READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 20th…

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Farmer Support for Trump Remains Strong

President Donald Trump trails former Vice President Joe Biden in election polls, but farmer support for Trump remains strong. A recent Pulse Poll from Farm Journal shows 82 percent of the more than 1,500 farmer respondents say they would vote for President Trump if the election were held today. Meanwhile, 13 percent say they would vote for Biden, while five percent remain undecided. Farm Journal conducted a second poll after Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate, where just nine percent of respondents say Harris would make them more likely to vote for Biden. Farm Journal says President Trump has enjoyed steady support in the Pulse Poll with his approval rating remaining in a range between 75 percent and 80 percent for the past year. There’s been much discussion during the Democratic National Convention this week how the party needs to engage with rural America. Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has pleaded to the party since 2016 to engage with rural voters.

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Study Shows Value of Red Meat Exports to Corn Farmers

A new study shows red meat exports added 12 percent of bushel value to U.S. corn farmers in 2019. The U.S. Meat Export Federation recently updated a study on the market value of red meat exports. At an average of $3.75 per bushel, $0.46 is from red meat exports, according to the study. The results indicate that without red meat exports, corn growers would have lost $6.4 billion in corn revenue in 2019. Last year, U.S. beef and pork exports used 480 million bushels of corn. Corn revenue generated by pork exports totaled $1.8 billion. Beef and pork exports also used about three million tons of distiller’s dried grains with solubles in 2019 at an annual average price of $137 per ton. This generated $411.8 million in revenue for co-products from ethanol mills. USMEF says beef and pork exports have been the fastest-growing category of corn use since 2015. The projected market value of red meat exports to U.S. corn from 2020-2029 is $23.1 billion.

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CFAP Expansion Doesn’t Include Hemp, Growers Respond

U.S. Hemp growers are disappointed the recent Coronavirus Food Assistance Program commodity expansion does not include hemp. Last week, the Department of Agriculture expanded the commodities covered under the program that provides COVID-19 relief to producers. CFAP includes commodities that USDA can prove saw losses of five percent or more in the first quarter of 2020. The U.S. Hemp Growers Association says, “We believe our farmers did present evidence of losses to our growers that were five percent or more in the first quarter of 2020.” Hemp is such a newly legal crop that it does not have the advantage of data gathered by USDA agencies. Currently, the data available to understand the market is gathered privately by several data companies. USHGA believes two datasets showed a five percent pricing decrease and more in hemp and hemp products in the first quarter of 2020. The statement says, “All hemp farmers are now wondering what kind of treatment they will receive should there be future problems.”

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Virtual Sustainable Agriculture Summit Announced

The Sustainable Ag Summit partners announced the virtual event this week planned for November. Scheduled for November 18 and 19, the event is hosted jointly by six agricultural organizations and convenes leaders from across the agricultural value chain to create a sustainability event for production agriculture. Partners of the event include the National Pork Board, U.S. Poultry and the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. The summit will focus on “Beyond 2020: The Next Generation of Sustainability in Action,” looking to the next generation of sustainability leadership, technologies and collaborations. The summit will cover how U.S. agriculture can deliver lasting impacts through improved productivity, profitability, resiliency and environmental outcomes. Currently, organizers are seeking proposals for event topics and sessions. Breakout Sessions should creatively showcase how challenges can be turned into opportunities by exploring projects, collaborations or successes involving multiple perspectives. Learn more about the event and its agenda, or submit a proposed session at sustainableagsummit.org.

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USDA Appoints New Members to Food Safety Advisory Committees

The Department of Agriculture appointed ten new members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection this week. USDA also announced an additional new member to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. Under Secretary for Food Safety Mindy Brashears says the committee members “play a key role in informing USDA’s food safety decisions.” The new members include university officials and industry experts on food safety. The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection was established in 1971 by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The group is an advisory committee that advises on food safety concerns and other matters affecting inspection program activities. The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods was established in 1988. The advisory committee provides impartial scientific advice and peer reviews to food safety agencies on public health issues. The list of committee members for both is available at fsis.usda.gov.

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Consumer Goods Forum Launches Food Waste Coalition

The Consumer Goods Forum this week launched a CEO-led Coalition of Action on Food Waste, bringing together 14 of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers. The coalition seeks to cut global food loss at the retailer and consumer level in half. The coalition says food waste is an enormous environmental, social and economic problem. A third of food produced is never eaten, which amounts to about 1.3 billion metric tons of food lost each year. That represents an economic cost to the global economy of $940 billion. Food waste is also responsible for adding 3.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases into the planet’s atmosphere annually, so if food waste were a country, its carbon footprint would be third only to China and the United States. The coalition includes CEOs from General Mills, Kellogg Company, Walmart and others. The group will first collect data on food waste before forming a plan to prevent food waste.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.