02-03-20 USDA Issues Third Tranche of 2019 MFP Payments

USDA Issues Third Tranche of 2019 MFP Payments

WASHINGTON, Feb 3, 2020— At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin to show up in farmers’ bank accounts by the end of this week.

“It’s been a great start to 2020 for American Agriculture with the signing of the historic Phase One Deal with China and the signing of USMCA,” said Secretary Perdue. “While these agreements are welcome news, we must not forget that 2019 was a tough year for farmers as they were the tip of the spear when it came to unfair trade retaliation. President Trump has shown time and again that he is fighting for America’s farmers and ranchers and this third tranche of 2019 MFP payments is proof. President Trump is following through on his promise to help and support farmers as he continues to fight for fair market access just like he did with China.”

Background on USDA’s Support Package for Farmers:

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02-03-20 Polis Administration Unveils ‘Roadmap to Cannabis Banking & Financial Services’

Polis Administration Unveils ‘Roadmap to Cannabis Banking & Financial Services’

ARVADA – February 3, 2020 – Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) released a bold roadmap to provide clarity and guidance for state-chartered financial services industries that serve or seek to serve legal cannabis-related businesses. Gov. Polis was joined by DORA’s Executive Director Patty Salazar, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Treasurer Dave Young and Sundie Seefried, CEO of Partner Colorado Credit Union. 

The “Roadmap to Cannabis Banking & Financial Services”, aims to increase the number of financial service providers in Colorado who serve the state’s legal marijuana and industrial hemp industries.

“As the first state to establish a legal marijuana industry and one of the first to implement an industrial hemp program, Colorado has become a national economic leader in the cannabis industry,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We are excited to release a bold, forward-thinking roadmap to provide much-needed guidance, clarity and support to state-chartered financial service providers that work with or are interested in working with the state-legal cannabis industry.” 

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02-03-20 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Coronavirus Impacts Restaurant Demand, Creates Food Distribution Challenges

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Coronavirus Impacts Restaurant Demand, Creates Food Distribution Challenges 

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DENVER, CO -February 3, 2020 – Joel Haggard, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for the Asia Pacific, who is based in Hong Kong, offers observations on how the spread of coronavirus is impacting food demand and distribution in the Greater China region. Haggard notes that despite rumors to the contrary, ports are functioning and imported goods continue to enter China. He recalls that even during the height of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak that struck China/Hong Kong in 2003-2004, ports operated with little interruption.

Haggard explains that the Chinese government is taking measures to ensure that food distribution channels function as smoothly as possible. He says restaurants and hotels will feel the most immediate impact due to travel restrictions and the tendency for consumers to dine out less frequently, but Haggard expects demand at supermarkets to remain strong.

Haggard on coronavirus impact 2-3-20

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02-03-20 Colorado Corn: Trade School Coming to Burlington, CO March 11-12 – REGISTER NOW!

Colorado Corn: Trade School Coming to Burlington, CO March 11-12 – REGISTER NOW!

U.S. Grains, National Corn, and Colorado Corn Host Industry Event
Domestic or international, trade is a critical element of agribusiness and a unique event is being held for the grain industry March 11-12th in Burlington, Colo. for those interested in learning more about recent trade agreements and hat they mean for grain and livestock producers here and abroad.

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02-03-20 Corn & Cattle Learning Lounge Session Feb 7th in San Antonio, TX at NCBA Convention

Corn & Cattle Learning Lounge Session Feb 7th in San Antonio, TX at NCBA Convention

This week leaders from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) will be attending the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio to engage with cattle producers and industry partners. NCGA is hosting a Learning Lounge session, “Corn, Cattle & Sustainable Next Generation Feed Products” where a panel including nutritionists, corn growers and cattlemen will share about the evolution of distillers grains.

When: Friday, February 7th from 1:30 pm – 2:30 p
Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center; San Antonio, Texas

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02-03-20 CCAC & CCGA at High Plains No-Till Conference Feb 4-5 in Burlington, CO

CCAC & CCGA at High Plains No-Till Conference

Colorado Corn’s two newest staff members will be in Burlington Tuesday and Wednesday this week for the High Plains No-Till Conference. Be sure to stop by the booth to meet Nick Colglaizer and Lauren Ebel and get the scoop on all the recent and upcoming activities happening on behalf of grain corn farmers.

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02-03-20 Colorado FFA Foundation announces the Edward B. Cordes Scholarship Program

Colorado FFA Foundation announces the Edward B. Cordes Scholarship Program

The Colorado FFA Foundation announced the formation of the Edward B. Cordes Scholarship fund at The CoBank Center for Agricultural Education, Fort Collins on January 31st. Ed Cordes along with his wife Polly Jessen, son Matt Cordes, and daughter Katie Cordes have pledged a transformational gift to the Colorado FFA Foundation to create a scholarship fund which will provide full tuition scholarships to Colorado FFA members are attending college or trade school for at least the next thirty years.

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02-03-20 Dairy MAX Student Scholarship – Apply by March 31st!

Dairy MAX Student Scholarship – Apply by March 31st!

Dairy MAX offers three academic scholarships for students entering or currently attending a junior college or four-year university who have participated in FFA or 4-H, or who are the children of dairy farmers or employees.

Application Deadline March 31, 2020 – CLICK HERE

02-03-20 Colorado Corn: Salinity Workshop Includes CCAC Commissioned Study

Colorado Corn: Salinity Workshop Includes CCAC Commissioned Study

Full Study Being Published Spring 2020

A recent workshop about the increasing salinity of the South Platte river was organized by the Centennial, Morgan and Sedgwick County Conservation Districts with help from Sterling, Morgan and Julesburg offices of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Information included a study commissioned by Colorado Corn Administrative Council.

Topics included Regulation 85 & Watershed Planning, the effects of salinity on soil and agriculture, salinity on the South Platte, and the future of water storage on the South Platte. Speakers were Phil Brink from Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Ag NetWORK; Mike Peterson, retired soil scientist & agronomist; Mark Sponsler of Colorado Corn; Grady O’Brien of NEIRBO Hydrogeology; and Joe Frank of Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District.

The full salinity study commissioned by Colorado Corn will be published Spring 2020.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, February 3rd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, February 3rd

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

EPA Once Again Affirms Safety of Glyphosate

Late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency once again found that the weed killer glyphosate does not cause cancer. Glyphosate is the most widely used weed killer in the U.S. The Daily Mail reports that the agency’s regulatory review again reaffirms its stance on glyphosate, the key ingredient in Bayer’s Roundup. The EPA findings come in spite of recent decisions by U.S. juries that found using the weed killer was to blame for causing plaintiffs’ cancer in some trials. In a statement, the EPA says, “There are no risks of concern to human health when glyphosate is used according to the label and that it is not a carcinogen.” Bayer, which bought Monsanto, the original maker of Roundup, was pleased with the agency’s findings. The company has long said that glyphosate and Roundup are safe and do not cause cancer. Liam Condon, Bayer’s global president for crop science, says, “Glyphosate-based herbicides are one of the most thoroughly studied products of their kind, which is a major reason why farmers around the world continue to rely on these products.” Back in 2015, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”


China Asks Food Producers to Step Up Production Despite Coronavirus

The Chinese Agriculture Ministry is asking the country’s feed producers and slaughterhouses to resume their production as quickly as possible. Reuters says the goal is to add to supplies during the outbreak of the Coronavirus. China’s factories typically shut down during the Lunar New Year holidays. Those holidays have been extended to at least February 2nd to curb the spread of the virus that’s killed 170 people in China and infected close to 8,000 more people. The virus outbreak has led to a quick jump in food prices, as well as low food supplies in some cities due to panic buying and transportation disruptions. In spite of the Coronavirus outbreak, China’s transportation authority is also asking their local authorities not to cut off highways and main roads to try and limit the spread of the disease. Coronaviruses manifest differently in different hosts. The virus often causes severe respiratory disease in humans, such as pneumonia. It likely jumped from animals to humans and is transmissible between human beings. The virus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, a large city with connections both inside and outside of China.


NBB Supports Biodiesel in USDA Infrastructure Program

The National Biodiesel Board released comments in response to the USDA’s request for information on the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The NBB says it’s grateful that biodiesel is included in the program. The infrastructure needs for biodiesel, renewable diesel, Bioheat, and sustainable aviation fuel are different from those of other biofuels. In its comments, the group asked USDA to focus the program on investments in strategic terminals, pipeline storage, and rail expansion to create a broader downstream capacity to sell more gallons. “Investments would be best served on opportunities that would afford the greatest additional volumes of biodiesel to enter the marketplace,” the group says in its comments. “The greatest barriers to biodiesel distribution are at the terminal and pipeline terminal level, as well as railways to reach distribution centers.” Kurt Kovarik, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs, says they’re grateful to the USDA for following through on a pledge to support infrastructure projects that facilitate higher biofuel blends. “American consumers are increasingly demanding access to clean, low-carbon, advanced biofuels, like biodiesel,” Kovarik says. “We look forward to working with the USDA to strengthen the market for higher blends of biodiesel.”


Farm Bankruptcies Rose in 2019

Farm bankruptcies jumped by almost 20 percent last year. That is the big takeaway from court data put together by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Overall, there were almost 600 Chapter 12 family farm bankruptcies in 2019, up from almost 100 filings the previous year. Wisconsin was hit the hardest, with 57 family farms filing for bankruptcy in 2019, while Georgia was second with 41. Almost half of the nation’s filings took place in the Midwest, which totaled 46 percent of the bankruptcies. 22 percent of the filings took place in the Southeast U.S. In spite of the numbers, last year’s filings didn’t come close to the all-time high of a 33-percent increase back in 2010, the year after the Great Recession. Over the past ten years, there have been more than 5,000 farm bankruptcies. That number represents a quarter of one percent of all farm operations. Given that there are just over two million farms in the U.S., the 2019 bankruptcy rate is about 2.95 bankruptcies per 10,000 farms. On a year-over-year basis, Chapter 12 filings have increased for five consecutive quarters.


Seasonal Farm Trade Tensions Brewing Between the U.S. and Mexico

In spite of the goodwill generated after the U.S. and Mexico approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, there could be more tensions between the two countries surrounding produce. The Financial Post says Mexico responded to a letter from the top U.S. trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, pledging protectionist measures on seasonal farm trade for producers in the politically important states of Florida and Georgia. Mexico says if the U.S. takes action in any way against Mexican agricultural imports, it will respond in kind. The Deputy Trade Minister of Mexico says, “If the U.S. government takes any steps of this kind against Mexican agricultural exports, the Mexican government will apply similar measures to U.S. products.” The head of the Mexican National Farm Council says he thinks the U.S. measures would likely target the more “successful” Mexican exports like tomatoes, berries, and mangos. Those exports are worth $12 billion every year and support about 1.4 million jobs in Mexico. The council president says this potential move is about U.S. politics and Mexico’s private sector is extremely concerned. In the January 9th letter, Lighthizer pledged to explore new protections for farmers in Florida and Georgia.


RFA, NCGA Co-Sponsor the 2020 Crappie Masters Fishing Tournament Events

The 2020 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail begins later this week, with the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association signed on as co-title sponsors. It’s the fourth consecutive year that the two major farm groups are sponsoring the events. “We’re thrilled to be representing the Renewable Fuels Association and American Ethanol by sharing the truth about ethanol and educating our anglers, listeners, viewers, and followers,” says Crappie Masters President Mike Valentine. “For five straight seasons, all winning teams with Crappie Masters have been running E10 fuel in their boats with no problems.” This year’s competition will include stops in states like Oklahoma, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and several more. NCGA Ethanol Action Team Chair Mark Recker says, “Nearly one-third of America’s corn crop goes into the production of ethanol, an environmentally friendly fuel additive that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent, keeping the waterways clean for fishing.” RFA President of Industry Relations Robert White says, “We’re looking forward to another great year on the water with an expanded schedule of tournaments.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service