09-17-19 NMPF: Last Call for DMC: Farmer Safety-Net Signup Ends Friday

NMPF: Last Call for DMC: Farmer Safety-Net Signup Ends Friday

ARLINGTON, Va. – With sign-up for the 2019 Dairy Margin Coverage program ending Friday, the National Milk Producers Federation urged all dairy farmers to enroll in the program, which guarantees a payout for producers that’s higher than program premiums in 2019.

The DMC, the main risk-protection tool for dairy farmers enacted in the 2018 farm bill, is guaranteed to pay all producers enrolled at the maximum $9.50/cwt. coverage level for every month of production through July, according to USDA data. More than 71% of dairy operations with an established DMC production history have enrolled so far for this year, representing more than 19,000 producers nationwide.

“DMC signup, especially at the maximum $9.50 coverage level, is a no-brainer for dairy producers,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO. “But to take advantage of this program, delay is no longer possible. Farmers need to sign up now.”

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09-17-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Swears In USDA’s Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Donald “DJ” LaVoy

USDA Secretary Perdue Swears In USDA’s Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Donald “DJ” LaVoy

(Washington, D.C. September 17, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today administered the oath of office to swear in Donald “DJ” LaVoy to serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary.

“DJ LaVoy brings decades of leadership in economic development and affordable housing to this role and we are excited to welcome him to our USDA team,” Secretary Perdue said. “DJ has effectively led large-scale IT innovation, interagency relationships, and public-private partnerships to improve government customer service and the quality of life for Americans across the country. DJ is well equipped to fight for rural America’s economic prosperity and development, working hard to fulfill one of President Trump’s top priorities.”

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09-17-19 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Call on Congressional Leadership to Enact Full, Permanent Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

US Senators Bennet, Gardner Call on Congressional Leadership to Enact Full, Permanent Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) joined a group of bipartisan senators in calling on the leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to include full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the fiscal year 2020 funding agreement. This letter follows Congress’ successful passage of permanent reauthorization for the LWCF in February, and the subsequent introduction of bipartisan legislation in the Senate to permanently fund the LWCF at a level of $900 million.

September 3rd was the 55th anniversary of the LWCF being signed into law.

“As you work to enact legislation that will address Federal funding needs for fiscal year 2020 and beyond, we urge you to seize the opportunity for including a bipartisan win for future generations—full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (‘LWCF’). This investment would protect and conserve our national parks and public lands, support the nation’s $887 billion outdoor recreation economy, and finally fulfill the original promise of the LWCF,” wrote the senators. Continue reading

09-17-19 CDA: Colorado Proud School Meal Day Brings Agriculture to the Table and Classroom

CDA: Colorado Proud School Meal Day Brings Agriculture to the Table and Classroom

Broomfield, Colo. – Children across the state will celebrate Colorado Proud School Meal Day on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Hosted annually by the Colorado Departments of Agriculture and Education, it’s a day to educate youth about Colorado agriculture and healthy eating. More than 150,000 students statewide will learn about agriculture in classrooms and eat local meals. They will talk about healthy eating, innovation, farmers and ranchers, and even their own young roles in the local food movement.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis will join Cory Elementary students in Denver for lunch made from locally-grown ingredients – including vegetables harvested from the school’s own garden. Cory Elementary also has added a chicken program with first through fifth graders taking care of chickens, selling eggs at the school’s farmers’ market and collaborating with the community.

“Not only does this school celebration encourage conversations with students about food and agriculture, it also exposes kids to new tastes and a wide variety of local products,” said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg. “It’s important for them to develop healthy relationships with food, while learning about how and where their food is grown here in Colorado.” 

Governor Polis proclaimed September 18, 2019, as Colorado Proud School Meal Day, inspiring more than 300 schools to participate from every corner of Colorado. School districts are also embracing agriculture in the classrooms with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education-focused materials, guest speakers and locally sourced items.

“This year’s School Meal Day also coincides with Colorado Proud’s Next Generation of Ag campaign, which addresses the next generation of all aspects of agriculture, from technology to the economy, but especially the next generation of consumers – our school-age students. More than ever, it’s important for our young students to understand agriculture’s value, heritage and history, as our future consumers and influencers,” said Wendy White, spokesperson for Colorado Proud. 

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09-17-19 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize PILT

US Senators Bennet, Gardner Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize PILT

Washington, D.C. – On September 16th, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) joined a group of Western senators in introducing bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program to provide long-term financial security for rural counties.

The legislation would reauthorize the PILT program for ten years. The program provides critical resources to nearly 1,900 counties across 49 states. Counties have used these payments for more than 40 years to fund law enforcement, firefighting, emergency response, and other essential county services.

“PILT funding is critical for communities across Colorado that use these funds for essential services like infrastructure maintenance and law enforcement,” said Bennet. “This legislation is a common sense step to reauthorize the program, so that we can continue to fully fund PILT and meet the needs of our counties. We will continue to work toward a long-term solution for PILT that will provide counties and local governments sustained funding and more predictability.”

“The PILT program is an important resource for many counties in Colorado and across the country with large amounts of non-taxable federal land,” said Gardner. “It’s important that Congress fully funds this program, which is used for critical services like law enforcement and infrastructure investments.” Continue reading

09-17-19 US Senator Gardner Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging OMB to Make the Army Corps Collaborate on the Water Supply Rule

US Senator Gardner Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging OMB to Make the Army Corps Collaborate on the Water Supply Rule

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, sent a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney expressing strong opposition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) proposed rulemaking for their use of reservoir projects for domestic, municipal, and industrial water supply. They were joined by Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), James Risch (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Ron Wyden (D-OR), John Barrasso (R-WY), Michael Enzi (R-WY), John Hoeven (R-ND), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Martha McSally (R-AZ), James Inhofe (R-OK), Michael Rounds (R-SD), Jeffrey Merkley (D-OR), John Thune (R-SD), James Lankford (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Michael Bennet (D-CO).

“We have attempted to provide input to the Corps on its proposed implementation of federal law, but our concerns have not been adequately addressed,” the group of Senators wrote. “We urge you in your capacity to direct the Corps to make the adjustments necessary to follow decades of federal precedent and respect state and tribal water authority.” Continue reading

09-17-19 U.S. Senators Bennet, Hoeven Introduce Bipartisan Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act

U.S. Senators Bennet, Hoeven Introduce Bipartisan Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act

Legislation Protects U.S. Bison Industry, Ensures Clear Labeling of Buffalo and Water Buffalo in Products

Letter Urges Forest Service to Use New Funding and Tools to Invest in Colorado Forestry, Recreation, and Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and John Hoeven (R-ND) announced that they have introduced the Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act, legislation to fix a deceptive labeling issue that is negatively impacting the U.S. bison industry. The legislation would provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the authority to prohibit water buffalo products from being marketed as “buffalo.”

“Misleading labeling does a disservice to bison ranchers, who have worked hard to create a growing market for bison,” said Bennet. “By requiring that water buffalo products be labeled accurately, our legislation will go a long way in addressing this misleading practice, provide transparency for American consumers, and safeguard the U.S. bison industry.”

“This legislation prevents the deceptive marketing of water buffalo as buffalo,” said Hoeven. “Our bill provides clarification to consumers by giving FDA the authority necessary to ensure proper labeling of water buffalo and establishing that buffalo is a common name for bison.”

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09-17-19 Eighty Three Years of the NWSS Catch-a-Calf Contest

Eighty Three Years of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Morgan County

Fort Morgan, CO – 2020 will mark the 83rd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest. This long running program is an important part of the National Western. It not only gives youth the opportunity to learn about animal husbandry, but also to compete at the National Western. Continue reading

09-17-19 Potatoes USA: ATP Funds Awarded to Potatoes USA

Potatoes USA: ATP Funds Awarded to Potatoes USA

DENVER (September 17, 2019) — Through two rounds of Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) funding allocations, Potatoes USA was awarded over $5.1 million for activities and programs to increase U.S. potato export opportunities.

Potatoes USA’s strategy for the ATP funding includes focusing on new activities and projects in existing target markets while expanding into new markets to increase overall demand and opportunities. Creating programs in new markets will help to make up for lost sales in other markets due to recent trade barriers. With 83 planned and approved activities in over 15 countries, Potatoes USA is actively working to combat challenges to trade. Continue reading

09-17-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Ag Leaders Visit Sendai, Japan – a Terrific Destination for U.S. Beef Tongue

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Ag Leaders Visit Sendai, Japan – a Terrific Destination for U.S. Beef Tongue  

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DENVER, CO – September 17, 2019 – The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Heartland Team, a group of 31 producers and other ag industry leaders from 16 states, recently returned from Japan where they met with importers and other key buyers of U.S. red meat and took part in U.S. beef and pork promotional activities.

A unique aspect of the 2019 Heartland Team’s mission to Japan was a visit to Sendai, a city located northeast of Tokyo that is especially well-known for its appetite for U.S. beef tongue. John Hinners, USMEF vice president for industry relations, reports on the Heartland Team’s tour of a beef tongue processing plant in Sendai. The group also attended a dinner with food industry representatives who are members of the Sendai Beef Tongue Association. Hinners notes that with the U.S. and Japan having reached an agreement in principle on red meat trade, Japanese buyers are excited at the prospect of obtaining U.S. beef tongue at a lower tariff rate. Japan’s tariff rate on U.S. beef tongue is currently 12.8%, but just 5.7% for countries in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Hinners adds that the same company operating the beef tongue processing plant also purchases U.S. pork, which is processed and used in hot-pot dishes.

Hinners on visit to Sendai, Japan 9-16-19

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09-17-19 UMASH Farm Safety Check Tractor Safety

UMASH Farm Safety Check Tractor Safety

Tractors are nearly universal on the farm. While a critical piece of equipment, tractors are also the number one cause of death on the farm.

Take the time to refresh all tractor operators on the necessary steps and training for safe operation.

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09-17-19 Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship recipients aspire to inspire future generations

Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship recipients aspire to inspire future generations

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, Sept. 17, 2019 – Syngenta congratulates Adrienne Blakey, bachelor’s student at Oklahoma State University, and Nick Lord, master’s student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University, as the national winners of the Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship. They will each receive $6,000 to help meet financial obligations as they pursue their academic and professional goals.

As winners in their regions, both Lord and Blakey, as well as six other regional winners (SEE BELOW), will also each receive a $1,000 scholarship award to support their education.

Syngenta selected this year’s winners out of more than 150 applicants who shared stories of how they became #RootedinAg and aspire to inspire future generations in the agricultural field.

“We are extremely proud to support these excellent students in their academic endeavors,” said Wendell Calhoun, manager, marketing communications, Syngenta. “Year after year, it is an honor for Syngenta to recognize promising students like Nick, Adrienne and our other regional award winners as they prepare to shape the future of agriculture.”

In her winning essay, Blakey, a plant and soil sciences major, emphasizes the importance of integrity when it comes to ushering in the future of the industry: “What I have learned most about the agricultural industry that I will pass along to future generations is that our industry is immersed in integrity. From the researchers to the producers to the representatives of organizations like Syngenta that I have gotten to know, agriculturists are the epitome of people of integrity.”

Through his essay, Lord encourages students who may not come from an agricultural background to seek a place to belong within the industry: “My journey has shown me that, though my roots in agriculture began to grow a little late, anyone can find a niche in the agricultural community through which to make an impact.”

​​The other regional winners were bachelor’s students Colden Proe (Cornell University), Emily Nealy (Purdue University) and Micaela Fenton (Colorado State University), and master’s students Molly Darlington (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Raegan Wiggins (University of Georgia) and Faith Baier (Colorado State University). Continue reading

09-17-19 NWSS: Marcy and Bruce Benson Named 2020 Citizens of the West

Marcy and Bruce Benson, 2020 Citizen of the West

NWSS: Marcy and Bruce Benson Named 2020 Citizens of the West 

DENVER – The National Western Stock Show is proud to announce Marcy and Bruce Benson as the 2020 Citizens of the West. This prestigious annual award recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of Western pioneers and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals. A committee of community leaders selects recipients.

“I’m pleased to see that Bruce and Marcy Benson are being jointly honored as Citizens of the West.  It is a well-deserved honor for their many contributions in the fields of education, philanthropy and business in our community and state.” said Philip Anschutz, 2014 recipient of the Citizen of the West award.

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09-17-19 Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association: 2019 Pedal the Plains…

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association: 2019 Pedal the Plains…

SPRINGFIELD – More than 25 ranchers and their families were a part of the support team for Pedal the Plains bicyclists who rode through the Lamar-Holly-Springfield area on Sept. 13-15. Continue reading

09-17-19 NPPC Welcomes New Swine Inspection System, ‘Reflecting a 21st Century Industry’

NPPC Welcomes New Swine Inspection System, ‘Reflecting a 21st Century Industry’

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 17, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) finalized today its New Swine Inspection System (NSIS).

“We applaud the USDA for introducing a new inspection system that incentivizes investment in new technologies while ensuring a safe supply of wholesome American pork,” said National Pork Producers Council President David Herring, a producer from Lillington, N.C. “The U.S. pork production system is the envy of the world because we continuously adopt new practices and technologies, while enhancing safety, quality and consistency. This new inspection system codifies the advancements we have made into law, reflecting a 21st century industry.”

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09-17-19 USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection for the First Time in Over 50 Years

USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection for the First Time in Over 50 Years

(Washington, D.C. September 17, 2019) –

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a final rule to modernize swine slaughter inspection and bring it into the 21st century. For the first time in more than five decades, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is modernizing inspection at market hog slaughter establishments with a goal of protecting public health while allowing for food safety innovations.
“This regulatory change allows us to ensure food safety while eliminating outdated rules and allowing for companies to innovate,” Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “The final rule is the culmination of a science-based and data-driven rule making process which builds on the food safety improvements made in 1997, when USDA introduced a system of preventive controls for industry. With this rule, FSIS will finally begin full implementation of that program in swine establishments.”
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09-17-19 Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District: James W. Broderick Hydro Power Plant at Pueblo Dam Dedicated

The exterior of the James W. Broderick Hydroelectric Power Facility at Pueblo Dam.

SECWCD: James W. Broderick Hydro Power Plant at Pueblo Dam Dedicated

The James W. Broderick Hydropower Plant at Pueblo Dam was dedicated on Monday, September 16, before a crowd of about 100 people.

The hydroelectric generating facility was completed in May 2019 and is named for James W. Broderick, executive director of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

Southeastern President Bill Long hailed Broderick’s vision for pursuing the project under a Lease of Power Privilege with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The process was started in 2011, and culminated in 2017, when the lease was signed. Construction of the $20.5 million plant took 18 months.

“Jim has given a lot more than his name to the James W. Broderick Hydropower Plant. It has been Jim’s vision to create this project, and to use the revenues generated by the plant to enhance the benefits of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project,” Long said. “this is an example of the type of creative thinking and leadership that Jim brings to every aspect of his service to the Southeastern District.”

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09-17-19 National Farm Safety and Health Week: Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention

National Farm Safety and Health Week: Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention

Over the last couple years, reporters have been publishing on the startling suicide rate among farmers in the U.S.  Farmers are no strangers to stress.  Their livelihood depends upon the weather, political climate and market prices—all of which are out of their control.  They work long hours and weeks on end without a day off.  They don’t have paid vacation or sick leave.  However, rural communities are often tight knit.  They come-together and pitch-in when someone needs help.  As a member of a rural community you can reach out to your neighbors and talk about stress, suicide and opioids.  Overcoming the stigma of mental strain and opioid abuse is the first step to avoiding further tragedy and reducing the suicide rate in rural America.

More safety information is available from the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers.  There are 11 Centers located across the country to promote the health and safety of agricultural, forestry and commercial fishing workers.  Find the Center closest to you by entering NIOSH Ag Centers in your search engine.

TODAY’S WEBINARS:

A Research Update from the Agricultural Health Study: Recent Findings, Current Work, and Future Plans (Noon CDT)
Presenter – Christine G. Parks, Ph.D.

Safety Sensitivity of Opioid Use in High Hazardous Industries (2:00 p.m. CDT)
Presenters – Heather Lyons-Burney, Pharm.D.; Ann Marie Butler Kemp, MD; Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S

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Trump Administration Shows Flexibility in USMCA Proposal

The Trump administration has offered Democrats “significant flexibility” regarding demands for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The counterproposal sent to House of Representative leadership last week addresses concerns raised by Democrats, according to Politico. The proposal from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer offers a fix to concerns raised on how disputes between governments are resolved. Additionally, the proposal addresses labor, environmental and pharmaceutical concerns. The counterproposal is increasing optimism the agreement can be finished yet this year. Trump administration officials have said they expect the agreement can be passed by Congress within the next two months, although lawmakers have a full plate to tackle this fall. Farm groups and House Agriculture Committee leaders rallied outside the capitol last week in support of the agreement. This spring, the American Farm Bureau Federation estimated the agreement could increase U.S. agriculture exports by $2.2 billion. USMCA also changes sanitary and phytosanitary standards, biotech rules and other provision. Mexico has already ratified the agreement and Canada is in the process of finalizing the agreement.

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Oil Markets Headed for Volatility Following Saudi Attacks

Expect volatility in oil markets following the weekend attacks in Saudi Arabia. Jim Bower of Bower Trading says volatility “is going to heighten tremendously” over the next few weeks because of the attack. Bower says the drones had a cost of approximately $15,000 and suggested “oil facilities can and will receive further attacks in the future,” because its “simply too easy to do.” The facility attacked by drones and reportedly cruise missiles over the weekend produces roughly six percent of the world’s oil supply. The U.S. Energy Department has said it is willing to release oil from the strategic oil reserves if needed. Oil prices Monday briefly spiked 19 percent, the biggest spike since the 1990-1991 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. The attacks also represent the largest disruption of maximum daily supply loss in history. Officials at GasBuddy, a crowdsourced, real-time fuel price reporter, predict prices will increase 10-25 cents per gallon. Additionally, prices could increase higher depending on how long it takes to restore production at the attacked facilities.

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Farm Credit Service Outlines Quarterly System Conditions

A quarterly review of the Farm Credit System shows reported steady earnings and higher capital, but a decline in loan quality, so far, in 2019. The Farm Credit Administration received the report last week that outlines economic issues affecting agriculture, with an update on the financial condition and performance of the Farm Credit System. Although the levels of portfolio credit risk are acceptable, they are rising, and the increase “underscores the significant operating challenges facing System borrowers.” Overall, the System remains financially safe, strongly capitalized, and well-positioned to support agricultural producers, according to the report. Additionally, land values generally have remained stable, supported by the limited supply of farmland for sale. Farm sector real estate debt has been rising for the past several years and is approaching the historical 10-year average. Also, total farm debt relative to income in 2019 is high, but the Market Facilitation Program has slowed its advance. The report says the MFP payments represent considerable support for the U.S. farm sector.

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Japan to Eliminate Tariffs on U.S. Wine

Japan will eliminate tariffs on U.S. wine imports as part of a trade agreement announced between the U.S. and Japan. Reuters says Japan will eliminate the tariffs on U.S. wine within five to seven years after the trade agreement goes into effect. Japan currently taxes wine at 15 percent per liter, and the trade agreement would cut the tariff by roughly 13 percent. Leaders of the two nations are expected to sign the agreement on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting later this month. The agreement, welcomed by agriculture, also gradually lowers tariffs on U.S. beef exports to Japan, from 38 percent, to nine percent by 2033. Many of the bilateral agreement provisions match those included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership the U.S. backed out of when President Donald Trump took office. The remaining nations enacted the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The bilateral agreement with Japan should level the playing field for U.S. agriculture and its competitors, provide increased market opportunity.

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USDA, Trump, Recognize Farm Safety Week

President Donald Trump has proclaimed this week as National Farm Safety and Health Week. Trump signed the proclamation Friday, designating the week as September 15 -21, 2019. The theme for this year’s National Farm Safety and Health Week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear” as a reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize safety on the farm and rural roadway. USDA says this week is an opportunity to spread awareness of the inherent risks associated with work in the agriculture sector and commit to improved practices that advance health and safety. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says promoting farm safety will “help our American agriculture workforce,” adding “farming is not always the safest profession and it is our responsibility to continue to improve workplace safety. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 581 workers in agriculture and related industries died from a work-related injury in 2017, making agriculture one of the most dangerous professions in the United States.

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NCGA: Farmers Must Play a Role in Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Efforts throughout society, and virtually every industry, to cut greenhouse gases are underway and agriculture is no exception, according to the National Corn Growers Association. Fortunately, NCGA’s Stewardship and Sustainability Director Rachel Orf says, “we are working in the right direction.” Throughout the Ag supply chain, from conservation groups to the largest retailers, Orf says there is solid agreement that the effort needs to be driven by science, adding “if it doesn’t work for farmer’s it doesn’t work at all.” Orf attended a meeting hosted by Field to Market last week in Washington, D.C. with the objective of better understanding climate change risk facing the ag value chain, including retailers, conservation groups, farmers, agribusiness. The effort began last fall with the goal of exploring collaborative actions that can deliver benefits for farmers, consumers and the planet. While agriculture has become increasingly efficient, relying on fewer inputs to produce more, NCGA’s partnership with Field to Market, is fostering collective action to address the significant challenges ahead in meeting increased global demand in a sustainable manner.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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