10-24-18 Syngenta announces winner in 2018 #RootedinAg contest

Syngenta announces winner in 2018 #RootedinAg contest

  • Competition asked growers, ag professionals to tell the story of someone who encouraged them to become #RootedinAg
  • Winner from Illinois to donate to Tazewell County 4-H program

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, Oct. 24, 2018– Katharine Girone of Varna, Illinois, is the grand prizewinner of the 2018 Thrive #RootedinAg contest from Syngenta. This contest challenges growers and other ag industry professionals across the country to describe the person who most nourished their agricultural roots. Girone, who works as a program coordinator for 4-H youth development at the University of Illinois Extension in Pekin, Illinois, and helps her family operate a fifth-generation farm, chose to honor her grandfather Kenneth McKee.

In her winning essay, she wrote, “Though my grandfather is not as young as he once was, when I look at him, I still see the hands of a faithful farmer: hands worn by hard, physical labor; hands that have held life; hands that sowed the seed to feed the world; and hands that welcome me home.

Girone’s story resonated with both online voters and a panel of judges. Now, after receiving a mini touch-screen tablet alongside the four other deserving finalists, Girone has also won a $500 gift card. Additionally, Syngenta will make a $1,000 donation in her name to the Tazewell County 4-H program. Girone chose this group for the pivotal role it has played in shaping her relationship with her grandfather

“In my tenure as a 4-H member, my grandfather made it to every 4-H show of mine,” she said. “He is a 4-H alumni, retired 4-H leader and retired 4-H sheep department superintendent. Giving back to this amazing organization that has affected both of us so deeply only seems fitting.” Continue reading

09-27-18 Colorado Farm Show Scholarships DUE NOV 1st!

Colorado Farm Show Scholarships DUE NOV 1st!

The Colorado Farm Show is proud to announce an increased number of scholarships being offered to graduating Colorado High School Seniors. The scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Students who apply should be High School graduates in the Winter 2018 or Spring 2019 and planning on pursuing a degree in an Agricultural field of study at the College or University of their choice. To date, the Colorado Farm Show has awarded $169,000 in scholarships to Colorado graduating High School Seniors pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.

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10-24-18 NCGA: Annual Soil Health Summit Event Opens to Public for First Time

NCGA: Annual Soil Health Summit Event Opens to Public for First Time

As the pursuit of improved soil health as an on-farm business and environmental strategy continues to grow, the Soil Health Partnership is taking a new step to foster that interest. For the first time, the organization has opened to the public the annual Soil Health Summit, January 15 – 16 in St. Louis, and especially encourages growers and agronomists to attend.

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10-24-18 Export U.S. Trade Policy, Grains Transportation Value Chain Spotlighted at Exchange 2018; Buyer-Seller Relationship Forged

Export U.S. Trade Policy, Grains Transportation Value Chain Spotlighted at Exchange 2018; Buyer-Seller Relationship Forged

Dan Pearson, former chairman of the U.S International Trade Commission (ITC) and principal at Pearson International Trade Services, provided a U.S. trade policy briefing at Export Exchange.

Minneapolis- The challenges and opportunities surrounding transportation of U.S. feed grains to end-users in countries around the world was the topic of conversation at Export Exchange 2018 Wednesday.

Export Exchange is a biennial educational and trade forum for U.S. feed grains that will host attendees from both the U.S. and various countries organized into 21 USGC trade teams. The teams will meet with U.S. suppliers and get a chance to learn about current supply and demand for U.S. feed products.
Co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Export Exchange 2018 offers attendees an unparalleled opportunity to meet and build relationships with domestic suppliers of corn, distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), sorghum, barley and other commodities.


“Export Exchange is an opportunity to demonstrate just how amazing the streamlined and efficient U.S. value chain is,” said Jim Stitzlein, USGC chairman. “We want to show potential buyers just how it allows grain grown on thousands of farms to be harvested, collected and commingled at elevators, then transported by barge or rail to terminal elevators, further combined, and then loaded for delivery to foreign destinations. We are absolutely committed to working with our international customers, drawing on our inherent strengths to get them what they want when they need it.”

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10-24-18 Inside the Upcoming 3rd Annual Growing for the Future Conference w/NFU Education Coordinator Emma Lindberg

Inside the Upcoming 3rd Annual Growing for the Future Conference w/NFU Education Coordinator Emma Lindberg

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 24, 2018 – The National Farmers Union is hosting their 3rd annual Growing for the Future Conference December 3-6, 2018 and joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the online event in more detail and other topics is Emma Lindberg, Education Coordinator with the National Farmers Union…


If you are looking for resources to help you launch a successful operation? Register today for the 3rd Annual NFU Growing for the Future, a FREE online conference for beginning farmers and ranchers Dec 3-6: https://nfu.org/growing-for-the-future/

To learn more about the National Farmers Union, who advocate for family farmers and their communities through education, cooperation, and legislation, please visit https://nfu.org/


10-24-18 U.S. Dairy Industry Applauds Work to Deepen Philippine Trade Relations

U.S. Dairy Industry Applauds Work to Deepen Philippine Trade Relations

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Trade Representative this week announced progress in talks with the Philippines under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). U.S. dairy producers and processors appreciate the Administration’s work to preserve and deepen market access ties with a country that purchased $243 million in U.S. dairy products last year. Continue reading

10-24-18 CFVGA Calls for Tech Pitch Proposals to be Presented at Fifth Annual Conference, Feb. 25-26, 2019

CFVGA Calls for Tech Pitch Proposals to be Presented at Fifth Annual Conference, Feb. 25-26, 2019

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is asking creators of technology that will benefit Colorado produce growers to submit proposals to present their technologies at the CFVGA Fifth Annual Conference Feb. 25-26, 2019, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. The Produce Tech Innovation Pitch, a business pitch session with judges, was introduced at the 2018 conference.
“For the second year, CFVGA is inviting businesses with technology solutions for pressing issues in the produce sector to submit their proposals to pitch at the 2019 CFVGA annual conference,” said Adrian Card, chair of the CFVGA conference committee. “The tech pitch was very popular with attendees to our 2018 conference and pitchers reported it was valuable for them to get input from potential buyers of their technologies.”

10-24-18 NMPF Asks USDA to Bolster Dairy Aid Package

NMPF Asks USDA to Bolster Dairy Aid Package

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) needs to better reflect the dairy-farm incomes lost to tariff retaliation when it calculates its next round of trade mitigation payments, the National Milk Producers Federation said today.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, NMPF Chairman and dairy farmer Randy Mooney cited four studies illustrating that milk producers have experienced more than $1 billion in lost income since May, when the retaliatory tariffs were first placed on dairy goods in response to U.S. levies on foreign products. In contrast, the first round of USDA trade mitigation payments, announced in August, allocated only $127 million to dairy farmers.

“We are ever-grateful for your advocacy on agricultural trade, which is crucial to the economic health of our industry,” wrote Mooney, who operates Mooney Dairy in Rogersville, Missouri, with his wife, Jan. “However, our members are greatly concerned about the level of aid that was provided in the initial effort.”

The letter details four analyses, including two independent studies using sophisticated economic modeling, that each show losses to dairy producers far above USDA’s initial payment level: Continue reading

10-24-18 USDA Announces Update to National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

USDA Announces Update to National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

WASHINGTON, DC, October 24, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the first update since 2013 of the National Road Map for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (PDF, 340 KB). Continue reading

10-24-18 USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Appoints New Members to NAREEE Advisory Board

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Appoints New Members to NAREEE Advisory Board

WASHINGTON, DC, October 24, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 10 members to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.

“These members of the NAREEE Advisory Board help ensure that our work at USDA is facts-based, data-driven, and customer-focused,” Perdue said. “They bring real-world knowledge and expertise that is invaluable to our efforts.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 24th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 24th

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Trump, China, To Talk Trade at G20

President Donald Trump is tentatively scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping (she-gin-ping) during the Group of 20 nations, or G20 summit next month. The two are expected to discuss the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Bloomberg News that U.S. goals are on the table and that the two leaders “will meet for a bit” during the event. He said he anticipated staff-level meetings between Chinese and American officials ahead of the November 30th summit. However, Kudlow warned not to expect any major breakthrough between the two leaders. He did say that a broad agreement “on some basic principles and trading rules” including intellectual-property theft, forced transfer of technology, and tariffs on agricultural products “would be most welcome.” Formal talks have stalled since August as the U.S. accused China of unwilling to engage on trade issues.

Canada, Mexico, Want Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Lifted

Canada and Mexico want the U.S. to remove steel and aluminum tariffs now that a NAFTA 2.0 framework is in place. Canada has asked the U.S. to lift the tariffs “as soon as possible.” Mexico’s top negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement, now the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, says Mexico should not sign the agreement until the tariffs have been lifted, according to Politico. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, along with Mexican counterparts, urged the U.S. to lift the tariffs earlier this week. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has previously called on Trump to remove the barriers, as well. Earlier this month, Perdue said that with an agreement now between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, “I think it’s time we go back to our previous relationship which had no tariffs on steel and aluminum.” Perdue says benefits of the agreement would be limited until the tariffs were removed.

Japan-EU Trade Deal to Increase Market Competition

A trade agreement between the European Union and Japan will increase competition for the United States. Japan’s conclusion of the trade agreement, and efforts to complete the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, will increase competition in Japan for U.S. oilseed and vegetable products, according to the Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service. The two agreements contain tariff concessions for a range of oilseeds and other products that, with current trade rules, pose a disadvantage for U.S. products. The Hagstrom Report points out that the Japan-EU agreement could enter into force as early as 2019, while CPTPP member states are undertaking domestic procedures to ratify the agreement. Last year, Japan imported $3 billion worth of oilseeds, 37 percent coming from the United States, worth $1.15 billion. Japan also imported $1.5 billion in vegetable oil and animal fat products, of which 3.2 percent, or approximately $48 million were from the United States.

NOAA Forecasts Mild Winter

Much of the U.S. can expect a mild winter, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency released its seasonal outlook this week that covers December 2018 through February 2019. The forecast expects mostly warmer-than-normal weather this winter for the western two-thirds of the country, with no areas of the U.S. expected to see prevalent cooler-than-normal conditions. As for precipitation, much of the lower Southwest, Mid-South, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions have the greatest chance to see wetter-than-normal conditions this winter. Parts of the Great Lakes Region and portions of Montana and the western Dakotas are more likely to see drier-than-normal conditions. Much of the rest of the country has equal chances to see wetter or drier weather this winter, NOAA predicts. The agency’s precipitation map, in particular, looks a lot like how a signature El Niño winter typically plays out in the U.S. That’s no accident – with NOAA currently pegging the chance of those conditions developing this winter between 70 and 75 percent.

California Judge Reduces RoundUp Damage Award

A California Judge reduced the more than $200 million award to less than $40 million in a case against Bayer AG’s Roundup herbicide, formally of Monsanto. Dow Jones reports a San Francisco Superior Court Judge said the $250 million in punitive damages awarded by the jury must be slimmed down to match the $39.25 million in compensatory damages that the jury found appropriate. By doing so, the judge allowed the ruling against Bayer AG stand. Bayer inherited thousands of similar lawsuits as part of its acquisition of Monsanto that closed earlier this year. The ruling differs from a tentative decision reached by the judge earlier this month to throw out and order a new trial. Bayer will appeal the verdict and previously asked the court to overturn the ruling, citing that the plaintiff’s attorneys relied on evidence that did not take into consideration sound scientific fact.

Ag Co-ops Top List of Largest Cooperatives

Agricultural Co-ops top the nation’s list of largest cooperatives. The National Cooperative Bank this week released its annual NCB Co-op 100, listing the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses. The report shows that in 2017, these businesses posted revenue totaling approximately $214.4 billion. Minnesota-based CHS Inc. reported $31.9 billion in revenues in 2017 and maintained its first-place position on the list. Dairy Farmers of America, Land O’Lakes, Wakefern Food Corporation, and Associated Wholesale Grocers rounded out the top five. Charles Snyder, president and CEO of National Cooperative Bank, says that while the top 100 list is led by agriculture “ Cooperatives can be seen in just about every industry across America, including local food, finance, housing and energy.” 52 of the top 100 cooperatives are based in the agriculture industry. The NCB Co-op 100 remains the only annual report of its kind to track the profits and successes of cooperative businesses in the United States.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service