10-31-18 CoAXium™ Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide nearly doubles returns by controlling grassy weeds

Ritzville, Washington: CoAXiumTM wheat (left) produced 22.2 bu/acre more and $1.42/acre more than the untreated feral rye check (right).

CoAXium™ Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide nearly doubles returns by controlling grassy weeds

ANKENY, IA AND FORT COLLINS, CO, October 31, 2018 — CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide exceeded expectations in 2018 performance evaluation trials, demonstrating visibly superior control of feral rye (cereal rye), downy brome and jointed goatgrass. The new CoAXiumTM technology co-launched by wheat experts Albaugh LLC, Colorado Wheat Research Foundation and Limagrain Cereals Seeds delivered cleaner fields all season and higher yields at harvest in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska and Washington.

In a Ritzville, Washington, plot with heavy pressure from a natural feral rye population, CoAXiumTM varieties treated with 10 oz/acre AggressorTM yielded 64.7 bu/acre with 0% foreign matter. The untreated check variety, in comparison, yielded 42.5 bu/acre with 40% foreign matter from feral rye seed in the sample. With a price per bushel of $6.42, the treated plot returned $415.37 per acre gross revenue, versus a $212.50 per acre return from the untreated feral rye check plot. (SEE PICTURE ABOVE) Continue reading



LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Oct. 31, 2018 – As the 2018 growing season officially comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop
production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseed they store on their farms. At the same time, NASS will survey grain facility operators to determine year-end grain and oilseed stocks.

“These surveys are the largest and most important year-end surveys conducted by NASS,” explained Bill Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional Field Office. “They are the basis for the official USDA estimates of production and harvested acres of all major
agricultural commodities in the United States and year-end grain and oilseed supplies. Data from these surveys will benefit farmers and processors by providing timely and accurate information to help them make critical year-end business decisions and begin
planning for the next growing and marketing season.”

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10-31-18 USDA Announces Funding to Increase Access to Education, Workforce Training and Health Care Opportunities in Rural Communities

USDA Announces Funding to Increase Access to Education, Workforce Training and Health Care Opportunities in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is awarding grants for 128 projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural areas.

“Empowering rural Americans with access to services for quality of life and economic
development is critical to rural prosperity,” Secretary Perdue said. “Distance learning and telemedicine technology bridges the gap that often exists between rural communities and essential education, workforce training and health care resources.”

USDA is awarding $37 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. More than 4.5 million residents in 40 states and three territories will benefit from the funding. Many of the projects announced today will help combat the opioid crisis and other substance misuse issues. In Colorado, four rural communities were assisted with funding totaling over $931,000.

Colorado Rural Development (RD) State Executive Director Sallie Clark
USDA Photo by Preston Keres

“These are great examples of how technology and USDA Rural Development plays a critical role in rural Colorado communities”, said Sallie Clark, USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director. “Access to quality healthcare and education are important building blocks for our rural communities. We’re proud that USDA Rural Development is able to provide funding for educational and public safety needs through these grants for distance learning and telemedicine which in turn, assist our small towns and counties to leverage and e-connect quality resources that otherwise might not be available,” said Clark.

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10-31-18 NBA: Senators Push to Stop Consumers from Getting Buffaloed by Mislabeled Meat

NBA: Senators Push to Stop Consumers from  Getting Buffaloed by Mislabeled Meat
Westminster, CO (October 30) – A bipartisan group of five U.S. Senators today pushed federal regulators to immediately halt the sale of imported water buffalo meat products labeled in a matter that leads consumers to believe they are buying North American bison.

Republican Senators John Hoeven (ND) and John Thune (SD), along with Democratic Senators Michael Bennet (CO), Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Tom Udall (NM) sent a letter to FDA Deputy Commissioner Stephen Ostroff and USDA Acting Under Secretary Carmen Rottenberg urging prompt action to respond to the National Bison Association’s complaint regarding imported water buffalo meat being labeled only with descriptions such as “Natural Ground Buffalo.”  Continue reading

10-31-18 NPPC: EPA Rule Exempts Farms From Emissions Reporting

NPPC: EPA Rule Exempts Farms From Emissions Reporting

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 30, 2018 – The National Pork Producers Council today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its proposed rule exempting livestock farmers from reporting to state and local authorities the routine emissions from their farms.

“The rule announced today is the final piece in the implementation of the FARM Act, which passed Congress earlier this year and which eliminated the need for livestock farmers to estimate and report to the federal government emissions from the natural breakdown of manure,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “That bipartisan measure was approved because it was unnecessary and impractical for farmers to waste their time and resources alerting government agencies that there are livestock on farms.” Continue reading

10-31-18 Third Successful CCA/CSU Ranch Gathering of 2018!

Third Successful CCA/CSU Ranch Gathering of 2018!

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Colorado State University (CSU) are now three for three on successful Ranch Gatherings. The third gathering for 2018 was held October 18th in Salida, Colo. at the historic Hutchinson Ranch. This event was held in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) and had a special focus on the strong relationship between agriculture and conservation. The Hutchinson Ranch has been operating longer than Colorado has held statehood and has been passed down through six generations. The ranch has continued its operations with the help of a 650+ acre conservation easement through CCALT and has continued to be a stronghold in the valley’s community.  Continue reading

10-31-18 NMPF: Dairy Farmers Ask Trump Administration to Provide Needed Compensation for Lost Trade

NMPF: Dairy Farmers Ask Trump Administration to Provide Needed Compensation for Lost Trade

PHOENIX, AZ – U.S. dairy farmers at their annual meeting here this week asked President Donald Trump to recognize the significant economic losses milk producers are suffering because of the administration’s implementation of Section 232 and 301 tariffs.

The duties have resulted in retaliatory tariffs against U.S. dairy exports, particularly in Mexico and China. They continue to cause severe economic harm to U.S. dairy farmers, according to the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), as its board of directors adopted a resolution calling for aid commensurate to that damage.

“In light of the administration’s decision to establish a program to compensate farmers for the damage caused by these retaliatory tariffs, we call on the president to direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide assistance to dairy producers at a level that reflects the damage they have caused,” milk producers resolved at their meeting, held Oct. 28-31 in Phoenix. Farmer losses will exceed $1 billion this year, according to four separate estimates cited by NMPF. An initial USDA mitigation package announced in August allocated $127 million to dairy. Continue reading

10-31-18 A closer look at Purdue University’s Global Trade Analysis Project regarding USMCA with Purdue Ag Economist Dominique Y Van Der Mensbrugghe, Ph.D…

A closer look at Purdue University’s Global Trade Analysis Project regarding USMCA with Purdue Ag Economist Dominique Y Van Der Mensbrugghe, Ph.D…

Farm Foundation TradeLogoFINALwebBRIGGSDALE, CO – October 31, 2018:  According to a Global Trade Analysis Project study commissioned by Farm Foundation and completed by Purdue University agricultural economists that was released on October 31st: “Market access improvements included in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will lead to an expansion of U.S. agricultural exports by $450 million, mostly in the dairy and poultry sectors, according to a new analysis released today. However, those gains will be more than negated by retaliatory measures taken by Canada and Mexico in response to the United States’ decision to raise import tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.” Leading Purdue University’s Global Trade Analysis Project agricultural economists is Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, Ph.D., and he joins the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to take a closer look at those findings…


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10-31-18 CDA: New Laboratories, New Division, New Position Provides Better Customer Service to People of Colorado

CDA: New Laboratories, New Division, New Position Provides Better Customer Service to People of Colorado

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is in the process of completing the final phase of its multi-year office consolidation project. During this exciting time, a number of changes will also be made to the leadership and structure of the agency.
“This has been a long time in the making and I’m thrilled to see the end drawing near. In 2014, we began the consolidation of six of our seven divisions into one building in Broomfield. This has allowed us to better serve the people of Colorado with a “one-stop” shop while managing staff and programs more effectively. This also provided us the opportunity to re-evaluate our leadership structure and combine our laboratory services from two divisions into one that will now be the Division of Laboratory Services,” said Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown.
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10-31-18 Retaliatory tariffs will negate USMCA export gains

Purdue University Agricultural Economist Dominique Y Van Der Mensbrugghe, Ph.D

Retaliatory tariffs will negate USMCA export gains

New analysis warns of potential for further export declines if NAFTA were abandoned

OAK BROOK, IL Oct. 31, 2018: Market access improvements included in the United StatesMexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will lead to an expansion of U.S. agricultural exports by $450 million, mostly in the dairy and poultry sectors, according to a new analysis released today. However, those gains will be more than negated by retaliatory measures taken by Canada and Mexico in reaction to the United States’ decision to raise import tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The study was commissioned by Farm Foundation and completed by Purdue University agricultural economists Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, Ph.D., Wallace Tyner, Ph.D., and Maksym Chepeliev, Ph.D. The analysis estimates the retaliatory measures from Canada and Mexico “will cause U.S. agricultural exports to decline by $1.8 billion,” the Purdue economists report. With continued retaliatory tariffs from China and other trading partners, “the United States would see a decline in agricultural exports of $7.9 billion, thus overwhelming the small positive gains from

The USMCA was reached Oct. 1, 2018 but must still be ratified by all three nations. The economists cite two other studies which looked at what would happen to U.S. agricultural exports if the USMCA is not ratified and the United States were to withdraw from NAFTA. If that happened, one scenario for the three countries would be to revert to so-called most favored nation (MFN) status under which it is estimated that U.S. agriculture exports “would decline by more than $9 billion, and lead to higher consumer prices for food.”

One of the first in-depth analysis completed since an agreement on USMCA was reached, the Purdue analysis had three components: the impact of USMCA on U.S. agriculture; the impacts of the retaliatory tariffs imposed by Mexico and Canada, as well as the rest of the world, in response to import tariffs imposed by the United States; and estimations if the United States were to completely withdraw from NAFTA.

“Farm Foundation saw a need for public and private leaders to understand the potential consequences of USMCA, as well as the retaliatory tariffs,” says Farm Foundation President  Constance Cullman. “With this analysis, Farm Foundation is continuing its 85-year tradition of informing discussions with unbiased, nonpartisan information.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 31st – Halloween!

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 31st – Halloween!

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USDA Planning Trade Aid Round Two Distribution

The Department of Agriculture is readying round-two of trade mitigation payments for farmers. The payments are the second half of the $12 billion program by the Trump administration to compensate farmers for losses stemming from Trump’s trade agenda. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he doesn’t expect the payments “any later than December,” according to Politico. USDA previously used about $6.3 billion to facilitate the program that also includes commodity purchases and trade promotion. The second round of payments offers the same per-bushel or per-head amount to farmers as the first round. Corn growers will receive one cent per bushel, and soybean growers will receive $1.65 per bushel, per 50 percent of production. Hog producers will receive $8 per head and dairy farmers will receive 12 centers per hundredweight. Meanwhile, wheat producers will get 14 cents per bushel, sorghum growers 86 cents per bushel and cotton producers six cents per pound.

U.S. Planning Another Round of China Tariffs

The United States is readying more tariffs against China if there is no positive momentum following a meeting between President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping (she-gin-ping). Bloomberg News reports the new round will be announced if the talks during the G20 summit between the two fails. The new round, proposed to be announced in early December, would apply to imports from China not previously targeted by U.S. tariffs. The U.S. has already imposed tariffs on $250 billion in trade with China. And, ten percent tariffs on $200 billion in imports that took effect in September are due to increase to 25 percent starting next year. Trump has also threatened tariffs on all the remaining goods imported from China to the United States, worth $505 billion last year. China has targeted U.S. agriculture throughout the trade war, which has decreased markets for U.S. commodities in China.

70 Percent of Farmland to Change Hands in Next 20 Years

Farmers National Company says 70 percent of farmland will transfer ownership over the next 20 years. The transfers will occur by sale, will, trust beneficiary or gifts, according to the company. For farm and ranch operations, land is by far the most significant asset in this transfer of wealth. Over the next five years, ten percent of the 911 million acres of agricultural land in the United States will change hands, which equates to two percent per year. About one percent will change ownership each year through inheritance, gifting, or closed sales. The other one percent will be sold in the open market, which equates to about 4.25 million acres per year on average available for purchase. The company says some of the sales will be from farmers and ranchers retiring, while the rest will probably be inheritors deciding to sell the land asset. Finally, the company says the next generation of landowners will typically be more removed from the farm or ranch and will be seeking information and guidance from various sources for making decisions.

Canada Announces New Dairy Working Groups

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada this week announced new dairy working groups to address industry concerns. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced the new working groups comprised of dairy farmers and processors. Canada says that while informal engagement has already begun with the dairy sector, the working groups bring together officials from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, representatives from national dairy organizations and associations, as well as regional representatives. MacAulay says the working groups will help “make sure the sector remains strong, stable, and competitive well into the future.” One of the working groups will focus on helping dairy farmers adjust to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, and discuss support for other trade deals. A separate working group that will chart a path forward to help the dairy sector innovate and remain an important source of jobs and economic growth for future generations. Canada’s government will also engage with provincial and territorial governments on an ongoing basis throughout the process.

CHS Will Restate Three Years of Earnings

CHS will restate three years of earnings after discovering what the cooperative calls a technical accounting error. In a letter to cooperative leaders, CHS says it is restating results for 2015, 2016, 2017 and part of 2018, because rail freight contract values and quantities were intentionally overstated and certain rail freight items were incorrectly accounted for as derivatives on the balance sheet. Management discovered the misstatements during an investigation and has since terminated the employee responsible. CHS has filed a document with the Securities and Exchange Commission announcing the intent to restate the financial results. CHS says that while the investigation is not yet complete, findings to date indicate there was no monetary loss, however the company will incur additional costs related to this matter. Any overstated non-cash values will be written off and reflected in the restated financial results.

Grocery Shoppers Still Prefer in Store Purchases

Online grocery shopping is on the rise, but a new study shows grocery shoppers still prefer in-store purchases. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports online grocery shopping remains a small niche in the  $800 billion industry, generating less than five percent of sales. Online grocery sales grew four points from last year, but the number of online food and beverage buyers, defined as those who make six or more purchases a year, is still just 17 percent. Only 38 percent of consumers have shopped in the format even once, and less than half of them, 44 percent, say they are loyal to the format. Loyalty rates of online grocery shoppers are well below the 75 percent level needed to ensure a viable, successful business model, according to researchers at Tabs Analytics. The research firm released the finding in its sixth annual food and beverage study which also found grocery sales overall increased in the past two years as median income rose and the unemployment rate declined.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service