09-03-19 Tri-State adds MIECO as new cooperative member

Tri-State adds MIECO as new cooperative member

  • MIECO Inc., a wholesale energy services company, joins Tri-State’s membership and helps position the generation and transmission cooperative for its transition to cleaner generating resources.
  • Tri-State becomes rate jurisdictional to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which aligns Tri-State’s rate regulation with that of other regional wholesale power providers.
  • Tri-State continues to work constructively with state leaders and commissions to comply with state resource planning, renewable energy and environmental regulations.

*UPDATED*(September 3, 2019 – Westminster, Colo.) Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association today announced the addition of MIECO Inc., as its first new, non-utility member. The addition of MIECO, a wholesale energy services company, supports Tri-State’s transition to cleaner generation resources, including renewable energy and natural gas, and helps the cooperative meet the challenges of today’s competitive electric utility market.

MIECO, a subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation, is headquartered in California and has offices located throughout the country. MIECO supplies natural gas to purchasers throughout the U.S., including Tri-State for its power plants across its multi-state region.

“Tri-State is rapidly changing to be increasingly clean with more renewable resources,” said Duane Highley, CEO of Tri-State. “Natural gas generation helps us reliably integrate renewables. Adding MIECO to our membership helps ensure that we have enough firm natural gas pipeline transportation capacity and fuel to supply our existing and any new natural-gas fired power plants.”

“MIECO looks forward to partnering as a member of Tri-State,” said Dave Engbrock, vice president of MIECO. “Our membership helps us deepen our relationship with Tri-State and recognizes the importance of natural gas for reliability in their transition to renewables.” Continue reading

09-03-19 National Farmers Union to Host 380 Family Farmers for Fly-In

National Farmers Union to Host 380 Family Farmers for Fly-In

Advocates to Meet with USDA Officials, Members of Congress

WASHINGTON – After yet another year of depressed commodity prices, uncertainty in export and biofuels markets, rapid consolidation in the food and agriculture sectors, and extreme and unseasonal weather events, nearly 400 of National Farmers Union’s (NFU) family farmer and rancher members will travel to Washington, D.C., next week to meet face-to-face with administration officials and members of Congress.
Advocates from across the country will campaign for policies that strengthen the farm safety net, reduce chronic overproduction, help farmers and ranchers implement climate smart practices, restore competition to the agricultural economy, resolve ongoing trade disputes, and expand the market for homegrown biofuels. The NFU Fly-In Talking Points package can be foundhere.
NFU will kick off the Fly-In on the morning of Monday, September 9, with a briefing at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where participants will hear from Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Gregory Ibach, Under Secretary for Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Affairs Ted McKinney as well as top officials from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Risk Management Agency (RMA), and Farm Service Agency (FSA). Continue reading

09-03-19 CDA: The 2019 Colorado State Fair closes with increased attendance and higher revenue

CDA: The 2019 Colorado State Fair closes with increased attendance and higher revenue

Pueblo, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair has wrapped up its 2019 run with increases in both attendance and revenue over last year. The number of visitors to this year’s fair increased by roughly five percent, and general admission revenue increased by 31 percent over 2018. Fiesta Day attendance was the largest it has been in a decade.

A total of 466,380 visitors descended on the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo over 11 days from August 23 through September 2, taking in livestock shows (WEBCAST ARCHIVES), fine arts and food exhibits, concerts, rodeos, fair food, entertainment, carnivals, and more.

“Part of our formula for success at the Colorado State Fair is maintaining a careful balance of history and tradition with offerings that reflect current trends and the interests of our guests,” said General Manager Scott Stoller. “In addition to excellent reception surrounding traditional fair favorites, new attractions such as our World Slopper Eating Championship, Tattoo As Art talk, Mayors Day and presentation by Temple Grandin helped drive our increased numbers this year.”

The livestock department tallied a total of 2,747 entries and 146 animals were sold at the Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale, earning 4-H and FFA youth a total of $506,150. The general entry/fine arts department received 3,555 entries from 936 exhibitors in categories that included fine arts, pantry, quilts, farm and garden, poetry and beer and wine. Nearly 200 commercial vendors and 46 food vendors added to the success of the fair and overall concession sales were up 4 percent from 2018. Continue reading

09-03-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: U.S. Red Meat Showcase Connects U.S. Exporters with Buyers in Southeast Asia

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: U.S. Red Meat Showcase Connects U.S. Exporters with Buyers in Southeast Asia

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DENVER, CO – September 3, 2019 – In late August the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) conducted its first-ever regional product showcase in Southeast Asia, a promising market for U.S. red meat. Last year U.S. beef exports to countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reached $275 million and U.S. pork exports were nearly $170 million, but the region still has untapped potential. One of the challenges for U.S. exporters is that prospective customers in the ASEAN are spread across many small countries, so one of the main objectives of the USMEF product showcase was to allow exporters to meet face-to-face with many buyers at a single location in Singapore.   

USMEF Trade Analyst Jessica Spreitzer participated in the product showcase and made a presentation at an accompanying educational seminar. She covered global red meat trade, production and consumption trends, while Dr. Travis Arp, USMEF senior director of export services and market access, presented on the technical requirements that govern U.S. red meat entering ASEAN countries.

Spreitzer on ASEAN Showcase 9-3-18

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 3rd

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 3rd

Grassley: Administration Considering “Handful” of EPA Waiver Fixes

Since Donald Trump took office, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued 85 exemptions to oil refineries allowing them to stop blending ethanol into their fuel. NBC News Dot Com says that’s a “staggering increase” from previous administrations. The waivers have been given to some of the nation’s biggest oil corporations, including Chevron and Exxon. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a Trump ally, ripped the administration over the waivers. “They screwed us when they issued 31 waivers compared to less than 10 waivers in all of the Obama years,” he says. “What’s bad isn’t the waiver, it’s that it’s being granted to people who really aren’t going through any hardship.” During a recent conference call, Grassley says the administration is looking at “four-or-five things” to help make up for the damage inflicted on U.S. farmers by a large number of small-refinery waivers. Grassley says there is one thing above all others that matters to farmers. “We need the reallocation of every gallon that was waived by the EPA, getting them added back into the Renewable Fuels Standard requirement,” he said. “I welcome the administration’s admission that the EPA’s move was wrong and taking steps to try and right it.”


While Farmer Frustration Grows, They Still Seem to Support Trump

While farmer frustration with the Trump Administration continues to grow because of the trade war with China and small refinery waivers under the RFS, he still seems to have their support. Bloomberg says support for the president bounced back this year, with 67 percent of farmers in a Farm Futures Survey saying they’ll support his re-election in 2020. That number is up from last year, when Trump’s rural support dropped to under 60 percent, shortly after China introduced retaliatory tariffs on American soybeans. In spite of the difficulties, growers still back Trump in his battle to reduce the trade deficit with countries like China. A farmer in southern Minnesota spoke with Bloomberg, saying he didn’t like it but he understands the need to get a better trade deal for the U.S. Only six percent of farmers who voted for Trump say they wouldn’t back him if the elections were held today. Even two percent of Hillary Clinton voters in 2016 now say they’ll support Trump in 2020. Farmers cite other issues outside of agriculture that help cement their support for the president, including health care, immigration, and education.


China Buying More Ag Goods from the Philippines

China says it may import more fruits and other agricultural products from the Philippines in the years ahead as the two countries enjoy close ties. The Philippine Trade Minister, Ramon Lopez, says Chinese President Xi (Zhee) Jinping made that comment during a meeting with the Philippine president in Beijing last week. Philippine government officials were happy to hear that as the country has a goal of balancing the trade deficit with China. Lopez said in a statement that, “President Xi reiterated China’s policy to help balance trade with the Philippines by buying more goods, especially agriculture and Agri-based products, and industrial goods.” Xi also says, “China is willing to import more high-quality fruits and agricultural products from the Philippines and will send experts to the Philippines to teach agricultural and fishery technology.” A wide trade gap exists between the two countries. China was the Philippines biggest supplier of imported goods with a 23 percent share of total imports as of last June. Meanwhile, China was only the third-largest importer of products from the Philippines.


U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Wants “Transparency Summit”

Late last week, the United States Cattlemen’s Association sent letters to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The USCA is requesting each department to bring together cattle market participants and stakeholders to discuss concerns related to price transparency and true price discovery. The letters were specifically addressed to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert. The USCA sent the letter in response to the untimely fire at the Tyson Foods Beef Plant in Holcomb, Kansas. U.S. cattle producers have seen unprecedented disruption in the cattle marketplace over the last several weeks since the fire took place. U.S. Cattlemen want two separate Cattle Industry Summits that would directly address issues related to the Mandatory Price Reporting Program. Packers and Stockyards Act Violations and definitions, as well as cattle futures contracts. USCA says it looks forward to working with both the USDA and the CFTC to bring together cattle industry stakeholders in the months ahead.


China Taking Steps to Boost Pork Supplies

The Chinese Commerce Ministry says it will look at ways to boost pork imports and will look at releasing frozen pork, beef, and mutton from state reserves. Reuters says the goal is to increase the supply of meat in the domestic market. The moves will come as pork prices hit record highs in China because of the African Swine Fever epidemic that has killed millions of pigs in the country’s herds. The world’s top pork consumer has seen its hog herd shrink by as much as a third over the past year. Pork prices have soared since June. A Commerce Ministry spokesman says the country will “continue to encourage the expansion of pork imports.” Imports are up 36 percent over the first seven months of this year. China is looking at other sources for pork beside the U.S. as the trade war continues between the two largest economies in the world. Beijing has agreed to start importing pork from Argentina this year. They’re also expected to approve additional plants for export in Brazil and Great Britain. China also will release some meat from its reserves to help stabilize supplies.


U.S. Exporters to Join McKinney on Trade Mission to Canada

Ted McKinney, USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, will lead a trade mission to Canada September 3-6. He’ll be accompanied on the trip by 41 U.S. agribusinesses and associations who are looking to expand sales to the United States’ top agricultural export markets. “With the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement poised for passage in Congress, this is a great time for U.S. agricultural exporters to shore up ties with our neighbors in the north,” McKinney says. “Our two nations already enjoy the world’s largest bilateral agriculture trade relationship, with almost $120 million worth of food and farm products crossing the border every day.” McKinney says the USMCA will make this good relationship even better and they’re looking forward to meeting with current and potential customers in Toronto and Montreal. “We’ll be exploring new and expanded business opportunities while we’re there,” he adds. McKinney will be joined on the trip by officials from multiple state departments of agriculture. Other companies and organizations on the trip include the American Peanut Council, the American Sweet Potato Marketing Institute, the Food Export Association of the Midwest, and many more.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service