10-14-19 In Memory of Leslie “Les” Thomas Ball of Briggsdale, CO

In Memory of Leslie “Les” Thomas Ball

Leslie “Les” Thomas Ball, 53, of Loveland, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Les was born April 28, 1966, in Greeley to Roland and Verda Ball. He graduated from Briggsdale High School in 1984 where he was a basketball legend. After graduating, he farmed and ranched. He then moved to Greeley where he met and married the love of his life, Vonnie. He later found and mastered his passion and became a successful business owner of L7L Enterprises. He always had a plan and a goal. He loved to travel, go to the ocean and spend time in his barn.

Les was a great man! When it comes to him, it was just not words or some cliché. It was absolutely true. What a legacy to leave this world with. Those that knew him would agree, he had the ability to make them better people. He was an inspiration to everyone in his life and will continue to be. He loved and adored his wife and family.

Les is survived by his wife, Vonnie; his mother, Verda; his brother, Arland (Terri) Ball; sister, Dorice (Tom) Benson; sister-in-law, Tammie Ball; his children, Lance (Marie) Stark, Kelly Stark (Jim Sara), Joshua (Becky) Ball, Laci (Jeremy) Jacks, Karissa (Christian) Cumberbatch; twelve grandkids; and his loyal dog, Zeek.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roland and brother, Leonard Ball.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Evangelical Free Church of Eaton. A luncheon to follow the service at the church. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley.

Memorial contributions may be made in Les’s name to be designated at a later date.

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10-18-19 CLA Members Host Renewable Energy Tour for Gov. Polis in Yuma County

CLA Members Host Renewable Energy Tour for Gov. Polis in Yuma County

Governor Polis with Erick Farmer of Heritage Dairy

Greeley, CO – This past Wednesday, CLA members from the Yuma area hosted a tour of their wind turbines and facilities for Governor Jared Polis and Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg.

Erick Farmer, owner of Heritage Dairy, talked about his wind turbines and discussed the benefits and some of the obstacles to increasing the use of turbines throughout rural Colorado.

“Terri and I were honored to host a discussion on wind energy with Governor Polis in Yuma County.  Renewables are an important part of our ag operations in both Colorado and Kansas. Our wind turbines provide approximately 60% of our power at Heritage Dairy, and even more at our feedyards.  This allows us to not only be more efficient and cut costs, but also allows us to be part of a bigger picture of becoming more sustainable.  We are proud to be part of this movement,” said Erick Farmer. “It was important for us to also inform the Governor not only of our success with these wind projects, but to also enlighten him with the hurdles associated with renewable energy implementation in our County and State.  We hope that this discussion with the Governor will help lead the path to more renewables as part of the future of ag in Colorado.” Continue reading

10-18-19 CDA: Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in 37 Colorado counties

CDA: Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in 37 Colorado counties

Broomfield, Colo. – Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV) has been confirmed in Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Conejos, Delta, Dolores, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Ouray, Park, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, San Miguel, Summit, Teller, and Weld counties in Colorado.

“The recent freeze will certainly help slow the spread of VSV, but it has warmed up again, so we’re not completely out of the woods,” said Maggie Baldwin, Colorado State Assistant Veterinarian. Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Fri Oct 18, 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 are as of 3:00 PM MST.
 
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 3.99-4.44 3 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 4.11 5 lower
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
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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10-18-19 NPPC: BREXIT AGREEMENT REACHED; UK PARLIAMENT SCHEDULES RARE SATURDAY VOTE


BREXIT AGREEMENT REACHED; UK PARLIAMENT SCHEDULES RARE SATURDAY VOTE
An agreement has been reached between the United Kingdom and the European Union on a new Brexit withdrawal agreement, it was announced Thursday. Under the agreement, Britain would leave the EU on Oct. 31. The agreement needs the approval of Parliament, which has scheduled a vote for Saturday. If the Brexit agreement is rejected by Parliament, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson may seek approval to leave the EU without a deal on Oct. 31.The Irish Democratic Unionist Party, which has concerns over what power Northern Ireland will have to periodically review the tariff deal, has said it will oppose the deal, joining the Labour Party, the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats. If a vote on the deal is rejected and Johnson doesn’t receive approval for a “no deal” exit, he is required to write a letter to the EU, requesting more time, delaying Brexit until Jan. 31, 2020. In October 2018, the Trump administration announced its intention to negotiate a trade agreement with the U.K. NPPC is supportive of negotiations, provided the agreement eliminates tariff and non-tariff trade barriers on pork.

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10-18-19 NPPC: USMCA PROGRESS ON CAPITOL HILL


USMCA PROGRESS ON CAPITOL HILL
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met Wednesday and Thursday on Capitol Hill with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) working group. The sticking points for the nine-member working group continue to be on issues relating to the environment, enforcement, access to medicines and labor. In remarks during her weekly press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the working group is getting closer to an agreement, but enforcement especially has not been resolved. In related news, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sent a letter this week to House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), outlining what the country is doing to allay labor concerns. In related news, NPPC joined numerous groups in signing a letter this week, urging Congress to ratify the USMCA agreement “as soon as possible this autumn. Doing so is essential to promoting certainty and growth for manufacturing businesses, workers and families across the United States—each of whom relies on trade with our North American partners to prosper and grow.” The letter was spearheaded by the National Association of Manufacturers and signed by NPPC and more than 350 business groups and companies. Passage of USMCA is one of NPPC’s top priorities. Last year, more than 40 percent of U.S. pork exported went to Canada and Mexico. A USMCA agreement provides much-needed market certainty for U.S. pork producers, ensuring zero-duty market access to two of their largest export markets.

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10-18-19 NPPC: JAPANESE GOV’T APPROVES BILL RATIFYING U.S. TRADE DEAL


JAPANESE GOV’T APPROVES BILL RATIFYING U.S. TRADE DEAL
On Tuesday, the Japanese government approved a bill that would ratify the trade deal with the U.S. The bill will be submitted to the Japanese Diet during its current extraordinary session. It’s anticipated that the trade deal will be implemented by Jan. 1, 2020. Once implemented, the trade agreement will place U.S. pork producers back on a level playing field with international competitors in one of our most important export markets. Dr. Dermot Hayes, an economist at Iowa State University, estimates exports to Japan could grow from $1.6 billion in 2018 to more than $2.2 billion over the next 15 years under market access terms included in the agreement. U.S. pork is highly dependent on exports, shipping more than 25 percent of total production to foreign markets. Other NPPC trade priorities include ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which preserves zero-tariff pork trade in North America, and a permanent waiver of all punitive tariffs in China that will enable U.S. pork producers to better capitalize on an unprecedented sales opportunity with the world’s largest pork-consuming nation.

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10-18-19 U.S. Senators Gardner, Thune, Klobuchar, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge USDA to Prioritize CRP State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement

U.S. Senators Gardner, Thune, Klobuchar, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge USDA to Prioritize CRP State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), John Thune (R-SD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and a bipartisan group of senators urged U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize enrollment and implementation of the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative within the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

“We are concerned that the decision to limit the practices and associated cost-share incentives available in recent continuous sign-ups, and excluding wildlife practices like SAFE, will decrease landowner interest in CRP and the effectiveness of the program,” the senators wrote. “The statutory purpose of CRP is to ‘conserve and improve the soil, water, and wildlife resources’ of enrolled land and ‘address issues raised by state, regional, and national conservation initiatives.’ The land enrolled through SAFE serves as an example of how USDA, landowners, and other partners can work together to address all three resource concerns on the same acre of enrolled land.”

In addition to Gardner, Thune, and Klobuchar, the letter was also signed by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), John Hoeven (R-ND), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Patty Murray (D-WA), Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Tina Smith (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Jon Tester (D-MT).

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10-18-19 Rancher, Ditch Company and Environmental Group Work Together to Restore and Improve Left Hand Creek in Boulder County Following 2013 Flood

Rancher, Ditch Company and Environmental Group Work Together to Restore and Improve Left Hand Creek in Boulder County Following 2013 Flood

By Marilyn Bay Drake

Those of us who lived in Colorado in September 2013 likely remember the days of hard rain that are so uncharacteristic of Colorado, especially this time of year. We watched in horror as television footage showed rivers overflowing their banks and houses, barns and livestock being washed away. Aerial shots showed entire farms under water. Continue reading

10-18-19 CAWA: Collaborative Water Project in Boulder County Produces Win-Win Result

CAWA: Collaborative Water Project in Boulder County Produces Win-Win Result

The Colorado Ag Water Alliance (CAWA) has collaborated to produce a video series showcasing how farmers, ranchers, ditch companies, conservancy districts, environmental groups and other entities have come together to improve river health, irrigation efficiency and environmental and recreational use of Colorado’s limited water supplies.

“As Colorado’s population continues to grow, farmland is being converted to development and agricultural water is being sold or rented to municipalities,” said Greg Peterson, CAWA executive director. “It is imperative that we work with others to preserve agricultural irrigation water and that farmers and ranchers get involved in water planning.”

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for October 18th

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Weekly Export Sales for October 18th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 18th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 18th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

China Confirms Phase One Agreement Ag Purchases

Chinese officials confirmed this week they are working on finalizing a “phase one” agreement with President Donald Trump that includes significant purchases of U.S. ag products. An official from China’s Commerce Ministry confirmed the purchases to reporters, but did not provide details on how much U.S. ag products China will buy. The spokesperson says, “China will increase U.S. farm purchases based on domestic demand and market principles,” adding the U.S. will “provide favorable conditions.” China will move forward with the purchases if President Trump cancels a planned round of tariff increases in December. President Trump says the agreement included Chinese purchases of U.S. ag products worth $40-50 billion over the next two years, and suggested the initial agreement could be finished and signed next month. Agriculture is taking a wait and see approach. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst told Yahoo! Finance, “The challenge we have is that we’ve been promised a lot of things throughout these negotiations and not all of them have come to fruition.”

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U.S. Dairy Thanks Trump for EU Trade Tariffs

The National Milk Producers Federation Thanked President Donald Trump for including European dairy products on a new tariff list. The organization Thursday sent a letter to Trump to “commend his Administration for its excellent judgment” for including the products. The tariffs stem from a U.S. World Trade Organization complaint about illegal subsidies to Airbus. The WTO approved the tariff list this week. However, Italy requested an agreement on a solution, rather than U.S. tariffs, during a White House visit. NMPF urged President Trump to stand with dairy farmers “and resist Italy’s request that he side with the Italian farmers and cheesemakers who have blocked” U.S. cheeses from store shelves in the European Union. NMPF says the U.S. is running a $1.5 billion dairy trade deficit with Europe because of unfair trade practices that largely block U.S. access. EU policies such as Italian-initiated bans on American-made cheeses mean the EU can ship $1 billion in cheese each year while U.S. cheese exports to the EU are at $6 million.

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Fed Beige Book: Farm Finances Deteriorating

The Federal Reserve Bank’s Beige Book updated this week suggests farm financial conditions are deteriorating. The report, published eight times a year, says the agriculture sector remained weak, while crop and cattle prices remained relatively stable. Bankers reported modestly higher loan demand and an improvement in loan quality. However, many Midwest districts report lower crop production and yield forecast. Lenders remain concerned as the ongoing impacts of adverse weather, weak commodity prices and trade disruptions, will continue. However, the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank did note that the distribution of 2019 USDA trade relief payments could provide additional short-term support to farm cash flows. The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco reports lumber producers are scaling back due to lower exports, and apple growers report oversupply. And California farmland prices are decreasing due to current trade issues. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve Bank of Texas reported trade issues were still very prominent on the minds of agricultural producers, but some banks reported more optimism regarding a resolution.

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Stabenow Questions USDA SNAP Change During Senate Hearing

Senator Debbie Stabenow Thursday questioned the Department of Agriculture over its categorical eligibility rule proposal for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. USDA this week published an analysis finding the rule would remove nearly one million children from automatic enrollment for free school meals, and 40,000 would no longer be eligible for free meals. During a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on farm bill implementation, Stabenow alleged that USDA “has continued to ignore what we’ve put in the farm bill,” which she says rejected changes to SNAP. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky says the changes are to ensure “eligibility requirements are being enforced.” Censky cited criticism over USDA’s handling of eligibility by the Government Accountability Office, adding USDA “needs to do a better job” of making sure eligibility requirements are being enforced, and that states are not finding loopholes to increase enrollment. Stabenow says the analysis published this week by USDA, is flawed, adding “I would strongly urge you to reconsider” the proposal. USDA has reopened the comment period for the rule.

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Organic Corn and Soybean Farmers Face Sharp Production Declines

Spring weather has taken a toll on U.S. organic commodity producers, shown by a significant drop in overall corn and soybean production for 2019, according to a new report. Organic industry data service Mercaris (Meh-CAR-us) just released its 2019 fall Organic Commodities Outlook. The report predicts a 12 percent year-over-year decline in organic corn production and a 14 percent decline in organic soybean production due to challenges during spring planting. In the Corn Belt, the report estimates organic wheat production will see a 19 percent decline. However, overall U.S. organic wheat production is predicted to increase seven percent over 2018 thanks to gains in areas outside of the Corn Belt, namely the High Plains and West regions. Meanwhile, organic livestock production growth is expected to slow but will still see a one percent increase overall. Because of that, imports should bridge the gap between domestic organic feed demand and U.S. 2019 production. Mercaris, who published the report, is a data services firm launched in 2013 focused on growing demand for organic foods.

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USDA Declares United States Free from Plum Pox Virus

The Department of Agriculture Thursday declared the U.S. free of plum pox virus. USDA undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs Greg Ibach made the declaration at a ceremony, saying the 20-year fight against the disease “is officially over.” Ibach says USDA has eliminated the disease, protection the $6.3 billion U.S. stone fruit industry. USDA calls plum pox is a serious disease impacting stone fruit such as plums, almonds, and peaches. No other countries where plum pox disease is known to occur have successfully eradicated the disease. Plum pox does not kill infected trees outright. However, it causes severe yield losses and greatly reduces the marketability. The virus spreads over short distances by aphids and over long distances via the movement of infected nursery stock or by grafting infected buds onto healthy trees. The disease was first detected in Pennsylvania in 1999. A USDA program helped test, remove and avoid infected trees.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-17-19 RMFU: Farmers Union Board Supports Yes Votes On Propositions CC and DD

RMFU: Farmers Union Board Supports Yes Votes On Propositions CC & DD

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Board of Directors is advocating for “Yes” votes on both Proposition CC and Proposition DD as presented to Colorado voters. The board, comprised of farmers and ranchers from across Colorado, discussed at length the ballot proposals before taking the action.

“After the last great recession, Colorado rebounded faster than other states in part because we have a well-trained workforce. Colorado’s students, teachers, and schools cannot fall behind due to shortcomings in funding for local education. We can do better and need to for the sake of building our state’s future economic and social health. Currently, at least 39 other states are better at funding education than we are,” says Dr. Dale McCall, president of RMFU.

“Colorado is falling behind in maintaining roads and other rural infrastructure critical to the essential businesses of farming and ranching,” says Jan Kochis, who chairs the RMFU board.  “The bottom line is that the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) has restricted income for the state and subsequently reduced the revenue necessary to adequately and intelligently fix problems that will get worse in time.”

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10-17-19 The BARN’s “Colorado Women in Agriculture Series”, courtesy of CommonGround: Colleen Peppler

The BARN’s “Colorado Women in Agriculture Series”, courtesy of CommonGround: Coleen Peppler

BRIGGSDALE, CO – October 17, 2019 – Women continue to change the face of many industries, including agriculture. Through managing harvests, running the business and implementing new technologies, like: wind power and using RFID in the tracking of dairy cows for instance. Women are on the front lines – feeding our nation and the world. Many may be surprised to learn that women farmers make up 37 percent of Colorado’s producers. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture there are 21,443 women farmers in Colorado, who farm more than 13 million acres, making a nearly $285 million impact on the economy. There is a group of women farmers here in Colorado that are dedicated to sharing their personal experiences, science and research to help consumers sort through the growing number of myths and misinformation surrounding food and farming. The BARN continues with its “Women in Agriculture” series spotlighting two more CommonGround Colorado women which include:

Colleen Peppler (Oct 17th) & Sallie Miller (Oct 10th)

They both do this important work as volunteers with CommonGround Colorado –www.FindOurCommonGround.com– a national grassroots movement designed to help bridge the gap between the women who grow food and the women who buy it.

The first interview of the two interviews, within the  BARN’s “Women in Ag Series” is  Colleen Peppler of Mead, Colorado.…

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10-16-19 USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 31 States, including Colorado

USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 31 States, including Colorado

Investments will Benefit Nearly 300,000 Rural Residents

CO: The Stage Run Homeowners Association Inc. $571,000 (LOAN) – Rural Development investment will be used to drill a new well, provide pumping equipment, a well-control house and access road for 59 residential homes.

CO: Town of Antonito $1,751,000 (LOAN) $1,833,000(GRANT) – Rural Development investments will be used to improve the town of Antonito’s wastewater system. A wastewater mechanical system will be installed to ensure the town can remain in compliance with their discharge permit. The project will also replace existing clay service lines with standard dimensional ratio pipe material.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 31 states (PDF, 250 KB).

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10-16-19 Colorado Proud Next Generation of Ag Symposium Examined Local Agriculture’s Economy, Environment, Technology, Innovation and Culture

Colorado Proud Next Generation of Ag Symposium Examined Local Agriculture’s Economy, Environment, Technology, Innovation and Culture

Attended by government officials, industry experts and Colorado Proud members

 WEBACST ARCHIVE FROM THE PANEL DISCUSSION WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER THIS AFTERNOON, courtesy of The BARN – CLICK HERE AFTER 2PM MT

DENVER, Oct. 16, 2019 – This morning, Colorado’s foremost food, agriculture and innovation experts led a lively panel discussion about every angle of the “next generation of local agriculture” – from the economy and environment, to technology and culture — during an informative Next Generation of Ag symposium, hosted by Colorado Proud, a program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 16th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 16th

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EPA Biofuels Proposal Comes up Short for Ethanol Industry

The Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday released its plan to change the Renewable Fuel Standard regarding small refinery exemptions. However, biofuels proponents don’t approve of the changes. The National Biodiesel Board says in a statement the notice “contains a never-before-discussed proposal to estimate small refinery exemptions, with no assurance that the estimate will come close to actual exemptions.” The EPA says the notice does not change the proposed volumes for 2020 and 2021. Instead, it proposes and seeks comment on adjustments to the way annual renewable fuel percentages are calculated. Specifically, the agency is seeking comment on projecting the volume of gasoline and diesel that will be exempt in 2020 due to small refinery exemptions based on a three-year average of the relief recommended by the Department of Energy. However, Renewable Fuels Association CEO Geoff Cooper called the terms of the announcement baffling, because the proposal uses “the very same DOE recommendations that EPA blatantly ignored over and over.” The EPA will hold a public forum on October 30, 2019.

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China Wants More Phase One Talks

Optimism over a trade breakthrough with China is fading as China wants more talks this month to work out the details of the “phase one” agreement. Bloomberg News reports China may send another trade delegation to Washington, to finalize a written agreement. A statement from China’s Commerce Ministry noted “substantial progress” in the talks last week on agriculture and other provisions. However, China wants President Donald Trump to cancel plans to increase tariffs in December. The phase one agreement could be signed at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next month. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier this week suggested work in the coming weeks to ready the agreement, adding, if not, the U.S. will impose the December tariff increase. As part of the agreement, President Trump says China will purchase $40-50 billion of U.S. agricultural goods over the next couple of years. Trump said this week, “They’re going to have to buy more land fast and lots of tractors,” regarding the economic impact of the agreement for farmers.

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Manufacturing Groups, Businesses, Ask Congress to Pass USMCA

A group of business organizations wants Congress to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Led by the National Association of Manufacturers, the group of more than 350 associations and businesses sent a letter to Congress urging approval of the agreement. The groups support the call by saying, “Canada and Mexico alone, despite representing less than four percent of the global economy, buy more U.S.-manufactured goods than our next 11 trading partners combined.” Mexico’s government has ratified the USMCA. It now awaits approval from lawmakers in Canada and the United States. Canada is expected to ratify the agreement following its national elections later this month. The coalition says USMCA would spur economic growth and provide much-needed certainty for manufacturers across North America. The letter also says the deal includes “best-in-class” intellectual property rules, and would expand U.S. manufacturing access to Canada and Mexico, while providing a level playing field. Signatories on the letter include international agribusiness and food companies, along with animal feed and food manufacturing associations.

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Study Shows Pig Farmers Improving Their Environmental Footprint Through Efficiencies

A new environmental study shows that pig farms are generating less manure nutrient content associated with odor. Data gathered from more than 106,000 samples at 182 North Carolina farms shows significant reductions in ammonia levels and manure nutrient content. The improvements are attributed to gains in feed efficiency, which means it takes less feed to raise a pig. The Pork Checkoff, which funded the study, announced the findings Tuesday. The study found that North Carolina pig farmers have significantly increased feed efficiency over the past 17 years. Long-term, continuous improvement has resulted in trending reductions in nutrient content in manure lagoons at the farms. Specifically, data gathered from the participating North Carolina pig farms showed a reduction of 35 percent to 78 percent in the nutrient content from hog finishers in primary lagoons, and a reduction of 17 percent to 68 percent in primary lagoons for sow farms. Also, the study showed a reduction of 22 percent to 54 percent in ammonia levels.

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Growth Energy Announces New Chairman of the Board

Following a year of milestones for the biofuels industry, Growth Energy this week announced the election of Dan Sanders as the association’s new chairman of the board of directors. Sanders is the vice president of Front Range Energy, a 48 million gallon ethanol production facility located in Colorado. Front Range Energy joined Growth Energy in 2008, when the organization was founded. As chairman, Sanders succeeds Jeff Broin, CEO of POET, LLC, who held the position since the association’s inception in 2008, and through the successful campaign to achieve year-round E15, the original goal on which the association was founded. Upon reaching the industry milestone, Broin announced in September he would step down as chairman, but plans to remain an active member of the Growth Energy Board. Sanders previously served as vice-chair of the board, which will now be filled by Mitch Miller. Miller is the chief executive officer and managing director for Michigan’s Carbon Green BioEnergy.

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Illinois Ag Department Announces New Dicamba Restrictions

The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently announced additional label restrictions for the 2020 growing season for dicamba. Agriculture Director John Sullivan announced the rules due to a dramatic rise in the number of off-target complaints received during the 2019 growing season, adding “the department is taking action to reduce those numbers.” The new restrictions halt the use of dicamba after June 20, 2020. The new regulations also prohibit the application of dicamba if the air temperature at the field at the time of application is over 85 degrees Fahrenheit, or if the National Weather Service’s forecasted high temperature for the nearest available location for the day of application exceeds 85 degrees. Applicators also must maintain the label-specified downwind buffer between the last treated row and the nearest downfield edge of any Illinois Nature Preserves Commission site. In addition to these provisions’, applicators must follow the federal guidelines when it comes to applying dicamba, including taking an annual certified applicator training course.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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