10-09-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Katharine Lotspeich

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CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Katharine Lotspeich

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 9, 2018 – Within the very first edition of CALP Corner inside The BARN you’ll learn more about the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program and more about the first member of Class 13 Katharine Lotspeich…


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10-09-18 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Ethanol Announcement

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Ethanol Announcement

(Washington, DC – October 9, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today hailed President Trump’s directive to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin a rulemaking process to expand the sale of corn ethanol, to include E15 year-round.  Perdue issued the following statement:

“This is another case of ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’ for President Trump.  Expanding the sale of E15 year-round is sound policy for a variety of reasons.  Consumers will have more choices when they fill up at the pump, including environmentally friendly fuel with decreased emissions.  It is also an excellent way to use our high corn productivity and improved yields.  Year-round sale of E15 will increase demand for corn, which is obviously good for growers. This has been a years-long fight and is another victory for our farm and rural economies.  Along with E15 expansion, we also welcome much-needed reforms to the RIN market, which will also increase transparency.

“President Trump has again made it abundantly clear that he is unleashing the full potential of American energy production as we retake our rightful place as the world’s leader.  I thank President Trump for his steadfast support of E15 expansion, while also acknowledging the close working relationship we’ve developed with Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.  I look forward to working with the EPA to see rulemaking and year-round E15 completed by the driving season of 2019.”

10-09-18 NCGA Welcomes Year-Round E15

NCGA Welcomes Year-Round E15

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp today praised an announcement from President Trump, setting the necessary regulatory steps in motion to allow for year-round sales of E15.
“Corn farmers across the country have been advocating for year-round sales of higher ethanol blends like E15 to help grow demand, provide consumers with more options at the pump and improve economic conditions across rural America,” said Chrisp. “We thank President Trump for following through on his commitment to America’s farmers.” Continue reading

10-09-18 RFA Applauds President Trump’s E15 Announcement

RFA Applauds President Trump’s E15 Announcement

WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) applauds today’s announcement by President Donald Trump that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is beginning a formal rulemaking process to allow year-round sales of E15 nationwide. Currently, E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) cannot be sold during the summer months in most of the country. Continue reading



BARN MEDIA via NAFB News Service – October 10, 2018 – Growth Energy Tuesday applauded the President’s announcement to move forward with year-round sales of E15 ethanol fuel blends. President Donald Trump made the announcement ahead of a visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Getting year-round sales of the blend has been a long-term goal for Growth Energy, as CEO Emily Skor says it’s a win for farmers, the biofuels industry and consumers…



10-09-18 NFU: White House Announces E15 Waiver, RIN Transparency

NFU: White House Announces E15 Waiver, RIN Transparency

Farmers Union Encouraged by Move to Higher Levels Blends of Ethanol, But Says “Compromise” is Net Loss for Family Farmers

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today announced the administration’s intentions to allow the use of E15 gasoline in summer months and bring greater transparency to the trading of biofuel credits, known as Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). The announcement is an attempt to mitigate a bitter battle between U.S. biofuel and oil industries over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the nation’s premier biofuel policy.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said family farmers are encouraged by the move that will allow for increased use of higher blends of ethanol, but that the compromise is a “net loss” in demand for farm products at a time when family farmers are going out of business because of low farm prices.

Johnson released the following statement in response to the President’s announcement:

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10-09-18 ACE applauds President Trump’s E15 year-round announcement

ACE applauds President Trump’s E15 year-round announcement

Sioux Falls, SD – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to extend Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief to E15 by instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to initiate a rulemaking process:

“We are sincerely grateful the President is making good on his promise to require EPA to issue a rule allowing E15 access to the market year-round. We also enormously appreciate the leadership of Iowa Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley for their unwavering support of the farmers, retailers, and biofuel producers who have pushed for this common-sense change for many years. Once a final rule is in place and retailers can sell E15 year-round, it will help create additional demand for farmers who are suffering from oversupplies and low crop prices.  Continue reading

10-09-18 National Pork Board: Holding Time for Feedstuffs May Reduce Swine Disease Risk

National Pork Board: Holding Time for Feedstuffs May Reduce Swine Disease Risk

Producers urged to talk with their feed suppliers

DES MOINES, IOWA, Oct. 9, 2018 – The ongoing outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in China, Belgium and elsewhere, have crystallized the U.S. pork industry’s focus and collaboration on finding new ways to help protect the domestic herd from costly foreign animal diseases (FADs). One new practice designed to reduce disease transmission risk involves knowing exactly how long certain feed ingredients have been securely stored before allowing their use on pig farms.

As modelling in peer-reviewed research1 has made clear, it’s possible for swine disease viruses to survive in shipments of certain feed ingredients during transoceanic shipping to U.S. ports and even to inland points of feed manufacture. Based on this current research, a holding time of 78 days after the date of manufacture and bagging or sealing to prevent additional contamination (“born on date”) for amino acids, minerals or vitamins will degrade 99.99% of viral contamination. The holding time extends to 286 days for soybean meal to allow for similar viral degradation, once shipped to prevent additional contamination.

“Working with your feed supplier to get this type of information is yet another way to help protect your pigs from potential infection from a foreign animal disease,” said Dave Pyburn, DVM, senior vice president of science and technology for the National Pork Board. “It’s just one more tool in our arsenalagainst African swine fever and other diseases that we hope will offer U.S. producers more protection against this growing global threat.” Continue reading

10-09-18 Inside PRO 15 w/Executive Director Cathy Shull: Annual Fall Conference, 2018 Elections & More…

Inside PRO 15 w/Executive Director Cathy Shull: Annual Fall Conference, 2018 Elections & More…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 9, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio here inside The BARN is Cathy Shull, Executive Director of PRO 15 discussing the upcoming Fall Conference, elections and much more…




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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 9th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 9th

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CoBank: USMCA Provides Certainty, But More is Needed

The overhauled North American Free Trade Agreement, now named the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, will accomplish important objectives for U.S. agriculture, according to CoBank. However, a report by CoBank says what was not accomplished in the agreement is just as important. The report says that while having an agreement improves certainty, brings more market access and allows the White House to focus trade talks on fewer fronts, it does not provide a pathway to eliminate existing retaliatory tariffs where industries such as dairy and pork have been hardest hit. A CoBank representative says Canada and Mexico still have tariffs in place that affect the U.S. dairy, pork and beef sectors, adding “U.S. agriculture will have much more to celebrate when those barriers are removed.”

China Language in USMCA Not Surprising

Language against trade talks with China in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is not surprising, according to a Chinese editorial. The South China Morning Post, an English language newspaper based in China, says the policy is perhaps the worst feature of the USMCA for Beijing, as it may become a template for future trade talks Trump holds with allies such as Japan, India and the European Union. Article 32.10 in the preliminary agreement gives the U.S. “virtual veto power” over any bilateral deal Canada or Mexico may wish to reach with “a non-market country,” being China. The editorial calls the policy a “last minute demand” by the U.S., adding that ” there was probably little Canada and Mexico could or would do to resist it.” China is Canada’s second-largest trading partner and the fourth-largest trading partner for Mexico.

Canada Dairy Organization Turns Down Trudeau Meeting

Dairy Farmers of Canada have rejected a meeting request from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The organization rejected the meeting because of the “absence of details on measures to mitigate the impact of the concessions” made in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The agreement, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, grants U.S. dairy more market access to Canada. Dairy Farmers of Canada is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canada’s farmers. The Association announced its displeasure with the agreement last week, saying the trade deal sacrifices the livelihoods of Canada’s dairy industry. Canada’s dairy farmers are facing now three recent trade agreements that have eased restrictions to its dairy market to other nations. USMCA  follows CETA, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and the CPTPP that replaced the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

USDA: Honey Bee Colony Number Steady

Elevated winter colony losses have not resulted in enduring declines in colony numbers, according to new data released by the Department of Agriculture. Instead, the number of U.S. honey bee colonies is either stable or growing depending on the dataset being considered. USDA says at the state level, loss rates are uncorrelated with year-to-year changes in the number of colonies, suggesting that beekeepers are able to replace lost colonies within the course of a calendar year.  The data shows between 2007 and 2013, winter colony loss rates in the United States averaged 30 percent, which is approximately double the loss rate of 15 percent previously thought to be normal. That’s because large and mysterious losses of honey bee colonies led entomologists to classify a set of diagnostic symptoms as Colony Collapse Disorder and spurred major efforts to measure, quantify, and understand pollinator loss.

USDA Announces Rural Infrastructure Funding

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced it is investing $181 million in 88 projects that will build community infrastructure and facilities in 27 states. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, Anne Hazlett, made the announcement during a forum co-sponsored by the National Association of Counties and the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation. She called infrastructure the “foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity in small towns.” The funding from USDA comes through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The funding helps rural areas make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries and day care centers. Find a list of projects being funded at www.rd.usda.gov.

AEM Tops 1,000-Member Mark

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers announced Monday it has surpassed the 1,000-member mark for 2018 with the latest round of company approvals by the AEM Membership Committee. The Association says the membership milestone provides a strong equipment manufacturing ‘voice’ that advocates for agriculture and construction industry interests. AEM is North American-based and global in scope, with members representing more than 200 product lines in off-road equipment manufacturing, including agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility uses. Paul Flemming, AEM senior director of membership and engagement, says the membership increase is helping the association in building momentum for the sectors they serve in advocating in Washington, D.C., addressing industry concerns and developing industry standards.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service