The BARN via NAFB News Service – January 27, 2020 – Samantha Munson is inside The BARN with this…President Donald Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation Sunday as part of it’s 2020 annual convention in Austin, Texas on January 22nd, promising better times for farmers…
The BARN via NAFB News Service – January 27, 2020 – Samantha Munson is inside The BARN with this…The American Farm Bureau Federation named Flint, an Australian shepherd from Utah as 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year, during the annual AFBF Convention in Austin, Texas. The contest celebrates farm dogs that work alongside farmers and ranchers to produce nutritious food for families and their pets across America. Owned by Beth and Rhett Crandall, Beth says Flint is a staple in their family…
USDA: United Nations Declares 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health
USDA Kicks Off Awareness Efforts in the United States
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2020 – Plants make the oxygen we breathe and give us 80 percent of the food we eat. But plants are under attack by invasive pests. These pests destroy up to 40 percent of the world’s food crops and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year according to the United Nations (U.N.). That leaves millions of people worldwide without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture—the primary source of income for rural communities.
NFU: Tenth Circuit Court Strikes Down EPA Small Refinery Exemptions
WASHINGTON – In a decision that is expected to broadly impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approach to granting small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit late on Friday struck down three exemptions that were improperly issued by EPA.
The court ruling stems from a May 2018 challenge brought against EPA by the Renewable Fuels Association 9RFA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), and National Farmers Union (NFU).
“We are extremely pleased with the Tenth Circuit’s decision to vacate the waivers granted by EPA to three refineries owned by CVR Energy and HollyFrontier,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “The Court has affirmed our long-held position that EPA’s recent practices and policies regarding small refinery exemption extensions were completely unlawful. And while the decision addresses three specific exemptions, the statutory interpretation issues resolved by the court apply much more broadly.”
Coloradans Protecting Wildlife: Confirmation of Wolves in Colorado Renders Ballot Measure Unnecessary
Groups Call for Proponents to Pull Their Measure from 2020 Ballot
DENVER, Colo.—Jan 27, 2020— Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced on Jan. 8, 2020 that it strongly believes a pack of wolves is living in the northwest corner of Colorado. The ongoing investigation into the pack includes an eyewitness report of six wolves in October 2019 as well as the discovery last week of a thoroughly scavenged elk carcass near the same location as the October sighting.
Considering this news, Chad Vorthmann, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Farm Bureau called on the proponents of the ballot measure to leave nature alone and end their campaign. “Just as predicted, wolves are making their way into Colorado on their own. This measure is pointless and will only lead to wasted taxpayer dollars and increased bureaucracy. The proponents should let mother nature work its magic, stop trying to impose their will on the natural world, and retract their ballot measure.” Continue reading →
Crop adviser and applicator credits approved for 32nd High Plains No-Till Conference
KIT CARSON, Colo. – January 27, 2020 – Twenty-six sessions at the High Plains No-Till Conference in Burlington, Colorado have been approved for certified crop adviser credits. Eight of those sessions will also offer continuing education credits for licensed qualified supervisors, certified operators, and private applicators.
Scheduled for Feb. 4-5, the event will take place at the Burlington Community and Education Center. In addition to a trade show and outdoor equipment display, breakout sessions will be presented on an assortment of subjects, including soil health, regenerative grazing, farm profitability, specialty crops, and technology. Farmers will also share their first-hand experience with composting, no-till, and other conservation methods on producer panels dedicated to grazing cover crops and finding niche and direct markets.
“We are excited to bring in a lot of new speakers this year,” said Joni Mitchek, coordinator for the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association. “And we always try to offer as many credits as possible.”
CFB ALERT: Counties Want Authority to License Farms
A proposal introduced in the legislature would give counties broad new business licensing authority. HB20-1093 “grants a board of county commissioners the authority to license and regulate any business located or business activity occurring within the county.” This proposal is very concerning to the Colorado Farm Bureau as it would give counties authority to require business licenses for farmers and ranchers and ultimately give county governments the ability to regulate the practices involved with the new business license–Something that has never been done in Colorado before.
As farmers and ranchers, our members know how best to work their land and resources that are most productive and profitable. They also know best how to grow the crops/livestock they choose for their businesses. This proposal would be an additional layer of government burden on the ability for farmers and ranchers to grow the food, fuel and fiber necessary to sustain our state, the nation and the world.
Unique Learning Opportunities for Ranchers at the NWSS Complex on February 20th
Focus on cattle handling, women in ranching, wild horse training & horse/mule packing training
Are you interested in learning how to handle livestock with less stress to yourself and your cattle?
Are you a woman involved in ranching or would like to be and looking to connect with other ranching women?
Would you like to know the process the US Forest Service (USFS)/Bureau of Land Management (BLM) uses to train wild caught horses?
Do you struggle to effectively pack a horse or mule?
Do you need a refresher on calibrating a sprayer?
What are some options for providing stock water in winter?
Ever wonder how to safely burn a pasture?
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If so, mark The Range Practicum on your calendar for Thursday, February 20. The Range Practicum will be a hands-on land and livestock training at the National Western (Stock show) Complex in Denver, CO. It will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Registration is only $85 [$45 for students] and gives you access to all the sessions occurring that day.
The Practicum features an array of hands-on educational events. The highlight is a low-stress livestock handling workshop led by Whit Hibbard of Montana. Whit is a Bud Williams protégé and a decades-long student of low-stress livestock management. This includes horsemanship, ranch roping, and facilities design. Hibbard brings critical thinking, evidence-based wisdom, and practical research skills to working livestock.
The Best 16 Days in January Celebrates the Second Highest Attendance in Stock Show History
DENVER, CO – The 114th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) celebrated sixteen days with 707,922 guests, making it the second highest attended show in Stock Show history. The grand champion attendance record of 726,972 guests was set in 2006 during the 100thAnniversary.
“Thank you to every single stock show fan, exhibitor, family member, contestant and volunteer who joined in the celebration this year,” said Paul Andrews, NWSS President and CEO. “Each person plays an important role, helping us keep the Western tradition alive right here in the heart of Denver.”