09-26-18 October is National Cooperatives Month: Interview with Doug O’Brien, NCBA-CLUSA President & CEO…

October is National Cooperatives Month

Interview with Doug O’Brien, NCBA-CLUSA President & CEO…

CLICK HERE to learn more about Doug O’Brien, President and CEO of NCBA CLUSA International

BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 26, 2018 – Did you know that October is National Co-op Month and did you also know that there are 286 cooperatives in Colorado that have created 9,700 jobs across the state? Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss cooperatives in much more detail is Doug O’Brien, President and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International discussing not only October being National Cooperatives Month but also other topics like:

  • O’Brien’s Background
  • NCBA CLUSA International History
  • Cooperatives & their Role in the US Economy
  • 2018 Farm Bill
  • POTUS signing legislation recently important for Cooperatives
  • & More

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 26th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 26th

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Roberts: Farm Bill Not Expected by Deadline

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts conceded this week a farm bill by the September 30th deadline is not likely. Overseeing the conference committee between the House and Senate, Roberts says it will be tough to see action completed on the farm bill before the November elections. He told Politico, though, he doesn’t want to consider extending the current farm bill because “it gives people the chance to weigh in again and delay” the negotiations, making an agreement a bigger challenge. The biggest challenge for the conference committee remains in the nutrition title of the farm bill, according to Roberts. The House version includes work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that is not welcome in the Senate and would prevent a farm bill from passing the chamber. Roberts says if the committee could get beyond the SNAP issue, “I think we could get ourselves a farm bill.”

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Updated KORUS Protects Current Market Share

The new KORUS agreement offers a sigh of relief for U.S. beef and pork. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says the market access terms secured in the original KORUS not only helped increase U.S. red meat’s market share in South Korea, but also bolstered consumption by making U.S. beef and pork products more affordable and accessible to Korean consumers. Those terms are maintained in the new agreement, as a USDA official noted “nothing has changed” for agriculture. U.S. red meat exports to Korea set a record last year of $1.7 billion, up 19 percent year-over-year and up 69 percent from 2012, when KORUS entered into force. The trend continues this year with both U.S. beef and pork export value increasing more than 50 percent compared to a year ago. The United States is the largest supplier of beef to Korea and trails only the European Union as the second-largest pork supplier. Korea is now the second-largest value market for U.S. beef and fourth-largest for U.S. pork.

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China Takes Trade War to Iowa

China took aim at Iowa over the weekend in its trade war with the United States, taking out a four-page advertisement in the Des Moines Register. China Daily, an English-based government publication, paid for the advertisement, highlighting the impact the trade war is and will continue to have on Iowa soybean farmers. The content of the advertisement included an article outlining how the trade dispute is forcing Chinese importers to turn to South America instead of the U.S. for soybeans. The advertising targets a state critical to Trump and Republicans at a time the trade war between the world’s two largest economies is intensifying, as Bloomberg points out The U.S. has imposed tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports this week, on top of the $50 billion in goods already in place. China, meanwhile, called off planned talks with the U.S. that were aimed at finding a path forward for trade between the two nations.

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Perdue Defends USDA Reorganization Plan that Moves Offices Out of DC

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week defended every aspect of his proposal to move some Agriculture Department offices out of the Washington Area. USDA has plans to place the Economic Research Service under the Office of the Chief Economist and to move most National Institute for Food and Agriculture employees out of Washington. In a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee leadership, Perdue said he hopes to announce the location to which most ERS and NIFA employees would be moved by January, and to open operations in their new locations by summer. Perdue sent the letter as opposition to the plan started to intensify, according to the Hagstrom Report. This week, the American Statistical Association published links to sign-on letters to Congress opposing the changes to ERS. In his letter, Perdue acknowledged that both ERS and NIFA interact with Congress and other Washington officials, and said: “We are committed to retaining the necessary staff from each agency in the D.C. area to continue to fulfill these important roles.”

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USDA Welcomes Rehearing on Chlorpyrifos

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue praised a Department of Justice decision to request a rehearing of a pesticide case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The DOJ has asked for a rehearing in a case in which the court directed the Environmental Protection Agency to ban chlorpyrifos (clo-PEER-uh-foss), a common and useful pesticide, within 60 days. In his statement, Perdue said USDA disagreed with the ruling, adding: “The decision appears to be based on a misunderstanding of both the available scientific information and EPA’s pesticide regulatory system.” The Department of Agriculture says Chlorpyrifos is used on well over 50 crops grown throughout the United States due to its effectiveness and broad-spectrum activity across multiple pests. For some crops and target pests, USDA says chlorpyrifos is the only line of defense, with no viable alternatives.

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NCBA Contest Seeks Cowboy Poets

A talent in poetry will win one cattleman or woman a trip to the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans next February. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is seeking applicants to its cowboy poetry contest. Five finalists will be selected by NCBA on October 26th, with public voting on submitted videos held November 6th through December 4th, 2018. The top three will be announced December 5th, 2018. The winner will have the chance to perform their work live on stage at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention in New Orleans February 1, 2019. The contestant must upload a video performing the poetry work that is five minutes or less, along with the poem in document form, to be considered. For more information and to enter, go to www.ncba.org, then click on conventions and events/Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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