01-23-17 Bill Stagg, Strategic Communications Director to Retire from National FFA Organization

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Strategic Communications Director to Retire from National FFA Organization

national-ffa-william-staggINDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Jan. 23, 2017/National FFA Organization) – For almost 40 years, Bill Stagg has shared the story of agricultural education and FFA throughout the country. Today, the director of strategic communications for the National FFA Organization has announced he will retire at the end of January.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Stagg began his career with the National FFA Organization in Alexandria, Va., in November 1978. For 38 years, he has been dedicated to living the FFA motto, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”

“Working for FFA has been such a joy,” said Stagg. “From the moment I set foot in a local high school agricultural education program, I saw caring teachers working with students in extraordinary ways. I understood the power of that close teacher-student relationship to transform the lives of young people and accelerate their personal, academic and career development. I’ve loved working on behalf of FFA members, their teachers/advisors and the dedicated professionals who support them. The story of FFA is a uniquely American one, and it’s been immensely satisfying to share it with others and see it evolve.” Continue reading

01-23-17 Western Spirit Alive at the 111th National Western Stock Show – Final Sunday Sets Attendance Record

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Western Spirit Alive at the 111th National Western Stock Show – Final Sunday Sets Attendance Record

Denver, CO. – The 2017 National Western Stock Show finished strong with the third highest overall attendance in Stock Show history at 684,580 visitors.  The largest Stock Show attendance was in 2006 for the 100th Anniversary with 726,972 guests.   The 2017 show reported a record closing Sunday with 42,661 fans enjoying Guest Appreciation Day.  “We are thrilled with the number of guests that came out to help us celebrate,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show.   “These numbers are tremendous.  Any time we see more than 650,000 people in 16 days, we are ecstatic.” Continue reading

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Trump Praises Agriculture Secretary Nominee Perdue

A day before his Inauguration, now President Donald Trump praised his pick for Agriculture Secretary, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. At a candlelight dinner for donors and politicians, Trump spoke about Perdue’s experience as a farmer and said others who wanted the job as secretary of agriculture had never even seen a farm, according to the Hagstrom Report. Trump said of Perdue that: “He came into my office two months ago. Since then I saw ten people that everybody liked, politically correct, and I kept thinking back to Sonny Perdue.” Trump spoke on Perdue’s experience in agriculture, noting he wanted someone for the job who would understand the industry.


Clovis to Lead USDA Transition 

With an Agriculture Secretary nominee and a new administration in place, President Donald Trump has sent policy adviser Sam Clovis to lead the transition at the Department of Agriculture. A team assisting Clovis will hire staff and begin crafting policy while Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue awaits Senate confirmation, according to Politico. USDA is home to 250 political post from deputy to undersecretaries to chiefs of staff and state Farm Service Agency administrators. Many of the positions do not need confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Brian Klippenstein, who led the USDA landing team, is expected to have a role in the transition as well.In all, President Trump will deploy a team of more than 500 temporary appointees to handle transition duties at multiple agencies to fill roughly 5,000 political positions across the Trump administration. 


Canada Exporters Fretting Over Import Tax Proposal

Exporters in Canada are scrambling to avoid a potential 10 percent import tax promised by new U.S. President Donald Trump. In evaluating options, some are even considering moving production or supply lines south of the Canada border into the United States. Amid warnings from the Bank of Canada last week protectionist policies brought in by Trump could drive companies to invest in the U.S. rather than Canada, executives told Reuters their search for options has already begun. National Bank Financial estimated a 10 percent border tax could cause Canada’s total exports to the U.S. to drop by about nine percent, with non-petroleum goods sinking almost 11 percent. Exports are expected to drive about a third of Canada’s economic growth in 2017, behind only consumption and government spending.


Inflation Up, Food Prices Unchanged

Overall inflation over the last 12 months increased 2.1 percent, but food prices remain unchanged. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers was up .3 percent in December, with gasoline prices up three percent. But the food-at-home index fell 0.2 percent, its eighth consecutive decrease that reflects an overall 0.2 percent decrease over the last 12 months. Four of the six major grocery store food group indexes fell in December. The fruits and vegetables index posted the largest decline, falling 1.1 percent as the index for fresh fruits declined 2.2 percent. The index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs fell 0.4 percent in December as the beef index fell 0.8 percent and the index for eggs decreased 3.9 percent. The index for nonalcoholic beverages fell 0.3 percent, and the cereals and bakery products index declined 0.1 percent. The index for dairy and related products increased 0.4 percent in December after falling in November, and the index for other food at home rose 0.3 percent.


December U.S. Meat Production Hits Record

Red meat production in the United Stated totaled 4.4 billion pounds last month, up three percent from December of 2015, according to The Department of Agriculture. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports beef production, at 2.17 billion pounds, was six percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.61 million head, up seven percent from December 2015. The average live weight was down seven pounds from the previous year, at 1,381 pounds. Pork production totaled 2.21 billion pounds, up slightly from the previous year. Hog slaughter totaled 10.5 million head, up one percent from December 2015. The average live weight was down two pounds from the previous year, at 283 pounds.


Rising Global Temperatures Poised to Crush Crop Yields

Scientists say if global temperatures continue to rise, the United States faces big drops in harvests of major food crops by 2100. A climate impact research document says the rising temperatures may ultimately lead to higher global food prices. An international team of scientists wrote in the journal Nature Communications that by the year 2100, if global emissions rise at “business as usual” levels, the world will see twice as many days with temperatures above 86 degrees Fahrenheit as it does now. Because crop yields start to drop when temperatures reach that level, it suggests U.S. wheat yields would fall by 20 percent, corn by 50 percent and soybeans by 40 percent by the turn of the century, according to computer modeling.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


12-21-16 Announcing the Colorado Farm Show 2017 Scholarship Award Winners…

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Erich Ehrlich, CFS Marketing Committee Chairman

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 21, 2016 – Since 1965, the CO Farm Show has been a long-standing agriculture tradition in the state.The annual three-day event will take place on Jan 24-25-26 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, CO and it features almost 350 ag-related exhibits and draws more than 30,000 visitors from throughout the region interested in learning more about ag products, services, and machinery. And volunteers with a love for agriculture make it happen. Not only that but the CO Farm Show also GIVES BACK by way of scholarships…in fact counting this year’s awards…the Colorado Farm Show, will have awarded $186,000 in scholarships to Colorado’s graduating High School Seniors that pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.

Joining the CO Ag News Network to announce the 2017 CO Farm Show Scholarship recipients is  Erich Ehrlich,  Chairman of the Marketing Committee…



The Colorado Farm Show will award eight graduating high school seniors and two college students a total of $23,000 to help with their higher education goals. Six $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $4,000 renewable Colorado Farm Show Scholarships, two $1,500 Colorado Farm Show Secondary Scholarships will be awarded on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at a banquet held in the recipient’s honor at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley CO. This brings the total scholarship dollars awarded by the Colorado Farm Show to Colorado young adults pursuing careers in Agriculture to $186,000.

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01-20-17 NWSS ​Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $442,500!

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Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $442,500!

Denver, Colo. –The 2017 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions sets a Stock Show record with the top eight champion animals posting total sales of $442,500. The standing room only crowd hollered as the Grand Champion Steer set a record selling for $135,000. The auction started with a bang when the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb sold for $34,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $6,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for a record-breaking $107,500, exceeding last year’s bid of $70,000.

The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust, which funds scholarships in agriculture and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. This year 80 students received funds to aid their education.

The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9News at 6:30pm.

The top eight champion animals were shown by an all-girls cast and the results are listed below: Continue reading

01-20-17 CFVGA: Researcher Devotes 25 Years to Developing Pueblo Chile Variety

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CFVGA: Researcher Devotes 25 Years to Developing Pueblo Chile Variety
By Marilyn Bay Drake, Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association
dr-michael-bartoloDr. Michael Bartolo is the best sort of person, accomplished yet humble. Since 1992, he has patiently bred chile peppers to find varieties that are  popular with buyers and profitable for growers. In 2005, Arkansas Valley growers first planted “Mosco”, a  Pueblo chile type. Today, Mosco is one of the most popular chiles  grown in and around Pueblo, Colo.
That is not an easy accomplishment, given that Arkansas Valley residents are serious about their chiles. The region’s largest city, Pueblo, Colo., hosts one of the largest food festivals in the state.  ThePueblo Chile and Frijole Festival, held annually in September, draws in over 130,000 visitors.  The main attraction is the ever-popular Pueblo (a.k.a. Mira Sol) Chile.
Bartolo, who is the vegetable crop specialist and manager of Colorado State University’s  Arkansas Valley Research Center in Rocky Ford, Colo., was born and raised on a small farm east of Pueblo. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Colorado State University, and in 1990, he received a Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of Minnesota. Continue reading

American Sheep Industry Weekly for Jan 20th, 2017

ASI Sheep Logo 1American Sheep Industry Weekly for Jan 20th, 2017

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 25-28 – ASI Annual Convention – Denver, Colo. – Details Available at www.sheepusa.org/About_Events_Convention
  • Feb. 1 – Integrated Predator Management Workshop – Lewistown, Mont. – Alex Few, 406-657-6464 or Alexandra.P.Few@aphis.usda.gov
  • Feb. 2 – Black Hills Stock Show – All American Sheep Day – Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Feb. 9-10 – Domestic & Wild Sheep Management and Disease Symposium – Radisson Colonial Inn, Helena, Mont. – Vore, 406-444-3940 or jvore@mt.gov
  • Feb. 10-11 – Pipestone (Minn.) Lamb and Wool Program Lambing Time Short Course and Bus Tour – www.Pipestonesheep.com or Claire Beekman at Claire.stone@mnwest.edu or 507-825-6822
  • Feb. 11 -Short Course on Lambing/Kidding and Winter Ewe/Doe Management Sponsored by W.V. Shepherds Federation – Camp Pioneer, Beverly – www.sheepwv.org or Joseph Aucremanne 304-445-1516, wvashepherdes@yahoo.com
  • Feb. 18 – Iowa Sheep Field Day – Washington – 10 am-4 pm – Hosted by Iowa State University and Premier – www.premier1supplies.com/pages/sheep-field-day-2017.php
  • Feb. 18 – Sheep and Goat Buying Station – Duckett Farms, Hope, Ark. – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jesse Duckett at 870-703-7321
  • Feb. 23-25 – Colorado Wool Growers Shearing School – Brush – Marlin Eisenach at marlin.eisenach@colostate.edu or 970-542-3543
  • Feb. 25 – Washington State Sheep Producers Lambing School – Martinez Lambing Camp, Mabton – Dr. Jim Swannack at 509-257-2230 or swannackvet@gmail.com
  • Feb. 27-March 1 – Missouri Shearing School – George Washington Carver Farm, Jefferson City – Erin Brindisi at brindisie@lincolnu.edu or 573-681-5312
  • March 11-12 – Northeast Shearing School – Shepherds Way Farm in Locke, N.Y. – for both beginners and advanced shearers. Deadline to register is Feb. 15. www.LambShoppe.com or call 320-587-6094
  • March 12-15 – NLFA Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School – Albany, Ore. – www.nlfa-sheep.org
  • March 21-22 – Kentucky Shearing School – C. Oran Little Research Center, Versailles – Don Ely at dely@uky.edu or 859-257-2717

Details of the ASI Convention

The ASI staff is looking forward to seeing everyone in Denver next week. With registration numbers up, there will be many old friendships to rekindle and new ones to be made. A few final details: Continue reading

01-20-17 CSU: $1.4 million organic dairy grant to enhance animal care strategies

CSU News Release Header logo$1.4 million organic dairy grant to enhance animal care strategies

FORT COLLINS – As consumer interest in organic milk increases and the number of organic dairies continue to grow, more controlled research is needed to evaluate methodologies that help maintain and improve cow health, while using procedures that conform to organic regulations.

In an effort to support research in that area, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $1.4 million grant to a team co-led by Dr. Pablo Pinedo, a D.V.M. who is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. Continue reading

01-20-17 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for January 20th

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Agriculture Offers Strong Support for Perdue

Agriculture groups in droves announced support for Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue. The Trump administration transition team confirmed the selection of Perdue Thursday. The announcement this week drew immediate praise from general farm groups to livestock and grain organizations. Perdue first met with then President-elect Donald Trump in November after the election. Following that meeting, several candidates were considered for the job before Trump came back to Perdue. He must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, a Republican from Kansas, said he looks forward to the process. In a statement, Roberts said: “Everyone in farm country is having a hard time. We need a Secretary who can recall the 1980’s and will do everything within their power to make sure we do not return to those conditions.” In regards to Perdue, Roberts added: “together, we must get to work addressing these immediate and future challenges.”


Who is Sonny Perdue?

By now, agriculture is familiar with his name, but what about the history behind Donald Trump’s nominee for Agriculture Secretary? Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is set to become the next Agriculture Secretary if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. After switching parties, the now 70-year old was first elected as Georgia’s governor in 2003 and was the state’s first Republican Governor in nearly a century. In his two terms as governor, Perdue presided over the state’s top-ranked agricultural economy. Perdue is a trained veterinarian but is more familiar with crop production. He is a founding partner for AGrow Star, a grain business with 11 elevator locations across Georgia and South Carolina, according to DTN. At the time of the announcement, he was serving on several boards, including the National Grain and Feed Association and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Perdue also served as president of the Southeastern Grain and Feed Association in 1988.


Georgia Agriculture Under Former Governor Sonny Perdue

Agriculture can rest assured that former Georgia Governor and now Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue will be friendly to farmers and ranchers. With strong ties and being very much involved in agriculture, Perdue saw somewhat of a transformation in the sector while serving as governor of Georgia. A Wall Street Journal reporter found that since first being elected as Governor of Georgia in 2003, the state saw an increase in agricultural sales under Perdue’s watch. In 2002, USDA Data shows 49,000 farms made $4.9 billion in sales. By 2012, the number of farms decreased to 42,000, but sales jumped to $9.3 billion. That’s a 17 percent drop in farm operations, compared to a nationwide downturn of just one percent, but nearly twice the sales. As the Wall Street Journal notes, Cattle and hog farms evaporated, and tobacco acreage was halved during that time. Meanwhile, the broiler flock swelled and corn, soybeans and peanut production doubled in the state. During his time as governor, he focused on agriculture issues including water management and making tax code changes that were beneficial to farmers.


Uncertainty Ahead for Organic Animal Welfare Rule

While the outgoing administration dumped a last-minute organic animal welfare rule on agriculture,  Congress seems poised to block the new regulation, according to Politico. Bipartisan leadership from both the House and Senate agriculture committees condemned the rule following its announcement by the Department of Agriculture. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service administrator said the new standards “allow producers to compete on a level playing field.” However, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said the costs of complying with requirements that livestock and poultry have outdoor access could put some producers out of business.” The Kansas Republican promised to work with USDA under the new administration to “ease this overregulation.” Ranking Democrat from the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow expressed disappointment in the rule, saying USDA “missed an opportunity” to set standards that did not risk unintended consequences. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway blasted the outdoor access requirements under the rule. The Texas Republican linked the requirement to susceptibility to highly pathogenic avian influenza, saying the rule was “particularly concerning” given the detection of the virus in a wild duck in Montana earlier this month.


Business, Agriculture Pressing Trump to Salvage TPP

Business interests, along with agriculture groups, want the new administration to reconsider the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal incoming President Donald Trump vowed to drop on “day one” once in office. The Wall Street Journal reports the groups are arguing that the Trump administration does not have to accept the current agreement negotiated by the Obama administration. Rather Trump could look to make changes to the deal, rename it and turn TPP into a Trump initiative to boost U.S. exports to Asia and write new trade rules for the Asia Pacific region. Among those urging the Trump team to take another look at an Asia-Pacific deal are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the American Farm Bureau and a number of companies. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would mean billions of dollars in agriculture sales thanks to improved exports, but chances are still slim of seeing the agreement move forward in the near future.


USDA Announces Citrus Greening Research Grants

The Department of Agriculture Thursday announced $13.6 million in grants to combat citrus greening disease. The funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture comes in the form of four grants through the Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program in the 2014 Farm Bill. As part of the funding, Clemson University will receive $4.7 million, while Regents of the University of California, Riverside, will receive $5.1 million. Iowa State University was granted $2.4 million, while the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Athens, Georgia, was granted $1.8 million. According to USDA, citrus greening is currently the most devastating citrus disease worldwide. The disease was first detected in Florida in 2005 and has since affected all of Florida’s citrus-producing areas leading to a 75 percent decline in Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


01-19-17 Nufarm teams up with John Deere Financial


Nufarm teams up with John Deere Financial

Morrisville, NC (AgPR) Jan. 19, 2017 – Nufarm and John Deere Financial have teamed up to help farmers grow a better tomorrow. This program helps make purchases of Nufarm products easier and more cost effective by providing exclusive offers on the products customers already use to protect their crops against weeds, pests and disease.

The crop protection financing program will run from December 1, 2016- July 31, 2017 and consists of a 120 day No-Payment/No-Interest* program. Payments are due in full December 2017 and require a low minimum purchase of $3,000. Additionally, among its many benefits, the program is available nationally, meaning it has no geographic restrictions and adds no additional cost to the retailer.

The offer is valid on over 25 eligible products from the Nufarm portfolio, which features bactericides, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, plant growth regulators and seed treatment brands. Trusted products such as ChampION++™, Credit® Xtreme, Weedmaster®, Abamex ™, CutOut™ and Sativa® are included in this offer.

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01-19-17 USCA Welcomes Announcement of Sonny Perdue to Secretary of Agriculture


USCA Welcomes Announcement of Sonny Perdue to Secretary of Agriculture

(WASHINGTON) – Following the announcement of President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner issued the following statement: Continue reading

01-19-17 NPPC Endorses Pruitt For EPA Administrator

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NPPC Endorses Pruitt For EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 19, 2016 – Calling him a champion for American agriculture and a strong advocate for sound science and the rule of law, the National Pork Producers Council today endorsed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Continue reading

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01-19-17 NCGA Welcomes Governor Perdue to Lead USDA

NCGA Welcomes Governor Perdue to Lead USDA

NCGA News Release logoWASHINGTON (January 19, 2017) – National Corn Growers Association President and Texas farmer Wesley Spurlock today congratulated former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue on his nomination to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Governor Perdue on his nomination to lead USDA. We look forward to his confirmation hearing, and learning more about his positions on issues important to corn farmers and the entire agriculture industry. Continue reading

01-19-17 NMPF Statement on Announcement of Agriculture Secretary Nominee Gov. Sonny Perdue

NMPF Statement on Announcement of Agriculture Secretary Nominee Gov. Sonny Perdue

From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, National Milk Producers Federation:

NMPF logo 2 102715ARLINGTON, VA – “America’s dairy farmers are looking forward to working with Secretary of Agriculture-designate Sonny Perdue, whose role as the chief advocate for farmers and rural America is absolutely crucial in the new Trump Administration, especially when milk prices have been in a prolonged slump.

Former Gov. Perdue is well-qualified to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a result of his eight years of executive experience as Georgia’s governor, and his career as a state legislator and small businessman.  His educational training as a veterinarian also gives him unique insights into the important issues facing America’s livestock producers in the areas of animal health, food safety and the environment. Continue reading

01-19-17 NPPC Backs Perdue For Agriculture Secretary

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NPPC Backs Perdue For Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 19, 2017 –Saving the best for last, President-elect Donald Trump has decided to tap former Georgia Gov. George “Sonny” Perdue as his secretary of agriculture. The National Pork Producers Council hailed the pick – the final Trump cabinet post to be filled – as “very good for America’s farmers and ranchers.”

Perdue, who is a veterinarian, was governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. Prior to that, he served in the Georgia Senate for 10 years. A part of Trump’s agricultural advisory team, Perdue grew up on a row crop farm in central Georgia and owned agricultural businesses.

“Well, we don’t have a lot of pork production down in Georgia,” said NPPC President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. “but Sonny Perdue is from a farm family and he’s a veterinarian. As head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he’ll be very good for America’s farmers and ranchers. Continue reading

01-19-17 NFU Statement on Sonny Perdue’s Selection to Agriculture Secretary…

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NFU Statement on Sonny Perdue’s Selection to Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON (January 19, 2017) – President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the U.S. Agriculture Secretary in the incoming Trump administration. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to today’s announcement: Continue reading