06-13-19 CYFEA Board Makes Decision to Cease Operations Effective July 31, 2019

CYFEA Board Makes Decision to Cease Operations Effective July 31, 2019

Good afternoon CYFEA Chapter membership, CYFE Foundation Board of Directors, CYFEA Executive Team, CYFEA sponsors and supporters —

Please read the attached letter from Chairman, Dave Lieber, on behalf of the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s Board of Directors, regarding the decision to suspend most the CYFEA’s operations as of July 31, 2019. This decision comes after much dialogue and with regrets to all of you that have supported this state Association recently and for as many as 50 years, in some cases!


CYFEA Chapter Membership, Friends, Sponsors and Supporters,

It is with much consideration and sadness that the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s Board of Directors have decided to suspend the CYFEA’s day-to-day administration and programs, effective July 31, 2019. This decision comes mainly with the realization of a declining membership and the lack of engagement with this state Association over the past several years. Any viable and successful organization needs regular and active involvement from its members. Continue reading

06-13-19 LMA: Sleep Wins 2019 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

LMA: Sleep Wins 2019 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Top 10 WLAC finalists represent Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Tennessee and Canada

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Russele Sleep of Bedford, Iowa was named the 2019 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion (WLAC) at the 56th annual competition held at Tulare Sales Yard, Tulare, Calif. and presented by the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA).

“It was a dream come true,” Sleep says. “I started coming to the WLAC competitions in 2009, and it goes to show hard work, dedication and a love for the livestock auction business pays off in the end.” Continue reading

06-13-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Announces New Dairy Margin Coverage Signup Begins June 17th

USDA Secretary Perdue Announces New Dairy Margin Coverage Signup Begins June 17th

Washington, D.C., June 13, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announces that signup begins June 17 for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, the cornerstone program of the dairy safety net that helps dairy producers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices, operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The 2018 Farm Bill allowed USDA to construct the new DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). This new program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.

“In February I committed to opening signup of the new Dairy Margin Coverage program by June 17, I am proud to say that our FSA staff worked hard to meet that challenge as one of the Department’s top Farm Bill implementation priorities since President Trump signed it last December.” said Secretary Perdue. “With an environment of low milk prices, high economic stress, and a new safety net program with higher coverage levels and lower premiums, it is the right time for dairy producers to seriously consider enrolling when signup opens. For many smaller dairies, the choice is probably a no-brainer as the retroactive coverage through January has already assured them that the 2019 payments will exceed the required premiums.”

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06-13-19 NFU: USDA Announces Kansas City Region as New NIFA, ERS Site

NFU: USDA Announces Kansas City Region as New NIFA, ERS Site

NFU Disappointed by Lack of Transparency and Public Input

WASHINGTON –Ten months after introducing a plan to relocate and reorganize two major agricultural research agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will move the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) to the Kansas City region.

National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 200,000 family farmer and rancher members depend on objective, publicly funded science to make critical business decisions. Due to concerns about how the proposal could both undermine the integrity of NIFA and ERS’s research as well as diminish the role of science in policymaking, NFU has urged the USDA and Congress to suspend the move. In response to USDA’s announcement and apparent disregard for widespread opposition to its plan, NFU President Roger Johnson restated the organization’s dissent and again called on Congress to prevent the process from moving forward.

“Family farmers and ranchers wear dozens of hats – in addition to growing food, they are also business owners, scientists, marketers, and technicians. Mastering all these drastically different skills requires access to objective, science-based solutions – and it requires evidence-based policies that support those solutions. Moving NIFA and ERS farther away from our nation’s capital, as the USDA intends to do, could negatively impact the ability of these agencies to produce and fund high-quality research and communicate with legislators, which could, in turn, make it that much more difficult to be a farmer.

“We are extremely frustrated that our serious concerns have fallen on deaf ears. Even in light of all of these possible repercussions, USDA is barreling forward with this ill-conceived plan. Their slapdash approach has already disrupted operations and eroded morale at both NIFA and ERS. Before additional damage is done, we strongly urge Congress to act swiftly to put an end to this destructive relocation and reorganization.”

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06-13-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Announces Kansas City Region as Location for ERS and NIFA

USDA Secretary Perdue Announces Kansas City Region as Location for ERS and NIFA

Move puts ERS, NIFA closer to customers, expected to save nearly $300 million nominally

Washington, D.C., June 13, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to the Kansas City Region.

“Following a rigorous site selection process, the Kansas City Region provides a win win – maximizing our mission function by putting taxpayer savings into programmatic outputs and providing affordability, easy commutes, and extraordinary living for our employees,” said Secretary Perdue. “The Kansas City Region has proven itself to be hub for all things agriculture and is a booming city in America’s heartland. There is already a significant presence of USDA and federal government employees in the region, including the Kansas City ‘Ag Bank’ Federal Reserve. This agriculture talent pool, in addition to multiple land-grant and research universities within driving distance, provides access to a stable labor force for the future. The Kansas City Region will allow ERS and NIFA to increase efficiencies and effectiveness and bring important resources and manpower closer to all of our customers.”

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for June 13th

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Weekly Export Sales for June 13th

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Senate Finance Plans USMCA Hearing, Trump Sides with Farmers

Senator Chuck Grassley this week announced a planned hearing regarding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Grassley, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, says the committee will hear testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The committee will hold the hearing, “The President’s 2019 Trade Policy Agenda and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” next Tuesday morning. Grassley told reporters earlier this week, following meetings with House of Representatives leadership, that he expects demands from Democrats in the House can be worked out. The House must consider the agreement before the Senate can vote on ratification. Meanwhile, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is meeting with Lighthizer this week, focusing on ratifying USMCA. President Trump also sided with a group of more than 950 agribusinesses and organizations, calling on lawmakers to quickly pass the agreement once formally submitted to Congress. Trump, on Twitter, says “our patriot farmers and rural America have spoken,” saying “now Congress must do its job” by passing the USMCA agreement.

Growth Energy Intervenes in E15 Court Challenge

Growth Energy Wednesday filed a motion in a U.S. federal appeals court to intervene in a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule allowing year-round E15 sales. The final rule is being challenged by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers who filed the lawsuit on Monday. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor called the challenge “no surprise,” noting the industry saw similar challenges when E15 was first approved in 2011. Skor says the oil industry “wants to inject uncertainty into the marketplace.”AFMP contends, “the plain language of the Clean Air Act does not authorize an RVP waiver expansion beyond E10.” Year-round E15 sales were authorized through a Reid vapor pressure waiver. Under the Clean Air Act, legal challenges to EPA’s E15 rulemaking may be brought as a “petition for review” within 60 days of publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. Interested parties such as Growth Energy may also file a motion to intervene in the petition for review to protect their interests.

AFBF: Farmers Need New Water Rule

The American Farm Bureau Federation says farmers need a new water rule. Testifying to lawmakers Wednesday, Wyoming Farm Bureau President Todd Fornstrom, told a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee that “Farm Bureau cannot overstate the importance of a rule that draws clear lines of jurisdiction that farmers and ranchers can understand.” AFBF says the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest proposal to define which waters can be regulated by the federal government and which by state and local authorities is a vast improvement. AFBF contends that expensive professional services needed to comply with current rules of the Clean Water Act, makes it impossible for farmers to use their own land to its fullest. Fornstrom praised the latest proposed rule for its preservation of the Clean Water Act’s partnership among federal, state and local regulators. AFBF says the new proposed rule draws clear lines between waters of the U.S. and waters of the state. A Texas court recently struck down the 2015 rule.

Farm Groups Applaud Trump Biotech Order

Farm groups agree with President Trump, who issued an executive order for the federal government to streamline the ag biotech approval process. Trump announced the order during his visit to Iowa Tuesday, that seeks a science-based, timely, efficient, and transparent process. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says the executive order will “foster policy to spur agricultural innovation” in agricultural biotechnology. The National Corn Growers Association also applauded the order, saying a streamlined process will “open the pipeline for product approval to a larger sphere and allow farmers more rapid access to the tools that they need in the field.” Meanwhile, the National Pork Producers Council says the executive order “paves the way for common sense regulation to keep America first in agriculture.” The executive order directs the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to collaborate on “common sense regulations” along with developing awareness and education programs to gain acceptance of new technologies.

NPPC: China Represents Greatest Sales Opportunity for U.S. Pork

The National Pork Producers Council says China represents the single largest market opportunity for U.S. pork. However, trade disputes are hampering growth and “have caused severe financial harm” to U.S. pork producers. Speaking this week at a Global Business Dialogue event in Washington, D.C., NPPC’s Nick Giordano stated pork producers “have been at the tip of the trade retaliation spear for more than a year.” While Mexico’s 20 percent retaliatory tariff on U.S. pork was recently lifted, producers still face a stifling 62 percent tariff into China. NPPC says there are enormous trade opportunities with China, especially to help offset China’s reduced production due to African swine fever. Instead, Chinese pork buyers are reaching out to those in Europe, Canada and Brazil for supplies. Giordano says that what should have been a time of prosperity for U.S. pork, instead will “fuel jobs, profits and rural development” for U.S. pork competitors. NPPC is calling for the China pork tariffs to be lifted, to allow U.S. pork to be competitive in China.

Beyond Meat Claims New Product Contains Marbling

Beyond Meat claims its newest version of the Beyond Burger includes marbling. In a company news release, the maker of the plant-based burger claims the new product features “marbling designed to melt and tenderize like traditional ground beef.” The so-called marbling is made from a blend of pea, mung bean and rice proteins. The product is shipping to grocery stores this week. The company called the new product the next step toward “building meat directly from plants that delivers a consumer experience indistinguishable from its animal protein equivalent.” However, while the company is marketing new products, meat industry publication Meatingplace points out that shares of the company earlier this week fell 25 percent after JPMorgan analysts downgraded the company stock rating. Analysts cited the likely emergence of competitors, including big food companies like Tyson Foods and Nestle. Beyond Meat was founded in 2009 and went public last month. Shares have risen by more than 500 percent since the company went public.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service