09-07-18 CDA: Investigation into EIA-Positive Horse In Colorado Continues

CDA: Investigation into EIA-Positive Horse In Colorado Continues

The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office is continuing their investigation into a Weld County horse that tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in late August.  With the help of records from CDA’s Brands Division and Rocky Mountain Regional Animal Health Laboratory, the State Veterinarian’s Office has determined that approximately 240 horses have been on the quarantined premises during the same time as the index positive animal.  Approximately 100 of these horses were sent to 20 other states across the country and steps are being taken to locate, quarantine, and re-test those horses. At this time, no other horses have tested positive for EIA.

“We are working to locate approximately 140 horses that went to different premises across Colorado.  We are asking horse owners to contact us if they purchased horses in Weld County between July 18 to August 20, 2018,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “We will work with owners to see if their horses came from the quarantined property.  This is an important step in the disease investigation.”

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09-07-18 CLA: Secure Beef Supply Plan – What Producers Need to Know

Secure Beef Supply Plan – What Producers Need to Know

Christy J. Hanthorn, DVM, MS and Danelle Bickett-Weddle, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM

Swine producers are closely watching the growing African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak. Did you know there is a threat just as devastating that can impact cattle? That threat is foot and mouth disease (FMD).

The USDA values preparedness and funded the Secure Beef Supply (SBS) Plan (www.securebeef.org) to help producers prepare to protect their cattle from FMD. Colorado Department of Agriculture has been actively involved in the SBS Plan and has resources for feedyards and cow-calf operations: Continue reading

09-07-18 University Analysis: EPA’s Refiner Waivers Could Cost Ethanol Industry $20 Billion in Losses

University Analysis: EPA’s Refiner Waivers Could Cost Ethanol Industry $20 Billion in Losses

WASHINGTON — A recent analysis by economists at the University of Missouri’s Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) shows that the U.S. ethanol industry could lose 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand and nearly $20 billion in sales revenue over the next six years if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues its current practice of exempting dozens of small refiners from their blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 7th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 7th

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Farm Bill Merging Process Underway

President Donald Trump has called on Congress to pass a farm bill with work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. However, there appears to be no clear path forward for the bill if the requirements are included. The bipartisan Senate version of the bill does not include the requirements, and Senators say a bill with the requirements will not pass the chamber. Meanwhile, many U.S. House members remain hopeful the requirements will remain in place. But, as private meetings are now underway to finalize the farm bill, a compromise is on the table, as presented by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway. Little details have been spelled out yet, but following the first public meeting of the conference committee, Conaway told Politico that  leaders of the committee had “difficult conversations” about the differences in the House and Senate versions of the bill. Lawmakers have just more than a week to finish a farm bill to get it signed by the President before the current legislation expires. However, Conaway says: “This system can move lightening quick if it wants to and glacier-like if it wants to.”

Canada, U.S. NAFTA Talks Appear to be Progressing

The North American Free Trade Agreement talks between the U.S. and Canada continue as farm leaders remain hopeful an agreement will be made soon. A small group of state Farm Bureau President’s met with the administration this week and walked away with a positive view that an agreement could quickly be made, along with the future of trade talks with Japan, the European Union and even China. President Donald Trump continues to pressure Canada into reaching an agreement “over the next day or two,” threatening that Canada would “be the loser from any failure” to reach an agreement during that time. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (True-doh) says NAFTA must include the chapter 19 dispute settlement to protect Canada from President Trump, calling the U.S. leader a rulebreaker. Negotiators seemed upbeat recently, according to Reuters. However, neither said has named areas of disagreement and neither detailed the progress that had been made.

Roberts, Stabenow Announce Ag Trade Hearing

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a trade hearing next week, titled “Perspectives on U.S. Agricultural Trade.” Among those attending the hearing is Dr. Robert Johansson, the Chief Economist at the Department of Agriculture and mastermind behind the USDA trade mitigation package formulas. The hearing could serve as a chance for Congress to better understand how Johansson figured the payment values for corn and soybean crops, and others, as part of the trade mitigation package producers may now apply to receive payment. The payments to farmers 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. Corn producers have criticized the payments for favoring soybeans. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning. Also attending are Gregg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator and Ted McKinney USDA undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.

August Rural Mainstreet Index Rises, Ag Worries Remain

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index climbed above growth neutral in August for a seventh straight month. The monthly survey of bank CEO’s in ten Midwestern states climbed to 54.8 from 53.8 in July. The index ranges between 0 and 100 with 50.0 representing growth neutral. Organizer Ernie Goss says recent surveys show the Rural Mainstreet economy is expanding outside of agriculture, but “the negative impacts of recent trade skirmishes have begun to surface.” In reaction to weak farm commodity prices and income, almost one-third, 31 percent, of bank CEOs reported rejecting a higher percentage of farm loans. More than half, 54 percent, indicated raising collateral requirements, while 4.8 percent reported reducing the size of farm loans. Borrowing by farmers expanded for August, but at a slower pace than in July, as the loan-volume index declined to 72.2 from 76.9 in July. The confidence index, which reflects expectations for the economy six months out, rose to a weak 46.5 from July’s 42.7, indicating a pessimistic economic outlook among bankers.

Tariffs Impacting Ag Equipment Manufactures, Dealers

A survey by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers finds steel and aluminum tariffs are harming the industry. The survey, primarily focused on the current new equipment inventory levels, shows both dealers and manufacturers are aware of the potential effect of steel and aluminum tariffs on the industry. The survey found that overall, new inventory numbers are favorable, when traditionally dealers and manufacturers tend to disagree. However, as a sidebar in the survey, an AEM spokesperson says “tariffs have already begun to impact” some dealers. AEM notes that dealers have been forced to place advanced orders to avoid tariffs, and others have been told by customers that they will “delay or cancel purchase decisions due to higher prices.” The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 1.3 million jobs and contributes roughly $159 billion to the economy every year.

ASA Focusing on Monarch habitat

While trade issues remain a top priority for the soy industry, the American Soybean Association is taking a moment this fall to highlight the importance of monarch habitat in its overall conservation efforts, which include soil and water quality, and pollinator preservation. This week ,ASA launched a month-long effort on social media to showcase the importance of monarch habitat. Three randomly-selected participants who post their unique monarch or monarch habitat pics on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #Beans4Monarchs during the contest period will be selected to each win one $100 gift card, to be awarded in October. ASA says that monarch habitat promotes biodiversity and sustainability near farmlands, including attracting pollinators, improving soil health and water quality, housing natural enemies of crop pests, and increasing wildlife diversity. Yet, the monarch population has been alarmingly on the decline since the 1990s. The goal of ASA’s #Beans4Monarchs program is to help turn around those declining numbers and promote fit farmlands through healthy monarch habitat.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service