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Corn Replant Expected to reach “Historic” Levels

Dan Corn, Industry News Release

Seed industry leaders are expecting corn replant rates this year to reach historic levels. Ryan Parkin of Beck’s Hybrids told DTN-The Progressive Farmer “this will be a historic replant year, particularly for corn.” Many seed companies say the year ranks first or second in company history for replanting demand. Spring rains were far too abundant, leaving fields across the Midwest …

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Elanco Seeks Injunction Against Deceptive rbST Advertising

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

Elanco initiated legal action last week in an eastern Wisconsin U.S. District Court against international dairy conglomerate Arla Foods last Friday. Elanco wants the court to force Arla to stop what it calls a deceptive advertising campaign and false business practices against rbST. It’s a supplement marketed and sold by Elanco under the brand name Prosilac. Elanco says the technology …

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ARS Hydrologist Honored for Bringing Accuracy to Soil Moisture Satellite Work

Dan Industry News Release, Soil, Technology

Research hydrologist Dr. Michael H. Cosh with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, was honored with an Arthur S. Flemming Award for using satellites to improve soil moisture measurements. The enhanced accuracy stemming from Cosh’s work allows for better crop yield projections. It also improves weather forecasting, drought and flood predictions, and wildfire …

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Agri View: Food and Fiber

Dan Agri View, Cotton, Field & Row Crops, Nuts & Grapes

    Everett Griner talks about California producing more than just food in today’s Agri View.     When most people think about farming and California they think about fruit, nuts, and vegetables. They know where that beautiful cauliflower, carrots, and celery comes from. You only have to mention grapes and big juicy peaches to remind people of California. Nobody …

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May is CalFresh Awareness Month

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

California has the largest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the nation. Our state’s farmers and ranchers are proud to play a critical role in reducing hunger and improving health. Throughout the month of May, our state is highlighting the importance of providing nutrition assistance to low income households through the CalFresh Program. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is encouraging …

Three Anaheim Trees Test HLB Positive

Taylor Hillman Fruits & Vegetables, Pest Update

Three residential trees have tested HLB positive in an Anaheim residential area. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) found the trees while surveying the area after two psyllids tested positive for the bacteria that causes the disease in April. CDFA removed two of the trees immediately. The third tree has been treated and scheduled for removal. A new quarantine …

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Dairy Industry Welcomes Swift Action by USTR Lighthizer to Launch NAFTA Modernization Efforts

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

The U.S. dairy industry commended Robert Lighthizer, the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, for taking swift action under the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA) to begin the process for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a notification letter sent today to Congress, Ambassador Lighthizer outlined some of the areas of the agreement that are …

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NMPF Facilitates NCIMS Passage of Proposals to Enhance Safety of Dairy Foods

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Legislative

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) helped secure several positive developments for dairy farmers and their cooperatives at the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) this week, as multiple NMPF-led initiatives won approval from the NCIMS delegates during their biennial meeting here. The NCIMS is a national cooperative regulatory program that includes state milk regulatory agencies, dairy companies and …

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NCBA Joins Canadian, Mexican Partners in Presidential Letter

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

“Don’t Jeopardize Our Success Under NAFTA” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association joined its cattle-industry partners in Canada and Mexico in sending a joint letter to the leaders of those two nations and to President Trump, urging the three leaders to not “jeopardize the success we have all enjoyed as partners of the North American Free Trade Agreement.” The letter to President …

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2016 California Cost of Milk Production Annual Available

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

California’s Dairy Industry in 2016 The California Dairy Statistics Annual for 2016 reported total milk production was down 1.1 percent, compared to the previous year, the number of dairy cows declined 0.6 percent, milk per cow was down 0.5 percent, and the number of dairies decreased by 3.2 percent. The twelve month average price paid to California producers for farm …

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Stop Federal Water Extortion, Farm Bureau Says

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Water

Land managers in the West increasingly demand that ranchers who work federal land surrender their water rights to the government or get off the range. It’s extortion and a form of unconstitutional taking that simply has to stop, Randy Parker, Utah Farm Bureau’s vice president of national government affairs, told the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. Legislation known …

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NAFTA Modernization Must Not Disrupt Pork Exports

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Trade

Following notification by the Trump administration to Congress that it intends to modernize the trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico, the National Pork Producers Council urged the president to make sure that tariffs remain at zero for pork traded in North America. The White House officially notified the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, which …

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Grilling Season Poised to Increase Meat Demand

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release

The seasonal grilling period is poised to increase demand for meat, according to statistics compiled by Oklahoma State University. The Food Demand Survey found consumers’ willingness-to-pay for steak increased nine percent this month. Meanwhile, consumers say their willingness-to-pay for chicken breast increased 1.2 percent, and 2.45 percent for pork chops, compared to levels indicated in April. Consumers noted a decrease …

Perdue: Milk Marketing Order Done by 2018

Taylor Hillman Dairy & Livestock

A California representative asked the Secretary of Agriculture where the newly released milk marketing order is at in the process of being finalized and when the golden state could see it’s adoption. The House Agriculture Committee had a hearing titled “State of the Rural Economy with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.” The hearing’s focus was on rural agriculture, and Secretary …

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GIPSA Seeks Comments on U.S. Standards for Beans and Lentils

Dan Field & Row Crops, Industry News Release

U.S. Standards for Beans The USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration is seeking comments on a notice proposing to revise the U.S. Standards for Beans published in the Federal Register of May 15, 2017. GIPSA is proposing to establish a class and grade requirement chart for “chickpea,” also known as “garbanzo bean” and establish a new grade determining factor, …