07-12-19 CLA: Congress Must Act Quickly to Pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

CLA: Congress Must Act Quickly to Pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Greeley, Colo. – There is a lot of talk in Washington, D.C. these days about the dismal state of the rural economy. Low commodity prices, extreme weather, and uncertainty in key foreign markets continue to plague agricultural producers across the country, including producers here in Colorado.

Fortunately, Congress has the power to help. Ratifying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) would provide a much-needed boost to cattle producers and it would benefit our rural communities that depend on exports to Canada and Mexico for economic success.

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07-12-19 CDA: Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in additional Colorado counties

CDA: Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in additional Colorado counties
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 12, 2019 – Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has additional confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VSV) in La Plata, Larimer, and Weld counties.  The Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins, CO has been activated through the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) to receive and test samples for VSV suspect horses.

The total count of premises under quarantine for VSV by county is outlined in the table below.  CDA’s Animal Health division is updating this table with the latest data on its CDA VSV website.

“Horse and livestock owners should check with their veterinarian prior to traveling to another state,” said Colorado State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.  “Many states have imposed import requirements for animals coming from VSV-affected states.”

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07-12-19 The 2019 Stockmanship & Stewardship Regional Tour Coming To Ft Collins August 9-10…RSVP ASAP!

The 2019 Stockmanship & Stewardship Regional Tour Coming To Ft Collins August 9-10…RSVP ASAP!

Join fellow livestock producers for their regional event at the CSU Agriculture, Research, Development and Education Center in Fort Collins, CO., where Colorado BQA and CSU Animal Sciences is excited to welcome beef and dairy producers interested in learning about live cattle scoring programs and carcass quality to its new JBS Global Food Innovation Center (GFIC). This two-day program will provide cattle producers the unique opportunity to evaluate live cattle characteristics at CSU’s ARDEC facility, then follow them to the GFIC to see how those live characteristics translate to carcass quality. Included in the program are an in-depth look at topics specific to both the cattle feeding and dairy industries, as well as a keynote address that will focus on workforce diversity, training and safety. You won’t want to miss the live cattle handling demonstrations for both beef and dairy producers, beer and steak tastings, an insider look at facility design with Dr. Temple Grandin, visual humane euthanasia demonstrations, CSU beef and dairy research updates, and more!


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07-12-19 US Senators Gardner, Daines, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Improve PILT, Support Rural Counties

US Senators Gardner, Daines, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Improve PILT, Support Rural Counties

Bill creates four new tiers in the PILT Formula for low population counties

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation that would increase the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program payments for small rural counties.

“Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds pay for search and rescue, emergency medical services, law enforcement and more. The current PILT formula doesn’t take into account the financial strain on counties with small populations,” said Senator Gardner. “That means counties like Hinsdale County in Colorado, boasting a population of less than 1,000 with 96% of its lands public, are shortchanged. Counties that have a limited tax base as a result of federal acreage need to be properly compensated, and the PILT Parity Act will make sure that happens.” Continue reading

07-12-19 CFVGA to Tout Virtues of Colorado Produce at International Food Festival

CFVGA to Tout Virtues of Colorado Produce at International Food Festival

July 12, 2019 – The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) will provide produce-focused food samples and direct consumers to Colorado-grown produce July 20-21 during the Slow Food Nations Taste Marketplace. The event takes place at Larimer Square in downtown Denver and is expected to attract 25,000 visitors, two-thirds of which are local. Continue reading

07-12-19 CBB REMINDER to Tune Into Fox’s MasterChef features Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.

CBB REMINDER to Tune Into Fox’s MasterChef features Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.

As part of its biggest and toughest season yet, MasterChef Season 10 has partnered with the Beef Checkoff to bring viewers the beefiest Backyard BBQ challenge. Tune in to Fox on Thursday, July 18 at 8/7c to see how chefs use various popular beef cuts in the challenge. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, July 12th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, July 12th

USDA Begins Issuing New Dairy Program Payments to Farmers

The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has started issuing payments to producers who purchased coverage through the Dairy Margin Coverage program. Producers can enroll through September 20, 2019. Enrollment opened last month, and the program coverage is retroactive to January 1, 2019, with applicable payments following soon after enrollment. USDA undersecretary Bill Northey says the program “is already proving to be a good option for a lot of dairy producers across the country.” USDA says the May 2019 income over feed cost margin was $9.00 per hundredweight, triggering the fifth payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the $9.50 level of coverage. Payments for January, February, March and April also were triggered. The program replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, and offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost, known as the margin, falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. To date, nearly 10,000 operations have signed up for the new program.

USDA Notes Potential Planted Acreage Change in WASDE

The Department of Agriculture noted it would resurvey planted acres as questions remain about how much planting was done during the wet spring season. The July World Agriculture Supply and Demand Report released Thursday increased corn production estimates 195 million bushels based on increased planted and harvested areas from the June 28 Acreage report. However, USDA will publish updated acreage estimates in the August Crop Production report, as many believe those intentions were not met. The national average corn yield is unchanged at 166.0 bushels per acre, and the season average price was lowered 10 cents to $3.70 per bushel. Meanwhile, USDA lowered soybean beginning stocks, production, exports, and ending stocks. Soybean production for 2019/20 is projected at 3.8 billion bushels, down 305 million based on lower planted and harvested area in the June 28 Acreage report. The soybean yield is forecast at 48.5 bushels per acre, down one bushel. The season-average price for soybeans is forecast at $8.40 per bushel, up 15 cents from last month.

Trump: China Letting US down on Lack of Ag Purchases

President Donald Trump says China “is letting us down” by not purchasing U.S. agricultural products. China is not buying U.S. ag products as Trump says its leaders promised as part of an effort to negotiate towards ending the trade war. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Shee Jihn’-ping) at the G-20 Summit last month agreed to move forward with negotiations and hold off on new tariffs. President Trump said at the time that China was “going to buy farm product” from the United States. However, on Twitter this week, Trump made his comments regarding the lack of purchases, adding, “hopefully they will start soon.” White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow earlier this told reporters the U.S. expects China to begin purchases of U.S. soybeans and wheat. China, meanwhile, has denied claims that the nation agreed to purchase U.S. farm products during those discussions. Trade talks between the U.S. and China stalled in May when U.S. officials say China wanted to reconsider previously agreed-to measures in the talks.

CoBank: Agricultural Cooperatives Continue Consolidation

A new report from CoBank says the farm economy, business efficiency, and even retiring employees are contributing to agricultural cooperative consolidations. Cooperatives are seeking business efficiencies amid tough economic conditions in the farm sector, as CoBank researchers say depressed farm incomes and tight margins can affect cooperative viability and make mergers attractive. Consolidation among farm cooperatives continues to mirror trends throughout production agriculture. Farming operations are growing larger, with average acreage of 444 acres in 2017, up from 418 acres 10 years earlier. In turn, agricultural cooperatives are combining forces to compete and serve larger farmers better. Cooperatives often merge or consolidate to create economies of scale. Co-ops may reduce costs, add capital and acquire assets or more sophisticated technology to better serve their membership. The report says that while co-op numbers continue to shrink, the number of co-op owned facilities and locations seems to be steady or growing. And, the average co-op now employs more than 100 people, a 33 percent increase over the last 20 years.

U.S. Tractor, Combine Sales Decline in June

Sales of tractors and combines in the United States declined last month, according to a monthly report by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The data released this week shows total farm tractor sales were down 3.5 percent last month, when compared to June of 2018, while retail sales of combines fell 23 percent. Sales of two-wheel-drive tractors fell 3.4 percent in June, while sales of four-wheel-drive tractors fell 15.7 percent. Every product category saw a decrease last month, though year-to-date sales for tractors and combines remained solid, according to the association. On the year, tractor sales are up 4.3 percent, while combine sales are up 4.5 percent, when compared to 2018. Canadian retail sales of farm tractors and combines fared no better last month. Total tractor sales dropped 14 percent when compared to last June, while sales of self-propelled combines fell nearly 47 percent. For all of 2019, tractor sales in Canada are down seven percent, while combine sales are down 18 percent, compared to last year.

NCBA Weighs in on Dietary Guidelines Review

Beef is part of a healthy lifestyle, according to comments to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory committee from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The committee is tasked with reviewing the latest nutrition research to make science-based recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture on the food and beverages that promote a healthy, balanced diet. NCBA told the committee that an overwhelming body of scientific evidence shows healthy diets including red meat, like beef, support optimal health and well-being. Shalene McNeill, a registered dietitian at NCBA, says beef “is a high-quality protein powerhouse.” Calorie for calorie, NCBA says no other protein food delivers the same package of 10 essential nutrients. Today’s beef is leaner than ever before and Americans’ consumption of calories and fat from beef have declined. The committee held meetings this week to hear from the public. The process will continue through January of 2020. Following the process, HHS and USDA will issue the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service