10-09-19 The White House: President Trump signs ‘game-changing’ trade deal with Japan

October 7, 2019 – U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and Japanese Ambassador to the United States Shinsuke Sugiyama display their signatures after signing the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement. Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour

The White House: President Trump signs ‘game-changing’ trade deal with Japan

During the U.N. General Assembly last month, President Trump continued to fight for fairer trade deals for American workers. The results of that hard work came to light Monday, when the President signed a pair of groundbreaking deals at the White House.

“These two deals represent a tremendous victory for both of our nations,” President Trump said. “They will create countless jobs, expand investment and commerce, reduce our trade deficit very substantially, promote fairness and reciprocity, and unlock the vast opportunities for growth.”

🎬 President Trump: This is a groundbreaking achievement for the U.S. and Japan

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10-09-19 Cattlemen’s Beef Board Statement from Greg Hanes, CEO

Greg Hanes, CEO, Cattlemen’s Beef Board

“THE REALITY OF THE BEEF CHECKOFF”, by Greg Hanes, CEO, Cattlemen’s Beef Board

In the few months since I took the helm as CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) – the governing and administrative organization of the Beef Checkoff – there appears to be many misperceptions, false rumors, and misinformation about how the checkoff works and is administered. Let’s look at its history, what the Beef Checkoff can and cannot do, as well as the processes and procedures we have in place to continue to be strong stewards of your checkoff dollars.


The Beef Checkoff was created through the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 as part of the Farm Bill. It was initiated as an effort driven by producers who saw an important need for more promotion and research to stave off falling beef demand in the late 1970s / 1980s and was designed to be producer driven at both a local and national level. Immediately following its passing, the Beef Promotion and Research Order was created, outlining the detailed rules for governance over the program, funding distribution, contractor requirements, etc.  The areas where checkoff funding can be used are clearly defined:  promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, and producer communications. Conversely, lobbying or “influencing governmental action or policy” is also clearly prohibited.

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10-09-19 A Summary of the 2019 World Dairy Expo Show

A Summary of the 2019 World Dairy Expo Show

MADISON, WIS. – The World Dairy Expo 2019 came to a close on Saturday, October 5, after welcoming 859 participating companies in the Trade Show, hosting key dairy leaders and industry researchers, and once again bringing the top cows in North America together to compete for the title of Supreme Champion. I am pleased to present the 2019 WDE Show Summary with complete details pertaining to the show. Continue reading

10-09-19 CattleTrace to Host First-Ever Industry Symposium

CattleTrace to Host First-Ever Industry Symposium

Register by November 7, 2019

MANHATTAN, Kan. — After nearly two years of planning, development and implementation of a cattle disease traceability infrastructure, CattleTrace is inviting all beef industry stakeholders to attend the first-ever CattleTrace Industry Symposium on November 22, 2019, in Manhattan, KS, at the Kansas State University Student Union. This event is an opportunity for industry stakeholders to provide important feedback about CattleTrace while also continuing to chart the path forward for disease traceability in the beef industry.

Participants at the symposium will get a firsthand view of a mock trace demonstration, and a unique perspective of traceability in the UK, including Scotland’s experience using UHF technology, in remarks provided by Dr. Andrew Moxey, ScotEID. There will also be a discussion of the economics of traceability and interactive breakout sessions designed to allow attendees to provide guidance and feedback about the future of disease traceability in the beef industry. The symposium is free, and the registration deadline is November 7, 2019. The registration link and a more detailed agenda are available on the website at www.CattleTrace.org

“We have said since the beginning that by participating and partnering in CattleTrace, you have a voice in what an expanded national traceability system can look like in the United States. Our partners at all production levels are the foundation of CattleTrace,” said Brandon Depenbusch, CattleTrace, Inc., Board of Directors chairman. “The CattleTrace Industry Symposium is our way of providing an opportunity for our partners and any interested industry stakeholders to share their ideas and opinions.”

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10-09-19 CO Governor Polis Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments

CO Governor Polis Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments

Colorado Beef Council Authority Board of Directors

The Colorado Beef Council Authority works to promote the increased consumption of Colorado beef.  The Board researches beef production methods, advancements and other matters with economic impacts upon the beef industry and makes this information available to interested parties.

for a term expiring July 1, 2020:

  • John Albert Scanga of Ault, Colorado, to serve as a processor, a distributor, and as an Unaffiliated, and occasioned by the resignation of Lily Edwards-Callaway of Fort Collins, Colorado, appointed.

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10-09-19 USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure Improvements in 13 States, including CO

USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure Improvements in 13 States

Investments will Benefit Nearly 231,000 Residents and Businesses including: High West Energy Inc. will receive $39,805,000 loans which will be used to connect 748 customers, and build and improve 343 miles of line. The loan includes $3.3 million for smart grid technologies. High West serves more than 10,000 customers over 3,714 miles in three counties in Colorado, four counties in Nebraska and two counties in Wyoming.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $251 million (PDF, 120 KB) to upgrade rural electric systems in 13 states. The funding includes $38.2 million to finance smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security.
“Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong, effective partner to rural communities in building, expanding and modernizing electric infrastructure,” LaVoy said. “These investments in essential electric grid upgrades help to improve the quality of life in rural communities, create rural jobs and strengthen America’s economy.”
USDA is providing financing through the Electric Loan Program for 12 projects that will serve rural areas in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The funding will help build and improve 1,971 miles of line to improve electric reliability in rural areas.

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10-09-19 Hunting for Bison Just Got Easier with New Mobile App

Hunting for Bison Just Got Easier with New Mobile App

Buysome Bison Helps Consumers Locate Local Meat, Agritourism Opportunities
WESTMINSTER, CO (October 8, 2019) – Bison hunting-or, at least hunting for tasty bison, just got a lot easier with the introduction of the National Bison Association’s new Buysome Bison mobile-app.
The new app, which was funded through a grant from USDA’s Farmers’ Market Promotion Program, allows users to locate local bison ranches and farms that offer meat sales on-farm or at farmers’ markets, and that offer agritourism opportunities.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 9th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 9th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

VP Pence Calls on Congress to Pass USMCA

Vice President Mike Pence spent time early this week promoting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement while calling on Congress to pass the trade deal. Pence penned an editorial in the Arizona Daily Star promoting the trade agreement. The Vice President also toured a Tyson Foods facility in Tennessee. Meanwhile, in a White House statement, Pence says USMCA will add more than $68 billion to the U.S. economy and create another 176,000 American jobs. That includes nearly 50,000 good manufacturing jobs. Pence says, “to keep the momentum going, Congress must pass a trade deal that President Trump negotiated,” with Mexico and Canada. The House Democrats working group spent time in Mexico at the start of the week, focusing on enforcement of labor provisions included in the agreement. Democrats in the House are negotiating with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to reach a deal they can approve. Mexico ratified the agreement this summer, and Canada is expected to ratify the agreement following its federal election later this month.

Unions File Lawsuit Against USDA Slaughter Modernization Rule

Food worker unions announced a lawsuit against the Department of Agriculture this week over the new swine slaughter modernization rule. The rule eliminates the line speed limits in pork slaughter facilities. United Food and Commercial Workers, along with other unions, filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the rule. A spokesperson says increasing pork plant line speeds “is not only a reckless giveaway to giant corporations, it will put thousands of workers in harm’s way.” The unions also say, “USDA admitted in its rule that it simply ignored the mounds of evidence that showed its actions will harm workers.” The lawsuit alleges that the new rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act because it is not backed by “reasoned decision-making.” The groups say that even at current line speeds, swine slaughter and processing workers face many job risks that can lead to severe injury, illness and death, adding there “is no evidence that line speed increases can be done in a manner that ensures food and worker safety.”

R-CALF Seeks to Stop RFID Ear Tag Mandate

A lawsuit by R-CALF USA seeks to block the Department of Agriculture’s mandate of radio frequency identification, or RFID, ear tags for all animals required to have official identification. R-CALF and other groups filed the lawsuit last week seeking an injunction against Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrator Kevin Shae, who together issued the RFID mandate in April of this year. Beginning January 1, 2023, USDA says all cattle and bison that are required to have official identification under current regulations must have official RFID ear tags. The lawsuit alleges that USDA’s mandate, along with the requirement that they obtain a premises identification number, and the elimination of all other animal identification options currently available to U.S. cattle producers, violate current traceability regulations. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard says the move by USDA shows “USDA is catering to special interests,” adding “the agency wants to gift RFID ear tag manufactures even more profits.”

NPB: Prioritize Flu Vaccinations to Protect People and Pigs

The National Pork Board is reminding producers to add flu vaccinations to their fall priority list. Pork producers are working through the on-farm tasks ahead of winter, including a focus on ventilation and rodent control. However, the Pork Checkoff says farm managers should also prioritize flu vaccinations for everyone working on the farm. Heather Fowler, DVM, director of producer and public health for the Pork Checkoff, says vaccinating farm employees “is the best thing producers can do to protect their families, co-workers and pigs from the flu.” A seasonal flu vaccination is a public health recommendation and part of the One Health approach to protect people, pigs and the global environment. Equally important, Fowler says farms need to have sick-leave policies in place that encourage workers to stay home if they are suffering from flu-like respiratory symptoms. Find more tips and recommendations to how to best protect your animals and employees from the flu at www.pork.org.

AFBF Opens Convention Registration

The American Farm Bureau Federation Tuesday announced the opening of online registration for its 2020 annual meeting. AFBF will host the 101st Annual Convention & Trade Show, January 17-22, 2020, in Austin, Texas. Attendees will learn about the policies and perspectives affecting their farms, ranches or agribusinesses and gain deep insight into current trends impacting food production. With a focus on AFBF’s theme for the year, 2020 Vision: Sustaining America’s Agriculture, the convention will bring thousands of farmers and ranchers from around the country together to hear from powerful speakers on subjects ranging from trade, broadband and the farm economy to business development, consumer engagement and technology. AFBF President Zippy Duvall notes agriculture is at a crossroads, adding “it has never been more important for farmers and ranchers to have the latest information about the challenges and opportunities we face.” Duvall says the convention is “unique in its ability to inform, engage and unite farmers and ranchers.” Find more information and registration details at www.fb.org.

John Deere Collectors 2020 Conference Announced

Organizers recently announced the 11th Gathering of the Green Conference in Davenport, Iowa. The event, planned for March 18-21, 2020, is a conference for John Deer enthusiast and collectors. Organizers say the conference site at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport, Iowa, will transform into a County Fair atmosphere with elaborate displays that focus on the 2020 theme, “It’s Fair Time.” Gathering of the Green board member Ken Reese says it’s also important because county fairs “were an important place for Deere and John Deere Dealers to exhibit and market their latest equipment in the 1930-1970’s.” The Gathering of the Green offers more than 60 workshops for attendees and typically includes a collection of old John Deere tractors and implements, along with collectible items. Organizers of the event are all volunteers who are members of one of four tractor clubs in the Quad Cities region. Conference registration is now open. Conference details are available on the Gathering of the Green’s website at www.gatheringofthegreen.com.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service