Ag Notebook: Colo. Farm Bureau VP on the rise, COOL debate continues |

Ag Notebook: Colo. Farm Bureau VP on the rise, COOL debate continues

Colo. Farm Bureau VP named to ‘40 under 40 in ag’ list

Chad Vorthmann, executive vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau, was recently named to Vance Publishing Corporation’s inaugural 40 Under 40 in Agriculture Awards.

“Every segment of the industry will contribute to solving the 2050 challenge, and these 40 finalists reflect the diversity of our country’s agriculture industry,” said Peggy Walker, Vance Publishing Corp. president.

More than 200 applicants under the age of 40 were submitted to Vance, with some as young as 14. Nominees included hardworking leaders from animal and crop production, biotechnology and university researchers, food and nutrition technology, agricultural equipment, agronomy and beyond. The candidates were nominated because of their passion for agriculture, demonstrated involvement in the food industry and their notable record of achievement.

Judge refuses to block new meat labeling rules

A federal judge has refused to block new rules that require the meat industry to include specific information about the origin of their products on labels, also known as County of Origin Labeling, or COOL.

But industry groups, according to an Associated Press report, say they’ll continue fighting.

The new rules took effect in May.

They require that labels for steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat include clear information about where animals grown for the meat were born, raised and slaughtered.

A judge refused to issue a preliminary order Wednesday that would’ve blocked the rules, though he didn’t decide the overall lawsuit.

The American Meat Institute said Thursday it plans to appeal. It says the rules are too costly and don’t provide any health benefits. The trade group represents meat packers, processors and suppliers.

NFU disappointed by OK of selling Smithfield to China

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the decision by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to allow the sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese interest:

“Today’s ruling by CFIUS on the proposed acquisition of Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui Intl. is a disappointment for family farmers and ranchers across the United States. The deal represents the sale of one quarter of U.S. hog processing to a quasi-state-owned Chinese enterprise and is a dangerous precedent, in terms of food security and market competition.

Bennet honored by National Farmers Union

The National Farmers Union honored Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., with the 2013 Golden Triangle Award, the organization’s highest legislative honor.

According to the organization, the annual award is presented to members of Congress who have demonstrated leadership and support policies that benefit America’s family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and rural communities.

Bennet is one of 37 lawmakers to be honored and the only member of the Colorado delegation to receive the award this year.

This is Bennet’s fourth Golden Triangle award.

As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Bennet helped write the bipartisan reauthorization of the Farm Bill that the Senate passed in June.

He was also selected to be a member of the conference committee that will negotiate the differences between the Senate- and House-passed versions of the farm bills.

Netherlands court determines JBS, S.A., CEO acted unlawfully

Wesley Batista, chief executive officer of JBS, S.A., one of the world’s largest beef companies based in Brazil, has been found by a Netherlands court to have acted unlawfully towards Jay Link and Link International Meat Products Ltd.

A Netherlands court will now decide the damages amount Wesley Batista must pay to Jay Link and Link International Meat Products for his wrongful actions.

JBS USA, a subsidiary of JBS S.A., is headquartered in Greeley, Colo.

In rejecting Wesley Batista’s arguments that Jay Link’s removal was necessary, the Netherlands court found that Wesley Batista knew his actions “would be damaging and prejudicial to Link” and that he “be personally blamed for this to accept that he has personally acted wrongfully.”

As previously reported, JBS and Jay Link are involved in yet another lawsuit — a lawsuit over the ownership of the same Dutch joint venture, Beef Snacks International B.V.