10-04-18 Colorado 4-H Team Competes at National Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo!

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Colorado 4-H Team Competes at National Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo!

The Colorado 4-H Dairy Judging team recently completed competition at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin. The contest was held on October 1 in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo.

Team members were Awna Hirsch, Eaton, Megan Podtburg, Greeley, and Kyndall & Morgynne Tucker, Fort Collins. Coaching the team were Keith Maxey, Greeley, and Debbie Carpio, Kersey. A total of 91 individuals, from 24 teams across the U.S. and Canada participated in the contest. Continue reading

10-04-18 34th Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show Returns to Panhandle Nov. 27-29

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34th Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show Returns to Panhandle Nov. 27-29

WASHINGTON, October 4, 2018 – IDEAg Group LLC announces that the 34th annual Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show will take place Nov. 27-29 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas. The event will feature more than 500 companies showcasing the latest innovations – more than 900 products – available to farmers and ranchers in the panhandle region. Continue reading

10-04-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown

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Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with CO Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 4, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

Listen to the interview with CO Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown below…

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10-04-18 USDA Launches Interactive Data Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis

USDA Launches Interactive Data Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis

New Community Assessment Tool Empowers Rural Leaders to Make Data-Driven Decisions to Build Resilient Communities

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched an interactive data tool to help community leaders build grassroots strategies to address the opioid epidemic.

“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural America in addressing this monumental challenge,” Hazlett said. “Local leaders in small towns across our country need access to user-friendly and relevant data to help them build grassroots solutions for prevention, treatment and recovery.”

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10-04-18 NWSS Premium Books Online

NWSS Premium Books Online

We’re embracing technology here at Stock Show and have placed both our horse and livestock premium books online.
All entry deadlines and information can be found on either the horse exhibitors or livestock exhibitors pages on our website.
Best of luck to all our competitors this year!

LIVESTOCK PREMIUM BOOK

HORSE PREMIUM BOOK

10-04-18 Illinois Farmer Named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

Illinois Farmer Named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year

Patrick Bane receives 2018 award from Pork Checkoff

HOUSTON – October 4, 2018 – Patrick Bane, a pig farmer from Arrowsmith, Illinois, has been named the 2018 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM by achieving the highest combined score from a third-party judging panel and online voting. The award recognizes a pig farmer who excels at raising pigs using the We CareSM ethical principles and who connects with today’s consumers about how pork is produced.

“We are pleased to have Patrick represent America’s pig farmers. He embodies the very best in pig farming,” said Steve Rommereim, National Pork Board president and a pig farmer from Alcester, South Dakota. “It’s important that we tell today’s consumers how we raise their food in an ethical and transparent way. Patrick’s interest in sharing his farm’s story, as well as putting a face on today’s pig farming, will help us reach this goal.”

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for October 4th

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Weekly Export Sales for October 4th

10-04-18 NFU: October is National Co-op Month!

NFU: October is National Co-op Month!

This month we celebrate co-ops! Since the founding of our organization 116 years ago, Farmers Union members have believed in and belonged to cooperatives all around the country.

This month, NFU celebrates co-ops, along with over 40,000 other cooperatives from across America. In a recent press release,  NFU President Roger Johnson hailed the nation’s many and varied cooperatives, highlighting the political and economic might that they have brought to family farmers, ranchers and rural America for more than a century.

Learn more about NFU’s current involvement in cooperative development.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 4th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 4th

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Congress Could Press for NAFTA Vote This Year

Republicans could push for a swift vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement if Congressional power swings to Democrats in the November elections. Some Republicans in the Senate are pushing to approve the new trade deal this year, if the party loses majority in the House. The USMCA will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, and if one of the chambers switches sides, some believe Democrats would vote against the agreement because it’s a “win” for President Donald Trump. Bloomberg reports not all Republicans are sure that a vote will happen this year, given that trade is such a volatile issue in the U.S. and that NAFTA has faced widespread criticism. However, Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch has said the Senate “ought to move on NAFTA as soon as we can.” The Committee is the top panel in the Senate responsible for trade. A vote this year would be part of a busy lame-duck session that would include budget bills and the farm bill.

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USMCA Deters China’s Efforts of FTA’s With Mexico, Canada

A clause in the upgraded and renamed North American Free Trade Agreement nearly forbids deals with “non-market” countries, such as China. The language deep in the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement marks another blow in the tit-for-tat trade war the U.S. is leveraging against China. Reuters points out that the clause, which has stirred controversy in Canada, fits in with U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to isolate China economically and prevent Chinese companies from using Canada or Mexico as a “back door” to ship products tariff-free to the United States. Specifically, the provision specifies that if one of the current North American Free Trade Agreement partners enters a free trade deal with a “non-market” country such as China, the others can quit in six months and form their own bilateral trade pact.

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USCMA: Turkey and Poultry Trade Changes with Canada

In another win for U.S. agriculture, the upgraded North American Free Trade Agreement includes expanded access to the Canadian market for U.S. chicken and turkey products. Dairy stole the show in the negotiations, but the U.S. will also gain the market share in turkey in poultry if all three countries approve the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Meat industry publication Meatingplace points out that for chicken, the new tariff rate quota is 57,000 metric tons by year six of the agreement, growing one percent for an additional ten years. The United States will still be eligible to export up to 39,844 metric tons under Canada’s World Trade Organization tariff rate quota regime. For turkey, Canada has agreed to provide the United States and other country members of the WTO access equivalent to no less than 3.5 percent of the previous year’s total Canadian turkey production, allowing the United States to export additionally up to 1,000 metric tons of turkey products each year for the next 10 years than the current access and potentially more thereafter.

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DTN Poll: Farmers Continue Supporting Trump

A recent poll by DTN-The Progressive Farmer finds rural Americans continue supporting President Donald Trump. The poll asked rural residents if, given a chance, they would cast their ballots differently than they had in 2016. More than 70 percent said no. Further, the survey shows support for Republican candidates, for President Trump, himself, and for his trade policies. In addition to showing support for President Trump, 45 percent of participants in the poll are satisfied with the direction the Trump administration is taking farm policy. Only 30 percent, however, believe that President Trump devotes enough attention to rural America, while only nine percent of respondents believe that Congress does. Overall, 72 percent of respondents indicated that issues that affect their farm are more important to them than political party. A DTN spokesperson concluded that: “With their support of President Trump and his farm policies, it is possible that the Republican Party will fare well this November.”

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Farm Real Estate Levels Remain Near Record Highs

Farm real estate values remain near record levels set in 2015, despite a significant drop in farm income and a weak farm economy. The Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service says the value of U.S. farm real estate is a critical barometer of farm financial performance, that’s because farm real estate, including land and the structures on the land, generally accounts for over 80 percent of U.S. farm sector assets, and often serves as collateral for farm loans. After a long period of appreciation following the farm crisis of the 1980s, farm real estate values have leveled off in recent years. USDA research indicates that, in general, the substantial growth in farm real estate values since 2000 was attributable to high farm earning potential and historically low interest rates. In 2000, after adjusting for inflation, average U.S. farm real estate values were $1,541 per acre—and reached a historic high of $3,178 per acre in 2015. By 2018, U.S. farm real estate values averaged $3,140 per acre, with the leveling off in recent years coinciding with declines in farm sector income.

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Most Americans Confused About GMOs

A new survey by GMO Answers shows many Americans remain confused over genetically modified organisms, and that this lack of knowledge may be driving overall uncertainty and discomfort. However, the organization says concern and confusion do not equate to rejection, as the survey finds that nearly the same number of Americans want to learn more about GMOs. The survey’s key findings, which come shortly before the United States Department of Agriculture plans to publish its final bioengineered food disclosure labeling standard, found that 69 percent of consumers are not confident they know what GMOs are, and less than a third of Americans, 32 percent, say they are comfortable with the use of GMOs in their food products. Further, roughly three in five Americans are interested in learning more about GMOs. Finally, 43 percent of consumers believe that food sold in the U.S. is safe for consumption, leading GMO answers to conclude there is widespread distrust as a whole when it comes to food production, despite the U.S. having the safest food supply in the world. GMO Answers conducted the survey to better understand public perceptions.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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