02-04-16 USWA News: Wheat Grower Organizations Welcome TPP Signing, Look for Rapid Congressional Review…

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The signing of the 12 nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) today in New Zealand marks another step toward putting the world’s largest free trade agreement into action. National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) welcome this step and now call for rapid consideration and eventual ratification of TPP by Congress.

“Wheat growers are “all-in” regarding the promise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said NAWG President Brett Blankenship, a wheat farmer from Washtucna, Wa. “Expanding sales and market share are important pillars to help revitalize the wheat industry. Now the ball is in Congress’ court and NAWG urges Congress to act quickly.” Continue reading

02-04-16 CattleFax Elects Officers for 2016…

 

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CENTENNIAL, COLO. (February 4, 2016) – New CattleFax officers for 2016 were elected at the organization’s annual business meeting Jan. 28, 2016, in San Diego Calif. Jeff Sparrowk, a cow/calf and stocker operator from Clements, Calif., was elected President. He has been actively involved in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and has served as a past Chairman of that organization’s Marketing Committee. He is also a past President of California Cattlemen’s Marketing Committee.

President Elect is Todd Allen of Newton, Kan. Re-elected as Executive Vice President was Randy Blach of Centennial, Colo.  Jerry Adams of Broken Bow, Neb., was elected to replace Jerry Kuenning of Imperial, Neb., representing the North Plains. Dale Smith of Amarillo, Texas, was re-elected to a four-year term representing the Southwest region Continue reading

02-04-16 Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium in Hugo Feb 16th…

8th Marshall Frasier Beef Symposium 021616 headerDon’t miss the eighth annual producer education symposium put on by the Colorado Livestock Association! Exciting and informative speakers at this year’s event will include a market outlook from CattleFax, livestock risk protection methods, and more! This is a free event open to one and all, we just ask that you register for lunch!

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February 16, 2016 from 9:00-3:00pm

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02-04-16 Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers meeting in Rocky Ford on Feb 11th…

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A GeneSeek official will discuss using DNA to select replacement heifers during a Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers meeting on Thursday night, Feb.11 in Rocky Ford.

Featured speaker, Jim Gibb, is a technical sales manager for GeneSeek, a Neogen Agrigenomics company. He will focus on how DNA profiling replacement heifers can lead to a more herd productivity, efficiency and profit.

Gibb received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado State University. He joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1979 as Assistant Professor of Beef Cattle Management. Continue reading

02-04-16 Early registration deadline for Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture pushed back to Feb. 11th

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Those interested in attending of the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture are in luck, as they have another week to save on registration costs.

Rather than registration going up from $150 to $200 after Feb. 4, event organizers are pushing that back a week, to Thursday, Feb. 11

There’s no registration deadline for this year’s Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, and in addition to saving by registering early, there are also discounted rates for students and alumni of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP).

The 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture – titled “Next Generation Agriculture” – is set for 8 a.m. on Feb. 18, taking place at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel (3801 Quebec St). The event is open to the public and media. Anyone interested in attending can learn more and register at www.governorsagforum.com.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, February 4th…

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TPP Vote Not Likely Until After November Election

Senate Agriculture Chair Pat Roberts says a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not expected until after the November Elections. Roberts delivered that message to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Wednesday. The trade deal was formally signed this week but still needs approval from the member countries.Roberts, along with House Agriculture Ranking Democrat Collin Peterson, said the trade deal does not seem likely to be considered before the lame-duck session. Roberts did say members of Congress “are going through 5,000 pages and finding reasons they are not for it,” according to the Hagstrom Report. Roberts says approval of the deal depends on the election results while Peterson says the trade deal would likely fail if considered in the House today. Peterson, who has opposed most trade agreements, said he is still examining the agreement.

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Syngenta, ChemChina, Agree to $43 Billion Takeover

Syngenta and ChemChina have come to terms with a $43 billion deal that will transfer Syngenta to the state-owned Chinese company. The deal is the largest-ever purchase by a Chinese firm and was officially announced by both companies Wednesday. China is using the deal as a bid to improve the countries domestic food production. A source close to the deal says Chinese farmland is only 10 percent efficient, according to Reuters. Years of intensive farming combined with overuse of chemicals has degraded land and poisoned water supplies, leaving China vulnerable to crop shortages. China is the world’s largest agricultural market and with slow growth, the country is looking outside its borders to find deals that can boost business. Syngenta’s chairman said he did not see any regulatory hurdles for the deal and hinted that ChemChina may be looking for more deals in the near future.

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USDA Cannot Declare Cotton as an Oilseed

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA cannot declare cotton as an oilseed. Vilsack said Wednesday that USDA lawyers had determined USDA does not have the authority to do so. However, Lawyers for Texas Republican and House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway say USDA does have the authority to make the declaration. The cotton industry requested that USDA make the declaration to allow cottonseed eligibility for farm subsidies. Vilsack claims Congress did not grant the authority in the 2014 Farm Bill and through appropriations has forbidden USDA to use the Commodity Credit Corporation to provide the assistance to farmers or cotton gins, according to the Hagstrom Report. Further, Vilsack said Congress would need to find $1 billion over 10 years for the subsidies to fund the cottonseed as an oilseed request. Vilsack did say USDA wants to help cotton producers, but cannot right now due to the barriers in place.

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Cotton Council Disappointed in Vilsack’s Comments on Oilseed Designation

The National Cotton Council responded Wednesday expressing disappointment with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s comments that USDA cannot designate cottonseed as an oilseed, allowing cotton to fall under farm safety net programs. The National Cotton Council contends that USDA “clearly has this authority as described in the current farm bill.” However, the Council did express appreciation for Vilsack’s recognition of the industry’s growing need for assistance given the current economic circumstances. The Council says the U.S. Cotton Industry is facing the lowest cotton acreage in more than 30 years and the smallest exports in 15 years while cotton prices are at their lowest level since 2009. The National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau Federation also expressed disappointment upon hearing Vilsack’s comments that USDA does not have the authority to designate cottonseed as an oilseed. All groups pledged to work with Congress to find a legislative fix.

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Egyptian Ag Ministry Changes Stance on Ergot, Again

Egypt’s agriculture ministry says it will permit wheat imports with up to 0.05% percent of the fungus ergot, in an about-face of its recent zero-tolerance stance. An Egyptian Ag Ministry Spokesperson told Reuters “We go by the Egyptian standards, so that means we accept up to 0.05 percent.” Pro Farmers First Thing Today reports the comments come in contrast to Egypt’s actions. The country recently rejected three shipments of wheat that contained ergot levels falling within that parameter. The change reportedly stemmed from a meeting between the country’s supply minister and ag minister. Exporters, who have been boycotting the country, say they will not be convinced something has changed until they see something official that indicates the policy change.

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USDA Awards Grants for Food Safety and Plant Health Improvements

More than $30 million in grants will fund research projects to improve food safety, reduce antibiotic resistance, and increase the resilience of plants. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants for 80 research projects through USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Vilsack also announced that the President’s 2017 budget $700 million for AFRI, the fully authorized funding level established by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill. USDA says AFRI has led to innovations and discoveries in childhood obesity, rural economics, and food production and safety. Vilsack said, “funding in research to respond to these challenges should be considered as an investment in our nation’s future.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-03-16 NFU: U.S. Farmers Urge Congress to Stop TPP…

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WASHINGTON (February 3, 2016) – The U.S. Trade Representative today signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and a national organization representing farmers and ranchers from coast to coast is calling on Congress to block the giant trade pact.

“TPP is modeled after the failed deals of the past, and it is destined to fail,” explained Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.  “Those past deals worsened America’s trade deficit, did nothing to stop our foreign competitors from cheating the system, and failed to live up to a long list of promises.” Continue reading

02-03-16 NCGA Welcomes TPP Signing…

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WASHINGTON (February 3, 2016) – The following is a statement from National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling regarding today’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

“After five years of negotiations, we are pleased to see the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement take another step forward today. The National Corn Growers Association supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it would give America’s farmers and ranchers greater access to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. This agreement is good for both corn farmers and our friends and partners in the livestock industry. We all want to see more American grains, meat and dairy on dinner tables around the world.

“This agreement will strengthen America’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region and set the tone for future international trade agreements, such as with the European Union. By supporting TPP, Congress can send a powerful message: the United States will lead on trade. That’s why NCGA members will be going to Capitol Hill in the coming months, asking Congress to vote in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in 2016.” Continue reading

02-03-16 CYFEA 2016 State Institute RECAP w/Cody Millar…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) February 3, 2016 – Ft Morgan’s Cody Millar, 2014-15 State Treasurer of the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association’s recaps the 47th CYFEA State Institute which was held in Colorado Springs at the end of January…

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The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is a statewide organization of men and women who are involved or interested in agriculture, affiliated with the National Young Farmers Educational Association. It is a non-profit and non-political group. This organization was organized in 1970; there are over 400 members statewide.

The program provides opportunities in education, leadership, community service, recreation, and recognition for members on the local, state, and national levels. The state association assists local chapters to enlist support from agri-business and industry to promote cooperative relationships between producers and consumers and to provide valuable leadership opportunities. Join us today!

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02-03-16 CSU Ext: 2016 Ag Outlook and Strategy Forums for Producers in Lamar on March 3rd…

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Producers know their costs of producing crops and livestock continue to be high while market prices are going down. As profits decrease or there are losses, producers may have difficulty securing operating loans or have to take money from the savings they accumulated over the past few years of good prices. What are they to do? Continue reading

02-03-16 NCGA: Adoption of Refuge in a Bag Products is Simplifying Grower IRM Compliance…

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Continued Strong Adoption in 2015 Provides Compliance Convenience

(ST. LOUIS) February 3, 2016 – The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is pleased to see continued increase in adoption of refuge- in-a-bag (integrated refuge) products, simplifying growers’ refuge requirements in the Corn Belt. According to the annual Compliance Assurance Program (CAP) results, all growers surveyed in the Corn Belt planted at least one refuge in a bag product, and many growers planted exclusively refuge-in-a-bag products.

The CAP, implemented by Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee (ABSTC), is designed to improve compliance with EPA-mandated Insect Resistance Management (IRM) requirements, and includes on-farm refuge assessments, an online survey, IRM education and awareness. Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

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02-03-16 NACD Honors Conservation Leaders at 2016 Annual Meeting in Reno, NV…

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RENO, NV—February 3, 2016—The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) honored conservation leaders at an awards banquet last night during the 2016 NACD Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada.

The NACD/NRCS Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award was presented BY NRCS Chief Jason Weller and NACD President Lee McDaniel to Larry “Skip” Ahlgren and Diane Ahlgren of Winnett, Montana.  The Ahlgren’s were recognized for their superior service to the conservation community and commitment to promoting and leading conservation on private lands. Diane serves on the Rangeland Resources Executive Committee for the Montana Department of Natural Resources. Larry serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Grass Range Grazing District, as one of the Directors of the Williams Coulee Grazing District, and on the Board of Directors for the Montana Association of State Grazing Districts.  The Ahlgrens ranch and produce cattle on their land in Eastern Montana. Continue reading

02-03-16 CALP names Cathy Calderwood as New Executive Director…

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CALP Exec Dir Cathy CalderwoodThe Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) is proud to announce that Cathy Calderwood will be the Executive Director.

“It is critical that we develop leaders for agriculture that will be spokespeople for those that provide the food, fiber and energy for our urban cousins,” said Calderwood. “I look forward to helping facilitate the development of these champions.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, February 3rd…

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Agri-Pulse Poll Shows Farmers Presidential Election Preferences

A new poll by Agri-Pulse finds the majority of farmers and ranchers plan to vote for a Republican in the 2016 presidential election. The poll results announced last week say 40 percent of those Republican supporters plan to vote for Donald Trump. On the Democrat ticket, 49 percent gave Hilary Clinton an edge over Bernie Sanders, with Sanders receiving 41 percent of the Democrat voter’s support. The poll asked 750 farmers and ranchers their voting preference. Of that, 70 percent identified themselves as Republicans while 19 percent identified themselves as Democrat’s and 12 percent listed themselves as independent voters. The nationwide telephone poll was conducted by a third party research company last week. It included 750 farmers and ranchers who own at least 200 acres of farmland.

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Syngenta Close to Deal with ChemChina

Syngenta is inching closer to announcing a $43 billion takeover agreement with ChemChina, according to Bloomberg. ChemChina reportedly offered a sweeter deal to Syngenta than Monsanto, by offering the $43 billion in cash. Monsanto offered a similar $43 billion takeover in August, but the proposal included cash and a portion of its own shares. Syngenta rejected Monsanto’s repeated attempt at the displeasure of Syngenta’s shareholders. However, perhaps now, the strategy paid off. Monsanto shares have slumped about 13 percent since the beginning of August amid a slump in commodities. ChemChina is guaranteeing a higher price than the stock ever reached on its own, or is likely to reach anytime soon. Bloomberg reported the Chinese government is likely more than willing to pay cash for the deal, given the country’s interest in becoming more agriculturally self-sufficient. However, the involvement of state entities could raise issues for U.S. antitrust regulators as agriculture can be considered a national security interest.

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Egypt Import Rules Prompt Traders Boycott

Egypt was forced to cancel its latest tender for wheat after no bids were offered. Wheat suppliers to Egypt boycotted the tender which could push the country closer towards a crisis that threatens Egypt’s grain reserves. Egypt is the world’s biggest purchaser of the commodity that is critical to a bread subsidy used to help feed its citizens. The move by traders to shun Tuesday’s tender was prompted by mounting concerns that their shipments would be rejected at the country’s ports because of tough new import standards, according to Reuters. The shelved tender comes after a 63,000-ton wheat shipment was rejected this week for containing traces of ergot, a common grains fungus, despite the shipment meeting the .05 percent threshold allowed by the authority’s specifications. Traders say it is impossible to guarantee the complete absence of ergot and report the risk is now “too high” of shipments being turned away. The country claims it has enough reserves to last until May, but those reserves include shipments that have yet to arrive, and could also be rejected.

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CDC: Chipotle E. Coli Outbreaks Appear Over

The Centers for Disease Control says the E. coli outbreaks that plagued Chipotle restaurants appear over, but investigators were unable to identify a specific food or ingredient linked to the illness. Meatingplace reports evidence collected by investigators suggested that a common meal item or ingredient served at Chipotle restaurants was the likely culprit. Yet, advanced testing did not identify any E. coli and a review of distribution records proved unable to identify a single food item or ingredient that could explain either of the outbreaks. The CDC said during the investigation Chipotle committed to several steps to improve sanitation practices and record-keeping in their supply chain and restaurants. The CDC announcement fits the Chipotle marketing campaign outlined by co-CEO Steve Ells and in mid-January, according to Food Safety News, which reports that Ells told attendees at an investment conference the public would quickly forget about the outbreaks and that profits would be bigger than ever.

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Direct Marketing Offers Transparency to Consumers

A House Agriculture subcommittee heard testimony Tuesday on the benefits of building relationships with consumers through direct marketing. An increase in direct marketing by farmers and ranchers sparked this week’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research hearing. Committee members held the hearing to examine opportunities and challenges farmers and ranchers face by direct marketing. Chaired by Illinois Representative Rodney Davis, the subcommittee found farmers and ranchers are able to have an open and honest dialogue with consumers about where their food comes from through direct marketing. USDA statistics show in 2012, more than 140,000 farms sold $1.3 billion worth of fresh agriculture products directly to consumers. Davis says the committee found through testimony that in direct dialogues, farmers are better able to build consumer trust and confidence in today’s food systems.

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USSEC Announces Site, Date for 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange

The U.S. Soybean Export Council will hold the fourth annual U.S. Global Trade Exchange later this year in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Council Tuesday announced the Exchange planned for August 30th through September first. The U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange will be held in conjunction with the 13th annual Midwest Shippers Association Midwest Specialty Grain Conference and Trade Show. Indiana ranks third in production of U.S. Soy. In 2015, Indiana soybean farmers harvested 307.4 million bushels on 5.5 million acres, worth $3.1 billion. The Exchange is the biggest event held by the Export Council and brings together international trade teams and U.S. Soy industry representatives for discussions and personal networking.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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02-02-16 NCGA Membership Symposium Focuses on Service, Growth, Engagement…

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Every two years, staff from the National Corn Growers Association’s state affiliates and select grower volunteers come together to talk about the challenges and opportunities in growing and serving the organization’s membership.
This week in Santa Fe, participants from 15 states gathered for several days of presentations and dialogue on topics such as attracting new members, building member diversity, and engaging members through new technology. The group also looked at ways to ensure farming families are adequately represented in state and national membership rolls.

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02-02-16 Grants to state beef councils, positions on Beef Promotion Operating Committee also announced…

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Steve Hanson (left) and Jerry Effertz will lead the Federation of State Beef Councils in 2016.

Steve Hanson (left) and Jerry Effertz will lead the Federation of State Beef Councils in 2016.

Hanson, Effertz Elected Federation of State Beef  Council Officers at 2016 Cattle Industry Convention

Grants to state beef councils, positions on Beef Promotion Operating Committee also announced

CENTENNIAL, COLO. (Feb. 2, 2016) — Steve Hanson, a cow/calf operator from Elsie, Neb., was elected chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Diego, Calif., last week. Elected vice chairman of the Federation was Jerry Effertz, a cow/calf operator from Velva, N.D. The Federation of State Beef Councils is the national home of state beef councils and a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. Continue reading

02-02-16 Sand County Foundation Announces New Leopold Conservation Award® Program Director: Lance Irving…

SCF-SSand County Foundation logoMADISON, Wis. – Sand County Foundation has named Lance Irving as national director of the Leopold Conservation Award Program.

He joins Sand County Foundation with more than 15 years of experience in sales and marketing. Irving previously served as chief sales and marketing officer at Martin Sports and at Precision Shooting Equipment.

In addition to his executive experience, he spent several years as a professional fishing and hunting guide in Alaska and outside of the United States.

Lance Irving - Sand County Foundation Exec Dir“Lance has accepted the challenge of expanding the award program to new states, securing new national sponsorships, and mobilizing the more than 80 awardees as spokespeople for voluntary land conservation,” said Sand County Foundation President, Kevin McAleese. “After an intensive national search process, we finally found the ideal leader for this dynamic program and a wonderful addition to the Sand County team.”

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