12-02-16 USDA Partners with Farmers and Ranchers to Protect More Than 500,000 Acres of Working Grasslands

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USDA Partners with Farmers and Ranchers to Protect More Than 500,000 Acres of Working Grasslands

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2016 – Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept more than 504,000 acres that were offered by producers during the recent ranking period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands enrollment. Through the voluntary CRP Grasslands program, grasslands threatened by development or conversion to row crops are maintained as livestock grazing areas, while providing important conservation benefits. Continue reading

12-02-16 ASI News: Texas’ Glen Fisher Earns Wool Excellence Award

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DENVER – For an economist, Glen Fisher sure knows a lot about wool. He’s also spent plenty of time working with wool, both in a warehouse setting and in marketing the American product.
For that reason, Fisher was selected as the 2017 winner of the American Sheep Industry Association Wool Roundtable’s Wool Excellence Award. He will be honored on Jan. 26 at the Wool Recognition Luncheon during the ASI Annual Convention in Denver.

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12-02-16 NCBA: Proposed Tax Regulation Threaten Multigenerational Cattle Operations

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Proposed Tax Regulation Threaten Multigenerational Cattle Operations

Cattlemen Call for Proposed IRS Regulation to be Withdrawn

WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2016) – The Internal Revenue Service hosted a public hearing today on a Department of Treasury proposed rule that would eliminate or greatly reduce available valuation discounts for family-related entities. Kevin Kester, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association vice president, said the regulation would effectively discourage families from continuing to operate or grow their businesses and passing them on to future generations. Continue reading

12-02-16 NCBA Showcases Cattle Operation’s Conservation Practices

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NCBA Showcases Cattle Operation’s Conservation Practices

Maryland Farm Contributes to Improved Chesapeake Bay Watershed

WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Catoctin and Frederick Soil Conservation Districts hosted an event today to highlight the successful conservation efforts by farmers and ranchers that have led to the improvement of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Scott Yager NCBA’s Environmental Counsel said voluntary conservation efforts have proven successful at Hedgeapple Farm, an Angus operation located in Frederick, Md.

“We know the one-size-fits-all approach to conservation doesn’t work and when given the incentive and flexibility to find the conservation practices that work for their operation, farmers and ranchers will always do what’s best to steward the land,” said Yager. “For Hedgeapple Farm, they have developed a business model that is economically and environmentally sustainable, optimizing the use of on-farm resources such as pasture, hay, and water.” Continue reading

12-02-16 NCBA-PLC News: BLM Releases Flawed Planning Rule in the Closing Days of Presidents Term

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WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2016) – The Bureau of Land Management today released a final version of BLM planning 2.0. Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association federal lands said this process radically alters federal land management planning and moves the agency away from its mandate to manage for multiple use on federal lands.

“We are continuing to review how much, if any, our input has been incorporated into the final plan, but regardless, we object to the Administration moving forward in the final days of the President’s term with this hastily-released regulation – particularly with one that will have such dramatic economic impact on western states,” said Lane. Continue reading

12-02-16 In Memory of LeRoy Lester Lambertson of Grover, CO…

In Memory of

LeRoy Lester Lambertson

leroy-lester-lambertsonLeRoy Lester Lambertson, 85 of Grover, CO, was called home November 24, 2016 to be with our Lord and creator. LeRoy was born August 24, 1931 to Lester and Elsie (Whytal) Lambertson in Denver, CO.

LeRoy grew up on the family farm near Eastlake, CO. He attended church and school in Eastlake and graduated from Adams City High School in 1949. After high school, LeRoy attended Colorado A&M in Fort Collins, majoring in Business. On October 27, 1952 LeRoy joined the United States Coast Guard. He was stationed in the South Pacific in Hawaii, Samoan, Eniwetok and Bikini Atoll, working on nuclear bomb tests. LeRoy Transferred to the Great Lakes region in Milwaukee, WI. He was honorably discharged in 1956. He returned home to Colorado to join the family farming business. Continue reading

12-02-16 CDA: Nominate a Business for the Governor’s Agricultural Exporting Award

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Nominate a Business for the Governor’s Agricultural Exporting Award

BROOMFIELD, Colo.–Colorado agriculture feeds the state, nation and world and continues to be a key driver to the state’s economy, with Colorado agricultural exports totaling nearly $2 billion annually. To honor Colorado companies for their agricultural export efforts, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations for the third annual Governor’s Award for Agricultural Exporting.

“It is our honor to recognize agricultural businesses for their export achievements,” said John Addison, International Marketing Specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “This awards program is a way to celebrate the export successes of Colorado’s agricultural community.” Continue reading

12-02-16 CLA: The Global Impact of Colorado Agriculture

CLA - Colorado Livestock Association logoThe Global Impact of Colorado Agriculture

When looking at the grand global challenges facing agriculture, the need to ensure that our food supply is safe, affordable, and sustainable comes to the forefront almost immediately. In the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University, we have research programs that focus on the continued viability and profitability of Colorado’s diverse agricultural industry, of which livestock and the Colorado Livestock Association figure prominently. We know that agriculture is a significant economic driver in our state, contributing $41 billion to the Colorado economy and employing nearly 173,000 people, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Continue reading

Registration is now open for the 2017 CFVGA Annual Conference…

3rd-cfvga-annual-conference-2017-logoRegistration is now open for the 2017 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference!

When?
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 7:30am-4:30pm
Where?
Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel
Cost?
CFVGA members registering early pay just $70 for the entire conference, including lunch
Who will attend?           
Over 300 growers, allied industries, produce buyers, exhibitors and produce resource personnel
Why attend?
  • Learn about the latest in technology, consumer trends, marketing, research and nutrition
  • Network, meet potential buyers
  • Be inspired
  • Kill two birds with one stone by attending the Produce Safety Training Feb. 20, followed by the CFCVGA Conference Feb. 21
Where to learn more?
Log on to http://cfvga.org for more information and registration links

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Australia Moving on TPP

Despite the threat of the United States pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia’s parliament is not leaving the deal for dead just yet. Australia’s Treaties Committee is recommending ratification of the trade deal following a thorough review of the agreement. The recommendation comes as the final report from the committee recognizes a “resurgence of nationalism and isolationism internationally,” according to Politico. The official report gives the government the green light to submit TPP to lawmakers for final approval. Despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to leave the trade agreement on day one of his presidency, many of the other 11 nations included in the trade agreement are moving forward with approving the deal and hoping Trump will reconsider the agreement.

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Contender for Top EPA Post Wants to End Subsidies for Renewable Energy

A Texan being considered by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Environmental Protection Agency wants to end subsidies for renewable energy. Kathleen Hartnett White confirmed to the McClatchy Washington news bureau this week she is being considered to lead the EPA, following a meeting with President-elect Trump. Hartnett White, along with Trump, both show an interested in slashing regulations by the EPA, including the Waters of the U.S. rule, vastly opposed by agriculture groups. White also wants to cut federal subsidies for renewable energy, which total an estimated $7.3 billion. She says all energy sources would be welcome should she head the EPA, but “they need to have a level playing field in which to compete.” She specifically took aim at wind and solar for their “high” subsides. During the campaign, Trump said the EPA would be gutted if he is elected.

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FTC Says Ethanol Industry Still Competitive

The U.S. ethanol industry continues to have a “low level of concentration and a large number of market participants,” according to the annual Ethanol Market Concentration Report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The agency’s annual update concluded: “The exercise of market power to set prices or coordination on price and output levels, is unlikely.” Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says the report was approved 3-0 and echoes assessments from prior years. U.S. ethanol industry margins through the first nine months of 2016 followed a seasonality pattern similar to that seen in 2015. Margins were negative or low in January of 2016 but increased and remained positive as demand surged during the spring and summer driving season. The FTC is required under the 2005 energy law to release the report annually.

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Canada Ranchers Under Quarantine to Receive Federal Funding

Canada announced funding support for ranchers that are currently under a federal quarantine stemming from a bovine tuberculosis investigation in Southeast Alberta. Online publication AgCanada reports the ranchers who are having to feed and maintain quarantined cattle they cannot move or sell can expect a federal AgriRecovery plan to help cover the costs. The government will be working with the Alberta cattle industry “in the coming days” on program details. Funding for what will be called the 2016 Bovine Tuberculosis Assistance Initiative is still pending final authorization, but will start “as quickly and simply as possible.” Costs eligible for the program would include feeding and water infrastructure, animal feed, transportation, cleaning and disinfection, as well as interest charges on loans due to the circumstances. Around 50 cattle ranches are under quarantine after a U.S. packing plant reported bovine tuberculosis was found in a cow from Alberta earlier this year. Many of the cattle within the quarantine zone are slated to be destroyed, according to Canada’s government.

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Georgia Dock Chicken-pricing Index Suspended

The Georgia Department of Agriculture this week suspended the Georgia Dock chicken-pricing index while companies adjust to new requirements to prove data accuracy. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the continued gap between Georgia Dock prices for chicken and other industry indexes follows the recent filings of lawsuits accusing the entire chicken industry of fixing prices. The Georgia Dock prices are collected via phone survey of chicken companies without independent verification and have been as much as 40 cents per pound higher than other price indexes. That prompted state agriculture officials to require documentation from participants proving the accuracy of the information they submit. However, by midweek for this week’s report, not enough companies had been able to supply information for the index to function. The Georgia Dock is one of four main pricing indexes in the chicken market.

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Trade Group Suing Dr. Oz Over Fake Olive Oil Claims

The North American Olive Oil Association has filed a lawsuit against television host Dr. Oz under a largely untested Georgia food libel law, objecting to his claims that much of the imported extra virgin olive oil sold in U.S. supermarkets may be fake, according to Reuters. The New Jersey-based association seeks an unspecified amount in damages. The lawsuit claims Dr. Oz, host of a popular daytime TV talk show, violated the Georgia law when he stated that 80 percent of the extra virgin olive oil sold in supermarkets “isn’t the real deal” and “may even be fake.” The association says those claims are untrue. The lawsuit centers around a May 12th episode in which the host talked with a so-called oil expert that spoke about “fraudulent olive oil” being imported into the United States. The association says Dr. Oz failed to disclose his guest worked for the California Olive Ranch that competes with foreign olive oil manufacturers. The association says its own testing has found 95 percent of imported oil met or exceeded quality and purity standards between 2013 and 2015.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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12-01-16 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for December 1st

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This report is based on individual reports submitted by private exporters and identifies outstanding sales and accumulated exports of selected U.S. agricultural commodities.  The report is published weekly, normally on Thursday morning at 8:30 A.M.

A PDF file of the complete report is attached.  For more information you may visit: www.fas.usda.gov/programs/export-sales-reporting-program.

For a schedule of upcoming FAS reports, please visit www.fas.usda.gov/data-analysis/report-release-calendar.

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TPP Showing Slight Signs of Life in Congress

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, at least in its current form. Republicans in Congress are increasingly talking about somehow salvaging the trade deal, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to walk away from the agreement. Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said this week he did not believe Trump’s threats to tear up trade agreements should be taken at “face value.” Politico says he also speculated that Trump may seek to negotiate bilateral deals with the other TPP countries. Meanwhile, House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chair, Representative Dave Reichert (rye-kert) of Washington State, says he is “not giving up” on TPP or possible bilateral trade deals. Reichert says the path forward is to focus on the specifics of TPP — potentially making any number of changes to the 12-nation agreement that has already been through five years of negotiations.

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Businesses Join Agriculture in Fretting Over Trump Anti-Trade Talks

U.S. importers and exporters are worried about President-Elect Donald Trump’s anti-trade views that could significantly dent their revenue if Trump follows through. For his part, Trump has scaled back on his campaign threats, but the American Association of Exporters says businesses are still worried as they assess where they are vulnerable. USA Today says if Trump would follow through with imposing a 45 percent tariff on Mexico and China, impacts include replacing Boeing aircraft orders by Airbus, U.S. auto and iPhone sales will suffer a setback, and for agriculture, U.S. soybean and corn imports will be halted. Boeing is the largest U.S. exporter with about 70 percent of its revenue derived from abroad, and China is the company’s biggest customer. Any trade war that would develop during the Trump administration would significantly hurt U.S. agriculture exports, and the National Pork Producers Council says the pork industry would be forced to cut production, raising prices for U.S. consumers.

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Fish and Wildlife Service Reverses Lesser Prairie Chicken Proposal

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week the federal agency would consider re-listing the lesser prairie chicken as an endangered species. The announcement comes despite the fact a Texas court ordered the agency to withdraw a proposal to list the lesser prairie chicken as an endangered species last year. The Fish and Wildlife Service in May dropped an appeal against the court order, ending the agency’s pursuit of listing the lesser prairie chicken. The agency gave no explanation for dropping the appeal, saying only that efforts to protect the species would continue, according to DTN. The Fish and Wildlife Service says the reconsideration follows a petition to list the lesser prairie chicken as endangered. The Agency will again conduct a status review of the species to determine what action to take. However, Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, says he is hopeful private/public conservation efforts to preserve the bird would be allowed to work. Inhofe says he is confident the incoming Trump administration is aware that state conservation is sufficient to protect the lesser prairie chicken.

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Vilsack Says Farm Income Forecast Shows Farm Sector Strength

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Farm Income and Financial Forecasts for 2016 shows the health of the overall farm economy is strong in the face of challenging markets. Released by the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service, the report shows final income for 2016 is expected to decline after dropping in 2015 following record highs between 2012 and 2014. Net cash farm income is forecast at $90.1 billion and net farm income at $66.9 billion for 2016. Net cash farm income is expected to fall by 14.6 percent in 2016, while net farm income is forecast to decline by 17.2 percent. Vilsack noted that debt to equity ratios—two key indicators of the farm economy’s health—continue to be near all-time lows. Further, Vilsack says higher off-farm earnings are expected to help stabilize losses due to low commodity prices for rural communities.

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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Wisconsin Dairy Bull Calves

The Centers for Disease Control has linked a multi-state salmonella outbreak of a multidrug-resistant salmonella strain to dairy bull calves from livestock markets in Wisconsin. The CDC says it is working with Wisconsin health and agriculture agencies, along with several other states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to investigate the outbreak. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the outbreak has infected 21 people from eight states, and the first illness was reported in January of this year. Dairy bull calves are young, male cattle that have not been castrated and may be raised for meat. 15 of 19 infected subjects interviewed by the CDC reported contact with dairy bull calves or other cattle the week before becoming ill. Laboratory testing concluded the outbreak is likely linked to ill calves.

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California Fighting Global Warming on the Backs of Dairy Farmers

New legislation in California has some fearing many dairy operators will leave the state. The law signed in September requires livestock operations in California to reduce methane emissions 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030. But as the largest milk-producing state, California could stand to lose dairy operators because of the growing cost to meet regulation requirements, according to a U.S. News and World Report publication. California dairy farmers are dealing with five years of drought, low milk prices and rising labor costs. A spokesperson for Western United Dairymen says: “Dairies are moving out of state to places where these costs don’t exist.” Driving dairies out of California to less-regulated states would not lower methane emissions globally, only remove them from the state. Regulators are targeting dairy manure, accounting for about a quarter of California’s methane emissions. The state has set aside $50 million to help offset the cost of installing methane digesters at dairy farms, but the industry says that won’t be enough to help all 1,500-some dairy operations in California.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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11-30-16 Governor Hickenlooper appoints Stephanie Copeland as executive director of the CO-OEDIT

co-oedit-and-co-tourism-office-joint-logoGov. Hickenlooper appoints Stephanie Copeland as executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

DENVER – Wednesday, Nov. 30 2016 Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Stephanie Copeland has been appointed executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), effective January 2017. She will replace Fiona Arnold, who has served in the role since November 2014.
“From small startups and early phase companies to large multi-national companies, Stephanie focuses on ensuring high growth for companies both in the U.S. and Europe. Colorado is extremely lucky to have her expertise and know-how,” said Hickenlooper. “Stephanie’s leadership will enhance OEDIT’s ability to attract investment from both the international and national business communities, as well as unlock new opportunities to accelerate the state’s job growth.”

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