CENTENNIAL, CO (July 18, 2019) –– Chuck Coffey, chairman, and Jared Brackett, vice chairman, of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) recently traveled to Taiwan and Japan as part of a U.S. contingent exploring opportunities for U.S. beef in those countries. The week-long trip took place May 4-May 11, 2019.

“Taiwan and Japan are in prime position for further market development,” said Coffey, a fifth-generation rancher from Davis, Oklahoma. “While these Asian markets share many similarities, their challenges and opportunities are actually quite different. Taking this trip gave us the chance to immerse ourselves in their culture and gain a better understanding of the many ways we can work to increase U.S. beef consumption in these countries.”’ Continue reading

07-18-19 The 2019 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting in Denver, CO July 29 thru Aug 1st

The 2019 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting in Denver, CO July 29 thru Aug 1st

The Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting features meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board, American National CattleWomen, Inc. and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

The cattle industry comes together twice a year to discuss current issues as a group, to work on programs and initiatives, and to set the course we should take with our various projects for the betterment of the beef cattle industry.

Here cattle industry members will meet in both NCBA Policy committees and subcommittees, as well as Joint committees and subcommittees to discuss current developments, to work on initiatives developed at the Annual Cattle Industry Convention and to make plans for the upcoming fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.


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07-18-19 U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources: Bishop, Gosar, Levin, LaMalfa, Lowenthal, Tipton, and Huffman Introduce Bill to Increase Renewable Energy on Public Lands

U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources: Bishop, Gosar, Levin, LaMalfa, Lowenthal, Tipton, and Huffman Introduce Bill to Increase Renewable Energy on Public Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 18, 2019 – Today, Ranking Republican Rob Bishop (R-Utah), U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), U.S. Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.), U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.), and U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) released the following statements after introducing H.R. 3794, the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2019, which will increase production of wind, solar, and geothermal energy on public lands while also establishing a revenue sharing mechanism that ensures a fair return for states, counties, sportsmen, conservation and taxpayers. House Committee on Natural Resources Chair Raul Grijalva has also signaled his support for the bill.

“Supporting all energy resources such as wind, solar, and geothermal ensures a reliable and affordable domestic energy supply while supporting well-paying American jobs. The introduction of the bipartisan Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act is a step in the right direction. Enabling our public lands to play an important role in the future of renewable energy is a benefit of this new legislation. Streamlining the permitting process for renewable development, establishing revenue sharing for states and local communities, and providing funds for conservation and outdoor access are just a handful of good things this bill seeks to accomplish. I look forward to working with my colleagues across the aisle to steward this legislation across the finish line.” – Ranking Republican Rob Bishop (R-Utah)

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07-18-19 Glen R. Smith is designated chairman and CEO of FCA

Glen R. Smith is designated chairman and CEO of FCA

McLEAN, Va., July 18, 2019 — Glen R. Smith has been designated by President Donald Trump as chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration (FCA). The designation was effective July 17. FCA has examination and regulatory authority over the Farm Credit System, with oversight by Congress. Collectively, the institutions of the Farm Credit System constitute the nation’s largest single provider of agricultural credit, with offices in all 50 states and assets over $350 billion.

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07-18-19 National Farmers Union Hosts 83rd Annual All-States Leadership Camp

National Farmers Union Hosts 83rd Annual All-States Leadership Camp
Campers Participate in Cooperative Education, Elect New Youth Advisory Council

BAILEY, Colo.– Farmers Union youth members from across the country convened last month for the 83rdannual National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June, the event encourages young adults to explore their leadership potential, discuss current events and important issues, learn more about the power of cooperatives, and identify ways to affect positive change in their communities.

“Education is the foundation of Farmers Union’s 117 years of success,” said NFU President Roger Johnson, an All-States Camp alumnus. “For the last 83 of those years, All-States Camp has been an essential part of that foundation. By providing an opportunity for our young members to learn about Farmers Union, the cooperative model, and advocacy, this program and others like it help build the next generation of agricultural leaders and ensure a bright future for Farmers Union and all of agriculture.”

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07-18-19 American Lamb Board: Help Spread the Word About ALB’s Summer Lambventures Contest

American Lamb Board: Help Spread the Word About ALB’s Summer Lambventures Contest

The American Lamb Board (ALB) hosts seasonal contests to inspire consumers to use more lamb year-round and to expand their consumer audience. The contests are promoted through social media, blogger lambassadors, giveaways, and e-newsletters. Summer lambventures works to increase lamb sales during our slow time of the year by inspiring consumers to grill with lamb.

Now through August 15, ALB is hosting their fourth Summer Lambventures contest with a new spin. This year, nine consumers from all over the country were recruited to host summer parties for a grill-off competition where consumers vote for their favorite lamb bash. The party hosts each chose their summer lambventures personality: fit foodie, outdoor adventurer, or patio party planner. Each host received American Lamb party packs that included ground lamb and butterflied legs. Then they each hosted a group of friends and family during June, and submitted their party pics, menus, recipes and theme for the official voting page.

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07-18-19 NIFA, ERS Relocation Detrimental to Researchers, Family Farmers, and Consumers

NIFA, ERS Relocation Detrimental to Researchers, Family Farmers, and Consumers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) relocation of two major research agencies is “misguided” and “detrimental to family farmers and ranchers and rural communities,” according to the nation’s oldest general farm organization.

National Farmers Union (NFU), whose 200,000 members support increased funding for public agricultural research, has been a vocal opponent of efforts to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside of the nation’s capital on the grounds that it will diminish the influence and hinder the operations of both agencies. In astatement submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, NFU President Roger Johnson articulated renewed concern about the process and its ramifications.


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07-18-19 Inside the BARN with Colorado State Fair Foundation President Adam Daurio…

Inside the BARN with Colorado State Fair Foundation President Adam Daurio…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO July 18, 2019 – Did you know that the Colorado State Fair Foundation has been busy building programs for youth as well as raise capital for renovation projects throughout the state fairgrounds?

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the organization in more detail is Adam Daurio, President of the Colorado State Fair Foundation

Topics include:

  • History & Purpose
  • Impact
  • Student Ambassabor & Internship Programs
  • Membership & Benefits Information
  • Upcoming 4th Annual Partners of Youth in Ag Golf Tournament
  • & MORE


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07-18-19 U.S. Senate ENR Committee Advances Gardner’s Energy Bills

Senate ENR Committee Advances Gardner Energy Bills

Washington, D.C. – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee approved multiple bills this week authored by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO). The Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act encourages the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Savings Contracts (UESCs) in federal buildings. ESPCs and UESCs are innovative public-private partnerships in which private companies use their own money and resources to make energy efficiency upgrades to federal buildings at no cost to the taxpayer. The private companies receive a portion of money saved as a result of the increased efficiency in federal buildings.

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07-18-19 USDA Has More Than $400M Still Available for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Loan Guarantees

USDA Has More Than $400 Million Still Available for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Loan Guarantees

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2019 – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today encouraged farmers, rural small businesses and agricultural producers to apply for financing in a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that provides loan guarantees to help rural small businesses lower their energy costs.

“Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to increasing economic development in rural communities across the country through strong partnerships with rural businesses,” Baxley said. “USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is an important tool to help strengthen and grow the rural economy.”

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for July 18th

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Weekly Export Sales for July 18th

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WTO Rules against US over Pre-Trade War Dispute with China

The World Trade Organization ruled against the United States in a pre-trade war dispute with China, opening the door for more retaliatory tariffs. The ruling says some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods do not comply with WTO rules. The case opened in 2012 when the United States implemented tariffs aimed at products the U.S. claimed “were unfairly subsidized” by Chinese state-owned companies. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in a news release rejected the ruling. Lighthizer says the report “undermines WTO rules.” The report says that the United States “must use distorted Chinese prices” to measure subsidies, according to Lighthizer, unless the U.S. provides more analysis than “the hundreds of pages” in provided investigations. China’s Ministry of Commerce in a statement welcomed the ruling, adding the U.S. “has seriously damaged the fairness and impartial nature of the international trade environment.” Meanwhile, Lighthizer says the U.S. is determined to take all necessary steps to ensure a level playing field. Trade talks between China and the U.S. continued this week.

Many USDA Workers Refuse to Relocate With ERS, NIFA

Many Department of Agriculture employees refuse to relocate as part of a plan to move two agencies to Kansas City. At the Economic Research Service, 72 employees accepted relocation, and 99 declined or did not provide a response by the deadline on Monday. At the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, three employees agreed to move, and 151 declined. Politico reports those figures could shift until September 30, when staff is scheduled to report to the new Kansas City headquarters. The proposed move by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeks to streamline USDA to reduce costs and place the two agencies closer to stakeholders. However, employees and opposition to the move say the number of workers exiting the two agencies represents a great loss of experience. Many of the impacted employees have allegedly told the American Federation of Government Employees they would move temporarily, until finding a job at their preferred localities. Staff of both agencies voted to join AFGE, a union representing federal workers, in protest of the proposal.

Corn Farmers Urge Trump to Uphold RFS

The National Corn Growers Association voted as an organization to urge President Trump to uphold his commitment to America’s farmers and the Renewable Fuel Standard. A resolution passed Wednesday during the annual Corn Congress in Washington, D.C. reads: “We, the assembled voting delegates of the National Corn Growers Association, ask President Donald Trump to uphold his commitments to protect the RFS, and support farmers by ensuring EPA’s administration of the RFS does not undermine the law and the benefits of renewable fuels.” NCGA delegates offered the statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing practice of providing RFS waivers to big oil companies. The so-called small refiner waivers, NCGA says, have reduced RFS requirements by 2.6 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons through refinery exemptions, with 38 more exemptions pending. Corn growers say the waivers undermine the benefits of renewable fuels, and have also reduced corn use for ethanol production. They allege the waivers have lowered domestic ethanol consumption and blend rate, and will limit growth of higher ethanol blends such as E15.  

USDA Announces Online Tool to Help Farmers find Farm Loans

A new online tool can help farmers and ranchers find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture farm loans that may best fit their operations. USDA has launched the new Farm Loan Discovery Tool as the newest feature on farmers.gov, the Department’s self-service website for farmers. USDA undersecretary Bill Northey says the tool can “help farmers find information on USDA farm loans within minutes.” The changes are part of customer service improvements effort by USDA, and was identified through suggestions from farmers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers a variety of loan options to help farmers finance their operations, from buying land to financing the purchase of equipment. Compared to this time last year, FSA has seen an 18 percent increase in the amount it has obligated for direct farm ownership loans. Through the 2018 Farm Bill, FSA has increased the limits for several loan products. USDA conducted field research in eight states, gathering input from farmers and FSA farm loan staff to better understand their needs and challenges.

Bayer to Move Crop Science HQ from RTP to St Louis

Bayer plans to move it’s crop science headquarters to St. Louis and close its Research Triangle Park facility. Bayer, which acquired St. Louis-based Monsanto for $63 billion, will move 500 jobs to the former Monsanto campus in Missouri. The announcement comes after Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s first European Trade Mission. The trip included a stop in Germany to meet with Bayer CEO Werner Baumann. Bayer will close its crop science facility at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. However, a company spokesperson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Bayer’s environmental sciences operation will remain in Raleigh. Bayer will make $164 million in improvements to its St. Louis facility to accommodate new staff. Missouri offered Bayer $44 million in tax incentives to complete the move, if certain economic targets are met. Lisa Safarian is the president of commercial operations in North America at Bayer. She says Bayer is “proud to call Missouri home” for its global headquarters for seeds and traits. Bayer already employs roughly 5,000 workers in Missouri.

Canada Investing in Dairy Research Center

Canada this week announced further investments in dairy research. Canada will invest C$11.4 million to the Dairy Research Cluster, led by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. With investment from the industry, the total investment will be $16.5 million. Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau (Bee-boh), also reinforced Canada’s “strong and unwavering commitment” to the supply management system, in the investment announcement, a system U.S. dairy opposes due to trade issues. The Dairy Research Cluster aims to foster public trust, drive innovation and stimulate economic growth of the Canadian dairy sector. The cluster will support research in areas of bovine genetics, animal health and welfare, milk production automation, forage breeding, milk safety and quality and environmental sustainability. Dairy Farmers of Canada President- Pierre Lampron says the investment is “essential to enable strong, robust and evidence-based research” to improve efficiency in dairy. Dairy is the second-largest agricultural sector in Canada, generating 41,000 jobs on farms and processing plants, the backbone of many rural communities across Canada.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service