Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Red Meat Exports Trend Lower in May
DENVER, CO – July 6, 2020 – U.S. beef and pork exports trended lower in May, due in large part to temporary interruptions in slaughter and processing. Beef exports dropped well below year-ago levels and recorded the lowest monthly volume in 10 years. Pork exports remained higher than a year ago but were the lowest since October 2019. A full summary of the January-May export results is available from the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) website.
USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom says red meat production has rebounded significantly in recent weeks and he expects beef and pork exports to regain momentum in the second half of 2020. This is especially true in Asian destinations that are further along in easing COVID-19 related restrictions, while demand in Western Hemisphere markets may take longer to rebound…
NASS: Colorado Weekly Crop Progress for Monday, JULY 6th
Joint statement from Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Attorney General Phil Weiser on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Colorado Department of State v. Baca
DENVER, Colo.- Below are statements from Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Attorney General Phil Weiser on today’s unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in Colorado Department of State v. Baca.
Secretary of State Jena Griswold:
“Today’s unanimous decision by the United States Supreme Court reaffirms the fundamental right to vote of every American and ensures that when we cast a vote for President of the United States, our voices will be heard. The will of a few unelected presidential electors should never supersede the will of the people, and today’s landmark decision rightly protects Americans’ right to vote and to self-governance. The fact that the Justices were unanimous in their decision further illustrates their realization that electors not bound to the will of the people needlessly opens up our entire election system to corruption and outside influence. I applaud the Court’s decision and am thankful that the Justices were willing to hear the case and make a determination in time for the 2020 General Election, which will give every voter the peace of mind that they will have say in who gets elected to be our nation’s next president.”
Attorney General Phil Weiser:
“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed that the States, and the States alone, have the exclusive authority to appoint and, if necessary, remove presidential electors when they violate their pledges. The Court’s historic opinion ensures that presidential electors will follow State law when they cast their Electoral College ballots in presidential elections and not act as free agents. With this issue decided before the 2020 election, we can avoid uncertainty, chaos, and confusion in the Electoral College, and protect our nation’s democratic principles and system of stable governance.” Continue reading
CO Governor Polis signs bipartisan 5 year extension of the Rural Jump Start Program
LONGMONT, CO – JULY 6, 2020 – Colorado Governor Polis signs bipartisan five year extension of the Rural Jump Start program in the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. According to the Governor’s office, its a key part of our rural economic blueprint — creating diverse, sustainable, and resilient economies from the Eastern Plains to the San Luis Valley to the Western Slope and everywhere in between.
USDA Designates Pueblo County, CO, and 5 OK Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2020 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Pueblo County, Colorado, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered losses due to recent drought, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency emergency loans.
This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.
Producers in the contiguous Colorado counties of Crowley, Custer, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas, Lincoln, and Otero, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Feb. 23, 2021.
Secretary Perdue also designated five Oklahoma counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Beaver, Blaine, Dewey, Kingfisher, and Major counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for USDA FSA emergency loans.
(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…
07-06-20 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview
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Inside the NACD with President Tim Palmer…
(BARNMedia – FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) July 2, 2020 – Within this month’s National Association of Conservation District’s interview my guest is the organization’s President Tim Palmer and we’ll be discussing several topics related to locally led conservation and the NACD, including:
- Coronavirus pandemic & Impacts on Family & NACD Staff
- Reaction to U.S. Senate’s The Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020 – LEARN MORE – Watch the Senate Committee Hearing from June 24th
- Reaction to U.S. House Select Committee’s Climate Crisis’ Report
- Thoughts on U.S. Dept of Interior’s PILT/SRS Funding for States…View US Sen Gardner’s Press Release
- Thoughts as an Iowa Producer on Full Implementation of USMCA on July 1st – View USDA Sec Perdue’s Comments on USMCA
- Upcoming NACD Events
- NACD Announces $8.5M in Grants to Conservation Districts, $500K for Trinidad, CO
- & More
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2020 Weld County Fair & Colorado State Fair Updates regarding the Junior Livestock Shows, Showmanships & Championship Drives at both events in July 28 – Aug 1 and Aug 27 – Sept 7th…
KEEP IN MIND…DUE TO COVID-19 THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Inside The BARN with Syngenta’s Jeffrey Hopp
The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – June 24,2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is Jeffrey Hopp, Agronomic Service Representative at Syngenta Discussing specifically about weeds, diseases and other pests effecting Colorado corn and wheat.
Inside The BARN with CSU Crops Testing’s Jerry Johnson, PhD.
The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – June 24,2020 – Due to the current situation we all find ourselves in with the COVID-19 Pandemic, new realities require new action and CSU Crops Testing is excited to bring you the next best thing to in-field wheat field days with their 2020 Virtual Colorado Wheat Field Days video series. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss that in great detail is Dr. Jerry Johnson, a seasoned veteran of crop variety testing…
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Inside The BARN with Holly Nequette, Community Investment & Relations Advisor at Nutrien…
Learn about Nutrien’s $1M Food Solutions Relief Program & More…
The BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO – With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting so many communities in the US, Colorado and Loveland area, Nutrien felt it more important than ever to increase our support to the communities where Nutrien operates. In order to do that, Nutrien, whose retail operations (Nutrien Ag Solutions) are headquartered in Loveland, CO, launched a $1 million Food Solutions Relief Campaign across our operations in the US and beyond. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio to discuss this in much more detail is Holly Nequette, Community Investment & Relations Advisor at Nutrien…
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DENVER, CO – U.S. beef and pork exports trended lower in May, due in part to interruptions in slaughter and processing, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports dropped well below year-ago levels and recorded the lowest monthly volume in 10 years. Pork exports remained higher than a year ago but were the lowest since October 2019.
“As protective measures related to COVID-19 were being implemented, plant disruptions peaked in early May with a corresponding temporary slowdown in exports,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “Unfortunately the impact was quite severe, especially on the beef side. Exports also faced some significant economic headwinds, especially in our Western Hemisphere markets, as stay-at-home orders were implemented in key destinations and several trading partners dealt with slumping currencies.”
USDA’s Risk Management Agency Announces Changes to Several Crop Insurance Policies
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced changes to several crop insurance policies improving options for producers, including introducing a new Quality Loss Option, a new unit structure assignment option for Enterprise Units (EU) and new procedures for Multi-County Enterprise Units (MCEU).
“In addition to making the changes required by the Farm Bill, we are making updates to provide producers more flexibility and options. We continually listen to producers and other stakeholders, and we adjust these policies when necessary,” said Martin Barbre, Administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). “With these changes, producers will have more coverage choices.”
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Hokanson to Intern with Red Angus Marketing Team
DENVER, CO – July 6, 2020 – Kaytlin Hokanson of Kaycee, Wyoming, is serving the Red Angus Association of America as the summer intern with the commercial marketing team. She will be assisting with herd visits and conducting field audits as required for the Feeder Calf Certification Program.
“We are very excited to have Kaytlin on board at RAAA. Her ranch background, work ethic and familiarity with the FCCP and Allied Access programs make her a natural fit for this internship. We look forward to working with her as she visits Red Angus customers this summer and provides important feedback on our marketing programs,” said Harold Bertz, RAAA commercial marketing director.
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Wheeler Talks About Gap-Year SREs
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler talked about the 52 gap-year Small Refinery Exemption petitions awaiting the agency. The 52 applications cover the years 2011-2018. There are 27 more SRE applications for 2019 and one for 2020. All the applications are in the hands of the Department of Energy for review. The 52 applications were sent in earlier this year by refiners after a Court of Appeals ruling earlier this year in the Tenth Circuit. A DTN report says the biofuels industry and supportive lawmakers are in the middle of a public relations campaign to encourage the EPA to reject all of the applications. Some of the petitions that go as far back as 2012 have renewable identification numbers for that year which have expired. Wheeler says that means there are several potential problems with the petitions. “So, there are questions about whether they can show economic harm and what the remedy would be,” Wheeler says. “First, we’re waiting to see what the Department of Energy has to say about the small refinery exemptions.”
USMCA Kicks in Under a Cloud of Disagreements
A modernized North American trade pact officially took effect last week, providing some continuity for manufacturers and agriculture. Reuters says the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement is facing multiple disputes that still need to be resolved, exposing cracks in what was supposed to be a stronger North American “fortress of competitiveness.” The deal takes effect with all three countries mired in a COVID-inspired recession. April trade flow of goods between the countries is normally about $1.2 trillion every year, but the disease cut trade to its lowest monthly level in ten years. The Trump Administration is currently threatening to implement new tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada. Issues currently nagging at the USMCA also include hundreds of legal challenges to Mexico’s new labor laws that ensure workers can freely organize and grant unions full collective bargaining rights. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer calls the agreement the most “far-reaching” trade agreement in history. However, he also says he won’t hesitate to file dispute cases “early and often” to enforce USMCA provisions. He says Mexico’s failure to approve U.S. biotech products is an example.
Hemp Growers Looking to Establish Checkoff
The National Industrial Hemp Council and the Hemp Industries Association entered into an agreement to look into the possibility of establishing a marketing checkoff program for hemp. “Today is another step forward in the right direction for hemp farmers and consumers of hemp-related products,” says Patrick Atagi (Ah-TAH-gee), board chair of NIHC. “A checkoff program would further legitimize a rapidly growing industry and will help hemp farmers compete on a level playing field with producers of other agricultural-related commodities.” Rick Trojan, President of the HIA, says, “This first-of-its-kind agreement creates a focus on gathering data and distributing education as hemp cultivation expands nationally.” The Hagstrom Report says the two organizations will form a working group with representatives from across the industry to discuss the details on how a hemp checkoff program should be structured and operate. The working group’s effort would guide the eventual proposal to USDA that will include industry analysis, the justification for the program, program objectives, and the impact on small businesses. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp production in the U.S. and was signed into law by President Trump after the legislation made it through both chambers of Congress.
USDA Reminding Producers to Complete Crop Acreage Reports
Producers who haven’t completed their crop acreage reports after spring planting should make an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency office before the applicable deadline. July 15th is the major deadline for most crops, but acreage reporting deadlines vary by county and by crop. “The first step to becoming eligible for many USDA programs is to file an accurate crop acreage report,” says FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “To file your acreage report, call your local FSA office to make an appointment.” Due to COVID-19, FSA put reporting flexibilities in place. The agency can work with producers to file timely acreage reports by phone, email, and online tools, as well as virtual meetings. You must call ahead to those offices that are open for in-person appointments. After all of the completed maps and acreage reporting information is received, FSA will make software updates and send producers the completed Report of Acreage form to sign. Producers must return the signed form certifying their acreage report to the FSA as soon as possible.
Dairy Supply Chains Need to Adjust to Changing Conditions
COVID-19 is dramatically affecting consumer habits and dairy supply chains as food service demand plummets and grocery sales take off. Consumers struggling with job losses and economic uncertainty quickly returned to buying basic dairy products like fluid milk, commodity cheese, and butter. A new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange indicates that consumer behavior will be different for the next 12 to 18 months than it was before COVID-19. As that behavior begins to become a habit, dairy supply chains will need to adjust from the farm to the fork. “The dairy industry is coping with some new realities, largely driven by the decrease in foodservice demand and restaurant sales,” says Tanner Ehmke, manager of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange. “The challenges for dairy supply chains will be adapting to focus on meeting the demand trends based on evolving consumer behavior as we navigate through an uneven reopening.” Consumers increased their purchases of products that had fallen out of favor in recent years. For example, processed cheese sales increased by 20 percent during the eight weeks ending on May 31. White milk sales gained more than 10 percent during the same period.
Farm Bureau Looking for “Farm Dog of the Year” Nominations
The American Farm Bureau is inviting farmers to submit nominations for the 2021 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest. This is the third year of the contest that celebrates farm dogs that work alongside farmers and ranchers to produce nutritious food for families and their pets across America. The grand prize winner gets a year’s worth of Purina dog food and $5,000 in prize money. The winner gets recognized at a Farm Dog of the Year award ceremony at the AFBF Convention coming up in January. Up to four regional runners-up will get $1,000 each in prize money. “We’re pleased to continue this award, which provided a great point of connection for the general public to get a glimpse into farm life,” says AFB President Zippy Duvall. “It’s especially appropriate after a year of unprecedented challenges in agriculture to recognize the dual role farm dogs play as both working dogs and companions to farm families.” Farm dog owners must be Farm Bureau members to enter their dogs in the competition. Owners can find more information at www.fb.org.
U.S. Grains Council Releases 2019/2020 Sorghum Quality Report
(Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has published its 2019/2020 Sorghum Quality Report touting an average grade well above the necessary requirements for U.S. No. 1 sorghum.
“We are very pleased to offer this report as a guide so foreign buyers and industry stakeholders can make more informed purchasing decisions about U.S. sorghum,” said USGC Chairman Darren Armstrong, a farmer from North Carolina. “We are confident this report will help further global food security and mutual economic benefits through trade.”
The report, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA’s FAS) Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program, provides international customers and other interested parties accurate, unbiased information about the 2019 U.S. sorghum crop. Continue reading
NPPC Supports Senate Bill to Bolster Hog Farmers in Crisis
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2020 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) strongly supports the Responding to Epidemic Losses and Investing in the Economic Future (RELIEF) for Producers Act of 2020, introduced today by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).
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USDA Announces Flexibilities for Producers Filing ‘Notice of Loss’ for Failed, Prevented Planted Acres
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing additional flexibilities for producers to file on acres with failed crops or crops that were prevented from planting because of extreme weather events. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is adding these flexibilities for Notice of Loss on both insured and uninsured crops to enable Service Centers to best assist producers.
“With many program deadlines approaching, our Service Centers are working hard to accommodate as many producer appointments as possible,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “By providing flexibilities to our Notice of Loss policy, we can ensure we provide the best customer service.”
Filing for Prevented Planted Acres Continue reading
Governor Polis Urges Coloradans to Safely & Responsibly Celebrate 4th of July
JULY 2, 2020 – DENVER – Governor Jared Polis urged Coloradans to be safe, to wear masks, follow social distancing requirements, and to wash their hands this July 4th holiday weekend.
“Whether Coloradans are enjoying our great outdoors or having a cookout, people should celebrate this 4th of July by staying on the trail that leads to suppressing the virus and rebuilding our economy. That means wearing masks, practicing social distancing and good hygiene, and avoiding risky activities,” said Gov. Polis. “This Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedom that so many fought to gain, but with freedom comes responsibility, so please exercise personal responsibility, use common sense, and err on the side of caution.”
Here are a few guidelines that Coloradans should follow: Continue reading
Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg…
BRIGGSDALE, CO – July 2, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time is Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg, and will be discussing several topics impacting agriculture in the state…
- COVID-19 & the impacts to Colorado’s Agriculture Industry
- Colorado Governor Jared Polis requested activation of our state’s Drought Task Force and Phase 2 of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan
- USDA’s Disaster Declaration for Delta and Montrose PLUS Garfield, Gunnison and Pitkin Counties as contiguous
- United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in effect July 1st
- Colorado State Hemp Management Plan submitted to USDA
- 2020 Reimagined Colorado State Fair Aug 28 – Sept 7 in Pueblo is online at www.coloradostatefair.com (Exclusive interview with Colorado State Fair General Manager Scott Stoller – CLICK HERE)
- CDPHE Issues Agriculture Worker Guidance
- Colorado Legislative Update
- HB20-1343 Cage Free by 2025
- Hemp Alignment Bill
- Three Sunset Bills – Egg – Seed – Handlers
- Bureau of Animal Protection Bill
- CO Proud Products for Food Banks
- CDA & Colorado Crisis Services Rural Mental Health Toolkit Update
- & More
For more information visit the CDA’s social media sites at: