have reported problems with off-target dicamba movement. He says most of the states tend to be in the mid-South or Eastern Corn Belt. For example, Indiana has seen a 300 percent rise in dicamba complaints since the product was first registered there.  

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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