12-09-13 NFU Board to Congress: Do Not Abandon 2013 Farm Bill…

NFU logo 3WASHINGTON (Dec. 9, 2013) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors adopted a resolution today urging Congress to remain in session until the 2013 Farm Bill is completed. The following is the text of the resolution:
“The National Farmers Union Board of Directors calls upon the U.S. Congress to remain in Washington, D.C., until it passes, and the president signs, a comprehensive five-year farm bill into law this year. The current farm bill has been allowed to expire twice and farmers, ranchers, fishermen and rural Americans deserve the certainty of a five-year farm bill.

2014 Colorado Water Congress January 29-31 in Denver: Registered by December 31st…

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“Our Water Platform, Standing the Test of Time”

The 2014 Annual Colorado Water Congress Convention
Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
January 29 to 31, 2014

The 2014 Colorado Water Congress is the premier water industry event in the state, attracting 500+ attendees that convene for networking and collaboration on the important water issues of the day.  The action-packed annual convention is loaded with great topical content presented by the foremost leaders and technical experts in water, government, law, education and science field, and more.   It’s a don’t-miss event for those who wish to stay informed about water issues in Colorado while engaging in numerous networking and professional development activities.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Keynote presentations, forum panelists and discussions led by industry experts and high-profile members of the state’s water community
  • A full general session agenda centered around a topical conference theme
  • Experts provide technical expertise and a wide range of political, scientific and socioeconomic viewpoints on water issues
  • Leading legislators, water lawyers, educators, scientists and federal and local agency administrators from Colorado and beyond
  • Special workshops and panel discussions on pressing issues, led by leaders of industry and foremost water experts
  • Important updates and dialog around Colorado water legislation
  • Networking with 500+ colleagues and peers from across Colorado
  • Dozens of exhibits
  • POND committee events
  • Opportunities to earn CLE credits
  • Social evening reception

POND Networking Event, January 29th “Stand by your Dam” learn more  
2014 Annual Convention agenda view here “Our Water Platform, Standing the Test of Time”
2014 Annual Convention all day Wednesday workshops agenda view here

12-09-13 ACE Hosting RFS Comment Webinar on Dec 17th…

ACE LOGOSioux Falls, SD (December 9, 2013) – Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), today said the advocacy group will be hosting a webinar at 11 AM (CST) on Tuesday, December 17 on how to make comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed RFS rule for 2014.

“The individual and personal stories of grassroots ethanol supporters from all walks of life are critically important if we are to make strong and convincing arguments that the Administration is wrong to let Big Oil wreck the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Jennings.  “During the webinar ACE will provide tips for submitting persuasive comments to EPA, the rationale for engaging Congress in the comment period, and ways to build grassroots support in your communities in support of the RFS.”

In addition to Jennings, other webinar participants will include ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty and ACE’s Washington D.C. advisor, Jonathon Lehman. For information on how to register for the webinar, contact Shannon Gustafson with ACE by emailing her at sgustafson@ethanol.org

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is the grassroots voice of the U.S. ethanol industry, a national advocacy association for the ethanol industry with nearly 1,500 members nationwide, including farmers, ethanol producers, commodity organizations, businesses supplying goods and services to the ethanol industry, rural electric cooperatives, and individuals supportive of increased production and use of ethanol. For more information about ethanol or ACE, visit www.ethanol.org or call (605) 334-3381.

12-09-13 Inside the BARN with American Agri-Women’s National President Sue McCrum…

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Newly elected AAW President Sue McCrum from Mars Hill, Maine

AAW - American AgriWomen(BARN Media -Briggsdale, CO) December 9th, 2013 — American Agri-Women (AAW) elected its executive board and recognized outstanding contributors at its 38th annual convention held recently in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Joining the Colroado Ag News Network iside the BARN to recap that event and much more is newly elected AAW President Sue McCrum from Mars Hill, Maine.

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AAW is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women representing more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliates. The 38th annual convention included meetings in Niagara Falls as well as meetings and tours in Ontario, Canada, which were sponsored by several Canadian ag groups. This was the first time AAW collaborated with Canadian women for its annual convention.

Meet your 2014 AAW Executive Committee (from left): Lynn Woolf, vice president of communications, Peggy Clark, treasurer, Kris Zilliox, vice president of communications, Doris Mold, first vice president of resolutions & vital issues; Sue McCrum, president, Lisa Condon, secretary and Karen Yost, past president.

Learn more about the AAW OnLine:

Since 1974, AAW members have worked together to educate consumers; advocate for agriculture; and offer networking and professional development opportunities. Go to the AAW web site for more information and to join, www.americanagriwomen.org. Find AAW on social media at: Facebook.com/AgriWomen/ and Twitter.com/Women4Ag/ (@Women4Ag).

12-09-13 Gov. Hickenlooper announces appointments to the Board of Trustees for Colorado Mesa University…

Colorado Governor's SealDENVER — Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 — Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announces appointments to the Board of Trustees for Colorado Mesa University.

The Board of Trustees for Colorado Mesa University makes policy for the school and oversees its operations. The appointments must be confirmed by the Colorado Senate.

The member appointed, effective Dec. 31, 2013 for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2016:

  • Tilman “Tillie” Bishop of Grand Junction, a Republican, and occasioned by the resignation of Margo M. Pinto of Englewood.

The members appointed, effective Dec. 31, 2013 for terms expiring Dec. 31, 2017:

  • Robert Glen Wilson of Grand Junction, to serve as a Republican and resident of Mesa County, reappointed.

  • Daniel R. Robinson of Grand Junction, to serve as a Democrat and resident of Mesa County, reappointed.

  • Randolph “Ray” Martinez of Fort Collins, to serve as a Republican.

For more information on Boards and Commissions, click here or e-mail  gov_officeofboardsandcommissions@state.co.us.

12-09-13 USCA Issues Statement Urging Farm Bill Passage Without Altering COOL…

USCA LogoUSCA (December 9, 2013) – Jon Wooster, United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) president, issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing farm bill conference negotiations.

“As farm bill talks continue, USCA commends the four leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees for their efforts to move new farm policy forward.  USCA appreciates the efforts of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) who are working hard to produce bipartisan legislation.

USCA remains firm in its opposition to any amendment that would alter or repeal the U.S. county of origin labeling (COOL) program.  As noted in previous USCA statements, any legislative action on COOL is unwarranted.  The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) revised COOL regulations went into effect on November 23.  USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative have stated that the revised regulations bring the U.S. into compliance with our international trade obligations.  It would not be appropriate for Congress to disrupt the ongoing process at the WTO.  USCA opposes any attempt to derail COOL during the farm bill conference and we urge passage of a final farm bill that provides U.S. agricultural producers with the long-term, comprehensive safety nets they need as we prepare for the new year.” Continue reading

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“Nothing Solid on Farm Bill Yet, But Lucas Wants to Avoid One-Month Extension”

Citing the confirmation of a House Republican aide – The Hagstrom Report said Friday that farm bill conferees may hold a public session next week. Nothing has been officially scheduled – but next week does market the only one in which the House and Senate are both in session for the remainder of the year. Farm Bill Conference Chair Frank Lucas has said issues like country-of-origin labeling for meat and changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act would likely be discussed and voted on in a public session. USDA late Thursday said farm bill negotiations should continue until House and Senate leaders reach agreement on a comprehensive farm bill. That came after House Speaker John Boehner suggested a one-month extension of the now-expired 2008 Farm Bill may be needed. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had said the House would be prepared to take up a conference report next week if one were offered. The Hill reported that Lucas admitted it would take a Herculean effort for conferees to finish a conference report before the House leaves town for the year next Friday. But he also expressed hope that Congress would not need to approve a one-month extension. According to Roll Call Online – Lucas said it would probably reassure everyone involved if the members and USDA know with certainty that a finished product will be on the floor the first few days in January.

Meanwhile – according to The Hagstrom Report – some details on the commodity title have started leaking out. The Hill said Lucas confirmed that one option on the table would be using the House’s price loss coverage program – but basing it on the Senate’s preference for historic acres rather than actual acres planted. Politico reported the rough goal is to pay on 85-percent of base acres for both the new revenue and price loss programs in the proposed commodity title.

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“NPPC Call to Action on King Amendment”

As discussions on the farm bill continue – the National Pork Producers Council is calling its members to action on the so-called King Amendment. The amendment would prohibit a state from excluding lawfully produced agricultural products from other states from being sold within its borders. NPPC strongly supports this House-approved provision sponsored by Iowa Representative Steve King. NPPC notes the Humane Society of the United States is the chief opponent of the amendment. The group says HSUS has falsely claimed that the amendment could wipe out dozens of state laws on farm animal confinement, puppy mills, horse slaughter, shark finning and even dog meat. NPPC is encouraging its members to contact their elected officials to urge them to support the King Amendment. Continue reading