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China Says There is No Rush to Restart Trade Talks

Beijing says it’s in “no rush” to get talks going again between the U.S. and China. That’s from the South China Morning Post. The Chinese newspaper says the country is prepared to not meet with President Trump if he’s “not prepared to be realistic.” In the article the Chinese government appeared to invite a U.S. delegation to make a trip to Beijing for more discussions. However, there’s no schedule set in stone yet and CNBC says negotiations are “in flux.” The South China Morning Post says Chinese state media outlets have gone on the offensive. An international relations expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences tells the paper, “There’s no need to get into frantic calculations about when he (Trump) will come if the U.S. continues to lack sincerity. After all, enough has been said by both sides in many different rounds of talks.” A Peking University international relations professor says, “The standoff should last for a while because the U.S. has refused to make even the slightest compromise, to a point that’s somewhat unreasonable.” China put retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods in response to President Trump increasing tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese goods.

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China Holding Up Shipments of Soybeans, Canola, From Canada

Chinese purchases of Canadian soybeans have “slowed to a trickle,” according to the Financial Post. Those purchases have dropped 95 percent in the first few months of 2019 because of “tensions between Ottawa and Beijing.” The purchase decline comes in addition to Chinese authorities ramping up pre-entry inspections of shipments from Canada. Soybean shipments from Canada to China plunged to just 3,282 tons between January and March, down from just shy of 73,000 tons during the same period a year ago. The sudden drop in exports is even more eye-opening when compared to Chinese purchases late last year. China purchased a record 3.2 million tons of Canadian soybeans over the last four months of 2018. “Trade with China fell off a cliff,” says Ron Davidson, Executive Director of Soy Canada. “They slowed to a trickle after December. Now, exporters are being told that their shipments are being held for further testing and that China is testing for things it never has before.” China also stripped the import permits of two Canadian canola exporters. They’ve also halted more purchases of canola over concerns about “prohibited pests” found in shipments.

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Growth Energy Applauds House Biofuels Caucus

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor had positive things to say to the 20 members of the House Biofuels Caucus. The Caucus sent a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler in support of year-round E-15 sales. The lawmakers in the caucus called on the EPA to finish lifting outdated restrictions on the biofuel blend in time for this summer’s driving season. “We are grateful for the continued support of champions on both sides of the aisle who are fighting for a strong rule that will ensure more biofuels reach consumers at the pump,” Skor says. “The rural economy is at a breaking point. It’s vital that the EPA act by June 1 to uphold the president’s commitment to farm families and allow retailers to keep more homegrown fuel on the market this summer.” The congressional letter to Wheeler says, “Our farmers, renewable fuels producers, and retail gas stations stand to benefit from the adjustment of volatility requirements for E-15 during the summer driving season of June 1 through September 15.” The group says they are concerned that the EPA proposal would create inefficiencies in the marketplace due to “unnecessary restrictions on the components that can be used for fuel blending.”

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Senate Ag Committee Holds Hearing on Climate and Agriculture

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the issue of climate change and the agricultural sector. In written testimony, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson thanked the committee for addressing the negative effects of climate change on the agricultural industry. He also emphasized the need for federal policies to assist farmers with implementing practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sequester carbon, and build resilience to extreme weather events. In the meantime, Committee Chair Pat Roberts says, “Maintaining the health of our planet for future generations is, of course, of paramount importance. So is feeding the billions of people that populate the planet today and in the years ahead.” Roberts did note that there’s no single silver-bullet solution that has brought about the Ag sector’s enhancements in environmental sustainability. “Rather than a silver bullet, it’s like a recipe that includes many ingredients,” says the Chair. Biotechnology, precision Ag, voluntary conservation practices like no-till farming, veterinary care, livestock nutrition, and genetics all have helped U.S. producers improve environmental sustainability. “Climate change is a complex and global issue,” Roberts adds. “We must be thoughtful and deliberate in considering potential responses and consequences for the Ag industry.”

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Economic Growth Means Higher Demand Ahead for Animal Proteins

USDA economist Mildred Haley expects pork production to increase 3.5 percent to 28.3 billion pounds in 2020. The increase comes in response to higher international pork prices caused by pork deficits in China, which are caused by the African Swine Fever outbreak. As a result, experts predict higher international pork prices brought on by the ASF-driven losses in China. Those higher prices mean farrowings likely will accelerate in late 2019 and on into the following year. Pork Business dot Com says in the May Economic Research Service Outlook Report, all animal proteins should increase in 2020. Beef production will rise by one percent, broiler production should jump by 1.3 percent, and other chicken production will rise by 1.4 percent. Turkey production is also expected to increase for the first time in three years, Producer response to forecasts of continued positive U.S. economic conditions is what’s driving higher production. Prices of live equivalent 51-52 percent lean hogs are expected to average $60 per hundredweight, more than 10 percent higher than average prices in 2019. Haley says U.S. pork exports are forecast at 6.7 billion pounds in 2020, almost seven percent higher than the 6.2 billion pounds estimated for this year.

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Alltech, Lyons Family, Establish new Foundation with UK HealthCare

Alltech and the University of Kentucky’s UK HealthCare this week announced a partnership supporting lifelong wellness in farm country and beyond. Speaking during ONE19: The Alltech Ideas Conference, Alltech CEO Dr. Mark Lyons, along with UK HealthCare officials, announced the collaboration. Leaders say the effort partnered with the Lyons Family Life Foundation will focus broadly on total wellness, including mental health and opioid abuse, “empowering people to both live well and die well.” The initiative was inspired by Alltech patriarch Dr. Pearse Lyons’ lifelong endeavor to “make a difference.” Pearse Lyons passed away in March 2018 and his final days were spent in the care of UK HealthCare. Dr. Phillip Chang of UK HealthCare says the partnership is an opportunity to “take patient safety and advocacy to the next level,” and will include clear communication in healthcare, and a focus on personal wellness. The long history of collaboration between Alltech and the University of Kentucky also extends to music, nutrition, and education. In 2012, Alltech committed to a five-year strategic research alliance with the UK for work within agriculture, pharmacy, and medicine.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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05-21-19 The White House: Now is the time for USMCA

The White House: Now is the time for USMCA

Last November, President Donald J. Trump fulfilled one of his most important promises to voters when he joined leaders from both Canada and Mexico to sign the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), replacing the outdated NAFTA.

“In short, this is a model agreement that changes the trade landscape forever. And this is an agreement that, first and foremost, benefits working people,” the President said. Continue reading

05-21-19 Minnesota Agriculture Leaders Urge Passage of USMCA

Minnesota Agriculture Leaders Urge Passage of USMCA

For Immediate Release: May 21 2019

(HAWLEY) – Leaders within the Minnesota agricultural industry met on Tuesday, May 21st in Hawley, MN for a roundtable discussion focused on the importance of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and its potential impact on the local, state, and national economy.

In attendance at the roundtable were local farmers and producers, in addition to representatives from American Agri-Women, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Minnesota Corn Council, Pioneer Seed, AgCounty Farm Credit Services, and West Central Ag Services. Participants shared their perspective on the benefits of international trade for the region and emphasized the importance of the swift passage of USMCA for the future of the state’s agriculture industry. Continue reading

05-21-19 NRCS-CO: USDA Opens Signup for New On-Farm Trials Effort

NRCS-CO: USDA Opens Signup for New On-Farm Trials Effort

USDA is investing up to $25 million per year over the next five years to help support the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals through July 15, 2019, for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials), a new, additional sub-program created by the 2018 Farm Bill for the USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. On-Farm Trials include a Soil Health Demo Trial, also created by the 2018 Farm Bill.

The On-Farm Trials funding announcement, including the 2019 funding priorities, is available here.

“Our Conservation Innovation Grants program is time-tested, highly successful and has led to tremendous discoveries and enhancements in conservation over the years,” NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr said. “The addition of On-Farm Trials and the Soil Health Demo Trial provide us with expanded opportunities to work with partners to encourage the adoption of innovative conservation approaches that, for any number of reasons, have yet to be widely adopted by agricultural producers.” Continue reading

05-21-19 NRCS-CO: USDA Invests Millions and is now Accepting Applications to Protect Communities from Wildfires, Restore Forest Ecosystems and Improve Drinking Water

NRCS-CO: USDA Invests Millions and is now Accepting Applications to Protect Communities from Wildfires, Restore Forest Ecosystems and Improve Drinking Water

DENVER, CO – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest more than $12 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems through 13 targeted projects on both public and private lands, including one in Colorado. During the next three years, Colorado’s new Joint Chief’s project offers landowners within the St Vrain, Big Thompson and Cache la Poudre Watersheds the opportunity will work with local USDA experts and partners to effectively apply targeted forest management practices on their land. Interested forest landowners have until June 21, 2019 to apply and applications MUST be submitted by 4:00p.m., to the local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office in Fort Collins located at 150 Centre Ave., Bldg. A. Ste. 116, Fort Collins, Colorado 80326.

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05-21-19 Smithfield Foods 2018 Sustainability Report Now Available!

Smithfield Foods 2018 Sustainability Report Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that the Smithfield Foods 2018 Sustainability Report is now available. This report highlights milestones and ongoing efforts at our company and throughout our entire supply chain to feed the world’s growing population in a responsible way.

Over the next several weeks, we will be spotlighting our employees who help us deliver on our promise to produce “Good food. Responsibly.®”. Visit our YouTube channel for day-in-the-life videos about how we live sustainability every day. Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Wed May 22, 2019 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids available by 3:00 PM MST.
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
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05-21-19 CSU Ext – Teller County: Coloradoans now have an app to help identify trees, shrubs, and woody plants

CSU Ext – Teller County: Coloradoans now have an app to help identify trees, shrubs, and woody plants

CSU announces the launch of the new CO Woody Plants mobile app, available for free on iOS, Android, and Google Play

(Fort Collins, CO) A group of Colorado State University faculty and Extension specialists have created a free shrub and tree identification mobile app called CO Woody Plants. With the launch of the app, Colorado’s wide-range of shrubs, trees, cacti, and woody plants are easier to identify than ever.

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05-21-19 WGCD Scholarship Awards Announced

WGCD Scholarships Announced

Greeley, CO – The West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) selected 12 students from their  conservation district’s service area to benefit from their scholarship program during the 2019-20 academic school year. Six recipients are graduating from high school this month, three are renewal awards going to students who will be starting their sophomore studies and three are upper class women. All 12 will receive $5,000.

All are attending a Colorado institution of higher learning, pursuing careers in: Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Animal Science, Agribusiness, Crop Science, and related conservation fields. They earned a 3.0 GPA or better and have been very involved in their schools and community. Below are the scholarship recipients, their school and identified degree program.

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05-21-19 American Agri-Women to host Symposium, other events during annual Fly-In to Washington, D.C.

American Agri-Women to host Symposium, other events during annual Fly-In to Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AgPR) May 21, 2019 — Members of American Agri-Women (AAW) from across the nation will gather in Washington, D.C. , June 9-12 for the organization’s annual Fly-In. Members will present white papers on land use & policy  —  a special theme for this year  —  as well as legislative positions statements to elected officials and policymakers.

During the event, AAW will host its 26th annual symposium with the theme, “Federal Land Policies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” The public event is set for 9-11 a.m., June 10, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.  Go here to register: www.americanagriwomen.org. Continue reading

05-21-19 Inside the National Association of Wheat Growers with President Ben Scholz…

Inside NAWG with President Ben Scholz…

Weather in Wheat country & Prices, NDDGA leaving NAWG, Section 232 Tariffs Removed Potus & thhe impact on USMCA ratification, China Trade War – USDA Trade Aid 2.0 & more…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) May 21, 2019 – Joining the  Colorado Ag News Network is Ben Scholz, President of the National Association of Wheat Growers discussing several topics pertinent to the wheat industry including:

  • Weather in Wheat Country & Prices
  • Thoughts on the NDDGA leaving NAWG
  • USDA Announces CRP Continuous Signup starting June 3rd
  • Reactio to POTUS lifting Section 232 Tariffs & the Imapct on USMCA
  • U.S.-China Trade War Continues
  • USDA contemplates $20B in Trade Aid 2.0
  • 2019 NWF Wheat Yield Contest Information
  • & More

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05-21-19 U.S. Senator Bennet Urges FCC Chairman to Reconsider Proposal to Limit Resources for Program Essential to Bridging the Digital Divide Between Rural and Urban Communities

US Senator Bennet Urges FCC Chairman to Reconsider Proposal to Limit Resources for Program Essential to Bridging the Digital Divide Between Rural and Urban Communities

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to reconsider his reported proposal to cap spending for the Universal Service Fund (USF), the program responsible for increasing access to essential communications services, including broadband, for all Americans. The Commission’s proposal comes at a time when approximately 40percent of rural households in America lack access to broadband.

“In the 21st century, not having access to high-quality broadband is like not having access to electricity: it is vital for a community’s economic development, allowing individuals to work remotely, entrepreneurs to innovate, and businesses to reach distant markets,” Bennet wrote. Continue reading

05-21-19 CSFS: Compensation Available for Landowners Wanting to Protect Forestlands

CSFS: Compensation Available for Landowners Wanting to Protect Forestlands

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – May 21, 2019 – Colorado landowners who want to protect environmentally valuable private forest areas that could someday be threatened by development or conversion to other non-forest uses – and who desire to receive monetary compensation in the process – now have the opportunity to submit proposals to protect their forestlands.

The Colorado State Forest Service is accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners. The program authorizes the CSFS or U.S. Forest Service to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The application deadline is July 31, 2019, for federal fiscal year 2021 funding, and proposals must be submitted by standard mail. Continue reading

05-21-19 CLA: Introduction: Food Waste Series

CLA: Introduction: Food Waste Series

Virginia Till, CALP Class 14 member

Greetings CLA readers. I’m Virginia Till and I am a current member of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) Class 14 and also work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 office in Denver, CO. I work on the voluntary prevention and reduction of materials going to landfills for Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and Montana.

I became interested in learning more about the connection of consumers to agricultural education when I learned the USDA Farm to School Census polled schools and found that when kids know more about where their food comes from, they waste less food. This could mean meeting a farmer or rancher, operating a school garden, reading about agricultural production, etc. I care about wasted food because 30-50% of food produced in the US is thrown away – accounting for the largest portion of material in landfills at 22%. This happens while less than 2% of the US population is engaged in direct on-farm employment. Clearly, I don’t need to tell you that there’s a need to communicate effectively with consumers about how food gets to their plates. Continue reading

05-21-19 CLA: RMNP Milestone Report – Nitrogen deposition has plateaued

CLA: RMNP Milestone Report – Nitrogen deposition has plateaued

Nitrogen deposition has plateaued. Contingency Plan not triggered

In 2005 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Park Service (NPS) formed the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) Initiative to address air pollution issues within the park. The three agencies, through a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), work collaboratively with interested stakeholder groups to understand the status of nitrogen deposition and ecosystem impacts at the park, identify sources of emissions, and devise workable approaches to resolve the nitrogen deposition issue in RMNP. In 2007 the MOU agencies issued the Nitrogen Deposition Reduction Plan (NDRP), with milestones for achieving nitrogen deposition reductions that will protect park resources over time. Subsequently, a Contingency Plan was issued in 2010 that outlines corrective measures to be taken in the event a deposition reduction milestone described in the NDRP is not realized.
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05-21-19 CLA: RMNP Milestone Report – Nitrogen deposition has plateaued

CLA: RMNP Milestone Report – Nitrogen deposition has plateaued

In 2005 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Park Service (NPS) formed the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) Initiative to address air pollution issues within the park. The three agencies, through a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), work collaboratively with interested stakeholder groups to understand the status of nitrogen deposition and ecosystem impacts at the park, identify sources of emissions, and devise workable approaches to resolve the nitrogen deposition issue in RMNP. In 2007 the MOU agencies issued the Nitrogen Deposition Reduction Plan (NDRP), with milestones for achieving nitrogen deposition reductions that will protect park resources over time. Subsequently, a Contingency Plan was issued in 2010 that outlines corrective measures to be taken in the event a deposition reduction milestone described in the NDRP is not realized.
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05-21-19 CLA: Agriculture’s Nutrient Exemptions At Risk

A corn field that is healthy and well irrigated in an area of the Wapato Irrigation District that is getting more water than other areas in the district. Amid alligations of water theft, some areas in the district are drying up where others have water.

CLA: Agriculture’s Nutrient Exemptions At Risk

Producers asked for input ahead of 2020 hearings

Seven years ago, in June of 2012 to be exact, the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) adopted Regulation 85. Prior to the rulemaking hearing a number of ag groups in Colorado came together to form the Colorado Ag Producers Alliance (CAPA) for the purpose of being part of the stakeholder process and to be “at the table” as the regulation was being drafted. The regulation was adopted in order to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loading to the state surface waters. Continue reading

05-21-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: USMEF Economist on Important Breakthroughs for U.S. Red Meat in Japan, Mexico and Canada

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: USMEF Economist on Important Breakthroughs for U.S. Red Meat in Japan, Mexico and Canada 

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DENVER, CO – May 21, 2019 – On May 17, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that Japan has agreed to eliminate longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports, including the 30-month cattle age limit. Details are in this USDA news release.

Later in the day, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the removal of Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico and Canada and elimination of those countries’ retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. Continue reading