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 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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