01-22-19 CDA: Colorado Agriculture Shines in Photo Contest Winners

Grand Prize
“Caught in the Middle”
Caleigh Payne, Alamosa, CO
Photo Taken in Rio Grande National Forest, CO

CDA: Colorado Agriculture Shines in Photo Contest Winners

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado’s agricultural landscapes provide a picturesque backdrop for photographers across the state.  From crops blowing in the breeze and a cowboy moving sheep to aerial views of fields and bright sunflowers, winning entries in the 21st annual “Colorado…it’s Agricultural” Photography Contest make Colorado agriculture shine.
“Judges had their work cut out for them this year, with nearly 160 entries submitted,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  “We received photographs from across the state, showcasing the diversity of Colorado agriculture.”

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01-22-19 NMPF: Survey…Only 1-in-5 Consumers Think Plant-Based Imitators Should be Called Milk

NMPF: Survey…Only 1-in-5 Consumers Think Plant-Based Imitators Should be Called Milk3g

ARLINGTON, Va. – With only six days to go before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comment period on fake milks ends, new consumer research shows Americans widely disapprove of dairy terms being appropriated by fake-milk producers, as well as confusion on the nutritional content of milk versus plant-based imitators, offering further evidence that FDA must enforce long-existing standards of identity on dairy imposters.

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01-22-19 Farm Bill, Trade Among Topics at CFVGA 5th Annual Conference

Farm Bill, Trade Among Topics at CFVGA 5th Annual Conference

Tech Pitch Finalists Announced

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is pleased to have keynoter Dr. Stephanie Mercier bring attendees the latest developments on agricultural trade and unpack elements of the 2018 farm bill impacting produce growers during its fifth annual conference. Her address will be in the morning of the second day of the conference on Feb. 26, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel. Mercier is a senior fellow at the Farm Journal Foundation, who served from 1997 to 2011 as chief economist for the Senate Agriculture Democratic staff. Prior to this she was team leader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Trade Policy and Programs within the Economic Research Service.
“The CFVGA conference is just a few days before the end of the 90-day ‘cooling off’ period agreed to by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Li JinPing last year to put a temporary halt to the U.S.-China trade war,” said Mercier. “We should have a pretty good idea by then if the Chinese are willing to concede to any of the president’s demands on protection of intellectual property rights and other trade-related matters.”

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As Rates Tick Up, Growth in Operating Loans Boosts Farm Lending

The volume of non-real estate farm debt continued to increase in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the Federal Reserve’s Agricultural Finance Databook. Total non-real estate farm loans were up nearly eight percent from a year ago, which was the seventh consecutive quarter of annual growth in loan volumes. In a news release, the Federal Reserve said the increase in farm financing continued to be driven by lending to fund current operating expenses. The volume of operating loans reached a historical high for the fourth quarter, increasing more than $10 billion, or 22 percent year over year. Rounding out a year characterized by lower farm incomes, uncertainties about agricultural trade and the growth of lending volumes, interest rates on agricultural loans trended higher. The combination of increased lending needs and higher interest rates has continued to raise the cost of financing at a modest pace. However, despite mounting pressure on the farm sector and limited profit opportunities, the value of farm real estate has continued to provide ongoing support for farmers.

Vilsack: Shutdown Impacts Could Last Years

The government shutdown could cause a ripple effect across the federal government for years, according to former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack recently told Politico that the effects could take years to realize, like the ramifications of pausing some Forest Service efforts to reduce fire hazards. Specifically, Vilsack said, “You may not see the consequences of this until August of next year, when there is a worse fire than we would have had.” The shutdown is prompting many sectors of the U.S. economy, from real estate to agriculture, to brace for years of setbacks that include the pause in government loans and permitting processes. Vilsack served as Agriculture Secretary from 2009 to 2017 under the Obama administration. He now serves as President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. The Department of Agriculture last week opened select Farm Service Agency offices for three days to serve farmers. However, the offices were reported to be near overwhelmed from the workload.

Trade War Shifting Feed Demand Amid Ethanol Production Cuts

The trade war is causing U.S. ethanol production to decline, thus raising the costs of distillers dried grains, a byproduct of the ethanol process that is used for animal feed. Reuters reports cuts to ethanol production are tightening supplies of DDGs and raising prices paid by livestock farmers. Many are turning to other feeds including soybean meal, the price of which eased as China halted imports of American soybeans. The shift in distillers’ grain demand is causing further harm to the ethanol industry, which is facing the lowest ethanol prices in over a decade. Distillers’ grains have previously helped the struggling sector, by providing solid demand for the byproduct. But, that support is eroding as production is being limited. Ethanol makers were forced to limit production rates over the last year due to the low price, in an effort to deal with negative profit margins. The shift to soybean meal from DDGs is largely seen in the hog sector. Meanwhile, China, the top importer of U.S. DDGs, stopped buying the product last year due to the trade war.

China, U.S. Swine Industries Gather to Address African Swine Fever

Despite ongoing trade challenges between their two countries, members of the swine industries in the United States and China gathered in mid-January to seek possible solutions for the growing number of African swine fever outbreaks in China. The 7th U.S.-China Swine Industry Symposium, held earlier this month, was co-organized by the U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Meat Export Federation, along with others. Roughly 200 industry professionals gathered in Beijing for the event that focused on animal disease prevention. The swine industries in China and the United States are closely connected through trade in meat and feed products, and issues that affect the two industries have significant implications for global markets, according to USGC. Bryan Lohman of USGC, referring to diseases such as African swine fever, says, “Fortunately, a large share of China’s pork production comes from modern operations with strict biosecurity protocols, and that will help spare much of China’s production.” He adds that learning more about the disease will help in expanding biosecurity measures to contain the outbreak for the global pork industry over the next few years.

Rep. Marshall Urges Trump to Continue Fighting for Farmers in Trade

U.S. Representative Roger Marshal urged President Trump to continue to fight for farmers in trade negotiations. In a Washington Examiner opinion piece, the Kansas Republican says lawmakers were disappointed to hear the European Union say talks between the U.S. and EU “cannot include agriculture,” because it would “make it a very long and complicated negotiation.” According to the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. domestic exports of agricultural products to the EU totaled $11.5 billion in 2016. Marshall says that means the EU countries together would rank fourth as an agricultural export market for the United States. He urged the Trump administration to “stay firm” and to “go on the offense for American producers” who are suffering from an agriculture economic downturn. Marshall added, “If agriculture isn’t in this deal, however, I and many of my colleagues will not consider it or support it.”

Scientist Studying How to Help Plants Adapt to Temperature Changes

The University of California-Riverside is studying ways to help plants deal with rising temperatures. While not immune to changing climate, plants respond to the rising mercury in different ways. Temperature affects the distribution of plants around the planet. It also affects the flowering time, crop yield, and even resistance to disease. One of the researchers says, “It is important to understand how plants respond to temperature to predict not only future food availability but also develop new technologies to help plants cope with increasing temperature.” Scientists are keenly interested in figuring out how plants experience temperature during the day, but until recently this mechanism has remained elusive. The research team is exploring the role of phytochrome B, a molecular signaling pathway that may play a pivotal role in how plants respond to temperature.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


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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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


01-17-18 Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Makes Major Gift to Help Make New National Western Center A Reality

Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Makes Major Gift to Help Make New National Western Center A Reality

Hub for livestock activities, major multi-use facilities to be named the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Livestock Center

DENVER, Jan. 16, 2019  – Rancher, businesswoman and philanthropist Sue Anschutz-Rodgers has made a major gift to the Honoring the Legacy…Building the Future campaign supporting the new National Western Center, and one of the redevelopment’s centerpiece facilities will be named in her honor, the Western Stock Show Association announced today.
The new Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Livestock Center will be the hub of all livestock activities and provide multi-use, flexible indoor and outdoor facilities year-round. Those facilities will include a stadium with up to 5,000 seats; a free-span barn; a new junior market barn; an enlarged auction arena; and trade show and retail space, meeting rooms, suites and flexible conference space. It is no overstatement to say that the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Livestock Center will be among the most accommodating—and most-used—on the new National Western Center campus. Continue reading

01-17-19 Colorado Governor Polis signs executive order supporting Colorado’s transition to zero emission vehicles

Colorado Governor Polis signs executive order supporting Colorado’s transition to zero emission vehicles

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis today signed an executive order outlining a suite of initiatives and strategies aimed at supporting a transition to zero emission vehicles

“Our goal is to reach 100 percent renewable electricity by 2040 and embrace the green energy transition already underway economy-wide,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Today’s Executive Order will strengthen our economy and protect the wallets of consumers across the state. As we continue to move towards a cleaner electric grid, the public health and environmental benefits of widespread transportation electrification will only increase.”

Colorado has taken significant steps toward the transition to electrified transportation, for passenger cars and heavy-duty vehicles such as buses. The state offers a $5,000 tax credit for passenger electric vehicles (EV)s; partners with the private sector to build fast charging stations along Colorado’s major highways; allocates a portion of Volkswagen settlement funds to support vehicle electrification; and has adopted a goal of 940,000 EVs on the road by 2030.  The state is also a signatory to the Regional Electric Vehicles for the West (REV West) Memorandum of Understanding which creates a framework for collaboration in developing an Intermountain West Electric Corridor. The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission recently adopted Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards. Today’s announcement builds upon these past successes in order to achieve the goals set by the state, achieve our climate targets and reap the billions of dollars in economic benefits.

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01-17-19 NWF Officially Opens 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest

NWF Officially Opens 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest

Washington D.C. (January 17, 2019) – The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest! The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The Foundation is accepting entries for Winter and Spring Wheat. The deadline for Winter Wheat entries is May 15th with an early registration deadline of April 1st. The Spring wheat entry deadline is August 1st, with an early registration deadline of June 15th.

“America’s wheat farmers produce the highest quality wheat in the world which should be taken into account when determining criteria for this national contest,” stated NWF Board President and Idaho wheat grower Wayne Hurst. “2019 will be the first year that we truly see how a quality component will impact the rankings of growers and influence results.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, January 17th

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USDA Temporarily Reopens FSA Offices for Limited Services During Shutdown

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that many Farm Service Agency offices will reopen temporarily over the next few days to perform limited services for farmers and ranchers. The USDA recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17th and Friday, January 18th, in addition to Tuesday, January 22nd, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21st. In almost half the Farm Service Agency locations, FSA staff will be available to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans and to ensure the agency provides the 1099 tax documents to borrowers by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline. “Until Congress sends President Trump an appropriations bill he will sign, we are doing our best to minimize the impact of the partial federal funding lapse on America’s agricultural producers,” says Perdue. “We’re bringing back part of our FSA team to help producers with existing farm loans. Meanwhile, we continue to examine our legal authorities to ensure we are providing services to our customers to the greatest possible extent during the shutdown.” Information on which FSA offices will be open during the three-day window can be found on the USDA website, the USDA Facebook page, and on the USDA Twitter account.


Farm Bureau Adopts 2019 Policies at Convention

The farmer and rancher delegates at the 100th annual convention set the organization’s policy priorities for the upcoming year. Topics included farm bill implementation, cell-cultured food products, trade, and much more. “As our organization has done for the last 100 years, grassroots delegates from across the nation came together to express a unified voice on issues vital to the success of our farms, ranches, and rural communities,” says AFBF President Zippy Duvall. Among the many topics delegates covered, they are urging the administration and Congress to work together to end the government shutdown as soon as possible because farmers are delayed in securing loans and crop insurance. The impasse has also delayed implementation of the new farm bill. Delegates also adopted a comprehensive policy to support innovation in cell-based food products while ensuring a level playing field for traditional protein. They affirm that USDA is best able to be the primary regulator of the new industry.  Delegates supported improving broadband coverage maps through better data and third-party provider verification. They also support increased funding for programs and facilities for the treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues.


WTO Will Rule Against Chinese Agriculture Subsidies

The World Trade Organization will soon rule in favor of the United States in a long-standing dispute with China. The U.S. says Chinese government subsidies it gives to corn and rice growers are a violation of WTO rules. Politico says the confidential ruling was shown to interested parties before Christmas. The ruling could be released to the public sometime in late February when China and the U.S. will hopefully be in the final stages of trade talks. It’s also possible the ruling will be out in early March. It was back in 2015 that then-U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman alleged China had exceeded international limits on ag subsidies by as much as $100 billion in 2015. The Chinese vice premier will lead a delegation to Washington for more trade negotiations on January 30-31. He’ll meet with current U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley met with Lighthizer last week, who told Grassley that there hasn’t yet been progress toward structural reforms of China’s trade practices. Lighthizer did tell Grassley that discussions on China purchasing more U.S. farm good were going well.


Hours of Service Bill Reintroduced in House

A bill proposed in the last session of Congress has surfaced once again in this session, specifically in the House of Representatives. The bill is designed to make Electronic Logging Devices and hours of service regulations friendlier to those who transport livestock. The legislation is called the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act and was introduced by Florida Republican Ted Yoho (YO-ho). Yoho says the safe transportation of livestock is an essential part of feeding America. The hours of service regulations are rigid and costly for cattle haulers. Yoho, a Florida veterinarian, says the regulations also place the wellbeing and welfare of cattle, hogs, fish, and other livestock at risk. The extended stops called for by these regulations will be dangerous for livestock in both the summer and winter months. Last year, Yoho’s bill got the support of 64 cosponsors but didn’t even make it out of committee. “The bill will make the right changes to the current rules so we can protect the safety of not only livestock but that of the haulers themselves while they are traveling to their destination,” Yoho says. The current version of the bill has 27 cosponsors, with Collin Peterson of Minnesota as the only Democrat currently signed on to the legislation.


African Swine Fever Continues to Spread Overseas

Another province in China is now infected with African Swine Fever. A Pork Checkoff report says there are now 24 distinct areas in China that have tested positive for the disease. China is requiring their slaughterhouses to run testing for the virus on pig products before they’re allowed to sell them to market. Slaughterhouses must slaughter pigs from different areas separately. They can only sell products if the blood from the same batch of pigs’ test negative for the ASF virus. A new regulation will go into effect on February 1st requiring slaughterhouses to suspend operations and disinfect their facilities if they get a positive test. Officials in Taiwan reported that one dead pig found on the shore of its Kinmen Island has tested positive for ASF. They believe the animal was dumped on the beach in mainland China and washed ashore in Taiwan. The island nation is taking precautions to protect itself from ASF, including tighter security on all incoming boats and planes from the Chinese mainland. In Europe, officials in France have begun to cull wild boar populations near the border with Belgium in an attempt to keep the virus from spreading out of wild hog populations within Belgium.


Dairy Prices May Be Ready to Rise in 2019

Milk prices haven’t exactly jumped higher early on in 2019. A Drovers’ report says dairy farmers are in need of a market rally after years of low prices. However, at least some relief may be coming this year. Bryan Doherty, VP of Stewart-Peterson, tells Drovers that dairy is a tough market to be in right now because there’s too much product out there yet. The rate of efficiency per cow is still improving, which makes the market difficult to get going in the right direction because there’s just too much milk. Doherty says prices are low enough where demand is starting to grow again. Global dairy prices have begun to rise once again. Doherty also predicts more culling in the U.S. dairy herd while demand for dairy products should continue to increase. Recent cow numbers in the national dairy herd have been dropping. He points to that as a sign of a possible rally in milk prices in the coming months. Trade will also play a role in which direction the price of milk goes. Ongoing negotiations with China could possibly bring a boost to the demand side of the milk pricing equation.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-16-19 Professional Bull Rider Passes Away Due to Injuries Sustained at PBR Event

Professional Bull Rider Passes Away Due to Injuries Sustained at PBR Event

DENVER, CO – Professional bull rider, Mason Lowe, 25, passed away yesterday evening following injuries sustained at the Professional Bull Riders event at the National Western Stock Show.
“Our entire rodeo family and every member of the Stock Show community is saddened by the loss of bull rider Mason Lowe,” said Paul Andrews, National Western Stock Show President and CEO. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the Lowe family, his fellow bull riders and the entire PBR organization. The National Western Stock Show and the PBR will have a tribute tonight in honor of Mason.”
The PBR Finals will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the Coliseum. The NWSS and PBR will conduct a special in-arena fundraiser for the Lowe family.
Together, the NWSS and the PBR also are working to set up a fundraising page for those interested in donating to the Lowe family. Details to follow.

01-16-19 NFU: USDA Announces Temporary Reopening of FSA Offices

NFU: USDA Announces Temporary Reopening of FSA Offices

Farmers Union Urges Members to Take Advantage of Services
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it would reopen Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for three days to provide farmers with select services amidst a government shutdown that has closed agency offices.
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson sent a letter to Farmers Union members, providing them with the details of the announcement and advising family farmers and ranchers to take advantage of the services available to them. “We’re urging those of you who have business with FSA to take advantage of this temporary reopening before FSA county offices are once again forced to close their doors,” he said. Continue reading

01-16-19 Western Landowners Release Guide Aimed at Reducing Wildlife Conflict

Western Landowners Release Guide Aimed
at Reducing Wildlife Conflict

Landowner-led effort focuses on conservation and sharing a managed, wild,
working landscape that sustains both people and wildlife

Santa Fe, NM (January 16, 2019) – Western Landowners Alliance (WLA)—a member-based nonprofit organization focused on advancing policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes, and native species—has released a wildlife guide produced by and for landowners and practitioners constructively engaged in one of the greatest conservation challenges of our time—how to share and manage a wild, working landscape that sustains both people and wildlife. Continue reading

01-16-19 CULVER’S: Members of National FFA Organization Get Free Admission to FFA Day at the NCBA Trade Show on Feb. 1

CULVER’S: Members of National FFA Organization Get Free Admission to FFA Day at the NCBA Trade Show on Feb. 1

Culver’s restaurant to cover registration for first 250 FFA members and advisors

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—Jan. 15, 2019—Culver’s restaurant chain is covering the registration fees of the first 250 FFA members and advisors for FFA Day at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show on Friday, Feb. 1, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The FFA Day sponsorship is made possible through Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project.

To receive free registration, FFA members and advisors should visit convention.beefusa.org and register to attend the trade show using the promotion code “FFACULVERS.”

“These FFA members will someday be responsible for feeding our country, so it’s important that they have opportunities to learn from current agricultural professionals,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “We are proud to help these passionate students learn more about an industry they’re interested in joining.” Continue reading

01-16-19 USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Government Shutdown

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Government Shutdown

(Washington, D.C., January 16, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21.

In almost half of FSA locations, FSA staff will be available to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans and to ensure the agency provides 1099 tax documents to borrowers by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline.

“Until Congress sends President Trump an appropriations bill in the form that he will sign, we are doing our best to minimize the impact of the partial federal funding lapse on America’s agricultural producers,” Perdue said.  “We are bringing back part of our FSA team to help producers with existing farm loans.  Meanwhile, we continue to examine our legal authorities to ensure we are providing services to our customers to the greatest extent possible during the shutdown.”

Staff members will be available at certain FSA offices to help producers with specific services, including: Continue reading

01-16-19 Greenberg Joins CDA as Commissioner of Agriculture

Greenberg Joins CDA as Commissioner of Agriculture

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Kate Greenberg was appointed the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture by Governor Jared Polis in December 2018. As Commissioner, Greenberg will lead the Department’s daily operations, direct its 300 employees, and oversee the agency’s eight divisions: Animal Health, Brand Inspection, Colorado State Fair, Conservation Services, Inspection and Consumer Services, Laboratory Services, Markets, and Plant Industry.
“For the last ten years, I have sat around dozens of kitchen tables, worked with hundreds of farmers and ranchers, and have been a fierce advocate for family agriculture and its essential role in what we value most about Colorado,” said Greenberg. “I have worked the land, and worked on behalf of those that work the land. I have no delusion that the challenges family agriculture faces in this state and nation are deeply complex, or that the responsibility to deliver smart, innovative, and bold ways forward for Colorado agriculture is urgent.”

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