05-26-15 Wyoming Governor Mead Reacts to Process Behind EPA’s WOTUS Rule…

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy called Governor Mead to announce that she is signing the controversial Waters of the United States rule. Wyoming, along with a number of other states, asked McCarthy to work on concerns with the rule. Consultation with governors is required under the Clean Water Act.

“I am disappointed at the lack of consideration for the law and procedure,” said Mead. “The Administrator ignored requests to consult with states and develop a rule that complies with the law and protects water.”

Once it is signed the rule will go into the federal register for review and comment.

“This rule has wide ranging impact,” said Mead. “I am frustrated the EPA has again stepped out of the bounds of its authority and has disregarded the role and concerns of the state.”

05-26-15 FSA-CO News from Logan County: Producers Must Report Prevented Planting and Failed Acres…

Logan County FSA LogoSherry Lederhos, Executive Director of Logan County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds producers to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility.

Producers must report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, they were prevented from planting.  Prevented planting acreage must be reported on form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and Risk Management Agency (RMA).

Logan County final spring planting dates are as follows: Continue reading

05-26-15 NFU Urges USDA to Strengthen Payment Limitations and Eligibility Says Current “Actively Engaged” Proposal Not Strong Enough…

NFU - National Farmers Union logo5WASHINGTON (May 26, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today urged the U.S. Department Of Agriculture (USDA) to strengthen payment limitations and payment eligibility for certain USDA farm programs.

“Our grassroots policy has long held that the primary objectives of national agricultural policy should be to enable family farmers to significantly increase net farm income, improve the quality of rural life, and increase the number of family farmers so farmers may continue to provide a reliable supply of food, fiber, feed and fuel and serve as stewards of our nation’s resources,” said Johnson in comments submitted for a proposed rule to the Farm Service Agency (FSA).  “NFU supports the direction of farm program benefits to family farm producers in such a way as to reduce government costs while fortifying the sustainability of our family farms, our rural communities and our natural resources.”

Johnson pointed out that payment limits which are meaningful, realistic and targeted to farmers who are “actively engaged” in farming could reap significant savings for the government, while at the same time protecting family farms. Continue reading

05-26-15 CACD News: Get Ready, Get Set: Camp Rocky July 5-11…

Camp Rocky HeaderIt’s our 52nd year! 2015 Camp Rocky is scheduled for July 5th through 11th, again at the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp facility, just outside Divide, CO. The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts brings this educational youth camp together each year for student’s ages 14 – 18 years. Our camp offers four natural resource conservation based disciplines:  Soil and Water Conservation, Forest Management, Rangeland Science, and Fish and Wildlife Management. Each student is offered one of the four areas of study and will participate within that area for the entire week at camp. Continue reading

0526-15 Register for the 2015 NPC Summer Meeting in Kalispell, MT July 8-10…

2015 NPC Summer MeetingJoin your peers for a summertime discussion of federal policy impacting the U.S. potato industry. All growers and industry leaders are welcome to the National Potato Council’s Summer Meeting. The location for this annual meeting is determined by the state of the current year’s NPC president. Bring your family to explore all of the attractions and delicacies the region has to offer.

Attendees review policies being considered in our nation’s capital that could affect potato operations and unite in developing strategies to voice industry priorities to lawmakers, administration officials and regulators. Enjoy the always lively silent auction and banquet to benefit NPC’s Scholarship Program and learn about the local growing region.

Register here for the 2015 Summer Meeting.

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05-26-15 National Potato Council Applauds TPA Passage…

National Potato Council logoWashington, D.C. – The National Potato Council (NPC) applauds the vote by the U.S. Senate last Friday to approve trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation to ensure that trade agreements negotiated by the President can be considered by Congress on a simple up or down vote. When approved by the House of Representatives, TPA will provide the opportunity for Congress to consider the Trans Pacific Partnership, a multilateral trade agreement with Pacific Rim countries that will lower or eliminate tariffs faced by U.S. exports of potatoes and potato products.

Currently one out of every five rows of potatoes grown in the U.S. is destined for export markets. The level of tariffs levied on imports by our trading partners can eliminate export opportunities when our international competitors face lower tariffs. Trade agreements reduce or eliminate tariffs and create fairer competition in the market place. “Potato producers in the U.S. can compete with any farmer in the world if the playing field is level. We win when we negotiate and approve trade agreements that eliminate tariffs and allow us to compete based on how productive and efficient we are,” said NPC President Dan Lake. Continue reading

05-26-15 Colorado Department of Agriculture Invests in Local Businesses…

CDA NEW main logo 051414BROOMFIELD, Colo.–The Colorado Department of Agriculture selected nine projects to receive funding through the “Enrich Colorado Ag Grant Program.” Grant funds will help Colorado companies conduct research and develop new uses and markets for food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado.
“The Department takes great pride in the ability to support our local food and agricultural businesses,” said Tom Lipetzky, Markets Division Director. “Although few grant programs offer support to benefit individual companies, our Division works hard to provide as much assistance as possible.”
Projects funded include:

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05-26-15 CSU SEA Extension News: Native Plant Recovery from Drought…

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ORDWAY, CO – May 26, 2015 – Rain makes grass – in time! 

Exciting times, we have finally received some rain in Southeast Colorado and it has covered a very large area. Amounts have varied, but everyone has received some.

Optimism for the future is looking up, especially for agriculture producers. Winter crops are growing and the future for summer crops is bright. Grass is growing for livestock producers. But a word of caution for livestock producers – do not turn out too early or stay on too long.

After the drought of the past few years, grass plants are just like humans getting over a debilitating illness, it is going to take a while to get really healthy again. In the case of grass plants, this will mean several years – at least. As the drought progressed, in order to stay alive, the grass plant used up root reserves – they sure were not creating more with vegetative growth above ground! The longer the drought went the smaller those root reserves were and the less the plant had to live on. Just like we do when we get sick and live off of our bodies reserves until we can again take in nutrition. Continue reading

05-26-15 Beef Checkoff News: It’s Time to Cast Your Vote!

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For the last eight weeks, the beef checkoff hosted the “Rev it Up My ROI Checkoff Challenge” to give producers an opportunity to share stories about checkoff success. The Rev it Up finalists have submitted their videos, each one sharing one thing about how the checkoff has brought the most value to their operations.

Now it’s your turn to cast your vote on the My Beef Checkoff Facebook page from June 1, 2015 through midnight Sunday, June 7. The winner will drive away in a donated Yamaha Viking EPS 4×4 valued at nearly $22,000!

“During the contest, did you as producers ever come through, with great comments and real-world proof that beef producers are responsible stewards of land and livestock. You are truly dedicated to providing a safe and nutritious product,” says Brenda Black, cow-calf producer from Deepwater, Mo., and member of the checkoff’s Producer Communications Working Group. “You’ll want to take time to watch the finalist’s videos! It’s a great opportunity to learn more about your fellow cattlemen and women, something you may or may not have known about your checkoff, then share the good news with your friends and neighbors.”

Be sure to cast your vote by midnight Sunday, June 7. The winner will be announced June 8!

For more information about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com.

UNDERSTANDING THE BEEF CHECKOFF PROGRAM

The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

www.mybeefcheckoff.com

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, May 26th…

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“Roberts Uses Nomination Hearing to Discuss WOTUS Issues”

During a nomination hearing for Jeffrey Prieto – President Obama’s nominee to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s General Counsel – Agri-Pulse reports Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts said the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule would harm U.S. agriculture. Roberts also told Prieto he believes EPA broke federal law when it influenced the outcome of the public comment period on the rule. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told Congress in March that more than 87-percent of the 1-million public comments received supported the WOTUS rule – but Roberts thinks she was bending the truth – as the Committee heard from farmers and ranchers across the U.S. who said WOTUS was the wrong approach and rule for rural America and small communities. Roberts says it seems EPA orchestrated a political grassroots lobbying campaign with environmental groups to manipulate the process and disregard legitimate concerns from rural America. Roberts warned Prieto to make sure USDA follows the law because the committee has oversight and the responsibility and will be watching.

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“Mexico Watching U.S. Congress on COOL”

Reuters reports Mexico announced last week it would decide within 15-days what sanctions to impose on U.S. meat products if Congress doesn’t comply with the World Trade Organization’s ruling on Country-of-Origin Labeling. Mexico Agriculture Minister Enrique Martinez says specialists in international law are ready and waiting to see what Congress does.

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“Grants Available to Increase Distance Learning, Telemedicine in Rural Areas”

USDA is accepting applications for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this program provides people who live and work in rural areas better access to a variety of educational and healthcare services. For Fiscal Year 2015 – USDA’s Rural Utilities Service is making 19-million dollars available. Minimum grant amounts are 50,000-dollars and maximum amounts are 500,000-dollars. The deadline to apply is July 6th. Visit RD dot USDA dot gov (www.rd.usda.gov) for more information.

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“Senate Appropriations Provides Funding for Inland Waterways, Harbor Maintenance Trusts”

According to The Hagstrom Report – the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill last week – including increased funding for the inland waterways and harbor maintenance program. The portion for this program appropriated is 5.5-billion dollars – adding 768-million to the administration request. The construction account includes 340-million dollars for the Inland Waterways Trust Fund priority navigation projects. The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund will receive 1.25-billion dollars.

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“Walmart’s Commitment to Responsible Farming Aligns With Hog Farmers”

Last week – Walmart announced its commitment to sustainable and responsible farming – something National Pork Producers Council President Ron Prestage says pork producers do every day. Prestage says pork producers ensure animal health and well-being and a safe, wholesome food supply by responsibly using antibiotics and providing humane and compassionate care for their animals. Prestage says Walmart’s recognition of that proves America’s farmers should be setting food policy. The U.S. pork industry has long-standing training and certification programs that have worked to ensure farmers and veterinarians are responsible. The industry also works with USDA and FDA to best accomplish meaningful reporting of antibiotics use data. Prestage says America’s hog farmers are committed to producing safe, affordable and healthful foods while using industry practices designed with input from animal care experts to provide humane care for their pigs ag every stage of life.

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“NFU Pleased With Senate Ag Committee’s USGSA Reauthorization”

The Senate Ag Committee reauthorized the Grain Standards Act on Thursday. The Committee says the bill reaffirms the role of the federal inspection service and requires the Ag Secretary to immediately take action to maintain export inspection and notify Congress in case of a disruption. It also creates a transparent certification process for delegated state agencies inspecting exports. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says this issue is of great importance to producers across the country – and the Committee’s work to swiftly move legislation ahead of the law’s expiration is appreciated and a credit to their commitment to producers who rely on the standard – according to Johnson. He says the fashion in which the Committee structured the reporting and notification requirements, streamlined certain provisions of the underlying law and converged timelines for designated and delegated authorities and the reauthorization will provide additional confidence in a system respected around the world.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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