09-23-20 Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and property rights owners hosted discussion concerning proposed Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission setback rule

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and property rights owners hostED discussion concerning proposed Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission setback rule

ARVADA, Colo. – On Wednesday, September 23, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice President Terry Fankhauser will host a dialogue and discussion with impacted Colorado land and mineral rights owners concerning the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s proposed 2,000-foot setback rule.

The Commission’s proposal, which comes just two years after Colorado voters resoundingly rejected a similar ballot measure, stands to impact rural Coloradans in a manner that the Commission has failed to consider. This discussion will introduce a number of such Coloradans who depend upon oil and gas revenues to provide for their families, pay medical bills, and pursue economic freedom. It will likewise affirm the crucial, interdependent relationship between the agricultural community and the oil and gas industry, a bond which predates Colorado’s statehood.

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09-23-20 NRCS Colorado: Glenwood Springs, Mesa & Garfield Counties Sponsor Emergency Fire Recovery Efforts

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NRCS Colorado: Glenwood Springs, Mesa & Garfield Counties Sponsor Emergency Fire Recovery Efforts

DENVER, CO, September 23, 2020 USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has received $3.75 million in funding to assist with wildfire recovery efforts for the Pine Gulch/Grizzly Creek/Cameron Peak and Williams Fork fires. At this time the City of Glenwood Springs and Mesa and Garfield County have formally requested NRCS assistance and will serve as sponsors in their respective jurisdictions for fire recovery projects to be implemented via the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program.

The EWP program is managed and administered by the NRCS and is designed to relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by hurricanes, floods, fires, windstorms, and other natural disasters.

“This allocation will be used to plan, design & install treatments which will reduce erosion, associated sedimentation, debris flows and curtail the threat of future flooding to protect life and property on non-federal lands,” said Todd Boldt, EWP Coordinator for the NRCS in Colorado.

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09-23-20 Get Registered for the USDA’s CFAP 2 Producer Webinar on Sep 24th at 1pm MDT

Get Registered for the USDA’s CFAP 2 Producer Webinar on Sep 24th at 1pm MDT

CFAP 2 provides direct support for producers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic since April 2020. USDA listened to producer feedback during the first round of CFAP, and CFAP 2 has been adapted to better meet the needs of impacted farmers and ranchers of non-specialty and specialty crops, livestock, dairy, eggs, aquaculture, and nursery crops and cut flowers.
Join the USDA on Thursday, September 24th from 1 – 3:30 pm MDT for a producer webinar to learn about expanded eligibility for certain commodities, new payment categories including a sales-based approach to specialty crops and other specific commodities, and information on how to apply.

Click here to register.

09-23-20 CAWG Applauds USDA for Including All Classes of Wheat in CFAP 2

CAWG Applauds USDA for Including All Classes of Wheat in CFAP 2

Fort Collins, Colo. – The Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) applauds the United States Department of Agriculture for providing assistance to farmers economically impacted by COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2).

“The announcement of CFAP 2 is welcomed news after Colorado’s wheat farmers have faced not only a year of decreased market prices due to Coronavirus, but also extreme drought and damage from the Wheat Stem Sawfly,” said Brian Brooks, CAWG President and Walsh, Colo. wheat farmer. 

The announcement was made on September 18, 2020 and could potentially inject $28.5 million* into the Colorado wheat economy. (*This based on USDA NASS’s estimated 1.9 million planted acres in Colorado in fall 2019 (2020 crop year) and if all Colorado wheat farmers were to sign up and receive payment.)

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09-23-20 Breaking News from USDA Radio: Samuelson Sez So Long at 2020’s End

Breaking News from USDA Radio: Samuelson Sez So Long at 2020’s End

WASHINGTON D.C. – September 23, 2020  – A Chicago, and nationwide, farm broadcasting legend announced his retirement effective the end of this year, ending an over sixty year, storied, career. (Rod Bain. Secretary Sonny Perdue. Orion Samuleson)

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FROM THE BARN ARCHIVES, courtesy of Farm Radio 1010 KSIR, where I started my ag broadcasting career…check out this interview with the NAFB Hall of Famer & Ag Broadcasting Legend Orion Samuelson…Sure alot of fun taking a look back to 2007…This was a 2-part interview and here’s the audio…ENJOY!

09-23-20 “Gap Year” Refinery Petition Denials a Good Start, But EPA Needs to Finish the Job

“Gap Year” Refinery Petition Denials a Good Start, But EPA Needs to Finish the Job

September 23, 2020 – While EPA’s recent announcement that it has denied 54 petitions for “gap year” small refinery exemptions under the RFS was indeed a big step forward, there is more work to be done to fully restore integrity to the RFS. There are 50 exemption petitions still awaiting a decision, and EPA still has not released the 2021 RVO proposal. Four associations representing farmers and ethanol producers—The Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Corn Growers Association and National Farmers Union—worked together and won a unanimous federal court decision in January that should have put an end to EPA’s abuse of the refinery exemption program. But eight months later, EPA still hasn’t adopted the court decision or communicated its intentions. On the heels of the gap-year petition denials, it’s time for EPA to implement this decision nationally and move quickly to decide outstanding waiver requests. In the conference call for news media, these coalition leaders provided an update on where things now stand—and what EPA must do to finish the job.

PRESENTERS INCLUDED:

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09-23-20 Business Organizations Speak Out Against Wolves

Business Organizations Speak Out Against Wolves

DENVER, Colo. – September 23, 2020 – Joining the growing chorus of individuals, counties, and organizations concerned about forced wolf introduction in Colorado, a number of the state’s leading chambers of commerce and business associations have voted to officially oppose Proposition 114.

Proposition 114 is the ballot measure that would introduce wolves into western Colorado. Dozens of organizations and 39 county governments from across Colorado are already opposed to this measure. Citing the negative economic consequences of forced wolf introduction, the following organizations have joined Coloradans Protecting Wildlife in opposing this reckless initiative.

  • Action 22 (southern Colorado)
  • Club 20 (western Colorado)
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Denver Metro Commercial Association of Realtors
  • Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce
  • Pro 15 (northeastern Colorado)

In opposing Proposition 114, Denver Metro Chamber President and CEO Kelly Brough said, “The State of Colorado has a $1.6 billion deficit that it had to close this year already and doesn’t have the financial resources to manage the proactive reintroduction of wolves and what is required of Proposition 114. Further, wolves are naturally returning to our state with evidence of wolves found in northwestern Colorado. We encourage voters to support our ranchers and our economy by voting ‘no’ on Proposition 114.” Continue reading

09-23-20 Registration Open for “Water Connections” on October 14th

Water Connections: SW’s Virtual Water Cooler

Registration Now Open for this October 14th Virtual Event

The Southwestern Water Conservation District and Four Corners Water Center at Fort Lewis College are partnering up to present “Water Connections: SW’s Virtual Water Cooler.”

This free Zoom event will be held on Wednesday, October 14th from 4:00-5:30pm. Register now to reserve your spot and hear short local and regional water updates. It’s like visiting the water cooler to get the latest local scoop, only virtual! Continue reading

09-23-20 AFBF: Breaking Down CFAP 2.0

AFBF: Breaking Down CFAP 2.0

On Friday, the administration announced details of the new $14-billion-dollar Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP2, that will provide direct payments to farmers and ranchers to partially offset COVID-19-related losses for producers. This follows an estimated $10 billion in support provided to cattle, hog, dairy, non-specialty crop, specialty crop and other producers to offset COVID-19 related losses experienced through mid-April 2020. Sign-up for CFAP2 runs Sept. 21 through Dec. 11 through USDA’s Farm Service Agency county offices.

CFAP2 payments will be broken into three categories: price trigger commodities, flat-rate commodities and sales commodities. In order to qualify for a payment under the price trigger commodity category, the commodity must have suffered a 5%-or-greater national price decline based on a comparison of the average prices for the weeks of Jan. 13-17, 2020, and July 27-31, 2020. Flat-rate crops either do not meet the 5%-or-greater national price decline trigger noted above or do not have data available to calculate a price change. These row crops without price information will be eligible for a $15-per-acre base payment. Sales commodities include specialty crops, aquaculture and other commodities not included in the price trigger and flat-rate categories. For sales commodities, payment calculations will be based on a producer’s 2019 sales.

Of the $14 billion dollars in CFAP2 support, USDA’s cost-benefit analysis estimates corn producers will receive $3.5 billion, or 25% of the total CFAP2 resources. Following corn, beef cattle producers are expected to receive $2.8 billion, or 20% of CFAP2 funding. Dairy farmers are expected to receive $2 billion, or 14% of the available support. Hog producers are estimated to receive $1.7 billion or 12% of CFAP2. Soybean producers are estimated to receive $1.4 billion, or 10% of the funds. Wheat, flat-rate crops, eggs and other commodities are expected to receive $2.5 billion, or 18% of the CFAP2 support, Figure 1. Continue reading

09-23-20 AFBF’s Presidential Candidate Questionnaire

AFBF’s Presidential Candidate Questionnaire

For the past 40 years, Farm Bureau has asked every presidential candidate to provide responses to issues likely to impact and affect farmers and ranchers and rural communities in the next 4 years. Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have provided their answers. The responses have been unedited and are shared with you in the same style that they were provided to us. We are sharing the responses so you can read directly from the candidates on their policy positions and direction for our country. Topics included:

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09-22-20 Tri-State, EPRI team to bring “Farm in a Box” program to Moffat County School District

Tri-State, EPRI team to bring “Farm in a Box” program to Moffat County School District

  • Indoor agriculture facility will provide educational opportunities in a wide array of disciplines, from horticulture and culinary arts to engineering and business.
  • Tri-State’s annual investment in EPRI to cover the $250,000 cost of the project.
  • Custom-branded container to be located at Moffat County High School.
  • Project will generate fresh produce, as well as data to help drive new technology breakthroughs.

(September 22, 2020 – Craig, Colo.) Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s decades-long relationship with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is about to bear fruit – perhaps literally – for Moffat County School District (MCSD) students and the Craig community as a whole.

Tri-State will install one of EPRI’s cutting-edge indoor agriculture facilities on the grounds of Moffat County High School later this year. The “Farm in a Box” is valued at $250,000 – which is covered as part of Tri-State’s EPRI membership – and will provide a new source for fresh produce in the region and educational opportunities for MCSD students. The farm has the capability to produce various crops, such as lettuce, kale, arugula herbs, flowers, carrots and radishes, year round.

 “Tri-State invests in its EPRI membership and is keen to find immediately applicable uses for the remarkable technologies that emerge to benefit the electric sector and society at large,” said Tri-State CEO Duane Highley. “We also recognize that the transition brought on by our Responsible Energy Plan will have a major impact on coal-dependent communities, so if we can leverage a program to bring new educational, economic and lifestyle benefits to support Moffat County schools, we are proud and eager to do so.”

Container view in Brookings, S.D., for Missouri River Energy Services and South Dakota State University.

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Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

(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…

09-22-20 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Extended Preview

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09-21-20 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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09-22-20 Inside The BARN with DARCA’s Amber Weber, CWCB’s Alex Funk, and CAWA’s Greg Peterson: CO Water Plan Update & MORE…

The BARN with DARCA’s Amber Weber, CWCB’s Alex Funk, and CAWA’s Greg Peterson: CO Water Plan Update & MORE…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – September 21, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio today is Amber Weber of the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA), Alex Funk of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), and Greg Peterson of the Colorado Ag Water Alliance (CAWA) and we are talking about the update to the Colorado Water Plan. The State Water Plan was released in 2015, and now the State updating the plan…

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09-21-20 Breaking News from USDA Radio: Remembering Evan Slack

Breaking News from USDA Radio: Remembering Evan Slack

WASHINGTON D.C. – September 21, 2020  –A pioneer of farm broadcasting in the Western U.S. passed away over the weekend. (Rod Bain and Evan Slack)…

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Join BQA-Colorado for the Lincoln County Cattle Raisers Education Day Oct 23rd in Hugo

Join BQA-Colorado for the Lincoln County Cattle Raisers Education Day Oct 23rd in Hugo

Listen to a SPECIAL INVITATION from BQA Colorado Director Libby Bigler below…

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09-21-20 Inside The BARN with The Western Way’s Colorado Director & Former CO Senator Greg Brophy: “Redistricting – The Whole Country is Watching Colorado”

Inside The BARN with The Western Way’s Colorado Director & Former CO Senator Greg Brophy: “Redistricting – The Whole Country is Watching Colorado”

The BARN, Briggsdale, CO – September 21, 2020 – In 2018, the Colorado General Assembly referred Senate Concurrent Resolutions 18-004 and 18-005 to the voters as Amendment Y, which addressed Congressional Redistricting, and Amendment Z, which addressed Legislative Redistricting. Both passed with over 70% approval in the 2018 General Election. Essentially the measures were very similar in the details, except for some of the deadlines, which were staggered by about two weeks. With all of that in mind…joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio is the Colorado Director of The Western Way, and former Colorado Representative and Senator Greg Brophy…first off, Greg…welcome back inside The BARN…

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As mentioned within the interview, here is the link to the Colorado Neighborhood Coalition, a group that is available to help you if you have questions: https://www.coloradoneighborhoodcoalition.org/. And here is the link to the redistricting website: https://redistricting.colorado.gov/

The Western Way is a non-profit organization focused on fiscal conservative, market-competitive solutions to environmental and conservation challenges facing our country. www.thewesternway.org

09-21-20 Inside The BARN with Brock Herzberg, Director of the Colorado Business Coalition for Immigration Solutions…

September 21, 2020 – The BARN – Briggsdale, CO On September 16th, a diverse coalition of business and industry leaders from across the state formally launched the Colorado Business Coalition for Immigration Solutions (CBCIS). As more than 45 Colorado Business and Industry Leaders Announce New Coalition Calling for Immediate Federal Immigration Solutions. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is Brock Herzberg, Colorado Business Coalition for Immigration Solutions Director

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To learn more about the Colorado Business Coalition for Immigrations visit https://www.cocompact.org/ or and to learn more about the New Amercian Economy visit newamericaneconomy.org 

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09-18-20 Inside The BARN with USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey…CFAP 2 & More!

Inside The BARN with USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey…

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus & Much More

The BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 18, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio inside The BARN is USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey discussing TODAY’s announcement that the USDA will Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus and the Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) which Begins September 21st

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09-17-20 Colorado Farm Bureau: Are You Registered to Vote? Want More Info on Candidates in Your Area? Look no Further…

Colorado Farm Bureau: Are You Registered to Vote? Want More Info on Candidates in Your Area? Look no Further…

The November election is coming quickly. COVID-19 highlighted the importance of a strong supply chain and the necessity of agriculture to our state and our country’s infrastructure. Your vote counts and it matters. If you’ve recently moved, changed parties or want to check your voting status, we’ve got resources for you!

iFarmiVote is a one stop shop to ensure you’re voting information is updates and you have all of the information about local candidates so you can make the best voting decision.

Click here to update your voting information and find more information about your local candidates and where they stand on the issues.

09-17-20 Colorado Farm Bureau: Coloradans Will Vote on 11 Ballot Measures in November

Colorado Farm Bureau: Coloradans Will Vote on 11 Ballot Measures in November

COVID-19 drastically changed our lives in 2020, and its impact on the November election is no different. While not nearly as many ballot measures made it to the finish line as originally thought, Coloradans will still be voting on eleven this year. Here are a few issues that CFB is engaging in:

  • National Popular Vote – OPPOSE
  • Reintroduction of Gray Wolves – OPPOSE
  • Gallagher Amendment Repeal – SUPPORT
  • State Income Tax Rate Reduction – SUPPORT
  • Voter Approval Requirement for Creation of Fee-Based Enterprises – SUPPORT
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave – OPPOSE

Stay tuned for more information and updates about CFB’s position on these measures in the coming weeks. For more detailed information on each initiative, click here to access the Secretary of State’s website.

09-16-20 Inside The BARN with USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce…

Inside The BARN with USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce

CRP Emergency Haying and Grazing, Wildfire Disaster Assistance, Sep 30th Deadline to Update Safety-Net Program Crop Yields, FSA’s new Toll Free Helpline & Much More

The BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 16, 2020 – United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce joined the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss numerous programs including:

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For more info about the USDA’s Farm Service Agency visit https://www.fsa.usda.gov/

For more info regarding any of the USDA Programs mentioned visit https://www.farmers.gov/

09-14-20 Inside The BARN with Farmer Veteran Coalition’s NEW Executive Director Jeanette Lombardo…

Inside The BARN with Farmer Veteran Coalition’s NEW Executive Director Jeanette Lombardo…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – September 14, 2020 —The Farmer Veteran Coalition’s mission is rooted in their strong belief that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to create sustainable food systems and strengthen rural communities. The non-profit organization works to develop employment and meaningful careers for veterans by fostering the collaboration of the farming and military communities. The orgzination has quickly grown into a national nonprofit that mobilizes veterans to feed America. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss that in much more detail is Farmer Veteran Coalition’s NEW executive director Jeanette Lombardo

  • Her Background, which includes Colorado
  • Learn more about FVCC’s original founder & former Executive Director Michael O’Gorman
  • Learn more about FVC & how its helped veterans across the nation
  • How YOU can help the Farmer Veteran Coalition
  • & more…

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To learn more about the tireless efforts and work that the Farmer Veteran Coalition is doing each and every day since 2008 to find a way to help veterans, tell their stories and that mobilizes veterans to feed America … www.farmvetco.org

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09-14-20 The 115th National Western Stock Show postponed until January 2022

The 115th National Western Stock Show postponed until January 2022

Denver, CO – The Western Stock Show Association (WSSA) Board of Directors together with the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) management, has made the difficult decision to postpone the 115th National Western Stock Show by one year and to resume the event in January 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic does not allow for the Stock Show to host the annual event and comply with the health and safety guidelines that are necessary to protect  Coloradans and help stop the spread. More importantly, the projected environment through to the end of the year is too uncertain and therefore not reassuring enough to allow a traditional Stock Show to take place without potentially compromising the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, and the public at large.

“The decision to postpone the 2021 Stock Show is incredibly difficult for our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, business partners and the City and County of Denver,” stated Doug Jones, Chairman of the WSSA, “but the iconic western events and traditions we all know and love will be back in 2022, stronger than ever,” added Jones.

“Over the past several months, we reviewed and exhausted every option possible to host our event including a modified show with reduced capacity,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the NWSS. “Ultimately, the health and safety of our guests, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff is of top priority and the NWSS and the City of Denver could not find a path forward to have Stock Show and comply with the rules that govern gatherings of our size and rules of social distancing,” said Andrews.

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09-09-20 CO Corn’s September Webinar Series: Looking forward to the future – what impacts corn growers beyond 2020?

CO Corn’s September Webinar Series: Looking forward to the future – what impacts corn growers beyond 2020?

2020 has been a tough year for everyone, including farmers. However, the future looks bright, and staff with Colorado Corn, National Corn Growers Association, U.S. Grains Council and U.S. Meat Export Federation have been hard at work to make sure that even though the current situation seems grim, the future is promising.
This Webinar Series will focus on what is being done today to help you to continue farming in the future. They will be interactive and less than one hour.
  • September 16: NCGA’s Lesly McNitt will discuss trade policy, Kathy Bergren will talk about renewable fuels, and Sarah Henry will go over transportation and infrastructure. REGISTER
  • September 23: U.S. Grains Council President & CEO Ryan LeGrand will discuss how the USGC is continuing to move corn and other grain products beyond our borders and across the world. REGISTER
  • September 30: USMEF Vice President, Industry Relations, John Hinners will talk about how meat is being marketed and exported, and the value that brings to corn growers. REGISTER
Please register for each webinar below, and we look forward to seeing you!

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08-17-20 Reminder: 2021 Colorado Farm Show Scholarships DUE NOV 1st!

Colorado Farm Show Scholarships DUE NOV 1st!

Can now be completed online – check out the NEW Colorado Farm Show Website

GREELEY, CO – The Colorado Farm Show is offering over $25,000 in scholarships to graduating Colorado High School Seniors. The scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year. Students who apply should be High School graduates in the Winter 2020 or Spring 2021 and planning on pursuing a degree in an Agricultural field of study at the College or University of their choice.

To date, the Colorado Farm Show has awarded $262,000 in scholarships to Colorado graduating High School Seniors pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.

Scholarships being offered include:

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09-23-20 Farmers Business Network® Opens Up Free Membership for All Farmers

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Farmers Business Network® Opens Up Free Membership for All Farmers

Move aims to support more farmers during unprecedented economic challenges

SAN CARLOS, Calif. & SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. (FBN®), the leading direct-to-farm ag tech platform and farmer network, today announced that membership to its platform, which helps farmers reduce their cost of production and maximize the value of their crops, is now free for all farmers.*

“From the trade war, to unpredictable weather conditions, to the COVID-19 pandemic, these are challenging times for farmers,” said Amol Deshpande, CEO and Co-Founder, Farmers Business Network. “We view this as an investment in our customers. By providing free membership now, all farmers will have access to a select range of products and services that are focused specifically on supporting their independent businesses, both in good times and in bad.”

FBN is trusted by nearly 14,000 farmer members around the world, representing 45 million acres – an area roughly the size of the state of Wisconsin. In 2020, the company has seen a 42-percent surge in new members as farmers struggle amid one of the most challenging periods in recent history.

“We view this as an investment in our customers. By providing free membership now, all farmers will have access to a select range of products and services that are focused specifically on supporting their independent businesses, both in good times and in bad.”

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09-23-20 Register Now for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo

Register Now for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo

The time has come to reserve your spot at the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo! The 2020 convention will be a virtual experience open to all alumni and supporters.

Your registration includes full access to all interactive and on-demand activities, including the main sessions, expo and shopping; workshops; the FFA Blue Room; and more!

Visit https://convention.ffa.org/registration/ now for details on event registration and what you will need to complete the process.

Convention.ffa.org is your place for ongoing updates on this year’s event.

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09-23-20 Conaway Commends Congressional Republican Leadership for Stopping Democrats’ Proposal to Defund Key Agricultural Programs

Conaway Commends Congressional Republican Leadership for Stopping Democrats’ Proposal to Defund Key Agricultural Programs

Washington, D.C. – Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement upon passage of the Continuing Resolution (CR) which funds the U.S. government into December and includes funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help rural America, farmers, ranchers, and dairy producers:

“Last Friday, there was a bipartisan agreement to fund ALL of the U.S. government, including USDA so they could help rural America and our farmers, ranchers, and dairy producers through some very, very difficult times.

“But, then, that deal was rescinded by Democratic leaders in Congress. Under yesterday’s House Democratic plan, rural America, farmers, ranchers, and dairy producers were excluded from help under COVID-19 relief and even from basic Farm Bill support. As the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, I strongly opposed this deliberate, unconscionable snubbing of rural America.

“Thanks to President Trump and Republican Leaders in Congress who also strongly opposed this reckless stunt, the Democrats finally modified their funding bill to include the Department of Agriculture.

“Had Congressional Republican leadership not stepped in, USDA would have been forced to shut down critical Farm Bill programs supported by wide, bipartisan margins in both the House and the Senate. This would have hurt millions and helped nobody.

“I’m pleased that cooler heads prevailed and that USDA will now have the funds it needs to help our farmers, ranchers, and dairy producers get back on their feet.”

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09-23-20 NFU: Stopgap Funding Provides Important Relief for Farmers, Hungry Americans

NFU: Stopgap Funding Provides Important Relief for Farmers, Hungry Americans

WASHINGTON – With government funding due to run out next week, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed a continuing resolution that would keep federal agencies running through December 11. In addition to preventing a government shutdown, the stopgap measure would provide nearly $8 billion for nutrition assistance programs, replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), and stipulate some Congressional oversight of spending through CCC.

Throughout the pandemic, National Farmers Union (NFU) has encouraged Congress and the administration to expand the nutrition safety net and ensure that farm assistance is distributed fairly. In a statement, NFU President Rob Larew commended the resolution and urged the Senate to act quickly to pass its own stopgap funding bill:

“The last thing farmers and rural Americans need right now, on top of the pandemic and everything else, is a government shutdown. We are relieved that the House has come to an agreement on a stopgap funding bill that would prevent such a shutdown, and we hope that the Senate will follow their lead. In particular, we urge them to adopt the House’s provisions that would help hungry families and schoolchildren access food, offer Congressional oversight of farm assistance spending, and prevent oil corporations from taking advantage of Commodity Credit Corporation funds.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 23rd

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, September 23rd

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Biden Campaign Blames Trump for Ethanol Crisis

During a virtual press conference Tuesday, the Joe Biden campaign utilized farmers blaming President Donald Trump for the ongoing ethanol industry crisis. The farmers noted how the administration has given oil companies dozens of waivers, reducing demand for ethanol and forcing the closure of refineries across the country. Jim Nichols, owner of a 500-acre corn and soybean farm in Minnesota, stated, “Corn farmers are in terrible shape due to President Trump’s betrayal,” adding, “we need change now.” Chris Gibbs, a farmer from West-central Ohio and president of the Rural America 2020 board of directors, stated, “Rather than supporting corn farmers and making E15 ‘America’s Fuel,’ Trump has consistently undercut this industry and hurt our farmers. Rural America 2020 is a nonprofit that advocates for policies that benefit agriculture and rural America, supporting Joe Biden for president. Last week, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency announced it would deny petitions for small refinery exemptions for past compliance years, the so-called “gap-filling” petitions for the 2011-18 compliance years.

CORRECTION:  Rural America 2020 is not associated with the Biden campaign in any capacity. Rural America 2020 is a non-partisan group comprised of volunteer members who are focused on the growing ag economic crisis and advocating for their fellow rural Americans.

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AFBF: Congress Must Leave Farmers and Ranchers Out of Political Fight

Election year politics are putting ad-hoc farm safety net tools in jeopardy. The continuing resolution in the House of Representatives this week does not include a replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation. The $30 billion CCC fund is used, in part, to aid farmers and ranchers in times of economic emergencies. In a statement, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says, “We’re disappointed that Congress has not reached an agreement on replenishing the Commodity Credit Corporation.” Duvall adds, “We strongly encourage members of Congress to put their differences aside in order to address the needs of rural America.” AFBF notes the impact of the CCC is far-reaching, adding that without immediate CCC replenishment, programs laid out in the farm bill, including conservation and rural development, as well as supplemental funding for nutrition programs, are all at risk. Duvall says a fully funded CCC is as important as ever as farmers are suffering through a pandemic, trade imbalances and severe weather.

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NCGA Exploring Short Term Demand Growth

The National Corn Growers Association is actively working to rebuild demand by exploring new incremental opportunities for America’s corn farmers. In partnership with AimPoint Research and primary customer segments, NCGA is developing a short-term demand growth plan that sets the table for long-term success. NCGA President Kevin Ross says, “I don’t have to tell you, this year is unlike any other I’ve experienced in my career, which is why we have to think outside the box and deliver quick wins for corn farmers.” The process of evaluating potential market opportunities started with an intelligence briefing and level setting exercise. In the coming weeks, committees will do a deep dive to develop potential solution sets with analysis for each potential market for corn. By December, a full marketing plan by segment will be unveiled. The primary areas of growth potential are ethanol usage domestically and internationally, expanded export markets for corn and co-products, and industrial segments such as biobased plastics.

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U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Launches Nationwide Grower Recruitment Campaign

American cotton growers now can join the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a new standard for verifying the sustainability progress of U.S. cotton. As consumers continue to demand eco-friendly products, enrolling in the Trust Protocol will help growers ensure markets for their cotton by verifiably demonstrating the sustainability record of American cotton in the global market. Protocol President Gary Adams says, “growers will now be able to better document their current sustainability programs using a quantifiable, digital platform and that data is assessed and verified by a third-party audit.” The Protocol helps U.S. growers document and showcase their land management and environmental stewardship practices while helping them achieve continuous improvement related to environmental sustainability measurements. Each participating grower commits to documenting and tracking their progress toward improving soil carbon health while seeking year over year reductions in soil erosion, overall land use, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. By 2025, the Trust Protocol seeks to have more than 50 percent of all U.S. cotton registered as Trust Protocol Cotton.

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Army Corps Repairing Missouri River Navigation Channel

Multiple issues along the Lower Missouri River’s navigation channel are under repair by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps’ Kansas City District is addressing priority areas of concern and the damages to river structures that have accumulated during nearly three years of high water. An extended period of high water on the Lower Missouri River, including devastating flooding in 2019, damaged 50-75 percent of the 7,000 river training structures that make up the Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project. The damage caused navigation restrictions as the river returned to normal levels this summer. A District official says USACE is addressing the restrictions and restoring the channel to its nine-foot depth. However, officials say there is insufficient funding to repair all the structures damaged by the 2019 flood. Lack of funding is impacting the ability to make the repairs, and officials say time will be necessary for the structures to fully scour the channel to return it to its authorized nine-foot by 300-foot condition.

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U.N. Launches Green Cities Initiative to End Hunger

A plan by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization seeks to transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition in and around cities in a post-COVID-19 era. The Green Cities Initiative and Action Plan announced this week aims to improve the livelihoods and well-being of populations in at least 100 cities around the world in the next three years, looking to have 1,000 cities join by 2030. In particular, the initiative is focused on improving the urban environment, strengthening urban-rural linkages and the resilience of urban systems, services and populations to external shocks. Ensuring access to a healthy environment and healthy diets from sustainable food systems, it will also contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation and sustainable resource management. The new initiative also includes the creation of a “Green Cities Network”, where cities of all sizes – from large to medium to small – will exchange experiences on best practices, successes and lessons, as well as build city-to-city cooperation opportunities.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-22-20 USCA: Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer Introduces Cattle Market Transparency Bill

USCA: Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer Introduces Cattle Market Transparency Bill

(SEPTEMBER 22, 2020) – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Deb Fisher (R-NE) introduced the Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2020, which focuses on two main elements: ensuring regionally sufficient negotiated cash trade, and equipping producers with more information.

United States Cattlemen’s Association Board Member Lee Reichmuth issued the following statement on the bill:

“As a Nebraska cattle producer, I echo the same sentiments expressed by Senator Fischer on the impacts to our livelihood of increased packer competition, decreased competition, and a declining cash market. This bill builds off the recommendations provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its Boxed Beef and Fed Cattle Price Spread Investigation Report and discussions producers across the U.S. are having in response to historically low cattle prices and a dysfunctional marketplace. 

“USCA has led on this conversation, through our work on Capitol Hill and bringing folks together in the countryside via events like the 2020 Winter Thaw.  The USCA Marketing and Competition Committee is currently reviewing the legislation in its entirety and will report its findings in the days ahead.”

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09-22-20 NASDA NEWS: State agriculture officials underscore COVID-19 recovery in updated appropriations request

NASDA NEWS: State agriculture officials underscore COVID-19 recovery in updated appropriations request

ARLINGTON, VA–Today, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) sent a renewed FY 2021 funding request to the U.S. Committee on Appropriations encouraging members of Congress to support our food system and rural America through funding for state departments of agriculture and federal programs critical to food production and COVID-19 recovery.

“The impact of investing in state departments of agriculture extends far beyond what one-time relief payments can provide and ensures whole communities are sustained,” NASDA CEO Dr. Barb Glenn said. “A combined approach to funding both state agriculture departments and federal programs ensures NASDA members have access to a range of resources to effectively respond to the particular needs of producers in their states.”

Federal programs NASDA prioritized for appropriators include Food Safety Modernization Act implementation, the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.

“These programs are essential to food production in a typical year, and now, NASDA members are depending on them even more to protect the agricultural workforce and keep our food safe.”

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09-22-20 USDA Rural Development Colorado: Trump Administration Invests $10 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements for Town of Estes Park

USDA Rural Development Colorado: Trump Administration Invests $10 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements for Town of Estes Park

CLICK HERE to listen to USDA RD CO State Director Sallie Clark

DENVER, CO – September 22, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $268 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across 28 states.

“Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater
management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small
towns and cities,” Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives,” said Brand.

In Colorado, the Town of Estes Park will use a $7,675,000 loan and a $2,369,000 grant to improve and expand the Glacier Creek Water Treatment Plant (GCWTP).

“After these improvements are completed, the GCWTP will be the sole source of water treatment year around, providing clean drinking water to users in the Estes Valley,” said USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark. “This project assures that the plant will also be brought back into compliance per Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment drinking water disinfection requirements,” said Clark.

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