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These conversations were critical to shaping our collaborative efforts with compact partners on issues that matter to the success of our students and lifelong learners and the vitality of our communities.”The goals of the compact include providing education platforms for the continuum of learners in resilient food, energy, water and societal systems that align with career opportunities for an evolving workforce for communities.

This will include developing an inventory of formal and nonformal agriculture and natural resources education programming, establishing an open-access database of curricula for K-12 and nonformal learners, and designing education platforms for the continuum of learners that align with labor market demand for agriculture and natural resources.In response to the increased need for highly qualified K-12 agricultural science and STEM educators, the compact will establish professional-development programs and workshops for nonformal educators, and align STEM teacher preparation programs and curricula with agriculture and natural resources systems.

This will involve a review of curricula, enhanced collaboration among academic and career advisers, and the creation of pathways that are linked to agriculture and natural resource workforce needs in the area.Compact partners aim to boost workforce development solutions for agriculture and natural resources industries in the region through several strategies, which include an external labor market demand analysis for the agriculture and natural resources industries in northeast Nebraska.

We hope to see you in York at this year's Research Symposium!Lindsay Corporation Reports Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full Year ResultsLindsay Corporation, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology, today announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2019.Fourth Quarter and Full Year SummaryRevenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 were $101.9 million, a decrease of $21.4 million, or 17 percent, compared to revenues of $123.3 million in the prior year fourth quarter.

Net earnings for the quarter adjusted to eliminate (i) costs associated with the Foundation for Growth initiative, and (ii) a valuation adjustment for indirect tax credits in a foreign jurisdiction were $5.8 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net earnings of $4.5 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, for the same period in the prior year.1Total revenues for the year ended August 31, 2019 were $444.1 million, a decrease of $103.6 million, or 19 percent, compared to revenues of $547.7 million in the prior year.

Net earnings for the year adjusted to eliminate (i) costs associated with the Foundation for Growth initiative, and (ii) a valuation adjustment for indirect tax credits in a foreign jurisdiction were $15.6 million, or $1.45 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net earnings of $31.6 million, or $2.94 per diluted share, in the prior year.1'The decrease in irrigation segment revenues for the year and quarter resulted primarily from the business divestitures that were part of our strategy to simplify the business and improve operating margin.

Alerted to the situation by veterinarian and ICON member Dr. Don Cain of Broken Bow, ICON notified other independent cattle producer groups, including the Rancher’s Cattlemen Action Legal Fund / United Stockgrowers of America, and initiated talks with the Nebraska legislature’s agriculture committee.The USDA guidance document stated that USDA would require the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags on all adult cattle and bison moved in interstate commerce, beginning Jan. 1, 2023, thereby affecting all cattle.In June, ICON resolved to support metal ear tags and/or hot-iron brands as official and primary forms of ID of cattle, and opposed the efforts to make RFID tagging of cattle mandatory.

Currently, the U.S. cattle industry has highly effective traceability systems that make the U.S. cattle industry’s disease resistance capabilities the envy of the world, say ICON President Jim Dinklage and R-CALF USA Executive Director Bill Bullard.The 2013 U.S. “Traceability of Livestock Moving Interstate” regulation allows producers to use effective animal identification techniques and devices that have been used for more than 100 years, including brands, tattoos, permanent metal ear tags, group/lot identification and backtags on animals destined for harvest.NCBA Applauds Introduction of Hours of Service LegislationThe National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation by U.S. Reps.

As a result, the USDA determined it has the authority to allow imported beef to be mislabeled as a USA product if it is subject to even minimal processing, such as unwrapping and rewrapping.Based on its interpretation of the 1989 Foreign Products Rule, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued its Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book that currently allows the mislabeling of foreign beef even when no substantial transformation occurs.According to R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard, 'Merely correcting the USDA's inappropriate standard for determining what beef is eligible for a 'Product of USA' label will not restore the level of product differentiation that United States cattle producers need to distinguish their superior beef product from foreign beef products in the marketplace.'For that they need full restoration of mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (mCOOL), and nothing less,' he said.The mCOOL law passed in 2002 sent the 1989 Foreign Products Rule into hibernation for over a decade.

requiring all imported beef to retain its foreign label through retail sale.'Without these two important elements, U.S. producers will not be able to effectively compete against imported beef,' he said.Bullard said efforts focused only on fixing the interpretation of the 1989 Foreign Products Rule by establishing a voluntary U.S. label for products born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States fall well short of what the U.S. cattle industry needs to effectively compete against imports of both beef and cattle.'The first insurmountable problem with such an effort is that it establishes a voluntary labeling regime for big meatpackers who have clearly signaled they don't want to differentiate products based on origin.'The second problem is that it does not require any of the three billion pounds of annually imported beef or the beef from the two million head of imported cattle each year to be labeled as to origin.'The third problem, and perhaps the most important, is that it redirects the industry's limited resources away from efforts to fully restore mCOOL and may permanently prevent our industry from fully restoring mCOOL for beef.'Bullard said the sudden push to address only the FSIS standard for authorizing voluntary labeling is a classic strategy of divide and conquer.'R-CALF USA will not be distracted by such an effort and remains steadfast in its strategy to build support for legislation, either stand-alone or within the ongoing USMCA (U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement), to fully restore mCOOL for beef, and we'll stop at nothing less,' he concluded.Most Fertilizer Prices Continue to FallWhile the prices of most fertilizers tracked by DTN continued to fall in the fourth week of October, for the first time in more than two months, the price of one fertilizer increased.

UAN32's highest price so far this year was $320 at the end of July into early August.The prices of urea and 10-34-0 remain unchanged at $404/ton and $471/ton, respectively.On a price per pound of nitrogen basis, the average urea price was at $0.44/lb.N, anhydrous $0.31/lb.N, UAN28 $0.45/lb.N and UAN32 $0.45/lb.N.With prices significantly lower in recent months, three fertilizers' prices are lower than one year ago.

Potash is 5% more expensive, UAN28, UAN32 and 10-34-0 are all 3% more expensive, while anhydrous is 2% more expensive than one year ago.Weekly Ethanol Production for 10/25/2019According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending Oct. 25, ethanol production expanded 8,000 b/d or 0.8% to 1.004 million barrels per day (b/d), equivalent to 42.17 million gallons daily and the first time in six weeks that production has topped 1 million b/d.

“It cuts the fix we were promised in half, if not more, and destroys what may be our last chance to bring back the ethanol plants that have shut down and help ease the burden facing American farmers.”To begin repairing the damage, Skor called on the EPA to uphold the president’s commitment to farmers and biofuel workers.“Midwestern lawmakers and governors have seen the damage firsthand and worked with the president to secure a deal that would start to undo the damage – a deal that would honor this administration’s commitments to farmers, biofuel producers, rural America, as well as small refineries.

Nieuwenhuis, who also is farmer near Primghar, Iowa, discussed the devastating impact of the EPA’s actions, which forced dozens of plants like Siouxland Energy to idle production or close their doors over the last year.RFA to EPA: RFS Proposal Fails on Several LevelsRenewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper Wednesday morning told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that its weak proposal to counter the damaging effects of small refinery exemptions from the obligations of the Renewable Fuel Standard would simply not do the job it has been promised to do.“This proposal fails to reflect the letter and spirit of the president’s commitment to restore integrity to the RFS, fails to assure that the statutorily-required 15-billion-gallon level for conventional biofuels will be met, and fails to restore stability in the marketplace by definitively ending the practice of allowing small refinery exemptions from eroding RFS biofuel demand,” Cooper said in testimony at an EPA field hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan.In his testimony, Cooper recounted the impact of the waiver, with lost demand leading to the closure or idling of 19 ethanol plants and the decimation of RIN prices – blending credits that measure the success of the RFS program and the ethanol industry.“RFA does not oppose the granting of small refiner waivers to any company that can demonstrate it is being harmed by the RFS,” Cooper said.

ACE urges EPA to stop riding the brakes on the RFS and go back to original deal during public hearingThe American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings testified today during the public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed supplemental rulemaking to its proposed 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).The proposal seeks comment on “projecting the volume of gasoline and diesel that will be exempt in 2020 due to small refinery exemptions (SREs) on a three-year average of the relief recommended by the Department of Energy (DoE), including where DoE had recommended partial exemptions.” Despite earlier promises EPA would reallocate SREs in 2020 based on the average of actual gallons waived from 2016 to 2018, the Agency proposed to take this bizarre and never-before mentioned approach which undercounts past SREs and falls short of ensuring 15 billion gallons of ethanol blending for 2020.Jennings’ testimony emphasized three areas in which the proposal fell short which will be detailed in ACE’s written comments, including that the proposed rule (1) does nothing to reallocate the 85 SREs from 2016 through 2018 which eroded more than 4 billion gallons from statutory levels;

To make matters worse, EPA’s recent abuse of SREs recklessly turns the keys to the RFS to refiners who have taken the program on a joy ride.“ACE members are furious with EPA’s double-standard: when it came to helping refineries escape RFS obligations from 2016 through 2018, EPA rejected DoE recommendations to exercise restraint, but now that EPA must restore volume to the RFS, the Agency is suddenly embracing DoE recommendations because the result will keep a lid on refinery obligations going forward.“While this proposal is not going to make renewable fuel producers whole for EPA’s prior abuse of SREs, we urge the Agency to take a small step in the right direction by issuing a final rule which reallocates the actual average volume waived from 2016 through 2018 and ensures at least 15 billion gallons for the 2020 compliance year.“Refineries should no longer be allowed to drive the RFS in the ditch, it’s time for EPA to finally take back the keys to the program.”NBB Asks EPA to Fully Account for Small Refinery WaiversToday, National Biodiesel Board (NBB) staff and members testified at the Environmental Protection Agency's public hearing on the Supplemental Notice for Proposed Volumes for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021.

The committee leadership has come together to move this legislation forward in a bipartisan fashion and having this approach has allowed all parties to be honest in their negotiations to build a constructive and sound legislative product that can equip the Commission for the markets our members face today.'As a representative of true commercial end-users, NCBA has naturally been a part of this reauthorization process from the very beginning by being one of the first organizations knocking on the doors of Congress in the form of meeting with key offices and sending up a thorough letter of support and ideas for a potential CFTC reauthorization package.

This included providing tools for reducing systemic risk, ensuring market integrity for end-users, and delivering regulatory consistency, while also considering the important role derivatives markets play in the ability of farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses to hedge their risks efficiently and effectively.'Our members are pleased to see that some of our original ideas are in the product today in the form of continued protection for end-users from regulatory burdens, enhancement of the agency’s regulatory tools, and establishing coordination between the Office of the Chief Economist and the Commission to consider a cost-benefit analysis before it’s rulemakings.'NCBA hopes to continue supporting this legislation as it moves forward in the House, and to working with Congress on getting the CFTC reauthorized because cattlemen and cattlewomen continue to rely on the derivatives markets to manage business risk.'

“A more diversified profit pool including both white and dark meat will help the U.S. chicken industry weather volatility in feed costs, consumer demand and trade.” The full report, “Evolving U.S. Demographics Give Chicken a New Leg to Stand On,” is available at Eager to Work With Congress as House Agriculture Guest Worker Bill IntroducedThe National Milk Producers Federation today announced its support for the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture immigration reform sponsored by Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA).The legislation would provide legal status to current agricultural workers and their families and reform the H2A guest-worker visa program to permit year-round agriculture to participate, a crucial need for dairy.

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which is the product of negotiations between a diverse array of agricultural stakeholders and farmworker advocates, includes provisions to both ensure a legal and stable workforce for family farmers and ranchers as well as protect the health and safety of farmworkers.At National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 117th Anniversary Convention in March, delegates approved a special order of business calling on Congress to “stabilize the current agricultural workforce” through a “flexible, efficient, and compassionate agricultural worker visa program.” Because the proposed bill would achieve both goals, NFU Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew applauded its introduction and urged Congress to approve it.“Many family farmers and ranchers rely on hired farmworkers to help with planting, harvest, milking cows, and other essential tasks.

These hardworking individuals who help us put food on our tables deserve greater protections and a pathway to citizenship.“National Farmers Union supports this bipartisan effort to address the needs of both farmers and workers, and we urge its swift passage in the House of Representatives.”Commodity Classic Educational Sessions Focus on Clarity During Uncertain TimesAs farmers look to improve their profitability in an unpredictable agricultural environment, the educational sessions at the 2020 Commodity Classic are designed to provide farmers with the clarity and insight they need to make better-informed decisions that can have a powerful impact on their bottom line.The 2020 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, Feb. 29 in San Antonio, Texas.

They will cover a wide range of important topics including soil health, grain marketing, farm policy, farm succession planning, nutrient stewardship, weather trends, mental health, fertility programs, rural broadband access, on-road ag equipment regulations, ag technology, international trade, African Swine Fever and more.“Every educational session is selected by the Commodity Classic Farmer Committee to ensure the content and the presenters provide high-quality, relevant content that matters to today’s growers,” said Bill Wykes, a farmer from Illinois and co-chair of the 2020 Commodity Classic.

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