Archive for November, 2010

Trucking Dispute No Joke

According to the NPPC, U.S. pork exports to Mexico have fallen by a whopping 20 percent since the Mexican government added pork to the list of U.S. products against which it is retaliating for the failure of the United States to live up to a trade obligation.

According to recent data from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Canadian government, U.S. pork exports to Mexico dropped by nearly 5,000 metric tons from August to September – a loss of about $9 million – while Canadian pork exports increased by almost 2,000 metric tons.

“The trucking issue needs to be resolved now, before the U.S. pork industry loses even more of its market share in Mexico,” said NPPC President Sam Carney, a pork producer from Adair, Iowa. “We’re talking about the livelihoods of American hog farmers; we’re talking about lost U.S. jobs. And it isn’t just the pork industry; this is happening to the producers of the other 98 products on the retaliation list.”

The Obama Administration has been assuring exporters for the better part of a year that a resolution to the trucking dispute is near.

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Legacy and Estate Planning Workshop for Families

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
3:30 to 9 p.m.
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora, CO

Hosted by CSU Extension-Arapahoe County

How do you pass on the legacy that was your life? 

How can you help your family carry on
after you are no longer with them?

Learn how to organize your legacy:
• Transferring personal possessions of emotional value
• Passing on family traditions, history and beliefs
• Communicating final instructions and last wishes
• Estate planning for financial assets, real estate and debt

Register here for this exciting and interactive workshop by Dec. 3.

Senate Passes Food Safety Bill

The Senate passed the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization by a 73-25 vote earlier today. The House is expected to approve the Senate version of the bill with no changes and President Barack Obama is expected to sign the measure.

The Senate legislation would:

—Allow the FDA to order a recall of tainted foods. Currently the agency can only negotiate with businesses to order voluntary recalls;

—Require larger food processors and manufacturers to register with the Food and Drug Administration and create detailed food safety plans;

—Require the FDA to create new produce safety regulations for producers of the highest-risk fruits and vegetables;

—Establish stricter standards for the safety of imported food;

—Increase inspections of domestic and foreign food facilities, directing the most resources to those operations with the highest risk profiles.

The bill would not apply to meat, poultry or processed eggs, which are regulated by the Agriculture Department. Those foods have long been subject to much more rigorous inspections and oversight than FDA-regulated foods.

Skyrocketing Feed Costs Slamming Dairy Farmers

One thing is certain, dairy farmers throughout the nation hope folks drink a lot of eggnog and eat a lot of cheese balls this holiday season, otherwise they may have very little to celebrate in the new year. John Anderson, American Farm Bureau Federation livestock economist, said skyrocketing feed costs is the big problem.

“Dairy producers certainly are looking at a pretty rough ending to 2010. We’ve kind of got our dairy industry in a classic squeeze for the last month or two of the year with escalating production costs and declining product prices,” Anderson said.

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Private Fish Hatcheries Create Billions of Dollars in Economic Activity

A recently completed study by researchers at Colorado State University showed that angler spending supported by the Aquacultural Suppliers of Recreational Fish (ASRF) in the Western region of the United States contribute about $1.9 billion in output and more than 26,000 jobs to the economy of the states in the region. The Western region includes Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Results showed that every dollar of recreational fish sales can be traced to $36 of economic activity, and every $1 million spent on ASRF products is associated with nearly 500 jobs in the Western region.

Locally, this implies that production from Colorado recreational fish producers results in an estimated total economic contribution of more than a quarter-billion dollars and about 3,500 jobs.

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Keep Your Christmas Tree Shopping in the Farm Bureau Family

Looking for a way to take the family out for some holiday fun? Still need to pick out that perfect Christmas Tree?

Plan on visiting Christmas Tree Acres in La Salle!

Owner Bill Jerke, a longtime Colorado Farm Bureau member invites you and your family to come enjoy an American tradition by choosing and cutting your own Christmas Tree.

To get to Christmas Tree Acres, just take Hwy. 85 to LaSalle, turn east at stop light, turn right on Main St. and drive 1 mile.  Watch for signs!  For additional information call (970) 284-6061.

If you print out and bring this card, Bill will take $3 off the cost of your cut tree.

Merry Christmas from Christmas Tree Acres and Colorado Farm Bureau!

Congress Back for Lame-Duck Session

Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill today for round two of the lame-duck session of Congress, with some talk that the work won’t be complete until the week of Christmas. High on the agenda: fiscal year 2011 spending, expiring 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, tax incentives (including those for biofuels), the food safety bill and expiring unemployment benefits.

Let’s look at each of these to-do measures, one at a time.

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