08-17-17 NPPC: U.S. PORK GAINS LONG-AWAITED ACCESS TO ARGENTINE MARKET

NPPC: U.S. PORK GAINS LONG-AWAITED ACCESS TO ARGENTINE MARKET

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 17, 2017 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds the Trump administration for negotiating U.S. pork access to the Argentine market. Argentina was among several countries with non-science based barriers to U.S. pork imports. With today’s White House announcement, trade-dependent U.S. pork producers now have unfettered access to this large pork-consuming nation.

“U.S. pork producers are the most competitive in the world and we have long sought the opportunity to provide affordable, high-quality pork in Argentina,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff. “We thank Secretaries Perdue and Ross, and their teams at the USDA and the Department of Commerce, as well as U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and his team, for their diligent work to win Argentine market access.” Continue reading

08-17-17 NMPF: Deadline Approaching for Producer Feedback on FARM Program Resources and Tools

Deadline Approaching for Producer Feedback on FARM Program Resources and Tools

ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy producers have until Sept. 10 to complete a survey asking about their perceptions of the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program and how it can continue to improve the resources it offers farmers.

The voluntary survey, conducted by the FARM Program in conjunction with Colorado State University, probes producers’ knowledge of FARM and the value it provides to their operations. The results will help FARM’s Animal Care program better provide cooperatives and farmers with the appropriate guidance and materials required of program participants. Survey questions address topics such as the producer’s familiarity with the program, where they seek additional FARM Program information, and why stewardship practices are important to them. Continue reading

08-17-17 US Dept of Interior Deputy Secretary Bernhardt Announces $450,000 in Historic State and Tribal Preservation Grants to CO…

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Deputy Secretary Bernhardt Announces $450,000 in Historic State and Tribal Preservation Grants to Colorado

Offshore Drilling Funds Directed to Help Protect U.S. and Tribal Historic Places, Culture, and Traditions

WASHINGTON – U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service today announced the distribution of $417,936 in historic preservation grants to Colorado as well as $32,415 for historic preservation grants to a Tribal Historic Preservation Office in the state. This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and partnering nations this year.

“These grants highlight the Department’s and the National Park Service’s commitment to preserving U.S. and tribal history and heritage,” Deputy Secretary Bernhardt said. “Through valuable partnerships,we are able to help communities and tribes protect the diverse historic places, culture, and traditions unique to our country for future generations.” Continue reading

08-17-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

08-17-17 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

CDA Commissioner Don Brown

Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 17, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

  • Thoughts on NAFTA Renegotiations
  • US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent visit to Last Chance, CO
  • WOTUS Repeal Comment Period Extended
  • Recent Ag Tour w/US Senators Bennet & Gardner
  • Recent CDA Survey Results
  • August is Colorado Proud Month
  • Colorado Crisis Services – Help for those in Agriculture
  • 2017 CO State Fair – August 24-Labor Day in Pueblo
  • and MORE

Listen to the interview with CO Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown below…

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08-17-17 “Sizing up Profit” to Be the Focus of the RAAA Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium in Colorado Springs

“Sizing up Profit” to Be the Focus of Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium in Colorado Springs

Commerce City, Colorado – Cattlemen and women will gather in Colorado Springs in September to take advantage of insight offered by industry experts on pressing issues affecting beef producers today. The Commercial Cattlemen’s Symposium, hosted by the Red Angus Association of America as part of the National Red Angus Convention, is a one-day event focused on equipping producers with the knowledge and guidance they need to take their management skills, and ultimately, profits, to the next level. Appropriately, this year’s symposium will focus on “Sizing up Profit” and will take place Wednesday, September 13, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Tom Brink, RAAA CEO, expressed his enthusiasm about the symposium’s speaker lineup, noting that the event is always a highlight of the National Red Angus Convention.

“This year’s lineup of speakers is outstanding. They will be covering a host of topics designed to help producers improve their productivity and create better bottom line results. Cattlemen and women who choose to attend will no doubt leave the symposium with renewed passion and dedication for raising the best beef in the world.” Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for August 17th

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08-17-17 Country Music Artist Clare Dunn Teamed with ACM Lifting Lives to Raise Over $25,000 at VIP Charity Party for Children’s Hospital and the CO FFA Foundation

(L-R): Jenny Stafford with Children's Hospital Colorado, Clare Dunn, Rayce Coen and Dillon Roesch with Colorado FFA Foundation

(L-R): Jenny Stafford with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Clare Dunn, Rayce Coen and Dillon Roesch with Colorado FFA Foundation

Country Music Artist Clare Dunn Teamed with ACM Lifting Lives to Raise Over $25,000 at VIP Charity Party for Children’s Hospital and the CO FFA Foundation

Last weekend Colorado native Clare Dunn returned home to headline this year’s Sand and Sage Round-Up Kick-Off concert, drawing one of the largest events in crowd history. Prior to her performance, Dunn hosted a VIP charity party including a silent auction, autographed memorabilia, an acoustic performance and more, raising over $25,000 for the Colorado FFA Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 17th

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Farm Groups in NAFTA Nations Express Unity

The largest farm groups in the U.S., Canada and Mexico offered a sign of unity Wednesday over the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations. The American Farm Bureau Federation, Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Mexico’s National Agricultural Council (Consejo Nacional Agropecuario) issued a joint statement supporting NAFTA and how the trade agreement supports agriculture in each of the NAFTA nations. AFBF says agriculture industries in each NAFTA country would greatly suffer from disruptions to trading relationships developed over the last 23 years. Meanwhile, the U.S. Grains Council says it will be engaged closely with the negotiations to help achieve a conclusion “that provides long-term certainty and creates a new platform for growth and integration of our regional feed and fuel industries.” Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight says “Both farmers and negotiators must understand how important these markets – and free trade – are to agriculture’s profitability.”

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Not All Ag Groups Happy with Direction of NAFTA Talks

A handful of farm groups say the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation goals favor corporate agribusiness over family farmers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Politico reports that a coalition of farm groups argues that increasing exports won’t replace the need for fair prices in disputes such as the one over Canada’s dairy supply management system, along with eliminating restrictions on genetically engineered crops. The group includes the U.S. National Family Farm Coalition, Canada’s National Farmers Union and Mexico’s National Association of Rural Producers, as well as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Officials with the Mexican National Association of Rural Producers says the “whole process should begin with a thorough, independent evaluation of NAFTA’s economic, social, environmental and governance impacts,” adding “the new NAFTA should support local farming communities.

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Roberts, McCaskill To Host Agriculture Security Roundtable

Senate Agriculture Chair Pat Roberts of Kansas, along with Senate Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri will hold a roundtable discussion Friday on agriculture security. Senators McCaskill and Roberts will discuss the role of the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies in protecting farmers and ranchers, and our nation’s food supply. The discussion Friday in Kansas City, Missouri is hosted by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City. Participants include Missouri and Kansas stakeholders, and officials at national agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture and the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and McCaskill, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, recently passed the “Securing our Food and Agriculture Act,” which President Trump signed into law in July.

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Family Farm Action Lobbying Group Launched

A new political organization says it will fight for America’s family farmers and rural communities. The Family Farm Action group was launched this week, and says it will “fight to protect” America’s family farms and rural communities from multinational agribusiness monopolies that are “destroying rural economies and way of life.” The Kansas City, Missouri-based group’s President Joe Maxwell, a Missouri farmer, has ties to the Humane Society of the United States. In a statement announcing the launch, Maxwell said “Our freedom and our democracy is threatened by the corporate stranglehold large corporations have on our country.” At the announcement, Mike Weaver, President of the Organization for Competitive Markets explained how in the recent China Beef Trade Agreement the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association had signed off on allowing both Canadian and Mexican cattle to be marketed as U.S. Beef. He declared: “The American family farmer needs an organization who can politically stand toe to toe with NCBA, NPPC and the other industrial agriculture political voices.”

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Settlement Reached in Duarte Nursery Case

California-based Duarte (Doo-ar’-tay) Nursery has agreed to a settlement with the United States in the federal government’s nearly five-year enforcement action over Duarte’s plowing property to plant wheat in late 2012. The Pacific Legal Fund, along with Duarte Nursery President John Duarte announced the settlement earlier this week. Under the agreement, Duarte would admit no liability, pay the government $330,000 in a civil penalty, purchase $770,000 worth of vernal pool mitigation credits, and perform additional work on the site of the plowing. The Corps of Engineers accused Duarte of improperly disturbing a wetland when he plowed the wheat field in 2012. The Corps claimed Duarte was liable for millions of dollars in fines despite a provision in the Clean Water Act which exempts “established farming, ranching, and silviculture activities such as plowing, seeding, cultivating, minor drainage, harvesting for the production of food, fiber, and forest products, or upland soil and water conservation practices.”

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EPA Administrator Asks Cattlemen to Submit WOTUS Comments

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is urging cattle ranches to submit comments to the EPA on the Waters of the U.S. rule repeal. Pruitt made his plea in a video released by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, urging farmers and ranchers to submit official comments on the repeal of the WOTUS rule before the Agency’s deadline of Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. In the video, Pruitt says the comments: “helps inform our decision-making process.” The video was filmed during a visit that Pruitt and his senior staff made earlier this month to a Colorado ranch as part of Pruitt’s nationwide State Action Tour. The video can be found on YouTube. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTVd54WyhDQ&hd=1)

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-16-17 CDA: Recovery Efforts Continue. Grant Funds Available for Agricultural Producers Affected by 2012/2013 Floods and Fires

CDA: Recovery Efforts Continue. Grant Funds Available for Agricultural Producers Affected by 2012/2013 Floods and Fires

Application period extended until September 29, 2017

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Applications are being sought for grants to assist farmers and ranchers who were impacted by 2012/2013 floods and fires. The grant amounts can range from $15,000 to $150,000 and approximately $900,000 is available for this round of grants.
Applicants must meet the Housing and Urban Development income limits for moderate-income households which is based on the county, personal income, and family size of all owners. Farms and ranches with employees can also qualify if over half of their employees meet the moderate income limits.
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08-16-17 CDA/CDHS: Agriculture Financial Crisis Help is Available…

The Agricultural Economic Crisis is real.
The resulting stress is real.  Let’s TALK about it.

Crisis can take many forms for many different people. Don’t know where to start?  Start Here

“When a farmer and rancher is facing a financial crisis, it can create an emotional toll on every aspect of life. From paying bills, to feeding their children, caring for the livestock and crops, retirement options, and even what they will be able to leave their heirs, the worry and anxiety can be overwhelming. The agricultural community has always come together to help our neighbors in a time of need and that is what this effort is all about:  pulling together to help others through this stressful time. I encourage you to reach out to the Colorado Crisis Services if you, or someone you love, is struggling.”

—Don Brown, Commissioner of Agriculture

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An effort by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado State University Extension, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the Colorado Department of Human Services

08-16-17 Inside The BARN with Author/Photographer Lee Klancher about his newest book “Red 4WD Tractors”, available Sept 1st!

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Inside The BARN with Author/Photographer Lee Klancher about his newest book “Red 4WD Tractors”, available Sept 1st!

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) August 16, 2017 – The same team that created the award-winning books Red Tractors 1958- 2013 and Red Combines 1915–2015, have published their next incredible book, which is a must-have for any tractor and farming history enthusiast. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN to disuss the new book and more is Award-winning author/photographer Lee Klancher…

  • Klancher’s Background
  • Inspiration and more details about the book, “Red 4WD Tractors”
  • Steiger’s humble beginnings, engineering & sustainability
  • Steiger stories
  • Super 70 Series IH Tractors including the 2+2
  • Challenges in creating the Promotional Pictures & Video Shoot
  • Future Technology
  • Obtaining YOUR copy of the book “Red 4WD Tractors” – Great Gift Idea
  • Klancher’s next project
  • Final thoughts

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Lee Klancher’s new book will be available on September 1st, 2017 – you can pre-order your copy or copies today @ https://octanepress.com/Links to purchase copies of his other books are availableat that website as well.

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08-16-17 NFU Urges Smooth, Transparent Transition to a Fair Trade Framework

NFU Urges Smooth, Transparent Transition to a Fair Trade Framework

WASHINGTON – Trade representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico will meet here today to begin an official renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The renegotiation provides the Trump Administration with an opportunity to fulfill one of the president’s top campaign promises – a reset of the U.S. trade agenda.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson urged the administration to restore balanced trade and domestic sovereignty that have been traded away in past agreements, noting NFU has long supported a transition to a fair trade framework.

“For decades, farming and rural communities across the country have suffered lost jobs, lowered wages, and fleeting economic liberty as a result of our nation’s free trade agenda,” said Johnson. “The Trump Administration must use this opportunity to reset that agenda by instituting a new, fair trade framework that works for family farmers, ranchers, and rural residents. NFU urges them to do so in a fashion that is transparent to the American public and does not upset the positive trade relations the U.S. agriculture community relies upon.” Continue reading

08-16-17 National Young Farmers Coalition Annual Report Available Now!

National Young Farmers Coalition Annual Report Available Now!

 

We’re proud to share the progress we made on land, water, leadership, and inclusivity in 2016. Read the report here!

There are so many people and organizations to thank for our growth and accomplishments. We’re grateful to you for standing with us, and for your continuing support, guidance, and friendship that make our work possible.

In solidarity,
Lindsey Lusher Shute

Executive Director and Co-founder
National Young Farmers Coalition

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) is an advocacy network of farmers fighting for the future of agriculture. Visit NYFC on the web at www.youngfarmers.org, and on TwitterFacebookYouTube and Instagram.

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08-16-17 Syngenta celebrates 150 years in vegetable seeds

Syngenta celebrates 150 years in vegetable seeds

  • One of the world’s leading vegetable seeds companies with 30 crop species and 2,500 varieties
  • R&D strategy fosters local discovery and delivery backed by global resources and expertise

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, August 16, 2017 – On July 1, 2017, Syngenta celebrated 150 years in vegetable seeds.

Sluis and Groot, a legacy company of Syngenta, was founded in 1867 in the Netherlands as exporters of cabbage seeds. Today, Syngenta is one of the world’s leading vegetable seeds companies with 30 crop species and 2,500 varieties.

“We are very proud of our long heritage in vegetable seeds,” said Matthew Johnston, head of vegetable seeds and flowers at Syngenta. “For generations, we have been innovating to meet the needs of growers across the world. Today, more than ever, we are focused on bringing this innovation to our customers and to the entire value chain to help meet the consumer demand for high quality, tasty, nutritious vegetables available every day of the year.” Continue reading

08-16-17 Savory Institute: West Bijou Site near Strasburg, CO to be dedicated as 599th National Natural Landmark on August 17th…

West Bijou Site to be dedicated as National Natural Landmark  

WHAT: The dedication of the West Bijou Site as a National Natural Landmark (NNL)

WHERE: Savory West Bijou Ranch, 60100 E Co Road 42, Strasburg, CO 80136 (31 miles east of Denver, Colo.)

WHEN: Thursday, August 17, 2017. Media preview 3:00-4:30pm (bison on grassland in near distance). Dedication ceremony 5:00pm.

WHY: Designated as the 599th National Natural Landmark on Nov.17, 2016 by Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, the 7,613 acre-site, West Bijou Site contains fossils, minerals and metals that are critical to the understanding of the timescale of Earth’s history. The 1.18-inch band of sediments on the Site record the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the beginning of the Cenozoic Era, known as the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary. The Site was previously managed by the non-profit Plains Conservation Center, which recently transferred ownership to Savory Institute to utilize the state’s front range as a demonstration site and center of excellence for regenerating endangered grasslands through holistic management.

WHO: The dedication will be given by Jeff Orlowski regional coordinator of the NNL program at the National Park Service. Also in attendance will be Heather Eggleston, NNL program manager; Ian Miller, Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Daniela Ibarra-Howell, CEO and co-founder of SI; Byron Shelton, senior program director at SI; and Savory Hub land managers.

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08-16-17 Wildlife Partners Unite to Protect Iconic Species from Deadly Plague…BARN’s Livestream Coverage!

Wildlife Partners Unite to Protect Iconic Species from Deadly Plague

August 16, 2017 – Reporters were invited to an event at the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center south of Carr and north of Fort Collins, CO, showcasing cooperative efforts to develop a potential breakthrough in wildlife management – an oral vaccine that may help protect prairie dogs against plague and assist in the recovery of endangered black-footed ferrets at specific locations in the West.

Prairie dogs in the wild are less likely to succumb to sylvatic plague after they ingest peanut-butter-flavored bait that contains a vaccine against the disease, according to recent field trials conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others. Continue reading

08-16-17 SHIC Works to Validate Methods to Monitor Feed for Swine Pathogens

SHIC Works to Validate Methods to Monitor Feed for Swine Pathogens

August 16, 2017 – Ames, Iowa – The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) recently funded a study to be conducted by Kansas State University researchers to investigate using dust samples to monitor for swine pathogens in US feed mills. There is potential for the findings to lead to development of a diagnostic laboratory panel of assays where a single submitted swab of feed mill dust could be analyzed for multiple feed-based bacteria and viruses – a low-cost tool that could be used to help address feed safety. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 16th

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NPPC Wants Pork Trade to Keep Flowing in NAFTA

With the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations set to begin on Wednesday, the National Pork Producers’ Council is just one of the many agricultural groups weighing in on the topic. The NPPC is urging the administration to maintain a zero-tariff rate on pork traded in North America. President Trump has made renegotiating NAFTA a priority even before taking office. “Canada and Mexico are top export markets for our pork, so, obviously, we don’t want any disruption in our exports to those countries,” says NPPC President Ken Maschoff (Ma-shoff’), “and we need to keep pork exports flowing.” Like many other agricultural groups, the Pork Producers want to reemphasize to the administration what a boon NAFTA has been for American agriculture. The original agreement first went into effect on January 1, 1994. Since then, U.S. trade north and south of the border has more than tripled. Trade with Canada and Mexico has grown more rapidly than U.S. trade with the rest of the world. Canada is the number two overall market for American agricultural products and Mexico is number three.

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Trump Wants Produce Dumping Protection in NAFTA 2.0

As NAFTA renegotiations begin on Wednesday, U.S. negotiators are planning to introduce a proposal aimed at making it easier for produce growers to bring potential anti-dumping cases against Mexico. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says that’s a move that will make Southeast growers happy, but it could also fuel criticism of the Trump administration’s protectionism. The proposal would make it easier for U.S. fruit and vegetable producers to prove that Mexico is dumping produce into the U.S. at below-market prices. The current rule says U.S. producers need to prove damage by gathering three years of seasonal data. The new U.S. proposal would make it possible to prove dumping cases through using a single season’s worth of data. However, there are groups against the proposed move. Lance Jungemeyer, President of the Fresh Produce Association of America called it a “Pandora’s box.” He says, “If tomato growers in the Carolinas do it (file a dumping complaint), if Florida does it, if New Jersey does it, you’re looking at what could essentially be a year-round tariff.” Jungemeyer’s group represents Mexican growers and advocates for free trade in produce across the Americas.

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Canada Bringing Guarded Optimism to NAFTA Talks

Canada is bringing a mix of optimism and dread at the thought of damaging its most important trading relationship as the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations begin this week. The Washington Post reports Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently spoke to the National Governors Association conference in July, making a pitch for free trade. Trudeau told the governors, “Free trade has worked,” he said. “It’s working now.” He also made a plea for Americans to stay away from protectionism. “If anything, we’d like thinner trade barriers, not thicker,” he added. Canada seems to think President Donald Trump’s NAFTA concerns are primarily with Mexico. However, Canadian officials are very concerned over U.S. efforts to gain concessions in politically contentious issues like lumber, dairy, and wine. They’re also concerned about America pushing to weaken a trade-dispute mechanism that Canada had to work very hard to get in the first NAFTA agreement. There is also a push among the three countries to modernize the agreement when it comes to trade services and the digital economy. Larry Herman, a Toronto trade lawyer, says Canada should be prepared for tough, difficult, and “rather unpleasant negotiations.”

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Dicamba Damage Reports Still Climbing

A new report issued on Monday shows the dicamba damage footprint is still growing. Both the number of investigations and damaged acres are climbing, especially in the Midwest. Kevin Bradley, a plant science professor at the University of Missouri, compiled the data and it shows complaints of off-site dicamba movement now cover 21 states, stretching from North Dakota to Georgia. Through state departments of agriculture surveys, at least 2,242 official investigations have taken place up through August 10th. Estimates from state weed extension experts show suspected dicamba damage totals 3.1 million acres, an area about the size of Connecticut. The number of investigations across the country has grown exponentially as well. The report issued just three weeks earlier showed 1,411 investigations across roughly 2.5 million acres. Bradley says the ultimate effect any dicamba damage will have on yields and farmer profits will be difficult to guess until harvest time. “In reality, we will likely not know the extent of dicamba damage until the end of the season,” Bradley says.

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25th Annual Farm Journal Crop Tour Starts Next Week

The 25th annual Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour starts next Monday, August 21st and every year the participants take on the challenging task of guessing the nation’s corn and soybean harvest. Farm fields were impacted by a variety of weather extremes this year, from drought in the Upper Midwest to too much rain in the eastern Corn Belt during the spring. Crop scouts will share their reports daily during the four-day tour. “Our job is to peg potential yield numbers to these really varied conditions we’re seeing out there this summer,” says Chip Flory, Editorial Director for Farm Journal Pro. More than 100 growers, industry experts, and media will scout more than 2,000 fields in seven Midwestern states. The eastern leg of the tour will start scouting in western Ohio before working its way through Indiana, Illinois, eastern Iowa, and southern Minnesota. The western leg begins in southern South Dakota before traveling across eastern Nebraska, western Iowa, and into southern Minnesota. Flory says they’ll pull enough samples to provide accurate data from a large geographical area. “The crop tour doesn’t predict results for individual fields or even a county,” Flory adds, “but we do want to have a good handle on each of the seven states we tour.”

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FDA Relaxes Restrictions on Ultra-Filtered Milk

The Food and Drug Administration is easing its policy on some domestic milk products, making a change the dairy industry has pushed for over the last 20 years. Trade tension with Canada brought the issue to the forefront. Earlier this year, Canada changed policy and stopped importing ultra-filtered milk from the U.S. As a result, many American milk processors were forced to drop their contracts with producers, who then had to scramble to find a new buyer. Before the announcement, UF milk products could only be produced at certain American cheese plants. Now, industry leaders say the relaxed regulations means the product can be taken to multiple plants because it reduces hauling costs and increases cheese production. The FDA released a statement saying it was taking the action because of recent changes in some export markets that have caused an oversupply of dairy products and pricing challenges as a result. The Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association says there’s been an oversupply of milk for over a year and it’s caused real stress among American dairy producers. The announcement comes as the U.S., Canada, and Mexico sit down this week to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-15-17 CFVGA: What is Your Role in Reducing Food Waste?

CFVGA: What is Your Role in Reducing Food Waste?

AUGUST 15, 2017 – Food waste is a topic receiving a lot of attention currently. Since perishable produce is especially vulnerable to spoilage and, therefore, waste, the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is working with its growers to offer options to reduce waste, which can occur for a number of reasons, including:
Labor shortages – A shortage or absence of a qualified labor force to harvest and process fresh produce not only deprives consumers of good fruits and vegetables, it is financially devastating to Colorado fruit and vegetable growers. Few local residents have the skills, desire and stamina to harvest produce or are willing to give up their fulltime employment, making it necessary in most situations, to employ seasonal harvest crews. While there are plenty willing and able to travel to the United States to work as harvesters, U.S. immigration laws have made it very difficult for U.S. growers to comply with requirements of short-term labor programs, such as H2A. CFVGA is working with Western Growers to aggressively address these problems and call for foreign labor programs that are advantageous for employee and employer alike.
“Colorado produce growers are working hard to attract and retain a skilled agricultural labor force,” said CFVGA Labor Committee Chair Reid Fishering, Mountain Quality Sweet Corn, Montrose, Colo. “However, what we do will have little impact unless Washington politicians are willing to enact programs that allow for an orderly flow of temporary workers into our fields and orchards during the growing season.

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