The 2020 Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show is this Weekend July 10-11-12…”It’s a GO!”


The 2020 Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show is this Weekend July 10-11-12…”It’s a GO!”

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WELD COUNTY, CO — Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the Weld County Board of Commissioners is proud to announce that the 102nd Weld County Fair will be held this summer – albeit a bit differently than ever before.

“The board felt it was imperative, as the number one agricultural county in the state, that we find a way to hold the fair for the youth who have worked hard preparing the projects for this event,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman.

This year, the fair will be open to exhibitors and their families so as to allow for the completion of 4-H and FFA projects. General public and vendors will not be able to attend this year nor will there be open class exhibits.

“We are disappointed that circumstances don’t allow for our usual celebration of the fair this year,” said Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, coordinator for the Extension Department. “However, we are committed to the young people, who are the future leaders in agriculture in this county and want to make sure they have a chance to compete.”

Dates of the Weld County Fair remain the same – July 24 through August 3. Several livestock shows will be livestreamed online via Barn Media. Visit to participate.

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07-10-20 World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates (WASDE) July 10, 2020

World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates (WASDE) July 10, 2020

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WHEAT: The outlook for 2020/21 U.S. wheat this month is for larger supplies, lower domestic use, unchanged exports, and increased stocks. Supplies are raised as larger beginning stocks more than offset lower production. Beginning stocks are increased on the NASS Grain Stocks report, issued June 30, which indicated higher 2019/20 ending stocks than previously estimated. This also resulted in lowering 2019/20 feed and residual use by 61 million bushels to 74 million. Wheat production for 2020/21 is reduced 53 million bushels to 1,824 million. Winter wheat production is lowered 48 million bushels to 1,218 million with reductions in Hard Red Winter and Soft Red Winter. The initial 2020/21 survey-based production forecasts for other spring and Durum were issued this month by NASS.

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07-01-20 USDA Announces Community Prosperity Funding Opportunity

USDA Announces Community Prosperity Funding Opportunity

(Washington, D.C., July 10, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced approximately $4 million in available funding to develop partnerships to leverage USDA and local, state, and private sector resources to address challenges for limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers, and communities. The program is administered by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE).

The Centers of Community Prosperity initiative was launched by Secretary Perdue in 2019 to increase the capacity of rural and underserved communities through extensive collaboration, tailored technical assistance, and a community’s designation as a Community of Faith and Opportunity.

“This initiative is designed to assist persistent poverty communities with limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers to strategically address community challenges,” said Mike Beatty, Director of the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. “We hope to assist in fostering hope and opportunity, wealth creation, and asset building for communities across the country.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, July 10th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, July 10th

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Coalition Comes Together to Improve Rural Broadband Infrastructure

Minnesota-based farm cooperative Land O’ Lakes announced it has brought together 49 organizations to form the American Connection Project Broadband Coalition. The Hagstrom Report says the coalition’s goal is to “advocate for public and private sector investment to bring high-speed infrastructure to rural areas.” Each of the organizations will contribute some of their resources to help improve access to remote education, health and mental services, job opportunities, and more. Land O’ Lakes says the goal is to connect and lift all American communities through access to modern digital technology. Beth Ford, President and CEO of Land O’ Lakes, says farmers, business owners, and even school children are often on the wrong side of the digital divide in America, a problem that’s only gotten worse since COVID-19 began. “This isn’t just a rural issue,” Ford says. “The American Connection Project Broadband Coalition represents a mix of companies from technology, health care, ag, and more, who understand the ramifications of our country’s broken internet infrastructure. They have the willingness and expertise to help address this need.” The coalition does admit bringing America’s digital divide to an end is a costly goal, but the groups “firmly believe it is worth the investment.”


Trump, Obrador Celebrate USMCA

U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel (Man-WELL) Lopez Obrador met in Washington, D.C., this week to celebrate the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement. The agreement recently became the law of the land in North America. After multiple meetings among senior officials from both nations, the U.S. and Mexican presidents signed a joint declaration commemorating the July 1st entry-into-force of the USMCA. During remarks to reports, Obrador lamented the North American region’s trade deficit with the rest of the world, which he says totals $611 billion. He’s hoping the USMCA will help North America capture a bigger share of the world economic output, which he says has fallen from 40.4 percent in 1970 to 27.8 percent currently. That statistic reflects China’s rising share of world economic growth over the past half-century. Trump continued his attack on the North American Free Trade Agreement, USMCA’s predecessor, blaming it for lost jobs and low wages. Trump also promoted the labor protections in the new deal, saying it will “bring countless jobs from overseas and back to North America.”


Potato Growers See Mixed Foreign Trade Outlook Ahead

International trade experts within the potato industry are happy with the Phase One Trade agreement between the U.S. and China. However, they’re also concerned with the level of potatoes coming into the U.S. from the other direction, noting that French Fry imports from the European Union are rising rapidly. An Intermountain Farm and Ranch article says the export market for U.S. potatoes continues to grow. While COVID-19 has resulted in a reduction of exports, there are still good things ahead in the international markets. For example, the new agreement with China opens up the Asian nation to chipping potatoes from the Pacific Northwest. However, there is some bad news in the international markets. The U.S. is seeing a continued increase in French Fries imported from the EU. Matt Lantz, the vice president of global access at Bryant Christie, says, “There’s been a major surge from the EU, and I say the term very definitely. I do not say dumping. That’s a legal term that’s very hard to prove.” In 2015, the EU sent $12 million worth of fries to the U.S. In 2018, EU exports jumped to $55 million. Last year, the value of those imports was even higher, coming in at $80 million. In the first four months of 2020, the EU has already sent $44 million worth of fries to the U.S.


Additional Commodities Now Eligible for CFAP

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says additional commodities have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. USDA says producers will be able to submit applications that include these commodities beginning on Monday, July 13, with the application period ending on August 28. USDA designed the program to help offset price declines and additional marketing costs brought on by COVID-19. The agency also expects additional eligible commodities to be added to the list in the weeks ahead. “When we announced this program, we asked for public input and received a good response,” Perdue says. “After reviewing comments and analyzing our USDA Market News data, we are adding new commodities, as well as making updates to the program for existing eligible commodities.” A few of the additional commodities eligible for CFAP include beets, blackberries, lettuce, green peas, pineapple, fresh sugarcane, and many more. The changes also include expanded funding options for already-eligible commodities like apples, blueberries, garlic, potatoes, and raspberries. USDA found that these commodities had a five percent-or-greater price decline between mid-January and mid-April because of COVID-19. Originally, these commodities were only eligible for marketing adjustments. They also say peaches and rhubarb no longer qualify for payment under the CARES Act sales-loss category.


Ag Groups to Launch Town Hall Series on the Future of Trade/Supply Chains

With major agricultural fairs and other events canceled across the country, major ag groups will provide a series of virtual town halls called “AgTalks.” It’s designed to provide a new forum for farmers, ag businesses, and policy leaders to discuss potential solutions to challenges on trade, supply chains, and global competitiveness. 2020 summer events will be held in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. A few of the groups behind the virtual events include Farmers for Free Trade, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association, the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and many others. The AgTalks series will focus on the big challenges that agriculture faces on trade, international supply chains, and staying competitive in the international marketplace. The town hall will be led by ag leaders in each of the five states. In a combined statement, the groups say, “American competitiveness in agriculture has been seriously impacted by the surge in non-U.S. trade agreements with key customers, the trade war, and the failure of supply chains strained by COVID-19. This has impacted commodity pricing, increased input costs, derailed relationships with trading partners, and impacted the broader economy.” The first two dates will focus on Iowa and Minnesota, with specific dates coming soon.


Don’t Leave Dairy Behind in Japan Negotiations

A total of 50 members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week, urging him to work swiftly on a Phase Two Agreement with Japan. The letter was also sent to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. They say the recent Phase One agreement with Japan made progress on several important issues, but American farmers and processors remain at a disadvantage against competitors, thanks to the Japan-European Union and the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership agreements. That’s why Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind and his colleagues are asking Lighthizer and Perdue to maximize opportunities for dairy farmers by addressing these remaining gaps and inequalities in market access during the next round of negotiations. Due to depressed milk prices and a suffering rural economy, dairy farmers are facing tough conditions and struggling to stay afloat. The USDA says 6,000 dairy farms have gone out of business over the last several years, underscoring the need for trade agreements that can expand overseas markets for the U.S. dairy industry. The letter also points out that Japan is one of the top five overseas markets for U.S. dairy products and the demand will only continue to grow.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


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07-09-20 CO Governor Polis Provides Update on State Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Polis Provides Update on State Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

July 9, 2020 – DENVER – Governor Jared Polis was joined by Dr. Jonathan Samet, Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health to provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and unveiled an interactive Colorado COVID model from the Colorado School of Public Health. This is a new tool that can help individuals, businesses, local public health agencies and local governments, visualize their own role in stopping the spread of COVID and preventing a public health emergency.

“This exciting new tool at shows just how important our actions are in keeping our economy moving in the right direction and preventing a surge in cases. We are committed to using data and the latest information when making decisions, and this tool gives a glimpse into the type of data we are looking at,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It’s up to each of us to do a bit better than we have been at wearing masks, following social distancing protocols, and washing our hands. And not party. If we let up, even for a moment, then Colorado will begin to see more and more cases like our neighboring states. Wear a damn mask.”

This application displays the predictive model of the COVID-19 epidemic in Colorado. Coloradans can use the model to see how different factors, like wearing a mask, can change the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado in the future. The factors can be adjusted to see how different scenarios play out.

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07-09-20 Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Announces Hearing Schedule

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Announces Hearing Schedule
COGCC announces upcoming hearing schedule, startING July 14th

DENVER – The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Chair Jeff Robbins has invited the public and stakeholders to attend the Commission’s newly announced hearings and announced an update to the SB 19-181 rulemaking schedule.

“We are excited to have all the commissioners meet our leadership team  and each other today. We have a bold schedule ahead of us, and we will be working to deliver on these critical rulemakings to implement SB 191-181,” said COGCC Chair Jeff Robbins.

Beginning July 14, the Commission will host meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday mornings of each month. These regularly scheduled hearings will offer public comment, address enforcement issues, general business, and work sessions as needed. These meetings will be in addition to upcoming SB 19-181 rulemakings. All hearing information will be posted at the COGCC website.

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07-09-20 RMFU lends support to RAMP UP Act

RMFU lends support to RAMP UP Act

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU), a general family farm and ranch organization representing 20,000 members across Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, has come out in support of the latest, bipartisan, federal legislation that addresses many of the issues facing small and mid-sized meat processing plants across the U.S.

The bill, known as the Requiring Assistance to Meat Processors for Upgrading Plants (RAMP-UP) Act, authorizes USDA to make 1:1 matching grants of up to $100,000 to existing custom exempt and state inspected meat and poultry processing facilities. These grants are for the purposes of reducing the burdens associated with attaining federal inspection without lowering food safety standards. The grants can be used for planning and making any required capital improvements associated with attaining federal inspection.

Given the current disruption in meat and poultry supply chains, the matching funds requirement is waived for FY20 and FY21. A total of $80 million in mandatory money is provided for the remainder of 2020 through 2023 and an additional $20 million/year in discretionary funding is authorized should more funds be necessary. The program is authorized through 2023 to match up with Farm Bill discussions. The bill also requires USDA to work with states to determine what improvements to the Cooperative Interstate Shipment program should be made, with the goal of having this report in advance of the next Farm Bill discussions.

“Just 50 meat plants process 98 percent of meat in the United States. This level of consolidation makes the industry particularly vulnerable to disruptions – a fact that has become evident recently,” said RMFU President Dr. Dale McCall. “When COVID-19 outbreaks among workers forced several plants to temporarily slow or halt production, the entire meat supply chain backed up. As a result, farmers were left with nowhere to sell their animals, and consumers saw higher prices and meat shortages at their grocery stores.”

McCall added, “We urge our legislators from Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico to join in co-sponsoring and supporting the RAMP UP Act when they return to D.C. next week.”

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07-09-20 USDA-RMA Administrator’s Message: A Question of Quality

RMA Administrator, Martin Barbre (right), speaks with farmers in Lawrence, Kansas. September 2018

USDA-RMA Administrator’s Message: A Question of Quality

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2020 – Our team at the Risk Management Agency is a dynamic one, full of energy and new ideas.  We continually seek to improve Federal crop insurance policies by providing more options for America’s farmers.  As I have travelled around the country, I have listened carefully to producers, stakeholders, and our regional offices, so we can adjust and improve on policies to better serve our customers while also ensuring actuarial soundness.

I’m proud to announce that this week we are rolling out changes to several crop insurance policies, including a new unit structure assignment option for Enterprise Units (EU), new procedures for Multi-County Enterprise Units (MCEU), and something else that I would like to highlight, which I think many farmers will welcome – Quality Loss Option.

The Quality Loss Option, known as QL, is a new crop insurance option available for the 2021 crop year.  The Risk Management Agency implemented this option in response to the 2018 Farm Bill to establish an alternative method for adjusting quality losses that will not impact a farmer’s Actual Production History (APH).  We’ve also ensured that this option will be offered at an actuarially sound premium rate.

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07-09-20 USDA Announces More Than 1.2 Million Acres Accepted in Recent Signup for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands

USDA Announces More Than 1.2 Million Acres Accepted in Recent Signup for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands

Washington, D.C., July 9, 2020 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the acceptance of more than 1.2 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands during the recent signup period that began March 16 and ended May 15. The number of acres offered during this signup period was 1.9 million acres, over 3 times the number offered during the last signup period in 2016.

Through CRP Grasslands, farmers and ranchers can protect grasslands, rangelands and pastures while retaining the right to conduct common grazing practices, such as haying, mowing or harvesting seed from the enrolled land. Timing of some activities may be restricted by the primary nesting season of birds.

“This large and unprecedented enrollment is a reflection of the popularity and importance of CRP Grasslands,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “The program emphasizes support for grazing operations and plant and animal biodiversity while protecting land under the greatest threat of conversion or development.”

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07-09-20 National Potato Council Welcomes Revised USDA Coronavirus Aid Payment Rates, Presses for Additional Increase to at Least $0.04 Per Pound

National Potato Council Welcomes Revised USDA Coronavirus Aid Payment Rates, Presses for Additional Increase to at Least $0.04 Per Pound

Joint industry effort led to increased payments after government-mandated shutdowns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Potato Council released the following statement Thursday after an announcement by USDA that it is issuing revised payment rates for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which previously prevented potato growers from receiving equitable access to relief funds:  Continue reading

07-09-20 INNOVATION CENTER FOR U.S. DAIRY NEWS RELEASE: Class of 2020 Sustainability Award Winners Announced

Class of 2020 Sustainability Award Winners Announced

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy celebrates environmental visions, solutions

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, which honor dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose practices improve the well-being of people, animals and the planet, have recognized six winners for 2020.

The program is managed by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which was established under the leadership of dairy farmers (through their checkoff) and dairy companies. Winners represent U.S. dairy’s commitment to sustainability and demonstrate how transparency and ingenuity lead to sustainable and scalable practices that benefit their businesses, communities and the environment.

More than 70 U.S. dairy farms, businesses and collaborative partnerships have been honored since 2011.

“This year’s winners add to our rich history of recognizing the true innovators and visionaries of U.S. dairy,” said Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) Executive Vice President of Global Environmental Strategy Krysta Harden. “The program shines a light on the many ways our industry is leading the way to a more sustainable future.”

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07-09-20 USDA: Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA: Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Applications for New Commodities Accepted Beginning July 13

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2020 – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made other adjustments to the program based on comments received from agricultural producers and organizations and review of market data. Producers will be able to submit applications that include these commodities on Monday, July 13, 2020. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting through Aug. 28, 2020, applications for CFAP, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic. USDA expects additional eligible commodities to be announced in the coming weeks.

“During this time of national crisis, President Trump and USDA have stood with our farmers, ranchers, and all citizens to make sure they are taken care of,” said Secretary Perdue. “When we announced this program earlier this year, we asked for public input and received a good response. After reviewing the comments received and analyzing our USDA Market News data, we are adding new commodities, as well as making updates to the program for existing eligible commodities. This is an example of government working for the people – we asked for input and we updated the program based on the comments we received.”

USDA collected comments and supporting data for consideration of additional commodities through June 22, 2020.

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07-09-20 Major Ag Groups to Launch “AgTalks” Town Hall Series on the Future of Agricultural Trade and Supply Chains

Major Ag Groups to Launch “AgTalks” Town Hall Series on the Future of Agricultural Trade and Supply Chains

  • With major ag fairs cancelled, “AgTalks” series of Virtual Town Halls will provide a new forum for farmers, ag businesses, and policy leaders to discuss solutions to challenges on trade, supply chains and global competitiveness
  • Summer 2020 series will be held in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania – Visit the AgTalks website for more

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, Farmers for Free Trade, the National Milk Producers Federation, the Corn Refiners Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the U.S. Dairy Export Council, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), the Iowa Soybean Association, Minnesota AgriGrowth, the Plant Based Products Council, KCoe Isom and World Strategies announced that they would be jointly launching a series of town hall discussions starting this summer focused on the future of agriculture.

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07-09-20 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: CSU Wheat Test Harvest

*CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Colorado State University Wheat Test Harvest

BURLINGTON, CO –Colorado State University (CSU)  wheat testing trials are currently being harvested with specialized combines made for small experiment harvests.  Pictured above are a few of the testing combines used for trials.  The top photo shows a CSU wheat breeding team combine.  This trial was located on the Michael Hinkhouse farm north of Burlington along hwy 385.  The bottom photo show Ron Meyer, Area Extension Agronomist, harvesting a wheat experiment aboard a refurbished 1975 Hege combine. The CSU Agronomy team is testing approximately 1000 wheat varieties locally, most being experimental.  The goal is to find the top producing varieties and release those to area producers.

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for July 9th

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Weekly Export Sales for July 9th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, July 9th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, July 9th

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USDA Announces FMD Vaccine Bank Investment

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced the initial purchase of vaccines for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will invest $27.1 million for foot-and-mouth disease vaccines, which the agency would use in the event of an outbreak. The vaccine bank was created in the 2018 farm bill. USDA awarded a contract to Boehringer Ingelheim to develop and maintain a strategic reserve of frozen vaccine antigen concentrate that the company could quickly formulate into a vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease. Agriculture groups welcomed the announcement. National Pork Producers Council President Howard AV Roth says the investment “is momentous, representing years of NPPC advocacy to ensure U.S. agriculture is protected should we have an FMD outbreak.” National Cattlemen’s Beef Association executive director of government affairs, Allison Rivera, says the move is a “promising first step forward to begin the work authorized in the 2018 farm bill,” but adds “more action is needed to strengthen this newly created vaccine bank.”

U.S. and Kenya Begin Trade Talks

The United States and Kenya began trade negotiations Wednesday, seeking to enter a free trade agreement. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauded the progress, saying a deal could “strengthen and deepen our relationships with economies across the continent” of Africa. Kenya is included in the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which is set to expire in 2025. The U.S. Chamber says a Kenya free trade agreement will provide American businesses the certainty they need to continue investing in the growing market. Agriculture goals for the U.S. include securing full market access for U.S. agricultural goods in Kenya by reducing or eliminating tariffs. Further, the U.S. seeks to eliminate practices that unfairly decrease U.S. market access opportunities or distort agricultural markets for the United States. In 2018, U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Kenya totaled $37 million. Leading domestic export categories were $10 million of coarse grains, $6 million of wheat and $5 million of pulse crops.

May Margin Triggers Dairy Margin Coverage Program Payment

The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announced the May 2020 income over feed cost margin triggered the third payment in 2020 of the Dairy Margin Coverage program. In May, the income over feed cost margin was $5.37 per hundredweight. To date, FSA has issued more than $176 million in benefits to dairy producers who purchased DMC coverage for 2020. Authorized by the 2018 farm bill, DMC is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price, the margin, falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. Over 13,000 operations enrolled in the program for the 2020 calendar year. Although DMC enrollment for 2020 coverage has closed, signup for 2021 coverage will begin October 13 and will run through December 11, 2020. For more information, visit the DMC webpage or contact your local USDA Service Center.

Restaurant Traffic Stalls Amid Increase in COVID-19 Cases

The recovery of U.S. restaurant customer transactions has stalled for the second week in a row as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in many states, according to research firm NPD Group. For the week ending June 28, total customer transactions at major U.S. restaurant chains are down 14 percent versus the same week a year ago. For the week ending June 21, total transactions were down 13 percent versus a year ago. The rise in COVID-19 case counts is causing local and state authorities to delay reopening, and in some cases, reinstating on-premise restaurant dining restrictions. In Texas, for example, restaurants may continue to offer on-premise dining, but capacity is rolled back from 75 percent to 50 percent. California announced last week the closing of its nearly 86,000 restaurants to on-premise dining. Nationwide, full-service restaurants customer transactions for the week ending June 28 were down 25 percent versus the prior year and several states where COVID-19 is gaining saw the biggest declines in transactions.

Poll Reveals Business to Business Exhibitions Move to Virtual Events

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research says an increasing number of U.S. business to business exhibition organizers are postponing or canceling events. A June study found 73 percent of organizers have canceled events, 37 percent have postponed, and 17 percent are still scheduled. The trend is evident in agriculture with major events, including the Farm Progress Show and several state fairs, canceling this year. The Center’s CEO, Cathy Breden, says the trend “is devastating to an industry that contributed over $101 billion to the U.S. GDP last year.” The survey found 74 percent of organizers cited uncertainty regarding if meetings would be allowed due to lockdowns. Additionally, 69 percent report corporate no travel policies are impacting participation. The survey found 63 percent of organizers have added a hybrid or virtual component, and 44 percent have a virtual backup plan in the event they are forced to cancel at the last minute.

American Soybean Association to Celebrate 100 Years

The American Soybean Association will celebrate 100 years of representing farmers next month. ASA was formed when brothers Taylor, Noah and Finis Fouts hosted the first Corn Belt Soybean Field Day at their Soyland Farms operation in Camden, Indiana, in September 1920. The event drew nearly 1,000 farmers and their families from six states. The National Soybean Growers’ Association, later renamed the American Soybean Association, was formed that day. On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, ASA, with support from the Indiana Soybean Alliance, will host a 100th-anniversary celebration and historical marker dedication at its birthplace on Fouts Soyland Farm in Camden. The event features a keynote address from Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Steve Censky. The event is free of charge. However, attendance is capped at 180, so those interested must register. For those who cannot make it in person, the event will also be live-streamed. Find more details online at

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


07-09-20 Farmers National Company: What’s Next for the Land Market?

Farmers National Company: What’s Next for the Land Market?

OMAHA, Neb. – The agricultural land market came into 2020 with a glimmer of optimism until COVID-19 slammed into people’s lives. Catastrophic disruptions in the world’s economy have reached into U.S. agriculture to play havoc with marketing chains. As a result, the land market hit the pause button as buyers and sellers slowed activity. Opposing factors will be pushing and pulling land values in the coming months to decide what’s next for the land market. Continue reading