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Our nation and its people have suffered yet another attack on our nation and our way of life over the last year. We have been the subject of several failed attempts to take the lives of our citizens and terrorize our people. These events have only strengthened our resolve to NEVER FORGET.
Out with the new, in with the old. Unless USDA can come up with a solution, the renewed ban on Roundup Ready beets would send production practices back to yesteryear.
Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service outlined steps to respond to a recent court case to keep sugar beet growers in compliance with a recent court ruling which overturned the agency’s decision to deregulate, or allow unlimited planting, of biotech sugar beets.
APHIS has received applications from and is issuing permits to sugar beet seed producers to authorize “steckling” (i.e seedlings) production this fall under strict permit conditions that would not allow flowering of the stecklings. APHIS anticipates that issuance of such non-flowering permits can be completed in the next two weeks.
Although agricultural commodities have been on the rise this summer, the United States Department of Agriculture expects an unusually tame food-price inflation.
The consumer-price index for food is expected to rise only 0.5% to 1.5% this year; the smallest increase since 1992. Comparatively, wheat, corn and soybean prices have seen increases over the summer months.
Although generally it takes several months for commodity prices to reach super markets, it appears that the USDA is not forecasting these commodity increases to significantly affect supper market prices. The inability of the U.S. economy to pick up steam prompted the USDA to lower its forecast by one percentage point from the range of 1.5% to 2.5% it calculated a month ago.