08-31-15 CattleFax hosting Webinar on Sept 10th to Build a Cow-Calf Expansion Roadmap…

CattleFaxLogoCENTENNIAL, CO — August 31, 2015 — Cow-calf margins will shrink as the U.S. beef cowherd expands, but producers can ensure future profitability by adjusting business plans for the supply increase. An upcoming free CattleFax webinar will address the scope of expansion and guide producers through the challenge.

CattleFax is encouraging cow-calf producers to register now for its Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar at 5:30 p.m. MT, Sept. 10, 2015. To participate in the webinar and access program details, producers simply need to register online at www.cattlefax.com/meetings.aspx.

Record-high profits in the cow-calf segment have created an expansion that is on pace to be the most aggressive U.S. beef cowherd rebuilding effort in four decades. The cowherd could add 2.5 million cows over the next three years and approach 33 million by 2020. Profits could narrow considerably during that time, but well-informed producers can adjust production, marketing and risk management plans with increasing supplies in mind and remain profitable.

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08-31-15 NFU Encourages USDA to Utilize and Expand Mediation Program, Cites Increased Financial Distress in Farm Country…

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WASHINGTON (August 31, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today encouraged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prepare for increased economic instability and financial stress for American family farmers and ranchers through the USDA Certified Agricultural Mediation Program.

“USDA’s August 2015 net farm income forecast confirms anecdotal evidence of increasing financial distress for producers,” noted Johnson in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “NFU encourages USDA to prepare for increased activity of direct and guaranteed loan applications, loan servicing and mediation services. We recommend the USDA utilize the USDA Certified Agricultural Mediation Program and expand the agricultural issues that are eligible for mediation services.” Continue reading

08-31-15 NMPF Asks EPA, Army Corps to Suspend National Enforcement of New Water Regulation Pending Resolution of Court Cases…

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NMPF Asks EPA, Army Corps to Suspend National Enforcement of New Water Regulation Pending Resolution of Court Cases

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation urged the Obama Administration to hold off on the national enforcement of the new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation, in response to a court decision last week suspending the regulation in some states, but not others. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, August 31st…

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“Majority of U.S. Doesn’t Benefit from WOTUS Injection, Yet”

One of three injunction request granted will delay the Environmental Protection Agencies Waters of the U.S. rule for 13 states, but implementation started Friday for the rest of the county. A North Dakota Judge granted the injunction late Thursday afternoon for 13 states, but the EPA confirmed implementation for the rest of the nation. Federal judges in West Virginia and Georgia denied injunction request in separate lawsuits. For those 13 states, the injunction delays implementation for at least 9 months while the court reviews the lawsuit. It court documents, the judge stated “Delaying implementation to allow a full and final resolution on the merits is in the best interests of the public.” The EPA has argued the North Dakota Federal District Court has no authority over the rule.  Georgia and West Virginia agreed with the agency that legal challenges to the rule could only be brought in the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and therefore denied the requests for preliminary injunction, according to the Hagstrom Report.

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“WOTUS Injunction Should Apply for all 50 States” Continue reading

08-28-15 Colorado Tumble Weed’s Crop Report with Lamar’s Don Turner – SPRING CROPS…

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8/28/15 – If you draw a line from Dallas/Fort Worth to Uvalde, Texas, SE of this line the grain crops are 90% harvested. NW of that line into the Texas Panhandle will be starting about two weeks ahead of Colorado. You can always tell when cotton harvest has begun, the edges of the highway looks like snow. We noticed this as we traveled in the Corpus Christi area Tuesday of this week. NW of this line is only 2 or 3 weeks ahead of Colorado. The dry land milo east of Amarillo is the best that I have seen in 3 years. Continue reading

08-28-15 CCA News: Federal Court Stops WOTUS Rule Implementation…

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Arvada, CO – August 28, 2015 Yesterday’s ruling by Chief District Judge, Ralph R. Erickson delays the implementation of the Waters of the United States rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). For the thirteen states, including Colorado, that have filed suit against the EPA and the Corps; this injunction is the first step. It prevents the Rule from going into effect until a final court ruling on the entire rule is made, or until the injunction is successfully appealed.
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08-28-15 NCGA Supports North Dakota Court Decision, Urges Senate Action on WOTUS…

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NCGA Supports North Dakota Court Decision, Urges Senate Action on WOTUS

WASHINGTON (August 28, 2015) – Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, postponing implementation of the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule. Continue reading

08-28-15 Colorado, New Mexico Senators Welcome Environment and Public Works Oversight Hearing on the Gold King Mine Spill…

Colorado, New Mexico Senators Welcome Environment and Public Works Oversight Hearing on the Gold King Mine Spill  

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) welcomed an announcement that the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold an oversight hearing on the harmful impacts of Gold King Mine spill that occurred in southwest Colorado. Continue reading

08-28-15 NPPC Urges Delay In ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule…

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 28, 2015 – Following yesterday’s federal court injunction against a new Clean Water Act (CWA) rule, the National Pork Producers Council today strongly urged the Obama administration to delay implementation of the regulation, which would adversely affect hundreds of thousands of farmers, businesspeople and landowners. The organization also again asked the administration to withdraw it and to work with the agriculture and business communities to craft a rule ensuring the cleanliness of the nation’s rivers, streams and other waterways that the public can understand and with which it can easily comply.

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08-28-15 USDA TO CONDUCT SURVEY ON FARM LABOR

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DENVER, COLORADO – Throughout October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct its biannual Farm Labor Survey. NASS will reach out to more than 1,000 of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming producers to accurately measure hired labor on farms located in the NASS Mountain Region States. Continue reading

08-28-15 CDA News: Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update – Positive Diagnosis in Fifteen Colorado Counties…

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. – As of 8/26/2015, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has 65 locations in 15 counties under quarantine after horses, mules, and cattle herds tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS).

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08-28-15 NACD Submits Comments on EPA’s Proposal to Mitigate Acute Risk to Bees…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—August 28, 2015—NACD submitted comments today on the EPA’s Proposal to Mitigate Acute Risk to Bees as part of the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators released on May 19, 2015.  The strategy is a response to President Obama’s June 2014 memorandum calling for the formation of a Pollinator Health Task Force made up of Federal agencies charged with developing a coordinated and more comprehensive strategy for improving honey bee and other pollinator health. Continue reading

08-28-15 Join Colorado Corn and many others at this year’s Pedal the Plains…

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Colorado Corn once again this year will have an educational booth set up along the Pedal the Plains Bicycle Tour.
The 2015 Pedal the Plains returns to the sweeping plains of northeastern Colorado,taking place Sept. 18-20 and passing through the host communities of Julesburg, Holyoke and Sterling, as well as a number of towns in between.

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08-28-15 Federal Court Ruling in North Dakota Blocks Implementation “Waters of the United States” Rule

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Federal Court Ruling in North Dakota Blocks Implementation “Waters of the United States” Rule

WASHINGTON (August 28, 2015) — National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis statement regarding Federal Court ruling in North Dakota that will Block EPA and the Army Corps’ “Waters of the United States” rule.
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Read the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 28th…

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“Injunction Granted: WOTUS Delayed for 13 States”

Late Thursday afternoon, a North Dakota federal judge granted an injunction against the Waters of the U.S. rule, effectively delaying implementation by the Environmental Protection Agency for 13 states. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against the rule, while two other courts denied the injunction this week. Erickson said “the risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely,” granting the injunction.  Earlier in the day, the EPA had remained on track to implement the rule, according to the Hagstrom report. The Obama administration will implement the Clean Water Rule as scheduled Friday everywhere but those 13 states. Two other federal judges had denied injunctions in separate cases. The court document from the North Dakota judge stated “it appears likely that the EPA has violated its Congressional grant of authority.” The states included in the injunction are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.”

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“USDA Unveils New Strategy to Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat on Private Lands” Continue reading

08-27-15 Colorado, Kansas & Nebraska Republican River Water Agreement Further Helps Water Users…

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Republican River Compact Adjustments to Benefit Basin Water Users

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, the states of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska have reached an agreement that will ensure more certainty to the basin’s water users in both Nebraska and Kansas. The agreement, in the form of a Resolution approved by the Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA), was achieved through collaborative negotiations that began in April 2015 and will provide timely notice and access to water for the 2016 irrigation season. Continue reading

08-27-15 WY Governor Mead Pleased with Judge’s Decision to Block WOTUS Rule…

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WY Governor Mead Pleased with Judge’s Decision to Block WOTUS Rule

A federal district judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction today, blocking implementation of the EPA’s controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.  A coalition, including Wyoming, of 12 states and two New Mexico state agencies urged the court to enter a preliminary injunction at a hearing last week in Fargo.

“I am pleased with the court’s decision. It keeps the rule from taking effect tomorrow, August 28th,” Governor Mead said. “I requested that EPA withdraw this rule from the beginning. It was badly flawed then and remained badly flawed throughout the rulemaking process.” Continue reading

08-27-15 NACD Applauds Roll-out of Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0…

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WASHINGTON, DC —August 27—  The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) applauds the renewed initiative announced today by USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to preserve and protect greater sage grouse habitat.   The strategy, known as Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 (SGI 2.0), will invest approximately $211 million through 2018 to assist ranchers making habitat improvements on their land to both benefit sage grouse and agricultural operations in the West.  Continue reading