10-22-18 U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado School of Mines Announce Long-term Partnership

U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado School of Mines Announce Long-term Partnership

CSM to be new home of USGS labs, 150 government scientists

October 22, 2018 – DENVER – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke joined Paul C. Johnson, president of Colorado School of Mines, to announce a long-term partnership between the university and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The partnership will bring more than 150 USGS scientists and their minerals research labs to the university’s Golden, Colorado campus where government scientists and Mines faculty and students will work together in a new state-of-the-art facility. Johnson and Zinke were joined at today’s announcement by Senator Cory Gardner and Congressman Ed Perlmutter, as well as Mines Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas E. Jorden and David Diamond, USGS Acting Associate Director for Energy and Minerals.

“This is a great day for the USGS and for Colorado School of Mines,” said Secretary Zinke. “The majority of USGS’s work is on federal lands in the west, but their research is also used by government agencies, the private sector, universities, nonprofits and partners all over the world. Partnering with Colorado School of Mines, a world-class earth science research institution, and co-locating our scientists and researchers creates incredible opportunities to spur innovation and transformational breakthroughs, while also providing an incredible pool of talent from which to recruit.”

“The expanded USGS presence at Mines will capitalize on our collective expertise to address the availability of mineral and energy resources, environmental challenges and geo-environmental hazards, all of which are of critical importance to national security and the economies of Colorado and the nation. It will also create an incredibly unique educational environment that will produce the leaders we need to tackle future challenges related to exploration and development of resources here on Earth and in space, subsurface infrastructure and sustainable stewardship of the Earth,” said Mines President Paul C. Johnson. “We want to thank our Colorado congressional delegation, especially Rep. Ed Perlmutter and Sen. Cory Gardner, for their help in forging this exciting partnership with the USGS.” Continue reading

10-22-18 USAHA: “Veterinary Students – We Need YOU!”

USAHA: “Veterinary Students – We Need YOU!”

Veterinary students at the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo., heard a clear message at the student  luncheon held on Saturday: The profession needs young people, and those who enter the field have unlimited opportunities. The luncheon is co-sponsored by USAHA and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD).

A few of the people attending the student luncheon at the USAHA annual meeting on Saturday.

The luncheon for students began seven or eight years ago, with just four students. This year, more than 60 eager, interested young people filled the room, along with industry professionals who openly shared their knowledge with students.  Continue reading

10-22-18 NPPC Lauds Trade Progress With Philippines

NPPC Lauds Trade Progress With Philippines

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 22, 2018 – The National Pork Producers welcomed progress by the Trump administration on a number of issues under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the Philippines. NPPC hopes the progress on these issues moves the United States closer to initiating free trade agreement negotiations with the Philippines, a priority market for U.S. pork producers.

“The Philippines is a large pork-consuming nation, with a fast-growing population and a burgeoning middle class,” said Jim Heimerl, NPPC president and a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “It also has some of the highest food prices of any Southeast Asian nation and would benefit from a free trade agreement with the United States.”

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10-22-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Vanessa McCracken

CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Vanessa McCracken

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 16, 2018 – Welcome to CALP Corner here inside the BARN, where you’ll get the opportunity to meet each one of the participants of the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program within Class 13. This week my guest is Vanessa McCracken…


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10-22-18 USDA’s “Beagle Brigade” Helping to Prevent African Swine Fever from Entering U.S.

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USDA’s “Beagle Brigade” Helping to Prevent African Swine Fever from Entering U.S.

“Beagle Brigade” member Hardy’s official photo. (Photo credit: Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2018 – When Hardy, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) trained detector dog, sniffed out a roasted pig head in traveler baggage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport early this month, it underscored the efforts USDA and its partners are undertaking to keep African Swine Fever (ASF), a swine disease that could devastate the U.S. pork producers, from entering the country.

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Greeley, CO –Bozen-Bolzano, Italy will be the epicenter for the 1st World
Congress on Agritourism that will connect an array of highly successful and
diverse agritourism owners, operators, researchers and other professionals from
around the globe. Platte River Fort leadership will attend the two-and-a-half day
panel-based conference from November 7-9, 2018 at the private research center,
Eurac Research that is dedicated to applied research in northern Italy.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 22nd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 22nd

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Hurricane Damage Total in Georgia Up to $3 Billion

New assessments by Georgia state officials show that damage to the state’s ag industry from Hurricane Michael is up to $3 billion. Ag Commissioner Gary Black says, “These are generational losses that are unprecedented and it will take unprecedented ideas and actions to help our farm families and rural communities recover.” One million acres of timber were damaged, adding up to $1 billion dollars in bottom-line damage to the timber industry. Other industries like cotton, peanuts, poultry, vegetables, and pecans were also hit very hard by Michael. Black says, “Unfortunately, our worst thoughts were realized. We saw months and years worth of hard work just laid over on the ground in a matter of seconds.” Black adds that Georgia has led the nation in producing several commodities and now have the dubious distinction of leading in devastation to those same crops. Bainbridge, Georgia, farmer Eric Cohen tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Michael will probably put them out of business. “It’s the storm we always feared,” Cohen says. “Farming is the heartbeat of south Georgia. It won’t just be the farming industry that’s hurting, either.”


EPA Chief Says E15 Expansion Doesn’t’t Need Congress

Andrew Wheeler, Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, says his agency can expand E15 sales to year-round without Congressional approval. Wheeler also said last week that the oil industry needs to drop its lawsuit threat against the move. Last week, President Trump said he was directing the EPA to lift the ban on summertime sales of E15, a move designed to help farmers struggling with low commodity prices. An Agriculture Dot Com article says the oil industry calls the move a violation of the nation’s biofuel law and threatened a lawsuit to block the move. “We do have the authority to move forward on E15,” Wheeler says. “I’d hope the oil industry would join us in helping make U.S. biofuel policy function better for the American public, rather than take it to court.” The oil industry opposes lifting the ban on year-round ethanol because the move would cut into its share of the fuel market. The EPA is already moving ahead on the idea. A filing with the Office of Management and Budget says the agency will release a draft on E15 by February of 2019 and will conclude deliberations by May. The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, which represents oil refiners, says the industry will challenge the final proposal in court.


Farm Bill on the Campaign Trail

Vice President Mike Pence made several campaign stops last week, including locations in Kansas and Iowa. Going into the trip, a spokesman confirmed that the vice president would bring up the yet-to-be-finished farm bill during his speeches. The White House message is similar to that of the House Republicans: The unemployment rate is low and a lot of jobs are open. Because of that, Republicans want Democrats to get on board with more work requirements for millions of food-stamp recipients. The House farm bill would greatly expand the pool of able-bodied workers, all of whom would be required to work an average of 20 hours per week. Politico says that’s an idea “dead on arrival” in the Senate. However, the White House also wants to ensure that Democrats don’t get what it calls a “free pass” for voting no on the farm bill. In the meantime, USDA already has a proposal in place to tighten work requirements on able-bodied adults under review at the Office of Management and Budget. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue doesn’t want to get ahead of Congress on the issue, which means it’s uncertain as to when his agency will release the rule.


China Has Culled 200,000 Pigs Due to Swine Fever Outbreak

China, the world’s largest pork producer, has culled 200,000 pigs from its herds due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever. A Reuters report says Chinese health officials made the announcement last week. That number represents a small part of the 700 million pigs that China slaughters every year for food consumption. However, due to restrictions on transporting animals that are designed to help curb the spread of the disease have created tight pork supplies in parts of the country. Forty-one disease outbreaks have affected 27 different cities across the country. The Chinese Animal Health and Epidemiology Center say the disease, which is deadly to pigs but not to humans, is very hard to detect and prevent. China has culled pigs on each of the farms hit by outbreaks, as well as all the animals on other farms within a three-mile range of each outbreak. Most of the swine fever outbreaks have happened in northeast China. That’s an area which typically sends its hogs to slaughter in the south, closer to consumption centers.


U.S. Suspends Pork Imports from Poland

The U.S. suspended pork imports from Poland last week after an outbreak of African Swine Fever in that country. Pork Business Dot Com says the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service also has concerns over Polish export protocols. APHIS discovered that a Polish export facility shipping pork to the U.S. didn’t follow the requirements designed to help prevent the spread of serious livestock diseases. The USDA also says a second facility in Poland is under review. African Swine Fever is continuing to spread rapidly in parts of Europe and China. U.S. efforts to keep the highly-contagious disease out of the country are increasing. The USDA is also working with Customs and Border Protection staff to enhance screening of passenger bags coming from Poland. The checks aim to ensure that restricted products are not brought into the country. African Swine Fever has not yet been detected anywhere in North America. The disease is highly-contagious among domestic and feral pigs, but it poses no danger to human health.


Online Grocery Sales to Quadruple

Over the next five years, online grocery sales are expected to more than quadruple between now and 2023. More web-based options will become available and more consumers are expected to give it a try. The prediction comes from a new forecast by market-research firm Packaged Facts. Over the past five years, online grocery sales have already tripled. Most of that growth has come since 2016 as e-commerce platforms and conventional grocery stores have expanded their efforts. Packaged Facts expects more and more people to try online grocery shopping for the first time. Those who are already online shopping are predicted to increase their purchase rate. The fuel for the online grocery boom is coming from increasing smartphone use, better websites and mobile apps, as well as better business models designed for shopping and delivery. Amazon and Walmart are the two biggest participants in online shopping, but more are expected to jump in over the next five years. Walmart’s large number of rural stores is expected to give it a competitive advantage in online shopping over the next five years.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service