NSP Submits Comments on Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
The National Sorghum Producers submitted comments opposing the potential listing of the rusty patched bumble bee (RPBB) as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. NSP believes the potential listing proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed undue blame on the agriculture community, specifically neonictinoids, and encouraged FWS to discuss the interaction between the insect and agricultural lands with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read NSP’s full comments here.
RMA Announces Updates to Prevent Planting, Sorghum Stays Steady
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency released updated features of prevented planting coverage based on the recommendations of a 2013 USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. Prevented planting coverage factors for grain sorghum remained at 60 percent. Read more here.
EPA Increases Biofuels Requirements
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its annual biofuels mandate, increasing the renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuels Standard program. EPA’s annual mandate for 2017 boosts ethanol to 15 billion gallons, an increase of 200 million gallons from the level the agency had proposed in May. The move also brings the RFS back in line with the levels Congress laid out in 2007, which National Sorghum Producers has advocated.
FSA Extends Voting Deadline for County Committee
The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the voting deadline for Farm Service Agency 2016 county committee elections deadlines to allow more time for farmers and ranchers to submit ballots. Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016, to return ballots to local FSA offices. Learn more here.
USDA Releases Early Ag Projections to 2026
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released projections for short-term from the Nov. 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. For the 2016-17 year, it is predicted there will be 6.8 million planted acres and six million harvested with 76.5 million bushels per harvested acre. Ten years from now in the 2026/27 production year, it is predicted there will be 5.6 million planted acres and 4.8 harvested acres with 67.1 bushels per harvested acre. The complete USDA Agricultural Projections for 2026 will be unveiled February 2017. Read the full projections here.
Commodity Classic Registration and Housing Open December 7
Registration and housing for the 2017 Commodity Classic will open Wednesday, Dec. 7 at commodityclassic.com. Participants can log on to register at 10 a.m. The 2017 Commodity Classic will be March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.
Last Chance to Apply for NSP-BASF Joint Scholarship
Applications for the new National Sorghum Foundation and BASF joint scholarship program are due today! The jointly offered scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year include an award for tuition as well as cover recipients’ participation in the 2017 Commodity Classic. Applicants must be the child or grandchild of a NSP member and be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agriculturally related curriculum. Undergraduate applicants must be entering at least their second year of study for the 2017-2018 school year. Interested students can apply for the scholarships at http://sorghumgrowers.com/sorghum-foundation/.
On Nov. 29, 2016, 96 percent of the sorghum nationally was harvested by week’s end, slightly behind last year but equal to the five-year average. Harvest was complete in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Sorghum exports continued strong sales with China leading purchases with 2.23 million bushels. Mexico and Japan also purchased U.S. sorghum bringing the week’s total to 2.33 million bushels. Export commitments for the year now total 104.89 million bushels.
Condolences to Family of Mark Scott
The National Sorghum Producers offers our condolences to the family and friends of Mark Scott, who passed away earlier this week. Scott was a Manhattan, Kansas, native and member of the 2016 Leadership Sorghum Class III. Scott worked at the Agronomy Farm at Kansas State University prior to going to work part time for the K-State Veterinary Medicine Hospital in addition to farming full-time. Find more information here.
Sorghum in the Spotlight:
Upcoming Sorghum Events
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Kansas Livestock Association Convention, Wichita, Kansas
Dec. 5 Texas Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas
Dec. 6-7 28th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference, Bryan, Texas
Dec. 9 High Plains Ag Conference, Lubbock, Texas
Dec. 13-15 USCP Board of Directors Meeting, Lubbock, Texas
For a full view of calendar events, visit the NSP website calendar.
Market News – To view this week’s Gulf export grain report, click here.
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