02-01-19 CLA: Register Today for the 11th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium

Register Today for the 11th Annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium

CattleFax Market Update, Wastewater Discharge Liability, Long-Range Weather Outlook and more!

GREELEY, CO – Join livestock producers for the annual Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium, an educational symposium held February 20, 2019 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds (33747 County Rd 2W, Hugo, CO 80821). This year’s event will feature a full day of engaging and informative speakers covering current topics affecting the livestock industry. Continue reading

02-05-19 CCA: Colorado Cattlemen’s (CCA) Ag Water NetWORK initiates survey of agricultural producers on watershed management planning

Colorado Cattlemen’s (CCA) Ag Water NetWORK initiates survey of agricultural producers on watershed management planning

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Ag Water NetWORK is surveying agricultural producers to determine their familiarity with watershed management plans.  The state water plan sets a goal of having 80% of critical watersheds covered by watershed management plans by 2030. The plan sets a similar goal for locally prioritized streams.

The web-based survey asks producers about their water-related needs and priorities, and solicits feedback on their interests in being involved in local watershed management planning efforts.

Producers who are interested in participating in the survey can follow this link, http://www.agwaternetwork.org/. Continue reading

02-01-19 CDA Reminder: Agricultural Workforce Development Program Applications are due by Feb 15th!

CDA Reminder: Agricultural Workforce Development Program Applications are due by Feb 15th!

Reminder: Applications are due February 15 for the Agricultural Workforce Development Program, which provides incentives to agricultural businesses, including farms and ranches, to hire interns. Qualified businesses may be reimbursed up to 50% of the actual cost of hiring an intern, not to exceed $5,000 per internship.

Applications are being accepted for the time period of April 1 – June 30, 2019 as well as July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Funding of the 2019-2020 program is pending legislation.

The application and additional information are available online at www.colorado.gov/agmain.

02-01-19 Joint Statement – Trade Mitigation Funds Will Benefit Export Market Development for U.S. Wheat Growers

Trade Mitigation Funds Will Benefit Export Market Development for U.S. Wheat Growers

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are pleased that U.S. wheat growers now have the opportunity to increase efforts to expand export market access with USDA’s Jan. 31 announcement awarding $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agriculture Trade Promotion Program (ATP). USW was awarded $8.25 million, which will be distributed over the next three years.

Administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the ATP is one of three USDA programs within the Trump Administration’s trade mitigation package—created to ease the effects of recent trade retaliation against U.S. farmers and exporters. The funds will support export market development programs led by U.S. trade associations, cooperatives and other industry-affiliated organizations.

“U.S. wheat growers are facing tough times right now with the impact of retaliatory tariffs putting a strain on the export market and threatening many decades worth of market development,” said Chris Kolstad, USW Chairman and a wheat grower from Ledger, Mont. “We appreciate the recognition that farmers need help to manage this additional risk. This program is a positive step forward and our people are ready to get to work.”

“With the United States exporting half of the wheat crop it grows, programs like the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) are crucial for our farmers to remain competitive in the global market,” stated NAWG President and Sentinel, OK wheat farmer Jimmie Musick. “We welcome today’s news that our sister organization U.S. Wheat Associates was awarded significant funding for trade mitigation activities. This funding will provide some relief to the adverse impact wheat has felt since U.S. placed tariffs on Chinese goods, opening the door for retaliation. We hope to see these affected markets opened again quickly.” Continue reading

02-01-19 US Senator Bennet, Bipartisan Group of Senators Renew Push to Reauthorize LWCF

US Senator Bennet, Bipartisan Group of Senators Renew Push to Reauthorize LWCF

DENVER – U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC), along with a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, today reintroduced legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which protects and promotes access to America’s parks, rivers, forests, and public lands. The group is calling for renewal of LWCF with increased urgency following Congress’ failure to reauthorize the program in September 2018.

“For over 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect Colorado’s iconic landscapes, expand outdoor recreation activities, and boost our local economy,” said Bennet. “Failing to reauthorize LWCF is an affront to future generations who rely on this conservation program to access public lands. We must permanently reauthorize and fully fund the program immediately.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, February 1st

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, February 1st

USDA Backlog Delays Census of Agriculture Release

Politico says the month-plus government shutdown has left U.S. Department of Agriculture officials with quite the backlog of commodity reports. They also have a lot of other numbers waiting to be crunched for future reports. Those numbers include the 2017 Census of Agriculture, which is a major survey taken every five years and includes every state and county. It shapes a lot of future national policy and rural programs. The National Ag Statistics Service announced this week that the survey results won’t be released on February 21st as originally scheduled. However, the agency didn’t announce a new release date. The first of many delayed reports came out on Thursday, which covered agricultural prices. Reports covering peanut stocks and poultry slaughter will come out on Friday. The Foreign Agricultural Service also laid out a new release schedule for its backlog of weekly export sales announcements. The FAS reports got a lot of attention in December as China began to once again make large purchases of U.S. soybeans after Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping reached a temporary truce at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.

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Outlook Seminar Expects Changing Weather, Strong Beef Prices

The first half of 2019 should see a shift away from current El Nino conditions. That prediction came from Dr. Art Douglas of Creighton University, who spoke during the CattleFax Outlook Seminar at the NCBA Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. Douglas says as the trend develops, it should allow the eastern third of the country to remain drier as the jet stream pushes Gulf moisture across the southern parts of the U.S. “After a cooler February, the U.S. will enjoy a relatively mild spring with a reduced threat of delayed planting,” Douglas told the crowd. As far as the markets go, CattleFax analyst Kevin Good says he is expecting prices to remain strong. “We’ve been on a good run for the past few years and I expect that to keep going in 2019,” Good says. “However, I do expect margins will begin to compress and leverage to shift from the cow-calf and stocker sectors over to the feeders as we expand the supply of cattle.” Price risk will remain in place over the next few years thanks to five years of expanding herds. “Cattle producers, on average, will receive a smaller percentage of the retail beef dollar as larger cattle supplies increase price pressure across all segments of the industry,” he says. “Retail beef prices will likely see some inflation in the year ahead.”

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U.S. Ethanol Exports Predicted to Hit 4 Billion Gallons by 2020

Mike Dwyer, Chief Economist for the U.S. Grains Council, made quite a prediction during a trade discussion at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. He says U.S. ethanol exports have the potential to hit four billion gallons a year by 2020. If the American ethanol industry could export a total of four billion gallons in 2020, it would more than double the current record of 1.62 billion gallons that was set during the 2017-2018 marketing year that ended on August 31st, 2018. The Foreign Agricultural Service says U.S. ethanol was shipped to 74 countries during that time. Dwyer says the Grain Council’s global strategy does include selling ethanol to the Chinese despite the trade dispute between the two countries. China does have a 70 percent duty in place on U.S. ethanol imports. However, the country will have to figure out a way to import more foreign ethanol if the country aims to fulfill its mandate to use the E10 ethanol blend by 2020. Dwyer told Successful Farming that China could import approximately one billion gallons of ethanol to meet its mandate. If the trade issues between the U.S. and China get worked out, Dwyer says ethanol imports by China could hit 300 million gallons this year. Members of a Grains Council trade mission to China found out that Chinese gasoline retailers absolutely want to do business with the U.S. ethanol industry.

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Winterkill Likely Across Parts of Midwest Wheat Belt

The brutally cold conditions this week have been hard on farmers, their families, and all of their livestock. However, it’s also likely to be a rough go for southern parts of the Midwest wheat belt this week. Those arctic-level cold temperatures in the Midwest, combined with very thin or non-existent snow cover across south-central areas of the Midwest wheat belt, will likely lead to winterkill. The main areas that’ll be hit hardest include central Missouri, central Illinois, central Indiana, and central and southwestern Ohio. Temperatures likely hit -2 to -12 in those areas on Wednesday and Thursday morning,” says Don Keeney, Senior Ag Meteorologist with Radiant Solutions. “And when you combine that with very little snow cover, some damage is likely to wheat.” Keeney says areas across the far southern portions of the Midwest along the Ohio River should escape damage, as lows in those areas were expected to remain above winterkill thresholds. Snow cover should be deep enough to prevent major damage in other parts of the Midwest, where some actual lows dropped as far as -35 degrees. The good news is temperatures are expected to moderate considerably in the Midwest by this weekend, which should end any lingering threat of winterkill.

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Extreme Cold Impacting the Meat Supply Chain

The meat processing industry will likely come out of the extreme cold in the Midwest with nothing more than short-term supply disruptions. A Meating Place Dot Come article says those short-term delays will likely get made up quickly when the temperature begins to rise again. A Tyson Foods spokesman said on Wednesday that six of their plants in the Midwest didn’t operate that day. Tyson was concerned about the safety of both its workers and animals. A Hormel Foods supplier also closed up shop for the day due to the extreme cold. Production losses after those closures will likely be easily made up by implementing Saturday shifts. On the supply side of the business, cold temps mean the animals need to eat a lot more calories to put on weight. That means decreasing feed efficiency and may lead to lighter weight animals coming to market. The biggest impact on cattle on feed is as that feed goes toward maintenance rather than gain, that in turn makes it take a longer time on feed to get to eventual market weight.

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Bill Would Return Flavored, Non-Flavored Whole Milk Back to Schools

House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania introduced a bill to allow flavored and unflavored whole milk to be offered in school cafeterias. Thompson says Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue directed USDA last year to allow schools to serve flavored one percent milk. HR Bill 832 would allow whole milk to be included as well. “Milk is the number one source of nine essential nutrients in the diets of our students,” Thompson says, “but if they don’t drink it, these health benefits will be lost.” The news release says milk consumption has been declining in schools throughout the nation because kids are not consuming the varieties of milk made available to them. Peterson says he’s proud to join Congressman Thompson in the effort that’ll provide more choices for nutritious and healthy milk to kids in schools, as well as a valuable market for dairy farmers in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and nationwide at a time when those farmers face extremely difficult market conditions. Thompson says the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act mandated that flavored milk within the program must be fat-free. Thompson says that law led to an alarming decline in milk consumption across American schools.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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