10-29-18 Listening Sessions scheduled for CSU presidential search

Listening Sessions scheduled for CSU presidential search

Four public forums have been set for early November to gather input and feedback from the public and the university community on the search for the next president of Colorado State University.

In addition to these listening sessions, the CSU Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC), also announced it will hold its first meeting on Friday, Nov. 16, 9-10:30 a.m. in the Conifer Room in the Michael Smith Natural Resources Building on campus. This meeting is open to the public, as are all meetings of the search committee and public forums.

The public listening sessions, which will all be held in the Cherokee Park Room of the Lory Student Center on campus, are scheduled for: Continue reading

10-29-18 CO Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

CO Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 — Gov. Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Disability Funding Committee, Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority Board of Directors, Energy Impact Assistance Advisory Committee, Food Systems Advisory, Colorado Health Benefits Exchange Board of Directors, Colorado Human Trafficking Council, Justice Assistance Grant Board, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council, Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, Colorado Municipal Bond Supervision Advisory Board, Special Funds Board for Workers’ Compensation Self Insurers, State Innovation Model Advisory Board, and the Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission.

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10-29-18 Sarah McKay Named NCGA’s New Director of Market Development

Sarah McKay Named NCGA’s New Director of Market Development

The National Corn Growers Association would like to announce that Sarah McKay, manager of market development, has been promoted to the role of director. McKay joined NCGA in August of 2017. She replaces Jim Bauman, who was promoted to the position of vice president of market development.
“Since coming to NCGA, Sarah has made a huge impact on our work and relationship with our animal agriculture industry partners,” said Jim Bauman, vice president of market development. “Sarah has taken the lead on a number of sustainability initiatives for NCGA and has helped shape the Feed, Food and Industrial Action Team into what it is today. Her work and knowledge of issues impacting the livestock industry has been an important asset for NCGA.”

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10-29-18 NFU Urges Administration to Honor Commitment to Biofuels

NFU Urges Administration to Honor Commitment to Biofuels

Radio Ad Calls for Immediate Implementation of Year-Round E15 and Reversal of RFS Waivers 

WASHINGTON – Throughout his campaign for and tenure as president, Donald Trump has consistently pledged to support American-grown biofuels. However, his administration has too often failed to follow through on those promises in a timely fashion.
In the most recent of such instances, President Trump announced his intentions to allow the use of E15 gasoline in summer months. Though National Farmers Union (NFU), a grassroots policy organization that has long advocated the expanded use of biofuels as a means to promote the economic viability of family farmers and the vibrancy of rural communities, was initially encouraged by the news, little has been done to enact the proposal.
Making matters worse, while promising to authorize E15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been covertly granting so-called “hardship waivers” to oil refineries owned by large corporations with multi-billion dollar revenues. These waivers exempted the refiners from complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), ultimately saved those corporations tens of millions of dollars while reducing the volume of renewable fuels in the transportation sector.
In response to the administration’s ongoing inaction, the organization today launched a radio ad buy urging President Donald Trump to keep his promises to family farmers by immediately implementing year-round E-15 and reversing the losses caused by the misappropriation of small refinery exemptions.

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10-29-18 USDA Announces Early Release of Select Commodity Tables for USDA’s Agricultural Projections to 2028

USDA Announces Early Release of Select Commodity Tables for USDA’s Agricultural Projections to 2028

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2018 — On November 2, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release selected tables prepared for the upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2028 report. USDA will post online tables containing long-term supply, use, and price projections to 2028 for major U.S. crops and livestock products and will include supporting U.S. and international macroeconomic assumptions. The short-term projections from the October 11, 2018 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report are used as a starting point. Continue reading

10-29-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Marty Gerace

CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Marty Gerace

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 29, 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 Marty Gerace…


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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 29th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 29th

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Perdue Talks Possible Trade Aid Adjustments

USDA is considering the possibility of adjusting direct payments to producers who’ve been hurt by the trade war. The adjustments may include factoring in hurricane damage after southeast U.S. producers were hit hard by hurricanes this year. A DTN report says Perdue asked USDA staff to look at the fact that they believe payments should be based on actual production and not country averages. “I think we’ve got to look at situations where people had good crops that were totally obliterated,” Perdue says in the DTN report. “These safety-net programs don’t factor that consideration into the equation.” Meantime, Perdue made clear that USDA will be announcing a second round of payments under the Market Facilitation Program to producers hurt by tariffs. He didn’t say when the announcement of another round of payments would be made. USDA officials had previously said it would be happening in December. The secretary said last week that he wanted to allay concerns that the second round of trade-aid payments might not be made to U.S. producers.


No USDA Trade Aid Planned For 2019

The Trump Administration has no plans in place for 2019 to give any more aid to farmers hurt by tariffs. Bloomberg says that’s based on assumptions that markets will recover even if the trade war with China keeps going. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue made that announcement last week. Back in July, the administration announced it would deliver $12 billion in aid to farmers hurt by the tit-for-tat tariff war with China. Last month, farmers were able to apply for the first round of aid that totaled $4.7 billion. Perdue didn’t disclose when a second round of aid would be distributed. Perdue says, “The trade war impacted farmers after they made planting decisions for 2018. The market will equilibrate over a period of time.” He told farmers at a stop in Illinois last week that there is not an expected or anticipated market facilitation program for 2019. Perdue didn’t offer any guesses as to how much longer the trade war with China would continue, saying only that “the onus is on China.”


Grassley: No Trade Aid for Smithfield Foods

When it comes to just who is eligible for trade aid, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said Smithfield Foods shouldn’t be one of the companies which are eligible help. Smithfield is owned by Chinese conglomerate WH Group. Grassley took to Twitter and says, “Smithfield seems to be in a ‘can’t-lose’ situation thanks to American taxpayers.” A spokesman for the Iowa Republican, who’s also a member of the Senate Ag Committee, says Grassley is looking into the matter. Early last week, the Washington Post reported that Smithfield does qualify for trade aid assistance. The Post says the idea of a bailout program helping out Smithfield has angered small hog producers across the country. The Post report says the situation shows how difficult it is to craft relief programs and keep the payments exclusively in the hands of domestic companies. Companies that have long international reach make it difficult to ensure U.S. dollars stay in U.S. hands, regardless of their intended target. In an email, a USDA spokesman says the agency doesn’t have the ability to make sure relief money doesn’t eventually filter into Chinese hands.


Only Out of Control African Swine Fever Will Hurt U.S. Prices

A handful of economists tell Politico that the African Swine Fever outbreak in China and parts of Europe won’t have a major impact on U.S. exports. That’s due in large part to the fact that the outbreak has hit only a fraction of the massive Chinese hog industry. Chinese officials have culled hundreds of thousands of pigs from the nation’s herds since August, which sounds like a lot. However, that’s only a small part of the estimated 433 million pigs in China at the start of 2018. In fact, Politico points out that China has more hogs than the U.S. has people. If it gets to the point where China has to import pork, economists say it would turn to Canada or Europe first because of the 62 percent retaliatory tariffs on U.S. pork. If the disease gets out of control, China would effectively be forced to buy pork from the U.S., even with the high duty rates. Dermot Hayes of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at Iowa State University says that would only come about if “the situation got very extreme.” African Swine Fever still hasn’t been found in the U.S.


USDA/FDA Meeting on What to Call Cell-Cultured Meat

Politico says a recent two-day joint USDA/FDA public gathering on cell-cultured food technology boiled down to a simple question. If it looks like meat and tastes like meat, can you call it meat? During the public comment period, stakeholders offered opinions on what the new form of meat should be called and how it should be labeled, which is a critical factor in shaping public perception of the product. The food technology takes cells from animals and grows them into meat products like burgers, nuggets, fish, and sausages. Supporters say the products are effectively meat and should be labeled as meat. Mike Selden is CEO of Finless Foods, a cell-based seafood company. He says the term “lab-grown meat,” which has been widely used for some time now is “intensely misleading” and unfair. Traditional meat groups have made it clear they don’t want the new companies using their product name. Kevin Kester, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President, calls the products “lab-grown fake meat” and says those manufacturers should not be permitted to use the term “beef.”


John Deere Gives Significant Grant to National FFA Organization

John Deere and the National FFA Organization have been in partnership for the past 75 years. To commemorate that, John Deere is making a $75,000 contribution to the FFA Living to Serve Platform. The funds are in addition to the wide range of FFA activities that John Deere already supports. Sam Allen, Deere and Company CEO and Chairman, says, “The FFA Living to Serve Platform inspires members to put leadership into action through service activities and prepares them to be responsible leaders in agriculture and many other professions in the future.” The Deere contribution provides support for FFA chapters to help build stronger communities through various service projects that address environmental responsibility, hunger, health and nutrition, community safety, and community engagement. John Deere is the longest-running corporate sponsor of FFA. They’re celebrating the partnership not only with the grant but with the presentation of a time capsule with 75 items donated by FFA members. Those items represent the past, present, and future of FFA, John Deere, and the agriculture industry.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service