05-02-19 USCA: Congress Doubles Down on Hours-of-Service Solutions for Livestock Haulers

Congress Doubles Down on Hours-of-Service Solutions for Livestock Haulers

(WASHINGTON) – Following the introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act in the Senate on Tuesday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Representative Greg Pence (R-IN) today announced the introduction of H.R. 2460, the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act. Continue reading

05-02-19 U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Concludes Fifth Annual General Assembly Meeting and Looks to the Future

U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Concludes Fifth Annual General Assembly Meeting and Looks to the Future

FRESNO, Calif. (May 2, 2019) — This week, the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) concluded its fifth annual General Assembly meeting, wrapping up three days of successful tours and meetings in Fresno, Calif. The 2019 meeting brought together more than 100 stakeholders including representatives from major food and retail companies, cattle producers, veterinarians, scientists, financial service representatives and non-governmental organizations. Continue reading

05-02-19 CO Corn Action Alert: Take Action on Improper Taxation of Ag Fertilizer…NOW!

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CO Corn Action Alert: Take Action on Improper Taxation of Ag Fertilizer…NOW!

When the bill for the state’s 2019-2020 budget was passed, it included a tax surprise for Colorado farmers from the Department of Revenue.
In a rule-making hearing, the department decided to tax agricultural compounds including fertilizer.

HB19-1329 would fix this issue and ensure fertilizer is not subject to sales tax.

The bill has bipartisan support, but the risk of it getting caught up in the end-of-session partisan debate is likely.  Many bills are expected to die on the calendar before they can be passed.

Colorado Corn Growers Association is asking you to take a few minutes and ask the State Senate to prioritize the fertilizer bill and be sure it gets through.

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05-02-19 Inside the USRSB’s New U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework with KLA’s Clayton Huseman…

Inside the USRSB’s New U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework with KLA’s Clayton Huseman…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – May 2, 2019:  The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) held its 2019 General Assembly Meeting April 30 – May 2 in Fresno, Calif. The meeting attracted hundreds of attendees, including cattle ranchers, beef packers and processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, and NGOs from across the United States who have an interest in continuously improving beef sustainability.  The meeting also coincided with the release of the group’s U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework, America’s first-ever resource to demonstrate continuous improvement in sustainability for the entire beef value chain. That’s specifically what today’s interview with my guest Clayton Huseman, Kansas Livestock Association Executive Director, Feedlot Division

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05-02-19 Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman to Depart

Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman to Depart

OAK BROOK, IL May 2, 2019: Constance Cullman, the seventh person to lead Farm Foundation in its 86-year history, has announced her departure effective June
2019. Cullman has served as President of the Foundation since June 2016. She will join the American Feed Industry Association as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2019. Continue reading

04-09-19 Make a Difference With Culver’s on Scoops of Thanks Day, May 2nd

Make a Difference With Culver’s on Scoops of Thanks Day, May 2nd

Restaurant Chain’s Largest Fundraiser Supports Local Agricultural Education Programs

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—April 9, 2019—Students at the Delta High School FFA Chapter in Muncie, Indiana, are continuously looking for opportunities to develop their agricultural knowledge through hands-on learning. As a youth organization, this FFA chapter and the more than 8,630 others across the country work tirelessly to grow the next generation of leaders in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

But funding isn’t always available to support the types of experiences that FFA chapters need to offer to their members. That’s why Scoops of Thanks Day, a fundraiser hosted at Culver’s restaurants across the country on Thursday, May 2, is so important.

On May 2, guests can stop by their Culver’s, donate $1 to agricultural education and receive a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard as our way of saying thanks. All donations go to local agricultural education efforts. Continue reading

05-02-19 NFU: Farmer’s Share of the American Food Dollar Falls to All-Time Low

NFU: Farmer’s Share of the American Food Dollar Falls to All-Time Low

For every dollar American consumers spend on food, U.S. farmers and ranchers earn just 14.6 cents, according to a report recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS). This value marks a 17 percent decline since 2011 and the smallest portion of the American food dollar that farmers have received since the USDA began reporting these data in 1993. The remaining 85.4 cents cover off-farm costs, including processing, wholesaling, distribution, marketing, and retailing. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for May 2nd

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Weekly Export Sales for May 2nd

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Outlook for May China Agreement Positive

Optimism is growing that the U.S. and China could wrap up a trade agreement this month. Trade officials from the U.S. and China concluded talks in Beijing Wednesday with another critical round scheduled for next week in the United States. The Trump administration has appeared to be ready to walk away if an agreement isn’t reached soon. However, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Twitter that he and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer concluded “productive meetings” this week. The South China Morning Post reports that the U.S. has dropped the demand that China halts alleged instances of commercial cyber theft, to bring an end to the long-running tariff dispute. A deal at this point between the U.S. and China is expected in Mid-May, with a possible signing of the agreement planned for June. However, an agreement doesn’t mean an end to tariffs. The U.S. is planning on keeping some tariffs on China, and China will likely keep retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products, according to a Chinese trade expert.

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New National Poll Shows Impacts of Rural Economy on Farmer Mental Health 

A majority of farmers and farmworkers say financial issues, farm or business problems and fear of losing the farm impact farmers’ mental health. Other factors included stress, weather, the economy, isolation and social stigma, according to a new national poll by Morning Consult commissioned by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Polling found that many rural adults have either personally sought care or have a family member who has sought care for a mental health condition. Three in four rural adults, 75 percent said it’s important to reduce the stigma about mental health in the agriculture community, while two in three farmers and farmworkers, 66 percent, said the same. Large majorities of rural Americans polled agreed that cost, social stigma and embarrassment would make it harder for them to seek help or treatment for mental health conditions. In response to the results, AFBF President Zippy Duvall said, “we can and must do more to address farmer stress and mental health issues in rural America.”

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Peterson: South America Seeks Improved Infrastructure

Following a trip to South America, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson said he believes South America as a competitor to the U.S. will “only become stronger with time.” Peterson led a delegation to South America to see firsthand its impact and potential in global agricultural trade. The delegation saw the commitment South America has to improve its infrastructure, a key issue holding back the region when it comes to exports. During meetings, the delegation learned that the country is looking to attract billions in private investment to improve the country’s infrastructure, and in particular the capacity of its agricultural supply chain. Peterson says “it’s only a matter of time” before infrastructure investments improve the export of agricultural products, and “cut into” the competitive advantage the U.S. enjoys over South America. Further, Peterson says the Chinese are “happy to buy everything the South Americans can grow” right now, while the U.S. is embattled in trade negotiations and facing retaliatory tariffs.

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Canada Increasing Trade Aid to Farmers Amid China Canola Ban

Canada Wednesday announced more assistance to farmers amid its own trade woes with China. The announcement provides additional credit to producers through the Advance Payments Program, expanding available credit to C$1 million and providing up to C$500,000 interest-free for canola production. China has blocked imports of Canadian canola seed from two companies because China “discovered pests” in shipments. While technical discussions have taken place between the Chinese and Canadian governments, the scientific basis for China’s actions remains unclear, according to the Canola Council of Canada. China has been a major market for Canadian canola, accounting for approximately 40 percent of all canola seed, oil and meal exports. Canola seed exports to China were worth C$2.7 billion in 2018, and demand has been very strong until recent disruptions. Canada’s Trade Minister Jim Carr also announced planned trade missions to boost exports in Japan and South Korea of Canadian Canola. The Canola Council says it’s an “ideal time” to “seize the opportunity to develop markets.”

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Democratic Leaders, Trump, Agree on Infrastructure Plan, Mulvaney Cast Doubs

President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders from Congress this week agreed to work on an infrastructure deal worth $2 trillion. Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the talks this week productive. However, acting chief of staff for the Trump administration, Mick Mulvaney, told Fox Business Network there’s a much better chance the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement would pass, casting doubt on an infrastructure deal. Mulvaney says any agreement would break down over the administration’s determination to change environmental laws and other regulations, as Mulvaney seeks to waive environmental rules to allow for quick construction. Democrats want to expand the agreement beyond infrastructure. Speaking to reporters, Pelosi said the agreement is about jobs, and “clean air, clean water,” and called infrastructure a quality of life issue in “getting people out of their cars.” Pelosi says the president agrees the deal should include broadband infrastructure improvements. More meetings are planned three weeks from now to seek ways to fund the plan.

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Cattle Industry Welcomes Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act

Cattle industry organizations Wednesday welcomed introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act. The bipartisan bill would provide livestock haulers with regulatory relief from the restrictive Hours-of-Service rules by the Department of Transportation. The bill was introduced By Nebraska Republican Senator Ban Sasse and Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association calls the bill a “prescriptive solution for livestock haulers that gives them the flexibility needed to get their live cargo to its destination as safely and efficiently as possible.” The bill would increase the exempt miles under the Hours of Service regulation, increase the current driving time hours and give more flexibility to allow drivers to finish their delivery. National Cattlemen’s Beef association’s senior vice president for government affairs, Collin Woodall, says current Hours of Service rules “present major challenges” for livestock haulers. Woodall says the bill recognizes the unique needs of livestock haulers, as “hauling livestock is inherently different than hauling typical consumer goods.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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