10-20-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Make plans to attend the 2016 CoAAA Convention and Trade Show in Loveland Nov 14-17

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2016 CoAAA Convention and Trade Show

November 14-17, 2016

Embassy Suites
4705 Clydesdale Parkway
Loveland, CO 80538
970- 593-6200
Hotel reservations must be made by Nov. 1st to guarantee a room.
Room rate is $124+ tax/ night Group reference code: COA
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Attendee/ PAASS Program Registration

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10-20-16 Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Chris Wiseman…

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Inside the BARN w/CO’s Deputy Ag Commissioner Chris Wiseman: CO Proud Month, 144th CO State Fair & More…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale,CO) October 20, 2016 – Chris Wiseman,  Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture joins the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss several topics…

  • 144th CO State Fair RECAP
  • CDA Photo Contest: “Showcase Colorado Agriculture through Pictures” 
  • “Fall Family fun on the Farm”, CDA lists a variety of fall activities online 
  • Nominations sought for Noxious Weed Advisory Committee
  • West Nile Virus Update
  • & MORE
To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below….

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 20th…

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Europe Trade Woes Spelling Trouble for TTIP

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada may not be passed by the deadline this week. Politico reports one of Belgium’s regional leaders vowed on Tuesday not to support the deal by Friday, and Belgium cannot sign the agreement without consent from its five regional parliaments. Further, the EU cannot ratify CETA without unanimous support from its members. The European Commission will vote Friday on the trade agreement after postponing Tuesday’s vote. The deal must be approved this week to be signed at next week’s trade summit with Canada. The deal is seen as a test of whether or not the EU still has the power to negotiate trade deals. CETA is also considered a precursor to the success of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership being sought between the United States and the EU. Failure of CETA would be another likely death blow to TTIP, which negations for broke down at a recent meeting. Many political leaders involved in the talks say TTIP is effectively dead at this point. Meanwhile, farmers in the EU protested both trade deals last weekend.


Ryan: Cuba Embargo Will Continue

Despite the Obama Administration lifting restrictions last week on Cuba and a quest to normalize relations with the nation, House Speaker Paul Ryan says the embargo against Cuba will continue. The Wisconsin Republican blasted the Obama administration’s latest round of regulatory changes meant to chip away at the U.S. embargo against Cuba and ease trade and travel with the island nation. The Miami Herald reports the strong rhetoric by Ryan on Cuba appears to be increasing. The embargo withholds financing for U.S. commodity shipments to Cuba as the transaction and shipment of U.S. commodities currently can only take place with third party financing. Ryan says allowing normal financing would only finance “the Castros’ grip on power” and jeopardize property rights of American businesses. The announcement last week does allow financing for farm inputs, such as crop protection products and machinery. The administration also removed a shipping barrier, keeping U.S. ships traveling directly to Cuba from returning for 180 days.


Syngenta Seeking Appeal in Viptera Lawsuit

Syngenta is seeking an appeal in a lawsuit filed by farmers regarding Agrisure Viptera branded corn. The corn contains a biotech trait that at the time of question was not approved for import to China, but was found in U.S. shipments to China in 2013 and 2014. A group of farmers is seeking $5 billion in a lawsuit because they say the discovery of Viptera corn in the export system led China to reject U.S. corn, causing a price collapse of the commodity. The court decision created nine classes within the suit. DTN reports Syngenta is asking for a chance to appeal the decision. All farmers in the U.S. who priced corn for sale after November 18th, 2013, were approved as a major class in the lawsuit. The company is dealing with multiple lawsuits regarding the issue and argues the case is unprecedented given the guarantee that tens of thousands of cases will remain separate from the class. Attorneys for Syngenta said that creating a nationwide class of farmers for the case was not fair because it would include farmers who were not harmed by the trade dispute.


USCA Opposes CME Proposed Changes to Live Cattle Futures

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association says proposed changes to live cattle futures by CME Group will not address the concerns of producers across the country. CME group is considering switching to a cash settlement process for live cattle futures, the same settlement process for other livestock futures operated by CME. Modifications to the physical delivery process are also being considered. USCA Marketing Committee Chair Allan Sents explains “the need to evaluate the current state of the livestock marketplace is real,” but says the proposal is a step in the wrong direction. USCA says the proposed changes will do nothing to impact the amount of high frequency, overly speculative trading, which the organization says must be addressed to achieve market stability. USCA concludes “efforts must instead be made toward encouraging ‘long’ participation and addressing the many issues currently within the futures market, not the settlement process.”


USDA Taking Action Regarding Low Survey Responses

The Department of Agriculture has formed an internal committee to review and improve survey response rates after a record low number of responses. USDA says responses to the September 30th Grain Stocks Report fell to a record low of 65.5 percent. Responses did improve some for the October 12th Crop Production report, coming in at 71.3 percent. Still, those tallies are historically low. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports USDA is now working with groups like the National Corn Growers Association to encourage farmers to respond to such surveys. Pro Farmer proclaims the data included in USDA reports is especially important considering crop yield data is one of the factors used to calculate payments under the 2014 Farm Bill.

Trade War Could Cost California 640,000 Jobs

A new editorial by the LA Times says California could lose 640,000 jobs if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would start trade wars as President. Rhetoric from both candidates is anti-trade, but the LA Times focuses on the steeper opposition by Trump, estimating the cost of Trump fulfilling his campaign promises against trade if elected. Los Angeles would lose an estimated 176,000 jobs alone by 2019, according to data from the Peterson Institute. The date includes campaign pledges of a 45 percent tariff on China and a 35 percent tariff on Mexico. The editorial does say however trade issues have seldom reached the top of the U.S. political agenda. For decades, a consensus in favor of an open U.S.-led trade system held, but the 2016 election has marked a departure from the pattern. The editorial expressed disappointment in the anti-trade talks regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pending trade deal with billions of dollars for U.S. agriculture.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


10-13-16 Farm Foundation: Food and Agriculture Platforms of the Presidential Candidates Forum on Oct. 19th

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Farm Foundation: Food and Agriculture Platforms of the Presidential Candidates Forum on Oct. 19th

All of the audio from October 19th’s Forum on the food/ag platforms of the two Presidential candidates is available now featuring: 

  • Kathleen Merrigan, former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture represented Hillary Clinton.
  • Sam Clovis, who is Co-Chair of the Trump Campaign

The moderator was Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman. 


OAK BROOK, IL Oct. 7, 2016: The food and agricultural platforms of Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the subject of the Farm Foundation® Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Farm Foundation, NFP is partnering the Farm Journal’s AgDay Television in presenting this Forum.
For the last two presidential election cycles, Farm Foundation has provided this opportunity for the candidates, or their representatives, to focus discussions specifically on issues important to agriculture and rural communities. As a non-partisan organization, Farm Foundation has an important role in providing this opportunity for voters to learn more about the specific elements of the respective candidates’ food and agricultural platforms.

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10-19-16 AFBF: Farmers call for action to stop estate tax increases

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Oct. 18, 2016-Farm Bureau is urging Congress to pass legislation blocking a recent IRS proposal that would result in higher estate taxes for farmers and ranchers. The IRS’ plan for more restrictive rules for using valuation discounts would make it more difficult for farmers and ranchers who operate family-owned partnerships, LLCs or corporations to transfer their farms and ranches to the next generation.

The Protect Family Farms and Businesses Act (H.R. 6100 and S. 3436), introduced in the House by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) and in the Senate by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), would stop the IRS from implementing its proposed restrictive estate tax discount valuation. Continue reading

10-19-16 Make plans to attend the Grass-Grazers-Family: Finding Common Ground Conference in Pueblo Nov 1-3

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josh-saunders-nrcs-co-range-specialist(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 19, 2016 – The Colorado Section of the Society For Range Management (CSSRM) and the Pueblo County Office for Colorado State University Extension have partnered to bring together an amazing set of speakers who are going to provide a dynamic program.  Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the 2016 Grass Grazers Family Conference “Finding Common Ground” in more detail is Josh Saunders, USDA-NRCS Range Specialist…



Make plans to attend the Grass-Grazers-Family: Finding Common Ground Conference which will be held in Pueblo November 1 – 3, 2016. Continue reading

10-19-16 National Conference to Celebrate ‘Quarter Century of No-Till Learning’


National Conference to Celebrate ‘Quarter Century of No-Till Learning’

The 25th annual gathering of the National No-Tillage Conference in St. Louis
this January will include more than 40 presenters and celebrate decades of no-till innovation.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (Oct. 11, 2016) — Behind the theme “Quarter Century of No-Till Learning,” the 2017 National No-Tillage Conference (NNTC) returns in January to the “Gateway to the West” in St. Louis for the seventh time in the conference’s 25-year history.

The just-completed conference program, now available at www.NoTillConference.com, provides a glimpse into the 40-plus presentations offering the most innovative, leading-edge information farmers will absorb over the conference’s four days, Jan. 10-13, 2017. Continue reading

10-19-16 NCGA Promotes Engagement, Membership to Young Farmers


NCGA Promotes Engagement, Membership to Young Farmers

national-ffa-convention-and-expo-button-logoAs the National FFA Convention begins in Indianapolis, the National Corn Growers Association invites attendees to visit them at booth 1755 to learn more about scholarship opportunities and take grassroots action on the important issues facing farmers. With opportunities to voice support for the Trans Pacific Partnership and to grab a photo with Captain Cornelius, NCGA representatives will be on hand to discuss how NCGA membership benefits U.S. corn farmers and youth in agriculture.
“The National FFA convention provides an opportunity for NCGA to interact with the next generation of agricultural leaders and help them understand the importance of active participation in commodity associations,” said NCGA Director of Public Policy Zach Kinne, who served as FFA National President in 2007-2008. “Having been actively involved in FFA myself for many years, I understand the optimism, energy and potential FFA members provide for the future of our industry. We are excited to help them engage with NCGA both now, as students, and as they move forward in their careers.” Continue reading

10-19-16 USCA Comments on Proposed Changes Announced by CME Group


USCA Comments on Proposed Changes Announced by CME Group

WASHINGTON – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) issued the following statement on the announcement made by the CME Group this week that a proposal is being considered to switch to a cash settlement process for its live futures.  The CME Group also announced that modifications to the physical delivery process would be considered. Continue reading

10-19-16 CDA: Grants Awarded for Colorado Specialty Crops

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Grants Awarded for Colorado Specialty Crops

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Eleven grants totaling $549,000 were awarded through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2016 Specialty Crops Program. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Funds are received by the Colorado Department of Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops.

“These funds are important to a diverse range of Colorado crops, and for the development of markets for specialty crops,” said Tom Lipetzky, Colorado Department of Agriculture Markets Division Director. “This block grant helps crops that have historically been grown in Colorado as well as new and emerging crops such as hops that have recently become more widely-planted.”
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10-19-16 NFU Representatives Ensure Family Farmers and Ranchers Have a Seat at the Table for International Policy Development

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WASHINGTON (October 19, 2016) – Representatives of National Farmers Union (NFU) appealed to international policymakers this week, requesting that the perspective of family farmers and ranchers be better represented in the global food security and nutrition arena. NFU Vice President of International Relations Dave Velde and North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne attended the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 40thAnniversary Plenary Session on behalf of the World Farmers’ Organization (WFO).  

“Family farmers and ranchers are engaged on many of the same issues that CFS tackles as a committee, which ultimately impacts the work carried out by international bodies like the World Trade Organization. It is important that producers are involved in international discussions at the formative stages to help advise the policies that eventually shape the business and livelihoods of farmers around the world,” said Watne, who presented before members of the committee in Rome, Italy. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 19th…

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Dannon Responds to Ag Attack

Dannon claims the company was blindsided Monday when a half-dozen agriculture groups attacked the companies shift away from GMO ingredients. Groups including the American Farm Bureau Federation sent Dannon a letter calling the switch “marketing puffery.” Dannon’s CEO says the company was surprised by the “divisive and misinformed letter.” Dannon announced back in April the company would switch to non-GMO dairy feed for three of its flagship brands and begin labeling GMO products in other brands next year. Politico reports that Dannon stood by its sustainability claims, noting the company has built a “direct and transparent” relationship with dairy farmers. However, the letter by agriculture groups says “It appears to be an attempt to gain lost sales from your competitors by using fear-based marketing and trendy buzzwords.” The groups say “neither farmers nor consumers should be used as pawns in food marketing wars.”


ASA, NOPA Signal Strong Push on TPP in Lame-Duck

The American Soybean Association and the National Oilseed Processors Association are continuing their push for Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The two groups informed members of Congress this week they will continue to pressure lawmakers to pass TPP during the lame-duck session following the presidential election. The message follows a new document on the benefits to soybean farmers, processors and exports from the trade deal. ASA President Richard Wilkins said the document shows that “there is too much promise in the TPP for us to give up.”Prospects for passage of TPP are dim, with both presidential candidates opposed, and a crowded lame-duck congressional calendar. However, many agriculture groups pledge to continue pressing Congress to seek passage of the agreement.


Two Identified as Potential Ag Secretary Under Clinton Administration

The Hagstrom Report says Steve Beshear and Karen Ross are the top candidates to become Hillary Clinton’s Agriculture Secretary, along with another unnamed candidate, should she win the presidential election next month. A third candidate was not named to the Hagstrom Report, but a source described the person as “more surprising.” Beshears is a former Democratic governor of Kentucky. Ross is a former chief of staff for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and is the current California Food and Agriculture Secretary. It is safe to say the candidate is not current Secretary Vilsack, as he told AgriTalk last week “I have no idea what is in my future, adding “I do think it’s time for someone else to take a crack” at USDA.


BASF Chemical Plant Faces Prolonged Shutdown Following Explosion

An explosion at the world’s largest chemical facility has killed two firefighters and shut down production. The explosion at BASF’s Germany plant near Frankfurt shut down the four square mile complex Monday that makes raw chemicals for BASF products. BASF is the world’s largest chemical company and says the facility is likely to face a prolonged shutdown. The complex is home to some 39,000 BASF employees. An extended shutdown may tighten earnings for BASF and benefit Dow Chemical, according to Bloomberg. There’s no word yet on how the shutdown might impact the production of BASF’s agriculture chemicals. BASF never joined the merger and acquisition trend within the agriculture chemical industry but did reportedly enter talks with Monsanto to sell-off BASF’s agriculture-solutions unit. However, that was before Bayer and Monsanto agreed on a merger worth $66 billion.


USDA Predicts Record California Almond Harvest

California almond growers are facing similar price troubles as Midwest row-crop farmers. A predicted record almond harvest will drop prices again this year as the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects the harvest to reach 2.05 billion pounds for the 2016-17 crop year. The harvest projection represents an eight percent increase from a year ago and a slight increase from the 2011-12 crop year record of 2.03 billion pounds. USDA says that while many areas are still under drought, trees have shown signs of recovery from multiple years of water deprivation. The increase in production may put negative pressure on prices received by growers. After a strong year of production, for example, grower prices fell from $4.00 per pound in 2014-15 to $2.84 per pound in 2015-16. Last year’s almond crop was worth $5.33 billion. However, with prices high relative to long-term averages, USDA says almond producers still have an incentive to increase production.

India Seeks to Triple Egg Production to Combat Malnutrition

India’s agriculture minister says the nation is aiming to triple egg production to combat the challenge of malnutrition. The Poultry Site reports India is already among the top egg producers of the world. With total egg production close to 83 billion, but the domestic requirement is much higher. Agriculture officials in India say the per capita availability of eggs is only 63 per year while the National Nutrition Institute prescribes for a minimum of 180. To triple production, India’s government is taking steps to promote poultry farming. The agriculture ministry says one in every four children up to five years old is suffering from malnutrition and that “eggs can help a lot in combating the malnutrition.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


10-18-16 USFWS: Partnerships, Innovation (and Peanut Butter) Give New Hope for America’s Most Endangered Mammal

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Pilot Jonas Marcinko prepares to launch the drone. Credit: WWF-US / Conservation Media

Pilot Jonas Marcinko prepares to launch the drone. Credit: WWF-US / Conservation Media

Partnerships, Innovation (and Peanut Butter) Give New Hope for America’s Most Endangered Mammal

LEWISTOWN, MT — An unlikely combination of peanut butter and drones has given researchers renewed hope for the future of North America’s rarest mammal, the endangered black-footed ferret. The project, which is a joint effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, World Wildlife Fund, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center, Model Avionics, and Support XXL, involves dropping vaccine-laced, peanut butter-flavored baits from drones in an effort to vaccinate the black-footed ferret’s primary prey: prairie dogs.

Both prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets are highly susceptible to sylvatic plague, a non-native disease against which the animals have little natural immunity. Once a prairie dog colony is infected with plague, the disease can quickly spread, devastating populations. Continue reading

10-18-16 Two CAWG Scholarships for Colorado High School Seniors

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October 17, 2016, Fort Collins, Colo. – The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) will award two $1,000 scholarships to Colorado high school seniors.

The applicants’ parents, grandparents, or legal guardians must be current or new members of CAWG OR the applicant must be nominated by a current sponsor of CAWG.  For a list of sponsors, please contact the CAWG office at 970-449-6994. Continue reading

10-18-16 Submit Corn Pics for Chance to Win NCGA’s 2016 Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest

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Submit Corn Pics for Chance to Win NCGA’s 2016 Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest 

ncga-fields-of-corn-photo-contest-logoThe National Corn Growers Association invites amateur and professional photographers alike to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Even those who have already submitted can enter additional photos as participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016.
Please make sure to submit the highest resolution version of each entry possible. The best submissions are featured in NCGA’s major publications such as the Annual Report.
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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…


10-18-16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Preview #2


10-17-16 – Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview


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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 18th…

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Farm Groups Mixed on GIPSA Rule

Farm groups are offering mixed responses to the Department of Agriculture’s announcement it will move forward with its draft of changes to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Act, or GIPSA. USDA plans to publish an interim final rule and two proposed rules this year, amid years of debate regarding the Act. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association commended the action saying changes within the USDA draft will protect U.S. ranchers and cattle feeders from anti-competitive buying practices and help to advance true price discovery in a competitive marketplace. The National Farmers Union called the move a “win” for farmers and ranchers, echoing the USCA comments. However, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association called on USDA to withdraw the Draft. NCBA President Tracy Brunner says the USDA rule would “limit producer marketing options, compel buyers to offer lower bids across the board to avoid the appearance of preference and create an environment ripe for baseless legal challenge.”


EPA Postpones Glyphosate Review Meeting

The Environmental Protection Agency postponed this week’s Scientific Advisory Panel meeting regarding glyphosate because the agency says it needs more expertise in epidemiology. The EPA says the meeting will be rescheduled for later this year. EPA postponed the meeting due to a lack of “the availability of experts.” According to a statement, EPA says “ the Agency believes that additional expertise in epidemiology will benefit the panel and allow for a more robust review of the data.” Agri-Pulse reports that in a brief response, Monsanto cited a recent EPA document that said evidence strongly supports the conclusion that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans. Monsanto says the conclusion is “based on the overwhelming weight of evidence.” The review comes after a division of the World Health Organization last year claimed glyphosate was probably carcinogenic to humans. However, many studies have since denied that claim.


Profit Outlook for 2016 Still Negative

A monthly report to the Farm Credit Administration shows an overall negative profit outlook for 2016. The Farm Credit board received a report on the 2016 profit outlook last week and finds the outlook is negative for corn and wheat and is near the break-even point for soybeans. The forecast was based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and university estimates of production costs. Farm Credit says large supplies are pushing down farm prices for corn and wheat, while soybean prices are expected to be near last year’s average because of a less bearish global stock situation. For the farmer’s bottom line, a modest reduction in production costs is offsetting some of the price-depressing effects. Still, Farm Credit says many producers will need to make adjustments by controlling their input costs, selling crops when pricing opportunities arise and cutting household living expenses. That message falls in line with similar comments made throughout the year regarding the farm economy.

Beef, Pork Imports in China Growing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture office in China expects the nation will import 950,000 metric tons of beef in 2017, a gain of 19 percent from 2016. The U.S. could get some of that business now that China has lifted its long-standing ban on U.S. beef. But before such trade takes place, the countries must negotiate export protocol. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports initial import numbers from the U.S. will likely be modest, “mainly due to the relatively higher prices of U.S. beef.” USDA also expects a rise in hog and pork prices to encourage a recovery in China’s hog herd, which should limit the country’s import needs in 2017. USDA forecasts pork imports at 2.2 million metric tons, up eight percent from 2016. However, the U.S. is not expected to get much of this business due to China’s restrictions on ractopamine as well as the strong dollar.


New Cuba Regulations Include Farm Equipment

New regulations regarding products from Cuba announced last week also ease restrictions on farm equipment. The Obama Administration Friday announced the new regulations that ease restrictions on products such as rum and cigars, but the new rules give Cuba more of an opportunity to be a part of supply chains. Politico says certain authorized goods exported to Cuba can be imported back into the U.S. This will allow items initially sent to Cuba to come back to the U.S. for repair or service. The amendments also make it possible for exporters to directly finance shipments of tractors, pesticides and other goods used in agriculture, avoiding cash in advance requirements that apply to transactions for agricultural commodities. The National Farmers Union applauded the regulations, saying the enhanced engagement with the people of Cuba could offer long-term advantages for agricultural trade.


Study Claims Proteins in Wheat Causes Inflammation

New research unveiled in Austria last week claims a family of proteins in wheat may be responsible for activating inflammation in chronic health conditions such as multiple sclerosis, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis. Medical News Today reports the findings were announced at UEG Week 2016, a meeting organized by United European Gastroenterology. Most research regarding wheat has focused on gluten, but this latest study focused on a group of proteins known as ATI’s, which only make up about four percent of wheat. The research claims the ATI’s have been shown to trigger an immune response in the gut that can spread to other tissues in the body. Researchers are currently preparing studies to investigate further. A lead researcher in the study said “we are hoping that this research can lead us toward being able to recommend an ATI-free diet to help treat a variety of potentially serious immunological disorders.”


SOURCE: NAFB News Service


10-17-16 Culver’s Community Grieves Death of President and CEO Phil Keiser

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phil-keiserCulver’s Community Grieves Death of President and CEO Phil Keiser

Craig Culver to assume role of interim CEO

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Oct. 17, 2016 – Phil Keiser, Culver’s president and CEO, passed away of natural causes on Oct. 15, 2016. Having worked for Culver’s for 20 years, he was the leader of over 20,000 team members at 580 Culver’s locations in 24 states. The entire Culver’s community is devastated.

Co-founder Craig Culver will assume the role of interim CEO until a successor is named. “Culver’s would not be what it is today without Phil’s influence,” Craig said. “Yet as great a loss as this is for us professionally, it doesn’t begin to touch how much Phil will be missed on a personal level. We hurt most deeply for his wife Betsy, and his children: son Nate, wife Bethany and their children Caprina, Linea and Landon; son Nick, wife Maria and their child Harper; and daughter Kelsey.” Continue reading