07-21-17 NFU Applauds USDA Decision to Expand Emergency Haying and Grazing

NFU Applauds USDA Decision to Expand Emergency Haying and Grazing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorizing the release of additional Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota for emergency haying and grazing. The decision will allow farmers affected by severe drought conditions to hay and graze CRP wetland and buffer practices. In response to the decision, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement:

The conditions in the Great Plains this summer are some of the worst we’ve seen. After a harsh winter, hay was already in short supply, and with almost no moisture for months, our members in the Upper Great Plains are hurting. A deteriorating feed supply has forced many ranchers to drive hundreds of miles to purchase hay, while others have already sold their herds.

NFU is grateful for the USDA’s immediate and ongoing action to offer meaningful assistance for farmers and ranchers in the affected areas. In the short term, emergency haying and grazing on CRP land will provide much-needed relief, and in the long term will protect the viability of many of these operations.

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07-21-17 NACD SUPPORTS FARM BILL COALITION RECOMMENDATIONS

NACD SUPPORTS FARM BILL COALITION RECOMMENDATIONS

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2017 – Today the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition (FIFB) released its2018 Farm Bill recommendations. The National Association of Conservation Districts has been an active participant in the creation of the recommendations, serving on two of the coalition’s working groups to ensure that NACD’s policies and principles were included.

“The public expects clean air and water, healthy soils, and abundant wildlife habitat and our nation’s forest lands certainly provide opportunities to achieve these expectations,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “The farm bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation Congress works on to address our nation’s forest lands and landowner needs. Locally-led, voluntary incentive-based conservation works.” Continue reading

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First Round of NAFTA Talks Scheduled

As expected, U.S. trade officials confirmed this week that North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations would begin August 16th, the first day allowed by U.S. law. The office of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced this week that the talks would kick off in Washington, D.C. on August 16th, and the initial rounds of negotiations are scheduled to wrap up on Sunday, August 20th. Earlier this week, the White House released its goals for NAFTA, which includes maintaining duty-free status on agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada. The 18-page Summary of Objectives also includes the need to eliminate non-tariff barriers to U.S. agricultural exports. The new plan stresses the administration’s goal of updating and strengthening the rules of origin laws. However, it doesn’t ask for a reinstatement of Country of Origin Labeling on beef and pork imports from Mexico and Canada.

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McKinney, Clovis, Officially Nominated for USDA Posts

President Donald Trump has nominated Ted McKinney for Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and Dr. Sam Clovis for Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. Both have long been rumored to take top seats at the Department of Agriculture for months. McKinney currently serves as the director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Clovis was a Trump Campaign advisor before serving on the USDA transition team. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said McKinney and Clovis would both be assets to the department. Meanwhile, the White House this week also sent to the Senate Agriculture Committee its notice of intent to nominate Stephen Censky for USDA deputy secretary, paving the way for a Senate vote on the nomination.

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U.S. Drought Monitor Shows More Drought Expansion

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor shows drought conditions in the upper Midwest and Plains expanding again. The weekly report says an upper-level ridge of high pressure in the western U.S. inhibited precipitation and kept temperatures warmer than normal across much of the West over the last week. The prolonged and intensifying drought ravaged crops and rangeland in the northern Plains, while soils continued to dry out across the West, Plains and into the Mid-Atlantic region. Extreme drought coverage area now includes 40 percent of North Dakota, 11 percent of South Dakota, and 22 percent of Montana. 65 percent of Montana is classified in a drought condition, while 93 percent of North Dakota is in a classified drought along with 99.97 percent of South Dakota. 74 percent of Nebraska is in a classified drought, along with 40 percent of Kansas, 21 percent of Iowa, and 42 percent of Illinois is classified as abnormally dry. With hot and dry conditions expected across much of the corn belt over the next several days, it’s a safe bet to expect another expansion in drought area again next week.

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Mexican Ambassador Addresses Corn Farmers

Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Gerónimo Gutiérrez (Her-ron-ih-mo-guut-tee-air-ezz) spoke to more than 200 corn farmers from the National Corn Growers Association this week in Washington, D.C. He told the group that the North American Free Trade Agreement has benefited both the U.S. and Mexico agriculture sectors, and that he is optimistic about the prospects of modernizing the trade agreement. Gutiérrez says: “Our agricultural trade through NAFTA has been a success for all parties,” adding that “the challenge is that none of us should stay in our comfort zone.” The Ambassador expressed a strong desire to continue strengthening agricultural trade between the U.S. and Mexico, but he also acknowledged that Mexico must keep its options open and is looking to other markets to secure his nation’s grain supply.

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U.S., China Sign Agreement to Provide Market Access for U.S. Rice Exports

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Thursday announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reached a final agreement with Chinese officials to allow the United States to begin exporting rice to China for the first time. Secretary Perdue says the agreement has been in the works for more than a decade, and says the agreement represents “an exceptional opportunity” with potential for growth in the future. China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of rice. Since 2013, it has also been the largest importer, with imports reaching nearly five million tons last year. When the new rice protocol is fully implemented, the U.S. rice industry will have access to China, significantly expanding export opportunities. U.S. rice exports can begin following the completion of an audit of U.S. rice facilities by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

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FDA Grants to Help States Comply with FSMA Produce Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing $30.9 million in funding to support 43 states in their continued efforts to help implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s produce safety rule. The funds represent the largest total of grants made available by the FDA to support compliance with the rule, which seeks to update and strengthen the FDA’s risk-based approach to the oversight of food safety. FDA says the produce safety rule establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption, and reflects feedback that the FDA received from thousands of public commenters. The $30.9 million grants follow last year’s grant funding by FDA of $21.8 million. Grant award information can be found on FDA dot gov (https://www.fda.gov/ForFederalStateandLocalOfficials/FundingOpportunitie…).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-20-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

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07-18-17 USCA Responds to Case of Atypical BSE

USCA Responds to Case of Atypical BSE

(WASHINGTON) – United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner responded to today’s announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that a case of atypical BSE was detected in Alabama:

“USCA appreciates the swift response and communication by the USDA to both industry and consumers on this issue.  The safeguards in place by the U.S. worked successfully to detect this atypical case before any product entered the food supply.  The U.S. has had four previous atypical cases reports, and in no way are these the same as the Classical BSE cases reported in the 1980s in the United Kingdom and which would affect public health.  Experts have reported that atypical BSE cases do not represent a risk to public health, and given the differences between Classical and atypical cases, the two should be categorized separately.” Continue reading

07-18-17 NFU: NAFTA Objectives a Missed Opportunity for Family Farmers

NFU: NAFTA Objectives a Missed Opportunity for Family Farmers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) this week released its Summary of Objectives for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Renegotiation, a document that will guide talks with Canada and Mexico expected to begin in mid-August.

In response to the objectives, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement:

For too long, our nation’s trade negotiators have prioritized a free trade over fair trade agenda, leading to a massive trade deficit, lost jobs and lowered wages in rural communities across America. We are cautiously optimistic that several of the USTR’s recommendations for the NAFTA renegotiation will address the fundamental flaws of free trade agreements. Continue reading

07-18-17 Colorado Producers Have Until Aug. 1, to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

Colorado Producers Have Until Aug. 1, to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

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Denver, Colorado, July 18, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for Colorado, Jenny Peterson today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2017, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA. Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are over 7,700 farmer and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

“The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Peterson. “If you know of a great candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, go to your county FSA office right now and submit the nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

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07-18-17 Lee Klancher’s newest book “Red 4WD Tractors” available September 1, 2017!

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High horsepower, All-Wheel-Drive Tractors from International Harvester, Steiger, J.I. Case & Case IH

The story of the four-wheel-drive tractors built by Steiger, International Harvester, Case, and Case IH is told in dramatic fashion in this new authoritative guide. Starting with the development of early four-wheel-drive systems at International Harvester, Red 4WD Tractors traces the evolution and design some of the most powerful and capable tractors of the twentieth century.

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07-18-17 US Senators Bennet, Daines, Tester, Gardner, Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Protect Water Rights for Hemp Farmers

US Senators Bennet, Daines, Tester, Gardner, Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Protect Water Rights for Hemp Farmers

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure farmers across the West can use the water they own through private water rights to grow industrial hemp in states where it is legal.

A pilot program created by the 2014 Farm Bill granted permission to state Departments of Agriculture to license farmers to grow industrial hemp. The Bureau of Reclamation, however, prohibits the use of federally-controlled water for growing industrial hemp. These conflicting policies create confusion for farmers who grow, or wish to grow, industrial hemp using water from federal reservoirs. The Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act would clarify federal policy, ensuring owners of water rights can use their water, even if it passes through federal facilities, to cultivate industrial hemp.

“This bipartisan legislation provided needed clarity for farmers in Colorado who want to grow industrial hemp legally,” Bennet said. “This is a necessary measure to fix conflicting federal policies that are slowing the implementation of the Farm Bill pilot program and stifling new business opportunities in rural Colorado. At the very least, Colorado’s farmers deserve a clear path to boost growth in our agriculture economy.” Continue reading

07-18-17 Culver’s Kicks Off Second Year of #FarmingFridays

On July 21st, the National FFA Officer Team – Leaders of the national youth organization made up of 649,355 student members focus on agricultural education and career readiness.

Culver’s Kicks Off Second Year of #FarmingFridays

Agricultural influencers share their stories on restaurant’s social media platforms

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – July 18, 2017 – Following the success of last year’s #FarmingFridays social content series, Culver’s has again invited agricultural influencers to share photos and videos depicting their passion for and knowledge about agriculture.  #FarmingFridays is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers initiative, which recognizes the hard work and commitment of the farmers who feed the nation. New for this year, #FarmingFridays will extend  throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons on five different Fridays, beginning on April 28 and ending on November 3.

“Culver’s is committed to teaching our guests more about agriculture and the hard work of the people in this industry,” said Jessie Corning, senior marketing manager at Culver’s. “We’re excited to again provide a platform for agricultural leaders to share their stories and educate our guests.”

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07-18-17 RMFU: Amidst a Severe Economic Downturn for Farmers, Congress Must Create a Functional, Adequately Funded Farm Safety Net

RMFU: Amidst a Severe Economic Downturn for Farmers, Congress
Must Create a Functional, Adequately Funded Farm Safety Net

As American family farmers and ranchers navigate the most severe economic downturn since the 1980s farm crisis, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors is urging the U.S. Congress to allocate more money to the farm safety net to make it work for family agriculture.

Family farmers and ranchers provide an essential service in growing high quality food, fiber, feed and fuel for the country; and agriculture serves as the backbone of America’s rural economy, the board noted in a resolution passed today. However, it continues to be put on the chopping block.

“The productivity of America’s family farmers and ranchers provides our country with national security, renewable wealth, and vibrant rural communities,” noted the NFU Board. “The farm bill is to provide the nation with a safe, affordable food system for its citizens. We should increase the dollars in the agricultural budget to make effective farm legislation.” Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

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07-17-17 Livestock Exchange, LLC Recap & Preview

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07-17-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 17, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • Wheat Harvest 2017
  • New CWCB Executive Director Rebecca Mitchell
  • New State Engineer Kevin Rein
  • Governor signs “Paris Climate Agreement” Executive Order
  • SB 17-267 Celebration Recap & Thoughts
  • Upcoming Committee Meetings
  • Numerous County Fairs & CO State Fair
  • Final Thoughts

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07-17-17 CO Corn: Mark Your Calendar: USDA Research Farm near Greeley hosting tours, demonstrations on Aug 3rd

Mark Your Calendar: USDA research farm near Greeley hosting tours, demonstrations on Aug. 3 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) will host field tours and demonstrations of its projects taking place at the Central Plains Limited Irrigation Research Farm next month. 
 
The facility’s 2017 Field Day is set for Thursday, Aug. 3, at the research farm, located at 30900 Weld County Road 45 near Greeley (southeast corner of the intersection at Weld County roads 45 and 64). Tours will begin 9 a.m., with each tour taking about one hour, and the final tour starting at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
The Field Day — sponsored by USDA-ARS, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and OgallalaWater — will highlight ongoing research that’s maximizing productivity with limited irrigation water and practices for monitoring and managing limited irrigation water.

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07-17-17 REMINDER: Colorado Corn organizations conducting Farm Bill priorities survey this summer 

REMINDER: Colorado Corn organizations conducting Farm Bill priorities survey this summer 

The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) are conducting a Farm Bill priorities survey in conjunction with this summer’s district meetings.

With the next Farm Bill being a main focus of talks at our meetings, we’re requesting that producers complete this brief, 10-question survey ahead of time, in order for us to take full advantage of this opportunity for face-to-face dialogue on a critical topic. Input received so far through this survey sparked great discussions at our recent district meetings in Holyoke, Sterling and Greeley.      Continue reading

07-17-17 CO Corn CEO stresses corn’s place in governor’s new commitments to renewable, affordable energy

CO Corn CEO stresses corn’s place in governor’s new commitments to renewable, affordable energy

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesdaysigned an executive order committing the state to actions aimed at clean air and water through “renewable” and “affordable energy.” In the following days, Colorado Corn CEO Mark Sponsler wrote an op-ed that highlighted how farmers,
corn and ethanol have long played a role in the state’s environmental progress, and that they’re committed to doing their part in the future as well.
“It will no doubt take a wide array of resources and strategies to achieve the clean air and water initiatives outlined by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s recent executive order,” Mark wrote. “Thankfully, the state’s grain corn farmers and biofuels industry are already making a difference, and are proud to be a part of the efforts needed to achieve Hickenlooper’s vision of Colorado utilizing ‘renewable’ and ‘affordable energy.'” 

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07-14-17 SIXTH ANNUAL PEDAL THE PLAINS POSTER ART CHALLENGE…

6th Annual Pedal The Plains Poster Art Challenge

The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour, presented by Viaero Wireless, is calling all artists to be a part of the 6th annual Poster Art Challenge! We’re looking for one artistic poster to represent the 2017 Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour. The winning poster will be sold at the event.

The contest winner will receive a bike donated from Trips for Kids, a framed poster courtesy of Frame de Art and recognition of their poster across all Pedal The Plains social media networks and website. A portion of the proceeds for every poster sold will be donated to the winner’s charity of choice.

Contestants may submit their artwork through August 10th. All entries will be posted to Facebook and voting will take place August 11st – 18th. Friends and family may vote for posters by “liking” the creative on the PTP Facebook page. The final poster will be chosen based on the number of “likes” received and a panel of judges. The winner will be contacted between August 21st – 23rd and announced on the 24th through our social media networks. Artists may submit up to three poster entries.

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07-14-17 CDA Survey Reveals Positive Consumer Perceptions of Agriculture Statewide, Strong Preference for Local Foods

Colorado Depertment of Agriculture Survey Reveals Positive Consumer Perceptions of Agriculture Statewide, Strong Preference for Local Foods
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – It’s no secret that consumers have shown a preference for locally grown and produced foods over the last decade, and a recent survey conducted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in collaboration with Colorado State University (CSU), about consumer attitudes toward agriculture reveals that preference has moved beyond a trend to a lifestyle for Coloradans.
Citing price and flavor as the two primary motivators for Coloradans to purchase and eat locally grown and produced foods, almost 85 percent agree that supporting local food systems is important, while 95 percent feel maintaining land and water in agricultural production is important. In addition, 90 percent believe agriculture is very important to the quality of life in Colorado.
“As agriculture becomes increasingly complex, and consumers become more interested in understanding where their food comes from, it’s important for us to understand public perceptions and to identify new opportunities to engage consumers in a two-way conversation about Colorado agriculture,” said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown.   Continue reading

07-12-15 FSA-CO: Weld County Announces Enrollment Deadlines for 2017

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FSA-CO: Weld County Announces Enrollment Deadlines for 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Weld County Executive Director, Jeff Wilson, announced that farmers and ranchers have until July 17th to timely file an acreage report for 2017 crops.  They also have until August 1st to enroll their farms into the Ag Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage contracts for crop year 2017.  The deadline to enroll is August 1st annually, throughout the rest of this farm bill set to expire in October 2018.  Continue reading

07-11-17 Red Angus Stakeholders Venture to Colorado Springs for Convention September 13-14-15

Red Angus Stakeholders Venture to Colorado Springs for Convention

The scenic beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains, pristine pine-and-aspen forests and twisting canyons of Colorado’s Front Range will greet cattlemen and women from across the country as they gather in Colorado Springs, Sept. 13 to 15, for the 2017 National Red Angus Convention. Online registration is open atRedAngus.org.

Themed “Reds in the Rockies,” this year’s convention is slated to celebrate the growth of the breed, the camaraderie of its breeders and the success of commercial cattlemen using Red Angus genetics. The annual event is hosted by the Red Angus Association of America and Rocky Mountain – Area 3 members.

The trade show will be open each day enabling attendees to visit with some of the industry’s most progressive enterprises, and RAAA Member Services personnel will staff computer stations providing one-on-one REDSPro navigation sessions. Additionally, the Junior Red Angus Association of America Board of Directors will host a silent auction fundraiser and assist as needed with the functions of the convention. Continue reading

07-06-17 CCA’s Ag Water NetWORK to Host Irrigation Efficiency and Water Rights Webinar on July 26th at High Noon!

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Ag Water NetWORK to Host  a Webinar  on Irrigation Efficiency and Water Rights

Arvada, CO — Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s Ag Water NetWORK will host a webinar highlighting the interrelationship between agricultural water rights and irrigation efficiency.  Plan to join the webinar on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 12:00 PM.  The webinar, entitled “Irrigation Efficiency and Consumptive Use: Facts and Myths” will cover basic aspects of ag water rights, as well as how irrigation methods can influence the historic consumptive use of a water right.

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, through the Ag Water NetWORK; serves as a convener of water stakeholders from the agriculture, conservation, and public sector interests in delivering meaningful dialogue and services to agriculture water right holders.  The webinar will be the second in a series of webinars hosted by CCA; aiming to increase the knowledge of ag water right holders, as it relates to navigating complex water laws and the obstacles posed by competing water-related interests.

The webinar speakers are Kevin Rein, Deputy State Engineer of the Colorado Division of Water Resources; and Bill Trampe, lifelong Gunnison County rancher and member of the Gunnison River Basin Roundtable.

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07-03-17 More Colorado Corn district meetings coming up in August; discussions to focus on next Farm Bill 

More Colorado Corn district meetings coming up in August; discussions to focus on next Farm Bill 
Colorado Corn staff and board members encourage corn producers and all others interested to join the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) and the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) for our upcoming district meetings, which will feature updates on the activities of the two organizations, as well as discussions about the next Farm Bill.
Meals will be provided at the meetings. To get an accurate headcount, we’re asking those who want to attend to please RSVP by the dates listed below, to
across@coloradocorn.com, or (970) 351-8201.
The dates and locations of our upcoming district meetings are as follows:

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07-03-17 CFVGA’s Marilyn Bay Drake Reflects on Accomplishments Since 2014…

CFVGA Reflects on Accomplishments Since 2014 when it Was Founded

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) July 3, 2017 – The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) has accomplished much since it was founded in 2014, less than four years ago. Check out this EXCLUSIVE interview with CFVGA Executive Director Marilyn Bay Drake

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The CFVGA continues to grow and is now comprised of more than 250 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $300 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 60,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production. For more on CFVGA, visit https://coloradoproduce.org/

06-27-17 The 2017 Feeders and Friends Keith Spayd Benefit is Aug 19th in New Raymer – Interview w/Verlyn Mahan…

The 2017 Feeders and Friends Keith Spayd Benefit is Aug 19th in New Raymer – Interview w/Verlyn Mahan…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 27, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network  is Verlyn Mahan, discussing the upcoming 15th Feeders & Friends Keith Spayd Benefit August19th in New Raymer, CO…

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for July 13th

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Atypical BSE Case Discovered in Alabama

An atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) was found Tuesday in an 11-year old cow in Alabama. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) says the animal never entered the slaughter process and was no danger to the food supply or to human health. APHIS has determined that the cow was positive for atypical BSE, a kind typically found in cows at least eight years old. It’s different from the more well-known classical BSE that was found in the United Kingdom back in the late 1980s. The most common source of classical BSE is typically contaminated feed. The cow showed signs of the disease when it was discovered via routine surveillance in a livestock market. Barry Carpenter, CEO of the North American Meat Institute, says the fact that the animal was found before it entered a processing plant should reassure Americans that the U.S. animal health surveillance system and safety protocols are working to protect the public’s health. Carpenter says, “The U.S. surveillance system for sampling and testing cattle far exceeds recommended international standards.”

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No Timeline to Restore Brazilian Beef Imports

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue met his counterpart from Brazil on Monday to discuss the U.S. ban on fresh beef imports from Brazil. Perdue said the U.S. needs to see more progress from Brazil on beef inspections before the ban would be lifted. A Cattle Network Dot Com article says the ban went into effect on June 22nd as the U.S. said a high percentage of beef imports from Brazil did not pass safety checks. American inspections found abscesses on meat from Brazil, which Brazilian farmers claimed were linked to foot-and-mouth disease vaccinations. Back in March, Brazilian meatpacking companies were hit with a scandal involving bribes paid to meat inspectors, which in turn halted Brazil’s protein shipments to many of the largest markets in the world. Perdue says the Brazilian Ag Secretary pushed for a timeline to restore beef imports, but Perdue also said that would depend on progress made by Brazil. The South American nation has been selling beef to the U.S. since they signed an agreement in 2016, ending 17 years’ worth of discussions about Brazilian imports. Beef shipments to the United States represent three percent of Brazil’s totals exports.

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Pressure Increases to Help U.S. Cotton Farmers

A bipartisan group of 135 Senators and Representatives wrote letters to the Trump administration asking for help for the nation’s cotton farmers. The group wants the administration, through USDA, to operate the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program, effective for the 2016 crop year and on an ongoing basis. The letters noted that the U.S. cotton industry has had its share of hard times, enduring a World Trade Organization challenge, increasing foreign subsidies, tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, and a weak U.S. safety net. Those challenges have led to the lowest amount of cotton planted in the last 30 years. Global cotton prices were once $2 per pound and have tumbled to 57 cents per pound, plus, record production costs have been higher than financial returns for three straight years. The group of legislators says the cost share program would help bridge the gap from now until the new Farm Bill is written. Cotton farmers don’t have a safety net similar to what’s available for other farmers, so they’re much more exposed to the volatility in the world markets. Without help, the letters say nearly 18,000 cotton producers will continue to struggle with diminishing returns and higher debt loads.

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Court Denies Petition to Ban Pesticide

A U.S. Appeals Court in San Francisco denied a petition from environmental groups to force the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos (klohr-peer’-uh-fohs). Reuters says that decision ends one of three parallel attempts to get the ban put in place. The groups, including Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council, wanted the ban in place because they allege the EPA took too long to make a decision on the safety of the pesticide. The judges wrote in their findings that even though EPA did drag its heels on the matter for ten years, the agency has done what the judges asked it to do. The court had previously ordered the EPA to issue a final decision on the ten-year old petition to ban the pesticide, which is considered a neurotoxin by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The EPA formally denied the petition on March 29th, and the environmental groups alleged the denial was inadequate because it didn’t contain any new safety findings. A lawyer for Earthjustice says the groups are pursuing two other court challenges related the EPA’s decision in March.

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H-2A Program May Be Expanded

The House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the fiscal 2018 Homeland Security Spending Bill that would help dairy producers and other farmers that need year round labor. The amendment would expand the types of businesses that can apply for the H-2A visa program for temporary or seasonal workers. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says it would also nullify the requirement that the work would be short term in nature. Washington Republican Dan Newhouse, a farmer himself, was the amendment author and says, “The amendment is a small starting point of relief we can provide our farmers who need workers.” The amendment doesn’t change how long a worker can stay in the country, which is three years with renewals. It doesn’t change the fact that farmers must first look for American workers. National Milk Producers Federation President Jim Mulhern says the amendment recognizes that we need to create new approaches to getting dairy employers the labor they need. Labor isn’t as on board with the deal. United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez called the program deeply flawed and was “stunned” that two Democrats supported the measure. The group Farmworker Justice says the amendment does nothing to fix H-2A, which it says is “rife with abuses.”

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Culver’s Starting the Second Year of #FarmingFridays

The Culver’s restaurant chain successfully debuted the #FarmingFridays social media content series last year. Culver’s has once again invited agricultural influencers to share pictures and videos that show their passion for and knowledge of agriculture. The social media effort is part of the Culver’s Thank You Farmers Initiative, which recognizes the hard work and commitment of the farmers that feed the nation. #FarmingFridays are extending a little longer this year, stretching from April 28 through November 3. One change from last year is the inclusion of the National FFA Officer team, which will take its turn this Friday, July 21. The National Association of Agricultural Educators will share what a day in the life of an Ag educator looks like on September 22. The Peterson Farm Brothers will conclude the social media presentation on November 3. So far, Culver’s has raised over $1 million in support of the National FFA Organization and its Foundation, local FFA chapters, and a variety of local agricultural organizations. More information on the program is available at Culvers Dot Com, forward slash farmers.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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Trump Administration Releases NAFTA Objectives

The White House released its objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement on Monday afternoon. There weren’t a lot of surprises in the document, with heavy emphasis placed on reducing trade deficits with Mexico and Canada. One of the biggest goals that agriculture wanted was to maintain duty-free status on agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada, something included in the plan released on Monday. An Agri-Pulse report says the 18-page Summary of Objectives also includes the need to eliminate non-tariff barriers to U.S. agricultural exports. The administration also wants to promote greater regulatory compatibility to reduce burdens associated with unnecessary differences in regulation. That may be good news for U.S. dairy producers who are upset over Canada’s pricing policy that hurts American cheese exports and other dairy products. The U.S. Trade Representative’s plan also wants negotiators to find a way to prevent sanitary and phytosanitary barriers from blocking exports. Those kinds of barriers have been preventing America’s potato farmers from expanding exports further into Mexico.  The new plan stresses the administration’s goal of updating and strengthening the rules of origin laws, however, it doesn’t ask for a reinstatement of Country of Origin Labeling on beef and pork imports from Mexico and Canada.

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Ag Reacts to NAFTA Renegotiation Plan

House Ag Committee Chair Michael Conaway of Texas reacted positively to the U.S. Trade Representative’s objectives for the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. The plan details how the administration wants to expand market opportunities and tighten enforcement of existing trade obligations to protect U.S. producers. “The administration’s objectives for renegotiating NAFTA clearly demonstrate a commitment to protecting market access while outlining ways to level the playing field,” says Conaway. National Association of Wheat Growers President David Schemm says they’re pleased that the objectives call for maintaining existing reciprocal duty-free market access and they don’t want to do harm to existing trade relationships. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association reacted positively as well, saying the overall renegotiation goals are good for the beef industry because they encourage the continuation of terms that have benefitted the industry for decades. Those terms include duty-free access and science-based sanitary and phytosanitary standards. NCBA President Craig Uden says, “It’s difficult to improve on duty-free, unlimited access to Mexico and Canada. We’re pleased that objectives include maintaining that reciprocal duty-free market access for agricultural goods.”

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House Budget Wants $10 Billion Cuts to Ag Spending

The House GOP released its budget this week, calling for $10 billion in spending cuts to agricultural programs through the next ten years. However, Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says the plan doesn’t necessarily say how to go about getting to that number. It does recommend reigning in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program spending by promoting “state flexibility,” but it doesn’t go into any further detail on how to do that. While agriculture won’t be happy with the spending squeeze given that farm income is down so sharply, the $10 billion is actually much lower than the $70 billion initially proposed. Politico says it now appears that House Ag Chair Conaway will be given the flexibility he’ll need to write a farm bill. The wiggle room in putting the farm bill together will likely make it a lot easier for the House and Senate to get on the same page when it comes to putting the nation’s farm programs together.

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U.S. Dairy Increasing Pressure on Canada

The U.S. dairy lobby is putting increasing pressure on Canda as the talks to redo NAFTA draw closer. People close to the situation told Reuters that America’s dairy farmers want concessions that Canada doesn’t seem likely to grant. The deal could be a hindrance to the upcoming NAFTA talks, under which Canada sends a lot of its exports to the United States. Dairy farmers have been upset for some time at Canada’s “supply management system,” which is what Canada calls its system of tariffs and quotas designed to keep domestic prices high and limit imports. A deal last year that allowed Canadian dairy farmers to sell their milk proteins to domestic processors at a discount, drastically slowing American imports. The U.S. Dairy Export Council announced its intentions to pursue challenges with the World Trade Organization. Canada has been in trouble because of its dairy policy in the past. A WTO panel ruled in 2002 that Canada had breached its trade obligations through illegal subsidies to its dairy industry. The U.S. and Canada would go on to settle the issue in 2003. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said earlier this month that all options should be on the table and that dairy is still a concern.

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Perdue Farms to Upgrade Animal Welfare Standards

The nation’s fourth-largest poultry producer, Perdue Farms, announced it’s adopting new animal welfare standards that increase the well-being of its broilers. The announcement came from the Perdue Animal Welfare Summitt, which brought together animal care experts from around the globe, advocates, researchers, and farmers. Jim Perdue, Chairman of Perdue Farms, said trust is earned by responding to consumers and other stakeholders and includes a willingness to make changes in policies. Perdue became the first major company to promise a future supply of poultry that meets the animal welfare criteria outlined in the Joint Animal Protection Agency Statement on Broiler Chicken Welfare Issues. Those standards were agreed upon by a coalition of nine industry groups as a meaningful change to broiler production. Some of Perdue’s improvements will include more room for chickens to move, more light during the day, and longer periods of lights-out for rest. Other changes include more chicken houses with windows as well as controlled-atmosphere stunning.

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ND Crops and Pastures Continue to Wilt

Crops and pastureland are continuing to suffer from the intense drought in North Dakota, with no relief in sight yet. This week’s report from the USDA shows that some farmers have begun haying small grain crops that are no longer worth harvesting. One of North Dakota’s staple crops is spring wheat and 45 percent of that crop is in poor to very poor condition. Many of the state’s other crops are in the same situation. Topsoil moisture supplies are 65 percent short to very short. Subsoil moisture is at 58 percent in both those categories. Out in ranching communities, 74 percent of pastureland and range conditions are poor to very poor. Available stock water supplies are only at 56 percent in those same categories. The latest U.S. Drought Weather Monitor map shows three-fourths of the state in some stage of drought.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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07-18-17 Golden Harvest® reinforces commitment to farmers with launch of new online presence

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Golden Harvest® reinforces commitment to farmers with launch of new online presence

MINNETONKA, Minn., USA, July 18, 2017 – Rooted in genetics, agronomy and service, Golden Harvest has launched a comprehensive new website and dedicated social media channels.

Located at www.GoldenHarvestSeeds.com, the website offers farmers an online experience tailored to their needs. It delivers different experiences by geography, providing information on locally relevant corn hybrids and soybean varieties alongside regular agronomy updates from their area. For farmers with additional questions, the site also includes a “Find Your Seed Advisor™” function allowing them to locate their closest local agronomic expert.

“At Golden Harvest, we’re committed to helping farmers get the best yields in all their fields through local agronomic knowledge, strong genetics, and hardworking, service-oriented Golden Harvest® Seed Advisors,” said Chad Stone, head, Golden Harvest East. “Our new website reflects this commitment, equipping farmers with tools designed to help them improve their bottom lines.” Continue reading

07-18-17 NPPC: Vaccine Bank Needed To Protect Food, National Security

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NPPC: Vaccine Bank Needed To Protect Food, National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 18, 2017 – Citing economic and food and national security concerns, an ad hoccoalition of more than 100 agricultural organizations and allied industries groups urged Congress to include in the next Farm Bill language establishing and funding a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank. Continue reading

07-18-17 Beef Checkoff News: New Beef WISE Study

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New research shows lean beef can help people lose weight while maintaining lean muscle and supporting a healthy heart

New research published in Obesity Science & Practiceshows that lean beef, as part of a healthy and higher-protein diet, can help people lose weight while maintaining muscle and a healthy heart. [1] “The Beef WISE Study: Beef’s Role in Weight Improvement, Satisfaction, and Energy,” conducted at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center with a research grant from the beef checkoff, adds to the growing body of evidence demonstrating lean beef can contribute to a healthy weight loss diet. Continue reading