OAK BROOK, IL July 29, 2015: Stewardship of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food animals is the subject of workshop targeted to livestock producers, their feed suppliers and veterinarians in the Southeast United States. The workshop will be Sept. 11, 2015 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension Auditorium, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. West, Amarillo, TX.
This free workshop is an opportunity for participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of two Guidance for Industry (GFIs) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the use of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, as well as FDA’s revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). The workshop is also an opportunity for other stakeholders, such as state and federal agencies, colleges of veterinary medicine and university extension personnel, to gain insights into the changes needed to meet the requirements.
Led by Farm Foundation, NFP, this workshop is targeted to pork, cattle, poultry and sheep producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers in Texas, Eastern New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Southeastern Colorado. Advance registration is requested and can be completed online
. This is one of 12 regional workshops Farm Foundation will host across the nation in the next three months. A complete list of workshop locations is available on the Farm Foundation website.
The Sept. 11 workshop will include presentations by producer leaders, the local veterinary community, and representatives from the regional feed industry. Officials from FDA and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will also participate. A major part of the agenda is designated for producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers to identify and discuss the management challenges ahead. Continue reading
The National Corn Growers Association announced the participants who will constitute the 30th class of NCGA’s Leadership at Its Best Program, which is co-sponsored by Syngenta. This year’s class includes 14 aspiring leaders from 9 states.
“We are excited to see such great interest in the program and strongly believe the quality of the applicants bodes well for the future of our industry,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling. “For decades now, Leadership at Its Best has helped train strong, confident volunteers who have shaped the industry through their subsequent work at the state and national level. As a graduate of Leadership At Its Best, I personally understand the importance role this program plays in helping develop the skills and build the relationships necessary to effectively lead such a dynamic grassroots organization.”
This year’s Leadership at Its Best Class includes: Aron Carlson (Ill.); Aaron Frank (Colo.); Jeremiah Freidel (S.D.); John Greer (Neb.); Lynn Greer (Neb.); Kirby Hettver (Minn.); Kurt Hora (Iowa); Shane Kinne (Mo.); Larry Klever (Iowa); Fred Miller (Ohio); Guy Mills Jr. (Neb.); Doug Rebout (Wis.); Dirk Rice (Ill.); and Keith Truckor (Ohio). Continue reading
WASHINGTON (July 29, 2015) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the spring 2016 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 1, 2015.
NCBA Executive Director of Legislative Affairs ,Kristina Butts, said this is a great opportunity for students with an interest in the beef industry and public policy. Continue reading
Application and scholarship deadline is Oct. 15, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) are accepting applications for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) class of 2016. The annual eight-day program, held Feb. 17-25, 2016, is designed to identify, develop, and cultivate new leaders within the U.S. potato industry.
During the program, 20 potato growers and industry representatives from across the country focus on leadership development, public policy, marketing, team building and public communication. The 2016 class will begin in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where participants will receive an overview of the U.S. potato industry and tour local production areas, storages, fresh pack facilities, and processing plants. The group will then travel to Washington, D.C., where the focus will move to national legislative and regulatory policy priorities for the U.S. potato industry.
Participants are selected through state organization nominations and a committee facilitated by NPC and the USPB, who jointly coordinate the program. The Institute is made possible each year through a major sponsorship from Syngenta, which has a long history of commitment to leadership development in agriculture. Continue reading
Overview: In 2002 and 2008, Congress passed mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), a popular labeling law that says muscle cuts of meat, and fruits and vegetables, must be labeled with the country’s name where they were produced. Mexico and Canada subsequently filed claims at the World Trade Organization (WTO) charging that COOL was causing a decrease in volume of their livestock exports to the U.S. The WTO has repeatedly taken issue with the way COOL has been implemented, and arbitration is currently underway. While NFU remains steadfast in its support of COOL, Congress is likely to take action prior to the conclusion of arbitration. Responding to the threat of retaliatory tariffs, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to repeal COOL, and the issue is now before the Senate.
Solution: A bipartisan Senate compromise bill – known as the Voluntary COOL and Trade Enhancement Act and sponsored by Senators Stabenow, D-Michigan, and Hoeven, R-North Dakota – completely repeals mandatory COOL, thus putting to rest the complaint by Canada and Mexico, and puts in its place a voluntary labeling system that could allow consumers to know the origin of their food. The U.S. Trade Representative has noted that repealing the mandatory requirement and replacing it with a voluntary system has the “potential to constitute compliance with U.S. WTO obligations.” This is a win-win scenario for all parties involved because: Continue reading
Gov. Hickenlooper and CDPHE issue statement on water fluoridation in Colorado
DENVER — Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, today issued the following statement in support of water fluoridation in the state:
“The Governor’s Office and Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recommend all Colorado communities fluoridate their public water supplies. More than 70 years of research has proven that community water fluoridation is a safe, effective and inexpensive method of improving the oral health of all Coloradans. Increasing the number of communities that voluntarily fluoridate their residents’ water can make a significant contribution to Colorado’s commitment to becoming the healthiest state in the nation. Continue reading
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Corn, Soybean Growers Submit Comments to EPA on RFS
The National Corn Growers Association is telling the Environmental Protection Agency to “stay the course” on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The NCGA submitted comments to the EPA this week that highlighted the importance of the RFS and urged the Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol volume to statute. The comments state the RFS has “spurred growth in agriculture, increased energy diversity and decreased GHG emissions from fossil fuels through the development of renewable energy resources.” Meanwhile, the American Soybean Association submitted comments that point out the benefits of soy-based biodiesel. It says those benefits include contribution to a more diversified energy market; increased domestic energy production; reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; new jobs and economic development; expanded markets; and reduced soy meal feed costs. It its comments, the ASA recognized the EPA’s improvement in its approach to biomass-based diesel fuels in its proposed final rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Trade Policy Priorities Take Center Stage at USGC Annual Meeting
Delegates with the U.S. Grains Council are meeting in Montreal, Canada this week, where they are taking on topics such as global trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, and trade policy’s role in the future dynamics of the market. During a panel discussion, panelists said high-quality TPP agreement would effectively lower taxes and the regulatory burden for agricultural producers. They also urged the farmers and agribusiness representatives in the room to educate policy makers about the importance of these agreements to their profitability.
USDA Scientist Helps Texas Sorghum Growers Reduce Water Use Continue reading
FORT COLLINS – Scientists at Colorado State University have detected a notably high number ofCulex mosquitoes in northern Colorado this season, which could translate into high infection rates of West Nile virus. But so far there is no indication that the virus is spreading quickly from mosquito populations to birds, horses or people.
A wet spring and summer and the resulting large mosquito population create high potential for the spread of the virus, but to date it has turned up in only a small number of mosquito samples, according to a CSU expert.
Still, public health agencies advise precautions. Key steps include draining standing water in the yard and garden; wearing long sleeves and pants, especially from dusk through dawn, when mosquitoes are most active; and using insect repellent with DEET. For more tips, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s “Fight the Bite” website.
The year’s first human case of the disease in Colorado was detected in a Mesa County man on July 8. On July 24, the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories confirmed the state’s first two equine cases of West Nile virus, in horses from Boulder County and Alamosa County.
Greg Ebel, director of CSU’s Arthropod-Borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory, said the number of Culex mosquitoes trapped in Larimer County during the first few weeks of testing this summer was higher than it has been seen since 2007, a severe year for the virus. Culex is a family of mosquitoes that spreads the virus through bites. Two Culex mosquito species, which are prevalent in Colorado, have been found to be particularly effective vectors. Continue reading
Centennial, Colo. – July 28, 2015 – Colorado Farm Bureau is recognizing 72 State Legislators with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award. Both democrats and republicans are being recognized for their steadfast efforts to protect agriculture and rural values in Colorado.
“This year’s crop of Friend of Farm Bureau Award recipients is the legislative result of our member driven non-partisan policy,” President of Colorado Farm Bureau Don Shawcroft said. “The sheer number of recipients on both sides of the aisle illustrates how both democrats and republicans support Colorado agriculture issues.”
The Friend of Farm Bureau award is given at the end of each legislative session to legislators whose voting record that aligns with the Colorado Farm Bureau’s priority issues. The designation also considers bills sponsored, the legislator’s leadership role on Farm Bureau priority issues, and how accessible and responsive that member is to Farm Bureau members and leaders.
The following legislators are being recognized with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award: Continue reading
Take the Quiz! Which Ice Cream Sundae are you?
July is National Ice Cream Month
Have you been frustrated this month, continually having to pass on a favorite treat? It’s time to turn your frown upside down; this month, we share a fusion recipe, allowing EVERYONE, even those with lactose intolerance to properly celebrate July’s National Ice Cream Month. It is typically February when we focus on lactose-free recipes and tips, after all February is lactose Intolerance Month. But for those with intolerance symptoms associated with eating a product with too much lactose, lactose-free recipes are important year round.
In Colorado, August is Colorado Proud Month. Products at markets with Colorado proud logos are produced or processed in the state of Colorado. Choosing items with this logo is a great way for regional shoppers to shop local a little easier. Don’t forget to also buy seasonally for the freshest produce. Colorado shoppers can use this crop calendar provided by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to help learn whats in season year round.
Shopping elsewhere? Try searching for the Grown in Montana logo or other state grown logo. Or ask your grocery store produce manager for help locating local and seasonal foods. They tend to be fresher and less expensive.
How to buy local, seasonal milk? Purchase any fresh milk from your grocery store shelves. It takes less than 2 days from milk to travel from the dairy cow to your grocery store.
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Employing checkoff-funded market research to build demand for beef
WHO represents the target market for beef promotion, and who do they trust?
WHAT do they care about most when it comes to food and food production, and what are the characteristics of the beef they would serve to their families?
WHEN do they decide to eat beef and what beef products do they choose most?
WHERE are they from/demographics, and where do these consumers go to get information, and where do they shop?
WHY do they want to eat beef and why do they not eat more beef?
HOW do they get information about beef, and how do they share that information?
These are just a few of the questions that the beef checkoff leaders seek to answer through extensive market-research efforts as they guide investment of checkoff dollars into promotion, research and information programs aimed at increasing beef demand.
Knowledge about consumers – beef buyers and potential buyers – is critical. After all, consumers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to buying beef – or any other product, for that matter. Until we understand the wants and needs of a target audience, what are the chances of meeting their requirements in the beef and beef products we produce for them? It would be like shooting in the dark and hoping to hit something. Continue reading
The 2015 Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association is holding its annual Summer Meeting August 19-20 at Keystone Lodge & Spa.
The two-day meeting provides opportunities to collaborate with industry peers and discuss business and industry trends. The Summer Meeting will incorporate golfing or fishing with business leaders and innovative speakers to swap ideas and network while raising funds for the RMAA Scholarship program.
RMAA’s annual fundraising dinner and auction will be held during the Summer Meeting to raise money for students with agricultural disciplines. Each year, RMAA awards more than $6000 to students who are passionate about agriculture. Continue reading
Pedal The Plains is looking for three or four enthusiastic riders who share the Tour’s excitement for bike culture in Colorado’s Eastern Plains to join forces and become “Plain Pedalers”. Plain Pedalers will help capture the spirit of Pedal The Plains and tell the story of this fall’s ride and the culture of cycling.
What does it mean to be a Plain Pedaler?
Plain Pedalers will get one free entry into Pedal The Plains 2015. They will have the opportunity to tell their story by sharing photos of training, riding and exploring the state during the event, as well as during the weeks leading up to the ride. All of their content will be featured on the Pedal The Plains website and shared by Pedal The Plains social media. They’ll also help spread the word about PTP and encourage folks to register throughout the summer.
Who is the ideal Plain Pedaler?
The ideal Plain Pedaler is someone with an interesting perspective and a knack for storytelling or photo taking. They are willing to write a blog post every couple of weeks in the months leading up to the ride, and to post stories or photos every day during the event itself. They are savvy on social media, and willing to participate in conversations and sharing their work online. They are outgoing and interested in being an ambassador for Pedal The Plains.
New for the 2015 Plain Pedaler Program
This year Plain Pedalers will help spread the word of Pedal The Plains by taking on the roll of being ambassadors for the Tour. This roll includes attending local events, talking about Pedal The Plains and passing out informational materials. These events do not need to be cycling related. They can be anything from neighborhood farmers market to the weekly run clubs. Along with providing Plain Pedalers a list of event examples, PTP organizers will also send informational materials with a personalized registration code for participants to use when signing up for the Tour. After registration has closed, the Plain Pedaler who has encouraged the most cyclists to sign up for the Tour will receive a free entry into the 2016 Pedal The Plains.
Entries are due July 31st!
How it works:
WASHINGTON (July 28, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson explains in a recent Agri-Pulse guest column that, fortunately for all parties involved in the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Sens. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and a bipartisan group of cosponsors have introduced a COOL compromise bill that both meets our international trade obligations and maintains the integrity of the country-of-origin label.
“The Hoeven-Stabenow compromise is a win-win for everyone involved with the WTO dispute,” says Johnson. “It mandates the development of a clear, strong and honest ‘made in the USA’ label that we know consumers want, and it defangs the WTO ruling by making the law voluntary, not mandatory. Consumers win, producers win, our trading partners win and the WTO ruling becomes a moot point.”
Johnson says that as a direct result of the WTO ruling and the mounting pressure from Canada and Mexico’s unsubstantiated threats, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to repeal COOL altogether, despite the fact that consumers have clearly demonstrated their desire to buy locally. Currently, all eyes are on the Senate. Continue reading
MONTREAL, CANADA – U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegates received powerful insights into the global grain trade and trade policy’s role in the future dynamics of the market during Monday’s opening general session.
Informa Economics Vice President Nick Hoyt set the stage with a keynote presentation delving into global supply and demand dynamics for coarse grains and co-products, including the impact of a strong dollar, growing production from competitors like Brazil, and a U.S. corn yield that has yet to be determined. Continue reading
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“More Than 200,000 Comments Delivered to EPA on RFS”
On the final day of the comment period, advocates for the Renewable Fuel Standard delivered more than 200,000 comments to the EPA in favor of a strong final rule. Fuels America delivered the comments, but says they do not paint the full picture. “The Renewable Fuel Standard represents a promise to rural America—a promise that, when kept, helped rural economies across America make a strong comeback,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union and one of the Fuels America members who dropped comments off at the EPA Monday morning.
“Beef Producers Say TPP Must Deliver”
Beef producers from several countries are calling for a high-quality market access deal on beef to be secured at the TPP ministerial meeting in Hawaii this week. The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) says it is vital that a comprehensive, trade liberalizing deal be finalized as negotiators and trade ministers from the 12 TPP countries will meet in Maui. The alliance says after five years of negotiations, the TPP must not be allowed to drift or lose momentum. The FNBA has consistently called for a non-discriminatory, plurilateral TPP deal that will liberalize the trade in beef products.
“Dairy Groups Commend Senate Appeals for a Robust U.S. Dairy Outcome in TPP Talks” Continue reading
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, July 27, 2015/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization has selected 16 students from throughout the United States as finalists for its 2015 top achievement awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.
The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Recognized are FFA members who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs; earned an American FFA Degree, the highest level of achievement the organization bestows upon a member; and met agricultural education, leadership and scholarship requirements.
The American FFA Degree recognition program is sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Service, Case IH, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The finalists include: Continue reading
Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) has hired Justin Sexten to lead its Supply Development team as director of that division. The Ohio native brings to his new post a broad expertise in beef production, research and education.
“As the cattle cycle enters its expansion phase, Justin’s 11 years of academic research and teaching in Illinois and Missouri make him a fitting match for this role at CAB,” said Mark McCully, vice president of production for the branded beef company.
Sexten’s career focus on replacement heifers and weaned calf management provides an ideal background for leading CAB’s producer outreach team, he added.
“We’ve observed an investment in quality in the cowherd, after the extensive culling brought on by the drought of 2012,” Sexten said.
Data suggests most of the herd replacements were Angus influenced, paving the way for higher beef quality than ever before, especially in light of other survey data that notes 70% of producers turned out Angus bulls in the last year.
With a “cowherd built for quality,” Sexten says a rancher’s priority now lies in what to do after the genetics are in place. Continue reading