05-31-19 CO Corn: Year-Round E15, A Renewable Energy Win for Colorado

CO Corn: Year-Round E15, A Renewable Energy Win for Colorado

May 31, 2019 — Presidents of Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), Colorado Administrative Committee (CCAC) and Vice President of Front Range Ethanol issued statements regarding the final rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) allowing retailers to sell gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) year-round. This rule is a win for consumers driving 2001 and newer vehicles, a win for the environment, and a win for the grain corn and ethanol industries in Colorado.“Year-round sales of E15 is overdue,” stated CCGA President Dave Eckhardt, a farmer from Peckham, Colorado. “For years CCGA has advocated for uninterrupted access to this lower-carbon, higher octane, homegrown fuel. We expect EPA will continue to make regulatory changes to modify the renewable identification number (RIN) system bringing transparency to the market and deterring price manipulation.” Continue reading

05-31-19 Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District: Pueblo Dam power plant begins operations

The exterior of the James W. Broderick Hydroelectric Power Facility at Pueblo Dam, which began producing electricity this week.

Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District: Pueblo Dam power plant begins operations

The $20 million James W. Broderick Hydroelectric Power Facility at Pueblo Reservoir began operations this week after testing and commissioning were completed during May.

The plant will produce electricity by harnessing flows that pass through the north outlet of the dam into the Arkansas River. Water rushing through the turbines is not consumed during the process, but simply returns to the river.

The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District signed a Lease of Power Privilege with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in August of 2017, and began construction shortly afterward. Reclamation approved full operations this week. Continue reading

05-31-19 The Annex by Ardent Mills and Colorado Quinoa, LLC Ink Exclusive Partnership

The Annex by Ardent Mills and Colorado Quinoa, LLC Ink Exclusive Partnership

Relationship strengthens U.S.-grown quinoa availability; supports Colorado farmers and water stewardship

Denver, Colo.—May 31, 2019––The Annex by Ardent Mills (The Annex) today announced a new partnership with Colorado Quinoa, LLC to clean, mill and market quinoa grown in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Through the relationship, commercial customers benefit from the many advantages of U.S.-grown quinoa including stable pricing, scalable supply, sustainability and traceability back to local farms, all backed by the resources and support of Ardent Mills.

“We are excited to collaborate with Colorado Quinoa as part of our commitment to ancient and heirloom grains, plant-based ingredients and value-added products,” said Shrene White, General Manager, The Annex. “By being the exclusive supplier of Colorado Quinoa™, we are furthering our commitment to family farms, the future of food and making The Annex the go-to source for domestically grown quinoa for our customers.”

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05-31-19 EPA: Final Rulemaking for Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15 and to Elements of the Renewable Identification Number Compliance System

EPA: Final Rulemaking for Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15 and to Elements of the Renewable Identification Number Compliance System

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Rule Summary

On May 30, 2019, EPA finalized regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver that currently applies to E10 during the summer months. EPA is also finalizing regulatory changes to modify certain elements of the renewable identification number (RIN) compliance system under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, in order to bring greater transparency to the market and deter price manipulation.

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05-31-19 ACE grateful EPA has finally cut the RVP red tape, enabling retailers to offer E15 to their customers year-round

ACE grateful EPA has finally cut the RVP red tape, enabling retailers to offer E15 to their customers year-round

Sioux Falls, SD (May 31, 2019) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its finalized rule extending the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to E15 during the summer months to allow its sale year-round and modifying Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credit trading:

“EPA’s rule means U.S. retailers finally have the opportunity to offer E15 to their customers year round as the peak summer driving season kicks off this weekend. We’re grateful EPA kept the President’s promise to get the rulemaking done on time and we will work to ensure retailers understand their hands are no longer tied by red tape preventing them from offering a lower priced, higher octane E15 fuel to their customers all year starting this summer. For the ethanol industry and farmers, this means greater market access — more ethanol demand over the long term as additional retailers begin offering E15. Continue reading

05-31-19 Under Secretary McKinney to Lead U.S. Exporters on Trade Mission to Colombia

Under Secretary McKinney to Lead U.S. Exporters on Trade Mission to Colombia

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2019 – Colombia and Panama are among the fastest-growing markets in the Western Hemisphere for U.S. farm and food products. American exporters seeking to tap that potential will join Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney in Bogotá for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s largest-ever international trade mission June 4-7.

“The record size of this trade mission delegation demonstrates the degree of U.S. exporter interest in these markets,” McKinney said. “I’m thrilled that representatives from 54 agribusiness and associations and six state departments of agriculture are on board and ready to connect with potential customers from both Colombia and Panama.” Continue reading

05-31-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Final E-15 Rule

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Final E-15 Rule

May 31, 2019, Washington D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule on E-15:

“I appreciate President Trump’s steadfast support for our patriotic farmers and for his commitment to expand the sale of E15 and unleash the full potential of American innovation and ingenuity as we continue to demonstrate our rightful place as the world’s leader in agricultural and energy production,” said Secretary Sonny Perdue. “This move to approve the year-round use of E15 in time for the summer driving season provides consumers with more choices when they fill up at the pump, driving demand for our farmers and improving the air we breathe. While the Trump Administration and USDA are expanding the ethanol market in the United States, we continue to fight for more export markets in Brazil, Mexico, China, and other countries across the globe. I applaud Administrator Andrew Wheeler for moving expeditiously to finalize this important E15 rule.”

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05-31-19 NPPC Appeal: Let’s Move Forward with USMCA, Leave Tariffs at Zero

NPPC Appeal: Let’s Move Forward with USMCA, Leave Tariffs at Zero 

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 31, 2019 – In response to President Trump’s plan to impose five percent tariffs on all Mexican imports as of June 10, 2019, David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council and a pork producer from Lillington, North Carolina, issued the following statement:

“We appeal to President Trump to reconsider plans to open a new trade dispute with Mexico. American pork producers cannot afford retaliatory tariffs from its largest export market, tariffs which Mexico will surely implement. Over the last year, trade disputes with Mexico and China have cost hard-working U.S. pork producers and their families approximately $2.5 billion. Continue reading

05-31-19 RFA Applauds Final Rule Allowing Year-Round E15

RFA Applauds Final Rule Allowing Year-Round E15

ST. LOUIS — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule allowing retailers to sell gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) year-round. Today’s action fulfills President Trump’s promise to eliminate the summertime prohibition on E15, a fuel that offers lower cost, reduced emissions, and higher octane. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for May 31

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Weekly Export Sales for May 31st

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Mexico Begins Process to Ratify USMCA

Mexico plans for quick ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, setting the process in motion following action by Canada earlier this week. That leaves the U.S. behind both in the process as the Trump administration has yet to formally introduce the agreement to Congress. Vice President Mike Pence visited Canada Thursday to discuss moving the deal forward as Canada formally introduced the agreement to lawmakers earlier this week. Mexico’s President reported the documents were sent to Mexico’s Senate Thursday, and officials from Mexico were hopeful the U.S. would ratify the deal by July, according to the Associated Press. Mexico’s Senate is in recess, but officials say they would seek a special session to consider the agreement. However, the Trump administration must present the agreement to Congress, and a vote could follow 60 days later. The House must vote on the agreement first, with no amendments, per Trade Promotion Authority. Democrats in the House have questioned provision in the agreement regarding labor and enforcement.

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Court Strikes 2015 Water Rule

A federal court earlier this week invalidated the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ 2015 expansion of federal jurisdiction over small and isolated waters. After years of litigation in suits filed by dozens of state governments and trade groups, this is the first court to reach a final decision on the lawfulness of the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. The U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that the agencies violated basic requirements of fair process when they concluded the 2015 rulemaking, without first releasing for comment a key report that was the basis for many of their most controversial decisions. The order came in response to suits by a group of 17 private-sector plaintiffs that included the American Farm Bureau Federation. The groups challenged the 2015 WOTUS rule as unlawfully expanding federal jurisdiction at the expense of state and municipal authority and offending basic rules of fair process. Several other legal challenges to the 2015 rule remain pending in federal courts across the country. The Trump administration has proposed to repeal the rule and issue a new regulation that better defines federal waters.

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Senate Democrats Oppose U.S. Trade Aid for Foreign Companies

Nine U.S. Senators led by Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow are sharing concern over U.S. trade aid going to foreign companies. With the administration using up to $1.4 billion to purchase commodities, the group says the Department of Agriculture is allowing foreign companies to profit from the plan aimed to assist U.S. farmers. Stabenow, the top Democrat of the Senate Ag Committee, points out the first round of trade aid included purchase contracts of nearly $62.5 million in pork products from JBS USA, which is owned by Brazilian parent company JBS SA. A letter to USDA from the Senators calls the move “counterproductive,” adding its “unacceptable that American taxpayers have been subsidizing competitors through trade assistance.” The letter was signed by all Democrats, including Senator Stabenow, along with Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Ohio’s Sherrod Brown, Vermont’s Patrick Leahy, Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, Washington’s Patty Murray, Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar, and Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin questioned the funding last week in a standalone statement following the announcement of the trade aid program.

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New Census of Agriculture Products

The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Thursday released the 2017 Census of Agriculture State and County Profiles. The profiles provide a summary or snapshot of key pieces of information on land, farms, market value of ag products sold, rankings, and producer characteristics. The profiles are a quick way to see what’s going on with ag in your state and county, to show the value of ag at the local level. The profiles provide producers with a way to evaluate historical trends, assess the need to advocate for policies and programs that support their commodities and communities, and develop new and improved methods to increase agricultural production and profitability. Further, on June 26, NASS will release the Congressional District Profiles and Rankings. Additional Census of Agriculture products, such as the watershed report, zip code tabulations, and race, ethnicity and gender profiles. Access the full 2017 Census of Agriculture report and all associated products such as highlight videos and publications at www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus.

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USDA Announces Loans to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure

New loans announced Thursday by the Department of agriculture will help improve rural electric services. USDA says approximately 450,000 residents and commercial customers will benefit from the loans on projects approved in 17 states. Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley made the announcement of the loans, valued at $858 million. Baxley says the investment “creates jobs and helps deliver services such as education, training and health care to build stronger rural communities.” Carroll Electric Cooperative of Arkansas and Missouri received the largest loan, valued at $263 million for nearly 1,000 miles of electric line improvements and smart grid technologies. Meanwhile, a $94 million loan for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Generation in Arizona and Utah will use part of the funds to build a 55.1-megawatt solar facility. Other funded projects for electric cooperatives are located in the Carolina’s, Kentucky, The Dakota’s and Minnesota, along with Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, along with Texas.

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Former Senate Ag Chair Cochran Passes

Former Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman and longtime Mississippi lawmaker Thad Cochran passed away Thursday at 81. Cochran served more than 45 years in the Senate, before he resigned last April due to health concerns. Cochran, a Navy veteran, previously served three terms in the House of Representatives before joining the Senate. Cochran chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee at the time of his retirement. Current Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts in a statement said he treasured Cochran’s friendship, as the two worked on multiple farm bills together. Roberts called Cochran a “good man and a level-headed legislator, qualities that are becoming scarce in Washington.” President Donald Trump on Twitter called Cochran a “real Senator with incredible values.” Cindy Hyde-Smith, then Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture at the time of Cochran’s retirement, was appointed to his Senate spot when he retired. Hyde-Smith won reelection in 2018, defeating former Ag Secretary Mike Espy in a runoff election.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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05-30-19 Inside Colorado Corn with Dave Cure & Kim Reddin…

Inside Colorado Corn with Dave Cure & Kim Reddin…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – May 30, 2019 – Joininig the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio inside The BARN is Stratton CO Corn Farmer Dave Cure, CCGA Public Policy Chair, Director 6 (Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Washington Counties) & CO Corn Communications Director Kim Reddin discussing numerous issues pertinent to the corn industry in the nation and more importantly to those here in Colorado, including:

  • Market Facilitation Program for 2019 *Preliminary Info – Suubject to Change*
  • Ethanol Update – EU lifts Duty on U.S. Ethanol, The Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019 & Year-round E-15 announcement expected soon.
  • Farm Bill Signup reminder – ARC/PLC choice for 2019-2020 should be in late Sept/early Oct.; Silveus – Sponsor of CCGA has a financial tool – coming to you this summer via CCGA in our District Visits, to be announced soon; Partner organization SWCA will have guidelines and we/CCGA will make these available later this summer & Other Sign-Ups and Deadlines
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05-30-19 CU School of Medicine partnering with CSU to open medical school branch

CU School of Medicine partnering with CSU to open medical school branch

AURORA, Colo. – The University of Colorado School of Medicine is in the planning stages of establishing a medical school branch in Fort Collins in partnership with Colorado State University.

The partnership aims to create a training program that builds on the strengths of both universities, joining CU School of Medicine’s leading medical education and research programs with CSU’s expertise in human, animal, and public health. The partners expect to enroll the first students in the program in 2021.

“We are pleased to forge this partnership with CSU to expand the opportunities for medical education in the state of Colorado,” said Donald Elliman, Jr., chancellor for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “Together, we are able to offer an education based on outstanding programs at both campuses and to improve the quality of health care for all in Colorado.”

CSU President and Chancellor Tony Frank, PhD, said: “As university leadership, we have long contemplated and discussed bringing together our two world-class medical education programs at CSU and CU. In the last year and half, our teams have worked together on this project, and I am enormously proud of everyone who has worked so diligently to make it a reality.” Continue reading

05-30-19 CSU System selects final architect for new campus at the National Western Center redevelopment: Anderson Mason Dale Architects to design food and agriculture building

CSU System selects final architect for new campus at the National Western Center redevelopment: Anderson Mason Dale Architects to design food and agriculture building

Denver, Colo. – The Colorado State University System has selected Colorado-based design firm Anderson Mason Dale Architects (AMD) to complete the CSU Center for Food and Agriculture, one of three buildings comprising the future CSU Campus at the National Western Center redevelopment.

The CSU Center for Food and Agriculture will provide compelling public spaces, experiential learning opportunities and impactful research in food systems, furthering CSU’s mission as part of the National Western Center redevelopment to be a global leader in the intersection of food, water, and health. Part of that mission involves K-12 education, interactive learning opportunities for families, cutting-edge research, and authentic community outreach. The CSU System will break ground on its three-building campus in 2020 and expects to complete the project in 2022.

“Our focus at the National Western Center is to create spaces for every visitor to find inspiration and learn,” said Amy Parsons, Executive Vice Chancellor of the CSU System. “CSU will flip the traditional university model on its head to create a new global model for higher education, for research and experiences. Drawing students, tourists, families, and thought-leaders together to explore, discover, and work to solve the most pressing global problems of our time around water, food, sustainability, and health.” Continue reading

05-30-19 Over $104,000 Donated by Guests on Culver’s® Scoops of Thanks Day

Over $104,000 Donated by Guests on Culver’s® Scoops of Thanks Day

Annual fundraiser supports local agricultural education programs

Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin – May 30, 2019– Culver’s guests showed their support in a big way for agricultural education on Culver’s Scoops of Thanks Day, donating more than $104,000. The fundraiser is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project and involved guests donating $1 in exchange for a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard.

The proceeds raised across Culver’s over 700 restaurants will go to local FFA chapters and other agricultural organizations.

“Each guest who bought a scoop of frozen custard helped us make a real difference in supporting local agricultural education programs,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager for Culver’s. “It’s amazing to see the support our guests show on Scoops of Thanks Day.” Continue reading

05-30-19 Inside the BARN with NACD w/Second Vice President Kim LaFleur…

Inside the BARN with NACD w/Second Vice President Kim LaFleur…

Gray Wolf Delisting, Farm Bill Implementation, Signups & Deadlines, NACD Summer Conference, Upcoming CACD Events & More

BRIGGSDALE, CO – May 30, 2019- Within this month’s interview with the National Association of Conservation Districts, Kim LaFleur, who serves as Second Vice President on the Board of Directors weighs in on several issues from her home state of Massachusetts, including:

  • Delisting of the Gray Wolf – Comment Period Extended until July 15th
  • Farm Bill Implementation
  • Signups & Deadlines
  • NACD’s Upcoming Summer Conservation Forum & Tour in Santa Fe, NM August 2-6
  • Upcoming Colorado Association of Conservation District Events (2019 Camp Rocky & 75th CACD Annual Meeting)
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05-30-19 CDA partners with numerous state agencies to create hemp advancement and planning initiative

CDA partners with numerous state agencies to create hemp advancement and planning initiative

Broomfield, CO – In response to the recent passage of the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act, commonly known as the Farm Bill, Governor Polis has signed the Hemp Regulation Alignment With 2018 Federal Farm Bill, in addition to the Industrial Hemp Products Regulation Bill. The bill signings will further establish Colorado as an innovating force in the promotion of this high-value agricultural commodity.
The Farm Bill enables every state department of agriculture to submit a hemp management plan to the USDA outlining how various aspects of hemp cultivation and processing will be managed within their jurisdiction. As a result, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is partnering with eight state agencies to establish a statewide initiative known as the Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan (the CHAMP).
The CHAMP initiative is a large stakeholder-based project that will bring together top subject matter experts from higher education, regulatory fields and private industry to explore important questions regarding the advancement and management of the hemp industry in Colorado. These stakeholders will take part in guided discussions and will provide a perspective on a number of critical issues. Their input will help create a comprehensive roadmap to provide clarity and consensus on how to advance Colorado’s hemp industry.
“In keeping with CDA’s core mission to continuously strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture and foster responsible stewardship, a key objective of the CHAMP initiative is to define a structured supply chain and establish a strong market for the state’s farming communities,” said Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture. “Working closely with our colleagues at other Colorado agencies as well as farmers and experts across the state will help ensure the success of this unprecedented project.” Continue reading

05-30-19 Inside The BARN with Tom Lipetzky, Director of the CDA’s Markets Division…

Inside The BARN with Tom Lipetzky, Director of the CDA’s Markets Division…

Trade, USDA Fruit & Vegetable Advisory Committee Work, CO Proud, Hemp/Marijuana & More

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – May 30, 2019 –  Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time is CDA Markets Division Director Tom Lipetzky discussing several topics including:

  • TRADE – USMCA, Japan & China Tade War Impacts
  • USDA Trade Aid 2.0 – New MFP Program
  • USDA Fruit & Vegetable Advisory Committee Update
  • 20th Anniversary of the Colorado Proud Program
  • Hemp & Marijuana Legislation Signed into law by CO Gov Polis & Impacts on CO Ag Industry
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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, May 30th

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Bloomberg: EPA Ready Scrap Rin Market Reform

The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly ready to scrap RIN market reforms as it readies a rule to allow year-round E15 sales. Bloomberg News reports the shift comes as the agency races to meet a May 31 rulemaking deadline. The official summer driving season starts Saturday, leaving little time to announce the rule. The RIN market modifications are part of the same rule allowing year-round E15. However, for the rule to benefit drivers this year, it’s thought that the rule must be finalized before the summer driving season. The market reforms would have implemented trading restrictions on RIN credits. While the EPA may be backing off the aggressive RIN market reforms, agency officials will apparently continue to evaluate other market changes requested by President Trump. Year-round E15 sales is a welcome move by the U.S. biofuel industry and corn farmers because it has the potential to increase demand for U.S. ethanol.

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China a More Reliable Trade Partner than U.S.

An analysis from a German bank calls China a more stable trading partner than the United States. Commerzbank, a self-described international commercial bank with branches and offices in almost 50 countries, announced the report this week. In its study,  61 percent of respondents expect a gloomier economic outlook for the next couple of years. The report cites political and economic troubles, assessing China as a more stable trade partner than the United States or Great Britain. The survey polled roughly 2,000 German-based companies, of which just over half were exporters. More than two-thirds of the companies surveyed have a physical presence in the United States. The report comes as the U.S. is embattled in multiple trade negotiations, including the final steps of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, the start of talks with Japan, and the trade war with China. Talks remain stalled with China after nearly reaching an agreement, and the trade war between the U.S. and China continues to escalate as a result.

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China Could Take Years to Tame ASF

China’s recovery and attempt to reign in African swine fever may take years, according to the World Organization for Animal Health. China, the world’s biggest pork producer, could see up to 200 million pigs die or culled this year because of the virus, prompting shortages of pork locally and promising global change to pork production and exports. OIE Deputy Director General Matthew Stone told Reuters, “China is going to deal with this African swine fever for many years to come.” Those comments echoed a statement by Dr. Dave Pyburn of the National Pork Board last week. In a panel discussion to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, Pyburn told attendees “it’s there, and it’s going to stay there,” adding “I’m not going to say that in five years that it would be over with.” This week, the OIE launched a global initiative, to be coordinated with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, to try to keep the disease in check. The initiative seeks to control the disease and strengthen prevention and preparation efforts.

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House Ag Subcommittee Schedules Hearing on USDA Relocation Plans

The House Agriculture Committee announced a subcommittee hearing next week on the proposed relocation of two Department of Agriculture agencies. The committee plans the hearing, “Examining the Impacts of Relocating USDA Research Agencies on Agriculture Research,” for Wednesday, June 5. Members of the Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research subcommittee will examine the proposed move of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. USDA is expected to soon announce the final site proposals for the two agencies, after narrowing the list down to three. USDA says the list includes the Kansa City metro, Research Triangle Park near Raleigh, North Carolina, and multiple potential locations in Indiana. The plan faces pushback from some lawmakers and USDA employees, as employees of the Economic Research Service voted this month to unionize, joining the American Federation of Government Employees. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture plans a similar vote in June. USDA says the move would cut costs, improve employee wellbeing and cost of living, and bring the agencies closer to stakeholders.

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Canada’s Realized Net Farm Income Declines

2018 realized net farm income for Canadian farmers fell 45 percent from 2017, the biggest annual drop since 2006. Statistics Canada released the data this week that shows realized income for the year at C$3.9 billion, falling on stagnant farm cash receipts against significant increases in feed, fuel and interest costs. Farm income fell just 2.8 percent in 2017 from 2016. AgCanada reports realized net income is the difference between a farmer’s cash receipts and operating expenses, minus depreciation, plus income in kind — not to be confused with “total net farm income,” defined as realized net income adjusted for changes in farmer-owned inventories of crops and livestock. Total net farm income dropped to C$3 billion in 2018, decreasing across all provinces, mainly on lower on-farm stocks of barley, corn, non-durum wheat and soybeans and lower cattle and calf inventories. Farm expenses were up in every province, totaling C$50.6 billion, up 6.5 percent from 2017 for the largest percentage increase since 2012.

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Late Planting with Grain Sorghum Could Provide Farmers Opportunity

As farmers seek a solution to the prolonged wet spring and lack of planting, National Sorghum Producers and the Sorghum Checkoff are reminding producers grain sorghum is an option that can provide opportunity to growers. As wet conditions persist for farmers across the U.S., producers calculating options as major crop plant deadlines loom, need to keep a few considerations in mind when planting grain sorghum, according to NSP. Grain sorghum can typically be planted later than other crops, and sorghum is a lower risk option, specifically as it relates to seed costs. For example, sorghum seed typically costs $9-$18 per acre depending on seeding rate, while corn seed typically costs $55-$110 an acre depending on seeding rate and traits. Harvest costs are often lower, as well. NSP CEO Tim Lust says “despite trade uncertainty, demand for feed grain remains strong across the globe.” Interested growers should contact National Sorghum Producers for more information on local bids and crop information.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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05-29-19 Dairy MAX Awards $7,500 in Scholarships

Dairy MAX Awards $7,500 in Scholarships

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Three students have earned $7,500 in scholarships from Dairy MAX, your local dairy council.

Nicole Koke of Dublin, Texas, Mike Schilderink of Hart, Texas, and Jagger Dinis of Wiggins, Colorado, each received a $2,500 scholarship from the organization to apply toward this fall’s college tuition.

Marty McKinzie, Dairy MAX’s vice president of industry image and relations, said the scholarship program is one of their most worthwhile investments.

“Dairy farm families rely on the strength of their community,” McKinzie said. “By continuing our commitment to higher education, but opening up the requirements for degree programs, Dairy MAX continues to better serve the dairy farm families and their communities within our region, increasing impact and further strengthening the positive role dairy has beyond the fridge.” Continue reading