06-25-19 US Senator Bennet, Senate Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Release Climate-Related Studies Conducted by USDA

US Senator Bennet, Senate Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Release Climate-Related Studies Conducted by USDA

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) called on the Trump Administration to provide more information after a recent report revealed the administration has only publicized two of at least 45 climate-related studies reviewed by the non-partisan Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) since President Trump took office. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators demanded the agency provide a complete list of its climate-related studies, which demonstrate the effects of climate change, to Congress.

“It is vital that the Trump Administration and USDA properly communicate taxpayer-funded research about the increasing dangers of climate change,” the senators wrote. “Our offices continue to hear from constituents about the ongoing impacts of extreme weather patterns. This attempted suppression of scientific research is a disservice to the American people as we develop policy solutions to combat climate change.” Continue reading

06-25-19 Another Successful, Highly Engaged CCA Annual Convention

Another Successful, Highly Engaged CCA Annual Convention

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) held its 152nd Annual Convention this past week at the Steamboat Grand in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. With a large attendance and high engagement, this year’s convention was one to be remembered.

The convention began with CCA’s ten committee meetings throughout the day on Monday. This year’s committee meetings packed the conference rooms and allowed passionate discussion from members on the upcoming year’s tough battles. During lunch, the Livingston Ranch and family were recognized as the 2019 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award winners. This award was well-earned by the multi-generational family of outstanding leaders in conservation and production. The day concluded with a dinner for CCA’s past presidents, with over 15 years of presidents in attendance! Continue reading

06-25-19 The 2019 Golden ARC Awards Winners Announced

The 2019 Golden ARC Awards Winners Announced

Kansas City, MO (AgPR) June 21, 2019 – The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) announced the winners for the 2019 Golden ARC Awards contest on June 20 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Golden ARC Awards contest honors the stellar work created by public relations professionals in the agricultural industry since 1990.

The Golden ARC de Excellence award is given to the best all-around entry in the campaigns division and this year that honor was bestowed 2019 Golden ARC Award Winnersupon a campaign produced by Minneapolis-based agency, Padilla. “Seeding Support for Farm and Food Interests – A Greater Minnesota with Padilla” was entered into the Public Affairs division. Padilla credits John Himle for his work on the campaign.

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06-25-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Optimistic Outlook for U.S. Red Meat at Taiwan’s Largest Food Show

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Optimistic Outlook for U.S. Red Meat at Taiwan’s Largest Food Show

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DENVER, CO – June 25, 2019 – Joel Haggard, the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) Hong Kong-based senior vice president for the Asia Pacific, just returned from Taiwan where he participated in Food Taipei, Taiwan’s largest food trade show. He shares observations from this rapidly growing market for U.S. red meat in the attached audio report.

Haggard notes that while Taiwan is a relatively small market for U.S. pork, exports are surging in 2019. Through April, U.S. pork shipments to Taiwan totaled 8,819 metric tons (mt), up 80% from the same period last year, while value increased 55% to $19.3 million. U.S. lamb is fairly new to the Taiwanese market, having regained access in 2016. USMEF has outreach efforts planned this fall for chefs and other foodservice professionals interested in U.S. lamb.

Taiwan is a tremendous destination for U.S. beef, with exports in 2018 topping $500 million for the first time. At nearly 60,000 mt valued at $550 million, beef exports to Taiwan nearly doubled in volume and more than doubled in value over a period of just five years. Haggard sees excellent opportunities for future growth in Taiwan, as U.S. beef’s presence continues to expand in both the restaurant and retail sectors.

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Presidents Trump and Xi Will Talk Trade at G-20

U.S. President Donald Trump will be off to the G-20 summit in Japan at the end of this week. He’s scheduled to meet with China’s President Xi (zhee) Jinping face-to-face for a high-stakes discussion on trade, as well as other issues. While most officials don’t expect a long-awaited breakthrough yet, it is possible that Trump could be talked into not putting new tariffs on even more Chinese imports. Politico says Trump has continually preached patience during high-profile negotiations with China, North Korea, Iran, and other nations. It’s both for strategic reasons and as a way to smooth over any frustrations with the slow pace of progress. Politico also says the “no rush” approach could also be a result of Trump’s confidence that the U.S. can simply outlast its adversaries in trade disputes. However, the go-it-alone foreign policy seems to be leaving the U.S. president increasingly isolated from key U.S. allies. Politico says that may become even more apparent during the upcoming G-20 gathering.

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New Tariffs Could Hit Pesticides

The pesticide industry is asking the Trump administration to exempt its chemical imports from China from the potential $300 billion in new 25 percent tariffs the president is threatening to impose next month on Chinese goods. CropLife America and a specialty chemical trade group filed comments with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office. Those comments say the tariffs would hit a wide range of products that farmers rely on to do their jobs. Those products would include glyphosate, 2,4-D, atrazine, and dicamba. The groups say, “Many of the chemicals that would be subject to the proposal are just not available from American sources, and many others are not reasonably available from sources outside of China in the volumes we need and within a useful time period.” An Agri-Pulse report says Chris Novak, President and CEO of CropLife America, was scheduled to speak on Monday during the USTR’s sixth day of hearings on the list of products targeted for the Section 301 tariffs.

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NBB says E-15 Rule Alone Doesn’t Undo Economic Damage

The National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler highlighting the economic damage caused by small refinery waivers. The biodiesel and renewable diesel industry have been hit hard by the retroactive small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuels Standard that the EPA has given out in recent years. At issue in the letter is Wheeler’s recent comments that the approval of year-round E15 sales will make up for the economic damage done by the exemptions. “The E15 waivers will not provide growth for biodiesel and renewable diesel, but small refinery exemptions have had a detrimental impact on demand for those fuels,” the NBB says in its letter. “EPA is required to repair the demand destruction for biodiesel and renewable diesel resulting from the agency’s flood of unwarranted retroactive small refinery exemptions.” The NBB says when they compare the size of the exempted refiners to biodiesel producers, the threat to agriculture is easier to understand. The University of Illinois says the demand destruction for biodiesel and renewable diesel could reach 2.45 billion gallons. The economic loss could reach $7.7 billion in the next few years.

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Drought at Record-Low Levels

A Farm Futures report points out that the typical weather-related challenges for farmers during each growing season is extremely dry weather. That’s not been the case this year because of rampant flooding in a good-sized portion of farm country. While this spring did see drought in a few areas of rural America, its influence has steadily dropped over the last few months. The latest updates to the U.S. Drought Monitor say that drought conditions are affecting just over 10 percent of the country. That’s up from a record low of 8.84 percent last month but it’s still among historical low numbers. Brad Pugh (Pew) is a climatologist who put this week’s Drought Monitor Report together. He says, “Excessively wet conditions still continue to hamper the development of corn and soybeans across the Corn Belt. However, drought is intensifying across northern North Dakota due to a serious lack of rainfall since April.” Only 3.1 percent of the Midwest is currently listed under drought conditions, while that number was 15 percent last year at this time. In the Plains, just 5.9 percent of the region is being affected by drought, compared to 49 percent a year ago. Pugh says the chances for above-normal precipitation in the next six to ten days is strong in the eastern U.S., including the Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi River Valleys, as well as the southern Great Plains.

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Laos Joins List of Countries Affected by African Swine Fever

A Reuters report says China has banned direct and indirect imports of pigs, wild boars, and related products from Laos after the first outbreak of the African Swine Fever virus was found in that country. The southeast Asian nation reported the first outbreaks late last week. China’s General Administrator of Customs says if illegally imported pigs, wild boars, and their products are intercepted by officials at the Chinese border, they’ll be destroyed under the supervision of customs agents. The World Organization for Animal Health says Laos confirmed the first deadly outbreaks of African Swine Fever in a southern province. African Swine Fever is deadly to pigs but doesn’t harm human beings. Officials in Laos say seven separate outbreaks have led to the deaths of almost 1,000 animals. Thailand has officially joined China in banning imports from Laos. ASF has hit the entire country of China hard. Officials report outbreaks in all of its mainland regions, as well as Hainan Island and Hong Kong. The Chinese ASF outbreak was first reported back in August of last year.

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Minnesota Co-op Manager Gets Eight-Year Jail Sentence

Jerome Hennessy, age 56, was once the manager of the Ashby Cooperative Farmer’s Elevator in Minnesota. An elevator employee from 1988 to 2002, he became the manager in 2003. From that point on, law enforcement officials say he began using his position to steal millions of dollars from the co-op. He wrote hundreds of checks to himself and other people for things like renovations to his home and a cabin, buying real estate, furniture, jewelry, credit card balances, hunting trips, taxidermy services, and more. Hennessy was sentenced to 96 months in jail for mail fraud and income tax evasion by a U.S. District Judge in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. At the sentencing, U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said, “As a manager, Mr. Hennessy held a position of trust over the Co-op’s members and their financial interests. Unfortunately, he chose to violate that trust by committing egregious fraud, stealing from his own friends, colleagues, and neighbors.” In order to cover the co-op’s legitimate expenses, as well as the millions of dolla

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Tue Jun 25, 2019 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids available by 3:00 PM MST.
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
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06-24-19 NMPF: FARM Program Announces New Educational Resources

NMPF: FARM Program Announces New Educational Resources

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The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program announced two new manuals and other materials as part of its FARM Workforce Development program area.

The FARM Safety Reference Manual provides straightforward, relevant and useful information on workplace safety and health meant to help dairy owners and employees develop and implement a robust and practical safety program. The FARM Safety Reference Manual is a collaboration between the Idaho Dairymen’s Association, the Idaho Milk Processors Association, and National Milk Producers Federation. Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

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Summer Passage of USMCA Looking Doubtful

Key lawmakers in Washington, D.C., cast significant doubt on the possibility of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement getting passed through Congress yet this summer. This comes in spite of the fact that political pressure is ramping up. Congress has a long summer recess rapidly approaching. Politico says it’s looking like Democrats are sticking to their ideas that the agreement needs more changes. That may push a vote on the House floor at least into the fall. Waiting that long will only increase the risk of the much-needed bill getting swallowed up in the politics of the 2020 presidential campaign. Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon is Chair of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, who talked about the prospects of a vote on USMCA in the next few weeks. At an event last week in Washington, his response was a simple one, saying, “It’s not going to happen. I think it’s very unlikely that something is going to happen before Congress heads out of town on the August recess.”

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27 Governors Send Letter Asking Congress to Ratify USMCA

Just over half the nation’s governors co-signed a letter to Congress asking for rapid ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. In a letter dated Thursday, June 20, it says, “Nearly 25 years after passing the North American Free Trade Agreement, it’s time to update our trade policies with two of our most critical trading partners.” The governors, all Republicans, say the USMCA is a “comprehensive, twenty-first-century trade agreement” which will protect trade secrets and intellectual property, prevents corruption, prevents importation of goods produced by forced labor, and expands the agricultural market by lowering trade barriers for farmers and ranchers. The Jamestown, North Dakota, Sun says the letter also reads, “As chief executives of our states, we urge Congress to pass the USMCA quickly so American workers can begin reaping the benefits of improved trade with our North American neighbors,” The letter also says. “Passing the agreement quickly will give our small and large businesses the stability and predictability they need to expand, invest, and create more jobs.” North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, one of the co-signers, says, “American producers are among the world’s best and can compete with anyone on a level playing field. The USMCA represents a tremendous opportunity to advance free and fair trade.”

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U.S. Trade Rep Looking for Deal with Japan Within Weeks

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer talked trade during an appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee last week. He told committee members that he’s hopeful the U.S. and Japan are close to a deal on agricultural tariff cuts. He says the key to reaching a bilateral trade agreement with Japan is resolving those differences over Ag tariffs. According to various media reports, Lighthizer says, “I’m hopeful that we’ll come to an agreement in the next several weeks. It’s a high priority.” He also says, “The principal thing we’re trying to do is to get agriculture access equal to what the Japanese have given to the TPP countries.” The trade industry website Meating Place Dot Com points out that one of President Trump’s first acts in the Oval Office was to withdraw the U.S. from negotiations over the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Hillary Clinton had also been critical of the pact during the most recent presidential campaign. The U.S. and Japan are scheduled to have more trade discussions this week during the Group of 20 summit meeting in Osaka, Japan. The negotiations have been ongoing since April.

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Honeybee Losses Jumped Sharply Higher Last Winter

Bee colony death numbers are continuing to climb. The Bee Informed Partnership released its latest survey last week, saying U.S. beekeepers lost 40 percent of their colonies last winter. That’s the largest number of overwintering hive losses since the survey began more than a decade ago. The total annual loss in 2018 was estimated to be slightly above average. An NPR Dot Org article says the survey included responses from 4,700 beekeepers who managed approximately 320,000 hives. The USDA says pollinators like honeybees are directly responsible for one of every three bites of food that people consume. Most of the pollinators are domesticated honeybees and they’re essential for many different types of flowering crops. Wild insects can’t always be counted on to pollinate hundreds of acres of crops, so fruit and nut growers will use commercial honeybee colonies instead. Studies have shown that bee decline has multiple causes. Decreasing crop diversity, poor beekeeping habits, as well as a loss of habitat are just some of the reasons given for bee numbers dropping. Pesticides have been shown to weaken bee immune systems. Varroa mites are the number one concern of beekeepers in the wintertime because the tools beekeepers use to control the mites aren’t as effective as they have been in the past.  

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Administration Approves Disaster Aid for Mississippi, Kansas

Late last week, President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in Mississippi. He’s ordered federal assistance to help supplement state and local recovery efforts after severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding did a large amount of damage on April 13-14. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments, as well as private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work, as well as repairing or replacing facilities that suffered damage. The disaster declaration covers eight different counties in Mississippi. Trump also approved a disaster declaration in Kansas and ordered supplemental recovery assistance for state and local government agencies there as well. Kansas was hit by several storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and mudslides beginning on April 29 and continuing afterward. The declaration covers 53 counties within Kansas. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

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Legislation Introduced to Extend Biofuel, Bioenergy Tax Credits

Democratic Representative Mike Thompson of California introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019. The bill is designed to extend several biofuel and bioenergy-related tax credits. “For far too long, Congress has not extended important tax provisions on a forward-looking basis, resulting in confusion and uncertainty for taxpayers,” Thompson says. “We just took the first step toward untangling this mess.” He says the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 extends a number of provisions that expired at the end of 2017 and 2018, as well as those that will expire at the end of this year. The bill would extend the $1-per-gallon tax credit for biodiesel and biodiesel mixtures, as well as the small Agri-biodiesel producer credit of 10 cents per gallon through 2020. The bill treats renewable diesel the same as biodiesel, except there’s no small producer tax credit. The second-generation biofuel producer credit would also be extended through 2020.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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05-21-19 USDA Offers Producers Options to Re-enroll or Extend Expiring CRP Contracts

USDA Offers Producers Options to Re-enroll or Extend Expiring CRP Contracts

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2019 – Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) also is accepting offers from those who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs. FSA’s 52nd signup for CRP runs from June 3 to August 23.

“Agricultural producers with expiring CRP contracts have set aside land to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health for at least a decade,” said U.S. Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “We want to make sure they – and their neighbors who may not have a CRP contract – know they have opportunities within CRP to continue their valuable contribution to our country’s conservation successes.”

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06-20-19 Auction Boulevard: Historic Orman Mansion in Pueblo, CO sells for $680K – Take a Tour and Watch the Auction

CLICK HERE to take a video tour of the Orman Mansion and then watch the subsequent auction, conducted by Auction Boulevard’s Auctioneers OJ Pratt and Doug Carpenter. Video footage courtesy of The BARN.

Auction Boulevard: Historic Orman Mansion in Pueblo, CO sells for $680K – Take a Tour and Watch the Auction

PUEBLO, CO – June 20, 2019 – The century-old Orman Mansion in Pueblo, previously owned by two of Colorado’s earliest governors went on the auction block on Thursday, June 20th and sold for $680,000. The 3-story red sandstone landmark was built in 1889 by Denver architect William Lang, and was once the home of Colorado’s 12th Governor James B. Orman, and later was owned by three-term Governor Alva Adams, as well as his son, U.S. Senator Alva B. Adams. The Orman Mansion, named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, consists of a nearly 12,000 square-foot home, with seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, along with a 1,400 square-foot carriage house situated on a 1-acre lot…

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USDA Moves Cover Crop Harvest Date for Prevent Plant Fields

Farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres can hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than November this year. The Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of excess rainfall this spring. RMA says silage, haylage and baleage should be treated in the same manner as haying and grazing this year. Producers can hay, graze or cut cover crops for silage and hay on prevented plant acres on or after September 1 and still maintain eligibility for their full 2019 prevented planting indemnity. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson welcomed the announcement, stating farmers “are in need of options and common-sense flexibility.”  The Farm Service Agency will also extend the deadline to report prevented planting acres in select counties, and USDA will hold special sign-ups for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to provide cost-share assistance in the planting of cover crops on impacted land.

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Mexico Passes USMCA, Canada, U.S. Next

Mexico this week became the first country to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. As expected, Mexico’s Senate quickly approved the agreement this week with an overwhelming majority. Canada is likely next of the three member countries to consider and approve the trade deal that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited with congressional leaders and President Trump in Washington this week, pressing the U.S. to approve the deal. Multiple trade hearings in Washington D.C. probed the issue this week as well. Canada is expected to approve the measure before September, possibly sooner than later. The U.S., which prompted the trade talks in 2017, faces roadblocks. Republicans expect to pass the agreement and are calling on Democrats who lead the House to call for a quick vote. However, Democrats want to thoroughly review the agreement to ensure enforcement. President Donald Trump wants the U.S. Congress to ratify the agreement before leaving for an August recess, but the timeline to passage is unclear.

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Group Says USDA Relocation to Cost Taxpayers

An organization representing agricultural economists says a relocation effort by the Department of Agriculture will cost taxpayers. The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association claims the plan by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue would cost taxpayers $83 to $182 million dollars, instead of saving them $300 million as USDA claims. Secretary Perdue is planning to move the Economic Research Service and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture away from Washington, D.C. and to the Kansas City area. Three AAEA member economists reviewed USDA’s cost-benefit analysis. The review found that USDA overstated the cost of keeping the agencies in Washington D.C., and that USDA had failed to take account of the value of research and data lost through resignations and retirements. Additionally, the organization says a rushed, unplanned move will “undermine the quality of USDA agricultural economic information at a critical time for the nation’s agricultural and rural economy.”  Given the economy, AAEA president David Zilberman says, “This is the worst possible time” for such a much by USDA.

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Small Pockets of Drought in U.S., Large Drought in Canada

While Corn Belt farmers face a soggy, wet crop year, small pockets of the U.S. and much of Canada is facing a drought. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows small pockets of moderate drought in southern Texas, the Southeastern seaboard, and in Arizona. Northern U.S. states are included in a drought that covers much of Canada, including Washington and Oregon, along with parts of Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota. During the past 60 days, northwest North Dakota has received less than 50 percent of normal rainfall. However, a majority of the Midwest remains excessively wet with precipitation averaging 150 to 200 percent of normal dating back 180 days, and soil moisture remains above the 99th percentile across much of the Corn Belt. Meanwhile, the most recent drought report for Canada shows moderate to severe drought in all territories west of the Great Lakes, and an extreme drought in part of northern Alberta. Long-term forecasts predict an active wildfire season and worsening drought conditions for much of Canada this summer.

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USDA Announces Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program

Funding from the Department of Agriculture will help landowners control feral hogs. USDA Thursday announced $75 million in funding for the eradication and control of feral swine through the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program. The 2018 Farm Bill included the new pilot program to help address the threat feral swine pose to agriculture. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will direct up to $33.75 million of the allocated funds toward partnership efforts to work with landowners in approved areas. Pilot projects will consist broadly of three coordinated components, including feral swine removal by APHIS, restoration efforts supported by NRCS, and assistance to producers for feral swine control provided through partnership agreements with non-federal partners. Applications are being accepted through August 19, 2019 for select states. Eligible states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. APHIS has determined these states have among the highest feral swine population densities and associated damages.

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Activist May Have Incited Abuse at Fair Oaks

An activist who uncovered animal abuse at Indiana’s Fair Oaks farm may have incited employees to harm the animals. The Animal Recovery Mission recently released the undercover video depicting animal abuse at the facility. Newark County, Indiana prosecutors told a local newspaper “a third-party witness has come forward to corroborate the allegations made by a suspect that the ARM employee encouraged or coerced the behavior.” The Animal Recover Mission responded with a statement, calling the claims by prosecutors “unfounded and bogus information” that is “not only unprofessional, but irresponsible.” Animal Recovery Mission describes itself as an investigative animal welfare organization. Three former Fair Oaks employees are facing animal cruelty charges because of the incident. Fair Oaks has pledged changes, including installing video cameras at its facilities and additional training for workers, in taking responsibility for the actions found on video. A lawsuit by a consumer also claims also associated company Fairlife committed fraud, citing the company promoted “the extraordinary care and comfort” of its cows on its milk labels.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-20-19 Signing Ceremony Sets Terms of NBAF Transfer From Homeland Security to USDA

Signing Ceremony Sets Terms of NBAF Transfer From Homeland Security to USDA

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2019 – Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today signed aMemorandum of Agreement (PDF, 166 KB) that formally outlines how the departments will transfer ownership and operational responsibility for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) from DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate to USDA.

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06-20-19 Western Senators Introduce Bipartisan Drought Legislation

Western Senators Introduce Bipartisan Drought Legislation

Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) today introduced the bipartisan Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act, a bill to improve the nation’s water supply and drought resiliency.

The legislation builds on Senator Feinstein’s 2016 California drought legislation that was included in the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act.

“The effects of climate change are here to stay, and one enormous effect on the West is more – and more severe – droughts,” said Senator Feinstein. “As California continues to recover from a historic drought, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory now estimates that the Sierra snowpack, a primary source of water for California, will decrease by 79 percent by the end of the century. If we fail to prepare for this contingency, life in California will be forever altered. Longer and more severe droughts will change the face of our state, undermine our economy, result in more wildfires, devastate our agriculture sector and require draconian water restrictions. To counter this, we must act now, and this bill will help toward that goal.”

“In Colorado and the West, combatting drought requires a comprehensive approach. Storage and conservation are key parts of our water resource management,” said Senator Gardner. “Tens of millions of people in the western United States rely on Colorado rivers to provide water for agricultural, municipal and consumptive use, as well as support for our growing recreation economy. In the face of these challenges, I’m proud to be joining this bipartisan legislation that will aid efforts to prevent severe water shortages.”

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06-20-19 American Agri-Women raise key issues with Washington, D.C., lawmakers & regulators at 26thannual Fly-In

American Agri-Women raise key issues with Washington, D.C., lawmakers & regulators at 26thannual Fly-In

AAW also recognized its 2019 Champions of Agriculture and presented President Donald J. Trump with the Chief Champion of Agriculture award

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AgPR) June 20, 2019 — Women involved in agriculture from throughout the U.S. met in Washington, D.C., recently for the 26th annual American Agri-Women (AAW) Fly-In & Symposium. The group met with elected officials and policymakers to discuss key issues, including agricultural labor; rural infrastructure; rural broadband and telecommunications; trade and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement; Electronic Logging Device regulations; and agricultural technology innovations.

This year’s Symposium, “Federal Land Policies: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly,” featured land use specialists Myron Ebell, Brenda Burman, Harriet Hagema, and Andrea Travnicek.

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06-20-19 NRCS-CO: Flooding Averted as Watershed Dams are Called into Action

NRCS-CO: Flooding Averted as Watershed Dams are Called into Action

DENVER, CO, June 20, 2019 – On May 28, 2019 heavy rain and hail hit Colorado’s Northeastern Plains, wreaking havoc on agricultural crops and livestock. However, the impact could have been much worse. Flooding could have been a part of that mix. Thanks to nine dams installed by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the areas below these watershed dams were protected from flooding. These inconspicuous earthen structures protect people, livestock, rangeland and cropland. They also safeguard several irrigation ditches, county roads, bridges and buildings from being damaged by flash floods after large rainfall events. Continue reading