Welcome to Day 1 of the Farm Progress Show

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This morning Jamie and Joanna went up top to get a bird’s eye view of the start of the 2017 Farm Progress Show. We hope to be live when the network allow it so keep you eye on the AgWired page. And, like it if can. We an use all the likes we can get! LOL.

BTW. The official hashtag for this year’s show is #FPS17. Follow along the journey.

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NMPF Says Food Labels Shouldn’t Mislead Consumers

Kelly Marshall

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) wants to ensure that consumers receive clear and accurate information about their food.  As the U.S. Department of Agriculture moves forward preparing a regulatory standard for labeling, NMPF has filed a comment supporting a strict, science-based approach to the regulation of foods made with bioengineering.

Since bioengineered foods have repeatedly been found to be completely safe by both domestic and international science and research organizations, NMPF said the new standard under review by USDA should focus on providing consumers accurate information, while discouraging misleading marketing tactics or meaningless absence claims.  

There is “irrefutable scientific evidence that such foods are safe and not materially different from their conventional counterparts,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. However, he said, too many food companies utilize “fear-mongering” to vilify food biotechnology, as they seek to profit from the consumer confusion surrounding its use.  “We’ve long stood unequivocally behind the science that foods made through approved biotechnology techniques are completely safe, and have been since the first government approvals more than 20 years ago.”


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U.S. & Mexican Dairy Industries Make United Call for NAFTA

Jamie Johansen

According to the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. and Mexican dairy industries released a unified list of priorities that includes modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to solidify their strong dairy market partnership, and addressing concerns about Canadian and European dairy policies during the United States-Mexico Dairy Alliance.

The summit occurred on the heels of the first round of NAFTA renegotiation talks. As NAFTA talks continue, the European Union (EU) is seeking, through direct negotiations with Mexico, to impose new barriers to dairy trade through the abuse of geographical indications. This is a significant concern to U.S. and Mexican cheesemakers because it would give the EU exclusive use of common cheese names like asiago, gorgonzola and feta.

Canada is also disrupting dairy trade in North America and beyond as its new Class 6/7 pricing scheme dumps artificially low-cost milk powder in global markets, displacing U.S. exports from the Canadian market.

“We want to strengthen our relationship as Mexico’s most trusted dairy trading partner so we can continue to work together for the benefit of dairy sectors on both sides of the border,” said USDEC President and CEO Tom Vilsack. “That goal is all the more essential given other nations’ efforts to pursue harmful and disruptive approaches to dairy trade with Mexico through practices that hurt Mexican and U.S. dairy farmers and workers in the process.”

Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF, said, “We are very pleased that our friends in Mexico have joined us in expressing opposition to the abusive attempts of the European Union to confiscate common food names, as well as the trade distorting practices of Canada, at a time when we are working to facilitate new opportunities throughout North America. This meeting provided an opportunity to explore how we can deepen those efforts.”

The complete release can be found here.

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Animal Ag Bites 8/28

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  • The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is welcoming Taylor Evans of Denver, Colorado, to their staff as member and youth programs coordinator. Evans began his role on August 14, 2017, and will work directly from the AGA headquarters office in Broomfield, Colorado.
  • Jennifer Kopanke has been selected for the 2017 Sheep Heritage Foundation Scholarship of $3,000.  Kopanke is a veterinary student at Colorado State University and earned the honor for her research into bluetongue virus.
  • Agricultural waste company, Regenis, has installed the first phosphorous recovery system west of the Cascades at Edaleen Dairy.  The system can remove 80-90 percent of phosphorous and 30 percent of nitrogen in wastewater.
  • The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association feel the final report from the Department of the Interior regarding National Monuments contained good news.  It clearly states that Presidents have abused their authority under the Antiquities Act, locking up over 250 million acres of land and water.
  • Register now for a webinar by Alltech’s Dr. Rebecca Delles on meat science and quality.  The webinar takes place Friday, September 1, 2017 at 2:00 Eastern.
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SMART Farmer Anne Meis

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Anne Meis is a family farmer from Elgin, Nebraska who raises corn, soybeans, and beef with her husband Jim, and serves on the boards of the Nebraska Soybean Board and the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). In this SMART farmer podcast episode, she talks about the importance of technology such as genetically modified crops for smart farmers.

She also talks about the upcoming “Food Dialogues: Pivoting the GMO Conversation” at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln on September 6, presented by USFRA and Nebraska Soybean Board and invites everyone to join live and in person or live and on Facebook for the event next week – details are here.

Listen to our SMART farmer conversation with Anne – SMART Farmer Podcast with Nebraska farmer Anne Meis

Subscribe to the SMART Farmer podcast

Learn more about USFRA and SMART Farm

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USB Names Ruhland as New CEO

cindy zimmerman

PollyRuhlandThe United Soybean Board (USB) has named Polly Ruhland as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the checkoff organization, effective November 1, replacing retiring John Becherer. Ruhland has served as CEO of Cattlemen’s Beef Board since 2011.

“Polly exceeded all of the attributes for what we as a board were looking for in a new CEO to lead us into the future,” says John Motter, USB chair and soybean farmer from Jenera, Ohio. “Polly brings a platform of experience and expertise that parallels the opportunities and challenges facing the soy industry – building demand in domestic and global markets, creating consensus throughout the commodity supply chain, solidifying partnerships with national and state organizations and being an industry catalyst.”

In accepting the position, Ruhland said, “USB’s innovation and agriculture industry leadership attracted me to this opportunity. I am looking forward to working alongside farmer leaders and organizational partners to take USB into a bright future.”

John Becherer has served USB for the last 23 years and will work with USB to support the transition and the incoming CEO until his retirement at the end of the year.

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American Sheep Industry Adds $5.8 Billion to U.S. Economy

Jamie Johansen

Our nation’s 88,000 sheep producers generated a total economic impact of $5.8 billion in 2016, according to the American Sheep Industry Association’s 2017 Economic Impact Study.

With over $500 million in farm gate receipts for sheep and lambs, value added from processing, wool, and retail; the American sheep industry contributes over $2 billion directly to the U.S. economy, with a multiplier impact of nearly three times the initial investment.

“The American sheep industry is a major sector of livestock production in the United States,” said Peter Orwick, Executive Director of the American Sheep Industry Association. “From large-scale operations in the west, on private and public lands, to smaller farm flocks in the east, raising sheep and wool fosters economic growth that supports rural communities and provides food and fiber for the nation.”

The study also found that every job in sheep production supported nearly a second full-time position in foodservice, retail, or fabrication. The updated numbers demonstrate to consumers and legislators how important the sheep industry remains to American agriculture, especially as debate begins on the next farm bill.

Orwick said, “While disaster assistance and safety net programs remain top priorities, keeping U.S. sheep producers competitive worldwide and export promotion programs are also important in building and maintaining the opportunity for greater economic growth.”

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Midwest Seed Genetics Humbled By Reception

jamie johansen

Just a few weeks ago we announced the comeback of seedsmen Don Funk, who is leading a team of entrepreneurs in the launch of Midwest Seed Genetics. While attending the 2017 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange, I ran into Wayne Hoener, Midwest Seed Genetics, we sat down to learn what’s happened since their debut.

“It has been overwhelming and we are so humbled by this reception. I can hardly keep up whether it’s a text, email or phone call. That just tells us that the grower today is looking for a change. What we are doing isn’t rocket science. We are just trying to match really good, elite products with a component story and option for growers that’s best for them. We also want to be surrounded by great people. It’s that simple.” Hoener said.

Midwest Seed Genetics has taken on an outward focus. They do the things that growers tell them they want, not what they decide is good for them.

“We believe our seed industry has forgotten there is a use for every bit of this grain we produce in this world,” Hoener said. They want to equally focus on the consumer, the poultry and hog integrators, etc. What are they wanting in the products?

Listen to my complete conversation here: Interview with Wayne Hoener, Midwest Seed Genetics

You can find photos from the event here: U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange Photo Album

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Nebraska USFRA Food Dialogues to Focus on GMOs

cindy zimmerman

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is joining with the Nebraska Soybean Board to host a “Food Dialogues: Pivoting the GMO Conversation” at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln September 6 from 1:00-2:30 pm.

Among the Dialogue participants will be Hilary Maricle, a Nebraska cattle, corn, pig and soybean farmer and CommonGround volunteer; and USFRA Face of Farming & Ranching Jeremy Brown, an organic cotton farmer from Texas.

The Dialogue will be livestreamed on USFRA’s Facebook page for those unable to be there in person. Find out more here.

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Animal Ag Bites 8/21

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