05-26-16 CSU News: NPR water event packs the Lory Student Center Theater…

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Water: it’s always in demand, and lately, it’s under threat. With drought the new normal, and disputes raging about the control and distribution of precious water resources, the future of water will depend on society’s ability to resolve these conflicts. Continue reading

05-26-16 USMEF Board Meeting Gets Underway in St. Louis, MO…

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USMEF Board Meeting Gets Underway in St. Louis

Richard Fordyce, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, discusses the importance of exports to his state’s ag economy

Richard Fordyce, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, discusses the importance of exports to his state’s ag economy

The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Board of Directors Meeting and Product Showcase kicked off Wednesday in St. Louis, Missouri. Attendees were welcomed to the event by Richard Fordyce, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Fordyce discussed the important role exports have played in making agriculture Missouri’s largest industry, and outlined several initiatives designed to promote agricultural development in the state – including programs designed to attract and retain young farmers and ranchers.

“If agriculture is going to maintain that No. 1 ranking in Missouri, we’re going to have to grow that new crop of leaders,” Fordyce said. “We need to work with young people to continue to ignite the passion they have for agriculture, continue to cultivate that interest, and move them forward in their agricultural careers.” Continue reading

05-26-16 USCA Testimony Highlights Market Volatility, Opportunities for Success…

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USCA Testimony Highlights Market Volatility, Opportunities for Success

WASHINGTON (May 26, 2016) The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) testified today during the Senate hearing, “A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace Opportunities and Challenges”. Joe Goggins (Billings, Montana), Vice President Vermilion Ranch Co., Public Auction Yards, Billings Livestock Commission Co., Western Livestock Auction and Northern Livestock Video Auction, testified on behalf of USCA. Continue reading

05-26-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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05-26-16 NCBA President Testifies Before Senate Ag Committee…

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NCBA President Testifies Before Senate Ag Committee

WASHINGTON (May 26, 2016) – Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner following his testimony before the Senate Agriculture Committee – A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors; Marketplace Opportunities and Challenges: Continue reading

05-26-16 NFU Defends Family Farmers and Ranchers in a Statement to the Senate Ag Committee…

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WASHINGTON (May 26, 2016) – The Senate Agriculture Committee today convened a hearing to discuss opportunities and challenges in the livestock and poultry sectors, and National Farmers Union (NFU) encouraged Senators on the panel to hear from cow-calf producers as they grapple with the challenges facing the industry. In an independent statement submitted to the hearing record, NFU defended much-needed market relief efforts given the low prices and consolidated livestock market facing family farmers and ranchers. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, May 25th…

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NPPC Says GIPSA, TPP Could Affect Producers

The House Ag Committee’s livestock subcommittee is holding a series of hearings this week on the livestock economy. One thing of particular concern to pork producers is the proposed USDA rules that relate to buying and selling of livestock. USDA is re-proposing parts of the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration Rule, which was proposed in 2010 to implement parts of the 2008 Farm Bill. National Hog Farmer says the regulations went well beyond what was proposed in the Farm Bill and would have a significant impact on the livestock industry. An Informa Economics study in 2010 found it would cost the pork industry more than 330 million dollars annually. In the past, Congress included riders in USDA funding bills to prevent finalizing the rule, but no such rider exists in the 2017 funding bill. In other testimony, NPPC reiterated its support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, telling the committee the benefits of TPP will exceed all past free trade agreements and represents a great opportunity for the pork industry.

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Administration Reacts to GIPSA Testimony

A spokeswoman for Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the administration finds opposition to the GIPSA rule “unacceptable.” The administration said the rule is designed to ensure fair treatment to livestock and poultry producers. The Hagstrom Report says opposition to the rule was heard during testimony at a House Ag subcommittee hearing. North Carolina Republican Representative David Rouzer, said, “It remains unclear why Secretary Vilsack decided to move forward with these costly regulations.” However, the spokeswoman said the recent GIPSA riders in past USDA funding bills represents “a complete lack of concern for hardworking families. The focus should be on providing a fair marketplace and level playing field for farm families.”

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Corn Exports Add $74 Billion to Economy

US corn and corn product exports generated $74.7 billion in economic output in 2014. According to a study by Informa Economics, sales of all US feed grain products added $82 billion to the economy. The analysis says corn and corn product exports added 29.8 billion dollars to the GDP over what would have happened without those exports. The number of full-time jobs linked to those exports, either directly or indirectly, numbered over 330,000. The study also found that for every $1 of grain exports, it adds $3.23 in business sales across the US. The same study also found that if these exports were halted, over 47,000 jobs would be lost and $2.8 billion in GDP would be lost in the farming, ethanol production, and meat production industries alone. NCGA President Chip Bowling said the report underscores the need to approve the TPP, which would give farmers more access to the Asia/Pacific region.

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House Committee Marks Up FY2017 Spending Bill

NCBA President Tracy Brunner said the spending bill marked up by the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has a number of good things for cattle producers. Specifically, this bill would defund the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the US” final rule. By defunding it, Congress will prevent members and taxpayers from expending more resources on future court battles. The bill also clarifies agricultural exemptions in the Section 404 process and continues defunding of new regulations under the Clean Air Act and Greenhouse Gas reporting for manure management systems. The Public Lands Council was pleased the bill would block the President’s administrative fee which would be on top of a grazing fee already raised by 25 percent earlier this year.

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Germany Won’t Back Renewal of EU Glyphosate use

Germany’s Environmental Minister Barbara Hendricks said she and the other environmental ministers in the country’s Social Democratic Party will not back the European Union’s renewal of glyphosate. Politico said the SDP party is one of two parties in Germany’s ruling coalition. It’s more likely now that the European Commission will have to let the June 30th deadline for finalizing an opinion on the safety of the weed killer expire. 

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100th Indy 500 Features Big Toast to Winner

Indiana and racing fans all over the world are gearing up for the 100th Indy 500 this weekend. Hoosier dairy farmers have a longstanding connection to the race, and they’re planning something big for this Sunday; 100,000 race fans will be part of the salute to the winner. The Indy Motor Speedway and Prairie Dairy Farms will have 100,000 pints of two percent milk they’ll distribute to fans as they come in and throughout the day. Fans will grab free milk and stick it in a cooler as they toast the winner together after the race. The bottle of milk presentation to the winning driver, owner, and chief mechanic are traditions at Indy that have been around for decades, thanks to Indiana dairy farmers. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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05-25-16 GAO Report Affirms Continuous Improvement in Poultry Workplace Safety…

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GAO Report Affirms Continuous Improvement in Poultry Workplace Safety

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 25, 2016 – Our employees are our most important asset and their safety is of paramount importance.  As such, the National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association fully cooperated with GAO for more than a year, through stakeholder interviews and processing plant visits, as GAO worked on its report, released today.  We are pleased to see the report emphasizes the fact that injuries and illnesses have decreased dramatically in the poultry processing industry over the past several years.   Continue reading

05-25-16 CFVGA: Fiber is Your Friend…

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Fiber is Your Friend

By Marilyn Bay Wentz, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
Medical and nutritional research continues to provide a host of reasons to increase dietary fiber in our diets. Fiber consumption appears to significantly lower risks for developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.
“Increasing dietary fiber by consuming foods high in fiber, the leading source of which is fruits and vegetables, is a healthy choice,” said Amy Kunugi, chair of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Nutrition and Health Committee.
Here are some additional reasons to increase dietary fiber: Continue reading

05-25-16 Meet the NEW Livestock Manager at the CO State Fair: Robyn Toft…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 25, 2016 – Joining the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN is the new Livestock Manager for the CO State Fair Robyn Toft

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The 2016 CO State Fair Aug 26 – Sep 5th in Pueblo, CO – it’s YOUR fair…

For tickets and to view a complete schedule, please visit www.coloradostatefair.com

05-25-16 BLM-CO: From the Front Line to the Fireline Veterans Train to Become Wildland Firefighters in Loveland May 27-30…

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Loveland, CO—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in partnership with the Department of Interior (DOI) and Team Rubicon, is conducting a wildland firefighter training session May 27-30 in Loveland, Colorado for military veterans. The training, one of several sessions taking place throughout the country, will train Team Rubicon members in wildland fire suppression tactics, including communication techniques, fireline construction, equipment operation, and other critical wildland firefighting skills. Other sessions been held in California, Texas, Georgia, Washington and Maryland. Continue reading

05-25-16 JCCA Brings Nationally Renowned Stock Show University Clinic to Colorado…

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Stock Show University logoArvada, CO – May 24, 2016 – The Junior Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (JCCA) is excited to announce a free hands-on beef showmanship and fitting clinic presented by Sullivan Supply on June 13 in Colorado Springs.

This nationally-renowned workshop is open to all junior beef exhibitors and is sure to have something to offer to beginner, as well as experienced, showmen. “Stock Show U is a great program, that has taught me a great deal about fitting and showmanship”, says Dean VanWinkle, President of JCCA. “We are really excited about bringing this opportunity to Colorado”, he continued. The clinic is being held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.   Continue reading

05-25-16 Air Tractor® Makes Entry into the UAS Market – Acquires Yield Defender…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – OLNEY, TX — Air Tractor, Inc. is proud to announce its expansion into the field of unmanned aerial systems. The recent acquisition of Hangar 78 UAV, and its flagship aircraft, the Yield Defender unmanned aerial system (UAS) will create the foundation of Air Tractor’s development and visionary integration of unmanned technology to complement its core agricultural and firefighting aircraft lines.  Continue reading

05-25-16 NCBA and PLC News: House Interior Appropriations Committee Marks Up FY17 Spending Bill…

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WASHINGTON (May 25, 2016) – Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies mark-up of the fiscal 2017 spending bill: Continue reading

05-24-16 Colorado Farm Bureau welcomes back Shawn Martini…

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Colorado Farm Bureau Hires New Advocacy Staff

Centennial, Colo. – This week Colorado Farm Bureau welcomes former staff member Shawn Martini back to the organization. Martini, who served as CFB’s communications director from 2008-2012, will take the reins of CFB’s new outreach mission as Vice President of Advocacy. Continue reading

05-25-16 Inside the BARN w/Ag Comedian Damian Mason: Politics, GMO’s, Corporate Buyouts, “Reinvent with Intent”, Indy 500 & MORE…

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Inside the BARN with Ag Comedian Damian Mason: Politics, GMO’s, Corporate Buyouts, “Reinvent with Intent” & MORE…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 25, 2016 –  It has long been said that LAUGHTER is the best medicine with dealing with just about anything that LIVE throws your way, and that is why my special guest Inside the BARN is none other than one of the most hilarious agriculture comedians you have heard of, Damian Mason…

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Monsanto to Reject Bayer Bid, Seeks Higher Offer

Monsanto will reject the 62 billion dollar bid from Bayer and seek a higher price. Monsanto company officials say they believe a deal with the German-based Bayer could get antitrust and regulatory approval. That means a deal is not out of the question. However, the Monsanto Board of Directors says the current offer is incomplete and financially inadequate. Bayer will have to decide if it wants to raise its bid in the face of shareholder criticism that the $122 per-share price tag is already too high. Other options for Bayer include walking away from the deal or mounting a hostile takeover bid. Bayer said Monday it would finance the bid with a combination of debt and equity. The Monsanto Board of Directors has not set a timeline for further discussion with Bayer. Global agrochemical companies are trying to consolidate, in part, due to lower commodity prices. Seed and pesticide markets are also increasingly converging.

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White House Threatens to Veto Energy and Water Bill

On Monday, the White House threatened to veto the House’s energy and water spending bill, which will hit the House floor this week. The House will consider the 37.4 billion dollar spending bill for 2017, which is slightly larger than what the Senate passed recently. The Hill reports the bill contains a host of environmental riders likely to turn off Democrats. In a statement issued through the Office of Management and Budget, the administration rejected what it called “highly problematic ideological provisions.” In particular, the administration wants more funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.   

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TPP Moving Slowly in Japan

The U.S. is not the only country where momentum for getting the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement passed has been slowed by politics. The Japanese government has also slowed its process to approve the deal despite formal debate being started in the legislature. The current session ends on June first, and sources say lawmakers are unlikely to vote on the TPP for a number of reasons. Politico says an April earthquake in the country has diverted legislative efforts to recovery, taking attention off TPP. Election politics are also in play as an election is set for July in the upper house of Japan’s bicameral legislature. Some lawmakers suggest the Prime Minister may want to see parallel movement on TPP in the U.S. and hopes ratification will take place in a similar timeframe to the United States.  

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El Nino Has Ended

El Nino has ended as the tropical Pacific Ocean has returned to a neutral state, and outlooks are suggesting no chance of returning to an El Nino state. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said that means mid-May marks the end of the event that reduced Indian rainfall, parched farmland in Asia, and reduced cocoa harvest in parts of Africa. Weather watchers are now waiting for La Nina, a cooling of tropical Pacific waters that some view as the opposite of El Nino. The US Climate Prediction Center says there is a 75 percent chance it will develop by years’ end, but some models say it could develop sooner. La Nina can upset agricultural markets as it can change the weather, including more hurricanes in the Atlantic and produce more heavy rains in India and Indonesia. The El Nino that just ended was one of the hottest on record, generating the hottest global temperatures in more than 130 years. 

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2016 P.I.E. Program Tour Dates Are Set

The National Cotton Council has scheduled tour dates and locations of its 2016 Producer Information Exchange, or P.I.E. Program. The P.I.E. program provides US cotton producers with opportunities to maximize production efficiency, improve yields, and improve fiber quality. Producers get new perspectives on basic practices like land preparation, planting, fertilizing, pest control, irrigation, and harvesting. They also get to see different types of farming practices and unique ways that other producers have adopted current and new technologies. Mid-South producers will see operations in North and South Carolina July 17th through July 22nd; Southeast producers will see operations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee on July 24th through July 29th; California producers will visit the San Joaquin Valley in California on July 31st to August 5th; and Western producers will see operations in Texas on August 14th through August 19th.

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Goule New CEO of National Wheat Growers

The National Association of Wheat Growers announced that Chandler Goule will be their new Chief Executive Officer. Goule is currently the Senior Vice President of Programs at the National Farmers Union. He comes to the Wheat Growers with 11 years of ag policy experience on the House side of Capitol Hill and takes over his new role on July 5th. Wheat Growers President Gordon Stoner, a grower from Outlook, Montana, said the industry is at a critical juncture, so “with Chandler’s guidance, we know the National Wheat Growers Association will be in a great position to advocate for all U.S. wheat producers. Stoner believes with all of Goule’s experience, he’ll provide beneficial guidance to the Wheat Growers when it comes time to draft the next Farm Bill.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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