02-12-19 USDA Reminds Produces of February 14th Deadline for Market Facilitation Program

USDA Reminds Produces of February 14th Deadline for Market Facilitation Program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2019 – Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than 864,000 producers have applied, supporting those hit hard with nearly $8 billion in estimated payments.

Producers of corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, shelled almonds, sorghum, soybeans, fresh sweet cherries and wheat should apply at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

“Farmers are very resilient, and these payments are helping agricultural producers meet some of the costs of disrupted markets in 2018,” said USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “We view it as a short-term solution to help America’s farmers, and we encourage impacted producers to apply for this program by the February 14 deadline.” Continue reading

02-13-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report

February 13, 2019, Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement regarding the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report which was published today:

“Last year, I presented the findings of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to President Trump at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention. The report showed how broadband e-connectivity is essential for achieving rural prosperity in the 21st Century, and it has guided work across the U.S. government this past year. The American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report reflects that work on behalf of taxpayers and displays the federal government’s commitment as a strong business partner to the private sector in deploying broadband infrastructure. The American Broadband Initiative also reaffirms this Administration’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers and improving the quality of life for those living in rural America. Continue reading

02-13-19 NAA celebrates its 70th Annual Conference Show this July in New Orleans – Register ASAP!

NAA celebrates its 70th Annual Conference Show this July in New Orleans – Register ASAP!

The National Auctioneers Association celebrates its 70th Annual Conference Show this July in New Orleans. From the International Auctioneers Championship and President’s Gala & Hall of Fame to a jam-packed schedule of education and networking opportunities, this promises to be a can’t-miss event.

Registration and hotel reservations open March 3, 2019, at conferenceandshow.com.

70th NAA Conference and Pre-Conference Scholarships are also available; the deadline to apply for those is May 15 – Learn more

12-13-19 USGC Annual Meeting Attendees Share The Colombian Experience

USGC Annual Meeting Attendees Share The Colombian Experience

(Cartagena, Colombia) – More than 330 attendees at the U.S. Grains Council’s 16th International Marketing Conference and 59th Annual Membership Meeting – happening this week in Cartagena, Colombia – heard from Western Hemisphere trade experts about the importance of the Colombian market to the U.S. feed grains industry. Continue reading

02-13-19 Cattlemen’s Beef Board Names New Officers at 2019 Cattle Industry Convention

Cattlemen’s Beef Board Names New Officers at 2019 Cattle Industry Convention

CENTENNIAL, CO (Feb. 8, 2019)– Cattle producers Chuck Coffey, Jared Brackett and Hugh Sanburg Sanburg are the new leaders of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB). This officer team is responsible for guiding the national Beef Checkoff Program throughout 2019. Continue reading

02-13-19 EPA’s Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2017…Public Comments due by March 14, 2019

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EPA’s Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2017…Public Comments due by March 14, 2019
Full Report Available Online
Per an announcement in the Federal Register (FR) FRL-9988-96-OAR, the Draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory is now available for public comment.  To ensure your comments are considered for the final version of the document, please submit your comments by March 14, 2019. Learn more on how to submit comments.
OP-ED: The BARN asks those in Agriculture pay particular attention to the following sections by clicking on the graphs below…
“Greenhouse Gas Emissions Sources from Agriculture are only 8.4% of the total emissions (Figure 5-1)…seems like there are other sources that contribute more to the concerns of greenhouse gas emissions than agriculture sector or livestock (Figure ES-17).”
– Brian Allmer, The BARN

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02-13-19 U.S. Department of Interior Launches New Effort to Facilitate Broadband Development in Rural America

U.S. Department of Interior Launches New Effort to Facilitate Broadband Development in Rural America

Website & tools will increase access to broadband internet deployment on Federally-managed lands

WASHINGTON –In response to President Trump’s strategy to enhance broadband access in rural America, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) launched a new effort today designed to increase broadband internet access on federally-managed lands. The report and accompanying website provide information on communications uses and existing assets that can be leveraged to expand services for rural and underserved communities throughout the United States through the bureaus and agencies within the Department. Continue reading

02-13-19 FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change

FAA Makes Major Drone ID Marking Change

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment. The rule is effective on February 23. The markings must be in place for any flight after that date.

When the FAA first required registration of small drones in 2015, the agency mandated that the registration marking be readily accessible and maintained in readable condition. The rule granted some flexibility by permitting the marking to be placed in an enclosed compartment, such as a battery case, if it could be accessed without the use of tools. Continue reading

02-13-19 Meat Industry Hall of Fame inducts 7 new members

Meat Industry Hall of Fame inducts 7 new members

ATLANTA, GA – February 12, 2019 – The Meat Industry Hall of Fame formally inducted its newest members at a ceremony on February 11 in Atlanta, Ga. The ceremony was attended by friends, family and industry leaders, who welcomed the Class of 2018 into the Hall.

The ceremony was hosted by Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief of The National Provisioner. Julie Anna Potts, the new CEO of the North American Meat Institute, delivered the keynote address and discussed her introduction to the meat industry. A former executive with the American Farm Bureau Federation, Potts and her predecessor, Barry Carpenter, toured multiple meat plants and spoke with many industry leaders to give her an understanding about the opportunities and challenges that face the industry.

The members of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2018 are: Continue reading

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Shutdown Agreement Funds USDA through Fiscal Year

The agreement that averts the threatening government shutdown funds the Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies without a final budget through the current fiscal year, which began last October. President Trump, speaking Tuesday morning, told reporters “I don’t think you’re going to see a shutdown,” but added he has yet to study the agreement, and was initially “not happy” with the proposal. The deal includes $1.375 billion for border barriers and a roughly 17 percent reduction in the number of ICE detention beds. The agreement must still be drafted into legislation and pass both the House and Senate and get Trump’s approval by Friday to avoid another government shutdown. Politico reports another prolonged shutdown would be especially painful for agriculture, and it’s unclear if USDA could take steps to mitigate some of the headaches that accompanied the previous closures.

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Market Facilitation Program Deadline Thursday

The deadline for farmers to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program is Thursday. The program, launched last year to help producers suffering from trade retaliation damages, has already paid out roughly $8 billion to farmers. Since its launch in September 2018, more than 864,000 producers have applied. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Producers of corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, shelled almonds, sorghum, soybeans, fresh sweet cherries and wheat should apply at their local Farm Service Agency office, according to a Department of Agriculture statement. USDA previously announced the second and final round of trade mitigation payments in December. Producers only need to sign-up once for the program to be eligible for the first and second rounds of payments. Applications are available online at farmers.gov/MFP. Applications can be completed at a local FSA office or submitted electronically either by scanning, emailing or faxing.

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Senators Introduce Bill to Lift Cuba Embargo

A bipartisan group of Senators recently reintroduced legislation to lift the Cuba trade embargo. Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Patrick Leahy, along with Republican Mike Enzi reintroduced the bipartisan Freedom to Export to Cuba Act. The legislation would eliminate the legal barriers to Americans doing business in Cuba and pave the way for new economic opportunities for American businesses and farmers by boosting U.S. exports. The legislation repeals key provisions of previous laws that block Americans from doing business in Cuba, but does not repeal portions of law that address human rights or property claims against the Cuban government. Senator Leahy of Vermont said in a statement that the bill would “put more food on the plates of the Cuban people.” Cuba relies on agriculture imports to feed the 11 million people who live in Cuba and the 3.5 million tourists who visit each year. The Senators say Cuba represents a $2 billion opportunity for American farmers annually.

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USDA To Host 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Sessions

The Department of Agriculture Tuesday announced a listening session for input on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Each agency will consider stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation. The listening session will be held February 26, at USDA offices in Washington, D.C. The listening session is open to the public, however,  participants must register at farmers.gov/farmbill by February 22, to attend. USDA undersecretary for farm production and conservation Bill Northey says the farm bill “improves farm safety net programs, protects federal crop insurance, and preserves strong rural development and research initiatives.” He says USDA is eager to hear from stakeholders on how the agency can “streamline and improve program delivery while also enhancing customer service.”

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U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Supports Montana COOL Legislation

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association says the Montana country-of-origin meat labeling bill offers “truth in labeling.” USCA supports the legislation that would bring back a modified version of COOL for beef and pork sold within the state. The bill would require a placard be accompanied with any livestock or poultry products offered for sale in Montana that indicates it was either “Born, Raised, and Processed in the United States,” “Processed Inside the United States” or “Processed Outside of the U.S.A.” In addition to reviving the COOL program, the bill would also prohibit the marketing, advertising, or labeling of cell-cultured edible products as livestock or poultry. USCA’s Maggie Nutter of Sweetgrass, Montana says of the legislation that “our industry’s commitment to transparency creates greater consumer trust and credibility for our product.” The Montana Senate Agriculture Committee held the first hearing on the bill Tuesday afternoon.

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AEM Releases January Ag Equipment Sales Numbers

January 2019 saw increases in U.S. sales of combines and four-wheel-drive tractors as well as total U.S. two-wheel-drive tractor sales compared to January last year, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The monthly sales report from AEM shows U.S. four-wheel-drive tractor sales gained 38.2 percent in January compared to last year and U.S. January combine sales grew 14.5 percent. Total U.S. sales of two-wheel drive tractors in January gained 4.9 percent compared to January last year. Curt Blades of AEM says the U.S. sales appear to be following a similar pattern as year-end sales did, with continued overall positive data despite a weak overall farm economy. For Canada, January four-wheel drive tractor sales were up 7.8 percent, and combine sales increased 31.1 percent. However, January two-wheel-drive tractor Canadian sales were down in all size categories. Blades of AEM cautioned, the association is “still concerned about continued market uncertainty and its effect on farmers’ business planning,” noting the current trade climate and farm income.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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