Governors Hickenlooper, Kasich and Walker share bipartisan health care blueprint
WASHINGTON D.C. — Friday, Feb. 23, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, unveiled a bipartisan plan for providing quality health care and controlling costs for consumers.
“The health care debate is far from over and governors have become leading voices,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We must balance our most urgent priorities, while taking a bipartisan, transparent approach to finding long-term solutions.”
The plan, titled A Bipartisan Blueprint for Improving Our Nation’s Health System Performance, lays out six strategies for reforming our health care system: Continue reading
CLA Legislative Committee Joined by Representative Hugh McKean
FEBRUARY 23, 2018 – The CLA Legislative Affairs Committee met via conference call to discuss proposed legislation of interest to livestock producers and rural communities on Friday morning February 23rd.
The Committee was joined by Representative Hugh McKean, House District 51, representing Loveland, Colo.
CLA REMINDER: Colorado Agricultural Community Drought Survey Closes March 30th
Colorado agricultural producer are invited to take a short survey about drought and its effects on their operations. Participation is part of a research study, protocol #15-0543, that will help researchers at University of Colorado, the State of Colorado, and the broader agricultural community better understand the water and drought challenges farmers and ranchers face. Continue reading
CFA: Readers Needed for Colorado Ag Literacy Project
WE NEED YOU TO READ TO A CLASSROOM!
Colorado Literacy Project brings Colorado Farmers and Ranchers into the classroom to read a book about agriculture to students. Teachers register their classes with CFA to let us know they want a volunteer to visit and read to their students.
During March, April and May students and their teachers can learn about food from the Colorado farmers and ranchers who produce it. Continue reading
COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CYFEA) ANNOUNCES COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Apply by March 15, 2018
The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce the availability of four one year academic scholarships for college bound students in the Fall of 2018. The purpose of these scholarships is to recognize outstanding students who will be a freshman or sophomore majoring in agriculture, or a junior and senior majoring in Agricultural Education who are working toward teacher certification during the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Continue reading
Colorado farmers keep pressure on State Senate to support farm internships
Colorado’s Agricultural Workforce Development bill—spearheaded by NYFC—passed through the Senate Agriculture Committee this month and is headed to the Appropriations Committee.
The bill would support training opportunities for young and beginning farmers and ranchers in Colorado by providing incentives to agricultural businesses to hire interns. Continue reading
Colorado Senate bill on taxation of retail marijuana sales signed into law
DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 — Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne* signed SB 18-088 into law today. The measure clarifies that: retail marijuana sales remain subject to the sales taxes of the Regional Transportation District, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, and Health Services Districts and any other sales taxes that limited purpose governmental entities levied on retail marijuana sales before July 1, 2017; and special district or other limited purpose governmental entity that was not levying sales tax on retail marijuana before July 1, 2017, may not levy sales tax on retail marijuana sales.
Taxation of Retail Marijuana Sales
Sen. Bob Gardner / Rep. KC Becker
Concerning clarification that retail marijuana sales are subject to sales taxes levied by certain limited purpose governmental entities.
*Today’s bill was signed into law by Lt. Gov. Lynne as Gov. Hickenlooper is out of the state attending the National Governors Association meeting.
For a list of the governor’s legislative actions, please visit here.
Excellence in Range Management Poster Presented Society for Range Management (SRM) Honor Award to Jordan Cattle Company
By Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair
Five ranchers’ posters were presented for the 2018 Excellence in Range Management (ERM) posters. The posters were presented during the 2018 annual conference of the Society for Range Management (SRM) held in Sparks, Nevada on January 28 to February 2, 2018. The theme of the conference was Empowerment through Applied Science. The Jordan Cattle Company of Briggsdale, CO was one of the posters presented at the conference.
Each of the 21 SRM Sections can enter a poster representing a ranch that was honored by that SRM Section for notable accomplishments in range management. The Colorado Section SRM was pleased to enter the Jordan Cattle Company c/o Emmett Jordan, Briggsdale, Colorado as its 2017 Excellence in Rangeland Conservation awardee. The abstract for the poster highlighted the holistic rangeland and grazing management philosophy being implemented by the Jordan family. The poster was titled “Range Stewardship as an Expression of Gratitude”. It was developed by Emmett Jordan, of the Jordan Cattle Company. The abstract for the poster read as follows: Continue reading
High School Youth Benefit from Rangeland Management Forum in Reno, Nevada
By Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair
The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) was well represented at the 2018 High School Youth Forum (HSYF) held in Reno, NV on January 28 through February 1, 2018. The HSYF is an integral part of the SRM annual meeting. This year there were 24 delegates representing 12 of the SRM Sections. During the Forum, high school youth from all part of the western United States and Canada attend an ecological field tour, and are invited to participate and interact among the various professionals and college students attending the meeting. Continue reading
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USS Colorado To Be Commissioned
By Commander, Submarine Forces Public Affairs
GROTON, Conn. – The newest Virginia-class attack submarine, USS Colorado (SSN 788), will be commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, Mar. 17, 2018. It will be the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet.
As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the submarine can operate in both littoral and deep ocean environments and presents combatant commanders with a broad and unique range of operational capabilities. Colorado is a flexible, multi-mission platform designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, delivery of Special Operations Forces (SOF), strike warfare, irregular warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and mine warfare.
Colorado is a part of the Virginia-class’ third, or Block III, contract, in which the Navy redesigned approximately 20 percent of the ship to reduce acquisition costs. Colorado features a redesigned bow, which replaces 12 individual Vertical Launch System (VLS) tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes (VPTs) each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles, among other design changes that reduced the submarines’ acquisition cost while maintaining their outstanding warfighting capabilities.
Inside the BARN/FarmCast Radio with Culver’s Jessie Kreke: FFA Essay Contest, Thank You Farmers Project and more…
(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 20, 2018 – This week is National FFA Week and Culver’s Restaurants are celebrating it in a big way!
Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network is Jessie Kreke, one of Culver’s senior marketing managers, Jessie WELCOME inside the BARN…tell me more about the launching of its 4th Annual FFA Essay Contest, part of the Thank You Farmers Project…
More about Jessie Kreke
Kreke is a senior marketing manager for Culver’s Franchising System, the franchisor for over 640 Culver’s Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers restaurants. Her areas of expertise range from website best practices to digital promotions, social media and local restaurant marketing. She also leads the Thank You Farmers cause marketing initiative and works with the National FFA Foundation as well as local ag organizations and Culver’s restaurants on fundraising for ag education. Kreke holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University. She grew up on a hobby farm outside Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, with horses, dogs, goats and cattle.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE Continue reading
National Invasive Species Awareness Week Kicks Off February 26
WESTMINSTER, Colorado – Ready to sharpen your knowledge about invasive species and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems? You’ll have a great opportunity during National Invasive Species Awareness Week, scheduled for February 26-March 2, 2018. The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is among the sponsors of the weeklong event.
“Invasive weeds alone represent a multibillion dollar drain on our economy annually,” says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., science policy director of WSSA. “It’s important to educate ourselves so we can take fast and appropriate action throughout the year to protect native species from unwanted invaders.”
Many learning opportunities are planned during the weeklong awareness event, offering lots of opportunities for becoming involved.
Attend a Capitol Hill Seminar Continue reading
Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) February 19, 2018 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:
- Senate Bill 18-001 Update – Transportation Funding
- Senate Bill 18-002 Update – Rural Broadband Expansion
- Senate Bill 18-061 Update – CO Income Tax Reduction
- Three Conservation Easement Bills – held over until March
- Frustration over 2018 Ballot Measure & Title Board’s Process
- Update on State Land Board’s Overreach
- Proposed Colorado Millet Marketing Order from HPMA
- Reaction to 65th District Representative Jon Becker not seeking 4th term
- Thoughts on CO State Auditor’s Recent Survey about Ag Sales Taxes
- REMINDER: Colorado Ag Day at the Capitol is March 22nd
- & More
To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…
SENATOR SONNENBERG’S BIOGRAPHY Continue reading
INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 /National FFA Organization) – Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. Next week, more than 653,000 FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing the message of agricultural education as part of National FFA Week.
National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to host activities that raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of agriculture’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.
National FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, George Washington’s birthday. This year, the week kicks off on Feb. 17 and culminates on Feb. 24. Continue reading
*CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Pest Sweep!
BURLINGTON, CO – Dates and locations for Pest Sweep pesticide drop-offs are:Colorado State University Extension will be hosting a pesticide pick up program at various locations within the Golden Plains Area and Morgan County. The program will accept any pesticide delivered to us and properly dispose them through a hazardous waste contractor. Charges for any product dropped off will be $7 per pound. Both liquid and solid pesticides will be accepted. Continue reading
Two Credit CLA Safety Meeting to be held in Fort Morgan on Wednesday, March 7th
The Colorado Livestock Association will host a meeting for Safety Group members at the Country Steakout in Fort Morgan on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 10:00-1:00pm.
Two presentations will be given by safety experts from Pinnacol Assurance covering methods for effective safety training and techniques for managing the safety of aging workers.
During lunch, Bill Hammerich, CLA’s CEO, will give an update on the status of key legislative and regulatory issues.
To RSVP for the meeting in Fort Morgan please click here.
Inside the BARN /FarmCast Radio with NAA and CAA Board of Director David Whitley: “South Dakota vs Wayfair” and more…
(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio, Briggsdale, CO) February 16, 2018 – Joining the BARN & FarmCast Radio by telephone is National & Colorado Auctioneers Association Board of Directors David Whitley and owner of Whitley Auctions: Rocky Mountain Estate Brokers and David has a VERY IMPORTANT issue and court case that could impact the entire auction industry…
To learn more about today’s topic and more about the National Auctioneers Association, please visit http://www.auctioneers.org/ also, to learn more about the Colorado Auctioneers Association visit http://www.coauctioneers.com/ and finally to learn more about Whitley Auctions & Rocky Mountain Estate Brokers please visit http://www.whitleyauction.com/
Farmers For America Documentary in Montrose, CO on Feb 25th – Don’t Miss It!
RMFU: Farming for Profit Event in Hotchkiss, CO on Feb 26th
Want to experience a trip of a lifetime?? Come “See Colorado” with other 4-H members. The tour is open to current 8-11th grade members.
Applications are due March 15th!
More info and a complete agenda can be found on the website at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/4h/4h_Tour.html
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Sunday June 10th Continue reading
Don’t Miss the 2018 Swine Seminar “Today’s Swine Operation, What You Need To Know” in Greeley March 3rd
RSVP by Feb 26th
Weld County Extension, Weld County Livestock Association and the Colorado Pork Producers is presenting a Swine Seminar, “Today’s Swine Operation, What Do You Need To Know”. It will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in the 4-H Building, Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley, CO.
Topics include Biosecurity, Swine ID & Traceability, Secure Pork Supply, Nutrition for success and VFD. Registration from 8:30a-9:00a, program from 9:00a – 3:00p. Continue reading
REGISTER NOW for the 1st Annual Northeastern Colorado Progressive Ag Symposium in Greeley March 14-15
Please join the West Greeley Conservation District from 8am-5pm on March 14th and 15th at Island Grove Park in Greeley, CO for a 2-day soil and water symposium at Island Grove Park for progressive farmers and ranchers in Northeastern Colorado. It will be a great way to meet new people and explore new ideas in the world of agriculture!
Don’t miss out!
RSVP today to reserve your spot at this FREE event.
FREE lunch included when you RSVP by March 6th 970-356-8097 x 3 or email email@example.com
Speakers include educators, industry professionals, government officials as well as farmers and ranchers just like YOU!
March 14th – Soil Day – Tentative Schedule
Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation
READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, February 23rd
Mexico Buying More Brazilian Corn as NAFTA Negotiations Continue
Mexico purchased ten times more corn from Brazil last year than it had previously. Reuters says that’s due to the uncertainty regarding the potential outcome of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Mexican government data and top grain merchants all say they fear supply distruption from the U.S. if the White House ever followed through on its threat to withdraw from the pact. Mexico is already on track to buy more corn from Brazil in 2018. That’s a move that hurts an already struggling U.S. ag sector faced with low commodity prices and rising South American competition. U.S. farmers, food processors, and grain traders have spent months trying to make sure relationships don’t fall part if the NAFTA negotiations suddenly fall apart. They’re trying to protect over $19 billion in sales to Mexican buyers of corn, soybeans, poultry, and dairy. Despite that, Mexican corn imports from Brazil are climbing, totaling over one-half million metric tons in 2017. That’s a more than 900 percent jump over the previous year. The purchases all came in the last four months of 2017.
NCGA Responds to Cruz Speech on RFS
Texas Senator Ted Cruz spoke this week before workers at the bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery. He says the bankruptcy was caused by the law requiring refiners to purchase Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, mandated by the Renewable Fuels Standard. A Delaware Dot Com Article calls the RINs a “receipt that shows gasoline sold at a filling station contains an ethanol mix.” However, Kevin Skunes (Skoo’-nehs), National Corn Growers Association President, says Cruz is way off base. He says most of the nation’s oil refiners are showing double-digit profit increases, but the problems of Philadelphia Energy Solutions are self-inflicted. “That company’s investors put their interests ahead of their workers’ interests,” he says, “and it’s disingenuous for Cruz to say he’s looking out for refinery workers when he’s really looking out for the Wall Street investors who made bad business decisions yet still ensured they got their payouts first, putting refinery jobs at risk.” He adds that the Environmental Protection Agency, university experts, and financial analysts all confirm that refinery owners aren’t facing a RIN price impact because they recover any costs through the price they get for their refined products. “Cruz is trying to upend the RFS to bail out refiners who opted not to invest in blending infrastructure,” Skunes says, “so they could blend renewable fuels and get free biofuels credits.”
Section 199A Fix Is Coming
A DTN report says Congress may be close to replacing the Section 199A language in the new tax law that curbs the advantages of farmers who sell their products to cooperatives rather than private companies. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says a possible fix would give farmer cooperatives the same tax benefits they had under the old Section 199A, known as the Domestic Production Activities Deduction. That tax break amounted to about nine percent of a cooperative’s income and up to half the amount of wages paid to cooperative workers. Cooperatives then passed on the benefits of the deduction to their farmer-members. Grassley says, “I think there is enough agreement in Congress to do what we originally intended to do, which is maintaining the status-quo for co-ops. With enough agreement, we’re going to go ahead and get it done, even if co-ops aren’t completely satisfied with what we’re doing.” The fix coming out of Congress will essentially reinstate the law that was in effect prior to the 2017 tax bill and reestablish the Domestic Activities Deduction to the way it was over the last dozen years. Grassley says the Section 199A change will likely be included in the omnibus spending appropriations bill that has a March 23 deadline. Now that lawmakers and President Trump have agreed on a budget, Grassley feels the appropriations bill won’t be as big of a political battle to get passed.
Perdue Promotes “Harvest Box”
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue wants people who don’t like the idea of “America’s Harvest Box” to know that they are very serious about the idea. He says House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway is open to considering a small-scale pilot program in the 2018 Farm Bill. The Secretary has faced a lot of criticism since the proposal came out last week as part of President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget. However, Perdue and his team are defending the idea. A Pro Ag report says they might be finding some open minds on Capitol Hill as well. “We think it’s our responsibility to create new, innovative ideas of delivering food to the people who need it,” Perdue says, “and this is one area.” During a recent tour through California, he did say there are some logistical concerns to the idea but called it “a real idea, not a sham.” Conaway has a great deal of the House Farm Bill already written, but he’s not ruling out the idea of a pilot project in the program. A committee aide says, while Conaway is open to the idea, no decisions have been made yet. Perdue says that’s encouraging because new ideas often need to be introduced on a small scale to see if they’ll work as intended.
Changes Made to H-2C Immigration Bill
A bill proposed by Virginia Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte would scrap the current H-2A program which is party controlled by the U.S. Labor Department. It would institute an H-2C program that would be overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Goodlatte has made several amendments to the legislation after listening to concerns from ag groups. A Milk Business Dot Com article says the changes would let farmers have more time to comply with E-Verify. The bill would alleviate concerns over the maximum visa length, extending the term from 18 to 24 months. That change would allow more people to be visa recipients in the program after the first year. It’s not known for sure if the bill will get to the House floor for a vote. Many Republicans, as well as Secretary Perdue, support the bill. Last month, Perdue expressed concern that if Goodlatte’s bill wasn’t part of a broader package on immigration reform, he didn’t see another opportunity in the near future to address the serious problem of labor shortages in all sectors of agriculture. While the American Farm Bureau supports the bill, the California Farm Bureau says it wouldn’t work for California farms and ranches as it’s currently written, and plans to offer recommendations on a more practical program.
USDA Releases 2018 Planting Estimates
While some planters are already working in Texas, the Corn Belt seems a long way away from planting because of snow and ice. However, the USDA is already thinking about planting. During the Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its acreage estimates for 2018. The USDA says corn and soybean acres will be split, with 90 million acres going to corn and another 90 million to soybeans. The agency says wheat acres should rise to about 46.5 million. Cotton is also expected to jump one million acres over the 2017 estimate of 12.6 million acres. This year’s cotton acreage estimate is officially 13.3 million acres. Some analysts believe that soybeans could actually move past corn in the overall number of planted acres, with the potential for 91.5 million acres of soybeans in the ground. Soybean prices have rallied recently over South American weather concerns, but the export numbers haven’t been as favorable to soybeans in recent weeks.
2017 ROW CROP COUNTY ESTIMATES
County-level estimates for 2017 row crops are now available, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The estimates, based primarily on surveys conducted with farmers and ranchers last fall, can be accessed using the QuickStats online database, found here: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/
LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTER – JANUARY 2018
UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS
Record High Red Meat and Pork Production for January 2018 Continue reading
Colorado Weekly Hay Report
USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today unveiled a new webpage featuring resources to help rural communities respond to the opioid crisis.
“While no corner of the country has gone untouched by the opioid crisis, small towns and rural places have been particularly hard hit,” Hazlett said. “The challenge of opioid misuse is an issue of rural prosperity and will take all hands on deck to address. The webpage we are launching today will help rural leaders build a response that is tailored to meet the needs of their community.” Continue reading
Our agency partners with thousands of lessees on a variety of lease activities. We present three annual awards to exemplary lessees. Winners were presented with their awards at the December 2017 board meeting. 2018 winners will be contacted in fall 2018.
Lessee of the Year Award Continue reading
During the 2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville, NACD debuted a series of three promotional videos to highlight what conservation districts and the national association do on a daily basis to protect our nation’s natural resources.
On NACD’s YouTube channel, you can find an RFD-TV profile of the McGavock High School FFA program and NACD service project. RFD-TV visited McGavock High School in the heart of Nashville on January 26 for a day of service, where FFA students and NACD leadership installed raised beds for vegetable production and horticulture study.
Soil Health Institute: Farmers, ranchers set to gain new market opportunities for improving soil health
ARDMORE, Okla. — Today, a national coalition convened by the Noble Research Institute announced its intent to create a voluntary environmental services market that benefits agricultural producers and improves the environment for society at large.
This program aims to incentivize farmers and ranchers to improve soil health on working agriculture lands through the development of a market-based platform. Implementing sustainable agricultural production practices and technologies can create positive social, economic and environmental outcomes. Healthy soils can sequester carbon, improve water quality, control run-off and reduce water demand, all of which create a cleaner environment. Healthy soils also improve crop yield and resilience while decreasing farmers’ and ranchers’ need for agricultural inputs.
“Farmers and ranchers are the unsung heroes of our world. Their hard work feeds and clothes us. Their dedication is the foundation for our society,” said Bill Buckner, Noble Research Institute CEO and president. “This market-based approach seeks to reward farmers and ranchers for the land stewardship they practice for the benefit of all of us. The focus will be on monetizing soil health to reward those farmers and ranchers who are actively adopting and improving practices that protect our environment. We see our work as a model from which the program can expand to capture additional environmental and ecosystem benefits for all participating agricultural producers.” Continue reading