04-29-16 Inside Weld County Extension with Director Keith Maxey…

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Keith Maxey, Director/Livestock Agent, Colorado State University Extension, Weld County

(Barn Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 29, 2016 –  Joining the BARN & the Colorado Ag News Network is Keith Maxey, Director/Livestock Agent, Colorado State University Extension, Weld County, discussing several topics including:

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Learn more about the Colorado State University Extension online @ http://www.ext.colostate.edu/

04-29-16 NGWA: Video helps home owners explore options for financing water well costs…

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Video helps home owners explore options for financing water well costs

A new online video helps home owners explore options for financing necessary well construction or maintenance costs in ways that fit their needs, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) announced today.

The video produced by NGWA covers financing options including: Continue reading

04-29-16 USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment…

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USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment

Portable Equipment Can Help Producers, including Small-Scale and Local Farmers, Get Products to Market Quickly

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 29, 2016 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program today during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets. Continue reading

04-29-16 USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs…

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USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

Online Resource Draws on USDA’s and Partners’ Experience with Launching and Sustaining Urban Agriculture Operations Points Producers to Helpful Financial and Technical Resources

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed lots, to innovative mobile markets and intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing into a mature business sector in cities across the country. Continue reading

Read the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, April 29th…

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Kansas City Fed Issues Farm Economy Report

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank issued a report on the farm economy that said farm lending remains “brisk,” but agricultural credit conditions have “deteriorated” as repayment rates have gone down.  The report also says that banks are increasingly using real estate as collateral and raising interest rates.  The report says farmland values have remained relatively strong, but a poor outlook for cash flow could continue to pressure a large share of farm borrowers, particularly those who are highly leveraged.  National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said the Federal Reserve’s assessment of farm credit conditions, and the signs of deterioration, have NFU concerned about hard times ahead.

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Some Argentina Soybean Fields are Still Flooded

Drier weather has returned to Argentina and should continue through May.  Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says many soybean fields still remain waterlogged.  Eduardo Sierra, the weather adviser to the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange, said Argentina has 21 million hectares of soybeans.  7 million are fine, 7 million are wet but not swamped, and in the other 7 million, growers have to wait for flooding to recede before they try to harvest.  He said the waterlogged fields would be at least “partially lost.”  Several experts estimate soybean crop losses at 5 MMT.

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Taiwan Organizations Protest Over US Pork Imports

The Taiwan swine industry and the pro-independence Taiwan Solidarity Union protested against a Washington delegation on the island due to the possible opening to ractopamine-containing US pork. The Taiwan Swine Association Secretary General said imports of US pork with ractopamine not only negatively affect the market but also the health of the Taiwanese people.  He said if the government lifts the ban on ractopamine-containing pork, pig farmers would organize a large-scale protest.  Taiwan’s Council of Ag Minister-designate said that that Taiwan, who needed Washington’s support to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, cannot close its doors to ractopamine-containing pork forever.  The World News Report said Washington has hinted that acceptance of US ractopamine-containing pork was a condition for the inclusion of Taiwan in the TPP.

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Pilgrim’s Pride First Quarter Earnings Are Lower

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation reported it’s 2016 first quarter net income at $118.4 million, down 42 percent from a year ago.  Net sales in the first quarter were $1.96 billion, down 4.3 percent from last year.  Meatingplace.com said these results were actually a small rebound from a bad fourth quarter in 2015.  The results also come just one day after the company recalled more than 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products.  The company attributes the improved numbers to a jump in US and Mexican business in the first quarter of this year after a weak fourth quarter. They say puts them in a good position for a strong second quarter.  First quarter-results of 46 cents a share also were 4 cents above the analyst’s expectations of 42 cents a share.  Pilgrim’s also announced a dividend of $2.75 per share or roughly $700 million total.

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AFIA Supports UC-Davis White Paper on GHG Emissions

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to support a white paper from the University of California-Davis on greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.  The paper is titled “Livestock’s Contribution to Climate Change: Facts and Fiction.”  The document dissects animal agriculture and other areas that produce greenhouse gas emissions, with the consensus that the livestock industry is not a driving force in climate change.  The author states “Efficiencies in US livestock agriculture have lowered the industry’s combined emissions to a historic low of 4 percent of the nation’s total.”  The author adds that furthering those advancements will be paramount to meeting global demand for protein without depleting natural resources.  The EPA says energy production and transportation are the largest contributors, together equaling more than half of the total US emissions.

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USGC Looks At Potential For Sales Growth in Colombia

The recently release US Grains Council “Outlook Colombia 2030” report found new market development opportunities in Colombia.  Opportunities in the market come about, as feed imports are likely to expand dramatically in the country, even faster than historical trends suggested.  Colombia’s corn imports are expected to reach 5.5 MMT by 2020, and 7.8 MMT by 2030.  The bullish outlook is due to continued economic growth in Colombia that will expand the middle class and lead to increased meat consumption.  Colombia’s livestock sector is expected to increase its output by more than 50 percent to meet the demand by 2020.  The country’s lagging crop production performance is projected to continue, which means Colombia’s livestock producers will have to rely on imports to support their expected expansion.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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04-28-16 USDA NASS Colorado Meat PDI Report #2…

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MILK PRODUCTION, DISPOSITION, AND INCOME – 2015 SUMMARY

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Milk production increased 1.3 percent in 2015 to 209 billion pounds. The rate per cow, at 22,393 pounds, was 134 pounds above 2014. The annual average number of milk cows on farms was 9.32 million head, up 60,000 head from 2014. Continue reading

04-28-16 USDA NASS Colorado Meat PDI Report…

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MEAT ANIMAL PRODUCTION, DISPOSITION, AND INCOME – 2015 SUMMARY

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Total 2015 production of cattle and calves and hogs and pigs for the United States totaled 76.6 billion pounds, up 6 percent from 2014. Production increased 3 percent for cattle and calves and 9 percent for hogs and pigs. Continue reading

04-28-16 NCGA: Farmers Bridge Gaps to Find Clean Water Solutions…

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Farmers Bridge Gaps to Find Clean Water Solutions

This week, National Corn Growers Association staff took a deeper look into water quality issues during the Hypoxia Task Force Meeting in St. Louis. The HTF is a partnership of 12 states, five federal agencies and tribal representatives focused on collaborative efforts to reduce nutrient loading in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basin and subsequent hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Task Force heard presentations from several non-governmental groups and the Missouri Corn Growers Association, and its soy counterpart, discussions on how they approach finding solutions to ensure clean water for future generations. Continue reading

04-28-16 USDA Unveils Three-Year Conservation Strategy for Lesser Prairie-Chicken…

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USDA Unveils Three-Year Conservation Strategy for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Conservation Makes Working Rangelands More Productive and Resilient to Wildfire and Climatic Extremes

WILMORE, Kansas, April 28, 2015—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the release of a three-year conservation strategy that will guide the voluntary restoration of 500,000 acres of habitat for the lesser prairie-chicken, an iconic grassland bird of the southern Great Plains. The bird has historically suffered from population declines and this strategy is part of an ongoing science-based strategic effort by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to restore grassland and prairie ecosystems while enhancing grazing lands in five states.

“Across the country, we’re seeing firsthand how farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are voluntarily stepping forward to aid wildlife species,” NRCS Chief Jason Weller said. “By adopting conservation systems, agricultural producers in the southern Great Plains can restore top-notch lesser prairie-chicken habitat while also making working lands more productive and resilient to wildfire and climatic extremes.” Continue reading

04-28-16 Learn more about the Colorado Energy Office receiving a $1.1M USDA RCPP Award…

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Michael Turner CO Energy Office(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 28, 2016 – On April 27th, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) announced that it was selected for a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) award to help finance energy efficiency improvements for Colorado farmers.  Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss this award in more detail is Michael Turner Energy Efficiency Programs Manager from the Colorado Energy Office.

Topics included within the interview:

  • USDA RCPP Award background and details
  • What the CEO will utilize the funds for?
  • CO Dairy & Irrigation Efficiency Program Details
  • Agricultural Anaerobic Digesters
  • CDA’s Small Hydro Program
  • Renewable Energy Resources
  • & More

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To learn more about the Colorado Energy Office or the Colorado Dairy & Irrigation Energy Program – CLICK HERE

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04-28-16 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

 

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 28, 2016 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown, click below…

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04-28-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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04-28-16 FB News: Farm Bureau partners with Drone World Expo to bring farmers, ranchers to November event…

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Farm Bureau partners with Drone World Expo to bring farmers, ranchers to November event

April 28, 2016-The American Farm Bureau Federation and several other leading groups whose members are commercial drone users are partnering with the Drone World Expo. Through this partnership, Farm Bureau members receive free registration for the 2nd annual Drone World Expo event to be held November 15-16, 2016, at the San Jose Convention Center.

Drone World Expo’s two-day conference focuses on the latest advancements in the commercial drone industry.

“Drones are the next evolution within American agriculture technology. Drones have the potential to help farmers grow more food while using less water and fewer pesticides. High-tech cameras and other airborne sensors give farmers important data to reduce their environmental footprint. This is important not just for farmers but for anyone else who cares deeply about the environment. Farm Bureau is excited to bring education and solutions to farmers and ranchers via this new partnership with Drone World Expo and encourage our members to attend this important industry event,” said RJ Karney, director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Continue reading

04-28-16 CSU’s Associate Dean of Extension and Deputy Director of the Ag Experiment Station in College of Ag Search Continues…

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Colorado State University is excited to bring four finalists to your area for its open leadership position — Associate Dean of Extension/ Deputy Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in the College of Agricultural Sciences.  This position is responsible for implementing the strategy of the College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU as it relates to agricultural Extension and research. The successful candidate will oversee a budget of more than $15 million used at seven research centers across Colorado. We welcome your input in fulfilling this important leadership position!

Opportunities to meet the candidates can be found on the itineraries at:  http://home.agsci.colostate.edu/deputy-directorassoc-dean-for-extension/

This page also contains candidate background materials, videos of seminars and a feedback survey. A number of opportunities exist in Fort Collins, Greeley, Boulder, and at the Western Colorado Research Center.

In Weld and Boulder Counties, candidates will be available for meetings that include: Continue reading

04-28-16 USDA Offers New Resource to Help Food Hubs Improve Financial Performance…

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USDA Offers New Resource to Help Food Hubs Improve Financial Performance

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 – Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Sam Rikkers today announced a new resource to help food hubs improve their financial performance. Food hubs, which are a businesses or organizations that manage the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of locally-produced food, play a key role in creating opportunities for small and mid-sized producers while also satisfying growing consumer demand for local products. Continue reading

04-28-16 NMPF: April Dairy Market Report…

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The April issue of the NMPF-DMI Dairy Market Report is now available online. It shows that dairy market developments during the first part of April brought slight improvements in the outlook for milk prices.

However, indications that milk production will be coming off its near-flat growth pattern might cast a shadow over the outlook going forward. USDA’s decision tool for the milk Margin Protection Program (MPP) indicates that the program could make small top-end payments each of the next three bimonthly periods, March–April through July–August this year.

CLICK HERE to view the latest NMPF Dairy Market Report

The Dairy Market Report is written and produced by the National Milk Producers Federation and sponsored by Dairy Management Inc. in Rosemont, Ill.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, April 28th…

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Farm and Food Groups Ask Congress To Reject TPP

Criticism of the Trans-Pacific Partnership intensified after 160 farm, food, and faith groups sent a letter to Capitol Hill asking lawmakers to reject the pact.  The group said the main beneficiaries of TPP are companies that buy, process, and ship raw Ag commodities, and not farmers who face real risks from rising import competition.  They say TPP imports will compete against US farmers who are facing declining farm prices that are projected to stay low for years.  The White House has promoted TPP as an export boon for farmers.  The letter notes that past trade agreements have not always delivered on export promises.  The groups say the US total exports of corn, soybeans, and wheat have remained steady at 100 MMT for the last 30 years, despite a raft of free trade agreements since the mid-1990s.

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EWG Report on Farm Subsidies Using Old Data

Last week, the Environmental Working Group sent out a report titled “The Rich Get Richer: 50 Billionaires Got Federal Farm Subsidies.”  A group called Farm Policy Facts said the report was meant to draw attention to the “problem” of well-known celebrities and billionaires pocketing farm subsidies.  The lone comment on the EWG report noted the data used stopped at 2007.  The group notes that loopholes allowing the wealthy to receive farm subsidies were closed in the 2008 Farm Bill.  Some still get environmental conservation subsidies, which the EWG supports.  Those subsidies were omitted from the current billionaires report.  Farm Policy Facts points out that the EWG publishes a report like this every 18 months to try to get the rest of the farm safety net.

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Ag Funding Bill Prevents GIPSA implementation

The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the fiscal 2017 agricultural spending bill that prevents the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration from implementing regulations that would negatively affect livestock producers.  GIPSA proposed sweeping regulation changes in 2010, called the “GIPSA Rule,” that would limit farmers ability to sell animals, dictated private contract terms, and made it harder to get farm financing.  The Pork Network said it would lead to more vertical integration in the livestock industry.  An Informa Economics study found the proposed rule would have cost the US Ag economy almost 23,000 jobs and reduced GDP by $1.56 billion annually.  It would have cost the pork supply chain over $300 million per year.

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NPPC Pleased that Trademark Payments Approved

The USDA Ag Marketing Service announced it would approve the $3 million annual payment by the National Pork Board to the National Pork Producers Council for a trademark purchase.  NPPC President John Weber says it’s for “Pork, the Other White Meat” slogan and icon and he’s pleased with the decision.  The approval comes as the Humane Society is challenging USDA’s approval of the “Pork, the Other White Meat” trademark in court.  Weber said the Ag Marketing Service found the value of the trademark exceeds the value of the original purchase price, which his group knew all along.  Weber said NPPC would continue working with USDA as the court case proceeds. Earlier, the NPPC and the Pork Board put pressure on USDA, which was thought to be in settlement negotiations with HSUS regarding the court case earlier this year.  They wanted USDA to mount a strong defense of the purchase agreement. 

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Pilgrim’s Pride Expands Poultry Recall

Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Waco, Texas is recalling over 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products.  The Food Safety and Inspection Service says the products may be contaminated with materials like plastic, wood, rubber, and metal. The meatingplace.com website says this is an expansion of the recall first announced on April 7.  The scope of this recall expansion now includes a variety of chicken products associated with possible contamination.  The chicken products were produced on August 21, 2014, through March 1 of 2016.  The firm first notified FSIS of the issue on April 6th.  There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consuming these products. 

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Senate Committee Ask GAO to Investigate Cattle Price Drop

The Senate Judiciary Committee is asking the Government Accountability Office to investigate the 2015 cattle price collapse.  The move comes in response to a request from R-CALF USA to have the government look into the sudden price drop.  The letter to the GAO requests that it investigate the cause of the sudden 15.1 percent drop in fed cattle prices in the second half of that year.  R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard says he’s happy the Senate Judiciary Committee agrees with the evidence they provided on the dysfunctional nature of our fed cattle markets warrants an investigation into the structure of the industry.  It also warrants investigating the susceptibility of our industry to anti-competitive practices.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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04-27-16 FB News: Farm Bureau calls for action on the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

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Farm Bureau calls for action on the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

HIT photoApril 27, 2016-With soaring health insurance premiums preventing many farmers, ranchers and other small business owners from providing-and their employees from obtaining-health care coverage, Farm Bureau and more than 55 other organizations are urging the House Ways and Means Committee to advance the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act (H.R. 2911). The bill would protect small businesses from punitive fines for helping employees with health care costs and restore their ability to provide a flexible and valued benefit. Continue reading

04-27-16 FB News: Farmers and ranchers need government support, not opposition, Farm Bureau tells Congress…

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Farmers and ranchers need government support, not opposition, Farm Bureau tells Congress

Guebert-smallApril 27, 2016 – Low commodity prices, tightening credit, expensive land and rising costs for expenses such as seed and fertilizer will lead to financial losses for many farmers and ranchers this year, Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr. told a House subcommittee today.

Testifying on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Illinois Farm Bureau, Guebert encouraged Congress to help farm and ranch families endure what observers agree will be a difficult year. He said Illinois farmers who produce row crops have been hit hard along with the rest of the farm economy.

“Over the last 18 months we have seen our working capital erode over 25 percent,” Guebert said. “Our equity is fading into the sunset. Indexed to inflation, the economic return for Illinois farmers after accounting for family expenses is currently at its lowest level since 1972. All of this has proven to be a very steep learning curve for a new generation of younger and less experienced farmers who entered the business when times were better.” Continue reading