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02-21-17 USDA Offers RCPP Application Webinars, March 22 and April 5

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USDA Offers RCPP Application Webinars, March 22 and April 5

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2017 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is hosting a webinar for potential applicants to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to assist them with their pre-proposals. The webinar will discuss the program, Announcement for Program Funding (APF) requirements, and offer information about best practices for project applications. Pre-proposals are due April 21, 2017.

The NRCS will offer this webinar on March 22 and April 5 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Visit the RCPP website to learn more about the webinar and RSVP for a specific date. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, February 22nd…

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Groups Pen Letter Urging Lawmakers to Reject any Farm Bill Cuts

A letter spearheaded by the American Farm Bureau Federation asks lawmakers to reject any funding cuts in the next farm bill. More than 500 groups joined the letter that claims additional funding cuts would “hinder development and passage of the 2018 farm bill.” The last farm bill contributed $23 billion in savings to deficit reduction over 10 years at the time of passage. That was the first time when spending for a farm bill was voluntarily reduced before Congress even began considering the measure. The groups say cuts made under the 2014 farm bill helped the nation’s deficit reduction effort, but add that additional cuts to the 2018 farm bill would present “perils on many fronts.” The letter strongly urged congressional leaders “to reject calls for additional cuts” during a time when the agricultural and rural economies are showing stress. The letter points out that U.S. farm income has declined 46 percent from three years ago.

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U.S. Corn a Better Deal for Mexico than Corn from Brazil, Argentina

The CEO of global agribusiness company Bunge Limited says U.S. corn is a better deal for Mexico than corn from Argentina or Brazil. Soren Schroder (shrow-der) says he does not think Mexico would start heavily buying corn from South America, simply because the U.S. offers a better deal, according to DTN. Schroder says Mexico purchasing corn other than from the U.S. would require a price shift in Brazil and Argentina. Concerns over Mexico sourcing corn beyond the U.S. surfaced this month after a Mexican lawmaker planned to introduce legislation to instruct the nation to buy corn from South America, rather than the United States. The bill is seen as a response to trade rhetoric by U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, and build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico while implementing an import tax of 20 percent on Mexican goods entering the United States.

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Rural Mainstreet Index Improving

The February Rural Mainstreet Index remained weak with a reading below growth neutral for the 18th straight month. But at 45.8, it reached its highest level in more than a year. The index ranges between 0 and 100. A rating below 50 suggests economic retraction, while a rating above 50 represents expansion. The index represents a 10-state region in the Midwest with strong economic ties to agriculture. Index organizer Ernie Goss says weak farm commodity prices continue to squeeze Rural Mainstreet economies. However, Goss says “the negatives are getting less negative.” Only 14.9 percent of bankers reported that their local economy was expanding. Approximately 34 percent indicated their local economy was in a recession with the remaining 51.1 percent indicating little or no economic growth. The farmland and ranchland-price index for February dipped to 33.7 from January’s 33.8. This is the 39th straight month the index has languished below growth neutral. Bankers indicated that farmland prices in their area had declined by an average of 5.1 percent across the region over the past 12 months. Meanwhile, the February farm equipment-sales index increased to 20.5 from 16.7 in January.

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National Pork Board Increases International Markets Funding

As pork exports continue to show progress, the National Pork Board is increasing its focus on international markets in 2017. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up eight percent and seven percent respectively from 2015. On average, U.S. pork exports accounted for 25.8 percent of total pork production last year. With more pork available in the U.S. due to increased pork output, the National Pork Board recently approved an increase of 12.7 percent in funding for 2017 export market activities. NPB says the financial commitment translates into tangible marketing activities that increase U.S. pork exports to emerging and developing markets.

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Georgia Axes New Poultry Price Index

The Georgia Department of Agriculture said Tuesday the Georgia Premium Poultry Price Index will not be published due to a lack of available data. The index was the department’s answer to the suspended Georgia Dock poultry price discovery system, which had come under scrutiny due to how high its prices have been compared with other pricing indexes, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. The index was to consist of three producer price indexes  to measure the aggregate change in prices of poultry sold on contracts at one month, six month and 12 month base periods. It called for random reviews to verify all data. Lawsuits accusing the industry of price fixing have caught the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is doing its own investigation into the allegations.

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Grocery Industry Seeking to Reduce Consumer Confusion on Product Date Labels

In a new industry-wide effort to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels, grocery manufacturers and retailers have joined together to adopt standard wording on packaging about the quality and safety of products. Currently, more than ten different date labels on packages – such as Sell By, Use By, Expires On, Best Before, Better if Used By or Best By – can result in confused consumers discarding a safe or usable product after the date on the package, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute. The two organizations are working on an initiative that streamlines the date labels on consumer products packaging down to just two standard phrases. “BEST If Used By” describes product quality, where the product may not taste or perform as expected but is safe to use or consume. “USE By” applies to the few products that are highly perishable or have a food safety concern over time. The industry hopes to implement the changes by the end of next year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-21-17 2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

National Pork Board Increases Funding For International Markets
12.7 percent in 2017

DES MOINES, IOWA —Feb. 21, 2017 – At year-end 2016, U.S. pork exports showed impressive progress following a challenging 2015. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the USDA.

“We saw a strong 2016 for U.S. pork exports, but we still face challenges with increased global competition and a stronger U.S. dollar,” said Becca Nepple, vice president of international marketing for the Pork Checkoff. “The Checkoff is committed to bolstering its partnership with international customers through additional funding of in-country promotions of U.S. pork with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.” Continue reading

02-21-17 Applications Being Accepted for Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting

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DENVER – (Feb. 21, 2017) – The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the World Trade Center Denver are now accepting applications for the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting. This award has been given to Colorado exporters annually since 1970 and recognizes economic growth through international business.  Winners will be formally recognized on May 16, 2017 at World Trade Day, the region’s premier international trade event. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, February 21st…

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Senate Confirms Trump EPA Chief

The U.S. Senate Friday confirmed the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On a mostly party-line vote of 52-46, Republicans in the Senate pushed the nomination through, allowing Pruitt to become the next EPA Administrator. The vote followed an overnight rally by Senate Democrats in an effort to delay the vote until next week, after 3,000 some emails between Pruitt and the fossil fuel industry are set to be released. The New York Times says Democrats, environmental groups and even current EPA employees have harshly criticized Pruitt’s record of fighting the mission of the agency he will now lead. Pruitt is welcomed, however, by many agriculture groups because of his opposition to the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule and other regulations.

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Mexico Looking at Argentina, Brazil, for Yellow Corn

Mexico is turning its attention to South America, given uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. Mexico’s agriculture minister last week announced he would lead a business delegation to Argentina and Brazil to explore buying yellow corn from the two nations. The trip was attributed to an effort to consider lessening Mexico’s dependence on the United States, according to Reuters. Exact dates have yet to be set, but Mexico confirms the trip will happen within the next 20 days, and Mexico could explore quotas and changing the tariff regime for imports from South America if needed. The announcement follows a threat to retaliate against the U.S. by a Mexican Senator who is considering legislation to direct the country not to buy corn from the United States. The threats stem from Mexico’s opposition to a President Trump proposal to build a border wall and impose a 20 percent import tax on Mexican goods to cover the cost and the consideration of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Senate Agriculture Committee Holding Farm Bill Field Hearing

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold its first farm bill field hearing this week in Kansas. The hearing, planned for Thursday at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, will feature testimony from a variety of agricultural producers, according to committee sources. Titled “Hearing from the Heartland: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Kansas,” committee members will get an update on “what is working and what is not working in farm country,” according to Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, A Kansas Republican. The field hearing will follow the House Agriculture Committee’s pre-farm bill hearing last week. The Senate Agriculture Committee will live stream the hearing online at ag dot senate dot gov (www.ag.senate.gov). A time for the hearing had not been confirmed as of Friday afternoon.

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Farmers File Class Action Suit over Dicamba Drift

Farmers have filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto over dicamba herbicide drift issues. The lawsuit focuses on the off-label use of dicamba that led to drift damage in ten states last year. DTN says the new case, a class action suit filed in the U.S. District Court in Missouri, has two farmers from Missouri as lead plaintiffs. The lawsuit was filed by the same Missouri-based legal firm that also sued Monsanto over dicamba drift in November 2016 on behalf of a Missouri fruit and row-crop operation. Attorneys representing the farmers say they expect “hundreds of farmers” will eventually join the class action lawsuit. The lawsuit is open to farmers who experienced damage from illegal dicamba drift in 2016 from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Illegal, off-label, over the top use of a Monsanto dicamba product led to drift damage to crops that were not tolerant to dicamba. The new lawsuit contends that Monsanto is responsible for the off-label dicamba use and damage.

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Day Without Immigrants Protests Slowed some Meatpacking Operations

Last week’s Day Without Immigrants protests caused some slowdowns at meatpacking operations in the United States, but Tyson Foods and Cargill said all plants were operational last Thursday. A Cargill spokesperson told meat industry publication Meatingplace the impact was “minimal,” and a Tyson Foods spokesperson said absentee levels at some locations were “higher than normal,” but noted all plants were operating. North American Meat Institute President Barry Carpenter said some operations were slowed or modified because of the protests across the nation. Carpenter said: “We respect the rights of our employees to express themselves,” noting that the meat industry has long supported comprehensive immigration reform. Media reports listed several types of business closures, largely in urban areas, and including grocery stores and restaurants from fast food to fine dining.

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East Coast Dock Workers Starting Contract Negotiation Early

Dock workers and cargo companies along the east coast are getting an early start to contract negotiations, an effort that could prevent a port slowdown like the one seen on the west coast during 2015. The International Longshoremen’s Association held informal contract talks last week with the United States Maritime Alliance, which represents the employers of some 25,000 unionized Atlantic and Gulf Coast port workers, according to the Wall Street Journal. In a joint statement, the two organizations say the discussions were “productive and peaceful.” The meeting came 19 months before the current contract, agreed to in 2013, is set to expire in September of 2018. Talks first began in 2015, after labor negotiations at west coast seaports forced a slowdown in exports and congested ports on that side of the nation.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-16-17 FFA Members Across the Country to Celebrate National FFA Week

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INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017/National FFA Organization) – Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. Next week, more than 649,000 FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing the message of agricultural education as part of National FFA Week.

National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to host a variety of activities to raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of agriculture’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.

National FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, George Washington’s birthday. This year, the week kicks off on Feb. 18 and culminates on Feb. 25. Continue reading

02-20-17 CCA: Open Letter Issued to All Federal Grazing Permittees

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CCA:  Open Letter Issued to All Federal Grazing Permittees

ARVADA, CO – Recently, a group has materialized claiming to be the only organization that represents the public lands rancher. This recently-formed group, which has questionable ties to public lands grazing; is advancing a compelling but dangerous theory that ranchers who hold grazing permits on public lands are not merely permittees, but allotment owners. While we at PLC fight every day for the preference and property rights of ranchers, we feel that this particular theory goes beyond our legal rights and could ultimately result in the loss of permits and subsequent destruction of family ranches.

We are lucky in this industry to have a deep bench of legal talent that is focused on our issues and represents our interests in the courts. These assembled legal minds have released the following open letter on this general topic which we present to you independent of our opinions and analysis. That so many of the names on the attached letter will be familiar to you is a testament to their commitment to our industry and their years of work on behalf of ranchers.

Open Letter as to Status of Grazing Permits Issued by BLM and USFS

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02-20-17 ANCW names Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program scholarship winners

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The 2017 winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program were announced at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. The three winners are (pictured center, left to right) Elisabeth Loseke, Columbus, Neb., McKenzie Smith, Snowville, Utah, and Haley Goodall, Belden, N.D. They are pictured with ANCW program manager Evelyn Brown (far left) and Janet Bailey Barrows of Farm Credit Services of America (far right). Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

The 2017 winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program were announced at the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. The three winners are (pictured center, left to right) Elisabeth Loseke, Columbus, Neb., McKenzie Smith, Snowville, Utah, and Haley Goodall, Belden, N.D. They are pictured with ANCW program manager Evelyn Brown (far left) and Janet Bailey Barrows of Farm Credit Services of America (far right). Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

ANCW names Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program scholarship winners

Developing young people to be tomorrow’s advocates for the beef industry is the goal of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program. The program is managed by the American National CattleWomen, Inc., and sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

Three winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program have been selected for this year. The three 2017 winners are Elisabeth Loseke, Columbus, Neb., McKenzie Smith, Snowville, Utah, and Haley Goodall, Belden, N.D. Each recipient received a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America. The winners were announced at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show held in Nashville, Tenn. Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

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02-20-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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02-13-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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02-20-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) February 20, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

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02-19-17 Livestock Marketeers induct three into Hall of Fame

The Livestock Marketeers honored three inductees to the Hall of Fame for 2017: Jim Danekas, Wilton, CA, was honored posthumously and represented by his son-in-law, Matt Lohse; Bill Angell, LaSalle, CO; and Doug Paul, Edmond, OK.

The Livestock Marketeers honored three inductees to the Hall of Fame for 2017: Jim Danekas, Wilton, CA, was honored posthumously and represented by his son-in-law, Matt Lohse; Bill Angell, LaSalle, CO; and Doug Paul, Edmond, OK.

Livestock Marketeers induct three into Hall of Fame

DENVER —The Livestock Marketeers — an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders — met for their 52nd Annual Banquet at the National Western Club on January 14. The event was hosted by American Live Stock; master of ceremonies was J. Neil Orth, executive vice president of the American-International Charolais Association and 1984 Hall of Fame inductee.

The Livestock Marketeers group was formed in 1965 by Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett. Their purpose was to establish a fraternal organization of livestock professionals, and to make annual awards in order to encourage younger members of the industry to succeed in their chosen profession. Continue reading

02-17-17 Culver’s Launches Third Annual FFA Essay Contest

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Restaurant celebrates FFA Week with contest that sends FFA chapters to national convention

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 20, 2017 – There are already 649,355 reasons to celebrate National FFA Week, but Culver’s is adding one more. On Feb. 20, Culver’s will kick off its third annual FFA Essay Contest to award three winners the funds to send their FFA chapters to the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 25-28, 2017.

The essay contest asks FFA members to submit an essay in response to the following questions: As a future ag leader, what do you want people to know about the agricultural industry? How will you help to educate them on this subject? Culver’s will award prizes for the top three essays, providing winners with $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. To submit their essays, FFA members should visit Culvers.com/essaycontest. The contest ends March 31, 2017, at 5 p.m. CST. Continue reading

02-17-17 USDA-NASS CO: Farms and Land in Farms…

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FARMS AND LAND IN FARMS

ARIZONA

The number of farms and ranches in Arizona in 2016 totaled 19,600, up 100 operations from the 2015 estimate. Total land in farms in Arizona, at 25.9 million acres, was down less than one-half percent from the 2015 estimate. The average size of farm was 1,321 acres, compared to 1,333 acres the previous year.

COLORADO

The number of farms and ranches in Colorado in 2016 totaled 33,800, down 400 operations from the 2015 estimate. Total land in farms in Colorado, at 31.7 million acres, was unchanged from the 2015 estimate. The average size of farm was 938 acres, compared to 927 acres the previous year.

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02-17-17 CICA: 2017 A Year of Opportunity for the Ranching Industry…

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Back row, L to R:  Director Tom Hendrix, Wray, CO; Past President and State Representative Kimmi Lewis, Kim, CO; Immediate Past President Wil Bledsoe, Hugo, CO; Director Wayne Rusher, Ordway, CO; Director John Beatty, Ignacio, CO; Director Martin Canterbury, Canon City, CO; Director Tom Robb, McClave, CO; Past President John Reid, Ordway, CO; Director David Cundiff, Bayfield, CO.   Front row, L to R: Past President Gerald Schreiber, Last Chance, CO; Director and Treasurer Janell Reid, Ordway, CO; President Lorene Bonds, Durango, CO; Director and Vice President Cody Jolly, Hugo, CO; and Director and Secretary Curt Werner, Merino, CO.

Back row, L to R: Director Tom Hendrix, Wray, CO; Past President and State Representative Kimmi Lewis, Kim, CO; Immediate Past President Wil Bledsoe, Hugo, CO; Director Wayne Rusher, Ordway, CO; Director John Beatty, Ignacio, CO; Director Martin Canterbury, Canon City, CO; Director Tom Robb, McClave, CO; Past President John Reid, Ordway, CO; Director David Cundiff, Bayfield, CO.
Front row, L to R: Past President Gerald Schreiber, Last Chance, CO; Director and Treasurer Janell Reid, Ordway, CO; President Lorene Bonds, Durango, CO; Director and Vice President Cody Jolly, Hugo, CO; and Director and Secretary Curt Werner, Merino, CO.

CICA: 2017 A Year of Opportunity for the Ranching Industry…
The Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association looks with eager anticipation to 2017 as a year of opportunity for the ranching industry. Resonating President Trump’s strong pro-American agenda, the CICA is continuing to work diligently to re-implement Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef. COOL has been widely opposed by the four main beef packers, none of which are based in the U.S. “Product of USA” allows exporters to seek high premiums for U.S. beef, yet domestic producers have been blocked from the same labeling advantage at home. The cost of implementing COOL is no greater than that of food products with country of origin labeling requirements already in place. COOL will give Americans a choice when purchasing beef and create a fair marketplace for U.S. producers as well as a transparent, safer market for consumers. Consumers have the right to know where their beef comes from. Continue reading

02-17-17 An Interview with CSU’s Ryan O’Reilly AFBF YF&R’s Collegiate Discussion Meet National Winner…

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An Interview with CSU’s Ryan O’Reilly AFBF YF&R’s Collegiate Discussion National Winner

AFBF-Young Farmer Rancher Program logo(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) February 17, 2017 – The American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet was held in Mid-February where Fifty-three competitors from 36 states participated in the contest. Joining the CO Ag News Network at this time is the winner of that competition, Ryan O’Reilly of Colorado State University.

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