01-18-19 Bison Ranchers Look to Expand Customer Connections at Annual Meeting Nearly 500 Producers to Meet, 100 Head of Live Bison Scheduled for Stock Show

Bison Ranchers Look to Expand Customer Connections at Annual Meeting
Nearly 500 Producers to Meet, 100 Head of Live Bison Scheduled for Stock Show
Westminster, CO (January 18, 2019) – The nearly bison 500 ranchers bringing more than 100 head of live bison to Denver next week will also be bringing a commitment to continue building the market for bison meat based upon the quality of the meat and a dedication to sustainable ranching practices.

The ranchers will be gathering at the National Bison Association’s 24th annual meeting at the Denver Renaissance Hotel, and at the association’s Gold Trophy Show and Sale at the National Western Stock Show.

“The bison business has logged another year of record-breaking sales, and extremely strong prices for producers,” said Dave Carter, executive director of the Westminster, CO-based association. “We know that introducing more people to the great taste and nutritional benefits of naturally-raised bison will continue to help us grow.”

A major focus of the association’s annual meeting, entitled “Gaining Ground,” will be the development of collaborative partnerships to assure the continued growth of the bison business.

The annual conference will kick off at the Renaissance Hotel at 3801 Quebec St. with a luncheon on Wednesday (which the association has renamed as Bison Hump Day).

Presentations during the conference will include a seminar on Ranching for Profit, conducted by David Pratt, a nationally recognized leader in helping producers consider financial, personal and ecological growth in their business. Agricultural researchers from South Dakota State University will also provide extensive information about that institution’s commitment to develop a Center of Excellence in bison research.

Other presentations will focus on herd health, low-stress animal management, and tips for newcomers to the bison business.

On Saturday, January 26th, activities move to the National Western Stock Show, where the live animal auction will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Livestock Center sale arena. More than 100 head of live bison are expected to be auctioned. At 10 a.m., prior to live animal sale, the carcass entries in the “market class” competition will be auctioned in the sale arena. “The market class auction is a great opportunity for members of the public to come out and purchase meat to stock their freezers,” Carter said, adding that the association has an arrangement with Innovative Packing Co. nearly Greeley to cut and package the meat for anyone purchasing a carcass at the sale.

A complete agenda for the conference, and the Show and Sale, is available at www.bisoncentral.com. w

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01-18-19 NMPF Applauds Legislative Step Toward Immigration Solution

NMPF Applauds Legislative Step Toward Immigration Solution

ARLINGTON, Va. – National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern issued the following statement supporting congressional action to resolve critical immigration issues facing the U.S. dairy industry:

“We applaud Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for their efforts to begin advancing the process in this Congress on immigration legislation. Rep. Lofgren and Sen. Feinstein have long been leaders in the immigration policy debate, and we look forward to working with them this Congress Continue reading

01-18-19 Key Topics at CFVGA-Hosted Colorado Farm Show Produce Day January 29th

CLICK HERE to view the online brochure for the 55th CO Farm Show

Key Topics at CFVGA-Hosted Colorado Farm Show Produce Day January 29th:

Risk Management, Soil Health, Research, Optimizing Irrigation, Food Safety

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) urges produce growers and others involved in any aspect of the produce industry to attend the Colorado Farm Show Produce Day Jan. 29 at the Weld County Fairgrounds in Greeley. Produce Day is hosted by CFVGA in conjunction with the Colorado Farm Show.
“Produce day will feature valuable information for anyone involved in any way in the production of fruits and vegetables,” said CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., who will open the day with an overview of CFVGA, including its activities and work on behalf of Colorado produce growers.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 18th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, January 18th

California Lawmakers Propose New Ag Labor Bill

A new ag labor bill by California Senator Dianna Feinstein and Repetitive Zoe Lofgren would allow certain foreign agricultural workers to receive permanent U.S. residency. The California Democrats introduced the bill Thursday. Under the Agricultural Worker Program Act, farmworkers who have worked in agriculture for at least 100 days in the past two years may earn “blue card” status that allows them to continue to work in the United States legally. Farmworkers who maintain blue card status for the next three years or five years, depending on hours worked in agriculture, would be eligible to adjust to lawful permanent residence, or a green card. In a statement, Senator Feinstein said the bill “would ensure that hardworking immigrants don’t live in fear and that California’s agriculture industry has the workforce it needs to succeed.” The bill has numerous Democrats listed as co-signers in both the House and Senate.

Wheeler Intends to Rollout E15 Rules by Summer, Pending Shutdown

The Environmental Protection Agency intends to complete a rule that allows year-round E15 sales by June. However, the government shutdown may delay the action. EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week that the agency can finish the rule on-time, if the government shutdown doesn’t delay the work. Wheeler told the committee that he intended to issue the E15 proposal next month, but the shutdown has complicated the timeline. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said the association was “encouraged” by the comments, but added, “we remain concerned that the partial shutdown is compressing a timeline that was already very tight.” Cooper says he believes the EPA could improve the chances of finishing the rule on time if it was separated from RIN reform provisions also being considered in the rulemaking package.

Food Industry Disputes New Dietary Study

Food industry leaders say a new study on dietary suggestions “lacks any kind of scientific rigor and only serves to misguide Americans on their nutritional health.” The Nutrition Coalition says the study should be read with “great caution.” The 50-page report by the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health, advises consumers to drastically reduce their meat and dairy consumption for their health and for the good of the planet. It plans to promote the report vigorously over the next month. Meat industry publication Meatingplace says the report proposes a “universal healthy reference diet” based on conclusions a group of 19 commissioners and 18 coauthors in various fields of human health, agriculture, political science and environmental sustainability drew from a review of “extensive literature on foods, dietary patterns and health outcomes.” The diet largely consists of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and unsaturated oils, along with no to low amounts of seafood, poultry and other meats. The North American Meat Institute called the recommendations a “fad diet solution to complex global issues” that ignores the nutritional benefits of meat.

Louis Dreyfus to Exit Dairy Business

Louis Dreyfus Company this week announced it would exit its small dairy business as part of an overhaul to revive growth at the agriculture commodity company. The dairy unit represents for roughly one percent of the company’s revenue in 2018, and was previously earmarked as a unit to be sold. The company says the exit will have “practically no impact” on global sales and is expected to have a slight positive effect on its working capital moving forward. Reuters reports the firm has been trying to revive profits after they slipped to a decade low in 2015. The group first entered the dairy trade in 1925, and operates across the value chain in key dairy supply regions, which span across Argentina, Oceania, Europe and the U.S., as well as some of the world’s main dairy consuming countries, including China, Russia and Mexico, according to the company.

King’s Ag Committee Removal Hurts Iowa Farmers

Representative Steve King’s departure from the House Agriculture Committee eliminates a voice for Iowa farmers, according to the Des Moines Register. King was removed from the committee over controversial comments, leading to the first time in 120 years that an Iowan hasn’t been a member of the House committee. With agriculture wading through a tough economic time, Iowa Farmers Union President Aaron Lehman told the newspaper “It’s a terrible time to not be at the table.” Kirk Leeds, CEO of the Iowa Soybean Association, says the state “no longer has a representative on a committee that’s critically important” to farmers, adding the lack of a voice is causing “a lot of concern.” King is under fire for his comments last week questioning how white supremacy and white nationalism became offensive terms. On Monday, Republican leaders removed King from his committee assignments. Republican and Democratic leaders have called for his resignation.

Study: GMO Opposition Highest from Those Who Know the Least

A new study published by the science journal Nature Human Behavior states opposition to GMOs is highest among those who know the least about genetics but have convinced themselves they’re experts. Participants of the surveys were asked their attitude towards GMO’s and their knowledge. The study points out that genetically modified foods are judged by the majority of scientists to be as safe for human consumption as conventionally grown foods and have the potential to provide substantial benefits to humankind, yet there is substantial public opposition to their use around the world. Authors of the study say, “We hypothesize that extremists will display low objective knowledge but high subjective knowledge, and that the gap between the two will grow with extremity.” Further, the study suggests that public opposition to science is often attributed to a lack of knowledge. However, findings on the association between knowledge and attitudes about GM foods are mixed, and there is little evidence that educational interventions can meaningfully change public attitudes.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service