11-30-18 CLA: Transportation Update: Extending the Electronic Logging Devices Delay for Livestock Hauler

CLA: Transportation Update: Extending the Electronic Logging Devices Delay for Livestock Hauler

Livestock haulers across the country are currently exempt from implementing electronic logging devices (ELDs). The question is: For how much longer?
A few months ago, NCBA worked closely with allies in Congress to secure a temporary exemption through December 7, 2018. With less than ten days to go before that exemption expires, NCBA has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill to remind lawmakers that a further extension is necessary.
“The livestock industry needs additional time to work with Congress and the Administration on a long-term solution to overly-restrictive Hours of Service rules,” said Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Rivera. “Extending the ELD implementation delay for livestock haulers will give us more breathing room while that process moves forward.”

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11-30-18 Registration is Open for CCA’s 2019 Mid-Winter Conference!

Registration is Open for CCA’s 2019 Mid-Winter Conference!

Registration is now open for CCA’s 2019 Mid-Winter Conference, which will be held on January 21-23, 2019 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, CO.

The 2019 Mid-Winter Conference will be a full two days of meetings, luncheons, rodeos, education, and fun!  Tuesday and Wednesday will both begin with a half day of CCA committee meetings.  The discussion in CCA’s 11 different steering committees will include topics and issues affecting every aspect of Colorado’s beef industry. Tuesday, CCA members will travel downtown to have our Legislative Lunch with a majority of the state’s legislators. After lunch, we join in the Old Supreme Court Chambers inside the Capitol with our lobbyist and invited legislators to review CCA’s tracking list and current legislative issues. Wednesday’s schedule will include the CCA Business Session, and lunch. Then we travel to the NWSS for the Commercial Female Sale followed by Cattlemen’s Night at the PRCA Rodeo. Click here for the schedule for a full list of events. A full schedule and registration form will also be in the December issue of the Cattle Guard, which will hit mail boxes next week! Continue reading

11-30-18 KDA: Arkansas River Compact Administration to Meet December 7th in Garden City, KS

Arkansas River Compact Administration to Meet December 7 in Garden City 

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) annual meeting will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. CST at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E Kansas Ave. in Garden City. The meeting agenda is posted on ARCA’s website at www.co-ks-arkansasrivercompactadmin.org. Continue reading

11-30-18 US Senator Bennet: Ahead of VP Pence visit to Mexico, Bennet, Menendez, Leahy & Kaine Encourage U.S. Commitment to Improving U.S.-Mexico Relations

Ahead of VP Pence visit to Mexico, Bennet, Menendez, Leahy & Kaine Encourage U.S. Commitment to Improving U.S.-Mexico Relations

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence encouraging him to use his visit to Mexico to reaffirm U.S. commitment to building a bilateral partnership that advances the prosperity and well-being of the people of both nations.

“The United States and Mexico share a bond deeper than just our close geography,” the senators wrote. “Our countries are bound by our shared culture, history, and decades of close cooperation on economic and security issues. However, this relationship and U.S. public standing in Mexico have suffered in the last two years due to the tremendous damage President Trump has caused to U.S.-Mexico relations.” Continue reading

11-30-18 NFU Deeply Disappointed in EPA Decision to Ignore Waivers, Intent of Law in New RFS Obligations

NFU Deeply Disappointed in EPA Decision to Ignore Waivers, Intent of Law in New RFS Obligations

WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration today finalized 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), setting the amount of renewable fuels that need to be blended in the transportation fuel supply at 19.92 billion gallons. The rule maintains the current 15-million-gallon target for corn ethanol and increases cellulosic and advanced biofuel requirements by 130 million gallons and 630 million gallons, respectively.

The 2019 mandate tracked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) July proposal, which ignored the billions of gallons of lost biofuel demand that resulted from EPA handing out hardship waivers to oil refiners. National Farmers Union (NFU), a staunch proponent of biofuels and higher blends of ethanol, was deeply disappointed by the news. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to the rule:

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11-30-18 U.S. DoI: New Analysis Shows 2018 California Wildfires Emitted as Much Carbon Dioxide as an Entire Year’s Worth of Electricity

New Analysis Shows 2018 California Wildfires Emitted as Much Carbon Dioxide as an Entire Year’s Worth of Electricity

Secretary Zinke calls for better forest management

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that according to data analyzed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the 2018 wildfire season in California is estimated to have released emissions equivalent to roughly 68 million tons of carbon dioxide. This number equates to about 15 percent of all California emissions, and it is on par with the annual emissions produced by generating enough electricity to power the entire state for a year. The recent Camp and Woolsey fires have produced emissions equivalent to roughly 5.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.

“We know that wildfires can be deadly and cost billions of dollars, but this analysis from the U.S. Geological Survey also shows just how bad catastrophic fires are for the environment and for the public’s health,” said Secretary Zinke. “There’s too much dead and dying timber in the forest, which fuels these catastrophic fires. Proper management of our forests, to include small prescribed burns, mechanical thinning, and other techniques, will improve forest health and reduce the risk of wildfires, while also helping curb the carbon emissions. The intensity and range of these fires indicate we can no longer ignore proper forest management. We can and must do a better job of protecting both the forests and the communities on the urban-wildland interface. Leaving forests unmanaged is no longer a safe option.” Continue reading

11-30-18 GIPSA Agency Elimination a Blow to Competitive Markets for Family Farmers, NFU Says

GIPSA Agency Elimination a Blow to Competitive Markets for Family Farmers, NFU Says

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will be eliminating the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) as a standalone agency and consolidate its functions into the work of the Agricultural Marketing Service.
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

“At a time when just a handful of companies control all of the markets that supply and buy from family farmers and ranchers, the elimination GIPSA is a big step in the wrong direction. The agency’s statutory duty is to ensure fair and competitive markets for family farmers. This decision comes on top of USDA’s decision to withdraw the Farmer Fair Practices Rules, which would have given American family farmers the most basic of protections against abusive and undue practices levied against them by companies that hold substantial market power. Farmers Union strongly urges USDA to reconsider both of these decisions that undermine competition and place family farmers and ranchers at a significant disadvantage in the marketplace.”

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11-3018 Dairy Groups Applaud Final Signing of Modernized NAFTA Pact; Urges Congress to Approve Swiftly

Dairy Groups Applaud Final Signing of Modernized NAFTA Pact; Urges Congress to Approve Swiftly

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) commended the Trump Administration today for signing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which had been agreed to in principle on Sept. 30.

The USMCA will benefit America’s dairy sector by maintaining the overall U.S.-Mexico trading structure of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), while incorporating new commitments to strengthen U.S. dairy export prospects throughout the North American region. Thanks to NAFTA, Mexico is currently the largest export destination for U.S. dairy products, accounting for $1.2 billion in sales last year. The United States commands a dominant market share in Mexico, with sales that amount to three quarters of its imported dairy products. Continue reading

11-30-18 Conaway Statement on USMCA Signing


Conaway Statement on USMCA Signing

Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement after the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“Farmers, ranchers and agribusiness in general will benefit from a strengthened trilateral trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, and today President Trump brought our nation one step closer to realizing this important victory. There are several important wins for our producers in this deal, and I look forward to Congress swiftly approving the agreement in the new year.”


11-30-18 USDA: Statement of Secretary Perdue on Signing of USMCA

USDA: Statement of Secretary Perdue on Signing of USMCA

(Washington, D.C., November 30, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding the signing of the new trade pact, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), replacing the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

“I have often said that we live in the best neighborhood on Earth – North America – and the signing of a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada helps cement our highly integrated relationship as nations.  President Trump has fulfilled a promise, which many said couldn’t be done, to renegotiate NAFTA and improve the standing of the entire American economy, including the agriculture sector.

“The new USMCA makes important specific changes that are beneficial to our agricultural producers.  We have secured greater access to the Mexican and Canadian markets and lowered barriers for many of our products.  The deal eliminates Canada’s unfair Class 6 and Class 7 milk pricing schemes, opens additional access to U.S. dairy into Canada, and imposes new disciplines on Canada’s supply management system. The agreement also preserves and expands critical access for U.S. poultry and egg producers and addresses Canada’s discriminatory wheat grading process to help U.S. wheat growers along the border become more competitive.

“This is good news for American farmers and we now need Congress to follow suit and enact the necessary implementing legislation.  I commend President Trump and our U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Lighthizer, for their perseverance, leadership, and hard work.” Continue reading

11-30-18 USMCA Deal Falls Short of Fair Trade Framework for Family Farmers, NFU Says

USMCA Deal Falls Short of Fair Trade Framework for Family Farmers, NFU Says
WASHINGTON – Officials from the United States and Mexico today signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the renegotiated trade deal formerly known as the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The agreement will not have binding force in the United States until it is signed by Canada and approved by the U.S. Congress.
National Farmers Union (NFU) said that while USMCA makes important improvements over NAFTA, the deal currently does not go far enough to institute a fair trade framework that benefits family farmers and ranchers and restores sovereignty to the U.S. In response to the signing, NFU President Roger Johnson urged Congress to demand the administration make changes to the deal before ratifying it:
“For decades, family farmers and ranchers have taken a backseat to corporate interests in international trade negotiations. If allowed to take effect without changes, USMCA will continue this trend.
“President Trump campaigned against the major flaws in international trade agreements that the original NAFTA created the framework for, and rightly so. It is this framework that has led to our annual $500 billion trade deficit, exported jobs, lowered wages, and lost sovereignty. NAFTA
renegotiation is a key opportunity to create a trade framework for our future.

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11-30-18 CFVGA Seeks Tech Pitch Proposals for Annual Conference, Feb. 25-26, 2019

CFVGA Seeks Tech Pitch Proposals for Annual Conference, Feb. 25-26, 2019

Application Deadline: December 17th

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) seeks 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.
“Just recently, the 2018 CFVGA Produce Tech Innovation Pitch audience favorite, Augean Robotics, creator of the automated, robotic cart, won Western Growers AgSharks and a $250,000 equity investment offer,” said Adrian Card, chair of the CFVGA conference committee. “We aspire to attract this same caliber of company and give worthy pitchers the resources and feedback necessary to succeed.” Continue reading

11-30-18 NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates Welcome Official Signing of USMCA, Encourage Repeat with Japan

NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates Welcome Official Signing of USMCA, Encourage Repeat with Japan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico officially signed the revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) applaud the three countries for working together to finalize USMCA.

This agreement includes important provisions for wheat farmers. Most notably, USMCA retains tariff-free access to imported U.S. wheat for our long-time flour milling customers in Mexico. That is a crucial step toward rebuilding trust in U.S. wheat as a reliable supplier in this important, neighboring market.  Continue reading

11-30-18 U.S. Grains Council Statement On USMCA Signing

U.S. Grains Council Statement On USMCA Signing

Washington, D.C. – U.S. A statement from U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight:

“The ceremony Friday to sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is an important next step in the new pact’s final approval and the process of modernizing the most important trade agreement to U.S. grain farmers and exporters.

“In the latest marketing year, Mexico and Canada again proved to be top buyers of U.S. feed grains in all forms, and both countries still hold significant potential for market expansion given the right trade policy frameworks and the robust market development we intend to undertake there with our partners.

“We applaud the many members of the Trump Administration, as well as their Mexican and Canadian colleagues, who worked diligently to negotiate this agreement. We see its forward movement as a sign our countries will continue our robust relationship, as business partners and friends.”

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Farm Bill Agreement in Principle

An agreement in principle on the farm bill brings the legislation closer to completion, with hopes remaining that Congress can finish the bill this year. The so-called big four of the conference committee announced the agreement Thursday morning. Leaders of the farm bill conference committee, Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow, along with Representatives Mike Conaway and Collin Peterson, now wait for cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, along with finalizing language. Before the bill is completed, the conference report must be finalized, and both chambers of Congress must pass the bill by the end of the year. Both the House and Senate plan to adjourn in mid-December, wrapping up a busy lame-duck session. The bill is not expected to include strict work requirements under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to Politico. Lawmakers also confirmed this week requested last-hour changes to the forestry title by the Trump administration will not be included. However, Stabenow suggested those measures be considered outside of the farm bill during the lame-duck session.

Farm Groups Call for Completion of Farm Bill

With an announced agreement in principle on the farm bill, agriculture groups are calling on Congress to finish the job and pass the farm bill before time runs out this year. The farm bill conference committee announced the agreement Thursday morning that paves the way for a completed farm bill. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall thanked members of the committee and called on the House and Senate to approve the bill once finalized. Duvall says continued access to risk management tools, assistance in foreign market development, and conservation and environmental stewardship programs within the legislation are especially important for farmers and ranchers. More so, he says, the bill “will help provide certainty to rural America at a time when it is much needed.” National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson expressed optimism in the process, noting NFU is optimistic lawmakers have come to terms on a bill that “begins to provide the relief and certainty farmers need amidst struggling markets due to oversupply and trade volatility.”

Trump, China’s Xi, To Talk Trade This Weekend

The long-awaited meeting between President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping (Shee Jihn’-ping) this weekend brings hope of eased trade tensions between the two nations. The two leaders will meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina Saturday as agriculture, and other sectors hope the two reach a ”ceasefire” in the tit-for-tat tariff war. Bloomberg News reports such a truce could at the least delay an escalation of the trade conflict. The Trump administration argues any progress would be the result of the pressure Trump as placed on China, being the $250 billion of tariffs, with the threat of more to come. China has retaliated by targeting U.S. agriculture. China is missing allies for the talks, according to Bloomberg, as Larry Kudlow of the Trump National Economic Council said this week “the rest of the world agrees with us,” regarding China’s trade practices.

NCGA Submits U.S.-Japan Trade Objectives

National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp this week submitted NCGA’s negotiating objectives for a United States-Japan Trade Agreement to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Japan is the second largest market for U.S. corn exports, and U.S. corn farmers have been a reliable supplier to the market for more than 50 years, according to NCGA. Chrisp says corn farmers have “long counted on Japan” as a leading export market, a market that the industry has spent decades developing. NCGA has been advocating for a formal trade agreement with Japan for years. NCGA’s top priorities for the negotiation are to secure market access for corn amid intensifying competition from other corn suppliers, to improve market access for other corn co-products, and to address technical, sanitary and phytosanitary, and other non-tariff barriers to trade between the parties, allowing for more efficient trade flows.

Bayer to Sell Animal Health Unit

Bayer AG has announced it will exit the animal health business. In a press call Thursday, Bayer CEO Werner Baumann announced that the company would sell its animal health unit, along with consumer brands Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s. The move includes the reduction of 12,000 jobs, globally. Baumann says of the portfolio changes that the decisions “were not made necessary by the recent acquisition. And, certainly not by glyphosate litigation in the United States,” referring to the acquisition of Monsanto that closed earlier this fall. Bayer stock has fallen more than 35 percent in the last year. Bayer Animal Health consists of nearly a dozen product lines for pets and farm animals, including the antibiotic Baytril. The North America unit of Bayer Animal Health is located in Shawnee, Kansas, part of so-called Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.

Canada Canola Council Comments on Health Claim for Canola Oil

A health claim approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration makes Canadian canola oil an “attractive choice for quick-serve restaurants and food processors.” The Canola Council of Canada says the claim means canola oil provides a high-stability oil that is both low in saturated fat and free of trans fat. The U.S. FDA recently announced that oils containing a high level of oleic acid, such as high oleic canola oil, can now carry the new qualified health claim. The claim is based on a review of the scientific evidence on the cardiovascular benefits of the consumption of oleic acid. The claim states that, “supportive but not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that daily consumption of about 1.5 tablespoons of oils containing high levels of oleic acid, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.” Canola oil has been eligible to use a similar qualified health claim based on its unsaturated fat content and reduction of the risk of coronary heart disease since 2006.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service