05-25-18 President Donald Trump and CO Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor Memorial Day 2018

President Trump and CO Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor Memorial Day 2018

DENVER — Friday, May 25, 2018 Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Monday, May 28, in recognition of Memorial Day, and as proclaimed by President Donald J. Trump. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to noon.

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary                                                    
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2018

HONORING MEMORIAL DAY 2018
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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05-25-18 Scientific Literature on ‘All Things Bison’ Compiled in On-Line Database

Scientific Literature on ‘All Things Bison’ Compiled in On-Line Database
Library is New Resource for Researchers, Journalists, Producers
Westminster, CO (May 25, 2018) – The National Bison Association today unveiled a new comprehensive database of scientific literature relating to bison health, nutrition, genetics, and other information.

“This new on-line database is designed to be the go-to site for anyone conducting research, writing articles, or simply trying to increase their knowledge of fundamental issues related to bison,” said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association. Continue reading

05-25-18 Colorado State Fair Entertainment Series Tickets On Sale Soon!

Colorado State Fair Entertainment Series Tickets On Sale Soon!

Internet Pre-Sale: May 30 & 31

Official On-Sale Date: June 1

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2018 Colorado State Fair entertainment series is booked and tickets are going on sale soon.  This year’s lineup includes a variety of music shows including legendary musicians and up-and-coming superstars. Plus, the Budweiser Rodeo Arena will be a centerpiece for entertainment with exciting rodeos and engine-roaring action.

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05-25-18 CharityWatch Downgrades Humane Society of the United States to “D” Grade

CharityWatch Downgrades Humane Society of the United States to “D” Grade

Move Follows Two Other Charity Watchdog Demotions

Washington, DC—Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, which runs HumaneWatch.org, announced that CharityWatch has downgraded the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to a “D” grade in its Summer 2018 rating guide. CharityWatch found that nearly half—48 percent—of HSUS’s budget is spent on overhead. The New York Times has called CharityWatch “the pit bull of watchdogs.” Continue reading

05-25-18 FFA ALUMNI NEWS: Introducing Give Back To Your Roots Grants, Sponsored by Radiate & CPS…

Introducing Give Back To Your Roots Grants, Sponsored by Radiate & CPS

Crop Production Services, a Nutrien Company, is proud to support FFA Alumni and Supporters through a $100,000 gift. Now, when growers use Radiate on their farms, they’re not only helping their crops’ roots, they’re also helping CPS give back to FFA.  Continue reading

05-25-18 Inaugural Hunter Norman Memorial Bulls & Ranch Bronc’s in Grand Junction on June 23rd…

1ST ANNUAL HUNTER NORMAN MEMORIAL BULLS & RANCH BRONC’S HONORS WESTERN SLOPE RIDER

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (May 23, 2018) – The 1st Annual Hunter Norman Memorial Bulls & Ranch Bronc’s debuts on Saturday, June 232018 at 7pm at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction, Colorado. The event pays tribute and honors respected Western Slope ranch bronc rider, Hunter Scott Norman who passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. With an added guarantee of $3000+ for ranch bronc’s and $2500+ for bull riding, the event is anticipated to draw competitors from near and far.

Organizers of the memorial include family and long-time friends of the Fruita Monument High School Class of 2016 graduate Hunter Norman. This annual memorial helps the community celebrate the young cowboy’s life through his love and passion for ranch bronc riding and by putting on the best bronc and bull riding event that has come to the area. Event organizer and two-time Colorado Bullfighter of the Year (2007, 2013), Tyler Williams and his wife, Crystal have been engrained in the Western Slope community their whole lives and promise to put on an unforgettable annual event this year and for many years to come.

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05-25-18 CSU Extension: Silage for Beef Cattle Conference in Yuma and Burlington on June 14th…

CSU Extension: Silage for Beef Cattle Conference in Yuma and Burlington on June 14th

WRAY, CO – Calling all livestock producers, feedyard managers, cattle industry nutritionists, and farm operators! The Silage for Beef Cattle Conference, hosted by University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension, the Iowa Beef Center and Lallemand Animal Nutrition, will be live-stream broadcast in Northeast Colorado on June 14th.

This one-day conference is an opportunity for those who produce and manage silage to increase their understanding of effective silage management. Topic areas will include improving the nutritive value of corn silage, minimizing shrink, considerations for utilizing silage in backgrounding and finishing cattle, and accurately pricing the feedstuff, among others.

Those interested are encouraged to join CSU Extension at one of two locations (Kit Carson Co. Extension Office or Yuma Co. Fairgrounds) to view the live-streamed conference. The program will start at 7:30 A.M. and wrap up around 3 P.M. Continue reading

05-24-18 Colorado Farm Bureau Gathers Signatures to Protect Private Property Rights

Colorado Farm Bureau Gathers Signatures to Protect Private Property Rights

Centennial, Colo.,  May 24, 2018 — The state’s largest agriculture organization is proposing a constitutional amendment for the November general election ballot that would strengthen private property rights in the state. Colorado Farm Bureau is currently gathering signatures for Initiative 108 — a constitutional amendment that will ensure property owners are properly compensated if new laws or regulations negatively impact the value of their property.

“No matter who you are or where you come from, your property is your property,” says Shawn Martini, Vice President of Advocacy for the Colorado Farm Bureau. “This new amendment will further strengthen property rights in Colorado and provide a way for property owners to get a fair hearing in court when their property value is impacted.”

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05-24-18 WGCD Scholarship Awards Announced

WGCD Scholarships Announced

Greeley, CO – The West Greeley Conservation District has selected 10 students who live within the boundaries of the conservation district’s service area to benefit from their scholarship program during the 2018-19 academic year. Four recipients are graduating from high school right now, four are renewal awards going to students who received a scholarship from WGCD as freshmen this past year and two are upper class women. All 10 will receive $5,000.

All are attending a Colorado institution of higher learning, pursuing careers in: Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Animal Science, Agribusiness, Water, Forestry, and related conservation fields. They earned a 3.0 GPA or better and have been very involved in their schools and community.

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO    Fri May 25, 2018    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
*Next release date will be Tue May 29, 2018*
  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      4.84-4.99    10 to 20 higher
    Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn                      3.92    3 higher
US 2 Barley                          – –    not available
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
        Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
        24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
        Greeley.LPGMN@ams.usda.gov www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketnews
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05-24-18 Honey Bee Health the Focus of CDA & CSU Grant

Honey Bee Health the Focus of CDA & CSU Grant

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado State University Extension, CSU College of Agricultural Sciences and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) have been awarded a grant for $132,000 to span three years from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to monitor honey bee health and to educate hobby beekeepers new to the field of honey bee husbandry.
Maintaining healthy bee populations has been challenging for a variety of reasons including communicable diseases that bees are contracting, mite infestations, lack of forage and misuse of pesticides. Colorado is home to 946 native bee species belonging to 66 genera. Preliminary indications are that new beekeepers who do not receive instruction and mentoring from beekeeping clubs or other experts are more likely to have hives that carry diseases and other health issues that spillover to other honey bees and native bees.
“The health needs of bees and the commitment to become a beekeeper is often misunderstood,” said Laura Pottorff, CDA’s Apiary program manager. “The receipt of this award will help CSU and CDA work to preserve the beekeeping profession and protect the health of all pollinator populations in Colorado.”
“The goal of the project is to educate new beekeepers and decrease disease and parasite presence in apiaries managed by hobby beekeepers across Colorado by helping them to recognize honey bee pests and diseases and to adopt integrated pest management practices,” said Kurt Jones, county director for Chaffee County Extension.
The training programs will be offered in Adams, El Paso, Chafee, Mesa Counties and the San Luis Valley. Program participants will be educated on scientific beekeeping practices and monitoring for honey bee health, specifically addressing re-emerging diseases, their prevention and control. In return, participants must agree to:

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05-24-18 Make plans to attend the 2018 Summer Grass Tour near Briggsdale and Greeley June 20-21

Make plans to attend the 2018 Summer Grass Tour near Briggsdale and Greeley June 20-21

You are invited you to join us June 20th and 21st at our 2018 Grass Tour

So very excited to be working with the Colorado Section- Society For Range Management, West Greeley Conservation District, Colorado Watershed Assembly, CSU Extension, and Jordan Angus this year! Together we have a great tour planned for you. Continue reading

05-24-18 H-2A Agricultural Worker Visa Modernization Joint Cabinet Statement

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H-2A Agricultural Worker Visa Modernization Joint Cabinet Statement

Secretary Acosta, Secretary Nielsen, Secretary Perdue, and Secretary Pompeo

(Washington, D.C., May 24, 2018) — When President Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation in January of this year, he reminded the audience that his commitment to our farmers has been clear since the day his Administration began:  “From that day on, we have been working every day to deliver for America’s farmers just as they work every single day to deliver for us.”  

In keeping with that commitment, our Departments are working in coordination to propose streamlining, simplifying, and improving the H-2A temporary agricultural visa program – reducing cumbersome bureaucracy and ensuring adequate protections for U.S. workers. Continue reading

05-24-18 CYFEA Announces 2018 – 2019 Academic Scholarship Winners

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CYFEA Announces 2018 – 2019 Academic Scholarship Winners

May 24, 2018 – The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce the winners of its CYFEA 2018 – 2019 Academic Scholarship Awards!  This scholarship program was established in 1994 to recognize outstanding students who will be entering college in the fall academic year as a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.  These students will major in Ag education or an Ag related field of study, as well as being academically superior and involved with their local and/or state community service organizations.

This year there are four student scholarships awarded, for a total of $3500.  The winners are as follows:

  • Senior – McCall Etl, Fleming CO
  • Junior – Augustus Gill, Merino CO
  • Sophomore – Stephanie Bushnell, Monte Vista CO
  • Freshman – Cooper Carlson, Atwood CO

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05-23-18 CCA’s Inside the Dome: 2018 Legislative Session Wrap-up

CCA’s Inside the Dome: 2018 Legislative Session Wrap-up

As with all legislative sessions, there are some ups and downs with victories and defeats, but Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) continues to achieve a majority of member priorities. The following will outline several session highlights CCA focused on this year during the 2018 Legislative Session. Continue reading

05-23-18 NCBA Applauds Introduction of Legislation Addressing Hours of Service Changes for Livestock Haulers

NCBA Applauds Introduction of Legislation Addressing Hours of Service Changes for Livestock Haulers

WASHINGTON (May 23, 2018) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today applauded the introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act, saying it would reform federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules in a way that ensures animal welfare, highway safety, and the well-being of livestock haulers. The bill was introduced today by U.S. Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Jerry Moran of Kansas, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Jon Tester of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Marco Rubio of Florida, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Pat Roberts of Kansas, and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

“The current Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers present big challenges for our industry and can often jeopardize the health and well-being of livestock,” said NCBA President and fifth-generation California rancher Kevin Kester. “Hauling livestock is inherently different than hauling products like paper towels or bottles of water. Live cattle can’t simply be left unattended in a trailer – especially in very hot or cold weather – for extended periods of time, and this bill takes that into account. Senator Sasse deserves a lot of credit for his leadership on this issue, and we thank all of the original cosponsors who stepped up to show their support for livestock haulers and cattle producers across this country.” Continue reading

05-23-18 Learn more about “Land to Market” featuring Daniela Ibarra-Howell CEO and Co-Founder of Savory Institute…

Learn more about “Land to Market” featuring Daniela Ibarra-Howell CEO and Co-Founder of Savory Institute…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsddale, CO) May 23, 2018 – In the spring of 2018, Savory Institute announced that EPIC® Provisions, UNION™,  Applegate® and Zuke’s® Natural Pet Treats and Supplements would become the first market partners of the world’s first regenerative sourcing solution for livestock-derived meat, dairy, wool, and leather.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio here inside the BARN to discuss that announcement and to detail the “Land to Market” Program in greater detail is Daniela Ibarra-Howell CEO and Co-Founder of Savory Institute

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05-22-18 CO Governor Hickenlooper to sign bill supporting next generation of Colorado farmers and ranchers

CO Governor Hickenlooper to sign bill supporting next generation of Colorado farmers and ranchers

Farmers and ranchers from across Southwest Colorado will join Governor Hickenlooper in Durango Thursday as he signs the Agricultural Workforce Development bill to expand beginning farmer education and help bridge the farmland succession gap

DURANGO, CO (May 22nd, 2018)– Governor Hickenlooper will travel to Durango on Thursday, May 24th, to sign a bipartisan bill to support and train the next generation of Colorado farmers and ranchers. The signing will take place at 2:30pm MST at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane, Durango, CO. Members of the press are invited to attend.

The legislation (SB18-042), which creates a new Agricultural Workforce Development Program, emerged from the first-ever Colorado Young and Beginning Farmer Interim Study Committee, established in 2017. The new program will reimburse qualified agricultural businesses up to 50% of the cost of hiring a farm apprentice, helping existing farmers and ranchers stay in production while allowing young farmers and ranchers to gain better access to land, equipment, and mentorship.

“If Colorado wants to save family farms, we need to find ways for young and beginning farmers to be farmers,” said Representative Marc Catlin (R-Montrose), one of the prime bill sponsors in the House. “This bill will help start that conversation.”

“Our agricultural lands are an essential part of the fabric of Colorado, and we must do what we can to keep them viable and productive,” said Representative Barbara McLachlan (D-Durango), the bill’s other prime sponsor in the House. “Young and beginning farmers represent our future, our environment, and our economy.” In the Senate, the bill was championed by prime sponsors Sens. Kerry Donovan (D-Vail) and Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa). Continue reading

05-22-18 FSA County Committee Nominations Launch June 15th

FSA County Committee Nominations Launch June 15th

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018. Continue reading

05-22-18 Smart Yields and RMFU Launch Cutting-Edge Technology Program to Enhance Crop Monitoring

CLICK HERE to learn more about the RMFU and how you can become a member today!

Smart Yields and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Launch

Cutting-Edge Technology Program to Enhance Crop Monitoring

Honolulu agriculture technology company Smart Yields and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) have launched a state-of-the-art pilot program to monitor crops and livestock using wireless sensors, hardware and data analytics. It is the first program of its kind in Colorado, spanning nearly 1 million acres of land. Continue reading

05-21-18 Inside The BARN with USDA-FSA Weld County Executive Director Jeff Wilson: Important Deadlines…

Inside The BARN with USDA-FSA Weld County Executive Director Jeff Wilson: Important Deadlines

Jeff Wilson , USDA Farm Service Agency Weld County Executive Director

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) May 21, 2018 – Joining FarmCast Radio, the Colorado News Network and FarmCast Radio is Jeff Wilson , USDA Farm Service Agency Weld County Executive Director in Greeley, CO, discussing several deadlines that are fast approaching that producers need to know about and make appointments to get into their respective FSA Service Center. Topics included:

  • Acreage Reporting Deadline
  • ARC/PLC Annual Enrollment
  • Dairy MPP Program Signup Deadline
  • Emergency Loans for Producers Effected by recent Blizzard in NE CO 
  • 2018 Colorado Hay Directory Reminder
  • CRP – Conservation Reserve Program Requirement Reminder
  • & More

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For more information on bulletin subjects or details regarding your GovDelivery subscription with the Weld County FSA Office, contact Jeff Wilson, County Executive Director at:  jeff.wilson@co.usda.gov  or Bryan Cook, Farm Loan Manager at:  bryan.cook@co.usda.gov  (303) 659-0525

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contactJeff Wilson at 970-356-8097 extension 2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

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…

05-21-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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04-27-18 FFAR awards $5 million to launch public-private effort to address water scarcity and irrigation innovation

CLICK HERE to watch the announcement during the Inaugural CSU Water in the West Symposium in Denver on April 27, 2018, courtesy of BARN Media

FFAR awards $5 million to launch public-private effort to address water scarcity and irrigation innovation

University researchers and industry leaders will pool resources to advance irrigation technology development and transfer

$5 million grant

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, today awarded a $5 million grant to launch the Irrigation Innovation Consortium, a collaborative research effort to accelerate the development and adoption of water and energy efficient irrigation technologies and practices through public-private partnerships. The $5 million FFAR grant was matched by participants for a total initial investment of $10 million to support research and collaboration costs over five years.

The Consortium is composed of the following initial founding members: Continue reading

05-21-18 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 21, 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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05-03-18 COLORADO CENTENNIAL FARMS & RANCHES APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 31…

Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 31ST

In 1986 the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado), and the Colorado Department of Agriculture created the Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches program to recognize the important role agriculture has played in our state’s history and economic development. Nominees must meet the following requirements:

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, May 25th

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, May 25th

USDA-EPA Discuss Year-Round E15

U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency officials met today to discuss ways to increase ethanol usage and to address refiner concerns about volatility in the market for biofuel credits. An Agri-Pulse report says the meeting followed months of discussions at the White House on the issue. It also follows months of concerns over the way EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is overseeing the program. The ethanol industry is pressing the EPA to finally move forward with issuing a vapor pressure waiver that will allow E15 to be sold all year. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says President Trump promised to protect the statutory targets under the RFS. “We support Secretary Perdue’s efforts to ensure the EPA upholds the commitment to rural families,” Skor says, “and there’s no reason to delay or attach unrelated gimmicks to benefit a few refinery owners.” The meeting comes as Marathon, the nation’s second-largest refining company, is seeking a waiver from the RFS blending requirements. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the Marathon request shows that the “embarrassing loophole,” as he calls the RFS waiver authority, needs to be fixed.

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Cattle Groups Applaud Introduction of Livestock Hauling Bill

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, as well as the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, were both pleased with the introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act on Wednesday. The NCBA says the legislation will reform the Hours of Service Rules in a way that ensures animal welfare, highway safety, and the well-being of livestock haulers. NCBA President and California producer Kevin Kester says the current Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers present big challenges for the industry and can also jeopardize the health and well-being of livestock. “Hauling livestock is much different than hauling products like paper towels or bottles of water,” he says. “Live cattle can’t simply be left unattended in a trailer.” USCA Transportation Committee Chair Steve Hilker says they asked, and Congress answered, calling it a historic moment for livestock haulers. “They get needed flexibility in the restrictive Hours of Service rules,” Hilker says. “We commend the bipartisan group of Senators for working together with the industry for a common-sense solution.” The U.S. Cattlemen look forward to working with members of the House and Senate to get the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act across the finish line.

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U.S. and Mexico Talking Cars in NAFTA 2.0 Discussions

Two sources familiar with the negotiations have told Bloomberg that the U.S. and Mexico are discussing automobiles in an attempt to break an impasse over auto-production rules in an updated North American Free Trade Agreement. The anonymous sources say officials are meeting to discuss Mexico’s automotive proposal. The auto issue has been a key sticking point during the nine months of negotiations between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. The push is coming as the Trump Administration tries to get an agreement in time for the current session of Congress to approve the deal before the November midterm elections. If the U.S. can’t hit that deadline, negotiations will run into 2019. Trump said Wednesday that negotiating NAFTA is “very difficult, but autoworkers are going to be very happy with the results.” Mexico and the U.S. have disagreed over the U.S. proposal that 40 percent of a car’s value be made with high-wage labor. People familiar with the discussions say Mexico’s counteroffer is that 20 percent of a car’s value be made with high-wage labor.

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USDA Heavily Involved in Trade Talks

The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service has been “intimately involved” with U.S. trade negotiators and will be included in an upcoming trip to China. Politico says the U.S. delegation will be led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the Foreign Ag Service, “was at Secretary Ross’ left elbow last week during the discussions specifically on commodities we believe we could expand our efforts to China with.” Perdue says China and the U.S. have discussed the possibility of China approving imports of more U.S. food grown using biotechnology. Perdue adds, “We’re also looking at non-tariff measures regarding some of the policies and protocols that restrict U.S. products from going into China. That will be part of the technical discussions as well.” Perdue wants a wider variety of ag exports sent to China, such as soybeans, rice, corn, and poultry, among others. China hinted on Wednesday when it’s Ministry of Commerce posted a statement saying, “China welcomes high-quality, competitive American products to enter the Chinese market.”

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Trump Raises Doubts About U.S.-Chinese Trade

President Donald Trump cast doubts on Wednesday regarding the prospects for talks between the U.S. and China that are aimed at heading off a trade war. An Associated Press report says just four days after the two countries suspended their plans to impose up to $200 billion in tariffs on each other, Trump declared in a tweet that a more detailed agreement “will be too hard to get done.” While he says the talks are moving along nicely, Trump added that the negotiations would require a different structure and would need to allow the U.S. to verify results after completion. It’s not immediately clear what kind of structure the president has in mind. Talks in Washington, D.C., last week resulted in an agreement in which Beijing said it would “substantially reduce” America’s trade deficit with China. However, China didn’t commit to any specific amount of reduction. It also didn’t address the big issues between Washington and Beijing, which is the method China uses to try to overtake the U.S. technological supremacy, which is to demand that U.S. companies hand over some of their technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market.

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Trump Cabinet Members Modifying H-2A Program

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, as well as the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security are working together to streamline and simplify the H-2A agricultural visa program. The goal is to reduce cumbersome bureaucracy and ensure adequate protections for U.S. workers. The administration is working to modernize the H-2A visa program in a way that’s more responsive to stakeholder concerns and enables agriculture to have more confidence in the program as a valid source for legal labor. They also want to reinforce the programs strong employment and wage protections for the American workforce. By reducing the complexity of the current program, the administration is also planning to incentivize farmers’ use of the E-Verify program to make sure that their workforce is legally authorized to work in the United States. All four of the agencies issued a joint statement saying they’re looking forward to rolling out a more responsive program in the near future.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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05-24-18 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for May 24th

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Weekly Export Sales for May 24th