10-12-18 Eastern Colorado Crop Production Conference Dec 5 & 6 2018

Eastern Colorado Crop Production Conference Dec 5 & 6 2018

Colorado State University Extension will offer a continuing education program on Crop Production and Soil Management on December 5th and 6th in Fort Morgan, CO. This program is designed for Crop Producers, Agronomists and Certified Crop Advisors.

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10-12-18 NAWG Welcomes ARC and PLC Farm Payment Relief

NAWG Welcomes ARC and PLC Farm Payment Relief  

Washington, D.C. (October 12, 2018) – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced farm program payments for the 2017 crop year through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, which were both created in the 2014 Farm Bill, have now gone out to producers. These safety net programs provide essential revenue and price support for farmers across the country. Approximately $3 billion in payments will be made under the ARC and PLC programs for the 2017 crop year, and approximately $1.8 billion in annual rental payments under CRP for 2018.

“The program payments being announced today will provide a needed cushion for farmers during these tough economic conditions in wheat country,” said NAWG President and Oklahoma wheat farmer Jimmie Musick. “Mother nature continues to be more and more unpredictable each year, demonstrating vital importance of a viable farm safety net. ARC and PLC are important safety net programs that help enable farmers to farm another year.”

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10-12-18 USDA Issues Farm Safety Net and Conservation Payments – Total Exceeds $4.8 Billion

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USDA Issues Farm Safety Net and Conservation Payments

Total Exceeds $4.8 Billion

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to invest in rural America with more than $4.8 billion in payments being made, starting this month, to agricultural producers through the Farm Service Agency’s Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Conservation Reserve (CRP) programs. Approximately $3 billion in payments will be made under the ARC and PLC programs for the 2017 crop year, and approximately $1.8 billion in annual rental payments under CRP for 2018.

“Despite a temporary lapse of Farm Bill authorities, farmers and ranchers can rest assured that USDA continues to work within the letter of the law to deliver much needed farm safety net, conservation, disaster recovery, and trade assistance program payments,” said Perdue. Continue reading

10-04-18 CLA: In Remembrance of Don Rutledge

CLA: In Remembrance of Don Rutledge

The Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) and agriculture in Colorado has lost a leader, an advocate and a great friend. Don Rutledge lost his life in an auto accident.
He was a Past-President of CLA and unselfishly served on numerous boards, commissions, advisory groups and search committees.
He will be missed.
The Celebration of Life will be held on October 12, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Presbyterian Church in Yuma (110 W. 4th Ave., Yuma, CO 80759).
Donald Stanley Rutledge
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10-12-18 Apply by Nov. 1 to Serve on the National Pork Checkoff Board of Directors

Apply by Nov. 1 to Serve on the National Pork Checkoff Board of Directors

Applications are available at Pork.org

DES MOINES, IOWA – Oct. 12, 2018 – The Pork Checkoff’s board of directors is accepting applications through Nov. 1 to fill five three-year terms. State pork producer associations, farm organizations or anyone who pays into the Pork Checkoff, which includes pig farmers and pork importers, may submit an application.

“Serving on the National Pork Board is a great opportunity for producers to support the pork industry while helping to plan for a successful future,” said Friend, Nebraska, producer Terry O’Neel, who is the past Pork Board president and chair of the Nominating Committee. “Not only have I been able to serve producers, I also have learned from the many different producers that we have in this industry.”

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10-12-18 Farm Foundation wraps up their “What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America” Listening Sessions…

CLICK HERE to watch the session at NWSS in Denver, CO

What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America

The E-Connectivity Listening Session Sept. 20 in Denver, CO, was an opportunity for broadband providers and the people who use—or would like to be able to use—broadband to provide input on how to improve services in rural America. If you missed the session, you can watch the webcast here.

This session is part of What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America, a project organized by Farm Foundation, in collaboration with CoBank, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The four listening sessions in this projected focused on identifying the challenges rural communities now face in providing quality broadband services, as well as the innovative options being used to address those challenges,” explains Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman. Continue reading

10-12-18 USDA Appoints Members to Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, Two from CO

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USDA Appoints Members to Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, Two from CO

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 25 members of the recently reestablished Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). The newly appointed members will serve terms of up to two years beginning immediately and ending in 2020. The appointees were selected from nominations received in May 2018 resulting from the April 23, 2018, announcement of the re-establishment of the committee and request for nominations.

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10-12-18 NCGA: Corn Farmers on Track to Produce Second Largest Crop Ever!

NCGA: Corn Farmers on Track to Produce Second Largest Crop Ever! 
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) World Agricultural Supply and demand Estimate (WASDE) report released today, U.S. corn production is projected to reach 14.78 billion bushels for 2018/19. If realized, that would make it the second largest U.S. corn crop ever. Continue reading

10-12-18 CLA: There’s a Cow in My Marshmallow?

CLA: There’s a Cow in My Marshmallow?

CLA Helps Teach 4th Graders at the Food 4-Ever Agricultural Fair

Greeley, CO – The Colorado Livestock Association participated in the 4th annual 4th grade agricultural fair, known as Food 4-Ever hosted by the Windsor School District and the Windsor High School Future Farmers of America this past Wednesday. CLA was asked by Andy Klatt, a physical education teacher from Weld RE-4 School District who organized the fair, to help teach the students and community about livestock production through a lesson or hands-on experience. Continue reading

10-12-18 American Lamb Board’s Supplier Coop Funding Program Accepting Applications

American Lamb Board’s Supplier Coop Funding Program Accepting Applications

The American Lamb Board (ALB) is now soliciting applications for their FY 2019 Supplier Coop Program. The ALB Supplier Coop Program is designed to support American Lamb suppliers and Direct Marketers and their branded promotions and marketing activities.  Any company and/or organizations that sells American Lamb is eligible and encouraged to apply for funding.  The program is a one-time/annual application process with applications due on Wednesday, October 31st.   

Participants in the program have helped expand the ALB’s efforts to expose consumers to the great taste and versatility of American Lamb and educate consumers, chefs, foodservice distributors, retailers and influencers about the benefits of American Lamb.

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10-12-18 IT’S “NATIONAL FARMER’S DAY”- DAY TO HONOR FARMERS: Fun Farming Facts for Story

IT’S “NATIONAL FARMER’S DAY”- DAY TO HONOR FARMERS: Fun Farming Facts for Story

A recent survey by the Undeniably Dairy campaign found that 51% of Americans questioned would be interested in moving to a farm if they could.

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for October 12th

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Weekly Export Sales for October 12th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 12th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 12th

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NAFTA Replacement Predicted to Boost Protein Exports

Industry experts say the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement could lead to modest export gains for U.S. poultry, pork, and beef. A new report from CoBank says the agreement is expected to keep tariffs on food and agriculture between the three countries at zero. The report says the U.S. chicken sector exports are predicted to rise 47,000 metric tons in Canada during the first year of the USMCA. U.S. turkey shipments are predicted to increase by 1,000 metric tons annually. The CoBank report says the major holdup to increasing growth in other U.S. protein sectors is the pending removal of Canadian tariffs on prepared beef products, as well as Mexican tariffs on pork that were also put in place earlier this year. The report also says that the USMCA seems to be a combination of terms from NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the president dumped just days after taking office. CoBank expects the new USMCA agreement to be ratified by all three countries sometime in 2019.

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Hurricane Michael’s High Winds Threaten Carolina Cotton Crops

North and South Carolina farmers are preparing for a different hurricane-related challenge than they faced from Hurricane Florence. The biggest challenge from Florence was very heavy rainfall that flooded fields and livestock operations. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says Michael’s high-powered winds are the big story of this storm. Politico says the category four storm strength makes it the most intense storm to hit the Florida panhandle. It was downgraded to category one while moving into Georgia and heading to the Carolinas. Less than 10 percent of the cotton had already been harvested in both Georgia and the Carolinas. Cotton from the southeastern U.S. makes up 30 percent of the country’s total production. Between the harsh weather and the 25 percent tariff on cotton going into China during the trade war, growers are literally caught between a rock and a “wet” place. Wayne Boseman, president of the Carolina Cotton Growers Cooperative, says they started off the year doing well. “Now, the hurricane is taking away the crop and the trade war is taking away the price,” Boseman says. “That combination is putting farmers in severe financial constraints.”

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Casey’s Announces Partnership with Prime the Pump

The Casey’s General Store chain announced a new partnership with Prime the Pump, a Growth Energy partner and nonprofit organization dedicated to helping give more consumers E15 at their local pumps. Casey’s says it will expand the offering of E15 to potentially more than 500 of its locations over the next few years. E15 is currently approved for nine out of ten cars on the road today and American drivers have surpassed five billion miles on it. Nathaniel Doddridge, Casey’s Director of Fuels, says, “We’re excited to partner with Prime the Pump and Growth Energy to build on the success and accelerate the offering of E15 to more of our customers.” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says they’re very happy to see the partnership between Prime the Pump and Casey’s, saying they’re taking it to record-breaking heights to give more American drivers access to a clean-burning option at the pump. “Casey’s has seen the value E15 brings to their business and their customers, and will soon become the nation’s largest E15 retailer,” she says. “The announcement underscores the critical need for lawmakers to approve the year-round use of E15.”

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Judge May Slash Award in California Glyphosate Cancer Case

Bayer won a tentative ruling that could slash most of the $289 million dollar award in the California trial regarding claims that glyphosate in Roundup causes cancer. A California judge is also considering the possibility of ordering a new trial on whether the company is really at fault for an ex-school groundskeeper’s illness. During a Bayer challenge in a San Francisco court this week, a judge says she’s inclined to set aside $250 million in punitive damages against Monsanto, which was recently acquired by Bayer. A Bloomberg report says the ruling could put some momentum back in Monsanto’s favor as the company prepares to defend itself against thousands of similar lawsuits. The California Superior Court Judge says even if she doesn’t set aside the punitive damages, she is likely to grant a new trial “on the grounds of insufficiency of the evidence to justify the award for punitive damages.” She also questioned whether the evidence in the first trial actually supported the jury’s conclusion that Bayer was liable for the plaintiff’s non-Hodgkins lymphoma based on his exposure to glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup. The Bloomberg report says if the company persuades the judge to slash or eliminate the previous verdict, it might make some plaintiffs less likely to move ahead with their claims.   

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U.S. Farm Equipment Sales Rises in September

The Association of Equipment Manufacturer’s monthly “Flash Report” says U.S. sales of all tractors back in September were up two percent compared to the same time frame in 2017. For the first nine months in 2018, a total of 181,515 tractors were sold, which compares to 168,651 sold through the first nine months of 2017. That represents an eight percent increase for the year. For September, the smaller two-wheel drive tractor (under 40 HP) sales were up two percent over last year. Tractors between 40 and 100 horsepower sales were down seven percent. Sales of two-wheel drive tractors over 100 horsepower were up 29 percent, while four-wheel drive tractors were up 52 percent. For the year, smaller two-wheel drive tractor sales were up 10 percent, while 40 through 100 horsepower tractor sales were up two percent. Sales of two-wheel drive 100-horsepower tractors were up nine percent. Four-wheel drive tractors were up 19 percent. Combine sales were up nine percent for the month and 21 percent over the year.

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WASDE Anticipates Lower Harvests for Corn and Soybeans

The October World Ag Supply and Demand report predicts corn and soybean yields will both be lower than previously expected. Corn production is forecast at 14.78 billion bushels, down 49 million bushels due to a reduced yield forecast. Corn supplies going into harvest are forecast to be a record-high number, exports were raised by 75 million bushels, and USDA also forecast reduced feed and residual use. The season-average corn price received by producers is unchanged at $3.50 per bushel. Soybean production is forecast at 4.69 billion bushels, down 3.5 million as higher yields will be offset by lower harvested area. The season-average soybean price is predicted to range from $7.35 to $9.85 per bushel, unchanged from the previous month. The wheat forecast predicts larger supplies, reduced domestic use, unchanged exports, and higher ending stocks. The season-average farm price range is unchanged at the midpoint of $5.10 per bushel and the range is narrowed to $4.80 to $5.40.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-12-18 National Pork Board: Asia Trade Mission Offers Valuable Market Insights

National Pork Board: Asia Trade Mission Offers Valuable Market Insights

DES MOINES, IOWA – Oct. 11, 2018 – A recent trade mission to Asia by the National Pork Board International Marketing Committee built lasting relationships with international customers and elevated U.S. pork as the global protein of choice. The Pork Checkoff team toured Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau, meeting with pork processors, distributors and retailers, importers and traders, as well as in-country staff responsible for promoting U.S. pork in the region.

“Pork is the No. 1 most-consumed protein in the world, and that was obvious on this mission,” said Bill Luckey, a pork producer from Columbus, Nebraska, and chair of the Pork Checkoff’s International Marketing Committee. “As the committee allocates Pork Checkoff dollars to international marketing, it is important to see how these dollars are working today and how we might better target producer resources in emerging markets in the future.”

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