12-18-18 SRM Annual Meeting: Producer’s Forum Feb 10-14 in Minneapolis, MN

SRM Annual Meeting: Producer’s Forum Feb 10-14 in Minneapolis, MN

December 18, 2018 (SRM) – The Society for Range Management (SRM) 72nd Annual Meeting, being held Sunday, February 10 through Thursday, February 14, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota will feature a number of exciting and informative sessions and symposia. Notably, each year the meeting serves as host to the annual Producer’s Forum. This year’s Forum will feature presentations by agency representatives, producers, members of the private sector, and land managers.

The Forum will feature a look at regional-specific rangelands and management practices, in addition to discussions on national issues and concerns. Session topics and presentations include: Continue reading

12-18-18 CDA, Gov Hickenlooper and Former Ag Commissioners cut the ribbon on the New Laboratories!

Watch ALL of the video which includes: (AUDIO AVAILABLE TOO)

  • Interview with CDA State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr, DVM (AUDIO)
  • Co Ag Commissioner Don Brown’s statements 
  • CO Lt Gov Donna Lynne’s statements
  • CO Gov John Hickenlooper’s statements
  • (Joint Statements & Ribbon Cutting Audio)
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • PLUS an exclusive tour of the new labs with CO Governor Hickenlooper and invited guests…(Audio from Tour)
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12-18-18 Syngenta Donates $13,950 to Local FFA Chapters

Syngenta Donates $13,950 to Local FFA Chapters

Syngenta partnered with the National FFA Organization to donate $13,950 to local chapters through events at its Grow More Experience and Agronomy in Action sites.

The donation will help support training and programming for future agriculture leaders.

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, December 18, 2018— As part of a season-long campaign at its Grow MoreTM Experience and Agronomy in Action sites, Syngenta will donate $13,950 to local chapters of the National FFA Organization. These funds will support ongoing training and programming for the communities’ future agriculture leaders.

“Syngenta has a long and proud history of supporting the local ag community,” says Melissa Lord, Syngenta customer event and trade show lead. “Our Grow More Experience and Agronomy in Action site teams give back to their communities by providing agronomic insights to help site visitors improve their operations. This year, Syngenta invested in these communities even more by partnering with the National FFA Organization to donate to local FFA chapters to benefit the next generation of ag innovators.” Continue reading

12-18-18 NFU: USDA Trade Aid Falls “Woefully Short” of Meaningful Support

NFU: USDA Trade Aid Falls “Woefully Short” of Meaningful Support

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will move ahead with the second and final round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments, which were developed this past summer to provide relief to farmers and ranchers struggling with low farm prices due to trade volatility from the administration’s trade war with China.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said that while the payments are appreciated, they are not enough to mitigate the substantial losses family farmers and ranchers will experience for years to come due to President Trump’s trade wars. Johnson released the following statement in response to the news:


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12-18-18 Groups Issue Framework for Antibiotic Stewardship in Food Animal Production

Groups Issue Framework for Antibiotic Stewardship in Food Animal Production

Leading stakeholder organizations define and outline core components of stewardship to protect public health
WASHINGTON, D.C. Dec. 18, 2018: A group of major food companies, retailers, livestock producers, and trade and professional associations today announced a comprehensive framework to strengthen stewardship of antibiotic use in food animals. The framework is the product of a two-year dialogue among stakeholders, moderated by Farm Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, to ensure that antibiotics are used judiciously throughout production to protect animal and public health.
The stakeholders agreed that the use of medically important antibiotics in all settings, from human health care to livestock production, must be carefully managed to slow the emergence of resistant bacteria and preserve the effectiveness of these vital drugs. The framework issued today defines effective stewardship, lays out its core components, and describes essential characteristics of effective stewardship programs, including key performance measures.
Organizations agreeing to the framework include: Elanco Animal Health, Hormel Foods, Jennie-O Turkey Store, McDonald’s Corporation, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, Smithfield Foods, Inc., Tyson Foods, Walmart Inc., and Zoetis.
“Antibiotic stewardship is essential to protecting human and animal health, ensuring food safety and security, and combating antibiotic resistance – issues that consumers increasingly care about when making their purchasing decisions,” said Kathy Talkington, who directs Pew’s antibiotic resistance project. “The organizations who were part of this dialogue represent the food animal supply chain from farm to table, and they recognize the need for meaningful stewardship programs that everyone can understand and trust.”

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12-18-18 USMEF: Updated Study Quantifies Value Delivered to Corn Producers through Red Meat Exports

USMEF: Updated Study Quantifies Value Delivered to Corn Producers through Red Meat Exports

Juday on Updated Red Meat Export Value to Corn Study 12-17-18

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, December 18th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, December 18th

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USDA Launches Second Round of Trade Mitigation Payments

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced the launch of round two of the trade mitigation payments to farmers. The payments are the second installment of trade aid through the Market Facilitation Program announced earlier this year as the U.S. and China were engaged in a trade war. The payments assist farmers “suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations,” according to USDA. The payments were expected in early December but were then held by the White House Office of Management and Budget as China recently agreed to and began purchases of U.S. ag products. The first Chinese soybean purchase from the U.S. in six months brought questions on whether there should be a second round of trade aid, which could amount to as much as $6 billion. Perdue met with Trump in the White House late last week, noting that the payments were “a commitment that the president made.”

Trump Expected to Sign Farm Bill This Week

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the 2018 farm bill this week, rumored to be Thursday. The President hinted over the weekend that he would sign the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, saying “we’ll get the farm bill,” at the White House Congressional Ball. Trump said the bill was in “very, very good shape,” according to the Hagstrom Report. The House and Senate each passed the farm bill last week and Trump must sign it before December 31, 2018, when commodity title programs start to expire. The 2014 farm bill expired at the end of September, but some programs were allowed to operate beyond expiration. Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture needs further action by Congress this week. Funding for USDA and the Food and Drug Administration expire at the end of this week and federal agencies are preparing for a partial government shutdown as lawmakers and President Trump fight over spending and a border wall.

U.S. Plans Tariff Increases on China if no Resolution Reached by March

The U.S. will increase tariffs on China next year if the two can’t resolve a trade dispute. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the ten percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods will increase to 26 percent, if there is no resolution by the March deadline. Politico reports that it’s somewhat unclear what China is expected to do to avoid the higher tariffs, and that the heart of the U.S. complaints against Beijing’s trade practices focus on deeper issues like Chinese technology transfers and intellectual property policies. China has begun purchasing U.S. soybeans within the last week, a promised action stemming from the G20 Summit meeting. China also announced it would lower tariffs on U.S. auto imports. Lighthizer says the Trump administration is looking for structural changes to increase market access for American companies, protect intellectual property and end forced technology transfers.

Zinke Leaving Interior Department

President Donald Trump will replace Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke with a former oil lobbyist. Zinke will leave the federal post at the end of this year, after holding the position for roughly two years. Bloomberg News reports Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt is expected to be named acting secretary, a former lobbyist who has played a behind-the-scenes role driving Trump administration policies to expand drilling and soften wildlife protections. The Department of Interior oversees drilling, grazing and other activities on public land and in federal waters. The Department includes the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management. Trump has said he will nominate a new secretary this week. The Senate previously confirmed Bernhardt as deputy secretary on a narrow 53-43 vote.

Harvest Analysis indicates high levels of mycotoxins across the U.S.

Harvest samples from across the U.S. submitted to Alltech in 2018 show high levels of mycotoxins. Samples collected across the U.S. include corn grain containing multiple mycotoxins, with an average of 7.0 mycotoxins per sample — more than 3.9 mycotoxins more, on average, than what was seen during the same period in 2017. Mycotoxins are a concern for livestock producers, as they have toxic properties that impact feed quality as well as animal health and performance. Mycotoxins in U.S. corn silage samples are also showing an increase in occurrence this year, with an average of 6.8 mycotoxins per sample, compared to the 4.6 on average during the same time period last year. Alltech’s Alexandra Weaver says the extreme weather events this year led to the increased mycotoxins.

Tennessee Corn Growers Vote in Favor on Statewide Checkoff

Corn farmers in Tennessee have passed a referendum to establish a corn checkoff program. The statewide vote authorized a one cent per bushel assessment of corn sold to support in-state promotions of corn. Of 474 total votes, 303 were in favor of the checkoff. The National Corn Growers Association says the checkoff will allow NCGA to fund research, market development and promote increased production and sales of Tennessee corn. Assessments will begin March 1, 2019. Producers who do not want to participate may request a refund of the assessed amount within 90 days of sale. Tennessee joins the other 20 top corn-producing states in the nation in collecting a checkoff. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Tennessee farmers harvested approximately 740,000 acres of corn in 2017, generating more than $418 million.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service