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Western View: Is Global Warming Real?

Aria Wilcox Features, Western View

Is the terrifying picture of global warming a myth? There’s increasing evidence it isn’t quite what we’ve been led to believe, and more people are thinking that it may not be a problem after all. Writing a blog post for Forbes Magazine, James Taylor, who is president of a right-wing political foundation, debunks some of the prime evidence used to …

Almond Growers Check Effects of Rain at Bloom

Aria Wilcox Nuts & Grapes, Tree, nut & vine crops, Weather

Frequent rains and wind caused a few hurdles for California almond growers, whose orchards could have benefited from more calm weather to encourage fly time from honeybees to pollinate and set the 2017 crop. As farmers evaluate their orchards in advance of the first official government estimate, they say the almond crop looks good, all things considered. The U.S. Department …

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Trump Administration Commits to Continued Staunch Defense of U.S. Food and Beverage Manufacturers Using Common Food Names

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

A report on intellectual property issued Friday by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) outlined the Trump Administration’s continuing commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications (GIs) – particularly by the European Union (EU). The report highlighted ongoing threats to U.S. companies that legally use common food names both within the United States and in global trade. USTR’s …

Almond Matters: Spider Mite Timing

Taylor Hillman Almond Matters, News from our Sponsors

In this week’s Almond Matters, brought to you by Valent USA Corporation, temperatures will soon be heating up. Valent’s Pat Clay said the heat will spur spider mite activity. “The timing on mites varies from year to year and really has to do with environmental conditions,” he said. “They are going to typically start to build up when the conditions …

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National Arbor Day

Dan Forestry, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom tells us about the National holiday dedicated to planting and caring for some of the Earth’s greatest treasures. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Every last Friday in April is National Arbor Day. It’s a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees in their community. Trees provide vital protection …

Brazil meat Companies Lost $1.5 Billion after Investigation

Brazil meat Companies Lost $1.5 Billion after Investigation

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Meat companies in Brazil lost the U.S. equivalent of $1.52 billion after the nation’s federal police announced an investigation into a tainted meat scandal. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports an economic measure of the losses discovered the declines that followed an investigation which stopped virtually all exports from Brazil for a brief time. The bulk of the losses were attributed …

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U.S. Milk Exports to Mexico at Risk

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

$1.2 billion of milk exports from the U.S. to Mexico are at risk as Mexico appears to be seeking new trading partners. Mexico is America’s top dairy exporter, and as the Donald Trump administration makes trade relations uneasy with its North American Free Trade Agreement counterparts, Mexico is in talks to import dairy products from New Zealand. In the first …

Former USTR Says Future NAFTA Renegotiations Unpredictable

Former USTR Says Future NAFTA Renegotiations Unpredictable

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

A former U.S. trade representative warned Canada that trade negotiations with the U.S. would be much less predictable with the Donald Trump administration. Obama-era USTR Michael Froman told Canada-based CBC News much of the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations with the Trump administration will likely be familiar ground, albeit with a less predictable partner. Froman helped lead the Obama …

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Trump to Renegotiate NAFTA, For Now

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

President Donald Trump says he has agreed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, rather than terminate the agreement. Following news that the White House was preparing an executive order to terminate NAFTA, the President said on Twitter Thursday that leaders called from Mexico and Canada “asking to renegotiate rather than terminate,” adding he agreed to do so. But, …

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NCGA Urges White House: Don’t Withdraw From NAFTA

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) denounced reports that the White House has drafted plans to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The following is a statement from NCGA President Wesley Spurlock. “Mr. President, America’s corn farmers helped elect you. We are strong supporters of your administration and continue to stand ready to work with you to …

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ARS Geneticist Edward Buckler Receives First National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

Dan Industry News Release, Research

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) geneticist Edward Buckler is the first person to receive the National Academy of Science’s (NAS) Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences. Buckler will be recognized for pioneering the use of large-scale genomic approaches linking genes with the crop’s physical traits. This work is giving plant breeders’ better access to key genes and reducing the time needed …

USDA Seeks Nominees for American Egg Board

USDA Seeks Nominees for American Egg Board

Dan Industry News Release, Poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the American Egg Board for the 2018-2019 term. Any non-exempt egg producer within the 48 contiguous U.S. and the District of Columbia may be nominated. Egg producers owning 75,000 or fewer laying hens may request an exemption from participation in the egg …

Secretary Perdue hosting bipartisan breakfast with House Agriculture Leaders

Secretary Perdue Hosts Bipartisan Breakfast with House Agriculture Leaders

Dan Industry News Release

Secretary Sonny Perdue hosted a bipartisan breakfast with agriculture leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The breakfast marks the first time Secretary Perdue has met with the leaders, which include: Representatives Michael Conaway, (Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, TX-11), Collin Peterson (Ranking Member, MN-07), Robert Aderholt (Chairman of the House Appropriations …

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Farm Bureau Welcomes Decision to Improve NAFTA

Dan Industry News Release, Trade

The American Farm Bureau Federation thanked the Trump administration today for its decision to pursue renegotiation over withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement. The full text of the letter from AFBF President Zippy Duvall is below: “Thank you for your recent decision to choose the path of renegotiation for the North American Free Trade Agreement, rather than withdrawal. …

Almond Board: FFA Recognizes Almond Industry

Sabrina Almond Update

The California State FFA celebrated the almond community’s commitment to the future of farming through the funding of scholarships that enable students to pursue a degree in agriculture studies. Almond Board Manager of Industry Relations Jenny Nicolau tells us more.

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Farm Bureau Responds to President’s Tax Plan

Dan Industry News Release

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “Farmers and ranchers need a tax code that promotes the business of farming and ranching and recognizes the unique financial challenges we face. Farm Bureau welcomes a pro-business approach to tax reform, but any tax reform proposal must treat all businesses fairly. Most farm and ranch businesses …

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Bipartisan Congressional Letter Voices Support for Tackling of Canada’s Protectionist Dairy Practices

Dan Dairy and Livestock, Industry News Release

Adding to the groundswell of recognition that Canada’s protectionist dairy policies are harmful to U.S. dairy exports, a bipartisan group of 68 members of the House of Representatives wrote to President Donald Trump yesterday urging him to insist that Canada comply with its dairy trade commitments, including those under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At a time when questions are arising about the future of the …