10-23-18 United States President Donald J. Trump to Speak at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo

United States President Donald J. Trump to Speak at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo

The 45th US President will be attending the National FFA Convention & Expo on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, during the ninth general session at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and will address the FFA members.

Over time, it is has become a tradition of the National FFA Organization to invite the sitting president to make remarks during its annual national convention and expo. Continue reading

10-22-18 USDA Announces Receipt of 136 Expressions of Interest in Hosting ERS & NIFA

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USDA Announces Receipt of 136 Expressions of Interest in Hosting ERS & NIFA

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has received 136 expressions of interest from parties in 35 states interested in becoming the new homes of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  In August, Perdue announced that most ERS and NIFA personnel would be moving to outside the National Capital Region by the end of 2019 and invited interested parties to submit proposals, with a deadline which had been extended to October 15, 2018.  USDA intends to select the new location or locations by January 2019 and will retain a consultant with expertise in relocations.

“The interest from across the country has been overwhelming as localities, universities, private entities, and elected officials realize the potential for their communities in become the new home for these two agencies,” Perdue said.  “It is an old saying that not all wisdom resides in Washington, D.C., but it is gratifying to see so many folks step forward wanting to prove that to be the case.  We look forward to working with Ernst & Young in examining all of the proposals and selecting the new locations.”

States represented in the expressions of interest are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Continue reading

10-23-18 US DoE Secretary DeVos Announces Recipients of 2018 Terrel H. Bell Awards for Outstanding School Leadership

US Dept of Education Secretary DeVos Announces Recipients of 2018 Terrel H. Bell Awards for Outstanding School Leadership

WASHINGTON D.C. – October 23, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 2018 recipients of the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. The 11 principals from the 2018 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Washington, D.C.

“We know strong school leadership is a driving force behind ensuring students and teachers succeed,” said Secretary DeVos. “I’m pleased to recognize these talented Bell Award winners who are helping to lead needed transformations at the most local level. Through their leadership, vision and effort, countless students – regardless of their family income, race or language proficiency – are able to excel.”

Named for the second U. S. Secretary of Education, the Bell Award honors school leaders who are committed to education and improving outcomes for all students. The award is part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Principals are nominated by their school communities during the final stages of the National Blue Ribbon Schools application process.

The 2018 recipients are: Continue reading

10-23-18 Inside NAWG with Secretary Nicole Berg…

Inside NAWG with Secretary Nicole Berg…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) October 23, 2018 – Joining the  Colorado Ag News Network is Nicole Berg, Secretary of the National Association of Wheat Growers discussing several topics pertinent to the wheat industry including:

  • Current Snake River Issue & Orca Task Force in Washington – impacts on Pacific Northwest Wheat Producers & Others
  • Stalled 2018 Farm Bill
  • United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)
  • China Trade War & USDA’s Mitigation Plan
  • NAWG’s Fall Conference Week of Oct 29th
  • 74th NAFB Convention Nov 8-10 at the Westin Crown Center in KC, MO
  • & More



10-23-18 CCA and CCALT Are Now Accepting Applications For A Fellowship Position

CCA and CCALT Are Now Accepting Applications For A Fellowship Position

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) are offering a post-bachelor fellowship to develop future conservation and beef industry professionals who seek additional qualifications and experiences previous to entering their chosen career path.

The funded fellowships will span a one-year (12 month) time frame, beginning in January, focusing on basics of trade association and land trust competencies in Colorado’s ranching and beef production industry. The fellows will serve as support staff across all sectors of each association. The varied experience will deliver broad association management knowledge, coupled with strategic execution of programs and services. Fellows will also experience each organization’s extended networks, and have the opportunity to explore areas of personal interest. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 23rd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 23rd

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Perdue Promises Five Percent Budget Cut as part of Trump Plan

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will help President Donald Trump reach his goal of reducing agency budgets by five percent next year. Perdue has promised to cut his budget five percent, as last week Trump asked every Cabinet agency except the Pentagon to make a five percent cut. During the meeting, Trump told the leaders to “get rid of the fat, get rid of the waste.” A Department of Agriculture spokesman said, “USDA stands with the president and his goal of being fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars and will absolutely meet his target,” according to the Hagstrom Report. Perdue said following the meeting that USDA would participate in the Trump plan and that he thinks USDA will “be able to meet greater than the five percent target.” The five percent announcement followed reports that the government’s budget deficit has reached a six-year high.

Many Cities Interested in Hosting USDA Agencies

The Department of Agriculture says more than 130 cities have expressed interest in hosting USDA agencies that would move from Washington as part of a controversial reorganization plan. USDA says 136 entities in 35 states are interested in becoming the new homes of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. In August, Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that most ERS and NIFA personnel would be moving to outside the Washington area by the end of 2019 and invited interested parties to submit proposals. Perdue called the interest “overwhelming,” adding that it is “gratifying” states are stepping forward to prove “not all wisdom resides in Washington, D.C.” The entities expressing interest include educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, state development agencies, county development agencies, municipalities, and for-profit entities. Find the complete list of interested parties on the USDA website, USDA.gov.


Federal Reserve: Farm Loan Volume Increasing

Large operating loans made by large agricultural banks led to a significant increase in farm lending in the third quarter of 2018, according to the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. The total volume of non-real estate farm loans was more than 30 percent higher than a year ago. A sharp increase in the volume of loans exceeding $1 million was a primary contributor to the increase in non-real estate farm lending. In the third quarter, the volume of loans larger than $1 million nearly doubled and accounted for almost 40 percent of total non-real estate lending during the reporting period. In particular, a majority of the increase was supported by loans used to fund current operating expenses. The increase in the size of loans also sharply increased the share of agricultural lending at large banks while interest rates on farm loans continued to trend upward.

Bankers Expect Farmland Prices to Continue Decline

Rural bankers expect farmland prices will continue to decline. In the latest Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index, Midwest lenders on average estimated that farmland prices declined by 4.0 percent over the past 12 months and expect farmland prices to fall by another 3.2 percent over the next 12 months. An Illinois lender says “more than ever,” farmland values are extremely dependent upon quality and location. The farmland and ranchland-price for October sank to 34.8 from 37.5 in September. This is the 59th straight month the index has fallen below growth neutral 50.0. The overall rural economy index expanded to 54.3 from 51.5 in September. Organizer Ernie Goss says that while the rural main street economy is expanding outside of agriculture, “the negative impacts of tariffs and low agriculture commodity prices continue to weaken the farm sector.”

EU Cleared to Start Talks on Increasing U.S. Beef Imports

The European Union late last week agreed to allow negotiations with the U.S. to increase imports of U.S. beef to the EU. The move could help ease some transatlantic trade tensions, according to Reuters, which reports the EU says “finding a mutually beneficial solution to our longstanding dispute over beef would be a major step forward in improving” trade cooperation. The European Commission, which negotiates on behalf of the 28 EU nations, said it would open formal talks in the coming days on increasing the U.S. share of an existing 45,000-metric ton quota. However, the EU limits beef imports to beef that has not been treated with certain growth hormones. Further, beef is not part of the U.S. and EU trade talks formally announced last week to improve trade relations and remove tariffs. However, U.S. agriculture officials and the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office maintains that agriculture, in general, will be a part of those talks.

Japan Finds African Swine Fever in Travelers Suitcase from China

Japanese officials stopped a travelers luggage from China bound for Japan because of pork in the suitcase that later tested positive for African swine fever. Japan’s Agriculture Ministry announced the finding Monday of sausages in a passengers luggage that tested positive for the disease. African swine fever is a highly contagious disease spreading across China and other nations. The case in Japan is the first in the nation, and agriculture officials say there are no domestic cases of infections in Japan.  The passenger arriving on October first from Beijing was found to have about 1.5 kilograms of sausages which are prohibited from being brought into Japan. A Tokyo-based news agency reports the passenger was asked to abandon the sausages and they tested positive in the state’s genetic test conducted later. The U.S. has similar safeguards. Recently, a detection dog sniffed out a full roasted hog in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport being transported by an international traveler. The Department of Agriculture trains the dogs in Georgia and is using them to protect the U.S. from African swine fever.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service