08-23-17 In Memory of Andrew West of Briggsdale, CO

Andrew E. (Andy) West, 99, of Briggsdale, CO, passed away on August 20, 2017. He was born June 26, 1918 in Chicago, IL, to James Andrew West and Minnie (Franklin) West.
In 1919, the family moved to their homestead 10 miles northeast of Briggsdale. In June, 1934, Andy’s father suddenly passed away, leaving him as the family’s main earner at 15 years old. He moved 5 miles southeast of Briggsdale in 1936. On August 13, 1951, Andy married Merietta Ball. They happily built a life together on their wheat farm southeast of Briggsdale.  Continue reading

08-23-17 USGC, Growth Energy, RFA Statement On Brazil Decision To Impose U.S. Ethanol Import Tariff

USGC, Growth Energy, RFA Statement On Brazil Decision To Impose U.S. Ethanol Import Tariff

Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Blairo Maggi tweeted this afternoon that CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, has approved a recommendation to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports after a 600 million liter tariff rate quota. Local media are reporting this TRQ would be in place for the following two years, stymying access to a large and growing market for U.S. ethanol exports.

The following is a joint statement on this action from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen and Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor: Continue reading

08-23-17 CWCB News: Implementing Colorado’s Water Plan

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CWCB News: Implementing Colorado’s Water Plan 

In two months, Colorado will reach an important milestone: the two-year “birthday” of Colorado’s Water Plan. Some birthdays may seem more important than others, but each offers a chance to celebrate, reflect, focus, and look forward to the years to come.

Coloradans from every corner, every crest, and every valley of our state have been working hard – collaborating, partnering, and persevering to implement Colorado’s Water Plan for nearly two years. This journey started many years ago, far before Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order in May of 2013 calling for a strategic plan for our state’s water resources. However, it was at that time that Coloradans were re-energized to rise up to the challenge in a new way. It was time to put many years of conversations, plans, and ideas into words – words that would catalyze action and unite our collective efforts toward a better future for not only Colorado, but the entire western region.  Continue reading



Last Friday, the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service Tom Tidwell announced his retirement after 40 years of service to the agency. Tony Tooke, who is currently serving as the Regional Forester for the Southern Region, will succeed Tidwell starting September 1.

“NACD congratulates Chief Tidwell on his many years of dedicated service and is grateful for all he has accomplished as a friend of conservation,” NACD CEO Jeremy Peters said. “We look forward to working with Chief Tooke in his new role to address barriers to forest health nationwide, and to ensure conservation districts play a role in both public and private lands conservation.” Continue reading

08-23-17 USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing Requirements

USDA Seeks Public Input on Updates to Animal Welfare Act Licensing Requirements

Announcement During Week of 51st Anniversary of Law Protecting Animals in Research & Exhibition

(Washington, DC, August 23, 2017) – Marking the 51st anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) this week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today asked for input from the public to help determine potential updates to the law’s licensing requirements.  The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is tasked with upholding and enforcing the AWA.  The AWA was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 24, 1966.

“As a trained veterinarian, humane standards of care for animals are close to my heart and central to my love and concern for our four-legged friends,” Perdue said.  “Administering the AWA is a key USDA mission, and we are always looking for ways to improve.  We welcome comments from the public as APHIS considers changes to the licensing requirements to help us fulfill this important responsibility.” Continue reading

08-23-17 NRCS-CSU Extension’s Greywater Webinar on September 1st

Greywater Webinar – September 1, 2017 from Noon – 1:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Sybil Sharvelle, CSU

Host: Kara Harders, CSU Extension

Link: https://zoom.us/j/847942980

What are we going to talk about?

Due to ever increasing demand on diminishing water supplies, communities in Colorado strive to diversify water sources and minimize the import of water. Use of graywater to meet non-potable water demand is one alternative to make use of local water supplies. Graywater is water from showers, baths, hand-wash sinks and laundry. This water is less contaminated than water from toilets and kitchens and thus can be used for irrigation of landscape or to flush toilets. Colorado Regulation 86 was passed to allow those uses of graywater. This webinar will provide general information on graywater use for irrigation and toilet flushing, summarize Regulation 86 and allowable uses of graywater in the state of Colorado and provide information on installation of systems for use of graywater.

Five minutes before the webinar begins, click on the link and follow instructions to enter the webinar. Link:https://zoom.us/j/847942980

This is a free webinar presented by CSU Extension.

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08-23-17 National Farmers Union Rolls out Initiative to Expand Use of Ethanol, Advanced Biofuels

National Farmers Union to Power the Transition to a Homegrown, Renewable Energy Future for the U.S.

WASHINGTON – August 23, 2017 – The transition to a homegrown, renewable energy future for America is underway. Biofuels, higher blends of ethanol in gasoline, and advanced, bio-based technologies are reaping tremendous benefits for our environment and providing much-needed economic stability to America’s farming and rural communities. The U.S. must implement federal-level policies that encourage expanded markets for these energy sources and remove regulatory barriers that inhibit their growth.

To that end, National Farmers Union (NFU), in conjunction with state Farmers Union divisions, rolled out an initiative to advance federal policies that support homegrown and home-produced renewable energy sources. NFU President Roger Johnson was joined by veteran energy, environment and agriculture policy specialist Anne Steckel, who will lead the effort.



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08-23-17 National Farmers Union President to Headline 2017 Cattle Producer’s Forum

National Farmers Union President to Headline 2017 Cattle Producer’s Forum

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) announced Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union, as a keynote speaker of the 2017 Cattle Producer’s Forum to be held this September 16th at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Montana.

Following the announcement, USCA President Kenny Graner stated:

“We look forward to having NFU President Roger Johnson join us this year in Billings, Montana. As a third-generation family farmer and fellow North Dakotan, Mr. Johnson speaks from experience and fundamentally understands the challenges producers face in today’s changing industry NFU has been a relentless partner in the effort to reestablish a country-of-origin labeling program and we appreciate all the group has done to advance the interests of U.S. cattle producers nationwide.”

NFU President Roger Johnson added:

“America’s ranchers are currently stuck in a system that allows for farm prices to plummet while multinational meatpackers reap record profits. For thirty years, we’ve seen this system put thousands of family cattle operations out of business, and it must change or many more independent ranchers will experience the same fate. USCA members and leaders have been fighting for policies that benefit the American family rancher – policies like Country-of-Origin Labeling, fair trade, and reigning in corporate consolidation. I’m pleased to join them at this year’s Cattle Producer’s Forum. Together, our organizations will work together to reverse the tide for the American men and women who produce the best beef cattle in the world.”

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08-23-17 Retailers discuss ethanol opportunity at ACE conference

Retailers discuss ethanol opportunity at ACE conference

Sioux Falls, SD (August 23, 2017) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) hosted its 30th annual conference in Omaha last week, and for the fourth year in a row, the retailer panel was one of the highlights of the event. Charlie Bosselman, owner of Nebraska-based Bosselman Enterprises and Pump & Pantry c-stores, and Bob O’Connor, owner of JETZ Convenience Centers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shared experience-based insight on how the ethanol industry can help retailers add E15 and higher blends.

ACE senior vice president Ron Lamberty moderated the discussion addressing how to drive more ethanol gallons at retail. “We can come up with all kinds of programs that we think will move more ethanol, but we make the most progress when retailers tell us what they’ve learned and what they need from us,” Lamberty said. “ACE ‘deputizes’ early adopters like Bosselman and O’Connor to help us spread the word to other fuel marketers about these topics. Retailers trust the opinions of other retailers, so these people like Charlie and Bob are critical to ethanol’s growth.”

“I think ethanol has a great story,” O’Connor said. “You get more power, more performance, it’s local, and it’s cheaper. We’re all in the business to make money, and ethanol gave us an initial profit center.” Continue reading

08-23-17 CAB: Borck honored for beef industry success

Borck honored for beef industry success

Written by Steve Suther

Lee Borck, Manhattan, Kan., has known hard times and boom, seen the impact on others as well as his own enterprises. That could describe a lot of cattle feeders, but Borck stands out for his record of leadership and overcoming adversity through cooperative efforts.

That’s why the Feeding Quality Forum honored this master of ag finance and “business by the numbers” with its 2017 Industry Achievement Award. Continue reading

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USDA Launches Animal Welfare Database

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service has launched what it calls a “refined public search tool” offering access to compliance records for the Animal Welfare Act. Last year, APHIS formally initiated a comprehensive review and update of the Animal Care website. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the agency also hoped to balance its commitment to transparency with applicable laws, including rules protecting personal privacy. APHIS removed the Animal Care Information System search tool in February for review, and began posting inspection reports on a rolling basis in February, March, April and June of this year. A group of animal activists sued USDA and APHIS earlier this year over the removal of thousands of documents during the review period. The agency says that it is continuing to review animal inventories that accompany inspection reports for accuracy. For thatreason, the newly posted inspection reports do not include animal inventories, but APHIS intends to make this information available in the future.

U.S. Moving Forward with WTO China Grains Case

The United States is moving forward with a World Trade Organization case against China regarding tariff-rate quotas for agricultural products. The WTO said this week that the U.S. is requesting that the WTO set up a panel to investigate the tariff-rate quotas, a move that Reuters says sets up a showdown between the two largest economies in the world. The tariff-rate quotas at question include tariffs for wheat, rice and corn. The request was initiated by the Obama administration last year, and the Trump administration is moving forward with the format request. The U.S. Trade representative’s office last year said global prices for the three commodities were lower than China’s domestic prices, yet the country did not maximize its use of the tariff-rate quotas, which offer lower duties on a certain volume of imported grains every year. USTR said the lack of action by China limited market access for shipments from the United States, the world’s largest grain exporter, and other countries. Since then, Australia, the European Union, Canada and Thailand have joined the dispute as third parties. The WTO Dispute Settlement Body will consider the request during a meeting August 31st.

Wheat Growers Say NAFTA Can be Improved

The National Association of Wheat Growers says the North American Free Trade Agreement can be improved to benefit U.S. wheat farmers. While stressing the ag industry line of “do no harm” to agricultural trade, the Association says there are some areas where the framework for wheat trade between the three countries can be improved. Association CEO Chandler Goule (gool) says those areas include sanitary and phytosanitary rules that the three countries already agreed to as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Goule also points to Canada’s grading system for U.S. wheat, stating: “Canadian wheat can freely enter U.S. elevators and receive a grade equal to its quality while U.S. wheat brought to Canadian elevators is automatically downgraded to a ‘feed wheat’ grade or the equivalent.” NAFTA negotiations started last week in Washington, D.C., and will continue next month in Mexico.


Groups See Pruitt NCBA Video Biased Against WOTUS

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s appearance in a video with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is drawing criticism from critics and so-called government ethics experts. The Cattle Network reports that critics say Pruitt inaccurately uses industry talking points to describe the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, and that his comments sound as if he has already made up his mind about WOTUS, regardless of the comments posted to EPA’s website. In the video, NCBA suggests that viewers take action and “tell EPA to kill WOTUS,” offering a link to provide comment to the EPA. An administrative law specialist at the American University’s Washington College of Law says Pruitt’s appearance in the video makes the rulemaking process and the EPA seem like “it is not really open-minded and that public participation doesn’t really matter.” Critics also note that during a visit to Iowa last month, Pruitt was photographed holding a sign that says, “It’s time to Ditch the Rule,” with those photos posted to social media.

ISU Study Shows No Impact of RFS on Greenhouse Gasses

A study by Iowa State University says the Renewable Fuel Standard brings a net positive to the U.S. economy but fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally. The study, produced in June, was released by the Renewable Fuels Association recently, highlighting the net positive to the U.S. economy. Iowa State University’s Center for Agriculture and Rural Development developed the study that found the increased cost of soybeans and corn benefits the agriculture sector and creates broader welfare gains for the U.S. However, the study found that the direct reduction from substituting biofuels for fossil fuels was outweighed elsewhere. The study found that increasing biofuels in the fossil fuel mix reduced carbon emissions in the U.S. by about 29 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent under the 2015 baseline, but that was more than offset by increased emissions in the rest of the world.

Farm Computer Ownership Report Released by USDA

A report by the Department of Agriculture shows farm access to the internet is increasing. The 2017 USDA Farm Computer Usage and Ownership report shows that nationally, 73 percent of farms have computer access. Of those farmers having computer access, 72 percent, up one percent from 2015, own or lease a computer. To connect to the internet, eight percent of farmers indicated they use fiber-optic connections, while 17 percent indicated they used mobile internet service for cell phones. However, DSL connection continues to be the most common method of accessing the Internet, with 29 percent of the farms in the United States using it, down from 30 percent in 2015. A satellite connection, at 21 percent, remained steady from 2015. Computer usage for farm business at 47 percent nationally, is up four percentage points from 2015. However, the report does show that bigger farms are more likely to have internet access, than smaller farms.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


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08-22-17 National Western Center equity partners release official partnership agreement to advance campus vision

National Western Center equity partners release official partnership agreement to advance campus vision 

DENVER –  Today, the Framework Agreement, outlining program funding, governance, and other business-related agreements associated with the National Western Center will be pre-released to the media as a next step toward advancing the campus vision. The legally-binding agreement is between the campus equity partners: City and County of Denver, Colorado State University System (CSU), Western Stock Show Association (WSSA), and the National Western Center Authority (Authority), which will be formed pursuant to the Framework Agreement.

The agreement solidifies how each partner will contribute to and participate in the governance of the new National Western Center. Some notable documents incorporated into this agreement include: Continue reading

08-22-17 SHIC Funds Near Real-Time Global Swine Disease Monitoring System

SHIC Funds Near Real-Time Global Swine Disease Monitoring System

August 22, 2017 – Ames, Iowa – The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) has funded a near real-time monitoring system for swine diseases around the world. Reviewed by SHIC’s Monitoring and Analysis Working Group, the system will include identification of potential hazards due to new diseases or changes in current diseases’ status, screening steps to evaluate the information collected, and informing the U.S. pork industry through regular, timely reporting. Continue reading

08-22-17 RMFU: Show Up, Stand Up, Speak Out at Farm Bill Listening Session in Farmington, NM on Aug 25th

RMFU: Show Up, Stand Up, Speak Out At N.M. Farm Bill Listening Session

As a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcomittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Udall wants to continue to strengthen agriculture in New Mexico, as well as to address hunger, protect our clean water and quality of our soil, and stimulate the economy in rural communities. And as work begins in Washington on the 2018 Farm Bill, he wants to hear from you.

We are partnering with Rep. Ben Ray Luján and would like to invite you to join for a discussion on the Farm Bill programs you access – what works well, what can use improvement, and what the Senate should look at as we reauthorize these programs for the next five years. Space is limited to those participants receiving this invitation directly from our Office. However, we welcome other members of our community to attend in a listening capacity. There will be an opportunity for all attendees to provide written feedback.

10 a.m. to noon Thursday, August 25

San Juan College, Health and Human Performance Center, Zia Room

4601 College Blvd.

Farmington, NM 87402

Please RSVP via email by Tuesday, August 23rd to Alicia_Schreiner@tomudall.senate.gov.

If you have any questions, you can call our Albuquerque Office at 505-346-6791.

08-22-17 American Sheep Industry Adds $5.8 Billion to U.S. Economy

American Sheep Industry Adds $5.8 Billion to U.S. Economy

DENVER – The American Sheep Industry Association released its 2017 Economic Impact Study, showing that the nation’s 88,000 sheep producers generated a total economic impact of $5.8 billion in 2016. With over $500 million in farm gate receipts for sheep and lambs, value added from processing, wool, and retail; the American sheep industry contributes over $2 billion directly to the U.S. economy, with a multiplier impact of nearly three times the initial investment. Through the commission of this study and periodic updates, Peter Orwick, Executive Director of the American Sheep Industry Association says the industry is better able to evaluate its role as a part of the larger agricultural economy.
“The American sheep industry is a major sector of livestock production in the United States,” said Orwick. “From large scale operations in the west, on private and public lands, to smaller farm flocks in the east, raising sheep and wool fosters economic growth that supports rural communities and provides food and fiber for the nation.”
In addition to the monetary economic impact, the study also found that every job in sheep production supported nearly a second full time position in foodservice, retail, or fabrication. Continue reading

08-22-17 CO Governor Hickenlooper announces State’s response following review of oil and gas operations

CO Governor Hickenlooper announces State’s response following review of oil and gas operations

DENVER — Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the state’s response following a three month review of oil and gas operations. He called for the review after the deadly home explosion in Firestone last April that killed two people and injured a third.

“At the time of the explosion, we committed to do all we could to ensure that what happened to the Martinez and Irwin families never happens again,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The actions we announced today are a responsible and appropriate response that places public safety first.”

Immediately following the explosion, the Governor ordered the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to conduct a swift review of flowlines. Industry provided timely information and has shared in the development of these recommended next steps.

The Governor is directing work to now focus on policy initiatives. Change will come either through rulemaking or legislation and will fall into these areas: Continue reading

08-22-17 US Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million Investment in Community-based Advanced Transportation Projects

US Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million Investment in Community-based Advanced Transportation Projects

August 22, 2017 – Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced $13.4 million in support of five new cost-shared, community-based projects focused on energy efficient mobility systems including connected and autonomous vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure including natural gas, propane, biofuels, hydrogen, and electricity.

This Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) funding is an investment in highly-innovative, highly-leveraged, and scalable projects that will provide real-world experience and generate knowledge and lessons learned to help improve our nation’s energy security, support energy independence, improve transportation efficiency, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness.

The following projects will serve as “living labs” to test new ideas, collect data, and inform research on energy efficient transportation technologies and systems. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 22nd

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First Round of NAFTA Talks Conclude

The first round of talks between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, ended last week with all three sides saying they’re committed to getting negotiations done as quickly as possible. The next round of talks is scheduled for September 1-5 in Mexico. Talks then move to Canada in late September before coming back to America in October. Bloomberg says a joint statement issued by the countries acknowledges that there’s a lot of work ahead in the coming months but all three countries are committed to an accelerated and comprehensive negotiation process. The goal is to update the agreement and establish 21st century standards to benefit all citizens. Part of the pressure to get negotiations done as quickly as possible likely comes from elections held next year in Mexico as well as the U.S. congressional midterm elections in November of 2018. The opening round got off to a tense start last week as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the U.S. wouldn’t accept a “tweaking” of the deal that President Trump says has failed Americans and gutted U.S. manufacturing. Experts tell Bloomberg the most challenging parts of the discussions come when negotiators deal with issues like dispute resolution and the rules-of-origin that dictate local content requirements in products traded between the countries.


Farm Debt Likely to Reach All-Time High in 2017

Low commodity prices have made things tough by bringing down land values, tightening balance sheets, and increasing the stress level of America’s producers. Unfortunately, that means farmers are continuing to take on more debt. The amount of outstanding farm debt is likely to reach an all-time high this year. Brent Gloy of Agricultural Economic Insights says if the debt level climbs another five percent from current levels, it will reach an all-time high. MILK online says unlike the 1980s farm crisis, farm debt to asset ratios are still very low today in comparison. A Farmer Mac research expert says the amount of leverage on farms over the past several years remains low. USDA historical data shows that in spite of that large amount of debt, farmers are still in good position. The Economic Research Service shows debt-to-asset ratio is 14 percent. During the 1980s, that same number reached a high of over 22 percent. The lowest point was back in 2012 at 11.3 percent. Farm prices were very volatile ahead of the 1980s crash, which meant farmers didn’t have an opportunity to stockpile assets. Going into this downturn, record-high commodity prices helped farmers get their financial houses set up before prices tumbled.


California Announces Pesticide Restrictions

California took a step toward banning the pesticide chlorpyrifos (klohr-peer’-uh-fohs). The move comes in spite of a Trump administration effort to turn back the Obama-era effort to ban the chemical. The state’s Environmental Protection Agency says farmers and other users will be asked to increase the buffer zones between the fields where they spray the chemical and inhabited areas like residential areas and school zones. The L.A. Times says the agency will move ahead with plans to ban the chemical as a known hazard to humans under Proposition 65. California growers used more than one million pounds of the chemical in 2015 on more than 60 crops, including almonds, grapes, walnuts, oranges, and cotton. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation says the overall use of the chemical has dropped by half between 2005 and 2015. Environmental activists say California is still moving too slowly on the issue. Paul Towers, a spokesman for the Pesticide Action Network of North America, says the agency is actually issuing voluntary guidelines instead of new rules regarding pesticide application. Towers also says the state’s EPA scientists aren’t focusing on the chemical’s effects on children’s brains.


Will Crop Tour Have an Effect on Markets?

The Farm Journal Crop Tour this week will take another look at corn and soybean conditions across the Midwest as market prices slid last week. Jerry Gulke of the Gulke Group says if tour participants find fewer bushels than recent government predictions, the markets may have already seen its highest production numbers of the season. Gulke tells Farm Journal’s Ag Web Dot Com he’s hoping for positive results. “If they come out of the fields saying that government estimates might have been right,” Gulke says, “that’s not going to look good.” Commodity prices had a tough go last week as prices continued to drop thanks to rain reports in growing regions around the country, including North Dakota, where the drought has been at its most intense. Gulke suspects crop conditions are quite as good as the government thinks. “Crop ratings show that things are pretty bad in some areas,” Gulke says. While the trade has been skeptical of farmer-oriented tours in the past, Gulke says they have a lot more credibility than in the past, adding, “Let’s hope crop condition numbers are bad enough that they come out and say we’ve seen the highest production numbers we’re going to see this year.”


Cattle Loss Limited from Montana Wildfires

Montana has lost almost a half million acres of land thanks to wildfires. More than half of that acreage total came from just one fire. The Montana Stockgrowers Association tells Drovers Cattle Network Dot Com that cattle losses from the fires have been limited. 29 fires are currently active in Montana, with the bulk of them burning in the western part of the state where cattle numbers are more limited. The biggest fire is the Lodgepole Complex fire in eastern Montana. “Most of the people affected by the Lodgepole fire are getting a better handle on things,” says Jay Bodner, Director of Natural Resources for the Montana Stockgrowers Association. “Luckily, we did see minimal cattle losses from the fire.” So far, there haven’t been any reports of major cattle losses from the fires. Some cattle were unfortunately electrocuted by power lines when a power pole burned down. Bonder says he doesn’t think the cattle death toll will be as widespread as the fires that ravaged the southern plains in March. The latest drought monitor shows almost 12 percent of Montana is listed under the most extreme category of drought.  


Study Shows Positive Impact of American Sheep Industry

A new Sheep Industry Economic Impact Study completed recently shows that sheep continue to be a good investment for America. The impact analysis revealed that every one dollar spent in sheep and sheep-related production added an additional $2.87 to the American economy in 2016, nearly three times the initial investment. Among some of the study’s findings, a $2.02 billion investment in sheep production activities, ranging from lamb production at the farm gate to wool sock exports, generates a total economic benefit of $5.80 billion. Every $1 invested in sheep production and related activities generates $2.42 in total labor income. The Employment Multiplier revealed that every 10.4 jobs in the sheep industry at the farm gate supports a total of 19.50 jobs. The previous economic impact study was done in 2011. While the sheep industry has contracted in size since then, the new study captures an improvement in value-added benefits, including wool hosiery exports, lanolin, and the pelt-shearing value.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service