President Trump and CO Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to honor Memorial Day 2018
DENVER — Friday, May 25, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Monday, May 28, in recognition of Memorial Day, and as proclaimed by President Donald J. Trump. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to noon.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2018
HONORING MEMORIAL DAY 2018
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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“This new on-line database is designed to be the go-to site for anyone conducting research, writing articles, or simply trying to increase their knowledge of fundamental issues related to bison,” said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association. Continue reading
Colorado State Fair Entertainment Series Tickets On Sale Soon!
Internet Pre-Sale: May 30 & 31
Official On-Sale Date: June 1
PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2018 Colorado State Fair entertainment series is booked and tickets are going on sale soon. This year’s lineup includes a variety of music shows including legendary musicians and up-and-coming superstars. Plus, the Budweiser Rodeo Arena will be a centerpiece for entertainment with exciting rodeos and engine-roaring action.
Move Follows Two Other Charity Watchdog Demotions
Washington, DC—Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, which runs HumaneWatch.org, announced that CharityWatch has downgraded the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to a “D” grade in its Summer 2018 rating guide. CharityWatch found that nearly half—48 percent—of HSUS’s budget is spent on overhead. The New York Times has called CharityWatch “the pit bull of watchdogs.” Continue reading
Introducing Give Back To Your Roots Grants, Sponsored by Radiate & CPS
Crop Production Services, a Nutrien Company, is proud to support FFA Alumni and Supporters through a $100,000 gift. Now, when growers use Radiate on their farms, they’re not only helping their crops’ roots, they’re also helping CPS give back to FFA. Continue reading
1ST ANNUAL HUNTER NORMAN MEMORIAL BULLS & RANCH BRONC’S HONORS WESTERN SLOPE RIDER
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (May 23, 2018) – The 1st Annual Hunter Norman Memorial Bulls & Ranch Bronc’s debuts on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 7pm at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction, Colorado. The event pays tribute and honors respected Western Slope ranch bronc rider, Hunter Scott Norman who passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. With an added guarantee of $3000+ for ranch bronc’s and $2500+ for bull riding, the event is anticipated to draw competitors from near and far.
Organizers of the memorial include family and long-time friends of the Fruita Monument High School Class of 2016 graduate Hunter Norman. This annual memorial helps the community celebrate the young cowboy’s life through his love and passion for ranch bronc riding and by putting on the best bronc and bull riding event that has come to the area. Event organizer and two-time Colorado Bullfighter of the Year (2007, 2013), Tyler Williams and his wife, Crystal have been engrained in the Western Slope community their whole lives and promise to put on an unforgettable annual event this year and for many years to come.
For those interested in competing in the 1st Annual Hunter Norman Memorial Bulls & Ranch Bronc’s, details are as follows: Continue reading
CSU Extension: Silage for Beef Cattle Conference in Yuma and Burlington on June 14th
WRAY, CO – Calling all livestock producers, feedyard managers, cattle industry nutritionists, and farm operators! The Silage for Beef Cattle Conference, hosted by University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension, the Iowa Beef Center and Lallemand Animal Nutrition, will be live-stream broadcast in Northeast Colorado on June 14th.
This one-day conference is an opportunity for those who produce and manage silage to increase their understanding of effective silage management. Topic areas will include improving the nutritive value of corn silage, minimizing shrink, considerations for utilizing silage in backgrounding and finishing cattle, and accurately pricing the feedstuff, among others.
Those interested are encouraged to join CSU Extension at one of two locations (Kit Carson Co. Extension Office or Yuma Co. Fairgrounds) to view the live-streamed conference. The program will start at 7:30 A.M. and wrap up around 3 P.M. Continue reading
Colorado Farm Bureau Gathers Signatures to Protect Private Property Rights
Centennial, Colo., May 24, 2018 — The state’s largest agriculture organization is proposing a constitutional amendment for the November general election ballot that would strengthen private property rights in the state. Colorado Farm Bureau is currently gathering signatures for Initiative 108 — a constitutional amendment that will ensure property owners are properly compensated if new laws or regulations negatively impact the value of their property.
“No matter who you are or where you come from, your property is your property,” says Shawn Martini, Vice President of Advocacy for the Colorado Farm Bureau. “This new amendment will further strengthen property rights in Colorado and provide a way for property owners to get a fair hearing in court when their property value is impacted.”
WGCD Scholarships Announced
Greeley, CO – The West Greeley Conservation District has selected 10 students who live within the boundaries of the conservation district’s service area to benefit from their scholarship program during the 2018-19 academic year. Four recipients are graduating from high school right now, four are renewal awards going to students who received a scholarship from WGCD as freshmen this past year and two are upper class women. All 10 will receive $5,000.
All are attending a Colorado institution of higher learning, pursuing careers in: Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Animal Science, Agribusiness, Water, Forestry, and related conservation fields. They earned a 3.0 GPA or better and have been very involved in their schools and community.
Incoming Freshman Scholarships are awarded to: Continue reading
Honey Bee Health the Focus of CDA & CSU Grant
Make plans to attend the 2018 Summer Grass Tour near Briggsdale and Greeley June 20-21
You are invited you to join us June 20th and 21st at our 2018 Grass Tour
So very excited to be working with the Colorado Section- Society For Range Management, West Greeley Conservation District, Colorado Watershed Assembly, CSU Extension, and Jordan Angus this year! Together we have a great tour planned for you. Continue reading
H-2A Agricultural Worker Visa Modernization Joint Cabinet Statement
Secretary Acosta, Secretary Nielsen, Secretary Perdue, and Secretary Pompeo
(Washington, D.C., May 24, 2018) — When President Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation in January of this year, he reminded the audience that his commitment to our farmers has been clear since the day his Administration began: “From that day on, we have been working every day to deliver for America’s farmers just as they work every single day to deliver for us.”
In keeping with that commitment, our Departments are working in coordination to propose streamlining, simplifying, and improving the H-2A temporary agricultural visa program – reducing cumbersome bureaucracy and ensuring adequate protections for U.S. workers. Continue reading
CYFEA Announces 2018 – 2019 Academic Scholarship Winners
May 24, 2018 – The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce the winners of its CYFEA 2018 – 2019 Academic Scholarship Awards! This scholarship program was established in 1994 to recognize outstanding students who will be entering college in the fall academic year as a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior. These students will major in Ag education or an Ag related field of study, as well as being academically superior and involved with their local and/or state community service organizations.
This year there are four student scholarships awarded, for a total of $3500. The winners are as follows:
- Senior – McCall Etl, Fleming CO
- Junior – Augustus Gill, Merino CO
- Sophomore – Stephanie Bushnell, Monte Vista CO
- Freshman – Cooper Carlson, Atwood CO
CCA’s Inside the Dome: 2018 Legislative Session Wrap-up
As with all legislative sessions, there are some ups and downs with victories and defeats, but Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) continues to achieve a majority of member priorities. The following will outline several session highlights CCA focused on this year during the 2018 Legislative Session. Continue reading
WASHINGTON (May 23, 2018) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today applauded the introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act, saying it would reform federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules in a way that ensures animal welfare, highway safety, and the well-being of livestock haulers. The bill was introduced today by U.S. Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Jerry Moran of Kansas, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Jon Tester of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Marco Rubio of Florida, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Pat Roberts of Kansas, and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
“The current Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers present big challenges for our industry and can often jeopardize the health and well-being of livestock,” said NCBA President and fifth-generation California rancher Kevin Kester. “Hauling livestock is inherently different than hauling products like paper towels or bottles of water. Live cattle can’t simply be left unattended in a trailer – especially in very hot or cold weather – for extended periods of time, and this bill takes that into account. Senator Sasse deserves a lot of credit for his leadership on this issue, and we thank all of the original cosponsors who stepped up to show their support for livestock haulers and cattle producers across this country.” Continue reading
Learn more about “Land to Market” featuring Daniela Ibarra-Howell CEO and Co-Founder of Savory Institute…
(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsddale, CO) May 23, 2018 – In the spring of 2018, Savory Institute announced that EPIC® Provisions, UNION™, Applegate® and Zuke’s® Natural Pet Treats and Supplements would become the first market partners of the world’s first regenerative sourcing solution for livestock-derived meat, dairy, wool, and leather.
Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio here inside the BARN to discuss that announcement and to detail the “Land to Market” Program in greater detail is Daniela Ibarra-Howell CEO and Co-Founder of Savory Institute…
Daniela Ibarra-Howell CEO and Co-Founder Biography Continue reading
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CO Governor Hickenlooper to sign bill supporting next generation of Colorado farmers and ranchers
Farmers and ranchers from across Southwest Colorado will join Governor Hickenlooper in Durango Thursday as he signs the Agricultural Workforce Development bill to expand beginning farmer education and help bridge the farmland succession gap
DURANGO, CO (May 22nd, 2018)– Governor Hickenlooper will travel to Durango on Thursday, May 24th, to sign a bipartisan bill to support and train the next generation of Colorado farmers and ranchers. The signing will take place at 2:30pm MST at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane, Durango, CO. Members of the press are invited to attend.
The legislation (SB18-042), which creates a new Agricultural Workforce Development Program, emerged from the first-ever Colorado Young and Beginning Farmer Interim Study Committee, established in 2017. The new program will reimburse qualified agricultural businesses up to 50% of the cost of hiring a farm apprentice, helping existing farmers and ranchers stay in production while allowing young farmers and ranchers to gain better access to land, equipment, and mentorship.
“If Colorado wants to save family farms, we need to find ways for young and beginning farmers to be farmers,” said Representative Marc Catlin (R-Montrose), one of the prime bill sponsors in the House. “This bill will help start that conversation.”
“Our agricultural lands are an essential part of the fabric of Colorado, and we must do what we can to keep them viable and productive,” said Representative Barbara McLachlan (D-Durango), the bill’s other prime sponsor in the House. “Young and beginning farmers represent our future, our environment, and our economy.” In the Senate, the bill was championed by prime sponsors Sens. Kerry Donovan (D-Vail) and Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa). Continue reading
FSA County Committee Nominations Launch June 15th
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018. Continue reading
Smart Yields and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Launch
Cutting-Edge Technology Program to Enhance Crop Monitoring
Honolulu agriculture technology company Smart Yields and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) have launched a state-of-the-art pilot program to monitor crops and livestock using wireless sensors, hardware and data analytics. It is the first program of its kind in Colorado, spanning nearly 1 million acres of land. Continue reading
Inside The BARN with USDA-FSA Weld County Executive Director Jeff Wilson: Important Deadlines
(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) May 21, 2018 – Joining FarmCast Radio, the Colorado News Network and FarmCast Radio is Jeff Wilson , USDA Farm Service Agency Weld County Executive Director in Greeley, CO, discussing several deadlines that are fast approaching that producers need to know about and make appointments to get into their respective FSA Service Center. Topics included:
- Acreage Reporting Deadline
- ARC/PLC Annual Enrollment
- Dairy MPP Program Signup Deadline
- Emergency Loans for Producers Effected by recent Blizzard in NE CO
- 2018 Colorado Hay Directory Reminder
- CRP – Conservation Reserve Program Requirement Reminder
- & More
For more information on bulletin subjects or details regarding your GovDelivery subscription with the Weld County FSA Office, contact Jeff Wilson, County Executive Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Bryan Cook, Farm Loan Manager at: email@example.com (303) 659-0525
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contactJeff Wilson at 970-356-8097 extension 2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…
CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…
05-21-18 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview
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FFAR awards $5 million to launch public-private effort to address water scarcity and irrigation innovation
University researchers and industry leaders will pool resources to advance irrigation technology development and transfer
$5 million grant
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, today awarded a $5 million grant to launch the Irrigation Innovation Consortium, a collaborative research effort to accelerate the development and adoption of water and energy efficient irrigation technologies and practices through public-private partnerships. The $5 million FFAR grant was matched by participants for a total initial investment of $10 million to support research and collaboration costs over five years.
The Consortium is composed of the following initial founding members: Continue reading
Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 21, 2018 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:
- Highlights from recent Colorado Capital Development Committee Tour
- Thoughts on USDA Secretary Perdue’s Recent Back to Our Roots Tour in NM, CO, WY & NE
- Failure of US House of Representatives to pass Farm Bill
- Recap CO Legislative Session – Gives it a “B” Grade – Positives/Negatives
- Reaction to Potential Spaceport at Front Range Regional Airport
- Upcoming 2018 CO FFA State Convention
- & More
To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…
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Inside the BARN and FarmCast Radio with AFBF President Zippy Duvall at Leprino Foods in Greeley, CO
Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Program
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 31ST
In 1986 the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado), and the Colorado Department of Agriculture created the Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches program to recognize the important role agriculture has played in our state’s history and economic development. Nominees must meet the following requirements:
Make Plans to Attend the 2018 Colorado Wheat Field Days June 7-13
Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation
READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, May 25th
USDA-EPA Discuss Year-Round E15
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency officials met today to discuss ways to increase ethanol usage and to address refiner concerns about volatility in the market for biofuel credits. An Agri-Pulse report says the meeting followed months of discussions at the White House on the issue. It also follows months of concerns over the way EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is overseeing the program. The ethanol industry is pressing the EPA to finally move forward with issuing a vapor pressure waiver that will allow E15 to be sold all year. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says President Trump promised to protect the statutory targets under the RFS. “We support Secretary Perdue’s efforts to ensure the EPA upholds the commitment to rural families,” Skor says, “and there’s no reason to delay or attach unrelated gimmicks to benefit a few refinery owners.” The meeting comes as Marathon, the nation’s second-largest refining company, is seeking a waiver from the RFS blending requirements. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the Marathon request shows that the “embarrassing loophole,” as he calls the RFS waiver authority, needs to be fixed.
Cattle Groups Applaud Introduction of Livestock Hauling Bill
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, as well as the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, were both pleased with the introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act on Wednesday. The NCBA says the legislation will reform the Hours of Service Rules in a way that ensures animal welfare, highway safety, and the well-being of livestock haulers. NCBA President and California producer Kevin Kester says the current Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers present big challenges for the industry and can also jeopardize the health and well-being of livestock. “Hauling livestock is much different than hauling products like paper towels or bottles of water,” he says. “Live cattle can’t simply be left unattended in a trailer.” USCA Transportation Committee Chair Steve Hilker says they asked, and Congress answered, calling it a historic moment for livestock haulers. “They get needed flexibility in the restrictive Hours of Service rules,” Hilker says. “We commend the bipartisan group of Senators for working together with the industry for a common-sense solution.” The U.S. Cattlemen look forward to working with members of the House and Senate to get the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act across the finish line.
U.S. and Mexico Talking Cars in NAFTA 2.0 Discussions
Two sources familiar with the negotiations have told Bloomberg that the U.S. and Mexico are discussing automobiles in an attempt to break an impasse over auto-production rules in an updated North American Free Trade Agreement. The anonymous sources say officials are meeting to discuss Mexico’s automotive proposal. The auto issue has been a key sticking point during the nine months of negotiations between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. The push is coming as the Trump Administration tries to get an agreement in time for the current session of Congress to approve the deal before the November midterm elections. If the U.S. can’t hit that deadline, negotiations will run into 2019. Trump said Wednesday that negotiating NAFTA is “very difficult, but autoworkers are going to be very happy with the results.” Mexico and the U.S. have disagreed over the U.S. proposal that 40 percent of a car’s value be made with high-wage labor. People familiar with the discussions say Mexico’s counteroffer is that 20 percent of a car’s value be made with high-wage labor.
USDA Heavily Involved in Trade Talks
The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service has been “intimately involved” with U.S. trade negotiators and will be included in an upcoming trip to China. Politico says the U.S. delegation will be led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the Foreign Ag Service, “was at Secretary Ross’ left elbow last week during the discussions specifically on commodities we believe we could expand our efforts to China with.” Perdue says China and the U.S. have discussed the possibility of China approving imports of more U.S. food grown using biotechnology. Perdue adds, “We’re also looking at non-tariff measures regarding some of the policies and protocols that restrict U.S. products from going into China. That will be part of the technical discussions as well.” Perdue wants a wider variety of ag exports sent to China, such as soybeans, rice, corn, and poultry, among others. China hinted on Wednesday when it’s Ministry of Commerce posted a statement saying, “China welcomes high-quality, competitive American products to enter the Chinese market.”
Trump Raises Doubts About U.S.-Chinese Trade
President Donald Trump cast doubts on Wednesday regarding the prospects for talks between the U.S. and China that are aimed at heading off a trade war. An Associated Press report says just four days after the two countries suspended their plans to impose up to $200 billion in tariffs on each other, Trump declared in a tweet that a more detailed agreement “will be too hard to get done.” While he says the talks are moving along nicely, Trump added that the negotiations would require a different structure and would need to allow the U.S. to verify results after completion. It’s not immediately clear what kind of structure the president has in mind. Talks in Washington, D.C., last week resulted in an agreement in which Beijing said it would “substantially reduce” America’s trade deficit with China. However, China didn’t commit to any specific amount of reduction. It also didn’t address the big issues between Washington and Beijing, which is the method China uses to try to overtake the U.S. technological supremacy, which is to demand that U.S. companies hand over some of their technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market.
Trump Cabinet Members Modifying H-2A Program
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, as well as the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security are working together to streamline and simplify the H-2A agricultural visa program. The goal is to reduce cumbersome bureaucracy and ensure adequate protections for U.S. workers. The administration is working to modernize the H-2A visa program in a way that’s more responsive to stakeholder concerns and enables agriculture to have more confidence in the program as a valid source for legal labor. They also want to reinforce the programs strong employment and wage protections for the American workforce. By reducing the complexity of the current program, the administration is also planning to incentivize farmers’ use of the E-Verify program to make sure that their workforce is legally authorized to work in the United States. All four of the agencies issued a joint statement saying they’re looking forward to rolling out a more responsive program in the near future.
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