03-21-19 Inside the 2019 Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol: Press Conference, Chef Interviews & More

CLICK HERE to view all of the video that was shot by The BARN on March 20th from the Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol event in Denver

Inside the 2019 Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol: Press Conference, Chef Interviews & More

DENVER, CO – March 20, 2019 – CO Ag Day at the Capitol  took place on March 20, 2019 and it was osted by the Colorado Ag Council. Check out the BARN’s coverage of the event including the press conference that featured:

Terry Fankhauser, Chairman of the CO Ag Council & Executive Director of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, CO Ag Commissioner KateGreenberg, CO Governor Jared Polis, CO Senator Kerry Donovan, CO Representative Dylan Roberts,  Foodbank of the Rockies CEO Erin Pulling and ACF CO Chefs Association Executive Director Colleen Ferreira

CLICK HERE to watch the Press Conference

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for March 21st

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Weekly Export Sales for March 21st

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, March 21st

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Midwest Flood Damage Total Approaching $1 Billion

The federal government may have to step in with extra resources to help states like Nebraska and Iowa recover from flood damage. Floodwaters are still receding in the wake of the “bomb cyclone” that hit Midwest states hard and left behind large-scale damage. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue tells the Fox Business Network that the existing safety net programs probably won’t be enough to cover the catastrophic damage. “Hopefully, we’ll have a supplemental disaster bill out of Congress very soon,” Perdue says. “This may be included in that as well.” Nebraska Agriculture Director Steve Wellman says, “It’s hundreds of millions of dollars, approaching a billion dollars of impact straight to agriculture.” Politico says the damage totals could exceed $400 million in livestock losses and $440 million for crop farmers, who could be forced to delay or even cancel planting entirely. Craig Head of the Nebraska Farm Bureau says, “Those are very early estimates. They don’t even account for the damage done to roads, bridges, barns, fences, and other infrastructure.” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s seeking federal aid as soon as possible, citing ruined grain bins and lost livestock. The Des Moines Register says it’s too soon to know the scope of the damage. “Some farms have been completely destroyed,” Wellman said. “We’ll rebound as best we can.”

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Brazil Opens Up to More U.S. Wheat Imports

U.S. wheat growers are thrilled about a joint announcement from Washington and Brazil that says the South American country will establish a 750,000-ton quota for tariff-free wheat imports. A Small Grain Dot Org article says U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers welcome the announcement because it fulfills a longstanding obligation under Brazil’s World Trade Organization commitments. U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman Chris Kolstad says they’re grateful to the Trump Administration for championing the interests of U.S. farmers. “Specifically, we say thank you to Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney for prioritizing Brazil’s WTO commitments,” he says. “This new opportunity gives us a chance to build stronger relationships with Brazilian millers and a more consistent market there for U.S. wheat.” Brazil was the largest importer of wheat in Latin America, as well as the fourth-largest in the world during the 2017-2018 marketing year. The move could bring some relief to U.S. farmers who have lost export sales after President Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and slapped tariffs on major trading partners, which prompted retaliation against U.S. farm goods.

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Jury Finds Roundup Caused Plaintiff’s Cancer

A second California jury found that a man likely developed cancer after being exposed to the Roundup weed killer he used in his yard. The Wall Street Journal says it’s the second case to go to trial over the alleged harm of the popular Bayer product. The six-person jury in the San Francisco-based U.S. District Court will now begin hearing evidence to separately weigh whether Bayer’s Monsanto unit should be held liable. That’s a decision that could bring substantial financial damages against the company as Monsanto will now have to disclose internal documents related to the case. It’s a blow to Bayer, which took over Monsanto’s Roundup product portfolio when it bought the agrichemical giant last year. In a statement after the verdict was announced, Bayer says credible science doesn’t support the plaintiffs’ case and that it plans to “vigorously defend” glyphosate-based products used by both farmers and consumers. The jury will have to decide whether Bayer will have to pay damages to Edwin Hardeman, the 70-year-old plaintiff. His attorneys say they “look forward to presenting this evidence and holding Monsanto accountable for its bad conduct.”

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ASF Outbreak Spreading Throughout Asia

The African Swine Fever virus is continuing to march through parts of Asia and Europe. A National Pork Board update says it’s causing increasing disruption to the world’s pork production. Much of the ASF concern centers on China, for good reason, because it’s number one in global pork production. The World Organization for Animal Health now says nearly all of China’s provincial-level administrative units have reported one or more ASF outbreaks. That means all but the far western portion of China now has at least some level of ASF exposure. Official reports now say China has had to cull approximately one million pigs since the outbreak got going last August. However, there are unofficial reports say the actual number of lost animals may be ten times the official number. Economist Steve Meyer with Kerns and Associates, says China’s breeding herd is down 19 percent from a year ago. Total market hogs are down 16 percent from 2018. Non-governmental reports from U.S. pork industry visitors are calling China’s ASF outbreak “endemic,” which means there is little hope of containing the disease or getting rid of it any time soon. Good evidence of this designation is the fact that ASF has now been confirmed in neighboring Vietnam, where 17 provinces in the northern part of the country have confirmed cases of the disease.

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DFA Sales Drop More Than $1 Billion in 2018

The largest dairy cooperative in the nation had a “challenging” 2018 and lost a lot in net sales numbers from the previous year. The Dairy Farmers of America cooperative held its annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, and reported that net sales fell by $1.1 billion during 2018. That’s a 7.5 percent decrease over 2017. Net sales in 2018 came in at $13.6 billion, while the previous year’s total was $14.7 billion. As most industry folks expected, the decrease is primarily due to lower milk prices. The all U.S. milk price was 8.2 percent lower than the previous year. Prices averaged $16.20 per hundredweight in 2018 compared with $17.65 per hundredweight the previous year. The cooperative’s net income came in at $108.5 million for 2018. That’s an $18.9 million dollar drop from 2017’s income total of $127.4 million. DFA President and CEO Rick Smith says the past year was challenging for many in the dairy farmer community. “However, DFA remains focused on bringing value to our members,” Smith says. “From marketing members’ milk and offering valuable farm services, to expanding our global presence and making strategic investments to strengthen our commercial portfolio, we’re committed to ensuring a strong and sustainable cooperative.” Despite facing challenges in domestic demand, DFA invested in a new cheese and whey processing facility in Michigan during 2018.

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Georgia Student Wins National Collegiate Discussion Meet

Kylie Bruce of Georgia is the winner of this year’s American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet. The announcement took place at the Farm Bureau’s FUSION Conference. Bruce was awarded the top prize after a discussion on technology as a driving force for innovation in agriculture. Bruce is studying agriculture education and poultry science at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and will receive her associate of science degree in May. For those who don’t know, the Collegiate Discussion Meet is designed to replicate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. Contestants are judged on their ability to exchange ideas and information on an agricultural topic and find answers or solutions related to it. Bruce qualified for the national competition after winning the Georgia Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet. As the national winner, she gets a $3,000 scholarship from the CHS Foundation, which sponsors the competitive event. A total of 35 contestants took part in this year’s Collegiate Discussion Meet. The Young Farmer and Rancher Program’s goals are to help younger Farm Bureau members learn more about agriculture, network with other farmers, and realize their full potential as future agricultural leaders.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-20-19 NWSS Center seeks to cultivate its future programs, partnerships and events

National Western Center seeks to cultivate its future programs, partnerships and events

“Cultivate” campaign asks businesses, nonprofits, others to consider being part of the National Western Center when its doors open – Visit nationalwesterncenter.com/cultivate

DENVER — The National Western Center is a global destination for agricultural innovation and western heritage that will open its doors in 2024 in Denver. Today, its leadership is seeking to cultivate the mix of experiences and opportunities that will happen at this dynamic campus and online, via an open call now through April 20 at nationalwesterncenter.com/cultivate. Continue reading

03-14-19 WGCD: FREE Ag Career Exploration Workshop at Aims Community College’s Greeley Campus on March 21st

WGCD: FREE Ag Career Exploration Workshop at Aims Community College’s Greeley Campus on March 21st

In honor of National Ag Day/Week, the West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) is partnering with Aims Community College on Thursday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. to host their first FREE: Ag Career Exploration Workshop in the Cornerstone Building on the Greeley Campus, 5401 W. 20th St. They hope to engage with high school freshmen through college age students.

They will be serving lunch so registration to this free educational experience is requested by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

Go to http://bit.ly/exploreAg to sign-up. If you have any dietary special needs – vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, please note in the comments box at the bottom of the form.

 

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03-20-19 Colorado Sorghum hosting Meetings in Yuma March 26th and Granada March 27th

Colorado Sorghum hosting Meetings in Yuma March 26th and Granada March 27

The Colorado Sorghum Association will be having two meetings next week:
  • March 26 in Yuma at the golf course starting at 12 pm in conjunction with Smithfield foods.
  • March 27 in Granada at the Community Center starting at 10 am and running until 2 pm.
Please feel free to share this with anyone that would like to attend the meeting, and please RSVP to jordan@sorghumgrowers.com.
Attached is the meeting announcement.
Thank you,
Jordan Shearer, Executive Director

03-20-19 USDA Swears in 30 New Members to Potatoes USA’s Board: Three from Colorado

New members of Potatoes USA’s Board being sworn in on March 14 by Patricia Petrella from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

USDA Swears in 30 New Members to Potatoes USA’s Board

DENVER (March 20, 2019) — The Potatoes USA Annual Meeting was held March 11-14 in Denver, Colorado. During this meeting formal board business was conducted, including the swearing in of new members and the electing of new Administrative Committee members and new Executive Committee members.

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture appointed 30 new members to the board to serve three-year terms. They were sworn in on March 14 by Patricia Petrella, deputy director of the Promotion and Economics Division of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crops Program.

Each year, board members are nominated by the industry and are then appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Potatoes USA’s board has about 100 members, which consists of growers, importers and one public member.

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03-14-19 Inside the Colorado Ag Council with Events Chair David Collie: Ag Day at the Capitol

 

Inside the Colorado Ag Council with Events Chair David Collie: 2019 Ag Day at the Capitol

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 14, 2019 – Joining the BARN on the CO Ag News Network is David Collie, CO Ag Council Events Chair and the Industry Relations Manager CO Egg Producers which is the organization that is hosting the 2019 Ag Day @ the Capitol on March 20th

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To learn more about Ag Day at the Capitol on March 20th – CLICK HERE

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China Could Triple U.S. Ag Purchases

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week again said China could triple its purchases of U.S. agricultural products. The U.S. and China are still hashing out the details of a trade agreement, now thought to conclude in June. Perdue told Bloomberg Television this week “we could easily see, if we are able to come to a trade resolution, a doubling or tripling” of normal ag purchases by China over a period of two to five years. China has averaged about $20 billion a year of U.S. ag purchases, before the trade war beginning last year. As part of the talks, China earlier proposed to buy an additional $30 billion of U.S. ag products. Additional massive purchases of U.S. farm products, particularly pork and soybeans which China has targeted in the trade war, would likely be a huge boon for the United States. China began “good-faith” purchases of U.S. agricultural products as the trade talks began in December.

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Livestock Group Calls Beef Trade with Brazil Risky

Livestock groups warn any trade allowing Brazil to export beef to the U.S. would put the U.S. beef industry at risk. President Donald Trump and his counterpart from Brazil discussed trade issues Tuesday, including beef, sugar and ethanol. However, some livestock groups expressed concern regarding the potential reopening of fresh beef exports to the U.S. market. The United States Cattlemen’s Association reiterated its strong opposition to the move that the organization says would compromise the “health of the domestic cattle herd for the sake of increased beef exports, especially from a country marred by scandal.” The group urged President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to strongly consider potential animal health issues stemming from possible trade with Brazil, including the 2017 discovery that Brazilian meat inspectors had been caught accepting bribes to allow expired meats to be sold and sanitary permits to be falsified.

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Flooding Disrupting Midwest Rail Services

Flooding in the central-U.S. is halting rail traffic, including shipments and deliveries from agricultural facilities. Union Pacific noted the flooding has caused “significant damage” to the company’s rail network. Five routes of the Union Pacific rail network are closed due to flooding and track washouts in the Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska four-state area. Meanwhile, BNSF Railway reported track closures in the same area, along with additional closures in North and South Dakota, and Illinois near the Mississippi River. The track closures impact shipments of grain and rail services from ethanol plants in the region as the floodwaters continue to migrate down the Missouri River basin. The rail companies say crews from across the county are in the region to restore service as soon as possible. Meanwhile, a more than 100 mile stretch of Interstate 29 that runs parallel by a few miles along the river was closed Tuesday. Vice President Mike Pence also visited flood-damaged areas of Nebraska and Iowa, along with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Missouri Governor Mike Parsons toured flooded areas of his state earlier over the weekend.

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Additional Trump Budget Documents Show Extensive USDA ERS Cuts

New documents detailing President Trump’s budget request show significant cuts to the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. The White House released the rest of its fiscal year 2020 budget proposal this week, and cited savings on salaries in the Economic Research Service as a way to cut spending, according to the Hagstrom Report. A document titled “Major Savings and Reforms” noted the administration proposal to move the Economic Research Service closer to stakeholders and outside of the Washington, D.C. region, which would provide “the potential for savings on employment costs.” The proposal notes that the 28 percent locality pay for the national capital region is higher than the national average. In the Agriculture Department, the document also cited a reduction in forest and rangeland research and elimination of the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program, the Rural Business and Cooperative Programs and single-family housing direct loans. Agriculture lawmakers in the House and Senate have already voiced their planned rejection to USDA and crop insurance cuts proposed by the administration.

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AEM: Tariffs Costing U.S. GDP $290 Billion

A new study shows tariffs impacting U.S. equipment manufactures will cost the U.S. GDP $29 billion a year for ten years, or $290 billion total, if continued. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says the data released in the report show tariffs are “driving up the cost of production, delaying capital investments, and impeding job creation.” The report, The Economic and Industry Impact of Protectionism Tariffs on the Off-highway Equipment Sector, estimates tariffs will increase costs of producing U.S. agriculture and construction equipment by six percent. With its higher steel-related product content, the costs of producing U.S. mining equipment will increase seven percent. Equipment manufacturing executives have attributed the increasing costs of manufacturing in the United States to the Trump administration’s tariffs. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a campaign backed by AEM, found that the tariffs are costing businesses up to $2.7 billion each month and have caused exports of American products to plummet by 37 percent.

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USDA Announces New Resources to Raise Awareness of African Swine Fever

The Department of Agriculture is promoting resources to help prevent the spread of African swine fever. USDA notes that USDA-trained detector dogs played a major role in the seizure of roughly one million pounds of pork smuggled from China where there is an outbreak of African swine fever. Stating “prevention is our best protection,” the resources included potential African swine fever pathways, biosecurity measures, signs and symptoms producers should watch for, as well as traveler tips. USDA is monitoring the recent outbreaks of African swine fever in Asia and Europe, and has proactively taken steps to increase safeguarding efforts to keep the disease out of the United States. Specifically, the U.S. has increased detector dog teams within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, restricted the imports of pork from affected countries, and expanded testing capabilities of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. The resources announced this week can be found at www.aphis.usda.gov.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-19-19 Colorado River Basin States Move Forward with Contingency Plan to Address Looming Crisis

Colorado River Basin States Move Forward with Contingency Plan to Address Looming Crisis

DENVER – The seven Colorado River Basin States of Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming signed a letter to Congress today requesting legislation to implement a negotiated contingency plan that responds to the historic dry conditions and the effects of climate change on the Colorado River.

“Water is the lifeblood of the West. We all have a vested interest in the management of the Colorado River,” Governor Jared Polis said. “Thanks to the excellent work from each of the Basin States, we are in position to ensure lasting success for the Colorado River, its environment, economy, and future.”

The announcement comes on the deadline set by the Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman for the Basin States to address the situation or provide her agency with input as to Colorado River operations and management. Continue reading

03-19-19 New Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director announced

New Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director announced

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Natural Resources today announced that Jeff Robbins is the new director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). Robbins had served as acting director of the commission since January 17.

“Jeff’s expertise in the oil and gas industry has already proven to be a tremendous asset to the commission,” said Dan Gibbs, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. “We are excited to be able to appoint him as COGCC’s new director.”

“I am honored to be appointed director, and I thank DNR Director Dan Gibbs for giving me this opportunity,” Robbins said. Continue reading

03-19-19 CFB Policy Watch: Oil and gas ban is moving through the house, New HIT delay legislation and more

Legislature Continues to Force SB19-181 on Coloradans

SB19-181 continues to move its way through the legislature. After 12 and a half hours of testimony, the bill passed out of the House Energy and Environment committee at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after no amendments were presented.

SB19-181 is a threat to property owners and property rights across the state. CFB has always been a strong supporter of these rights and the rights of farmers and ranchers to use and manage their property to their best and most profitable uses for those owners.

The next hearing for SB19-181 will be the House Finance Committee on Monday afternoon.

Thank you to all those that completed the calls-to-action and signed up to testify both remotely and in person. Please keep up the fight and continue to respond and this bill keeps making its way through the process. Your work is very appreciated and it DOES make a difference!

New “Delay the HIT” Legislation Introduced Again

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03-19-19 Wheat Farmers Welcome New Export Opportunity from Trump Administration Agreement with Brazil

Wheat Farmers Welcome New Export Opportunity from Trump Administration Agreement with Brazil

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome today’s announcement by President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil has agreed to implement a duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) for wheat, a longstanding obligation under Brazil’s World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. This agreement opens an annual opportunity for U.S. wheat farmers to compete on a level playing field for 750,000 metric tons (about 28 million bushels) of wheat under the TRQ.

“We are grateful to the Trump Administration for championing the interests of U.S. farmers and specifically to Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney for prioritizing the issue of Brazil’s TRQ commitment,” said Chris Kolstad, USW Chairman and a wheat farmer from Ledger, Mont. “This new opportunity gives us the chance to apply funding from the Agricultural Trade Program and other programs to build stronger relationships with Brazilian millers and a more consistent market there for U.S. wheat.” Continue reading

03-19-19 Join RMFU at Ag Day at the Capitol on March 20th

Join RMFU at Ag Day at the Capitol on March 20th

This Wednesday, March 20th, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union will host a booth for Ag Day at the Capitol. We will be serving a taste of Colorado. Each year, Ag Day at the Capitol in downtown Denver takes place during National Ag Week. The event showcases all that Colorado’s industry does for our state, highlighting ag’s successes in feeding Colorado’s five million people, its stewardship of our resources, and its $40 billion economic impact that makes it as important as tourism. This year, they will welcome RMFU farmers and ranchers who will be at their booth to visit with lawmakers and guests attending the event. If you’re around from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, please stop by and join in the food and fun.

Learn more about 2019 Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol on March 20th – CLICK HERE

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03-19-19 FSA Reminder: LIP and the ELP Program Deadlines following Natural Disasters

FSA Reminder: LIP and the ELP Program Deadlines following Natural Disasters

Denver, CO – March 19, 2019 – Farm Service Agency in Colorado reminds the Ag community of the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) deadlines following recent natural disasters…

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03-19-19 Inside the BARN with Hugh Sanburg, Cattlemen’s Beef Board Secretary-Treasurer: Producer Attitude Survey and More…

Inside the BARN with Hugh Sanburg, Cattlemen’s Beef Board Secretary-Treasurer

Producer Attitude Survey and More…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – March 19, 2019 – According to a recent Producer Attitude Survey conducted by the Beef Checkoff…80% of beef producers nationwide say the Beef Checkoff Program helps drive demand for beef, that was just ONE of the major findings by a third party and independent research firm – to help gauge beef producers’ awareness, overall sentiment and their concerns about the Beef Checkoff Program. For more about the survey and more about the Beef Checkoff Program my guest on the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is Hugh Sanburg, Secretary/Treasurer of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion Board

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03-19-19 USDA Continues to Prevent African Swine Fever from Entering the U.S.

USDA Continues to Prevent African Swine Fever from Entering the U.S.

Provides New Resources to Raise Awareness of the Deadly Disease

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2019 – Last week, USDA-trained detector dogs played a major role in the seizure of roughly 1 million pounds of pork smuggled from China where there is an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). The highly contagious and deadly disease affects both domestic and feral (wild) pigs and there is no treatment or vaccine available for it. Continue reading

03-19-19 USDA Announces 1890 National Scholars Program Funding Opportunity

USDA Announces 1890 National Scholars Program Funding Opportunity

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the opening of the 2019 scholarship application cycle for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program. The program aims to increase the number of minority students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and other agriculture-related disciplines. The program is available through the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE). Continue reading

03-19-19 USDA: Registration for First 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting Opens

USDA: Registration for First 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting Opens

Meeting Kicks Off at USDA on March 28, 29, Chair and Vice Chair Named

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), invites the public to register to attend the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The meeting will be held at USDA headquarters in the Jefferson Auditorium on March 28th and 29th. Registration for in-person attendance begins today and closes at 5:00 p.m. March 26, 2019. Please visit DietaryGuidelines.gov for registration details.

“USDA is committed to ensuring the process for developing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is transparent and data-driven,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “We are looking forward to kicking off the committee’s review of the scientific evidence, along with public engagement throughout the process. The comment period is open, and we encourage everyone to visit the redesigned Dietary Guidelines website”. Continue reading

03-19-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Mexico’s Convenience Store Sector a Rapidly Growing Venue for U.S. Red Meat

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Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Mexico’s Convenience Store Sector a Rapidly Growing Venue for U.S. Red Meat

Convenience stores account for a rapidly increasing share of food sales across the world, including in Mexico. Gerardo Rodriguez, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) regional marketing director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic, discusses USMEF’s efforts to expand demand for U.S. pork and beef products by working with suppliers of Mexico’s largest convenience store chain, Oxxo.

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