11-08-19 Flooding Along Missouri River Likely to Continue into 2020

Flooding Along Missouri River Likely to Continue into 2020

The BARN via NAFB News Service – November 8, 2019 – Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue recently returned from a trade mission to Mexico. He led a large delegation on a trip to one of America’s most important trading partners, saying that they had a productive time in Mexico…


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11-08-19 CDA: Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in 38 Colorado counties including one bovine case

CDA: Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in 38 Colorado counties including one bovine case

Broomfield, Colo. – Vesicular Stomatitis virus (VSV) has been confirmed in the following Colorado counties:   Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Conejos, Delta, Dolores, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Ouray, Park, Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, San Miguel, Summit, Teller, and Weld.

A new bovine case, the fourth in Colorado this year, has been confirmed in Garfield county on a cow that was moved from summer grazing two weeks ago.

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11-08-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Says Mexico Trade Mission was “Successful”

USDA Secretary Perdue Says Mexico Trade Mission was “Successful”

The BARN via NAFB News Service – November 8, 2019 – Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue recently returned from a trade mission to Mexico. He led a large delegation on a trip to one of America’s most important trading partners, saying that they had a productive time in Mexico…


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11-08-19 Nebraska/Wyoming Irrigation District Receives Large Donation

Nebraska/Wyoming Irrigation District Receives Large Donation

The BARN via NAFB News Service – November 8, 2019 – A Nebraska and Wyoming irrigation district recently received a significant donation to pay for upgrades and repairs…


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11-08-19 USDA RADIO: Crop Production Forecasts Downward Adjustments This Month

USDA RADIO: Crop Production Forecasts Downward Adjustments This Month

WASHINGTON D.C. – NOVEMBER 7, 2019  – USDA’s November crop production report notes lower production forecasts for spring planted crops from the previous month. (Rod Bain)



11-08-19 U.S. Department of Education Advances Trump Administration’s STEM Investment Priorities

U.S. Department of Education Advances Trump Administration’s STEM Investment Priorities

Funding Will Prepare Students for Success in High-Demand Career Fields

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it invested $540 million to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, including computer science, through discretionary and research grants in Fiscal Year 2019, in accordance with President Trump’s directive to foster expanded opportunities in these in-demand career fields.

“This Administration continues to make strategic investments in STEM education and is working to ensure that all Americans access to high-quality STEM education no matter where they are in their life-long learning journeys,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “I’m thankful to the President for his leadership on this issue and his commitment to the success of all of America’s students.”

These funds deliver on the Administration’s promise to support STEM education, as well as on the overall goals of the five-year federal STEM education strategic plan entitled Charting A Course For Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education. The Department continued to support the Plan’s vision for a future where all Americans will have lifelong access to high-quality STEM education and the United States will be the global leader in STEM literacy, innovation, and employment. Continue reading

07-11-19 USDA-NASS-CO: CROP PRODUCTION – November 2019

CROP PRODUCTION – November 2019


Based on November 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 176.40 million bushels, up 13 percent from last year’s 156.00 million bushels, according to the November 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The 1.26 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year are unchanged from the October forecast and 60,000 acres above the 1.20 million acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 140.0 bushels per acre, down 4.0 bushels per acre from the October 1 forecast but 10.0 bushels per acre above last year’s final yield. As of November 3, Colorado’s corn harvested for grain was 66 percent complete, compared with 63 percent last year and the 5-year average of 60 percent.

Sorghum Production in 2019 is forecast at 15.60 million bushels, down 9 percent from the 17.23 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 325,000 acres this year, unchanged from the October forecast and unchanged from the acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 48.0 bushels per acre, up 3.0 bushels per acre from the October 1 forecast but down 5.0 bushels per
acre from last year. As of November 3, Colorado’s sorghum harvested for grain was estimated at 80 percent complete, compared with 46 percent last year and the 5-year average of 57 percent.

Sugarbeet production in Colorado is forecast at 816,000 tons, down 2 percent from the 831,000 tons produced in 2018. Growers expect to harvest 24,500 acres this year, compared with 25,500 acres a year ago. Yields are expected to average 33.3 tons per acre, up 0.3 ton per acre from the October 1 forecast and up from last year’s yield of 32.6 tons per acre. Harvest of sugarbeets was estimated at 88
percent complete, compared with 82 percent last year and the 5-year average of 75 percent as of November 3.

Potato growers in Colorado produced an estimated 19.67 million hundredweight of potatoes this year, down 9 percent from last year’s crop. Potatoes produced in the San Luis Valley totaled 18.39 million hundredweight compared with 20.12 million hundredweight produced last year. Potatoes grown in all other areas in Colorado totaled 1.27 million hundredweight compared with 1.60 million hundredweight last year. Average yield, at 386 hundredweight per acre, decreased 9 hundredweight per acre from the combined yield attained last year. The harvested area, estimated at 51,000 acres is down from the 55,000 acres harvested last year


11-08-19 Registration Open for ASI Annual Convention

Registration Open for ASI Annual Convention

Now is the time to begin making plans for the 2020 ASI Annual Convention: Reverence for the Past, Innovation for the Future. The Scottsdale (Ariz.) Plaza Resort will play host to the convention on Jan. 22-25. Online registration for the convention opened this week. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 8th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 8th

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China, U.S., Strike Tariff Rollback Agreement

The U.S. and China will roll back tariffs if they strike a preliminary deal, a move requested by China before signing a phase one trade agreement. The signing of the agreement may be now delayed until next month, but the two sides continue to wrap up the talks, according to the South China Morning Post. A spokesperson for China’s Commerce Ministry says, “top negotiators have had serious and constructive discussions on resolving issues of core concerns” over the last two weeks. China’s Agriculture Ministry announced it will consider removing restrictions on the import of U.S. poultry. China says the U.S. and China should remove tariffs simultaneously, as part of reaching the agreement. If reached, the agreement would be welcome news to U.S. agriculture, as it’s thought to include $40-50 billion of U.S. ag exports to China over the next two years. U.S. agricultural exports to China dropped roughly $10 billion annually, half the usual amount since the trade war began.

U.S. Democrats Tell Trudeau USMCA Negotiations Near Completion

A delegation of U.S. House Democrats this week told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement negotiations are nearly complete. Led by Representative Richard Neal, the group met with Trudeau and other top officials from Canada. Neal says of the talks, “Significant progress is being achieved” on the agreement. Trudeau says the group talked about jobs and opportunities USCMA will create and how they will “work together to keep strengthening the long-standing relationship between Canada and the United States.” Few U.S. legislative days remain to pass the agreement in 2019, with Congress mired by the House impeachment inquiry and the need to quickly pass spending bills. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week appeared optimistic the White House and her chamber could reach an agreement to pass USMCA. However, she suggested the process may linger into 2020. Neal says House Democrats continue to engage in productive discussions with Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to “achieve their priorities” in the agreement.

NPPC Launches USMCA Campaign

The National Pork Producers council Thursday launched a campaign to highlight the importance and benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. The “It’s Pork O’ Clock Somewhere,” campaign focuses on pork and the many ways it’s enjoyed across North America. NPPC president David Herring says, “Ratification of USMCA is the top priority for U.S. pork producers, and there is no better way to highlight its importance.” Last year, more than 40 percent of U.S. pork exported went to Canada and Mexico. The campaign thanks lawmakers for making USMCA ratification this year a priority and highlights the history behind pork-related dishes in the United States, Mexico and Canada. For example, tacos al pastor from Mexico have origins in the Lebanese method of cooking meat on a spit, referred to as shawarma. The tacos are a staple in Mexico City, where taco shops and stands line the streets. Last year, the United States sent more than 770,000 tons, worth $1.3 billion, of pork to Mexico. To learn more about NPPC’s campaign, visit www.porkoclock.org.

EPA Seeks Nominations for Farm/Rural Federal Advisory Committee

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler Thursday asked for nominees to serve on the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee. EPA is seeking 20-30 nominees to serve on the committee that provides independent policy advice, information and recommendations to EPA’s Administrator on environmental issues and policies important to agriculture and rural communities. Members will be selected from a variety of sectors and may represent allied industries and stakeholders, including farm groups, rural suppliers, marketers, processors, academia/researchers, state, local, and tribal government, and nongovernmental organizations. The previous charter for the committee was scheduled to expire and was renewed in 2018. However, the committee currently has no members. EPA is specifically seeking 20-30 members for two-three-year terms, and the committee expects to meet approximately twice a year. Applications must be received by EPA by December 31, 2019. Full details about qualifications and how to apply will be published in the Federal Register Notice, and on the EPA’s website.

USDA Finds Genetic Path to Double Sorghum Yield

Scientists with the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service have discovered genes in sorghum that can double the amount of grain the plant produces. Their findings, spelled out in a series of papers, are based on years of research that initially focused on a search for the genetic underpinnings of high yielding strains of sorghum. They also lay out a potential strategy for increasing the yields not only of sorghum but of other grain crops, such as corn, wheat and rice. Sorghum is drought tolerant and is an important crop for farmers worldwide. Increasing production is considered a key to addressing the threat of food shortages in the years ahead with changing climates, growing populations overseas and the loss of arable land in many parts of the world. Their results show that the gene, known as MSD1, is a major regulator of a cascading series of events along a genetic pathway. They found two other genes in the genetic pathway, and say mutating any of the three genes causes a similar increase in grain yield.

Hemp Farmer Says New York Police Mistook Hemp Shipment as Marijuana

Police in New York last week intercepted and seized a shipment of organic hemp, allegedly mistaking it for marijuana. Vermont’s NBC-5 reports Fox Holler Farms of New Haven, Vermont, took a 106 lbs. shipment of organic hemp to FedEx, and “made clear what it was,” adding the shipment was legal. However, police acted on an apparent tip and seized the shipment, and arrested a CBD shop owner who arrived to pick up the boxes. The farm owners allege detectives seemed unaware of the difference between hemp and marijuana. While hemp and marijuana look similar, the farm owners say paperwork and testing information was included in the shipment. The 2018 farm bill legalized hemp production, but it must be tested to be sure it meets federal guidelines of low THC levels. Vermont agriculture leaders say they have contacted New York Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball, to make him aware of the situation, hoping he might help sort out the confusion. Meanwhile, New York police continue their investigation.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service