03-27-20 U.S Senator Gardner: After CARES Act Becomes Law, Colorado Delegation Urges Immediate Action for Small Businesses

U.S Senator Gardner: After CARES Act Becomes Law, Colorado Delegation Urges Immediate Action for Small Businesses

Delegation asks Small Business Administration to implement new rules and guidance within days, if not hours

Washington, D.C. – Immediately after President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law, the Colorado congressional delegation requested that the Small Business Administration immediately implement the act’s loan programs for small businesses.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant strain on American’s small businesses. We have seen businesses close and workers laid off, furloughed, or left with drastically reduced hours. Business owners are unsure if they can keep their doors open much longer, if at all,” wrote the Colorado congressional delegation. “Congress has done its part and we now rely on our agencies to act as quickly as possible, without delay to issue any and all guidance. We urge you to act immediately, issuing rules and regulations to begin this program in a matter of days—if not hours—to help businesses across the country.”

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03-27-20 CO Corn News: Stay informed, find resources on the COVID-19 webpage

CO Corn News: Stay informed, find resources on the COVID-19 webpage
COVID-19 Resources & Information

Colorado Corn staff and board of directors are taking steps to keep you, our members and stakeholders, informed and to provide you with helpful resources as we navigate through an unprecedented time together. Two ways we aim to do this are through this e-newsletter and a new webpage.

www.coloradocorn.com/covid-19/

Like many states across the country, Colorado is under Stay-At-Home orders as the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 continues. Agriculture was deemed a critical industry by the Department of Homeland Security and Governor Polis.

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03-27-20 U.S. Department of Education: Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the White House Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing

U.S. Department of Education: Remarks by Secretary DeVos at the White House Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing

WASHINGTON — Let me start by saying thank you, Mr. President, for your clear-eyed leadership during these challenging times for our country and for the world. The bold actions you have taken are making a significant difference. That’s certainly true for America’s students and teachers.

Most of them are experiencing unprecedented disruptions in learning and in their lives.

I want each of them to know that President Trump and his Administration are taking decisive action to keep them safe and healthy so they can continue learning.

We must rise to the challenge of educating all children from all walks of life who are all of a sudden in many, many different learning environments. They are counting on all of us to find solutions.

I’m pleased to be here today for the announcement of another terrific solution initiated under the President’s leadership. Secretary Perdue is going to share details of a public-private partnership—this one focused on making sure students impacted by school closures still have access to the school meals they rely on. Thank you, Secretary Perdue for all that you do for America’s students. Continue reading

03-27-20 Weld County: Call by Call, Epidemiologists Tackle COVID-19

Weld County: Call by Call, Epidemiologists Tackle COVID-19

Bert Plants, epidemiologist for Weld County’s Department of Public Health and Environment, working on COVID-19 investigations

Weld County – Typically, an epidemiologist working for the Weld County Health Department focuses on analyzing health data looking for trends and monitoring influxes in diseases such as rhinovirus and salmonella. But for the past three weeks, they have been knee-deep in COVID-19 investigations.

Seven days a week, the department’s three epidemiologists, and one retired doctor donating his time, have been working around the clock conducting investigations and helping in the fight against COVID-19. To date, their efforts have resulted in the investigation of more than 127 cases in Weld County.

“Investigating a case is intense and time-consuming,” said Dr. Wallace, Director of the WCDPHE. “Our staff has been, and continues to be, very responsive to this pandemic. We’ve made over 1,000 phone contacts investigating Weld County cases.”

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03-27-20 CCA: How Important is Food and Water Security? Preserving Irrigated Ag Land Helps Ensure Both

How Important is Food and Water Security?
Preserving Irrigated Ag Land Helps Ensure Both

by Phil Brink, CCA Ag Water NetWORK Consulting Coordinator

Phil Brink, CCA Ag Water NetWORK Consulting Coordinator

Empty store shelves – something rarely seen in America – have been commonplace since the coronavirus outbreak. Consumer stockpiling of food and goods has led to shortages that extend far beyond the media favorite: toilet paper.  Staple food products like ground beef, chicken, beans, bread, tortillas and potatoes are in short supply in supermarkets and warehouse clubs.  Even dog food has not been spared. The unfolding of the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) crisis has led to some urbanites driving to rural areas to purchase food from small town grocery stores – even buying potatoes directly from growers in the San Luis Valley. Continue reading

03-27-20 U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Bernhardt’s Statement on President Trump Signing the CARES Act

U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Bernhardt’s Statement on President Trump Signing the CARES Act

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt issued the following statement today in response to President Trump signing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law:

“Since day one, President Trump has taken bold, decisive actions to combat the spread of the coronavirus, and his leadership in securing the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is another example of how he is affirmatively leading our nation’s response efforts to provide economic relief to small businesses and to support Americans’ health care needs. This law will provide unprecedented, additional financial support to Interior’s operations, furthering our efforts to deploy law enforcement and emergency personnel to critical areas, aid tribal governments, extend Bureau of Indian Education teacher and workforce salary needs and send additional medical supplies and equipment to the Territories and Freely Associated States.” Continue reading

03-27-20 Colorado Governor Polis Provides Update on State Response to COVID-19

Colorado Governor Polis Provides Update on State Response to COVID-19

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado’s response to COVID-19 and discussed the predictive modeling that is guiding the public health decisions the state is making as well as the updated public health order that corresponds with the stay-at-home executive order.

“I continue urging my fellow Coloradans to stay home whenever possible. This global pandemic is not a competition about what you think you can get away with. The data we put forth today shows that staying home is crucial to saving lives. These are not statistics on a page, these are your neighbors, your friends, and even your family members,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “Our community and our economy will come out of this stronger than before but that means everyone must do their part.”

The Governor thanked Dr. Jon Samet, Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health and his team who have been working hard to put together the modeling data in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The Governor provided a slide by slide presentation for members of the media and the general public today. View the slides the Governor presented today here. 

Gov. Polis and the Department of Health and Environment also updated the public health order corresponding with the stay-at-home executive order. The changes include: Continue reading

03-27-20 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Coronavirus Rescue Package

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Coronavirus Rescue Package

(Washington, D.C., March 27, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed the CARES Act:

“The passage of the Coronavirus response legislation will provide much needed relief to Americans across this country, especially workers and small-business owners who have been impacted by COVID-19. President Trump has made the safety and security of the American people a top priority during this national emergency, and this bill will help make Americans more financially secure. At USDA we will deliver relief assistance to farmers and ranchers as quickly as possible,” said Secretary Perdue. “Americans across the nation are stepping up to the challenges facing them during these uncertain times. At USDA we are doing our part to ensure those who need help will get it, whether it’s through nutrition assistance, ensuring the food supply chain is safe and secure, or through new flexibilities with our Rural Development loan programs.”
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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Fri Mar 27, 2020 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
 
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
 
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
 
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 4.57-4.87 steady
Up to 12 percent protein
 
US 2 Yellow Corn 3.66 3 lower
 
US 2 Barley – – not available
 
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
 
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03-27-20 USDA-RMA Adds Flexibilities for Crop Insurance to Support America’s Farmers and Ranchers

USDA-RMA Adds Flexibilities for Crop Insurance to Support America’s Farmers and Ranchers

RMA Offering Remote Assistance and Authorizing Additional Flexibility for Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 2020 –- USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is authorizing additional flexibilities due to coronavirus while continuing to support producers, working through Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to deliver services, including processing policies, claims and agreements. These flexibilities include: enabling producers to send notifications and reports electronically, extending the date for production reports and providing additional time and deferring interest on premium and other payments.

“Crop insurance will continue to support farmers through the challenges ahead, and our RMA team is here to support them,” RMA Administrator Martin Barbre said. “We are working with the AIPs to continue to deliver crop insurance and to respond to farmer needs.”

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03-27-20 CO Governor Polis: COVID-19 Relief Fund Accepting Grant Applications

CO Governor Polis: COVID-19 Relief Fund Accepting Grant Applications

DENVER – Last week, Governor Jared Polis announced the launch of joint efforts to raise relief funds and volunteer efforts to address this public health crisis.

Help Colorado Now has raised $7.7 million dollars from nearly 4,000 individuals, foundations and companies since the fund launched. More than 9,000 volunteers including 2,000 health care volunteers have signed up to date.

“This is exciting news at a tough time for our state, and this milestone could not have been achieved without the support and spirit of Coloradans,” said Gov. Polis. “This is an opportunity to reflect on what we can achieve when we work together and how we can help our fellow Coloradans and small businesses bounce back stronger than ever. I’m thankful for the support these efforts have received to date. Let’s all continue to rise to the challenge.”

The grant process has now begun and will be on a rolling basis. Those interested in applying for relief funds up to $25K can apply here. Continue reading

03-26-20 Inside The BARN with National Pork Board’s Angie Krieger: Closer Look at the Supply Chain Situation

Inside The BARN with National Pork Board’s Angie Krieger: Closer Look at the Supply Chain Situation

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – March 26, 2020 – A closer look Inside The BARN at the pork supply chain from packer to supermarket and the challenges from the recent COVID-19 pandemic here in the United States and more with my guest Angie Krieger, VP of Domestic Marketing at the National Pork Board

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The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at www.pork.org

03-26-20 Tri-State supports COVID-19 pandemic relief and recovery funds in four states

Tri-State supports COVID-19 pandemic relief and recovery funds in four states

  • Donation of $200,000 to be made by Tri-State on behalf of members to support relief and recovery.
  • Effort exemplifies Cooperative Principle of “Concern for Community.”
(March 26, 2020 – Westminster, Colo.) –Donations totaling $200,000 for Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming coronavirus relief and recovery efforts are being made by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association on behalf of its 46 member distribution cooperatives, public power districts and non-utility members.
“Concern for Community” is one of the seven Cooperative Principles that guide the not-for-profit cooperative business model. Electric cooperatives, which were formed by their members, have a long history of supporting their communities in times of crisis. Tri-State will re-allocate funds to be distributed to relief efforts in all four states served by the association’s members.
“We are proud to support each governor’s efforts to provide relief in their state,” said Rick Gordon, chairman of Tri-State and director of Mountain View Electric Association in Limon, Colo. “Cooperatives know well that we are all stronger when we combine our resources and work together to serve our communities.”

03-26-20 CDA Commissioner Kate Greenberg: CDA Update on Statewide State-At-Home Order

CDA Commissioner Kate Greenberg: CDA Update on Statewide State-At-Home Order

Dear Customers & Colleagues,
On March 25, 2020, Governor Polis issued a statewide Stay-At-Home Order and CDPHE issued the amended Public Health Order (PHO) 20-24 to implement the Governor’s EO. The order began today, March 26, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. It requires all Colorado residents to stay at home whenever possible, except those who work in critical business areas or are performing necessary activities. Any business not considered a “Critical Business” as defined in the PHO is to close temporarily until April 11, 2020, except to protect assets and maintain personnel functions. Please see the full orders for term definitions.
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03-26-20 Pork Checkoff Hosts Ag Media Teleconference: Hogs and Pigs Report, COVID-19 Update and More

Pork Checkoff Hosts Ag Media Teleconference: Hogs and Pigs Report, COVID-19 Update and More

The Pork Checkoff hosted a news media teleconference following the release of USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report at 2pm MT on Thursday, March 26, 2020.  The teleconference featured the reactions, of several distinguished agricultural economists, to the report. The teleconference is designed for news media and will provide time for media questions to the panel.

The panelists included: 

  • James Mintert, director, Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Daniel Bluntzer, president, New Frontier Capital Markets, Robstown, Texas
  • John Nalivka, president, Sterling Marketing, Vale, Oregon
  • Additionally, Bill Even, CEO of National Pork Board, will join this call for a brief update on the response to COVID-19 by the Pork Checkoff.

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03-26-20 State of Colorado Activates 2-1-1 Colorado to Connect Coloradans with Human Services Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

State of Colorado Activates 2-1-1 Colorado to Connect Coloradans with Human Services Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

CENTENNIAL (March 26): Today, in partnership with Mile High United Way, the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center activated 2-1-1 Colorado to connect Coloradans with human service resources statewide. Coloradans can reach 2-1-1 Colorado online at 211Colorado.org, by dialing 2-1-1 or texting your Zip Code to 898-211. Do not call 911 for COVID-19 questions unless it is a medical emergency.

2-1-1 Colorado is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people across the State of Colorado to vital resources in their local community. 2-1-1 serves as one central location where people can access over 7,500 health and human service resources.

Callers may experience long wait times, as demand for information is high. 2-1-1 Colorado is hiring in order to reduce wait times and meet Coloradans’ needs. Coloradans can also reach 2-1-1 Colorado online at 211Colorado.org.

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03-26-20 USDA Announces More Than 3.4 Million Acres Selected for General CRP Signup

USDA Announces More Than 3.4 Million Acres Selected for General Signup Conservation Reserve Program

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2020 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the acceptance of more than 3.4 million acres in the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup recently completed, the first general signup enrollments since 2016. Through CRP, farmers and ranchers receive an annual rental payment for establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland. Farmers and ranchers who participate in CRP help provide numerous benefits to the nation’s environment and economy.

“The Conservation Reserve Program is one of our nation’s largest conservation endeavors and is critical in helping producers better manage their operations while conserving valuable natural resources,” Perdue said. “The program marked its 35th anniversary this year, and we were quite pleased to see one of our largest signups in many years.”

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03-26-20 FSIS Responds to USCA Petition on Truthful Labeling

FSIS Responds to USCA Petition on Truthful Labeling

(WASHINGTON) – The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) officially responded today to the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) petition regarding accurate labeling of beef products. The petition requested FSIS to amend the Agency’s Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book to provide that any beef labeled as “Made in the USA”, “Product of the USA”, “USA Beef”, or in any other manner that suggests that the origin is the United States be derived from cattle that have been born, raised, and slaughtered in the U.S.  Continue reading

03-25-20 Colorado Governor Polis Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order in Response to COVID-19

Colorado Governor Polis Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order in Response to COVID-19

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Shelby Wieman|shelby.wieman@state.co.us |303-957-6011


Gov. Polis Announces Statewide Stay-At-Home Order, Provides Update on Colorado Response to COVID-19

***INFORMACIÓN SEGUIDA EN ESPAÑOL***

CENTENNIAL – Today Gov. Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. and will last until April 11, 2020. The Governor also provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and actions taken to limit the spread of the virus.

“Coloradans are living through a global pandemic and this decision was made to help save lives,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We will continue doing everything we can to get the resources Colorado needs to address COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Coloradans. In true Colorado spirit, we’re seeing our friends, family and neighbors rise to the challenge, donating their time, money or extra supplies to support relief efforts at the state and local levels. We are in this together and this is the season to stay at home to save lives.” 

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03-25-20 CO Farm Bureau: In a Time of Uncertainty Agriculture Remains “Open for Business”

CO Farm Bureau: In a Time of Uncertainty Agriculture Remains “Open for Business”

Farmers and ranchers celebrate Colorado Ag Day in the fields

CENTENNIAL, Colo.—March 25, 2019 Even though the 2020 Ag Day celebration at the Colorado Capitol is canceled, the Colorado Farm Bureau assures Coloradans that the agriculture industry is “Still Open for Business” and farmers and ranchers are committed to maintaining a reliable and resilient food supply.

“We are all navigating a time that is unlike any other. There is uncertainty all around us and many unanswered questions about what the future holds,” says Chad Vorthmann, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Farm Bureau. “However, even in all this uncertainty, Colorado agriculture remains open for business. Farmers and ranchers around the state and around the country will continue producing high quality food for your table.”

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03-23-20 Inside The BARN with Erin Foster West of the National Young Farmers Coalition…

Inside The BARN with Erin Foster West of the National Young Farmers Coalition…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – March 23, 2020 – The National Young Farmers Coalition is hiring a Colorado Organizer to support young farmer chapters and members across the state and help drive forward farmer-led change in the Colorado General Assembly. The NYFC is also excited to launch the first Young Farmers Water Fellowship in the state too. With that in mind…joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss those opportunities and more is Erin Foster West, Western Campaigns Director, National Young Farmers Coalition

 

NYFC Hiring Colorado Organizer – LEARN MORE

NYFC is launching 1st Young Farmers Water Fellowship in CO – LEARN MORE

LEARN MORE ABOUT ERIN FOSTER WEST

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NATIONAL YOUNG FARMERS COALITION

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

03-23-20 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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03-18-20 Governor Polis, Coloradans Launch COVID Relief Fund

Governor Polis, Coloradans Launch COVID Relief Fund

Nearly $3 million raised for relief efforts

DENVER, March 18, 2020: Today, Gov. Polis discussed the state’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), and launched joint efforts to raise relief funds and volunteer efforts to address this public health crisis. The Governor announced the Help Colorado Now effort where Coloradans can donate or volunteer, as well as the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, which has already raised nearly $3 million to help Coloradans impacted by the coronavirus. Coloradans can donate or sign up to volunteer at  www.HelpColoradoNow.org.

“My top priority is to ensure the health and safety of all Coloradans during this difficult time,” said Governor Jared Polis. “It’s times like these that truly show our state’s resiliency and the strength of our spirit. Our state is better when we come together to overcome unique challenges – it’s just how we do things in Colorado. We will continue doing everything we can to ensure we protect our state’s most vulnerable.” Continue reading

03-09-20 Registration is OPEN for the 2020 Colorado Livestock Association’s Annual Meeting – Don’t Wait!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER & LEARN MORE

New Dates!

2020 CLA Annual Meeting

NEW DATES: June 30, 2020 – July 1, 2020

Embassy Suites, Loveland

NOTICE: The Colorado Livestock Association leadership understands the uncertainty that has resulted from the spread of COVID-19.

With the health and safety of our attendees and their families top of mind, it was decided at a special meeting of the Board of Directors to reschedule the 2020 Annual Meeting to June 30, 2020 – July 1, 2020.
Stay tuned for further details in the weeks ahead.

03-12-20 The 2020 Census is Ready for Colorado to Respond

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The 2020 Census is Ready for Colorado to Respond

Respond Online or By Phone Today

Denver, CO – It’s time to respond to the 2020 Census. Starting today, March 12, Colorado mailboxes will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Our goal is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

Most invitations will arrive in the mail before April 1, 2020 and will include instructions for responding online or by phone. The invitation will include an ID number that is tied to a physical address.  Coloradans are encouraged to go online (with the ID number) to respond to the Census. Continue reading

03-27-20 CO Governor Polis: Restaurant workers can now deliver food with less red tape and insurance delays

CO Governor Polis: Restaurant workers can now deliver food with less red tape and insurance delays

Actions aimed at growing safe opportunities for restaurant workers, protecting employers’ health insurance and property and casualty insurance

***INFORMACIÓN SEGUIDA EN ESPAÑOL***

DENVER – The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), is taking action to protect Colorado insurance consumers and reduce insurance delays for restaurants and workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Earlier this month, in response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a number of Public Health Orders that have limited normal business and employment for many in the state. These directives from the DOI will allow people to keep their insurance and should also help Colorado’s restaurants and their employees.

“The more we can free up the market and allow people to safely earn a living during this critical time, the better,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “I’m hopeful that some of those who lost their jobs when restaurants closed can now earn additional money working delivery while as a state we get past these difficult restrictions as soon as is scientifically possible.”

“Expanding safe opportunities for work is critical,” said Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway. “As people lose hours, get laid off or lose their jobs, holding onto their employer-sponsored health insurance and paying their auto or homeowners insurance premiums becomes more difficult. In addition to reducing red tape around insuring drivers, we are also calling on insurance companies to show flexibility and work with Coloradans to help them keep their insurance during the COVID-19 crisis.”  

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03-27-20 What’s New on the USDA’s RMA Website March 21 – March 27, 2020

What’s New on the USDA’s RMA Website March 21 – March 27, 2020

Previous What’s New information available through the What’s New Archive.

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03-27-20 ASI: Congress Passes Massive COVID-19 Response Bill With Relief for Livestock Producers

ASI: Congress Passes Massive COVID-19 Response Bill With Relief for Livestock Producers

Today, the House of Representatives passed by voice vote – following the Senate’s unanimous passage late on Wednesday evening – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. While this relief bill is massive – touching nearly every aspect of American business – for America’s sheep producers there were critical components.
While the bill fell short of the American Sheep Industry Association’s request to increase the Commodity Credit Corporation by $20 billion, the bill did replenish $14 billion in funding to stabilize and support farm income and prices. In addition, $9.5 billion in funding was directed to be used for livestock and specialty crops.

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03-27-20 National Potato Council Welcomes Ag Benefits in COVID-19 Relief Bill

National Potato Council Welcomes Ag Benefits in COVID-19 Relief Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Moments ago, the House passed by voice vote S. 3548, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion bill with significant benefits to the U.S. potato supply chain. This comes a day after the Senate passed by the bill by a 96-0 vote. The bill has been sent to President Trump for his expected signature.

National Potato Council (NPC) President Britt Raybould said, “We appreciate the commitment of our leaders to support U.S. ag producers. With spring planting underway in many areas of the nation, this bill lays the groundwork to improve the odds of a sustainable growing season in the coming weeks and months. Now, it’s time we do our part to rise to the challenge of continuing to supply food to our nation and the world.”

NPC CEO Kam Quarles said, “NPC and the other leaders of the specialty crop industry are already working with USDA to target these resources. In particular, we want to ensure that growers and businesses impacted by the huge drop-off in food service have a safety net. This crisis may impact the entire 2020 season and the federal government needs to stand behind these operations.”

The bill includes $48.9 billion for U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies and the Food and Drug Administration to continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the bill provides: Continue reading

03-27-20 U.S Senator Gardner Applauds House Passage of the CARES Act

U.S Senator Gardner Applauds House Passage of the CARES Act

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the House of Representatives passing H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Earlier this week the CARES Act passed the Senate by a vote of 96-0.

“I’ve spoken to countless Coloradans who are worried about their futures and how to provide for their families because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the CARES Act provides the much-needed relief that Coloradans and the American people need,” said Senator Gardner. “The CARES Act provides approximately $2 trillion in direct economic relief and will support our frontline healthcare providers, families, and workers in Colorado as we get through this crisis together. I encourage the President to sign the CARES Act into law right away to give the American people relief now.”

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03-27-20 U.S. Senator Bennet Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Coronavirus Aid and Economic Relief Package

U.S. Senator Bennet Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Coronavirus Aid and Economic Relief Package

Package Will Now Head to President’s Desk to be Signed into Law

Denver, CO – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the statement below following House passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion plan to fight the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and help Americans weather the economic fallout of the crisis. The package will now head to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

“Right now, Colorado and the country are facing a challenge that’s greater than any since World War II. It’s a massive public health crisis that has precipitated a massive economic crisis. To stop the spread of the coronavirus, we’ve essentially had to stop our economy, and there’s no precedent for this in our history.

“This bill reflects the need for urgent and comprehensive action, including an increase in resources for hospitals and health care providers, fiscal assistance for state and local governments, a historic expansion of unemployment benefits, direct cash payments for the hardest hit Americans, and greater support for our small businesses.

“The challenge before us is enormous, and we must be prepared to respond further if necessary. I will continue to work with Governor Polis, our public health agencies, and Colorado’s Congressional Delegation to ensure that Coloradans across the state have the support they need in these trying times.”

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03-27-20 U.S. Senator Bennet, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Federal Trade Commission to Protect Seniors from Coronavirus Scams

U.S. Senator Bennet, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Federal Trade Commission to Protect Seniors from Coronavirus Scams

In Response to the Recent Increase In Coronavirus-Related Scams, Senators Call on the FTC for Stronger Consumer Protections

Denver – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and 33 of his colleagues urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect seniors from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related scams. Responding to a recent increase in these scams, the letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons calls on the Commission to better inform seniors about coronavirus-related scams and their options for recourse should they fall victim to financial exploitation during the pandemic.

“At this time of heightened public fears, reports have highlighted that scams pertaining to the coronavirus are increasing, and that seniors—arguably the most vulnerable population to both the coronavirus and bad actors—have been targeted with calls telling them that the COVID-19 vaccination is ready when no such treatment currently exists,” wrote Bennet and the senators.

The letter continues: “Other reports have outlined how scammers have gone to the homes of elderly people to administer fake tests while also charging them and obtaining their social security numbers.  Although the FTC has sent warning letters to seven sellers of fraudulent COVID-19 treatments, we are concerned that further action is needed to protect the financial wellbeing of seniors—who lose an estimated $3 billion annually from financial scams.” Continue reading

03-27-20 USDA Rural Development Launches COVID-19 Resource Webpage

USDA Rural Development Launches COVID-19 Resource Webpage

(Washington, D.C., March 27, 2020) – – USDA Rural Development has launched a COVID-19 resource page to keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated on actions taken by the Agency to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Visit www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus for information on Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and more.