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USDA-RMA: Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program
Retroactive Enrollment Begins March 25th
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019. Continue reading
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Colorado Governor Polis joins legislators to introduce full-day kindergarten legislation
DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis joined legislators today to introduce full-day kindergarten legislation and highlight the $185 million set aside by the Joint Budget Committee to implement this legislation. These funds will fully fund anticipated full-day kindergarten enrollment at 1.0 this year and free up over 5,000 Early Childhood At-Risk Enhancement (ECARE) slots for preschool, representing the largest increase in early childhood education in the state’s history.
“This week we made huge progress toward providing Colorado families with free, full-day kindergarten, said Governor Jared Polis. We are pleased that the Joint Budget Committee has recognized the enormous impact that free, full-day kindergarten would have in our state, and that legislators are introducing a bill to make this a reality. An investment in our children is an investment in our future.”
“Full-day kindergarten saves families money, frees up funding for over 5,000 free preschool slots, gives parents the option of going back to work sooner, and ensures that all children can get a strong start,” he continued.
This bill will fully fund full-day kindergarten through the School Finance Act formula. The bill also: Continue reading
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Colorado Beef Council is proud to present a FREE Beef Quality Assurance training in Sterling on March 29th!
Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 21, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1 discussing several topics including:
- Recap 2019 CO Ag Day at the Capitol (Livestream Archives)
- Thoughts on Current Trade Issues (USMCA, New Brazilian Wheat Rade Announcement & China Trade War)
- Thoughts on CO Legislation including: SB19-042, HB19-1032, SB19-181, SB19-1177, SB19-1257 & SB19-1258)
- Support of Full Day Kindergarten Legislation
- Sen Sonnenberg’s Committee Work, Resolutions & Bills
- His thoughts on Recall Efforts for legislation, elected officials and regarding th Governor
- Watch out for Ag on the Roadways & thoughts for fellow ag producers in neighboring states like NE, the Dakotas and others downriver…
- & More
To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…
CO SENATOR JERRY SONNENBERG’S BIOGRAPHY Continue reading
Senator Donovan’s Climate Change Bill Passes the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee
Denver, CO – The Senate Transportation and Energy Committee today voted 5-to-2 to pass SB19-096, Collect Long Term Climate Change Data, a bill sponsored by Senator Kerry Donovan (D- Vail) to collect the necessary data to help Colorado track greenhouse gas emissions to meet reduction goals and protect our environment. The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.
“People in my district depend on clean land, water, and air for their personal enjoyment and livelihood, but climate change is putting that at risk,” said Senator Donovan. “This bill is an important step towards protecting our environment while ensuring that the businesses powering our local economies can continue to operate in the years ahead.” Continue reading
USDA is seeking nominations for four vacancies to serve on the American Lamb Board starting in 2020 – a producer with less than 100 lambs, a producer with more than 500 lambs, an at-large feeder and a first handler (processor).
The American Lamb Board, established in 2002, is a national promotion, research and information organization (national checkoff program) whose purpose is to increase awareness and demand for American Lamb and increase the value of American Lamb for all segments of the industry. The Board is appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and represents all sectors of the industry. The work of the American Lamb Board is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the board’s programs are supported and implemented by the staff in Denver, Colorado.
The 13-member board represents all sectors of the industry – six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer and three first handlers. The Board also represents all geographic regions and sizes of production.
Your current Board Members are: Continue reading
Senator Danielson’s Bill to Increase Awareness of Apprenticeships and Vocational Training Passes Senate Education Committee
Denver, CO – The Senate Education Committee this afternoon voted 3-to-2 to pass SB19-171, Apprenticeships and Vocational Technical Training, a bill sponsored by Senator Jessie Danielson (D-Jefferson County) to increase awareness of apprenticeship and vocational technical training programs in Colorado. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.
“Every Coloradan deserves a fair shot at success, but no one follows the exact same path,” said Senator Danielson. “Apprenticeship and vocational training programs can give Coloradans a pathway to good-paying jobs and stable careers, but in order to make these valuable programs more accessible to all Coloradans, we need to make sure people know they exist.” Continue reading
USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers, and Communities Affected by Recent Flooding
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2019 – To help residents, farmers, and ranchers affected by the devastation caused by recent flooding, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid people in their recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state, and county offices are responding and providing a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted communities at large.
“Recent flooding in the Midwest and along the Missouri and Mississippi River Valleys has caused devastating impacts across the region, and USDA has personnel and resources devoted to helping farmers and communities recover after this storm,” Secretary Perdue said. “I encourage area farmers and ranchers to contact their local USDA Service Center so we can work with them to identify the resources and tools needed to reestablish their operations. While farmers and ranchers in the area are resilient, the pain is real. We will do everything in our power at USDA to be as helpful as we possibly can.” Continue reading