READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 19th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 19th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Farm Bill Delay Possible as Deadline Looms

The farm bill deadline at the end of the month could pass without a new farm bill or an extension. As the pace of the farm bill committee stalls, leadership says the actual deadline that would have any impact on farm country is in December, if the bill is stalled further. The committee has a deadline of September 30th to get the bill passed and on the President’s desk for signature before current law expires. However, no major breakthroughs were reported earlier this week. Senate Ag Committee leaders Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow told Politico that “any pain from a lapse would not really be felt until December,” suggesting the deadline may be moved back. Stabenow said: “We’re not sure we actually need an extension.” Disagreements remain regarding conservation programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is the biggest issue to resolve.

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Tariffs Harming Ag Equipment Makers

More tariffs in the tit-for-tat trade war between the U.S. and China means more suffering for agriculture and agricultural equipment makers. Feeling the brunt of the trade war since it started with tariffs on steel and aluminum, manufacturers of agriculture equipment are eager to see a swift resolve. Just last week, a coalition of manufacturing groups and associations sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging the Trump Administration not to move forward with this latest round of tariffs. Association of Equipment Manufacturers President Dennis Slater says the “extreme use of tariffs hurts our nation’s access to global markets” and threatens many of the 1.3 million equipment manufacturing jobs. Slater called for the administration to look for ways to improve trade with China, instead of “doubling down on tactics that only lead to continued retaliatory actions.”

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Trump China Trade War Troubling Talks with Japan

The ongoing trade war with China is threatening trade relations with Japan. Reuters reports that the start of a second round of trade talks between Japan and the United States will be delayed until after fresh tariffs imposed on China by the United States come into force on September 24th. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Trump were expected to meet during a U.N. General Assembly debate next week. Japan is trying to avoid steep tariffs on its car exports and stay away from bilateral free trade agreements, a demand by the Trump administration. Japan fears a bilateral agreement could force the nation to open sensitive markets, including agriculture, to U.S. trade. Japanese officials are calling on the Trump administration to quickly end the trade war with Japan, and in attempt to avoid a bilateral agreement, Japan is urging the U.S. to consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Canada Returns to DC for NAFTA Talks

North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations between the U.S. and Canada resume this week as both sides attempt to reach a deal by the end of the month. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland arrived in Washington, DC Tuesday ahead of scheduled talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The two sides must agree to a “handshake” agreement by the end of the month for the deal to stand a chance to be finalized under the current leadership in Mexico, as a new President takes office later this year. The precise cutoff point for a handshake agreement is unclear, but a Canadian official believes it’s Thursday, according to Bloomberg News. Dairy is the biggest policy issue between the U.S. and Canada and trade experts previously said that those talks are “highly technical” and take time, but a deal could still come this week. Canada does appear to offer some concessions on dairy in exchange to preserve the dispute panels under Chapter 19 of the current deal.

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Hurricane Florence Flooding Impacting Poultry Operations

Sanderson Farms says flooding from hurricane Florence has resulted in the loss of about 1.7 million broiler chickens. In a statement, the company says about 30 farms housing more than 200,000 chickens each are isolated by floodwaters and cannot be reached by feed trucks. The company says 60 of the 880 broiler houses in the region have been flooded. Tyson Foods, meanwhile, told meat industry publication Meatingplace there was “minimal impact” on its live poultry operations in North Carolina and Virginia. However, at least two Tyson farms where affected by the storm. Tyson says it is leveraging its regional supply chain to make sure there is no disruption to its business in addition to helping affected farmers and community members, which includes serving meals to victims, volunteers and first responders. North Carolina is a top poultry and pork producing state. The North Carolina Pork Council said earlier this week that at least a dozen hog farms experienced waste lagoon flooding from the hurricane.

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Garth Brooks to Perform at National FFA Convention

Garth Brooks will entertain attendees of this year’s National FFA Convention and Expo. FFA announced that Brooks will host a private concert to the members of FFA October 24th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, as part of the event. Brooks says of the event that he bets “there is not going to be a kid there who is half as excited as I am to be there.” The organization says in a news release that the motto of FFA, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve,” echoes that of Garth Brooks’ mission which is just one of many reasons the exclusive concert was so important for all involved to make it happen. The National FFA Convention and Expo remains one of the largest student conventions in the world, annually drawing more than 65,000 attendees. To purchase a ticket for the concert, you must be a registered attendee at this year’s convention. Tickets will only be sold through the National FFA Organization’s private concert on Ticketmaster’s website.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-18-18 Western E-Connectivity Listening Session Thursday in Denver

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Western E-Connectivity Listening Session Thursday in Denver

DENVER, COLO. Sept. 18, 2018: The E-Connectivity Listening session on Thursday, Sept. 20, is an opportunity for broadband providers and the people who use–or would like to be able to use–broadband to provide input on how to improve services in rural America.
The listening session will be 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. MDT at the Northwest Club Room in the Hall of Education at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. There is no charge to participate. A live webcast will be available for those unable to attend in person.
“Regional and industry leaders will participate in this session, focusing on how broadband services enhance quality of life in rural America, and specifically educational opportunities,” says Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman. “But the critical voices needed in the room are the people who live and work with limited broadband access today. Their voices are needed to build understanding of the impediments generated when broadband services are inadequate or don’t exist, and the challenges these impediments present to individuals and communities.” 
The listening session is part of What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America, a project organized by Farm Foundation, in collaboration with CoBank, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“The listening session is an opportunity to highlight the challenges created by the lack of access to adequate broadband services, but we will also look at the approaches providers are taking to deliver high-quality service to rural America–approaches that may be beneficial to other providers,” Cullman says.
The session will begin with a conversation on e-connectivity needs in the West, the impact that broadband services–or the lack thereof–can have on the educational and economic activities of one county or an entire state.  Panelists will be Randy Wheelock, Commissioner for Clear Creek County, Colorado, and Brian Shepherd, Chief Operating Officer of the Colorado Broadband Office.
The tools providers are using to enhance broadband services today will be the topic of a second panel. Participating in that panel will be Brian Tagaban, Director of Governmental Policy at Sacred Wind Communications, Yatahey, N.M., Jon Saunders, Chief Operating Officer of SECOM, a division of the Southeast Colorado Power Association, and David Shipley, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for USConnect Holdings Inc., and General Manager of Rye and South Park Telephone Company.
Each panel will be followed by an open mic session during which individuals are invited to present brief perspectives on the availability and quality of broadband services in their rural communities. The listening session will conclude with a Washington update by Jannine Miller, Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure at USDA.
The Denver event is the fourth in a series of listening sessions to gather insights into the tools that are needed to improve e-connectivity in rural America. Highlights from all the listening sessions will be compiled in a report to be provided to federal and state public and private leaders to better inform their decisions regarding improvements to, and expansion of, broadband services in rural America.
Other sessions were Aug. 16 in Birmingham, Ala. and June 19 in Faribault, Minn. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai joined executives from the five partner organizations in Washington, D.C., to kickoff the listening sessions in April. Perdue and Pai both highlighted the importance of e-connectivity to all sectors of rural America. Discussions from previous sessions are available on the Farm Foundation website.

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Tue Sep 18, 2018 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
 
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
 
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
 
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 4.46-4.71 3 higher
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.58 5 lower
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market News Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
 
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09-18-18 Hundreds of Energy Industry Employees Come Out To Support BOCC Resolution of Opposition to Prop 112 in Weld County

Hundreds of Energy Industry Employees Come Out To Support BOCC Resolution of Opposition to Prop 112 in Weld County

WELD COUNTY, CO — The commissioner hearing room was filled beyond capacity as oil and gas industry employees overflowed into the lobby to support the Weld County Commissioners resolution opposing Proposition 112.

Proposition 112, which will appear on the November ballot for Colorado voters, looks to increase oil and gas setbacks to an arbitrary and devastating 2,500’. “There is no scientific basis for the 2,500’ number,” said Commissioner Julie Cozad. “It is a random number meant to ban oil and gas.” Continue reading

09-12-18 Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman details their Sept 20th E-Connectivity Listening Session in Denver…

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Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman details their Sept 20th E-Connectivity Listening Session in Denver…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 12, 2018 – Regional and industry leaders, as well as rural broadband users are expected to participate in an E-Connectivity Listening Session on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 in Denver, CO. The event is part of the project, What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America, and will from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. MDT at the Northwest Club Room in the Hall of Education on the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. Joining the CoAgNews Network and FarmCast Radio is Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman to discuss the event that her organization is hosting…

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Even though this is a FREE event…RSVP’s are requested by close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 18th and can be reserved by sending an e-mail to Michelle@farmfoundation.org.

Learn more about the event – CLICK HERE

For those unable to attend the listening sessions in person, a live webcast will be available.

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09-18-18 Want to know more about Pasture and Range Management for Your Operation? Order a copy of Ben Berlinger’s Book…

Range And Pasture Management

By Ben Berlinger

Want to know more about Pasture and Range Management for Your Operation? Order a copy of Ben Berlinger’s Book…compiled and put together by Emmet Jordan, Jordan Cattle Company of Briggsdale.

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09-18-18 CDA: Enter Agriculture Photos in Annual Contest

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Enter Agriculture Photos in Annual Contest

BROOMFIELD, Colo. —Colorado’s agricultural landscapes provide the perfect subject for photographers. It’s once again time to capture the “spirit” of Colorado agriculture through pictures. The 21st annual “Colorado…it’s AgriCultural” photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate the state’s agricultural heritage.
“It is always exciting to see how people capture the beauty of agriculture in photos,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown. “The diversity of Colorado agriculture truly shines in this contest.”
Entries must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Agriculture via e-mail with an official entry form by December 31, 2018. All photographs must be taken in the 2018 calendar year and must relate to Colorado agriculture in some way. Prizes will be awarded in six subject areas: crops, livestock, people, open professional, urban agriculture and ag from above. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter, however, professionals may only enter agriculture-related photographs in the “open professional” category.

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

09-17-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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09-17-18 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 17, 2018 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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08-24-18 FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Events for Fall of 2018: Planning is Underway!

FFA range judging places the students in the field to make real-life judgments about the past grazing management and best management practices to recommend for range improvement.

FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Events for Fall of 2018: Planning is Underway!

Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair

FFA Range Judging is getting into full swing.  Preparations are underway for the upcoming regional events as well as the Eastern Colorado State FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Career Development Exercises (CDE’s).  The first of these activities, Northeast Colorado Regional FFA Range Judging (Check out the Video Interviews & Awards Ceremony from Sep 17th), will be held on September 17 at the Prairie School in New Raymer.  This event is being hosted by the Prairie FFA Chapter.  The Southeast Colorado Regional contest will be held on September 26 at the Rocky Ford fairgrounds.  This event is being hosted by the Fowler and Rocky Ford FFA Chapters.  The state event is scheduled for October 3.  It will be held on the campus of Northeast Junior College in Sterling, with the hosting chapters being Lone Star and Merino FFA. Continue reading

09-13-18 Learn more about Carinata as a Biofuel Crop with Agrisoma Founder, CEO and President Steve Fabijanski…

Learn more about Carinata as a Biofuel Crop with Agrisoma Founder, CEO and President Steve Fabijanski…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 13, 2018 – Have you ever heard of Carinata? Did you know there is a growing global demand for sustainably sourced, renewable biofuels? And did you also know that there is a non-food crop designed for producing low GHG fuels called Carinata? Over the last 5 years, Agrisoma has established commercial production programs for Carinata in North and South America and are rapidly expanding globally to meet the demand for low GHG fuels.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio here inside The BARN is Steve Fabijanski, Founder, CEO and President of Agrisoma and we’ll be taking a closer look at Carinata and its potential use as a cash crop for ag producers here in the West and in Colorado specifically…

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About Agrisoma

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. is an agricultural company based in Gatineau, Quebec, that has commercialized Carinata, a non-food oilseed crop designed for sustainable production of biofuels. Agrisoma uses advanced crop improvement technologies to provide superior Carinata seed varieties to growers.  For further information, visit www.agrisoma.com.

Learn more about the Agrisoma, United Airlines and World Energy Partnership on First Transatlantic Biojet Flight on September 14, 2018 – CLICK HERE

09-13-18 Agrisoma, United Airlines and World Energy Partner on First Transatlantic Biojet Flight

Agrisoma, United Airlines and World Energy Partner on First Transatlantic Biojet Flight

Carinata oilseed fuel replaces 30 percent of petroleum jet fuel for San Francisco-to-Zurich biojet flight on September 14th

CLICK HERE to listen to an EXCLUSIVE interview online inside The BARN

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 13, 2018 – Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., a Canadian agri-tech company that sells Carinata seeds used to produce aviation biojet fuel, will partner with United Airlines and World Energy on Agrisoma’s second international commercial flight powered by biojet fuel made from Carinata seed oil. The nonstop San Francisco-to-Zurich flight on a Boeing 787 departs on Sept. 14 at 2:10 p.m. from San Francisco International Airport and arrives Sept. 15 at 10:10 a.m. at Zurich Airport (aka Kloten Airport).

The biojet fuel made from Carinata and refined by World Energy’s AltAir Fuels, replaces 30 percent of the petroleum jet fuel needed for the flight. Fuels made from Carinata, a non-food, mustard-like oilseed, lead the aviation industry in greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

“This flight is another milestone for the aviation industry’s move toward low-carbon fuels,” said Steve Fabijanski, founder, CEO and president of Agrisoma. “At 11 hours, it is the longest transatlantic biojet flight undertaken to date, and, with the fuel-efficient Boeing 787, represents the lowest carbon footprint commercial flight across the Atlantic. It is our second international biojet flight powered by Carinata, but there are more to come.” Continue reading

09-12-18 CDA Hosting Town Hall Meeting on September 26th in Monte Vista, CO

CDA Hosting Town Hall Meeting on September 26th in Monte Vista, CO
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, invites the public to a town hall meeting to discuss today’s agricultural challenges and successes. “With the ongoing tariff discussions, technology advancements, and the day-to-day efforts of running a farm and ranch, there are plenty of topics for us to discuss,” said Brown.
The meetings are open to the public, free of charge, and everyone is invited to participate. The meeting will be held on:
September 26, 2018 @ 7:00 am
Colorado Potato Administrative Office
1305 Park Ave, Monte Vista, CO 81144
Followed by the Colorado Agricultural Commission meeting at 8am.  The public is invited to attend the Commission meeting as well.
For more information on the Colorado Department of Agriculture, visit www.colorado.gov/ag.

09-18-18 NFU Opposes ERS, NIFA Reorganizations and Relocations

NFU Opposes ERS, NIFA Reorganizations and Relocations

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson todaywrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him not to reorganize and relocate the department’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) agencies. The NFU Board of Directors recently adopted a position against the proposal.

“NFU has long been concerned by reduced investment in public agricultural research,” said Johnson. “Our member-driven policy argues that the reduction in funding for public research and ‘increase in private research has reduced the sharing of information and increased costs of production inputs.’ ERS and NIFA play a key role in helping farmers and ranchers improve productivity, natural resource stewardship, and access to global markets and trade. As the economic and environmental challenges facing family farmers and ranchers mount, it is critical that USDA prioritize the work of the agencies.”

Read the full letter here.

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09-18-18 NFU: White House Ups Ante in Trade Dispute with China

NFU: White House Ups Ante in Trade Dispute with China

NFU Emphasizes Need for Long-Term Solutions for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON – In a move that will further escalate trade tensions, the Trump administration yesterday announced its intention to place a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and threatened to levy tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports. The Chinese government has already responded in kind with tariffs on $60 billion worth of American imports.

National Farmers Union (NFU), a 116-year-old organization that advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 family farmers and ranchers, has consistently expressed concern about President Trump’s imprudent and antagonistic approach to trade negotiations. NFU Vice President Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew reiterated those concerns following today’s announcement:

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09-10-18 Farm Foundation hosting E-connectivity Listening Session: Up Next September 20th in Denver, CO

Farm Foundation hosting E-connectivity Listening Session: Up Next September 20th in Denver, CO

Learn more about the September 20th E-Connectivity Listening Session, check out the interview with Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman
DENVER, COLO Sept. 10, 2018: Regional and industry leaders, as well as rural broadband users are expected to participate in an E-Connectivity Listening Session on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 in Denver, Colo. This listening session-part of the project, What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America, will be at 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. MDT at the Northwest Club Room in the Hall of Education on the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver.
The project is organized by Farm Foundation, in collaboration with CoBank, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“Through these listening sessions, we want to focus on options to address the specific challenges rural residents encounter in accessing consistent, quality broadband services,” says Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman. “We will hear from regional experts, but an important element of the session will be hearing from the people who live and work with limited broadband access today.”
The Sept. 20 event is part of a series of listening session to gather insights into the tools that are needed to improve e-connectivity in rural America. This specific session will focus on the needs and options for building quality broadband service to enhance educational opportunities, as well as quality of life in rural America.
There is no charge for this event, but reservations are requested by close of business Tuesday, Sept. 18. Reservations can be made by sending an e-mail to Michelle@farmfoundation.org.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 18th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 18th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

U.S. Continues Demand for Dairy Fix in NAFTA

The United States still demands a dairy fix in the North American Free Trade Agreement, but Canada still wants to protect its dairy industry. While Canada may be ready to give some concessions on dairy market access, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (True-doh) and his allies have strong political motivations to stand firm. A trade lawyer told Politico this week that much of the focus is on Canada’s Class 7 milk, a class created last year that has disrupted trade between the U.S. and Canada. The trade expert says those talks are “highly technical” and will take days to complete, but suggested an agreement is still possible, “even likely this week.” Talks between the U.S. and Canada are expected to continue with an overall goal to complete the agreement by the end of this month. Mexico officials are also back in Washington, DC to propel the handshake agreement between the U.S. and Mexico forward.

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U.S. Ag Coalition Sponsors U.S.-Cuba Business Meetings

A coalition of agriculture groups plan a U.S.-Cuba ag business conference in November. The U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Business Conference, according to organizers, comes at a time when U.S. agriculture needs to expand into new markets. Cuba continues to depend on imports for 80 percent of its food supply, and the coalition says Congress is poised in the Farm Bill to allow USDA export promotion programs to be used in Cuba. Coalition chair Paul Johnson says the event “will help inform and connect the people who can work to make those things happen.” The conference offers participants a chance to meet ministers, leaders of agriculture industry, farmers, cooperatives and decision makers in Cuba’s newly formed government. The conference is planned for November 8-10 in Havana. Registration information is available at visit www.usagcoalition.com.

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Interior’s Sue and Settle Order Exposes Secret Settlements with Activists

Activists have grown rich by suing the government and reaping billions of taxpayers’ dollars – and all in secret, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The U.S. Department of Interior, however, has issued an order to curb this “abuse of basic, democratic processes and to open backroom deals to public scrutiny,” according to an AFBF news release. The organization notes that  Interior alone paid out more than $4.4 billion in monetary awards under terms of 460 settlement agreements and consent decrees between 2012, and 2017. In other words, Interior paid out an average of more than $800 million a year while keeping key aspects of litigation secret. AFBF General Counsel Ellen Steen says the action to change policy “is a solid first step to fixing the problem. ”Among other things, the department has committed to establishing a publicly accessible webpage that details ongoing litigation, and post a searchable list and text of final judicial and administrative consent decrees

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NCGA Names Doggett as CEO

The National Corn Growers Association announced Jon Doggett as the organization next CEO, taking the place of Chris Novak. Doggett is the fifth CEO in the organization’s 61-year history. The change is effective immediately. He has served as interim CEO since August first when Novak left for CropLife America. Doggett has also served as executive vice president of the organization since 2014, and before that, served as vice president of public policy, leading public policy efforts in Washington, DC since 2002. NCGA President Kevin Skunes says Doggett’s skills in agriculture and policy are “invaluable to our organization.” NCGA says Doggett has substantial knowledge of production agriculture and agribusiness, as well as more than 30 years of agricultural policy and leadership experience. Before joining NCGA, Doggett served 11 years at the American Farm Bureau Federation, where he was AFBF’s lead lobbyist on several public policy issues, including ethanol, climate change, land use, conservation, and endangered species.

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Growth Energy Launches Bus Tour Promoting E15

The summer ban on E15 sales in select areas ended over the weekend as Growth Energy launched a campaign to promote E15 and higher blended fuels. As part of their campaign, Growth Energy is launching a bus tour to rally support for quick action on the president’s promise to unleash E15 ethanol blends. Over the next few months, the bus will appear at Midwest gatherings, including last weekend’s Cattle Congress in Waterloo, Iowa. E15 is already sold in 30 states at least eight months out of the year. However, due to federal regulations, E15 cannot be sold in the summer months. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says allowing sales year-round of E15 and higher blends helps farmers by increasing domestic markets and gives farmers “more certainty because of increased demand for their grain.” President Trump has repeatedly made clear he would like to end restriction on access to E15 year-round. However, action has yet to be taken to remove the barrier.

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USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 42 States

Nearly $400 million from the Department of Agriculture are helping rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states. USDA announced Monday $392 million in partnerships with rural communities because “modern and reliable water infrastructure is foundational to quality of life and economic development,” according to Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. Hazlett announced the awards Monday during the Water Pro Conference hosted by the National Rural Water Association. USDA is supporting investments in 120 infrastructure projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. For a complete list of projects, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-18-18 SE Area Extension Says: Colorado Master Gardener Program

SE Area Extension Says: Colorado Master Gardener Program

It has been quite a while since we have offered the Master Gardener program
in the Southeast Area, but interest is again being shown! Applications are
being accepted in your local CSU/Southeast Area Extension office. The
actual location will be determined by where the majority of the applications
are centered. Southeast Area offices include: Baca, Bent, Cheyenne,
Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers Counties. The application process
includes suppling references, submitting to a background check, and signing a
volunteer agreement.

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09-17-18 USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure for More than 442,000 Rural Americans Across 42 States, including CO…

USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure for More than 442,000 Rural Americans Across 42 States

Town of Wiggins, Colorado Awarded $8 million in Funding

 FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $392 million to help rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states.

“Put simply, modern and reliable water infrastructure is foundational to quality of life and economic development,” Hazlett said. “USDA’s partnerships with rural communities underscore Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s commitment to rural people and the places they call home.”

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