READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, October 24th…

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Informa Expects More Soybeans In 2017

Informa Economics is predicting that soybeans will take away a significant number of acres from corn and wheat during the 2017 planting season. They project the number of acres planted to corn will drop just over 3.5 million acres from this year’s levels to 90.9 million acres in 2017, a 3.7 percent drop. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says early Informa projections for the 2017 corn crop are 14.2 billion bushels, with an average yield of 170 bushels per acre. Informa expects soybean acreage to climb 4.7 million acres from 2016 levels to a record 88.4 million acres, which is a 5.7 percent rise. Informa’s early predictions for the soybean crop are 4.1 billion bushels based on a yield of 47.2 bushels per acre. Informa is also predicting the number of wheat seedings will drop to its lowest level since 1970, right at 48.9 million acres. The company estimates wheat farmers will harvest 35.4 million acres in 2017.


Clinton, Trump Campaigns Talk Agriculture

Ag advisers from the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns took center stage at a recent forum on American agricultural issues. Ag topics haven’t been front and center in the campaign, so Farm Journal Media and Farm Foundation put together the forum with the goal of highlighting important rural issues. An Ag Web dot Com article said former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan represented the Clinton campaign. Sam Clovis, the campaign co-chair, represented the Trump campaign. The next Farm Bill was a major topic of discussion, with both campaign representatives saying the Farm Title and Nutrition Title should be kept together. Some of the other topics centered around regulations on agriculture, including the “Waters of the U.S. Rule.” Trade was another hot topic at the forum. Merrigan called for more “detailed discussions because regulations are not a bad thing.” She said regulations give certainty to businesses, level the playing field, and give confidence to the American public. On the other hand, Clovis said regulations impose themselves on smaller enterprises, and “when you write regulations to re-impose regulations, you take away competitive advantages.”


Ambassadors Make Case for Lame-Duck TPP Vote

Ambassadors from Mexico, Singapore, and Vietnam stressed the need for the U.S. Congress to vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress. The ambassadors took part in a recent event hosted by the National Foreign Trade Council. The trade deal includes the U.S. and other countries that collectively make up 40 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product. Singapore’s ambassador said he hopes TPP is ratified and noted there’s no “plan B for the U.S.” He added there’s no chance for an alternative agreement between the U.S. and Singapore, saying “We need to have a U.S. player in the Asia-Pacific region, and all 11 ambassadors from the other countries agree that this is important.” The Vietnamese ambassador is touting the benefits of TPP as well, saying 80 percent of the Vietnam business community is backing the deal. The National Pork Producers Council is one of the many organizations urging members of Congress to vote on TPP during the upcoming lame-duck session after the elections.


Canada-EU Trade Deal All But Dead

A pending trade deal between the European Union and Canada that was once a certainty to be signed is now all but dead in the water. That’s the opinion of the Canadian Trade Minister who left recent talks in Brussels. Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said the EU was “not capable” of signing a trade deal right now. The deal is known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. The deal would eventually eliminate 98 percent of the tarriffs between the EU and Canada. It’s near collapsing because a regional parliament in Belgium opposes the deal. The region, called Wallonia, is composed of 3.6 million people. That particular region in Belgium has a strong socialist tradition, saying deals such as this one give too much power to multi-nationals, who may even have the power to intimidate other governments. A BBC dot com report said the small region of Wallonia has all but killed a trade deal that affects 508 million Europeans and 36.3 million Canadians.


Rabobank Says Pork Export Pace is Slowing

A lot of pork production and slowing Chinese pork imports are going to pressure American pork prices in the next several months, according to Rabobank in its latest quarterly Pork Report. A Rabobank analyst expects the global pork trade to stabilize while all of the main pork producing countries are still in expansion mode. That means prospects for 2017 are weaker and managing excess supply will be the key to success. Low production and higher seasonal demand will mean higher pork prices in China. This will provide support to import volumes, but growth will slow in the coming year. Rabobank says higher than expected supplies, combined with slowing exports and more competition from beef and poultry are pushing down profitability in the pork industry. The situation will probably worsen in the fourth quarter as slaughter capacity constraints will benefit processors until more capacity arrives in 2017. Rabobank also said production in the European Union will need to slow down to maintain price support.


An Early Farm Bill Means More Money for Ag

House Ag Committee Ranking Member Colin Peterson of Minnesota feels there may be some pressure on Congress to do something in the upcoming lame-duck session about the sagging farm economy. He’s afraid that many farmers won’t be able to obtain financing for the next growing season because of falling revenue thanks to low commodity prices. Peterson said lawmakers would have more money to work with for farm programs if they did the work early. Another reason for getting the work done early is the dairy farming dilemma. A global oversupply of milk is keeping prices lower. The margin insurance program created in the last Farm Bill has low participation and Peterson said it needs improvement. It won’t be easy no matter when Congress acts. Peterson said urban lawmakers have no idea how much money it takes to plant a crop. Even if the situation gets worse, Peterson said he’s not sure if Congress will act even then. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


10-22-16 Inside the BARN with US Senator Michael Bennet: ‘Get out the Vote Bus Tour; Immigration, Next Farm Bill, Trade and more…


 Inside the BARN with US Senator Michael Bennet: ‘Get out the Vote Bus Tour; Farm Bill, Immigration and more…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 22, 2016 –Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone at this time is US Senator Michael Bennet while he is in the midst of his campaign’s statewide ‘Get Out the Vote bus tour’, in fact, right now he is in SE CO, on his way from Trinidad to Swink where he’ll be meeting with supporters @ Hanagan Farms @ 1:30pm this afternoon. The bus tour started in Longmont, Greeley, Brighton and Denver on Friday, October 21st and continued this morning in Walsenburg and Trinidad. Within this interview Senator Bennet discusses:

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bennet-for-co-bus-tour-102116US Senator Michael Bennet is a member of the Senate committees on Finance; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. To learn more about the work that US Senator Bennet is doing on behalf of Colorado’s Agriculture Industry and its producers, please visit, you can also follow Senator Bennet on TwitterFacebook & YouTube as well. Continue reading

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10-21-16 National FFA’s 2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Winners


National FFA’s 2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Winners

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Oct. 21, 2016/National FFA Organization) –

Winners of the 2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Awards were announced on Friday, Oct. 21 during the sixth general session at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo. Awards were given in 47 categories.

And the winners are: Continue reading

Tune in and “Transform!” Watch the 2016 National FFA Convention, live from Indianapolis Oct 19-22


Tune in and “Transform!” Watch the 2016 National FFA Convention, live from Indianapolis. IN Oct 19-22!

You can see the general sessions, events in the CFD Finals Hall, and some student workshops. Tune into RFD-TV through your cable or satellite provider, or watch online at the link below.

Don’t miss USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as he addresses National FFA members on Thursday, Oct. 20 @ 8:30 a.m. ET, during the Convention General Session 1C, from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. WATCH ALL THE SESSIONS LIVE ONLINE OR ON RFD-TV


10-21-16 NWSS: 2017 Coors Western Art Show Announces Dinah Worman as Featured Artist…



Dinah Worman has been named the 2017 Featured Artist of the 24th Annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. Dinah’s painting “Community” will be the signature work for the 2017 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and thereafter will reside in the National Western’s permanent collection.

Dinah Worman has been named the 2017 Featured Artist of the 24th Annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. Dinah’s painting “Community” will be the signature work for the 2017 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and thereafter will reside in the National Western’s permanent collection.

2017 Coors Western Art Show Announces Featured Artist

DENVER, CO.  Dinah Worman has been named the 2017 Featured Artist of the 24th Annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. Dinah’s painting “Community” will be the signature work for the 2017 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and thereafter will reside in the National Western’s permanent collection. “Community” will also be available for sale as a poster, and can be purchased at the 2017 Coors Show or online at

The Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale opens Tuesday evening, January 3, 2017, with the Red Carpet Gala Reception. The Exhibit features 66 contemporary realists from North America and Europe who capture the Western way of life.

Featured Artist Dinah Worman, a painter and printmaker, has been in the Coors Western Art Show since 2011.  In prior shows, Ms. Worman received the Best in Show Award and the Southwest Art Award. Her oil painting “Community” depicts Ms. Worman’s signature style of “stacked landscapes,” where she often treats the landscape like a still life for compositional elements rather than the beauty of individual objects.  Continue reading





The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 860,000 head as of October 1, 2016. The latest inventory was 8 percent above last month and 4 percent above the October 1, 2015 inventory. The inventory included 570,000 steer and steer calves, no change from the previous year. The number of heifer and heifer calves, at 290,000 head, are up 12 percent from a year ago. Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 170,000 head of fed cattle during September 2016. This was 3 percent below last month’s marketings but up 10 percent from the marketings one year earlier. An estimated 235,000 cattle and calves were placed on feed during September, 38 percent above the previous month’s placements and 12 percent above September 2015 placements. Of the number placed in September, 11 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 9 percent weighed from 600 to 699 pounds, 23 percent weighed from 700 to 799 pounds, and 57 percent weighed 800 pounds and greater. Other disappearance for September, at 5,000 head, was the same as last month and last year.

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2016 – The National Association of Conservation Districts has reviewed the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) final Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) rule and is pleased to hear of its submission to the Federal Register on Tuesday. NACD believes the finalized rule will give voluntary conservation program participants the certainty they need to confidently enter into easements on working lands.

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10-21-16 NIFA Announces Funding Available for Organic Agriculture Research, Education and Extension Projects

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NIFA Announces Funding Available for Organic Agriculture Research, Education and Extension Projects

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2016 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $17.6 million for research and outreach activities to support the organic agriculture sector. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“The organic industry is the fastest growing segment of U.S. agriculture, with sales growing by $4.2 billion last year to reach a record $43.3 billion,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “Over the past seven years, USDA has invested nearly $261 million in research to improve the productivity and success of organic agriculture, including seed-breeding. The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative is one of the many ways USDA is helping this sector meet growing consumer demand.” Continue reading

10-21-16 NFU Defends Family Beef Producers Against Meatpackers’ Aggressive Market ControlPolicy Development

NFU logo 3NFU Defends Family Beef Producers Against Meatpackers’ Aggressive Market Control

WASHINGTON (October 21, 2016) – As the weakened farm economy continues to take a toll on family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union (NFU) is criticizing meatpackers for driving down prices for independent beef producers. Data released last week showed that family cow-calf producers are losing nearly $300 per cow while the packers’ profit margins have increased by approximately $75 per cow, compared to a year ago.

“We’ve seen a lot of family cattle operations go out of business in the last 30 years because the packers have an enormous amount of power and control over the beef market. Beef production is at an all-time low, but beef prices continue to decline faster than they have in history. Yet, the packers cash profit margins have been on the rise. The situation is incredibly unfair for family producers,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. Continue reading

10-21-16 CFVGA President Robert Sakata Recognized by The Packer

CFVGA - Growing Resources Cultivating Success logoCFVGA President Robert Sakata Recognized by The Packer

By Marilyn Bay Drake, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
bob-sakata-leaning-on-shovel-in-field-cfvgaColorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) President Robert Sakata, Sakata Family Farms, Brighton, was one of 25 individuals nationally recognized by The Packer, a Farm Journal publication, for his work and accomplishments in the produce industry. The list of 25 honorees was announced in a special publication, The Packer 25, released last weekend at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Orlando, Fla. The publication was distributed to the 20,889 attendees from 65 countries.

“The Packer 25 is an annual collection of feature stories on 25 leaders in the produce industry,” said Greg Johnson, editor, The Packer. ” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 21st…

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Industry Calls for Clearing up of Organic Marketing

The organic industry wants more certification for organic products. The Organic Trade Association told public officials during a Thursday roundtable consumers need to trust organic marketing of products beyond food. That includes cosmetics, household cleaners and other non-food products claiming to be organic. The Organic Trade Association presented its case during the roundtable to the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. OTA says the roundtable was organized to determine if the FTC needs to issue further guidance to makers of non-food products that use the organic claim or term, but do not use the USDA Organic seal or make any reference to organic certification. A survey by OTA found consumers who are buying organic feel that both organic food products and non-food products claiming to be organic should be regulated in the same manner. The National Organic Program regulates strict organic standards for agricultural products. However, the program’s enforcement authority does not extend to certain types of non-food or non-agricultural products.

RFS Sent to OMB for Review

The final 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard is now under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget. The White House review is expected to be completed within the next 90 days to set renewable volume obligations in the RFS. DTN reports the OMB received the final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday and that puts the EPA on track to finalize volumes by the statutory November 30th deadline. Over the last few years, EPA has struggled to meet the deadline. EPA proposed a 2017 total RFS volume of 18.8 million gallons, including 14.8 million gallons of corn-based ethanol and two billion gallons of biodiesel. DTN says the final rule could be released within the next 30 days, depending on how long the OMB analysis takes.

Former GOP EPA Administrators Fear Trump

Former Republican administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency say they fear a Donald Trump presidency could destroy the agency. Politico reports the former EPA officials say if Trump were to follow through on threats to undo some of the Obama administration’s signature environmental efforts, it would likely lead to mass protest resignations. Christine Todd Whitman, the first EPA administrator under George W. Bush, says moving the agency away from its core mission would result in “a wholesale resignation within the industry.” Doug Parker, the former career-level director of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, suggests Trump should relax enforcement, rather than retracting regulations if elected. Parker says political appointees could decide to slow-walk cases and make other policy changes, although that would not bring an immediate halt to any ongoing investigations.

China Takes Steps to Boost Demand for Domestic Corn

China will end auctions from its state corn reserves to increase new-crop corn buys, according to the National Grain Trade Center. China has sold around 20 million metric tons of old-crop reserve corn at those auctions this year. The Center says it will consider additional corn stockpile sales in May of 2017. Pro Farmer reports that speculation is also on the rise that China will subsidize corn processors to make it cheaper for them to purchase corn, boosting consumption. Talk of the subsidies accelerated when corn processors in the number one corn growing province of China raised their purchase prices, bringing them in line with regional prices offered by the state grain reserve. The market expects Beijing to issue a subsidy of 200 Yuan per metric ton of corn through the 2016-17 marketing year.

USDA Streamlines Loans for Small and Urban Farmers

The Department of Agriculture Thursday announce a streamlined version of USDA guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process. The program is for beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers, according to USDA. Through the program, they can apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the loans would help farmers obtain needed capital to start or expand their operation. USDA also unveiled a new category of lenders that will join traditional lenders, such as banks and credit unions, in offering USDA EZ Guarantee Loans. Microlenders, which include Community Development Financial Institutions and Rural Rehabilitation Corporations, will be able to offer their customers up to $50,000 of EZ Guaranteed Loans, helping to reach urban areas and underserved producers.

World Wine Output Slipping to 20 Year Low

Global wine volumes are expected to decline this year as adverse weather damaged grapes during the growing season. World wine output could fall by 5.3 percent because of excess rain that spoiled grape harvests in South America and adverse weather in French vineyards, resulting in one of the smallest vintages of the past 20 years. Bloomberg reports Wine volume may fall to 259.5 million hectoliters from 273.9 million last year, according to estimates from the International Organization of Vine and Wine, a Paris-based group. Expected output is equivalent to about 35 billion bottles. Wine production in Chile may fall 21 percent, while Argentina is positioned to slump 35 percent. Italy is expected to remain the world’s biggest wine producer, with output slipping just two percent. France is expected to keep second place, even as production slumps 12 percent. French grape growers struggled with a combination of spring frost, hailstorms, drought and fruit rot that is expected to lead to the country’s smallest wine volume in four years.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


10-20-16 National FFA Organization Names Stars Over America


National FFA Organization Names Stars Over America

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016/National FFA Organization) – FFA members from Oklahoma, Minnesota and South Dakota earned the most prestigious honor awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization Thursday at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The American Star awards – including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience – are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning or operating an agricultural business, working or serving in an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.

This year’s winners are: Continue reading

10-20-16 USDA NASS CO Quarterly Milk Production July-Sep 2016 – Mtn Region Highlights…


Arizona dairy herds produced 1.11 billion pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, up 0.5 percent from the previous year.

Colorado dairy herds produced 1.01 billion pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, up 5.5 percent from the previous year.

Montana dairy herds produced 74.0 million pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, down 1.3 percent from the previous year.

New Mexico dairy herds produced 1.94 billion pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, down 0.3 percent from the previous year.

Utah dairy herds produced 541.0 million pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, down 4.1 percent from the previous year. .

Wyoming dairy herds produced 35.1 million pounds of milk during the July – September quarter, up 0.3 percent from the previous year.

Nationally, U.S. milk production during the July – September quarter totaled 52.6 billion pounds, up 1.7 percent from the July – September quarter last year Continue reading