02-06-19 Yearous Cattle Company’s 20th Anniversary Bull and Female Sale is Feb 23rd in Ft Morgan, CO

Yearous Cattle Company invites you to attend their 20th Anniversary Bull and Female Sale on Feb 23rd in Ft Morgan, CO at the ranch. Yearous Cattle Company’s main emphasis is concentrated on registered Angus and also includes SimAngus. Seedstock is produced and marketed through annual bull sale. Our program is focused on practical, and the ability to function for the commercial producer with cattle that adapt and perform to their environmental and working conditions. We understand that balance is a key to a commercial program, and hold a firm belief that maternal strength and fertility in a herd is an integral part of profitability.

Yearous Cattle Company is “Your maternal source for Angus Performance”.

For more information and for a sale catalog, please contact Duane Yearous @ 970-768-4011 or email d_yearous@hughes.net

02-22-19 Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust Partners to Complete its 100th Conservation Project

Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust Partners to Complete its 100thConservation Project 

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Partnerships between conservation organizations are key to successfully conserving agricultural lands in Wyoming and across the nation. Recently, this partnership displayed a significant event when the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) completed its 100th conservation. The easement project was completed in partnership with The Conservation Fund (the Fund). Continue reading

02-22-19 USDA BREAKING NEWS: CHINA COMMITS TO BUYING MORE SOYBEANS

USDA BREAKING NEWS: CHINA COMMITS TO BUYING MORE SOYBEANS

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2019@SecretarySonny: BREAKING: In Oval Office meeting today, the Chinese committed to buy an additional 10 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans. Hats off to @POTUS for bringing China to the table. Strategy is working. Show of good faith by the Chinese. Also indications of more good news to come.

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02-22-19 Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg to Tour West Slope

Commissioner of Agriculture to Tour West Slope

Public Invited to Meet & Greet in Loma, Colo.: March 8, 2019

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg plans to tour much of the state this year. The public is invited to attend a meet and greet during one stop on an upcoming tour on the Western Slope.

Friday, March 8, 2019

4-5pm

Western Slope Cattlemen’s Livestock Auction

1369 12 1/2 Rd, Loma, CO 81524

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02-22-19 CALP: Governor Polis, Commissioner Greenberg to Attend 2019 Ag Forum

CALP: Governor Polis, Commissioner Greenberg to Attend 2019 Ag Forum

February 22, 2019, Denver, Colo. – The Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture is pleased to welcome Governor Jared Polis and newly appointed Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg to their 2019 event. Continue reading

02-22-19 NextLOGiK to present food safety software at CFVGA Conference in Denver on Feb 25-26

NextLOGiK to present food safety software at Colorado agriculture conference

CompWALK software for farms highlighted at the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference

COLUMBIA, Md.—Columbia, Maryland-based software development firm NextLOGiK will present two food safety software solutions for growers, CompWALK and CompWALK.farm, at the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) 2019 Conference.

The introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule brought additional regulatory requirements that fresh produce growers must adhere to. This year, the CFVGA is showcasing food safety software solutions to educate and assist farms in complying with the new regulations.

NextLOGiK developed CompWALK and CompWALK.farm, two solutions that simplify compliance and food safety management practices. CompWALK is a web and mobile food safety management solution for medium-to-large organizations in the food industry, while CompWALK.farm provides food safety educational resources and documentation management specifically for small farms.

“CFVGA is excited to feature a showcase of food safety software, Feb. 25, during our fifth annual conference,” said Marilyn Bay Drake, CFVGA executive director. “On-farm food safety technologies, practices and recordkeeping requirements have become increasingly complex, so we are happy to introduce growers to any tools that will help them grow more efficiently.”

The CFVGA 2019 Conference will take place on Feb. 25 to 26 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, Colorado. NextLOGiK will present during the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. sessions—“Software Solutions for Produce Food Safety”—on Monday, Feb. 25.

“Farms of all sizes are experiencing a shift in operations to support increased regulations,” said Kirk Couser, CEO of NextLOGiK. “We strive to provide a helpful and affordable food safety solution, whether you have 10 acres or 1,000.”

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for February 22nd

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Weekly Export Sales for February 22nd

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China Offers $30 Billion More of U.S. Ag Purchases

China is proposing additional purchases of U.S. agriculture products of $30 billion a year in trade talks with the United States. Bloomberg reports the offer would be on top of pre-trade war levels and continue for an undefined period of time. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters Thursday it was “premature” to comment on the proposal, adding he didn’t want to raise expectations. But, if an agreement is reached, Perdue says the U.S. structural reforms can “recover markets very, very quickly.” The proposal is part of the talks between trade officials from the U.S. and China taking place in Washington, D.C. this week. In response, Arlan Suderman of INTL FCStone, expressed caution, noting “China will say what needs to be said to get a deal, but the key component will be in the verification and enforcement.” The talks face a March 1 deadline, although President Trump has recently suggested he would consider extending the deadline.

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USDA Expects Exports to Fall $1.9 Billion in 2019, Pending Trade Agreements

The Department of Agriculture is projecting a $1.9 billion drop in exports this year, led by a decline in trade with China. While talks remain ongoing between China and the United States, USDA during its 95th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum Thursday predicted 2019 fiscal year exports at $141.5 billion. USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson told attendees China is expected to fall from the top market for U.S. exports in 2017, to the fifth largest market in 2019, pending the outcome of trade talks. The U.S. so far in 2019 has exported 13.5 million metric tons less of soybeans than the same time last year, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, USDA is forecasting record milk and animal protein production. USDA also predicts soybean plantings will decline this year as corn plantings increase. Corn plantings for the year are predicted at 92 million acres, up 3.3 percent from 2018, and soybean plantings are predicted at 85 million acres, down 4.7 percent from last year.

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Gene Editing Development Stalled; NPPC Renews Call for USDA Oversight

The National Pork Producers Federation is urging the Department of Agriculture to assume regulatory oversight of gene editing for livestock. The call from NPPC follows the slow pace of developing a regulatory framework at the Food and Drug Administration. NPPC says the process is “stalled” at FDA, and that “USDA is best equipped to oversee gene editing for livestock production” according to NPPC President Jim Heimerl (Hi’-merle). NPPC says gene editing accelerates genetic improvements that could be realized over long periods of time through breeding. For example, it allows for simple changes in a pig’s native genetic structure without introducing genes from another species. Emerging applications for the pork industry include raising pigs resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, a highly contagious swine disease that causes significant animal suffering and costs pork producers worldwide billions of dollars. Despite no statutory requirement, the FDA currently holds regulatory authority over gene editing in food-producing animals.

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BLM, Forrest Service, Lower 2019 Grazing Fees

The federal government is reducing charges for federal grazing in 2019. The federal grazing fee for 2019 will drop to $1.35 per animal unit-month for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head-month for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service. This represents a decrease from the 2018 federal grazing fee of $1.41 per animal unit month. The fees are set by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. Each year, the federal lands grazing fee is calculated as part of a standard formula outlined in the grazing regulations. Public Lands Council President Bob Skinner welcomed the change, saying “Ranchers across the West trust the formula and the process, which ensures fair and equitable access to forage on federal lands.” The grazing fee applies in 16 Western states on public lands administered by the BLM and the Forest Service. The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska.

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E-Commerce Compressing Margins for Ag Retailers

Online agricultural retail startups are compressing margins for traditional ag retailers through increased competition and price transparency. A new report from CoBank shows that while e-commerce platforms remain a relatively small portion of the overall ag retail marketplace, growth in the segment has been significant in recent years and will continue to increase. A CoBank researcher says traditional ag retailers that “successfully embrace the challenges introduced by e-commerce will succeed as tomorrow’s cutting-edge ag retailers.” E-commerce platforms that lack a physical footprint will struggle to fully serve farmers, especially in the tight and uncertain time windows of production agriculture. Some traditional ag retailers have already begun responding to the challenge by doubling down on their service and distribution capabilities while building their own online presence. Only a small percentage of crop farmers are purchasing inputs online today, but that is beginning to change. In 2017, USDA figures show that only 25 percent of crop farmers purchased inputs online, up from just 16 percent in 2013.

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Corteva Acquires BASF’s Clearfield Canola Production System

Corteva Agriscience has acquired the Clearfield Canola Production System called Clearfield canola in Canada and the United States from BASF. Corteva is the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. The acquisition representants a full line of canola products in Canada, consisting of the Clearfield canola herbicide-tolerant trait and a line of herbicides sold in Canada. Corteva says the acquisition enables the company to expand its position to include out-licensing of the Clearfield canola trait to other seed companies in Canada and the United States. A Corteva spokesperson states the acquisition “ supports Corteva Agriscience in supplying genetics for one of the most consumed vegetable oils globally.” Corteva Agriscience is intended to become an independent, publicly traded company when the previously announced spinoff is complete by June 2019. The division includes DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-21-19 CSSRM News: Colorado High School Youth Benefit from Range Management Forum in Minneapolis

(Left to Right) Ingrid Hofmeister, Nathan Shannon, and Josh Waller. These three High School youth represented the Colorado Section SRM at the 2019 SRM High School Youth Forum held in Minneapolis on February 11-14, 2019. During the field tour activity the students learned about the ecology of the Rangelands important to Minnesota.

CO-SSRM News: Colorado High School Youth Benefit from Range Management Forum in Minneapolis

By Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair

The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) was well represented at the 2019 High School Youth Forum (HSYF) held in Minneapolis on February 10-14, 2019.  The HSYF is an integral part of the SRM annual meeting.  This year there were 23 delegates representing 12 of the SRM Sections.  During the Forum, high school youth from all part of the western United States and Canada attend an ecological field tour, and are invited to participate and interact among the various professionals and college students attending the meeting.

This year the Colorado Section SRM sponsored three delegates to Minneapolis.  Ingrid Hofmeister of Branson FFA, Josh Waller of the Hoehne FFA, and Nathan Shannon of Kim FFA were selected to participate in the SRM Forum.  (See picture above).  All three delegates were chosen based on their exceptional achievements in rangeland management programs, and specifically based on their high individual scores on ecological site judging & plant identification at the Eastern Colorado State FFA rangeland judging contest. Continue reading

02-21-19 NCGA USMEF Study Highlights the Value to Corn Producers through Red Meat Exports

NCGA USMEF Study Highlights the Value to Corn Producers through Red Meat Exports

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) partnered with the U.S. Meat Export Federation to update a study on the value of red meat exports to domestic U.S. corn growers. The original study was conducted in 2015. In 2018, the study showed beef and pork exports used a combined total of 14.9 million tons of corn and DDGS, which equates to an additional 459.7 million bushels of corn produced – an increase of 29 percent over the 2015 projections.
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02-21-19 USDA: 2020 Dietary Guidelines

USDA: 2020 Dietary Guidelines

Scientific Experts Will Review Scientific Evidence on Key Nutrition Topics to Inform Development of New Guidelines

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2019 – To ensure America’s dietary guidance reflects the latest science, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The independent advisory committee will review scientific evidence on topics and questions identified by the departments and will provide a report on their findings to the secretaries. Their review, along with public and agency comments, will help inform USDA and HHS’ development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).

“USDA is committed to ensuring everything we do is data-driven and based in scientific facts, which is why this expert committee’s work in objectively evaluating the science is of the utmost importance to the departments and to this process,” said Secretary Perdue. “The committee will evaluate existing research and develop a report objectively, with an open mind.” Continue reading

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African Swine Fever Found in Vietnam

A report on Swine Health Dot Org says the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture released a communication confirming that the African Swine Fever Virus has been found in two northern provinces. The area is located about 100 miles from the Chinese border. Outbreaks appeared on three farms, and all of the infected animals have been culled from their herds. Animal Health Department officials are testing the herds at neighboring farms. Local authorities in the region have put control measures in place to help limit any potential spread of the disease. Moving animals in the infected areas is restricted and quarantines are in place. Pork is a very popular protein in Asian countries and United Nations experts said the spread of ASF was highly likely. Pork is a major part of Vietnamese diets, making up 75 percent of the meat consumed in the country. Vietnam has a population of 95 million people that consume most of its 30 million farm-raised pigs domestically.  The Vietnamese Chief of Epidemiology says animal smuggling and tourism are making it difficult to protect Vietnam against ASF spreading further into the country.

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New Report Says Hold the Line on Chinese Tariffs, For Now

A new report out from the National Bureau of Asian Research warns the Trump Administration to temper its expectations on China significantly changing its economic policies. The bureau says China can’t make deep structural reforms to its economy in the 10 days before the March 1 deadline to produce a trade deal. The report says the better strategy may be to keep tariffs on Chinese goods in place, potentially for years. The bureau also wants the U.S. to work with allies like the European Union and Japan to crank up international reform pressure on Beijing. “We don’t think inflicting collateral damage on the U.S. economy is a good thing,” says former Louisiana Representative Charles Boustany (Boo-STAH-knee), one of the co-authors of the report. “All we’re saying is hold the line for now on tariffs, short of any kind of major breakthrough.” The report’s authors say a good idea in the interim is to work on what they call “interim agreements.” An example would be the Chinese lifting tariffs on U.S. farm goods in exchange for Trump removing tariffs on Chinese electronic goods.

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China Expanding Domestic Agriculture Reforms to Offset Future Trade Difficulties

The Chinese government says it will make changes in domestic agriculture policy to help it withstand potential trade difficulties in the future. The statement from Beijing comes after the country saw its weakest economic growth in almost three decades during 2018. Of course, China remains entangled in a trade war with America. The statement from government officials is known as the “No. 1 Document,” and it outlined plans to rejuvenate and improve living standards in rural China. One of the goals it set forth was becoming less reliant on oilseed imports. The document highlighted a plan to boost domestic soybean production, but it didn’t give any further details on the idea. Industry analysts told Reuters that they’re looking forward to more details in order to assess the potential impact of the plan to boost soy production in China. Beijing has been looking to boost oilseed production even before the trade war with the U.S. began. The dispute led China to slap a tariff on U.S. soybean imports, which had the effect of tightening domestic supplies as China looked to other countries to fill in the gap. The policy document is calling for increasing stable grain production opportunities but also importing ag products where the domestic market comes up short. The Reuters article says that’s potentially good news for the U.S. on the other side of the trade war.

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Ag Lenders Say Farmers Depend on Off-Farm Income

The chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation says the worst threat to farmers currently is a general economic recession. It’s because so many farmers have now become dependent on off-farm income to make ends meet and stay in operation. Farm Bureau’s Chief Economist, John Schaefer, spoke during a panel of ag economists’ discussion at the Crop Insurance Industry Convention. “Farm lenders say the reason why we can continue to do what we are doing is off-farm income,” Newton says. “It’s off-farm income that allows folks to continue to farm. Lenders are really concerned about a slowdown in the U.S. economy.” The Hagstrom Report says Newton presented statistics on the decline of farm income since 2013. Newton told the people in attendance that the overall U.S. economy is still performing well. The concern comes in because the consumer confidence index, as well as the CEO Confidence Index, are both down. Newton says USDA statistics show a drop of $57 billion in farm income since 2013, a 47 percent drop. Gross farm income in 2018 came in at $435 billion, while production expenses were $369 billion. The net farm income total was $66.3 billion, a steep drop since 2013. Net farm income last year was the third-lowest in the last two decades in inflation-adjusted terms. Without the government payments figured in, 2018 would have seen the lowest net farm income of all time, Newton adds.

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Farm Bureau Supporting Utah Farmers, Ranchers Access to Utah Public Lands

The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with the Utah Farm Bureau, the state of Utah, and San Juan County in Utah weighed in on court deliberations regarding access to public lands. President Donald Trump made a proclamation in 2017 on decreasing the size of the Grand-Staircase Escalante (ehs-cah-LAHN-tay) National Monument, as well as the Bears Ears National Monument, both in Utah. The brief supports the federal government’s motion requesting dismissal of a series of consolidated legal actions filed against the president’s declaration. The brief describes how the changes made by the proclamation will benefit ranchers’ livelihoods by giving them expanded grazing for their livestock in and around the monuments. “Granting the plaintiffs’ claims would significantly jeopardize those Farm Bureau members who ranch in the area, having done so for generations under the authority of multiple federal laws and regulations.” The groups emphasized that President Trump has the authority to take such an action under the Antiquities Act. They point out that other presidents before him took similar actions on at least 18 different occasions. They said there is no legal precedent for limiting a sitting President’s ability to make such modifications.

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OK Places Limits on Chicken Farm Locations and Expansion

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture took action to limit both the placement and expansion opportunities for the state’s chicken farms. The department approved new rules covering the locations of chicken farms relative to schools, homes, and water sources. The new provisions include a grandfather clause and won’t apply to current farms that were in operation before October of 2018. The meat industry website Meating Place Dot Com says the new rules say farms with fewer than 150,000 chickens must be at least 500 feet from homes. Larger chicken farms must be set up at least 1,000 feet from nearby homes. All chicken farms must also be 500 feet from public wells, 100 feet from private wells, and 200 feet from the nearest streams. There were previously no regulations in place on poultry housing locations. At least one advocacy group doesn’t think the new regulations go far enough. The Green Country Guardians say on their Facebook page that the new limits won’t be enough to protect homes, schools, and water sources. The new regulations must be approved by the Oklahoma legislature and signed by the governor. If that happens, the new rules could take effect as soon as September.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-20-19 USDA NASS Colorado Agricultural Prices

USDA NASS Colorado Agricultural Prices

 

 

For state specific questions please contact:

  • Arizona – Dave DeWalt 1-800-645-7286
  • Colorado – William R. Meyer 1-800-392-3202
  • Montana – Eric Sommer 1-800-835-2612
  • New Mexico – Longino Bustillos 1-800-530-8810
  • Utah – John Hilton 1-800-747-8522
  • Wyoming – Rhonda Brandt 1-800-892-1660

 

02-20-19 USDA NASS Colorado Quarterly Milk Production

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2018 QUARTERLY MILK PRODUCTION MOUNTAIN REGION HIGHLIGHTS

Arizona dairy herds produced 1.21 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, down 1.0 percent from the previous year.

Colorado dairy herds produced 1.15 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 6.9 percent from the previous year.

Montana dairy herds produced 65.0 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, down 8.5 percent from the previous year.

New Mexico dairy herds produced 1.97 billion pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, down 1.8 percent from the previous year.

Utah dairy herds produced 573.0 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 2.9 percent from the previous year.

Wyoming dairy herds produced 35.8 million pounds of milk during the October – December quarter, up 5.6 percent from the previous year.

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02-20-19 USDA NASS Colorado Cash Rents

 

USDA NASS Colorado Cash Rents

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – February 20, 2019 – Beginning in February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey. The results of this survey will serve as a valuable decision-making tool for farmers, ranchers and other landowners and can be used for 2019 rental agreement negotiations.

“This brief survey is our only source of county cash rental rates,” said Bill Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional Field Office. “By responding, producers help the farming community and ensure USDA bases its decisions on the most
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China, U.S., Seek Agreement in Trade Talks

Trade talks between the U.S. and China resumed Tuesday as both nations seem optimistic to reach an agreement that would mark the end of a tit-for-tat trade war. Mid-level talks are ongoing, with higher-level talks expected Thursday that will include U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, according to the Washington Post. The two sides “made headway” on “important and difficult” issues last week, according to Lighthizer. An agreement would be welcomed by U.S. agriculture, as China targeted U.S. farm goods throughout the trade war, including soybeans. However, more long-term damage may be lurking. China has been working to overhaul its agriculture structure in recent years, and a recent policy statement by China announced the nations intent to stimulate its rural economy. The policy statement includes increased farm subsidies and the promotion of increased plantings of soybeans and other oilseeds. The statement is seen as another measure by China to increase domestic production of soybeans to reduce dependence on foreign nations.

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New TPP Giving Canada Trade Boost in Japan

The new Trans-Pacific Partnership is boosting Canada’s beef sales to Japan. The new trade deal that does not include the United States has led to a surge in beef exports from Canada, although official numbers are not yet available. The Financial Times reports the new TPP, called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, could be costing the U.S. beef sector through the protectionism policies by the Trump administration that withdrew from the original trade deal. Well-noted by the U.S. beef industry, the new TPP cut Japanese tariffs on imports of chilled beef from 38.7 percent to 27.5 percent, giving Australia, Canada and New Zealand and 11 percent tariff advantage over U.S. beef. The recent government shutdown delayed planned bilateral trade talks between the U.S. and Japan, but the talks are supposed to start soon. Japan has indicated it would give the U.S. similar tariff concession made to those in the TPP agreement.

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Farm Bureau Analysis Shows 2018 Farm Bankruptcy Statistics

An analysis by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows 2018 Chapter 12 family farmer and family fisherman bankruptcies nationwide were down from prior-year levels. Chapter 12 filings in 2018 totaled 498 and were down one percent, or three filings, from the 2017 calendar year, according to the AFBF Market Intel report. AFBF notes, however, that the U.S. had fewer farmers in the U.S. in 2018 compared to 2017. And, the data shows bankruptcy filings in 19 states were higher than prior-year levels. In the Midwest, bankruptcies totaled 223 filings, up 19 percent from 2017 and double decade-ago levels. Farm bankruptcies in Wisconsin, the second largest dairy state, totaled 49 filings in 2018 – the highest in the nation.  AFBF says the situation is likely to worsen. Farm debt is record-high, and farm debt as a proportion of annual farm income is at 97 percent, a 32-year high. However, AFBF also points out that bankruptcy does not mean the loss of the family farm. Through a successful Chapter 12 bankruptcy, a farmer may have an opportunity to retain assets and continue the farm operation in some capacity.

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No Hemp Crop Insurance Coverage Yet

A Department of Agriculture official says the crop insurance coverage for hemp is not ready. Martin Barbre, USDA Risk Management Agency administrator, told the crop insurance industry this week that agents could discuss crop insurance with hemp farmers, but must tell them “there is no coverage at the present time.” The 2018 farm bill removed hemp from the list of controlled drugs, and USDA says it will help growers of hemp, including through crop insurance. However, getting a program set up takes time, and Barbre did not say when crop insurance might be available for crop insurance, according to the Hagstrom report. He said the Risk Management agency cannot work on the issue until the Agricultural Marketing Service develops regulations for producing hemp. Meanwhile, other insurance changes from the farm bill include the new dairy insurance program, which Barbre said is in its infancy, but has “really taken off.”

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Perdue to Speak at Commodity Classic

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Commodity Classic next week. Held February 28th to March 2nd in Orlando Florida, close to 10,000 attendees are expected. Perdue will speak during the general session of the event, planned for Friday, March 1, at 9:00 a.m. Before Secretary Perdue, the General Session will include comments from leaders of the five associations that present Commodity Classic each year: American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Perdue is expected to share current news and perspectives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with topics including international trade, farm bill implementation, rural development and the role of agriculture in America’s food security and economic health. Detailed information about Commodity Classic schedule is available commodityclassic.com.

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Applications Now Open for 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships

The National Pork Board has opened the application process for the 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships. The program, now in its tenth year, is open to college juniors and seniors who have plans to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field. Additionally, students who will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school with an emphasis on swine are encouraged to apply. The National Pork Board will award up to 20 scholarships in 2019 totaling $46,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000. The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online form can be found at pork.org. The deadline for application submission is March 15, 2019. Following review and selection, recipients will be notified in April. Approximately 80 percent of the previous recipients of the Pork Industry Scholarship have pursued advanced degrees as they prepared to serve the industry as veterinarians, nutritionists, reproductive biologists and management consultants.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-19-19 CSU Extension hosting Free Ag Management Webinars

CSU Extension hosting Free Ag Management Webinars

Sterling, CO – The Colorado State University Extension Agriculture and Business Management (ABM) Team will present two webinars in 2019 that are designed to assist farmers and ranchers manage these difficult financial times in agriculture.

The 2019 Ag Outlook & Strategy Webinar will cover topics including market outlook, breakeven analysis, using commodity insurance as a part of a comprehensive marketing plan, using futures and options to manage risk, and cross hedging weaned calves. The program will be hosted by ABM Economists, Jenny Beiermann, Dr. Steve Koontz, and Dr. Brent Young. This free webinar will be held Tuesday, March 12th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. For more information and to register online visit https://agoutlookwebinar.eventbrite.com . This program is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency, under award number RM18RMEPP522C047. Continue reading