06-14-19 In Memory of Leonard Oliver Ball of Briggsdale, CO

In Memory of Leonard Oliver Ball

Leonard Oliver Ball, 55, of Briggsdale, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Leonard was born September 1, 1963, to Roland and Verda (Sierman) Ball. He was raised farming and ranching with his family. He graduated from Briggsdale High School and Lamar Community College with his Associates Degree and Welding Certification.

He married the Love of his Life, Tammie Lynn (Smithey) on August 17, 1986. They worked side by side on the family ranch for the past 26 years. They raised two children that were the joy of his life, and Leonard had many other children he took as his own to love and care for.

Leonard enjoyed spending his spare time at the lake with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Tammie; his son Cody Rolland Ball (Emily); his daughter Casey Lynn Holder (Andrew); his grandson Axl Rolland Ball; His mother Verda Ball; brothers Arland Ball (Terri) and Les Ball (Vonnie); and sister Dorice Benson (Tom). He is preceded in death by his Father, Roland Ball.

A Celebration of Life is to be held at 11:00 AM, Monday June 17, 2019 at Evangelical Free Church of Eaton. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 that morning at the Church.

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Greeley, CO Fri Jun 14, 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 4.31-4.51 8 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 4.63 11 higher
 
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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06-14-19 US Senator Bennet Urges Financial Regulators to Provide Guidance, Certainty for Hemp Farmers and Processors

US Senator Bennet Urges Financial Regulators to Provide Guidance, Certainty for Hemp Farmers and Processors

 

Washington, D.C. – June 14, 2019 – This week, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet sent a letter pressing federal financial regulators to provide guidance to financial institutions so that hemp producers and processors can gain access to the banking system. Despite the removal of hemp as a Schedule 1 drug last December following passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018  (“2018 Farm Bill”), many growers and processors are still unable to access financial services due to a lack of clarity from regulators.

“In my home state of Colorado, farmers cultivated hemp on over 21,000 acres of land last year,” Bennet wrote. “Nonetheless, farmers generally continue to lack access to the banking system even though hemp is no longer a Schedule 1 drug.”

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06-14-19 Larkin Martin elected to lead Farm Foundation Board

Larkin Martin elected to lead Farm Foundation Board

OAK BROOK , IL  June 14, 2019: Alabama farmer Larkin Martin, CEO of Martin Farm, has been elected Chair of the Farm Foundation Board of Directors. Martin, who will serve a two-year term, succeeds Joe Swedberg of Longmont, CO, a retired executive of Hormel Foods Corporation.
“With the nation’s agriculture and food sector facing diverse and complex economic and public policy issues, the need for objective information and constructive dialogue–the primary work of Farm Foundation–has never been greater,” says Martin of Courtland, AL. “From my experiences both on the farm and across the food and agriculture value chain, I know how finding common ground to focus diverse voices can achieve innovative and workable options. I look forward to working beside the other Board members and our staff to continue the Foundation’s unique and important work.” 

06-14-19 WGA 2019 Annual Meeting Recap: Keynotes, public discussions examine biggest Western issues; new Chair Initiative launched

WGA 2019 Annual Meeting Recap: Keynotes, public discussions examine biggest Western issues; new Chair Initiative launched

The Western Governors’ Association 2019 Annual Meeting this week brought 12 Governors to Colorado for three days of public discussion about significant policy issues facing the region and nation. Attending governors included, from left, Doug Burgum (North Dakota), Laura Kelly (Kansas), Kristi Noem (South Dakota), David Ige (Hawai’i), Brad Little (Idaho), Lou Leon Guerrero (Guam), Jared Polis (Colorado), Gary Herbert (Utah), Steve Sisolak (Nevada), Kate Brown (Oregon), and Mark Gordon (Wyoming). Not pictured, but in attendance, Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico).

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06-14-19 The Water Center at CMU Op-Ed: “Black Swan” Water Planning in the Colorado River Basin and Western Colorado

The Water Center at CMU Op-Ed: “Black Swan” Water Planning in the Colorado River Basin and Western Colorado

 Written by: Hannah Holm, Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University

By now, it’s old news that the Colorado River – notwithstanding the current abundant water year – is generally shrinking, and is expected to shrink more in coming decades. The states that share the river completed a drought plan earlier this year that brings them closer to living within currently available supplies, and a new round of negotiations on long-term management of the river is due to begin next year.

However, a new report warns that planning for gradually declining water supplies, as difficult as that is, may not be enough to adequately prepare for the future. In May, the Colorado River Research Group released a report warning that water planners should also take into account “black swan” low probability, high impact events. The research group is a consortium of well-known scholars focused on the Colorado River Basin, and all their reports can be found at www.coloradoriverresearchgroup.org.

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06-14-19 NMPF Thanks USDA, Urges Farmers to Sign Up for Dairy-Friendly DMC Program

NMPF Thanks USDA, Urges Farmers to Sign Up for Dairy-Friendly DMC Program

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed USDA’s announcement that signup for the long-awaited Dairy Margin Coverage Program will begin June 17, applauding the department’s inclusion of the cost of high-quality alfalfa feed in payment calculations, a boon for dairy farmers facing a fifth year of low prices.

“The DMC provides a stronger safety net for America’s dairy producers, one sorely needed as low prices, trade disturbances and chaotic weather patterns combine to create hardships,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the NMPF. “We have advocated for months that margin calculations must consider the higher feed costs dairy producers pay to properly nourish their livestock. USDA’s decision to include premium and supreme quality alfalfa feed is appropriate and is another win for dairy farmers that will provide additional, crucial aid.” Continue reading

06-14-19 Tri-State issues sixth renewable energy request for proposals

Tri-State issues sixth renewable energy request for proposals

  • Solicitation requests projects of 10 to 200 megawatts
  • Tri-State has increasing interest in owning solar projects
  • Previous solicitations have added 656 megawatts of wind and solar resources

(June 13, 2019 – Westminster, Colo.) Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has issued its sixth request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy resources. Tri-State is the not-for-profit cooperative power supplier to 43 member electric cooperatives and public power districts that serve rural communities in four states.

“Steady investment in renewables from Tri-State and our members means one of every three electrons consumed in our association comes from emissions-free renewable resources,” said Duane Highley, chief executive officer of Tri-State. “This RFP advances our drive to be a 21st century power supplier for our members that is increasingly flexible and clean.” Continue reading

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ERS and NIFA Will Relocate to the Kansas City Region

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says the USDA will move the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to the Kansas City Region. Perdue says the site selection process was rigorous and the Kansas City Region provides a win-win. “It maximizes our mission function by putting taxpayer savings into programs and providing affordability, easy commutes, and extraordinary living for our employees,” Perdue says. “The Kansas City Region has proven itself to be a hub for all things agriculture and is a booming city in America’s Heartland. USDA conducted a cost-benefit analysis and conservative estimates show a savings of nearly $300 million nominally on things like employment costs and rent over the course of a 15-year lease term. That will mean savings of about $20 million per year, which will mean more funding will be available for researching critical needs like rural prosperity and agricultural competitiveness. The move will also help USDA retain programs and employees for the long term. Perdue says, “We didn’t undertake these actions lightly. We’re doing this to enhance the long-term sustainability and success of these agencies. The considerable taxpayer savings will allow us to be more efficient and place a lot of USDA resources closer to many important stakeholders.”

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Missouri, Kansas, Welcome Relocation of USDA Agencies to Kansas City

Missouri and Kansas celebrated after a successful united effort to bring two Department of Agriculture agencies to the Kansas City region. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst responded to the USDA announcement and says that “Kansas City is the heart of our farm economy and is deservedly the right choice for USDA.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the Economic Research Service and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture would move to the region as part of a controversial proposal. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas says the research that will occur at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in nearby Manhattan, Kansas, and research that “already occurs throughout the K.C. Animal Health Corridor makes Kansas City a natural fit.” However, the process to reach Kansas City has been mired by controversy and a lack of transparency, according to the National Farmers Union. NFU President Roger Johnson says the move could “negatively impact the ability of these agencies to produce and fund high-quality research and communicate with legislators. Employees of both agencies voted to unionize to negotiate in opposition to the move.

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Dairy Margin Coverage Signup Starts on June 17

Signup for the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program begins on June 17th. It’s operated by the Farm Service Agency and is a big part of the dairy safety net designed to help dairy farmers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices. The new program offers protection for dairy farmers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount that’s selected by each producer. “With an environment of low milk prices, high economic stress, and a new safety net program with higher coverage levels and lower premiums, it’s the right time for dairy producers to give enrollment some serious consideration when signup opens,” says Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. “The choice is likely a no-brainer for many smaller dairies as the retroactive coverage through January has already assured them that the 2019 payments will exceed the required premiums.” The program is retroactive to January 1, 2019, with applicable payments to follow soon after enrollment. Other than a $100 administrative fee, DMC offers catastrophic coverage to a producer at no cost. Producers can opt for greater coverage levels for a premium combined with the administrative fee.

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Wisconsin Senator Wants Details on Secret Ag Deal with Mexico

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is demanding that President Trump release more details of the deal he announced with Mexico to increase U.S. ag exports. Over the weekend, Trump said on Twitter that “Mexico has agreed to immediately begin buying large quantities of agricultural product from our great Patriot farmers.” However, the administration hasn’t given out any details of this claim and there isn’t a lot of evidence to back it up. The Mexican Foreign Minister denies there is an agricultural element to the agreement with the U.S, saying Mexico didn’t “immediately begin to do anything different” regarding American agricultural products. Agricultural trade staff members said earlier in the week that they had no details on the supposed agreement with Mexico. Baldwin says in the letter, “Farmers need full details of the agreement in order to make the many decision they need to that affect their livelihood and business. I’m asking that you release details of this agreement or announce that one never actually existed.”

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Midwest States Get Most Help From 2018 MFP Payments

American Farm Bureau analysis says farmers in five Midwestern states claimed just about half of the more than $8.5 billion in trade help from the USDA as compensation for losses due to trade disputes. The analysis shows that Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Indiana received just about half of the Market Facilitation Program payments that have been made up to May 13. Retaliatory tariffs have been especially hard on soybeans, so soybean farmers received a large share of payment help. The average payment rate was $1.65 per bushel, so soybean producers have received $7 billion as of May 13. Cotton payments were calculated at six cents per pound, with producers receiving payments totaling $471 million. Dairy received just two percent of payments sent out as of May 13, coming in at $180 million in assistance. Corn producers also received only two percent of payments so far. The payment rate for corn farmers was one cent per bushel, with farmers receiving about $132 million. The American Farm Bureau says those direct payments are “no replacement for lost markets.” However, they do help farmers meet some immediate financial needs.  

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Tyson Announces plant-based, blended proteins

In a move anticipated for weeks, Tyson Foods introduced its first-ever venture into plant-based meat alternative products. The company also announced it will be selling additional products that combine traditional meat blended with plant proteins. Tyson will add a new brand to its collection of products, which will be called Raised & Rooted. The company says the first product under the new brand name will be plant-based nuggets, coming out later this summer through various national retailers. Blended burgers will be available to the general public in the fall. Tyson says these are “healthier than competing plant-based-only patties.” Tyson President Noel White says, “Today’s consumers are seeking more protein options, so we’re creating new products for the growing number of people open to flexible diets that include both plant-based protein and meat.” White says this move is all about “and” instead of “or” They remain firmly committed to growing their traditional meat business and expect to be a market leader in alternative protein as well. “Alternative protein is experiencing double-digit growth and could be a billion-dollar business for our company,” White adds.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-13-19 CYFEA Board Makes Decision to Cease Operations Effective July 31, 2019

CYFEA Board Makes Decision to Cease Operations Effective July 31, 2019

Good afternoon CYFEA Chapter membership, CYFE Foundation Board of Directors, CYFEA Executive Team, CYFEA sponsors and supporters —

Please read the attached letter from Chairman, Dave Lieber, on behalf of the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s Board of Directors, regarding the decision to suspend most the CYFEA’s operations as of July 31, 2019. This decision comes after much dialogue and with regrets to all of you that have supported this state Association recently and for as many as 50 years, in some cases!

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CYFEA Chapter Membership, Friends, Sponsors and Supporters,

It is with much consideration and sadness that the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s Board of Directors have decided to suspend the CYFEA’s day-to-day administration and programs, effective July 31, 2019. This decision comes mainly with the realization of a declining membership and the lack of engagement with this state Association over the past several years. Any viable and successful organization needs regular and active involvement from its members. Continue reading

05-23-19 Make plans to attend the 2019 Colorado Wheat Field Days this June

2019 Colorado Wheat Field Days Schedule

The 2019 Colorado Wheat Field Days will be held June 13-19 at eleven different variety trial sites throughout Eastern Colorado (schedule below). The field days are jointly hosted by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG), the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF), Colorado State University (CSU) Crops Testing and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension.

The program at each field day will feature a walk-through of the variety trial with CSU Wheat Breeder, Dr. Scott Haley. Attendees will also hear updates from the CSU Crops Testing leader, Dr. Jerry Johnson; Colorado Wheat Executive Director, Brad Erker; and Director of Colorado Seed Programs, Rick Novak.

The program at each location will last about an hour and all locations will have refreshments or a meal. For a detailed schedule with directions to each location, visit www.coloradowheat.org.

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06-13-19 LMA: Sleep Wins 2019 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

LMA: Sleep Wins 2019 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Top 10 WLAC finalists represent Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Tennessee and Canada

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Russele Sleep of Bedford, Iowa was named the 2019 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion (WLAC) at the 56th annual competition held at Tulare Sales Yard, Tulare, Calif. and presented by the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA).

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06-13-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Announces New Dairy Margin Coverage Signup Begins June 17th

USDA Secretary Perdue Announces New Dairy Margin Coverage Signup Begins June 17th

Washington, D.C., June 13, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announces that signup begins June 17 for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, the cornerstone program of the dairy safety net that helps dairy producers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices, operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The 2018 Farm Bill allowed USDA to construct the new DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). This new program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.

“In February I committed to opening signup of the new Dairy Margin Coverage program by June 17, I am proud to say that our FSA staff worked hard to meet that challenge as one of the Department’s top Farm Bill implementation priorities since President Trump signed it last December.” said Secretary Perdue. “With an environment of low milk prices, high economic stress, and a new safety net program with higher coverage levels and lower premiums, it is the right time for dairy producers to seriously consider enrolling when signup opens. For many smaller dairies, the choice is probably a no-brainer as the retroactive coverage through January has already assured them that the 2019 payments will exceed the required premiums.”

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06-13-19 NFU: USDA Announces Kansas City Region as New NIFA, ERS Site

NFU: USDA Announces Kansas City Region as New NIFA, ERS Site

NFU Disappointed by Lack of Transparency and Public Input

WASHINGTON –Ten months after introducing a plan to relocate and reorganize two major agricultural research agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will move the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) to the Kansas City region.

National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 200,000 family farmer and rancher members depend on objective, publicly funded science to make critical business decisions. Due to concerns about how the proposal could both undermine the integrity of NIFA and ERS’s research as well as diminish the role of science in policymaking, NFU has urged the USDA and Congress to suspend the move. In response to USDA’s announcement and apparent disregard for widespread opposition to its plan, NFU President Roger Johnson restated the organization’s dissent and again called on Congress to prevent the process from moving forward.

“Family farmers and ranchers wear dozens of hats – in addition to growing food, they are also business owners, scientists, marketers, and technicians. Mastering all these drastically different skills requires access to objective, science-based solutions – and it requires evidence-based policies that support those solutions. Moving NIFA and ERS farther away from our nation’s capital, as the USDA intends to do, could negatively impact the ability of these agencies to produce and fund high-quality research and communicate with legislators, which could, in turn, make it that much more difficult to be a farmer.

“We are extremely frustrated that our serious concerns have fallen on deaf ears. Even in light of all of these possible repercussions, USDA is barreling forward with this ill-conceived plan. Their slapdash approach has already disrupted operations and eroded morale at both NIFA and ERS. Before additional damage is done, we strongly urge Congress to act swiftly to put an end to this destructive relocation and reorganization.”

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06-13-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Announces Kansas City Region as Location for ERS and NIFA

USDA Secretary Perdue Announces Kansas City Region as Location for ERS and NIFA

Move puts ERS, NIFA closer to customers, expected to save nearly $300 million nominally

Washington, D.C., June 13, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to the Kansas City Region.

“Following a rigorous site selection process, the Kansas City Region provides a win win – maximizing our mission function by putting taxpayer savings into programmatic outputs and providing affordability, easy commutes, and extraordinary living for our employees,” said Secretary Perdue. “The Kansas City Region has proven itself to be hub for all things agriculture and is a booming city in America’s heartland. There is already a significant presence of USDA and federal government employees in the region, including the Kansas City ‘Ag Bank’ Federal Reserve. This agriculture talent pool, in addition to multiple land-grant and research universities within driving distance, provides access to a stable labor force for the future. The Kansas City Region will allow ERS and NIFA to increase efficiencies and effectiveness and bring important resources and manpower closer to all of our customers.”

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for June 13th

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Weekly Export Sales for June 13th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, June 13th

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Senate Finance Plans USMCA Hearing, Trump Sides with Farmers

Senator Chuck Grassley this week announced a planned hearing regarding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Grassley, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, says the committee will hear testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The committee will hold the hearing, “The President’s 2019 Trade Policy Agenda and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” next Tuesday morning. Grassley told reporters earlier this week, following meetings with House of Representatives leadership, that he expects demands from Democrats in the House can be worked out. The House must consider the agreement before the Senate can vote on ratification. Meanwhile, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is meeting with Lighthizer this week, focusing on ratifying USMCA. President Trump also sided with a group of more than 950 agribusinesses and organizations, calling on lawmakers to quickly pass the agreement once formally submitted to Congress. Trump, on Twitter, says “our patriot farmers and rural America have spoken,” saying “now Congress must do its job” by passing the USMCA agreement.

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Growth Energy Intervenes in E15 Court Challenge

Growth Energy Wednesday filed a motion in a U.S. federal appeals court to intervene in a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule allowing year-round E15 sales. The final rule is being challenged by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers who filed the lawsuit on Monday. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor called the challenge “no surprise,” noting the industry saw similar challenges when E15 was first approved in 2011. Skor says the oil industry “wants to inject uncertainty into the marketplace.”AFMP contends, “the plain language of the Clean Air Act does not authorize an RVP waiver expansion beyond E10.” Year-round E15 sales were authorized through a Reid vapor pressure waiver. Under the Clean Air Act, legal challenges to EPA’s E15 rulemaking may be brought as a “petition for review” within 60 days of publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. Interested parties such as Growth Energy may also file a motion to intervene in the petition for review to protect their interests.

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AFBF: Farmers Need New Water Rule

The American Farm Bureau Federation says farmers need a new water rule. Testifying to lawmakers Wednesday, Wyoming Farm Bureau President Todd Fornstrom, told a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee that “Farm Bureau cannot overstate the importance of a rule that draws clear lines of jurisdiction that farmers and ranchers can understand.” AFBF says the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest proposal to define which waters can be regulated by the federal government and which by state and local authorities is a vast improvement. AFBF contends that expensive professional services needed to comply with current rules of the Clean Water Act, makes it impossible for farmers to use their own land to its fullest. Fornstrom praised the latest proposed rule for its preservation of the Clean Water Act’s partnership among federal, state and local regulators. AFBF says the new proposed rule draws clear lines between waters of the U.S. and waters of the state. A Texas court recently struck down the 2015 rule.

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Farm Groups Applaud Trump Biotech Order

Farm groups agree with President Trump, who issued an executive order for the federal government to streamline the ag biotech approval process. Trump announced the order during his visit to Iowa Tuesday, that seeks a science-based, timely, efficient, and transparent process. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says the executive order will “foster policy to spur agricultural innovation” in agricultural biotechnology. The National Corn Growers Association also applauded the order, saying a streamlined process will “open the pipeline for product approval to a larger sphere and allow farmers more rapid access to the tools that they need in the field.” Meanwhile, the National Pork Producers Council says the executive order “paves the way for common sense regulation to keep America first in agriculture.” The executive order directs the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to collaborate on “common sense regulations” along with developing awareness and education programs to gain acceptance of new technologies.

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NPPC: China Represents Greatest Sales Opportunity for U.S. Pork

The National Pork Producers Council says China represents the single largest market opportunity for U.S. pork. However, trade disputes are hampering growth and “have caused severe financial harm” to U.S. pork producers. Speaking this week at a Global Business Dialogue event in Washington, D.C., NPPC’s Nick Giordano stated pork producers “have been at the tip of the trade retaliation spear for more than a year.” While Mexico’s 20 percent retaliatory tariff on U.S. pork was recently lifted, producers still face a stifling 62 percent tariff into China. NPPC says there are enormous trade opportunities with China, especially to help offset China’s reduced production due to African swine fever. Instead, Chinese pork buyers are reaching out to those in Europe, Canada and Brazil for supplies. Giordano says that what should have been a time of prosperity for U.S. pork, instead will “fuel jobs, profits and rural development” for U.S. pork competitors. NPPC is calling for the China pork tariffs to be lifted, to allow U.S. pork to be competitive in China.

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Beyond Meat Claims New Product Contains Marbling

Beyond Meat claims its newest version of the Beyond Burger includes marbling. In a company news release, the maker of the plant-based burger claims the new product features “marbling designed to melt and tenderize like traditional ground beef.” The so-called marbling is made from a blend of pea, mung bean and rice proteins. The product is shipping to grocery stores this week. The company called the new product the next step toward “building meat directly from plants that delivers a consumer experience indistinguishable from its animal protein equivalent.” However, while the company is marketing new products, meat industry publication Meatingplace points out that shares of the company earlier this week fell 25 percent after JPMorgan analysts downgraded the company stock rating. Analysts cited the likely emergence of competitors, including big food companies like Tyson Foods and Nestle. Beyond Meat was founded in 2009 and went public last month. Shares have risen by more than 500 percent since the company went public.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-12-19 NFU, FFA Cement Partnership at MOU Signing Ceremony

NFU, FFA Cement Partnership at MOU Signing Ceremony

Groups Work Together to Strengthen Youth Agricultural Education and Leadership

MINNEAPOLIS – As the average age of the American farmer approaches 60, National Farmers Union (NFU) and the National FFA Organization are working together to cultivate the next generation of American agricultural professionals.
At a ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota, NFU President Roger Johnson and National FFA Organization CEO Mark Poeschl formalized their joint commitment to agricultural education and cemented the two organizations’ longstanding partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU summarizes the ways in which NFU and FFA will continue to encourage youth engagement and leadership, share resources, and elevate each other’s roles within farming communities.
“Many generations of young Farmers Union members have grown up in their local FFA chapters,” said Johnson. “This MOU is a logical next step in what has long been a mutually beneficial friendship between our two organizations.”

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