01-07-20 American Agri-Women Announces ‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’ Contest Winners

AAW Announces ‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’ Contest Winners

Colchester, Vt. (AgPR) January 7, 2020 American Agri-Women (AAW) is pleased to announce the winners of their ‘Gen Z Speaks Ag’ contest. Young advocates showcased their creativity and passion for agriculture in AAW’s “Gen Z Speaks Ag” contest sponsored by Crop Science, a division of Bayer.This program allows those between the ages of 11-23 to have their voices heard in categories consisting of photography, videography, and special event. Opportunities such as these have been a great way to get the next generation involved and helping change some of the negative trends in agriculture.

AAW’s AgDay365 celebrates the fact that everyone is part of agriculture, every day, and the “AgDay365: Ag Day is Every Day Campaign” topic was ‘Love Food, Don’t Waste It’. The submissions had to depict agriculture in an authentic and positive light incorporating the campaign theme.

You can view the finalists and vote for the People’s Choice Award in the photo and video categories on AAW’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AgriWomen

Photography award recipients are:
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01-07-20 Colorado Farm Bureau: USMCA Passes out of the Senate Finance Committee

Colorado Farm Bureau: USMCA Passes out of the Senate Finance Committee

CENTENNIAL, Colo.—January 7, 2020 Under fast-track rules, the Trade Agreement wasn’t allowed to be amended in committee. Due to the overwhelming support, the agreement passed out of committee easily in a 25-3 vote. Hopefully, this sets a precedent for an easy Senate floor passage.

USMCA will bring much needed clarity, and real certainty to America’s farmers, workers, and businesses creating vital stability for the industry. This agreement brings farmers better and more reliable market access, which has been greatly needed across all sectors. 

Learn more about USMCA here.

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01-07-20 CFB Policy Watch: Colorado’s 2020 Legislative Session Underway

CFB Policy Watch: Colorado’s 2020 Legislative Session Begins Tomorrow

The 2nd General Session of the 72nd General Assembly will gavel in at 10 am on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 with the Governor’s State of the State address to follow on Thursday morning at 11 am. This year’s general session is already looking to be busy and full. The interim calendar was very crowded resulting in many bill proposals that were forwarded before the general session even begins. We have heard of some of the ideas coming forward but there will be many more that will come as a surprise.

The Democrats have the majority in both the House and the Senate. While many of the party’s priority issues were passed last year, there are still plenty of new priority issues in the hopper as we look down the barrel of an election year.

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01-07-20 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Senator Loeffler

USDA Secretary Perdue Secretary Perdue Statement on Senator Loeffler

(Washington, D.C., January 7, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after Senator Kelly Loeffler (GA) was sworn in to the U.S. Senate and named to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry:

“I want to congratulate Senator Loeffler on her swearing in yesterday and for her appointment to the Senate Agriculture Committee. As the daughter of an active farming family, Kelly understands the needs of the agriculture community and will be able to bring this knowledge and experience to her work in the Senate. I look forward to working together on ways we can best serve our farmers and ranchers across the country and in our home state of Georgia.”

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01-07-20 NMPF: CWT Assisted December Sales Raise 2019 Milk Equivalent Exports to 1.3 Billion Pounds

NMPF: CWT Assisted December Sales Raise 2019 Milk Equivalent Exports to 1.3 Billion Pounds

January 7, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – December’s CWT-assisted sales of 4.1 million pounds of cheese, butter, whole milk powder and cream cheese raised the 2019 export sales to 48.9 million pounds of America-type cheeses, 5 million pounds of butter, 46.1 million pounds of whole milk powder, and 6.8 million pounds of cream cheese. The milk equivalent of these 2019 CWT-assisted sales is 956.3 billion pounds on a milkfat basis. Continue reading

01-07-20 NMPF: Updates on Dairy Trade with China Coming Soon

NMPF: Updates on Dairy Trade with China Coming Soon

January 7, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – Last month the U.S. and China struck a Phase One trade deal that covers a wide range of issues, including many relevant to U.S. agriculture. At the time of this newsletter’s publication, details of the deal remain under wraps and available only on a strictly confidential basis to trade advisors. NMPF’s staff that serve in that capacity are therefore prohibited from sharing information on the agreement until the U.S. government releases it more widely. Continue reading

01-07-20 NMPF Hosts NCIMS Liaison Committee and FDA

NMPF Hosts NCIMS Liaison Committee and FDA

January 7, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – NMPF hosted the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) Liaison Committee November 19 and 20 for a two-day discussion on how Grade “A” (GA) milk plants will be inspected under the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Continue reading

01-07-20 NMPF Signs on to ANPC, Newtrient Water Quality Trading Comments

NMPF Signs on to ANPC, Newtrient Water Quality Trading Comments

January 7, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – NMPF signed on to comments with the Agriculture Nutrient Policy Coalition and wrote a letter of support for Newtrient’s comments, which were submitted to the water quality trading docket December 18. The comments detailed support for Water Quality Trading as an important tool for water quality improvement in the United States. Continue reading

01-07-20 NMPF Editorial in Cheese Reporter

NMPF Editorial in Cheese Reporter

January 7, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – In a guest column featured in Cheese Reporter, NMPF president and CEO Jim Mulhern offered an alternative approach to comments by the Cheese Importers Association of America (CIAA) regarding the WTO-authorized tariffs on European cheeses. Continue reading

01-07-20 NMPF Files Comments to FDA Over-the-Counter Antimicrobials Docket

NMPF Files Comments to FDA Over-the-Counter Antimicrobials Docket

January 7, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – NMPF filed comments to FDA’s draft guidance, “Recommendations for Sponsors of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs Approved for Use in Animals to Voluntarily Bring Under Veterinary Oversight All Products That Continue to be Available Over-the-Counter” on December 24, emphasizing the dairy industry’s commitment to prudent and responsible antibiotic use and general support for the guidance. Continue reading

01-07-20 NMPF: National Dairy FARM Workforce Development Evaluation Tool Available for Comment

NMPF: National Dairy FARM Workforce Development Evaluation Tool Available for Comment

January 7, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, the dairy industry’s on-farm quality assurance program, released a proposed Workforce Development evaluation tool for input from industry stakeholders with comments accepted through January 20.

FARM Workforce Development (WFD) is the FARM Program’s newest initiative. It focuses on human resources and safety management and has brought together stakeholders from the entire dairy value chain to create educational materials for U.S. dairy owners and managers.

FARM WFD is developing an on-farm evaluation tool that FARM Participants can choose to implement with their dairy producers. The tool is meant to help farms: Continue reading

01-07-20 NMPF: New FDA Commissioner and New Funding Law Position FDA to Get Job Done on Fake Dairy

NMPF: New FDA Commissioner and New Funding Law Position FDA to Get Job Done on Fake Dairy

January 7, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – Heading into 2020, two major actions provide cause for optimism that momentum is building for the Food and Drug Administration to finally enforce dairy-product standards of identity. Continue reading

01-07-20 NMPF: NOVEMBER MARGINS AND 2020 DMC SIGN-UP

NMPF: NOVEMBER MARGINS AND 2020 DMC SIGN-UP

January 7, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – The margin for November under the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program was $12.21 per cwt., $1.33 per cwt. higher than the October DMC margin. This was the highest margin since December 2014, even allowing for this year’s change in the formula to increase the alfalfa hay cost factor, and the largest month-to-month increase in the margin since September 2016. The September to October increase was a combination of a $1.10 per cwt. increase in the all-milk price and a $0.23 per cwt. of milk lower DMC feed cost calculation. The lower feed cost was contributed mostly by a lower price for corn, assisted by a lower price for soybean meal. The alfalfa hay factor in the formula was essentially unchanged from a month earlier, as a lower average price for all alfalfa was almost offset by a higher price for dairy-quality hay. Continue reading

01-07-20 NMPF Celebrates House Passage of Milestone Bipartisan Ag Labor Bill; Focus Shifts to Senate

NMPF Celebrates House Passage of Milestone Bipartisan Ag Labor Bill; Focus Shifts to Senate

January 7, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – NMPF commended the House of Representatives for passing the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038) December 11, before adjourning for the year. The bill includes critical provisions to address dairy’s unique workforce needs and represents the first House-passed agricultural labor reform measure in more than three decades. Continue reading

01-07-20 USMCA Almost There as NMPF Urges Senate to Approve Accord, Secure Dairy Certainty

USMCA Almost There as NMPF Urges Senate to Approve Accord, Secure Dairy Certainty

January 7, 2020 – ARLINGTON, Va. – After months of negotiations between Congress and the White House, the House overwhelmingly passed an improved U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on Dec. 19. The next step is for the Senate to swiftly ratify the deal, which provides tangible benefits to dairy producers. Continue reading

01-07-20 The 2020 Poudre River Forum Draft Agenda Now Available

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The 2020 Poudre River Forum Draft Agenda Now Available

The Poudre River Forum, an initiative of the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI), brings together those on the Poudre who farm, deliver clean potable water, drink beer, recreate, and advocate for river health to learn from one another and to explore how we can move from conflict to collaboration. Join us for this year’s event to engage with other Poudre River enthusiasts, take in over 20 educational displays, and help us honor our 2020 Poudre Pioneer awardee!

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01-07-20 NPPC: IMPOSSIBLE PORK IS IMPOSSIBLE; VIOLATES LABELING LAW


NPPC: IMPOSSIBLE PORK IS IMPOSSIBLE; VIOLATES LABELING LAW

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 7, 2020 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today called Impossible Foods’ naming convention for its plant-based products designed to mimic real pork a brazen violation of labelling law. Citing law that prohibits the use of words that redefine pork as it has been known by consumers for centuries, Dr. Dan Kovich, director of science and technology for the National Pork Producers Council, issued the following statement:

“What’s impossible is to make pork from plants. This is a brazen attempt to circumvent decades of food labelling law and centuries of precedence. Any adjective placed in front of the word pork can only refine it, not redefine it. It’s not pork. It’s not pork sausage. It can’t be labelled as such.”

NPPC supports consumer choice and competitive markets on a level playing field. Accordingly, plant-based and cell-cultured products designed to mimic real meat must face the same stringent regulatory requirements as livestock agriculture, including truthful labelling standards. For more information, please read NPPC’s position paper.

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01-07-20 CDA: Ring in the New Year with smart food safety practices

CDA: Ring in the New Year with smart food safety practices

Broomfield, Colo. – Start the New Year off right by practicing safe food preparation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne illness is a common, costly—yet preventable—public health problem. The following safe food preparation guidelines, provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, can help contribute to a healthy New Year.

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01-07-20 VIDEO: US Senator Bennet Delivers Remarks at Senate Finance Committee Hearing on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

VIDEO: US Senator Bennet Delivers Remarks at Senate Finance Committee Hearing on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

VIDEO: Watch a video of Bennet’s remarks here

Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, delivered remarks during the committee markup on the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Bennet announced his support for the agreement in December, saying that modernizing NAFTA and bringing our trade policies into the 21st century is a step in the right direction but that more must be done to lift up American workers, businesses, farmers, and ranchers. The Finance Committee voted to report the USMCA Implementation Act, sending the agreement to the Senate Floor for a full vote.

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01-07-20 NPPC Applauds Senate Committee Approval of USMCA


NPPC Applauds Senate Committee Approval of USMCA

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 7, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement, which once implemented will provide much-needed certainty to U.S. pork producers.

“We thank Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for making USMCA passage a top priority and we thank those members of the committee who support this important trade deal,” said National Pork Producers Council President David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C. “USMCA will allow the U.S. pork industry to maintain long-term, zero-duty market access to two of our largest export markets.

“We now urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to schedule a vote on the floor as soon as possible,” added Herring.

In 2018, Canada and Mexico took over 40 percent of the pork that was exported from the United States and a similar percentage is expected in 2019. U.S. pork exports to Canada and Mexico support 16,000 U.S. jobs.

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