11-04-19 Top Agriculture Organizations Form Coloradans Protecting Wildlife to Oppose Gray Wolf Ballot Initiative

Top Agriculture Organizations Form Coloradans Protecting Wildlife to Oppose Gray Wolf Ballot Initiative

CENTENNIAL, Colo.—Nov. 4, 2019 —Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB), Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), and Colorado Wool Growers’ Association (CWGA) announced today the formation of Coloradans Protecting Wildlife, an issue committee against a proposed 2020 ballot measure that would require the introduction of wolves into Colorado. The organizations have over 345 years of combined experience working on wildlife and land management issues.

“Organizations across the state are joining forces and encouraging Coloradans to rethink introducing the wolf,” says Chad Vorthmann, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Farm Bureau. “The decision about whether or not to introduce wolves to Colorado should be guided by science and left in the hands of experts, not the ballot box.”

The proposed 2020 initiative would ignore long-standing scientific processes, research and expert guidance by forcing the introduction of the wolf into Colorado without any analysis of the potential negative impacts on Colorado’s environment and ecosystems, or its citizens. Continue reading

11-04-19 RaboResearch Predicts Continued Pressure on Corn, Soybean and Wheat Prices

RaboResearch Predicts Continued Pressure on Corn, Soybean and Wheat Prices

Trade dispute with China and African swine fever weigh down soybean price by up to $2.50 per bushel

ST. LOUIS (Nov. 4, 2019) – In its new series of 10-year outlooks for corn, soybeans and wheat, the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group at Rabo AgriFinance underlines continuing long-term challenges for U.S. producers. Ending stocks will continue to be an issue for the crops, according to the outlooks, as the long-term trends for yield increases make up the difference in lower acre numbers while demand remains flat. These stocks will keep a lid on commodity prices.

“The current challenges to profitability will likely and unfortunately continue for row crop producers. U.S. farmers will need to look at being low-cost producers if their long-term plans include growing any of these crops,” said lead author Stephen Nicholson. “Crop diversity will continue to be a good strategy for capturing any upside activity in prices and keeping cost of production down. And opportunities for specialty premiums such as food-grade, high-premium wheat or organic grain will continue to be attractive for increasing revenues.” Continue reading

11-04-19 U.S. Senator Bennet, U.S. Representative Axne Introduce New Legislation to Increase Economic Opportunity for Farmers, Ranchers, and Rural Communities

U.S. Senator Bennet, U.S. Representative Axne Introduce New Legislation to Increase Economic Opportunity for Farmers, Ranchers, and Rural Communities

Bill Would Create ARPA–Terra, a New Research Agency to Invest in Early Stage Research on Innovative Agricultural Technologies that Enhance Environmental Sustainability, Export Competitiveness, and Crop Resilience

Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (IA-3) announced they have introduced new legislation to create the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Terra (ARPA–Terra), a new agency at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to invest in innovative agricultural technologies that increase economic opportunity for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.

“At a time when American farmers and ranchers are facing extreme weather and low commodity prices, it is more important than ever to invest in research that will form the building blocks for major technological breakthroughs to advance American agriculture,” said Bennet. “ARPA–Terra will utilize the successful ARPA model to develop innovative technologies and new tools for our farmers and ranchers, and will strengthen American global leadership in agricultural research and development.”

“American farmers have always been on the cutting edge of utilizing new technology to produce more and do more,” said Axne. “Iowa has led the way in Agriculture research and development, from Iowa State to John Deere, and the Iowan farmer who is a consistent scientist and inventor in the field. APRA–Terra will help our researchers continue to lead the way in Agriculture science and development.” Continue reading

11-04-19 FFA Concludes 92nd National Convention, Names New Officers

FFA Concludes 92nd National Convention, Names New Officers

Students from Montana, Virginia, Puerto Rico, New Mexico, Oregon and Ohio have been elected by delegates throughout the United States to serve on the 2019-20 National FFA Officer team. Kolesen McCoy, an agribusiness and applied economics major at Ohio State, was elected national president. Kourtney Lehman, an agricultural business management major at Oregon State University, was elected national secretary. Lyle Logemann, an agricultural education major at Eastern New Mexico University, was elected western region vice president. Tess Seibel, a nursing major at James Madison University, was elected eastern region vice president. Mamie Hertel, a financial engineering major at Montana State University, was elected central region vice president. Yomar Roman, an office administration major at Universidad de Puerto Rico, was elected southern region vice president. Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as national officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary, and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern, and western regions of the country.

Find complete coverage of the National FFA Convention at www.ffaconvention.com

11-04-19 Colorado Ag Water Alliance Hosting Ag Water Workshop in Gunnison CO on Nov 12th – RSVP ASAP!

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Colorado Ag Water Alliance Hosting Ag Water Workshop in Gunnison CO on Nov 12th – RSVP ASAP!

What are stream and watershed management plans? Can these plans be a benefit for Ag? Why should Ag take a leadership role in these plans?

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11-04-19 CLA Natural Resources Committee and EAP Have Robust Dialogue

 

CLA Natural Resources Committee and EAP Have Robust Dialogue

Greeley, CO – On Thursday, October 21st, the Colorado Livestock Association Natural Resources Committee met with members of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Environmental Ag Program (EAP). The agenda topics were pertinent and the dialogue robust. Continue reading

11-04-19 LMA: Farmers Livestock Exchange, Inc. to host World Livestock Auctioneer Championship qualifier November 18th

LMA: Farmers Livestock Exchange, Inc. to host World Livestock Auctioneer Championship qualifier November 18th

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (November 4, 2019) – Farmers Livestock Exchange, Inc., 1995 N Western Pike, Winchester, Va. will host the second of three regional qualifying events for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC). The eastern regional qualifying event will be November 18. Opening ceremonies will commence at 2:00 p.m. EST with the awards ceremony to follow. A total of 34 contestants will compete for a top 10 placing, granting them a spot in the semi-finals for the 2020 WLAC at Dickson Regional Livestock Center, LLC, in Dickson, Tenn.

Each qualifying event is a live sale where each contestant auctions 8 drafts of livestock (traditionally cattle) to actual bidders. Contestants are judged on the clarity of their auction chant, professionalism and their ability to conduct the sale while catching bids.
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11-04-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: USMCA Will Help Bolster Red Meat Exports to Mexico

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: USMCA Will Help Bolster Red Meat Exports to Mexico  

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DENVER, CO -November 4, 2019 – U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom is encouraged by ongoing negotiations between the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and a Congressional working group aimed at bringing the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to an approval vote in the House of Representatives.

Halstrom notes that while Mexico’s retaliatory duties on U.S. pork have been removed and all red meat exports to Mexico are now duty-free under NAFTA, ratification of USMCA would help restore confidence and certainty to the Mexican market. While pork exports to Mexico have rebounded since the duties were lifted, volumes are not yet back to the record-large levels of 2017 and early 2018.

With respect to beef exports, Halstrom says USMCA will complement the new U.S.-Japan trade agreement, which will soon be considered for approval by the Japanese Parliament. He notes that the mix of cuts exported to Mexico differs significantly from the products that appeal to Japanese buyers and consumers.

Halstrom on USMCA 11-4-19

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11-04-19 U.S. Animal Health Association Update by JoAnn Alumbaugh: “Is the Pork Industry Ready for African Swine Fever?”

U.S. Animal Health Association Update by JoAnn Alumbaugh: “Is the Pork Industry Ready for African Swine Fever?

NOVEMBER 4, 2019 – If an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) were to occur in the U.S. is the pork industry ready? Many parties are working to make sure it’s as ready as possible, but there may be more questions than answers. Dr. Sarah Tomlinson, Associate Deputy Administrator of the Strategy and Policy Unit within USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services, gave an update on the four ASF exercises that have been conducted this year to help the industry prepare. She spoke during a meeting of state veterinary officials, held in conjunction with the 2019 U.S. Animal Health Association annual meeting, in Providence, Rhode Island, this week. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, November 4th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, November 4th

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FFA Concludes National Convention, Names New Officers

Students from Montana, Virginia, Puerto Rico, New Mexico, Oregon and Ohio have been elected by delegates throughout the United States to serve on the 2019-20 National FFA Officer team. Kolesen McCoy, an agribusiness and applied economics major at Ohio State, was elected national president. Kourtney Lehman, an agricultural business management major at Oregon State University, was elected national secretary. Lyle Logemann, an agricultural education major at Eastern New Mexico University, was elected western region vice president. Tess Seibel, a nursing major at James Madison University, was elected eastern region vice president. Mamie Hertel, a financial engineering major at Montana State University, was elected central region vice president. Yomar Roman, an office administration major at Universidad de Puerto Rico, was elected southern region vice president. Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as national officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary, and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern, and western regions of the country.

Find complete coverage of the National FFA Convention at www.ffaconvention.com

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Beijing Considers Axing Extra Tariffs on U.S. Ag Products to Boost Imports

The head of a government-sponsored trade association in China says Beijing could remove extra tariffs on U.S. farm goods to smooth the way for importers to potentially buy up to $50 billion in products. A Reuters article says Beijing would make that move instead of directing importers to purchase specific amounts of goods. President Donald Trump said earlier in October that China would be buying anywhere between $40 and $50 billion worth of agricultural goods as part of a “Phase One” deal to pave the way for an end to the trade war that broke out in 2018. However, that number has become problematic as China wants to purchase U.S. ag products based on market conditions, rather than commit to a specific number. The President of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Exports of Foodstuffs says, “What the government can do is remove the extra tariffs, which both sides need to do. Then, let the companies make purchases based on their own will and market rules.” The chamber president says that would create conditions for a “convenient” and “good” trade environment, rather than creating obligations for firms to buy a certain amount of product during a certain time. While China can step up purchases based on market conditions, $40 to $50 billion is “very high.”

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Thailand Wants Talks on Loss of Trade Privileges with the U.S.

Thailand will be looking to start talks with the United States about its decision to end preferential privileges of a large number of exports from Thailand. A New York Daily News article says the acting director-general of the Thailand Commerce Ministry’s Foreign Trade Department says his office had been warning exporters about the potential loss of duty-free access on multiple exports. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced on Friday that it was suspending $1.3 billion in trade preferences for Thailand under the Generalized System of Preferences for its failure to adequately protect worker rights. Thailand wants to initiate talks with the U.S. before the move takes effect in April. Thailand has faced complaints for years over multiple labor issues, especially in its fisheries industry. The U.S. announcement about the revocation says, “Despite six years of engagement, Thailand has yet to take steps to provide internationally recognized worker rights in many important areas identified in a 2015 petition from the AFL-CIO.” The U.S. move drew special attention because it came soon after Thailand had announced a ban on glyphosate. However, both U.S. and Thai officials denied any connection.

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NCBA Announces Campaign to Promote its Beef Quality Assurance Program

About 85 percent of U.S. beef comes from farmers and ranchers who are certified in the Beef Quality Assurance Program. However, do consumers know what that means? A new campaign from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association aims to answer that question for consumers. The goal is to close the gap between consumer knowledge and what the country’s producers are doing to produce high-quality beef in a humane and environmentally friendly way. Consumers are also more interested than ever before about how their food is produced. The new campaign began last month with a series of videos from “Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner.” The videos highlight how cattle farmers and ranchers raise their cattle under BQA specifications. The videos, as well as corresponding audio clips, will be used to advertise BQA on platforms like YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, and Spotify. Consumers will also get to learn more through interactive “BQ&A” Instagram stories that address common questions about how cattle are raised. The videos, website, and social interactions with consumers give them an overview of what the BQA program is and the ongoing commitment of cattle farmers and ranchers to care for their animals and provide the safest and highest quality beef possible. “The campaign expands the reach of a traditionally producer-facing program,” says Josh White, executive director of producer education at NCBA. U.S. beef producers who have embraced the BQA program are excited that the program is now a “consumer-facing” effort as well.  

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USDA Finds New Site in Kansas City for ERS, NIFA

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the USDA officially signed a lease on office space in Kansas City, Missouri. The Hagstrom Report says it’s now the new place of work for most of the employees of the USDA’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. It’s at 805 Pennsylvania Avenue right in downtown Kansas City. Employees of both agencies who made the move out of Washington, D.C., had been working in another USDA facility. “We’re excited to announce ERS and NIFA’s new, permanent home in downtown Kansas City,” says Perdue. “It provides clarity on commute times and work-life balance for our employees. Both agencies have been working at the Beacon Center after relocating to the region over a month ago.” Perdue says signing the lease is an important next step to maximizing the efficiency, effectiveness, and customer service over the long-term. In a separate statement, USDA also says 90 percent of USDA employees are located outside of the DC area. Before their relocation, ERS and NIFA were the only USDA agencies that didn’t have any representation outside of the nation’s capital. Out of 329 ERS positions, 76 remain in DC. Out of a total of 344 NIFA positions, just 21 remain located in Washington, D.C.

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World Wheat Crop Experiencing Mixed Planting Conditions

Drought conditions in the southern U.S. plains continue to be a growing concern for winter wheat producers. The southern plains are the top winter wheat producing region in the country. Extra precipitation helped to boost yields and harvests this year, even though growers planted fewer acres than in previous growing seasons. A return to the more typical arid conditions may put some limit on crop potential come harvest time in 2020. However, other countries that grow a lot of wheat are also having some concerns. Growers in Great Britain are hoping for dry weather to help pick up the pace in planting throughout rain-soaked farm fields. Growers in Ukraine, a major wheat-producing competitor of the U.S. need a good rainfall on their newly planted fields before settling in for the winter. As the planting period is mostly coming to an end in the northern hemisphere, places like France and Germany have seen higher-than-normal rainfall over the past month. That’s not only slowed the harvest of summer crops, but it’s also planting of winter wheat behind schedule. Russia is the world’s top winter wheat exporter and may plant a record amount of the crop this year. Favorable temps and near-normal moisture have made it possible for Russian producers to plant in an ideal timeframe.

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Montana Senator Introduces Resolution to Restart COOL

Senator Jon Tester of Montana introduced a resolution in support of the reestablishment of Country of Origin Labeling. The COOL resolution puts forth a firm statement of support for the program, which was repealed back in 2015. The introduction follows months of coordination and collaboration by Tester, who’s been pulling together consumer and producer stakeholders to push the labeling solution forward. U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Director Emeritus Leo McDonnell says pushing the resolution forward could ultimately benefit consumers at their local grocery stores. “Consumers are increasingly seeking out more information on the products they choose to feed their families,” he says. “The U.S. produces the highest quality, safest, and most eco-conscious beef in the world. U.S. cattle producers deserve the opportunity to showcase their product in the retail marketplace.” The group thanks Senator Tester for championing their Truth in Labeling efforts through the introduction of the resolution. “We’re asking other Senators to follow his lead and stand with American consumers and ranching families,” McDonnell says.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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