10-08-18 Don’t Miss the 2018 CFB Annual Meeting

2018 CFB Annual Meeting

Don’t miss the 100th Anniversary Celebration!

Its the biggest Farm Bureau event of the year. And this year will be even bigger!

This year, we’re excited to be in a new location, the Renaissance Hotel in Stapleton. This new location is where we will be kicking off our 100th-anniversary celebration.

The hotel just underwent a fabulous remodel and boasts beautiful event spaces, guest rooms, and a new dining area. We are excited about the great new space and the opportunities it provides for our annual meeting.

Please click here to book your hotel rooms for the event, or, you may call directly to reserve your room at 1 (800) 468-3571 or (303) 399-7500. Please note, self-parking at the hotel is complimentary with your hotel reservations.

For questions, please contact the state office at 303-749-7500.

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10-08-18 CSU Board of Governors establishes Presidential Search Advisory Committee

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CSU Board of Governors establishes Presidential Search Advisory Committee

FORT COLLINS, COLO. – The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System voted today to establish the Presidential Search Advisory Committee as the Board seeks the next president of Colorado State University, a leading national public research university with an enrollment of 33,877 students. Continue reading

10-08-18 Irrigation Association and Irrigation Foundation 2019 awards open for nomination

Irrigation Association and Irrigation Foundation 2019 awards open for nomination

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA (October 8, 2018) — The Irrigation Association and Irrigation Foundation are pleased to announce that the nomination process for the 2019 awards program is now open. A cornerstone of the IA and Foundation’s efforts in promoting the best that the irrigation industry has to offer, these awards recognize both individuals and projects that set the standard for making significant contributions to the advancement of the irrigation industry.

The following awards are now open for nominations: Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 8th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 8th

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Perdue Favors Removal of Section 232 Tariffs on Canada, Mexico

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he favors removing the Section 232 tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum which has led those countries to impose tariffs on U.S. farm products. Perdue acknowledged that the tariffs have “a dampening effect” on the benefits of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, according to the Hagstrom Report. Perdue said: “I would be an advocate for relaxing those,” in a speech to a joint meeting of the North American Meat Institute, the Canadian Meat Council and a Mexican meat industry group. The section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs are separate from the USMCA that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Perdue says the White House and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer discussed the tariffs during a recent meeting, but no conclusion was reached.

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Purdue: GMO Labeling Law Still Expected This Year

The GMO Labeling law mandated by Congress will be established by the end of this year, according to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Perdue told Organic Insider last week that despite delays, USDA will finalize the law yet this year. Congress passed a bill in 2016 that mandated the Department of Agriculture to create and implement the regulation by July 29, 2018. However, USDA missed that deadline, largely due to review delays in the rulemaking process, according to Perdue. The Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit against USDA in August for failing to meet the deadlines. At the time, the organization said: “Trump, Perdue, and their corporate lobbyists may want indefinite delay and keeping Americans in the dark, but the law doesn’t permit it.”

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Court to Hear OTA Suit Against USDA Organic Livestock Rule Withdraw

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last week agreed to hear a challenge by the Organic Trade Association against the Department of Agriculture. OTA is challenging the agencies decision and process to withdraw organic livestock standards. USDA in March withdrew the final Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices regulation, which was to go into effect in May. The agency contends that the Organic Food and Production Act does not give the National Organic Program the authority to regulate animal welfare. The Organic Trade Association is arguing that the claim is a radically different view from any administration since the adoption of the National Organic Program, and one that cannot be legally supported. The Organic Trade Association filed its original lawsuit against USDA in September of 2017 over the agency’s continued delay of the final organic welfare standard.

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Trade War Benefiting U.S. Food Banks

Food banks are benefiting from President Trump’s trade war with China. USA Today reports the tit-for-tat trade war offers more variety for U.S. food banks through the administration’s trade mitigation package for farmers. With the Department of Agriculture buying commodities to help ease the burden on farmers, those items will show up in U.S. food banks, including meat, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. As part of the trade aid package, USDA announced it would purchase roughly $1.2 billion in commodities that are “unfairly targeted” by China. Of the purchases to be spread over the current fiscal year that started this month, pork is expected to account for nearly half, $559 million, followed by apples, oranges and orange juice, dairy products and pistachios – each at more than $80 million.

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South Asia Presents New Markets for U.S. Corn Co-Products

Shifting trade patterns and growing feed markets are creating new export opportunities for U.S. corn co-products in the South Asian markets. Representatives from the U.S. Grains Council explored the markets of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka last month. Both countries are currently importing small quantities of U.S. dried distiller’s grains with solubles. A USGC representative said: “There is appetite in both countries for U.S. products.” Bangladesh has imported nearly 135,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS this marketing year, continuing a sharp upward growth curve over the last two marketing years, in addition to 5,000 tons of corn gluten feed/meal. Sri Lanka’s imports of U.S. DDGS increased 8.2 percent year-over-year to nearly 22,000 tons. The Grains Council says the feed industries in both countries continue to grow across livestock sectors – aquaculture, poultry, layers, broilers and dairy – as populations increase and incomes rise.

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NBB Celebrates Green Sports Day

The National Biodiesel Board over the weekend celebrated Green Sports Day. Celebrated October 6th, the annual event recognizes the efforts that athletes, supporters and organizations make to reduce their environmental footprint. Ballparks throughout the country are recycling used cooking oil into clean-burning biodiesel. The advanced biofuel reduces carbon emissions by 80 percent. The Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, and the San Diego Padres are only a handful of the Major League stadiums participating in the green endeavor. The Missouri-based NBB points out that during the Kansas City Royals 2015 championship season, the stadium totaled more than 61 tons of food waste, recycling more than 4,500 gallons of oil. The Brewers home stadium, Miller Park, recycled 6,347 gallons of cooking oil last year alone.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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