08-14-18 Inside The BARN with Singer, Songwriter & Survivor Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan…

Inside The BARN with Singer, Songwriter & Survivor Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan…

Briggsdale, CO – August 14, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio at this time is a very special guest who has been referred to by the Western Horseman Magazine as, “Buckaroo’s Taylor Swift” and her song “The Will James Days” from her 1st CD “Highway 80”, was chosen by them as one of the 13 Best Western Songs of All-Time; not too mention the title cut from her second CD, “Boots and Pearls” has also spawned a nationwide tide of themes at weddings for several years too. She also appeared as the Jan/Feb covergirl of “Cowgirl” Magazine too.

My guest is the talented singer, songwriter & survivor, Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan…

  • Brannan’s Worldwide Background
  • Talks about being a survivor of domestic abuse & HELP for those that may be in similar situations/circumstances (Colorado Crisis Services)
  • Brannan’s Love for Horses
  • Brannan’s Career as a Songwriter & Singer
  • 4th NEW CD is expected for release this Oct/Nov
  • Find out who her Inspirations are in music & in life
  • Her favorite single and album so far in her career
  • Upcoming Concerts and her 2019 Tour
  • Learn more about Brannan’s presence on the World Wide Web (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Blog and more) Adrian…and how she does all of that from her remote ranch in Nevada while “living off the grid”
  • Learn more about her Weekly “Dear Cowgirl” Writings
  • Upcoming LIVE Concert on September 14th @ 7pm in Brush, CO at the 50th / 5th Anniversary Celebration at Livestock Exchange, LLC
  • Final thoughts & more

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REMINDER: Get YOUR tickets to see Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan LIVE in Concert at the 50th / 5th Anniversary Celebration at Livestock Exchange, LLC in Brush, CO… tickets are $15/each…better hurry…tickets are going FAST by calling 970-842-5115!

To learn more about Adrian “Buckaroogirl” Brannan, please take time and visit her website online @ https://www.buckaroogirl.com/

09-14-18 CBB News: Operating Committee Approves FY19 Plan of Work

CBB News: Operating Committee Approves FY19 Plan of Work

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board will invest about $40.5 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications during fiscal 2019, subject to USDA approval.

In action at the end of its September 11-12 meeting in Denver, the Operating Committee approved checkoff funding for a total of 14 “Authorization Requests” – or proposals – brought by seven contractors for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018. The committee, which includes 10 producers from the Beef Board and 10 producers from the Federation of State Beef Councils, also recommended full Beef Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the split of funding between budget categories affected by their decisions.

The seven contractors had brought a total of $45 million worth of funding requests to the Operating Committee this week, almost $5 million more than what was available from the CBB budget.

“The members of the Operating Committee listened with open minds as contractors presented their requests for funding. The committee engaged in respectful debate as they went through the funding for each request, mindful of program committee comments from summer convention,” said Beef Board Chariman Joan Ruskamp, a feedlot owner from Nebraska.

“Trimming nearly 4.8 million dollars to meet the budget of $40,521,900 was not an easy task, yet the committee remained focused on program funding that would best strengthen demand for beef..

In the end, the Operating Committee approved proposals from seven national beef organizations for funding through the FY 19 Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board budget, as follows: Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 14th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 14th

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Farm Bill Passage On-time Uncertain

Time to finish the farm bill before the September 30th deadline is running out. House and Senate ag leaders are working to quickly iron out differences between the two versions of the bill, but many believed the conference committee needed to wrap up this week to get a bill on-time. The Senate adjourned Wednesday night until Monday, and the House is scheduled to be out for recess all of next week. Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts told Politico talks could continue next week if Mike Conaway and Collin Peterson of the House Agriculture Committee return to Washington. Roberts says: “next week might be the final time that we have to reach some kind of agreement,” but added “the world doesn’t end” if no agreement is made next week. The biggest difference is the House version’s inclusion of work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The work requirements are facing steep opposition from the other three committee leaders, Roberts, and top Senate ag Democrat Debbie Stabenow, along with Peterson of the House. President Trump attacked Stabenow via Twitter, saying her and other Democrats are “Against approving the farm bill.” However, Stabenow and Roberts have said work requirements will not pass the Senate.

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USDA Details Trade Damage Estimate Calculations

The Department of Agriculture Thursday released details of the trade aid package calculations for payments, a method previously unknown and questioned by some ag sectors. As the Trump Administration talked with lawmakers on the trade package, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a “detailed accounting” of how USDA calculated estimated damage from trade disruptions.  Perdue says the Chief Economist office of USDA developed an estimate of gross trade damages for commodities with assessed retaliatory tariffs by Canada, China, the European Union, Mexico, and Turkey to set commodity payment rates and purchase levels in the trade mitigation package announced by USDA earlier this month. Perdue says USDA used the same approach often used in World Trade Organization trade dispute cases. The full description of the Trade Damage Estimation for the Market Facilitation Program and Food Purchase and Distribution Program is available on the website of USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist.

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Trump Administration Seeking China Trade Talks

The Trump administration proposes a new round of trade talks between the U.S. and China to stop an additional round of tariffs on Chinese exports. The Wall Street Journal reports the invitation comes as the Trump administration senses new vulnerability—and possibly more flexibility—among Chinese officials pressured by U.S. tariffs imposed earlier this year and threats for more. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made the invite,  but officials in China are growing concerned with the unpredictable decision-making process by the Trump administration and some speculate that China may be hesitant to accept any meeting invite. The move could be seen as a breakthrough, however, as Trump is talking up a sharp drop in the Chinese stock market and its fragile economy, compared to U.S. economic indicators. Any movement towards reducing or removing the retaliatory tariffs China has placed on U.S. agriculture is considered positive, as China is looking elsewhere to fulfill import needs.

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China Cuts Soybean Import Forecast

China this week lowered its forecast for the 2018-2019 import season for soybeans due to the trade conflict between the U.S. and China. Farmers are reducing their use of soybeans in animal feed in China as China has placed massive tariffs on U.S. soybeans. Imports of soybeans in the crop year that starts on October first will be 83.65 million metric tons, down 10.2 million from last month’s estimate of 93.85 million, according to China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Overall, the forecast is lower than the 93.9 million metric tons imported during the 2017-2018 crop year. China also claims the lower forecast is due to the promotion of lower-protein feed for livestock and poultry, and falling profits at pig farms reducing demand for soybean meal. China also raised its corn demand outlook on rising feed consumption and an expected increased ethanol production. Reuters reports that the outlook illustrates how China’s vast pig farming sector is rapidly adjusting to a possible prolonged trade dispute with Washington. In July, China imposed an additional 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans.

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USDA Prepares for Hurricane Response

As a slightly downgraded, but highly dangerous Hurricane Florence targets the Carolinas, the Department of Agriculture stands ready to help once the storm passes. USDA Thursday said staff in the regional, state and county offices in the impacted areas are ready and eager to help the rural and agricultural community. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says it’s “our job,” adding USDA is “ready to assist when natural disasters strike.” USDA has important roles in both response to hurricanes and recovery efforts. USDA is also staffing the Regional Response Coordination Center in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region four, which covers eight states including North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. USDA is providing 24-hour staffing to the FEMA National Response Coordination Center, and has personnel supporting the North Carolina and South Carolina State Emergency Operations Centers. A complete overview of USDA assistance is available on the new website, Farmers.gov.

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Global Hunger Continues to Increase

New evidence continues to signal that hunger is rising globally. A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates the number of hungry people in the world is growing, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 report released this week says limited progress is also being made in addressing the multiple forms of malnutrition, ranging from child stunting to adult obesity, putting the health of hundreds of millions of people at risk. Data shows that global hunger has been on the rise over the past three years, returning to levels from a decade ago. The reversal in progress, according to the report, “sends a clear warning that more must be done and urgently if the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger is to be achieved by 2030.” The annual UN report found that climate variability affecting rainfall patterns and agricultural seasons, and climate extremes such as droughts and floods, are among the key drivers behind the rise in hunger, together with conflict and economic slowdowns.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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