10-03-18 CDA State Veterinarian Dr Keith Roehr, DVM: the latest on CO’s EIA Investigation…

CDA State Veterinarian Dr Keith Roehr, DVM: the latest on CO’s EIA Investigation…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 3, 2018 – Back on September 28th the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s, State Veterinarian’s Office, was notified that a second Colorado horse has tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). While both horses reside in Weld County, the two cases are unrelated. Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss where the investigation stands this far is Dr. Keith Roehr, State Veterinarian with the CO Department of Agriculture


CDA’S PRESS RELEASE: “Second EIA-Positive Horse Identified In Colorado”

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10-03-18 Building for the Future: Q&A with Colorado Livestock Association President Mike Veeman

Building for the Future: Q&A with Colorado Livestock Association President Mike Veeman

Greeley, CO – Mike Veeman is a fifth-generation dairyman who, as President, brings the knowledge and experience of a lifetime of animal husbandry to Colorado Livestock Association. Mike began his career in California on his family’s dairy farm, which was relocated to Colorado in the early 1980’s. Alongside his father Andy and his brother Derek, Mike has worked to expand the family’s partnership. Veeman & Sons Dairy is located in Wiggins, Colorado. The family also maintains a ranch outside of Sterling, which is home to both farming and heifer operations.

Beyond his title of “dairyman”, Mike is also a passionate family man. He shares his life with Cindy, his wife of 36 years. They have three children including two married daughters and a son who has returned to the farm to carry the family’s business into the sixth generation. Mike is also a proud Papa to five grandchildren. Mike will serve as President for two years until the CLA Annual Membership Meeting in April of 2020 at which time he will become the Immediate Past President.

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Oct. 3, 2018 – United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) concluded data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture with a 71.5 percent national response rate. Colorado’s response rate was 72.35 percent or almost 1 percent above the national average.

The Census,conducted once every five years, was mailed to more than 3 million known and potential farms and ranches across the United States late last year. Over 58,000 of the questionnaires were mailed to Colorado producers. Data collection ended this July. Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories will receive their Census of Agriculture questionnaires in January 2019.

NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer

“We thank each and every producer who took the time to respond to the Census,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “The Census of Agriculture is an important part of U.S. history that remains as relevant today as it was in 1840 when it was first conducted. The Census gives voice and opportunity to all farmers and ranchers in America to tell the changing story of agriculture over the years and identify emerging trends and needs.”

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10-03-18 SAVE THE DATE: CFVGA 5th Annual Conference Set for Feb. 25-26, 2019


CFVGA 5th Annual Conference Set for Feb. 25-26, 2019
“Deep Dive” Addition, Produce Innovation Technology Pitch to Return
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) will hold its fifth annual conference Feb. 25-26, 2019, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, again with the two-day format and Produce Innovation Technology Pitch introduced in 2018.
Added to the line-up for 2019 are deep dives, which are educational sessions formatted for day one of the conference to allow participants to choose a topic and spend more than an hour learning about it. Planned deep dive topics include food safety, succession planning and scaling up for beginning and small farmers.
In addition to plenary sessions, deep dives and the ever-popular grower-buyer networking session, day one of the conference will include CFVGA’s annual meeting. Day two will feature the CFVGA awards luncheon, which culminates in presentation of the 2018 CFVGA Member of the Year Award. In addition, day two includes the tech pitch, a highly-popular and energetic event introduced last year. The conference will again include a trade show over the entire two-day conference, with 40 or more exhibitors expected to participate.
“We want to encourage any grower, allied industry or other entities and individuals involved in the Colorado produce industry to attend CFVGA’s fifth annual conference,” said CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo. “This is the best way to learn what is new in the industry, connect with potential business partners and network with fellow produce industry folks. Besides, we try to have a lot of fun!”

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10-03-18 Join the AFBF for their Centennial Convention in NOLA this January

Join the AFBF for their Centennial Convention in NOLA this January

Registration for AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show opened this week, and we’re excited for the celebration in New Orleans. Like most Farm Bureau meetings, there will be lots of good fellowship and good food as we kick off the centennial year of your American Farm Bureau.

The 100th Annual Convention gives us a great opportunity not only to look back on the rich history of the American Farm Bureau Federation but also to look forward to what lies ahead in the next 100 years. With this year’s theme, “Breakthrough,” we will explore how farmers and ranchers can continue to lead the way in making agriculture a driving force in shaping policy and boosting our economy. I am so proud of the dedication and innovation you bring to your farms and the greater ag community each day, and I know that together we will keep leading the world in sustainably growing and raising the highest quality food, fuel and fiber. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 3rd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 3rd

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Ag Economy Index Sharply Lower on Farm Income Concerns

Concerns over weak farm income forced a sharp decline in the monthly Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index dropped to a reading of 114, 15 points below its August reading of 129 and its lowest reading since October 2016. Organizers say the barometer, a sentiment index based upon a nationwide monthly survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers, has been unusually volatile in recent months. The volatility reflects uncertainty in farm country with trade issues, the expectation of bumper crops and low prices. Producers indicated that financial conditions on many farms deteriorated significantly as 2018 unfolded and farmers’ expectations for the future weakened as well. On the September survey, 54 percent of respondents said their farms’ financial condition was worse than a year earlier, and asked to look ahead, 33 percent of producers in September said they expect financial conditions on their farm to be worse a year from now.

USMCA Trade Deal Sets Stage for Addressing China Trade

With the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation effort complete, the Trump administration is expected to turn its trade attention to China and its neighbors. The U.S. and China are in the midst of a tit-for-tat trade war started by President Trump. The Wall Street Journal says the U.S. should “follow this template” from the NAFTA talks to engage with Asia-Pacific trading partners and revive the dream of building a new, rules-based trading bloc to counter China. That was previously the goal of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that President Trump removed the U.S. from upon taking office. The Wall Street Journal opinion piece suggests that the U.S. should follow suit in Asian trade markets as part of its goal of boxing out China. Trade talks are set to begin between the U.S. and Japan soon, marking a potential start on the region. The U.S. Grains Council has previously stated that Southeast Asia specifically represents a region of substantial potential growth for U.S. farmers.

Canada Dairy Industry: New NAFTA a Bad Outcome

Dairy farmers in Canada “paid the price” to conclude an international trade agreement, according to Dairy Farmers of Canada. The recently announced U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement includes allowing the U.S. expanded dairy market access. Canada’s dairy industry says the concessions show Canada is “willing to sacrifice our domestic dairy production when it comes time to make a deal.” The issue for Canada dairy farmers is deeper than the NAFTA renegotiation, however. The USMCA follows two previous trade agreements in which access to the Canadian dairy market was granted, CETA, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and the CPTPP that replaced the Trans-Pacific Partnership sacrificed the equivalent of a quarter of a billion dollars annually in dairy production to other countries. The USMCA, according to the Canada dairy association, not only gives more access to the Canadian dairy market, but it also “lets the Americans dictate” Canada’s dairy policies. The organization says the livelihood of the thousands of Canadians and the future generations of dairy producers is seriously at risk due to the agreement.

USMCA: No Pathway Forward for Beef Labeling

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association expressed disappoint a new trade deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada does not include a viable pathway forward for country-of-origin labeling on U.S. beef products. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement, or USMCA, will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. U.S. Cattlemen’s Association President Kenny Graner says the organization is “disappointed that the Administration turned its backs on U.S. cattle producers.” The organization says the administration missed an opportunity to reestablish a viable country-of-origin labeling program for U.S. beef products. In August, the association sent a letter to President Trump outlining how they believed a modernized NAFTA could reinstate COOL and “prevent U.S. agriculture jobs from being outsourced to other countries that can produce beef at a lower cost.” The association says in a statement that it will “continue to seek out avenues” for the return of COOL.

Scientists and Economists Unite Against USDA Move

More than 1,100 scientists and economists penned a letter opposing the Trump administration proposal to realign and relocate programs within the Department of Agriculture. The group is opposed to the USDA plan to move the Economic Research Service under the Office of the Chief Economist and to relocate most of the positions in ERS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of the Washington metropolitan area, according to the Hagstrom Report. In the letter, the coalition urged Congress to delay the reorganization until all stakeholders, including USDA employees, can provide proper input. The letter says the group is worried that moving the Economic Research Service from the Research, Education and Economics mission area will undermine the agency’s work to objectively collect and analyze data on issues ranging from agriculture and conservation to food and rural development and moving the agencies out of Washington would reduce their access to data from other agencies.

USDA NASS Announces Ag Census Release Date

USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service this week announced data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture is scheduled to be released starting on February 21, 2019, in conjunction with the 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum. More than 70 percent of farmers responded to the Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agriculture, down from the previous response rate of 74.5 percent. The Census, conducted once every five years, was mailed to more than three million known and potential farms and ranches across the United States late last year. A USDA official noted that the agency made it easier to fill out questionnaires this time around, but conceded “it is unrealistic to think that everyone will respond to any survey. Data collection ended this July. Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories will receive their Census of Agriculture questionnaires in January 2019.  All Census data products will be available on NASS’ recently merged NASS/Ag Census website at www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service