03-12-20 NASS – Mountain Regional Field Office: PRICE REACTIONS AFTER USDA CROP REPORTS

PRICE REACTIONS AFTER USDA CROP REPORTS

This report contains corn, soybean, wheat, and Upland cotton price reactions to the USDA Crop Production and Grain Stocks reports. Each year, estimates of corn, soybean, wheat, and cotton production are published in the monthly Crop Production reports. Corn and soybean estimates are published in the August, September, October, and November Crop Production reports and the January Crop Production Annual Summary. Wheat estimates are published in the May, June, July, and August Crop Production reports and the September Small Grains Annual Summary. Cotton estimates are included in the August, September, October, November, and December Crop Production reports and the January Crop Production Annual Summary. Estimates of corn, soybean, and wheat stocks are published in the Grain Stocks report issued in March, June, September, and January. This report does not imply that NASS reports are solely responsible for changes to the price level for commodities referenced in the publication. The price level for any commodity can potentially be affected by other information available to the market at that time but ultimately is determined by supply and demand.

The prices in this report for corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton represent sales from producers to first buyers at major markets as reported by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Continue reading

03-12-20 The 2020 Census is Ready for Colorado to Respond

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The 2020 Census is Ready for Colorado to Respond

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Denver, CO – It’s time to respond to the 2020 Census. Starting today, March 12, Colorado mailboxes will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Our goal is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

Most invitations will arrive in the mail before April 1, 2020 and will include instructions for responding online or by phone. The invitation will include an ID number that is tied to a physical address.  Coloradans are encouraged to go online (with the ID number) to respond to the Census. Continue reading

03-12-20 Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Earns National Recognition

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Earns National Recognition

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and a number of its chapters received recognition from National Farmers Union for membership growth during the past year.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union annually earns the Outstanding Leadership Award for membership growth. RMFU President Dr. Dale McCall accepted the recognition from NFU President Roger Johnson. Continue reading

03-12-20 RMFU Members Attend National Farmers Union Convention

RMFU Members Attend National Farmers Union Convention

The National Farmers Union 118th Anniversary Convention was held earlier this month at which members debated and adopted the organization’s policy book and special orders of business. More than 500 family farmers and ranchers convened in Savannah, Georgia, to set policy positions and priorities that support American farm and ranch families and strengthen rural communities. Continue reading

03-12-20 USDA: Trump Administration Takes Major Step to Improve Implementation of the Endangered Species Act

USDA: Trump Administration Takes Major Step to Improve Implementation of the Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON (March 12, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new method for conducting biological evaluations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to assure that pesticide registration review actions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) do not jeopardize endangered species. The updated method ensures that—when available—the agency will use high-quality historical data that reflects where and how certain pesticides are used.
“Responsible pesticide use is an essential tool for managing America’s farmland,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “EPA’s improved methodology will better protect and promote the recovery of endangered species while ensuring pesticide registration review decisions are conducted in a timely, transparent manner and are based on the best available science. I want to thank our federal partners for working together to implement the 2018 Farm Bill and for helping EPA bring our pesticide assessment process into the 21st Century.”
ESA is a proven and critical tool for ensuring the recovery and protection of the nation’s most vulnerable species and habitats. However, for decades EPA’s approach for assessing pesticides risks to endangered species resulted in costly, time-consuming litigation and delays in pesticide registration decision-making.

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03-12-20 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Address to the Nation Regarding COVID-19

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Address to the Nation Regarding COVID-19

(Washington, D.C., March 12, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued this statement following President Donald J. Trump’s address to the nation regarding COVID-19:

“President Trump has made the safety, security, and health of the American people his top priority. The whole of government approach and the unprecedented, preemptive actions the President has taken continues to keep the risk of Coronavirus to most Americans low,” said Secretary Perdue. “This is a time we all need to remain ever vigilant, pull together, put any kind of partisanship aside, and do what we need to do for the American people. At USDA, we are working to ensure children who are affected by school closures continue to get fed. We intend to use all available program flexibilities and contingencies to serve those affected by the outbreak.”

03-12-20 NPPC: Oversight for Gene-Edited Livestock Should be Under USDA, Not FDA, Iowa Pork Producer Tells Congress


NPPC: Oversight for Gene-Edited Livestock Should be Under USDA, Not FDA, Iowa Pork Producer Tells Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 12, 2020 – Thanks to innovation and continuous improvements, U.S. hog farmers are the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality, safe and affordable pork. However, America is in danger of losing its leadership standing due to significant flaws in its current approach to regulating emerging animal breeding technologies, Iowa Pork Producers President Dr. Michael Paustian testified this morning before the Senate Agriculture Committee. Oversight should be under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), not the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Continue reading

03-12-20 USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to March 31st

USDA Extends ReConnect Application Deadline to March 31st

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced USDA has extended the deadline (PDF, 245 KB) for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to March 31.
“By extending the ReConnect Program application deadline, we are helping even more qualified organizations access the essential funding to make high-speed broadband connectivity a reality for rural communities across America,” Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has made deploying this critical infrastructure in rural America a top-priority, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for March 12th

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Weekly Export Sales for March 12th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, March 12th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, March 12th

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Coronavirus Closes Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

One of the largest agricultural-based events of the year closed Wednesday for public safety reasons, amid the spread of the new coronavirus. In a statement, organizers of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo said, “In the interest of public health, the City of Houston and the Houston Health Department have ordered the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to close.” The statement continues, saying, “Having to close early is extremely difficult as guests, volunteers, exhibitors, rodeo athletes and entertainers look forward to the 20 days of the Rodeo each year. In 2019, there were more than 2.5 million visitors to the event from 75 countries. The World Health Organization declared a pandemic Wednesday, sparking a chain reaction of events getting postponed or canceled because of the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The American Farm Bureau Federation also announced the cancellation of its Young Farmer And Ranchers conference set for this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.

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NPPC Seeks Labor Solutions for Potential COVID-19 Impact

The fallout from an ongoing labor shortage facing the U.S. pork industry and other agriculture sectors could significantly worsen due to the impact of COVID-19, according to the National Pork Producers Council. A letter sent to government officials this week outlines NPPC’s labor specific concerns regarding the outbreak. There is no evidence that pigs can contract the virus. However, NPPC called for expedited solutions addressing the need for more workers on hog farms and in pork plants. It also called on federal, state and local governments to work together to develop a response to COVID-19 that protects public health and, whenever possible, supports animal care and minimizes disruptions to the U.S. pork supply chain. NPPC also called on the administration to develop support plans for hog farmers if labor-related bottlenecks in the supply chain prevent hogs from being marketed. Even without the additional challenge presented by COVID-19, NPPC says the labor shortage threatens to increase production costs and food prices for consumers.

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Dairy Farmers Descend on Capitol Hill

Dairy farmers from the National Milk Producers Federation are in Washington, D.C., this week visiting with lawmakers. The visits are part of a fly-in calling for an agricultural labor bill that could be reconciled with a plan the House approved last year, providing the stable, secure labor force U.S. dairy producers need. U.S. dairy producers face labor shortages that are more intense than those felt in agriculture as a whole because they cannot use the H-2A farmworker program, which only provides for seasonal labor rather than the year-round workers dairy needs. With domestic workers in short supply and foreign labor difficult to employ under current policies, dairy farmers are urging lawmakers to find solutions. of NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern says, “The situation is dire,” adding “uncertainty on the farm harms individuals and rural communities that rely on those farms to generate jobs.” The House of Representatives in December passed bipartisan legislation allowing for year-round visas in dairy as part of the first ag-labor bill to pass that chamber since 1986.

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Farm Groups Disappointed Over Potential SRE Appeal

A group of farm organizations expresses disappointment over the Trump Administration contemplating an appeal to a court ruling striking down three small refinery waivers. The petitioners in the case—the Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union, say, “the Administration has opted to kick the can on deciding whether to appeal the court decision.” Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit approved requests by the Department of Justice for an extension of the deadline to file motions asking for a rehearing. The new deadline for requesting a rehearing is March 24. The Court found the Environmental Protection Agency vastly exceeded its authority in granting compliance exemptions to three refineries from 2016 and 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard obligations. The farm groups say the delay “just prolongs uncertainty in the marketplace and stokes more angst and frustration in farm country.” They say rural America would view an appeal by the Administration as a “senseless poke in the eye.”

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Farm Debt Just Short of Record Levels

A new analysis shows total farm debt is near record levels and farm real estate debt is at an all-time high. Agricultural Economic Insights found that today, total debt stands at $425 billion, just short of the 1981 peak of $440 billion. However, the annual increase from 2000 to 2020 has been achieved through the relatively consistent small increases in debt, as opposed to a rapid run-up. Meanwhile, at $264 billion, real estate debt is well beyond any levels seen in history. Since 2000, real estate debt has grown at an average annual rate of four percent per year. This has caused real estate debt to more than double over that time period. The analysis says at present, it would seem that the current levels are sustainable, but with little room for further growth, adding, that while it is quite likely that the sector will navigate through this territory with few problems, it also removes some of the room for error.

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Pet Food Manufacturers Feed America’s Pets and Agricultural Economy

New research finds that U.S. pet food manufacturers provide balanced, safe meals for America’s dogs and cats, and also stimulate the overall agricultural economy. The Institute for Feed Education and Research, North American Renderers Association, and Pet Food Institute released a new the jointly funded report Wednesday. The research found that through the purchase of ingredients, labor and services from related industries, the $30 billion pet food industry gives back to the agricultural economy by using 8.65 million tons of animal- and plant-based ingredients for dog and cat food to provide the nutrition that pets need, at a value of $6.9 billion. The data shows that pet food manufacturers use an estimated 3.8 million tons of animal-based products, such as rendered products or meat and poultry. Pet food manufacturers also use 4 million tons of farm and farm-product processor ingredients, such as grains, soy products and fruits and vegetables, and approximately 200,000 tons of seafood products. Many of these ingredients are left over from making food for people.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-12-20 Acres U.S.A. Launches Industrial Hemp Event in Greeley May 18-19

Acres U.S.A. Launches Industrial Hemp Event in Greeley May 18-19

GREELEY, CO –  Acres U.S.A. will host the Advancing Industrial Hemp event on May 18-19, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park.

Industrial hemp is the fastest growing crop in United States agriculture. From 2018 to 2019, the number of acres planted in industrial hemp increased by 350% in the United States. This “green rush” comes after the 2018 United States Farm Bill that removed hemp from the Schedule 1 controlled substances list. This change made hemp an ordinary agricultural commodity and allowed farmers to grow hemp legally. With tremendous growth and interest in this adolescent agricultural sector, farmer education is key to making hemp a profitable, long-term cash crop for U.S. farmers.

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