03-31-15 COLORADO EGG FARMERS HOPPED INTO ACTION TO HELP THOSE IN NEED THIS EASTER DONATING MORE THAN A QUARTER MILLION EGGS TO AREA FOOD BANKS…

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Colorado Egg Producers mascot, Eggbert and the Easter Bunny entertained kids at Food Bank of the Rockies today, were CEP donated more than 250,000 eggs just in time for Easter

CEP-CO Egg Producers LogoDENVER – March 31, 2015 – Colorado egg farmers helped the Easter Bunny out again this year. The seven local farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association have donated more than a quarter million eggs to food banks throughout Colorado to ensure those in need will have eggs in time for Easter. CEP is proud to contribute to the efforts of Feeding Colorado and the Good Egg Project, an initiative to end childhood hunger through the American Egg Board.

The Easter Bunny and CEP’s mascot, Eggbert made a special appearance at Food Bank of the Rockies’ event today, entertaining children and partner agencies that came to pick up their Easter eggs. Several lucky kids were also randomly selected to win prizes from CEP including two new bicycles. The CEP team, along with special guest, acclaimed Colorado chef and Douglas County School District Executive Chef Jason K. Morse, CEC, cooked and served free omelets to all the families, guests and organizations in attendance. The children participated in a cooking demonstration with Chef Morse as a part of the Chef’s Move to Schools Initiative, a platform for chefs and schools to create partnerships in their communities with the mission of collaboratively educating kids about food and healthy eating. Continue reading

03-31-15 NFU Concerned by Omission of RFS from President’s Plan to Cut GHG Emissions…

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WASHINGTON (March 31, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today expressed concern over the exclusion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in President Obama’s formal submission of a plan to the United Nations to cut United States greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution.

“The RFS offers America a cleaner, more environmentally friendly fuel sector with its support for biofuels,” said Johnson. “The president is ignoring agriculture’s great potential to help the country cut GHG emissions and mitigate climate change by excluding the RFS from his plan.”

Johnson noted that climate change poses a great risk to agriculture. Family farmers and ranchers are willing and able to help build climate resiliency. Continue reading

03-31-15 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

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MARCH 1, 2015 PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS 

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of March 1, Colorado growers intend to plant 1.09 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2015, down 60,000 acres and five percent below last year’s plantings, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
  • Sorghum intentions total 375,000 acres, up 30,000 acres from plantings last year.
  • The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 45,000 acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay.
  • Growers intend to plant 65,000 acres of barley in 2015, up 8,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings.
  • All wheat acreage is expected to total 2.52 million acres for 2015. Winter wheat seedings last fall for harvest in 2015 are estimated at 2.50 million acres, down 250,000 acres from the 2014 crop. Growers intend to seed 15,000 acres of spring wheat this year, up 6,000 acres from last year.
  • Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1.45 million acres this year. This is up 110,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2014.
  • Growers intend to plant 54,000 acres of sunflowers this year, up 9,500 acres from what they planted in 2014. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 40,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be up 4,500 acres to 14,000 acres this year.
  • The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be up 2,300 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 31,700 acres.
  • Dry edible bean acreage is expected to total 69,000 acres, up 50 percent from the 46,000 acres planted in 2014.
  • Mountain snowpack is currently 74 percent of average, statewide. Final acreages actually planted for several crops will be determined by irrigation water prospects, soil moisture levels at planting time, and changes in economic conditions between now and actual planting.

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03-31-15 *USDA/NASS News* Grain Stocks Report…

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GRAIN STOCKS – MARCH 1, 2015

ARIZONA

Off-farm corn stocks in Arizona on March 1, 2015 were 2.49 million bushels, down 27 percent from March 1, 2014, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Off-farm sorghum stocks totaled 169,000 bushels. Off-farm all wheat stocks in Arizona on March 1, 2015 were 3.38 million bushels, down 19 percent from March 1, 2014. Offfarm barley stocks totaled 313,000 bushels. Other Arizona grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

COLORADO

All corn stocks in Colorado on March 1, 2015 were 63.34 million bushels, up 16 percent from March 1, 2014, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All corn stocks stored on farms amounted to 36.0 million bushels, up 24 percent from a year ago. All corn stored off farms amounted to 27.34 million bushels, up 7 percent from a year ago. Offfarm sorghum stocks were 761,000 bushels, down 51 percent from March 1, 2014. Off-farm oat stocks in Colorado were estimated at 63,000 bushels, unchanged from last year. All wheat stocks in Colorado on March 1, 2015 were 31.13 million bushels, up 46 percent from March 1, 2014. All wheat stocks stored on farms amounted to 8.60 million bushels, up 115 percent from a year ago. All wheat stored off farms amounted to 22.53 million bushels, up 30 percent from a year ago. Off-farm soybean stocks on March 1, 2015 were 73,000 bushels, up 170 percent from a year ago. Other Colorado grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations. Continue reading

03-31-15 CFB News: HB15-1057 should move forward to improve Colorado’s statewide ballot…

CFB-Colorado Farm Bureau Logo LGCentennial, Colo. – March 31, 2015 – Colorado Farm Bureau is calling on the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs committee to move a bill out of committee that would clearly improve the statewide ballot process. Last week CFB testified in support of HB 15-1057, sponsored by Reps. Lois Court (D) and Brian DelGrosso (R) and Sens. Jerry Sonnenberg (R) and Mary Hodge (D).

“Providing fiscal analysis gives voters the information they want up front – how the initiative will affect them, their families, their neighbors and our state,” stated Chad Vorthmann, executive vice president of CFB . “It’s disappointing when the petitioners in front of my grocery store, who can affect our constitution, are less informed about what’s in their hand than the Girl Scouts selling cookies.” Continue reading

03-31-15 USDA Awards 36 Food Safety Grants, Including $6.7M for Antimicrobial Resistance, to Protect Consumers,including $749k for CSU…

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WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced funding awards totaling nearly $19 million, including more than $6.7 million for antimicrobial resistance strategies, to 36 grantees to ensure a safe and nutritious food supply and while maintaining American agricultural competitiveness. NIFA made the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“Increasing food safety continues to be a major focus for USDA, as it directly impacts the health and well-being of all Americans,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “Funding provided to universities supports discoveries of new ways that we can prevent foodborne illnesses and increase the safety of our food production industry.”

NIFA made the awards through the AFRI Food Safety program to protect consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur in the food chain, from production to consumption. This year, AFRI’s Food Safety program is comprised of five sub-programs. The following projects have been selected for awards in each sub-program: Continue reading

03-31-15 Electric Co-ops Cheer Passage of Bill That Helps Them Add Renewables in a Reasonable Way…

CREA-Colorado Rural Electric Association logoMarch 31, 2015 – Monday, March 30, the Colorado House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 15-046 on third and final reading. The vote: 65-0 in favor of the bill. Since the bill was not amended in the House, it does not have to go back to the Senate and will now go to Governor John Hickenlooper (D) for his signature.

SB 15-046 was proposed by the Colorado Rural Electric Association to address the “retail distributed generation (DG)” requirement contained in SB 13-252, which increased renewable resource requirement for electric co-ops two years ago. SB 13-252 requires electric co-ops to derive at least 0.5 percent of their sales from renewable energy sources that are located on the customer side of the electric meter by 2020.  For some electric co-ops, this is impractical because while they may have large sales of electricity from industrial consumers, they have small numbers of residential consumers willing and eligible to install renewable energy like rooftop solar panels. So, one component of SB 15-046 allows co-ops to exclude industrial sales from the total amount of sales that is subject to the 0.5 percent retail DG requirement.

The second component of SB 15-046 allows electric co-ops to count the output from community solar gardens as retail DG. The current Renewable Energy Standard allows investor-owned utilities to count solar gardens as retail DG, so this provision in the bill simply puts co-ops on equal footing with the other utilities. Continue reading

03-31-15 USDA to Provide $332 Million to Protect and Restore Agricultural Working Lands, Grasslands and Wetlands…

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WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept ACEP applications to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect the nation’s critical wetlands and grasslands, home to diverse wildlife and plant species.

“USDA helps farmers, ranchers, private forest landowners and partners to achieve their conservation goals using our technical expertise, Farm Bill funding and sound conservation planning,” Vilsack said. “Conservation easements are an important tool to help these landowners and partners voluntarily provide long-term protection of our nation’s farmland, ranchland, wetlands and grasslands for future generations.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, March 31st…

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“Disinfectant Could Help Reduce Spread of PEDv”

The Pig Site reports Michigan State University has released new information to assist producers with disinfection protocols for PEDv. The National Pork Board recently published a study on the use and effectiveness of Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide in cold temperature environments. While washing, disinfecting and drying trailers is the gold standard to reduce the spread of disease – the study shows the Accel product is an alternative option when fully washing and disinfecting is restricted due to limited time. Through NPB’s study with both a heavy and light fecal load and at standing times of 40 and 60 minutes – results shows the disease was inactivated in the presence of light and heavy fecal contamination. Concentrations of 1:16 and 1:32 of AHP disinfectant in a 10-percent propylene glycol solution with 40 minutes of contact time is an effective alternative to reduce disease transmission between loads during cold weather conditions. Another benefit of AHP is it doesn’t require the use of Personal Protection Equipment when being applied and is environmentally friendly. MSU Swine Veterinarian Dr. Madonna Benjamin says this product may reduce pathogens on commercial and non-commercial swine movement when used as part of a cleaning biosecurity regime.

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“FDA Sends Warning Letter to Cattleman Regarding High Levels of Certain Antibiotic in Beef”

Food Safety News reports FDA has established a safe level of point-one parts per million for residues of Tilmicosin – a veterinary antibiotic used to treat cattle and sheep for bovine and ovine respiratory diseases – in muscle tissue and 1.2-parts per million in liver tissues. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service tested a beef cow offered for sale as an animal for slaughter by a Virginia cattleman last year. In that testing – residues of the antibiotic resulted in 2.914 ppm in the muscle tissue and 19.994 ppm in the liver tissue. FDA sent the cattleman a warning letter about the findings from its investigation and asked for a response to FDA’s concerns within 15-working days.  

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“NFU Opposes Acceptance of COOL, GIPSA Riders in 2016 Ag Appropriations”

The National Farmers Union has joined a coalition representing family farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural affairs to submit testimony urging Congress to reject any policy riders in the Fiscal Year 2016 Ag Appropriations bill that would weaken or withdraw COOL or limit the rulemaking authority of GIPSA. NFU President Roger Johnson says opponents of basic rights for producers and consumers have chosen the appropriations process as a mechanism to preempt the World Trade Organization process on COOL and limit the Ag Secretary’s authority to address anti-competitive market concerns. As for COOL – Johnson says it is premature to surrender to Canada and Mexico’s threats of tariff retaliation. As for GIPSA – he says any provision gutting the Packers and Stockyard Act through the GIPSA rider is unconscionable to America’s family farmers and ranchers and would deny them protection from retaliation when they use their First Amendment rights to speak with congressional representatives, deny them the right to a jury trial and deny them the right to request information on how their pay is calculated. For those reasons – NFU urges Congress to reject policy riders that would undermine the effectiveness of COOL and GIPSA.

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“USDA Announces Funding for Rural Development”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture – through its Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program – is providing 31-million dollars in loans and grants for 38 projects in 12 states. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says these infrastructure investments will help rural residents start or expand businesses by helping increase production and manufacturing capacity for businesses or helping rural homeowners save money by making their homes more energy efficient. To view the list of funding recipients – visit RD dot USDA dot gov slash Files slash RD underscore REDLG underscore recipients dot pdf (www.rd.usda.gov/files/rd_redlg_recipients.pdf).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-30-15 USDA-NASS-CO News: Colorado Crop Progress…

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AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Above normal temperatures were sustained last week while precipitation occurred in trace amounts, stimulating pasture growth and spurring opportunities for fieldwork in most districts. High winds impacted eastern districts while localized moisture stress was apparent in several instances. Calving and lambing progressed well amid warm and dry conditions. As of March 30, mountain snowpack statewide was 74 percent of average. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 60 and 66 percent of average, respectively. Stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 4 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy, 64 percent average and 35 percent light. Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 84 percent average, and 15 percent light.

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03-30-15 Grover FFA Chapter to host Annual Hired Hand Auction April 11th…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015The Grover FFA chapter their annual hired hand auction at Pawnee High School in Grover CO on Saturday, April 11th.

All you can eat dinner of Rocky Mountain Oysters, Chicken tenders, potato salad, baked beans, and dessert will be served starting at 5:00 with the auction to follow.

Prices are: Adults 8.00, children 6-12 and Seniors 6.00, children 5 and under eat free.

Auction items include projects built by Ag students:  Roping dummy, horse panels, plasm cam art, etc… as well as donated items from around Weld County.

For more information feel free to contact Advisor, Mrs. Seely Daniels at 970-895-2222.

03-30-15 NFU Joins Diverse Coalition Urging Congress to Reject COOL, GIPSA Riders in 2016 Ag Appropriations…

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (March 30, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) joined a diverse coalition representing family farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural affairs in submitting testimony urging Congress to reject the inclusion of any policy riders in the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would weaken or rescind Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) or limit the rulemaking authority of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Agency (GIPSA).

“Opponents of basic rights for producers and consumers have repeatedly chosen the appropriations process as a mechanism to preempt the World Trade Organization (WTO) process on COOL and to limit the agriculture secretary’s authority to address anti-competitive market concerns,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “NFU urges Congress to reject policy riders that would undermine the effectiveness of COOL and GIPSA.” Continue reading

03-30-15 NACD News: Resolution Recognizes Value of Locally-Led Soil and Water Conservation Efforts…

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WASHINGTON, DC–March 30, 2015–A bipartisan, concurrent resolution recently introduced in the U.S. Senate and House recognizes the value of locally-led soil and water conservation and the role of conservation districts within those efforts across the nation.
“We’re pleased to see a bipartisan group of representatives in Washington voicing their support for our nation’s soils and locally-led natural resource conservation, and their critical value to our nation’s economic and food security,” said National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) President Lee McDaniel. “Providing for a projected world population of nine billion by 2050, while preserving our precious natural resource base, will require a coordinated, voluntary, incentive-based approach to private land conservation with participation from local, state and federal stakeholders.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, March 30th…

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“USDA Extends Deadline for ARC, PLC, Base Acre Reallocation and Yield Update”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday it will extend the deadline for farmers to reallocate base acres and update yield and to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs to April 7th. Currently – almost 98-percent of producers have updated their yield and base acres – and nearly 90-percent have enrolled in ARC or PLC. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says this will give producers a little more time to have those final conversations, review their data, visit their local Farm Service Agency offices and make their decisions. If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by April 7th – the farm’s current yield and base acres will be used. If farmers do not make a choice of ARC or PLC by April 7th – the farm will not receive 2014 crop year payments and will default to PLC coverage for the 2015 through 2018 crop years. Continue reading

03-27-15 CO Governor Hickenlooper announces more than $34 million in grants awarded to local communities…

Colorado Governor's SealDENVER — Friday, March 27, 2015  Gov. John Hickenlooper and Kevin Patterson, interim executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), today announced $34,240,176 in competitive grants has been awarded to 40 projects throughout Colorado through the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund grant program. Projects address key public improvements ranging from public facilities to water and wastewater systems in communities statewide.

“This grant program continues to be invaluable to Colorado’s smaller and rural communities,” said Hickenlooper. “With these funds, communities are able to plan for and implement substantial capital improvements, essential public projects and other services.”

DOLA administers the grant program, which assists political subdivisions that are socially and/or economically impacted by the development, processing, or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels. Funds come from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production and from a portion of the state’s share of royalties paid to the federal government for mining and drilling of minerals and mineral fuels on federally-owned land. The program was created by the legislature in 1977.

Types of projects funded by the program include construction of or improvements to water and sewer systems, roads, recreation centers, public safety and other public facilities, fire protection buildings and equipment, and local government planning.

“These dollars strengthen communities and are made possible through well-established partnerships between all levels of government and the energy industry. DOLA takes great pride in being a steward of these funds,” Patterson said.

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03-27-15 ASI WEEKLY NEWS FOR SHEEP INDUSTRY LEADERS…

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Members of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) held their fly-in this week in the nation’s capital. Nearly 60 sheep industry leaders advocated issues of importance to the sheep business by carrying their message to members of Congress.

“The industry faces several serious legislative and regulatory challenges this year and volunteer leaders along with state wool grower associations worked the issues hard this week,” said Burton Pfliger (N.D.), ASI president. “More than 100 offices representing 18 states met with sheep producers as our members blanketed the Hill sharing cohesive messages on the top issues we face.” Continue reading

03-27-15 Colorado submits application for National Disaster Resilience Competition…

Colorado Governor's SealDENVER — Friday, March 27, 2015 Gov. Hickenlooper today announced that Colorado’s application was submitted for the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), a billion dollar federal competition for communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The NDRC was announced in July 2014 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“Resiliency planning is not something that Colorado simply wants to do, it is something that we must do to ensure our safety, vitality and unique way of life for future generations,” said Hickenlooper.

The NDRC makes available $1 billion in funds, with a maximum award of $500 million. Eligible applicants must successfully develop innovative resilience projects that both address unmet needs from federally-declared disasters in 2011 through 2013. Colorado is one of 67 eligible applicants for the NDRC.

As part of the application, Colorado proposes the development of local resilience strategies  and the implementation of those strategies through innovative public-private partnerships.  The partnerships will create a lasting funding mechanism for resiliency in disaster impacted areas throughout Colorado.

The application also explains how communities can apply for resiliency project funds by meeting the criteria developed through the Colorado Resiliency Framework. The framework is set to be adopted by Hickenlooper in May 2015.

Colorado’s recovery and commitment to rebuild from recent disasters continues: Continue reading

03-27-15 USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines until April 7th…

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WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015.

“This is an important decision for producers because these programs help farmers and ranchers protect their operations from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Nearly 98 percent of owners have already updated their yield and base acres, and 90 percent of producers have enrolled in ARC or PLC. These numbers are strong, and continue to rise. This additional week will give producers a little more time to have those final conversations, review their data, visit their local Farm Service Agency offices, and make their decisions,” said Vilsack.

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by the deadline, the farm’s current yield and base acres will be used. If a program choice of ARC or PLC is not made, there will be no 2014 crop year payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage for the 2015 through 2018 crop years. Producers who have an appointment at their local FSA offices scheduled by April 7 will be able to make an election between ARC and PLC, even if their actual appointment is after April 7. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, March 27th…

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“House Ag Subcommittee Holds Hearing on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation”

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a public hearing Thursday to examine the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill. Chairman Rick Crawford says while the legislation was drafted during a period of record-high prices – producers are now experiencing a staggering 43-percent drop in net farm income. Current conditions are going to test the farm bill and its ability to mitigate and respond to growing financial stress in farm country – says Crawford – who believes the situation calls for the bill to be implemented in the most farmer-friendly manner possible within the limits of the law. Crawford says the Agriculture Department needs to address the collapse in cotton prices due to actions by the Chinese government. He also called on Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis to ensure the margin coverage being developed works for rice growers.

With just a few days left for farmers to sign-up for Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage – Ranking Member Tim Walz says he hopes the hearing can also serve as a last minute sign-up reminder to anyone who has not yet made their decision. Walz says the 2014 Farm Bill paves the way for new crop insurance policies farmers can use to better manage their risk – which will be especially helpful for new and beginning farmers as well as crop growers.

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“Senate Votes Send Message About WOTUS”

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says key votes in the Senate this week delivered a resounding message that the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is flawed in substance and process. The Hill reports the Senate voted by a vote of 99 to 0 to include an amendment from Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan to establish a deficit neutral reserve fund on keeping the Federal Water Pollution Control Act focused on protection of water quality – and outlines what’s under federal jurisdiction to create clear, unambiguous exemptions for EPA. By a vote of 59 to 40 – Senators also passed an amendment from Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming to rein in the EPA. Both amendments would be attached to the budget resolution. Stallman says the senators indicated they will not tolerate outlandish regulatory actions that disregard established law – and by their action put federal regulators on notice that the rule is simply unacceptable.

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“Grassley Co-Sponsors Bill to Repeal Death Tax”

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is a lead co-sponsor of newly re-introduced legislation by South Dakota Senator John Thune – the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 – which would repeal the federal estate tax. Grassley says the appreciated value of land is phantom income. The value is locked in the asset – so Grassley says if there’s no intent to sell the land – there’s no real income tax other than the income the land actually produces – which is already taxed. Grassley says the estate tax doesn’t serve any purpose except sending more money to Washington, D.C. – which would be better spent on keeping up the family farm or creating jobs at a business. He says the only solution for ending the destructive nature of the death tax is its complete repeal.

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“Colleges, Universities Receive Grants for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs”

One-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese. On Thursday – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 9-million dollars in USDA grants to develop childhood obesity intervention programs through colleges and universities in 12 states and Puerto Rico – funded through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Vilsack says it is critical that we make the effort to help our children be healthy kids who develop into healthy adults. Fiscal Year 2014 Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area grants will go to California State University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Davis, Colorado State University, University of Connecticut, Florida International University, University of Miami School of Medicine, University of Illinois, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Cornell University, Duke University, Pennsylvania State University, Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, Tennessee State University, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M University. For more information – visit NIFA dot USDA dot gov (www.nifa.usda.gov).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-26-15 US Senator Gardner Amendment Protecting Water Rights Passes Senate…

 Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) amendment to the Senate budget protecting state water rights was passed by a bipartisan majority Thursday night. The amendment passed on a 59-41 vote, and has been added to the Senate budget. The amendment would recognize the long-standing authority to manage water according to state law, and protect against federal takeover of water rights and permits.

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Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has introduced an amendment to the Senate budget which would protect privately held water rights and permits from federal overreach. Gardner’s amendment would recognize the long-standing authority to manage water according to state law and protects against federal takeover of water rights and permits.

“Coloradans know best how to manage their own water resources,” Gardner said. “The ability of Coloradans to rely on state recognized water rights has been the foundation of Colorado agriculture, small business, outdoor recreation and local economies since the formation of our state in 1876.  My amendment would protect states’ ability to govern their own water laws, and protect existing water rights and permits from any future meddling by the federal government.”

Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.  

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