READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, July 23rd

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Still No EU/U.S. Trade Talks a Year Later

Politico says it’s been almost a year since the U.S. and the European Union struck a temporary truce in transatlantic trade tensions. However, there seems to be little left in the new phase of trade relations as no trade talks have started. EU trade boss Cecilia Malmstrom has said the U.S. will likely slap retaliatory tariffs on $25 billion worth of European imports. It’s part of a dispute that began because of airline subsidies. Washington has also started an investigation into a digital services tax in France. Several EU officials are also warning that President Trump will soon carry out a longstanding threat to impose auto tariffs, possibly as soon as November. The EU Commission’s second-highest ranking trade official will be in Washington through today (Tuesday) for meetings with Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeff Gerrish and other key players in the Washington trade community. Earlier this year, Trump had agreed to hold off on his plan to impose new tariffs on European Union imports while the two sides worked to avoid a full-blown trade war. In announcing the cease-fire, the two sides said they had agreed to remove all non-auto tariffs, increase cooperation on energy purchases, as well as work together to help reform the World Trade Organization.


New Zealand Pushing for Bilateral Trade Deal with the U.S.

The United States doesn’t seem to be as interested in trade deals with most of the Asia-Pacific region. The Washington Post says those words come directly from New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda (Ja-SIN-dah) Ardern (AR-dern), who spoke last week about trade with America. Ardern also expressed her concerns about China’s growing influence in the region. Ardern spoke with her counterpart from Australia to talk about greater regional cooperation. She says, “There has been a view recently that the United States hasn’t given our region the same level of attention it’s given to others. That’s becoming a concern for both New Zealand and Australia.” Arden’s comments come as her country pushes for a free-trade deal with the United States. Last week, the New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister made a speech in Washington D.C. and pushed for a new trade deal. Winston Peters says, “New Zealand has a real concern about the lack of U.S. trade agreements with the Indo-Pacific region.” Australia has had a free-trade agreement with the United States that dates back to 2005.


Chinese Buyers Seek Tariff Exemptions for Purchasing U.S. Farm Goods

Bloomberg says some Chinese companies are applying for U.S. tariff exemptions as they inquire about the possibility of buying U.S. agricultural goods. That announcement comes over a week after President Donald Trump had complained about China not increasing its purchases of U.S. products. The exemption applications will be evaluated by experts that are appointed by the Customs Tariff Commission. Last week, Trump said once again that he could impose additional tariffs on Chinese imports because China wasn’t buying the large volumes of U.S. agricultural goods that he claims Chinese President Xi (Zhee) promised to buy. The two leaders then agreed to a truce in their endless trade conflict after talks had collapsed in May. A release from the official Chinese news agency (Xinhua) says, “In order to meet the needs of Chinese consumers, Chinese enterprises are willing to continue importing certain agricultural products from the U.S. that are marketable in China.” Chinese authorities told the news agency that they’re “hopeful” that the U.S. will meet China halfway and “earnestly implement its commitments.”


U.S. Ethanol Plants Expected to Cut Output

In the coming weeks ahead, U.S. ethanol plants will sharply cut down on their output. Reuters says it’s due to a steep rise in Midwest corn prices and the U.S-China trade dispute, which have both led to weak margins and oversupply. Most U.S. ethanol production takes place in the Corn Belt. The margins to produce ethanol in that region have fallen to a four-year seasonal low, while ethanol inventories haven’t been this high in nine years. Industry sources told Reuters that the glut in ethanol means inevitable cuts, especially as corn prices are making production costs even more expensive. That could ultimately boost fuel prices. Josh Bailey, CEO of Eco-Energy, which markets and distributes ethanol, says, “Plants have exhausted all resources and I think we will start seeing some real cuts in production.” He says most producers are losing money on every gallon of ethanol they produce because of the weak margins. Producers have been fighting with deteriorating market conditions for the past year. Pacific idled parts of its plant in Aurora, Nebraska, late last year and has no near-term plans for a restart. Green Plains agreed to sell three of its ethanol plants to Valero, as well as suspended its quarterly dividend.


More African Swine Fever Shows Up in Bulgaria

African Swine Fever continues its march across the globe. Over the weekend, U.S. News Dot Com says Bulgaria reported an outbreak of African Swine Fever at a breeding farm for pigs in the northeast part of the country. A spokeswoman for the National Food Safety Authority says, “All pigs on the holding, about 17,000 animals, will be culled.” It may not stop with just that farm, either. All pigs in a three-kilometer quarantine zone established around the farm may also be culled as well. Bulgaria has stepped up its efforts to prevent the spread of deadly African Swine Fever into its national herds after reporting more than 30 cases of the disease in several regions of the country earlier this month, including areas around the border with Romania. ASF is a highly contagious disease that affects domestic pigs as well as wild boar. It does not affect human health.


Legal Advocacy Group Gearing Up to Take Down “Big Ag”

A legal advocacy group that calls itself the Public Justice Food Project says it’s expanding efforts toward “dismantling systems that prop up industrial agriculture.” Meating Place Dot Com says they’ll do that by bringing litigation “built to win and focused on high-impact structural reform.” This effort will include expanding the group’s legal staff. One of their more recent additions is Brent Newell, a leading attorney on air pollution and climate change impacts from “industrial animal agriculture.” Part of their push is a new website,, which will provide resources for lawyers looking to apply their skills to suing “Big Ag.” They’ll also have resources to local communities, farmers, workers, and others who want to support Public Justice’s work. Public Justice’s attorneys have been the lead counsel in two cases involving independent beef producers against multinational meatpackers. They’ve also led efforts to strike down state laws barring undercover investigations at agricultural facilities.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


07-23-19 USDA Proposes to Close SNAP Automatic Eligibility Loophole

USDA Proposes to Close SNAP Automatic Eligibility Loophole

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WASHINGTON, July 23, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today proposed closing a loophole that allows states to make participants receiving minimal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits automatically eligible to participate in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Listen to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Acting Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps opening statements from an embargoed press confeence call that took place on July 22, 2019 @ 3pm MT


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07-22-19 US Senator Gardner Hosts President of Taiwan in Colorado

US Senator Gardner Hosts President of Taiwan in Colorado

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, hosted President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen and high-ranking Taiwanese officials in Colorado this weekend. President Tsai’s visit marks the first time a sitting president of Taiwan has visited the state of Colorado. Senator Gardner and President Tsai had a productive meeting discussing the U.S.-Taiwan relationship, national security issues, and trade between the United States and Taiwan.

“It was a pleasure to meet with President Tsai in Colorado and celebrate the friendship between the United States and Taiwan,” said Senator Gardner. “As China continues its aggressive campaign to delegitimize Taiwan, it’s important for the United States to reaffirm our support for the people of Taiwan and maintain our strong friendship.”

“I want to thank Senator Gardner for introducing the beauty, culture, and innovation of his home state of Colorado to our delegation and the Taiwanese people. We celebrated the U.S.-Taiwan friendship and looked forward to an even stronger partnership to come,” said President Tsai. Continue reading

07-22-19 Colorado farmer elected to National Corn Growers Board of Directors

Colorado farmer elected to National Corn Growers Board of Directors

GREELEY, CO – Mike Lefever, farmer and immediate past president of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC), was elected to serve on the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) board during Corn Congress in Washington D.C. July 17, 2019.

“I am humbled and honored to be elected to the National Corn Growers Association board of directors.  As I strive to represent Colorado farmers and the grain corn industry to the best of my abilities, I look forward to enhancing the already incredible work the board performs on a national stage.”

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07-22-19 US Senator Gardner: BLM Move to Grand Junction Earns Praise from Leaders Across the West

US Senator Gardner: BLM Move to Grand Junction Earns Praise from Leaders Across the West

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) announcement that the Bureau of Land Management will be relocating its headquarters from Washington, D.C. to Grand Junction, CO is earning praise from leaders in Colorado and across the West. The move is supported by numerous Coloradans and local officials, including Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Mesa County Commissioner, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Colorado Farm Bureau, and Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado.

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07-22-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Decline in Ground Seasoned Pork Exports Underscores Need for Tariff Relief in Japan

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Decline in Ground Seasoned Pork Exports Underscores Need for Tariff Relief in Japan

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DENVER, CO – July  22, 2019 – The latest U.S. pork export results (for May) showed an uptick in shipments to Japan, the leading value destination for U.S. pork. After trending lower through the first four months the year, May pork exports to Japan increased 5% from a year ago to 36,373 metric tons, while export value ($148.6 million, up 3%) was the highest in 18 months. But January-May exports to Japan were still below last year’s pace, and U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Economist Erin Borror explains that this is largely due to a decline in U.S. shipments of ground seasoned pork – a product Japanese processors use as an ingredient for sausages.

Borror notes that U.S. ground seasoned pork faces a 20% duty rate in Japan, while competitors such as the European Union, Canada and Chile pay 13.3% due to recent trade agreements. For the first five months of this year, Japan’s imports of U.S. ground seasoned pork fell by $46 million year-over-year and U.S. market share dropped from 67% to 57%.

On a positive note, Japan’s tariff reductions have helped fuel an increase in pork imports and pork consumption, so Borror sees outstanding growth opportunities in the pork sector if the United States is able to secure a trade agreement with Japan.

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

Greeley, CO Tue Jul 23 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
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
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07-22-19 National Pork Board Names Dr. Jerry Flint to Leadership Team

National Pork Board Names Dr. Jerry Flint to Leadership Team
DES MOINES, IOWA – July 22, 2019 – The National Pork Board today named Jerry Flint as vice president of engagement and outreach effective August 1, 2019. Flint, who has a doctorate in crop science from the University of Kentucky, joins the Pork Checkoff from Corteva Agriscience in Johnston, Iowa.

Flint was born and raised on his family’s farm in western Ohio and has spent his career in agriculture with progressive leadership roles in production agriculture, science, research, biotechnology and sustainability. He joined Corteva in 2010 and held positions specifically linked to global business management, sustainability, external relations, regulatory approvals and product research and development.

“Jerry is a widely-respected agricultural leader, scientist and driver of change through continuous improvement in all aspects of ag production and he understands the bottom-line business environment in which our pork producers operate,” said Bill Even, chief executive officer of the National Pork Board. “Jerry’s vast experience and track record of consistently delivering results across complex issues through integrity-based relationships makes him the ideal person to help the Pork Checkoff launch our new strategic vision this fall.” Continue reading

07-22-19 CSFS: Donations Provide Seedling Trees for Post-Fire Restoration in Colorado

Colorado State Forest Service: Donations Provide Seedling Trees for Post-Fire Restoration in Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – July 22, 2019 – With the scars of destructive 2018 wildfires still highly visible throughout Colorado, and affected families still working toward recovery, many in the state want to know what they can do to help. One way to have a positive impact on affected forests and communities is through the replanting of trees, which is the goal of the donor-driven Restoring Colorado’s Forests Fund.

Donations made to the Colorado State Forest Service-administered fund are used to provide seedlings for planting in areas impacted by wildfires, floods or other disasters, with an emphasis on areas critical to water protection, wildlife habitat and public benefit. Every $2 donation to the fund purchases one seedling, at no cost to the landowner. Since the CSFS established the program in 2003, its nursery has used program funds to provide more than 122,000 trees.

“Planting trees provides an important means to help stabilize soils, protect water supplies and restore the landscape as we address the long-term recovery of our communities and forests,” said Mike Lester, state forester and CSFS director.

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07-22-19 AGPROfessionals presents the Peterson Farm Brothers August 7th & 8th in Greeley, CO

AGPROfessionals presents the Peterson Farm Brothers August 7th & 8th in Greeley, CO

AGPROfessionals, along with generous support from the Colorado FFA Foundation, DairyMAX, Colorado Livestock Association, and vNacelle, is pleased to bring the Peterson Farm Brothers to Greeley for two agricultural advocacy events to support the Weld County Food Bank. As friends and supporters in our industry, we would like to invite you to share our event with your constituencies. Attached is the flyer for the event. Continue reading

07-22-19 CDA: State seeks public input on industrial hemp at meeting in Southwest Colorado

CDA: State seeks public input on industrial hemp at meeting in Southwest Colorado

Broomfield, CO – Leaders of the Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan (CHAMP) will hold the first of several public meetings on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Old Fort in Hesperus, Colorado.  A repeat session will be held from 1:00-p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for anyone not able to attend the morning session.
The meeting will be held in partnership with Fort Lewis College and the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes for the purpose of gathering public feedback on specific issues related to the research and development, sustainability, seed certification, cultivation, crop disposal, transportation, and testing of industrial hemp.
“There is much excitement about hemp, and also a lot of questions. The Department of Agriculture wants to hear what’s on people’s minds as we build out the framework for the hemp industry across Colorado and the nation,” said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg. “We are grateful to the Old Fort for hosting and honored to be working in consultation with the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes. Broad participation is important as we enter into this new chapter of a new industry.”

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…


07-22-19 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview


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WELD COUNTY, CO — The 101st Weld County Fair is fast approaching and will provide a week of fun free events, exhibitions, and activities. The fair kicks off on Thursday, July 25, with events through Sunday, July 28. The fair concludes with the Junior Livestock Show on July 29, at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.

“The fair is a time-honored event in Weld County,” Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “It highlights the best of Weld County’s agricultural roots and demonstrates the strong presence agriculture continues to have.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, July 22nd

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China Purchases U.S. Sorghum

China recently made its biggest purchase of U.S. sorghum since April. While the purchase perhaps is not the large buys President Trump touted following a meeting with China, buyers purchased 51,000 metric tons of U.S. sorghum earlier this month. China has placed a 25 percent tariff on U.S. sorghum as part of the tit-for-tat trade war with the United States. However, Nebraska Farmer Don Bloss told Reuters “It’s still a good price for them even with the tariff.” President Trump has said China would begin major purchases of U.S. ag products following a meeting with China. However, Trump has since also expressed disappointment in China’s lack of action. Democratic lawmakers have questioned the validity of Trump’s claims. In the same week China made the sorghum purchase, it also canceled a small order of U.S. soybeans. Trade negotiators talked over the phone last week. U.S. trade officials may soon travel to China to continue the talks, the first small sign of progress since the negotiation collapsed in May.

EPA Not Banning  Chlorpyrifos

The Environment Protection Agency last week announced it would not ban chlorpyrifos (clo-PEER-uh-foss), although court battles likely are ahead to fight the action. EPA denied objections to the agency’s 2017 order denying a 2007 petition from the Pesticide Action Network North America, and the Natural Resources Defense Council to cancel all registrations for the insecticide. CropLife America says the decision “reinforces the integrity of the registration process, protection of consumers and the needs of farmers and health officials who rely on this vital tool.” EPA claims there was a lack of evidence of neurological damages to humans from chlorpyrifos. A court previously ordered the EPA to make a decision regarding the use of the insecticide. The Pesticide Action Network calls chlorpyrifos a “brain-damaging pesticide,” adding the administration has “put corporate interests ahead of the health of children, workers and the environment.” The organization vows to continue its fight to get chlorpyrifos banned. Meanwhile, the EPA is expediting the review process for chlorpyrifos that is currently underway.

USB Approves 169 Checkoff-Funded Projects for 2020

The United Soybean Board last week approved funding for 169 checkoff-funded projects for fiscal-year 2020. The projects are part of USB’s promotion, marketing and research programs that are strategically aligned to increase the value and preference for U.S. soy. The action came shortly after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will not conduct a referendum vote due to the results of a soybean request for referendum held in May. The lack of requests, according to USB, shows overwhelming support for the Soybean Promotion and Research Order, known as the soy checkoff. Conducted every five years, the announcement affirms the checkoff’s commitment to drive innovation and build demand for U.S. soy both domestically and abroad. USB Chair and Kentucky farmer Keith Tapp says U.S. farmers “have changes to overcome,” adding USB’s job is to “rise to the occasion on their behalf.” The proposals were categorized by target areas, including soy meal, oil and sustainability, and in action teams of supply, demand and marketplace.

USDA: SNAP Enrollment Down in 2018

Data released this summer by the Department of Agriculture shows Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participation declined last year. A report by USDA’s Economic Research Service shows enrollment numbers for the program declined from 15 percent in 2013 to 12.3 percent in 2018, marking the fifth consecutive year of a decline in the percent of the population receiving SNAP. In fiscal-year 2018, an average of 40.3 million low-income individuals per month received SNAP benefits in the United States. In seven States—Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming—eight percent or fewer of residents received SNAP benefits in 2018. Between 2013 and 2018, 46 States and the District of Columbia saw a decrease in the share of residents receiving SNAP benefits, while four states experienced increases. Idaho showed the largest decline in percent of residents participating in SNAP, a 36-percent decline from 14.1 to nine percent of residents. Nevada had the largest increase in participation share, growing from 12.9 to 14.5 percent of residents.

Trade Mission to Iowa Prepares Mexican Retailers for Ethanol Adoption

A team from Mexico recently toured Iowa’s ethanol industry as Mexican retailers prepare for ethanol adoption. Led by the U.S. Grains Council, the effort allowed Mexican gasoline retailers to examine the ethanol refinery process in Iowa from the corn farm to the fuel station. The ethanol market in Mexico represents 1.2 billion gallons in potential demand. Changes in Mexican law took effect in June 2017 that allow up to an E10 blend outside of three major cities. The team explored stops at fueling stations, a pipeline terminal, a blending facility and an ethanol plant. A Grains Council spokesperson says the mission showed the retailers that with “little to no modifications” they can be ready for ethanol. U.S. ethanol exports to Mexico have increased by more than 3.5 million gallons between over the last two marketing years, from 27.6 million gallons to 31.1 million. Mexico has purchased more than 25.9 million gallons of U.S. ethanol, equivalent to 9.1 million bushels of corn, so far this marketing year.

Farm Credit Administration Announces Glen  R. Smith as CEO

President Trump has designated Glen R. Smith as chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration. The designation was made effective last week. Farm Credit has examination and regulatory authority over the Farm Credit System, with oversight by Congress. Collectively, the institutions of the Farm Credit System is the nation’s largest single provider of agricultural credit, with offices in all 50 states and assets over $350 billion. Smith has served as a member of the FCA board, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation, since December 2017. As chairman, he succeeds Dallas Tonsager, who died in office in May. Hall continues to serve as a member of the FCA board and as chairman of the board of directors of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation. Smith is a native of Atlantic, Iowa, where he was raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


Take an Agriculture and Foods Tour of Chile in Feb 2020 with CSU Extension – REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Take an Agriculture and Foods Trip to Chile in Feb 2020 with CSU Extension – REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Agricultural & Foods Tour To Chile With Colorado State University Extension

Colorado State University Extension and the Pueblo County Extension team are always looking for ways to bring education and new ideas to their clients. One of the things that producers are often interested in is how they can increase profitability on their ag operations. Some of the key elements that arise with this question are the potential for wider risk management techniques, lengthening growing season, reducing water usage, diversifying ag enterprises on a farm, developing new markets, and a greater understanding of import/export markets. Continue reading

07-19-19 CSU Ext: Western bean cutworm and spider mites in field corn

Western bean cutworm and spider mites in field corn

by Assefa Gebre-Amlak, Extension Specialist, Colorado State University Extension

Western bean cutworm (WBC) moths began to emerge in most part of northeastern Colorado.  According to the historic pheromone trap data, the moth flight will continue until middle of August in Colorado. The peak population of the moth usually occurs between the last week of July and first week of August.

Western bean cutworm is a pest of both corn and dry beans. In dry bean, pheromone traps may be used to monitor moth populations and make treatment (

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The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 1,030,000 head as of July 1, 2019. The latest inventory was 3 percent below the previous month’s inventory,
but 11 percent above the July 1, 2018 inventory. The inventory included 520,000 steers and steer calves, no change from the previous year. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 510,000 head, are up 24 percent from a year ago. Cattle
feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 160,000 head of fed cattle during June 2019. This was 7 percent above the previous month’s marketings, but no change from the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 135,000
cattle and calves were placed on feed during June, 16 percent below the previous month’s placements and 7 percent below June 2018 placements. Of the number placed in June, 19 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 15 percent weighed from
600 to 699 pounds, 22 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, 22 percent weighed 800 to 899 pounds and 22 percent weighed 900 pounds or greater. Other disappearance for June, at 5,000 head, was down 5,000 head from last month and the
same as last year.

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