09-13-16 National Farmers Union Presents US Senator Michael Bennet with Golden Triangle Award

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RMFU President presents US Senator Michael Bennet with 2016 NFU Golden Traingle Award

RMFU President Dale McCall presents US Senator Michael Bennet with 2016 NFU Golden Tiaingle Award

Washington, DC – The National Farmers Union (NFU) honored Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today with the 2016 Golden Triangle Award, the organization’s highest legislative honor. The annual award is presented to members of Congress who have demonstrated leadership and support policies that benefit America’s family farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and rural communities.

“Colorado’s farmers and ranchers and our $40 billion agriculture industry help drive our state’s economy,” Bennet said. “Their input was invaluable as we tackled the Farm Bill, which we passed in 2014 and continues to provide more certainty for our producers, and rural communities. Listening directly to Colorado farmers will help us ensure that they have the resources needed to continue to provide food and fuel to Colorado and America.” Continue reading

09-13-16 NCGA Urges Farmers to Practice Safe Harvest this Fall…

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NCGA Urges Farmers to Practice Safe Harvest this Fall

The National Corn Growers Association is partnering with the National Grain and Feed Association to remind farmers of the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures this harvest. Jim Seibert, NGFA’s manager of training, safety and regulatory affairs, notes about 70% of grain entrapment happens on the nation’s farms.
The NGFA is pleased to introduce a new series – “Safety Tips” – that will be published periodically as part of the Association’s continued commitment to safety in the workplace. These documents are designed to provide more information on certain types of hazards and suggested ways to protect employees through safety best practices. You will find lots of in-depth safety information on the NGFA site.
With farmers across the country hitting the fields in their combines, NCGA offers both a list of safety reminders and a video on the important topic of grain bin safety.
Safety Tips

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09-13-16 The 5th Annual Pedal The Plains is Hitting the Road…


The fifth annual Pedal The Plains is hitting the road!

Denver, Colo.— The Denver Post Community Foundation, the Office of Governor John
Hickenlooper and presenting sponsor Viaero Wireless are excited to hit the road for the fifth annual Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour beginning September 16th. The ride will spin through southeastern Colorado along its three-day, 154-mile journey. Participants will visit scenic, historical, agricultural and educational stops in route to the three overnight host communities: Ordway, Fowler and La Junta. Continue reading

09-13-16 Wheat Growers Welcome Trade Enforcement Action on Chinese Market Support Programs…


Wheat Growers Welcome Trade Enforcement Action on Chinese Market Support Programs

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome the Obama Administration’s trade enforcement action against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The significant investigative effort by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) followed five years of work by USW, NAWG and other industry partners to demonstrate how China’s domestic support policies hurt U.S. farmers.

This enforcement action challenges the level of China’s trade-distorting market price support programs for wheat as well as for corn and rice. In describing its action, USTR said “the level of support provided through these programs in excess of China’s commitment was nearly $100 billion.” Continue reading

09-13-16 NCGA: USTR and USDA Announce China WTO Investigation…

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Statement by Chip Bowling, President of the National Corn Growers Association:

“The National Corn Growers Association is committed to the development and maintenance of fair and open global trade practices and policies as part of our efforts to feed and fuel a growing world. We believe in both strong trade policy and market development.

As a facilitator and arbitrator of global trade, the World Trade Organization provides structure and accountability to the process.  We welcome USTR’s and USDA’s trade enforcement action, and will closely monitor these developments.

China is an important trading partner for U.S. agriculture, and we continue to support a trading relationship between our two nations that is long-term, stable, and mutually beneficial.” Continue reading

09-13-16 CSU Ext News: Update on Bacterial Leaf Streak of Corn from Dr. Kirk Broders

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CLICK HERE to view a bulletin on the new corn disease, Bacterial Leaf Streak of Corn, written by Dr. Kirk Broders.

If you have questions on this disease or other, please contact Dr. Broders at Kirk.Broders@colostate.edu or at 970 491-0850.

Submitted to The BARN by:

Dr. Wilma Trujillo

Area Agronomist
Logan and Morgan Counties
Colorado State University Extension
Cell: (719) 688 – 9168


09-13-16 USGC Statement on USTR and USDA Announcement on WTO Action…

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USGC Statement on USTR and USDA Announcement on WTO Action

A statement from U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight: 

“The U.S. Grains Council believes in free and open trade and the importance of both strong trade policy and market development. These are the guiding principles of our relationship with China, a complex and important trading partner for U.S. agriculture.

“We also believe the WTO provides structure and accountability for global trade. Consultations and negotiations are integral parts of the WTO process, and we welcome USTR’s and USDA’s move on this critical issue.

“We are hopeful that this step and our ongoing work in China can continue to support a long-term, stable and mutually-beneficial trading relationship.”


09-13-16 Make Plans to Attend the 27th South Platte Forum October 26-27 in Loveland, CO

south-platte-forum-oct-26-27-in-loveland-headerPlease join us October 26-27, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Loveland, CO for the 2016 South Platte Forum. 

If you have not already registered, do it today and receive the early bird discount of $130 at http://www.southplatteforum.org/registration–rates.html. Registrations received after October 1 will be $145. So many great topics, networking and exhibitors. Forward this invite to co-workers, and colleagues. New this year will be a drawing with special prizes for any new attendees to the Forum and those that referred them to come. 

If you have questions about the event, please contact Dana Russell, Meeting Coordinator at dana@southplatteforum.org. The agenda is attached to this email and watch for more additions and highlights coming in the next few weeks. 

Thank you for your past attendance and support of the South Platte Forum. 

The South Platte Forum Committee 

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09-13-16 USDA: United States Challenges Excessive Chinese Support for Rice, Wheat, and Corn…

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United States Challenges Excessive Chinese Support for Rice, Wheat, and Corn

Obama Administration Files Complaint on Behalf of American Farmers, Alleging China has Broken its WTO Commitments for Rice, Wheat, and Corn

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Obama Administration has launched a new trade enforcement action against the People’s Republic of China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning excessive government support provided for Chinese production of rice, wheat, and corn. United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack were joined by bipartisan members of Congress in announcing the complaint which challenges China’s use of “market price support” for three key crops (rice, wheat, and corn) in excess of China’s commitments under WTO rules. Continue reading

09-13-16 Inside the NFU Legislative Fly-in with RMFU Member and Peetz, CO Farmer Danny Wood…

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RMFU Member Danny Wood of Peetz, CO

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) September 13, 2016 – Congress is back in session on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and the National Farmers Union is holding their annual Legislative Fly-in right now…and there are a number of legislative priorities for family farmers, ranchers and their rural communities that may be taken up this year in Congress.

Joining the BARN by telephone is Danny Wood, a farmer from Peetz, CO, and a member of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union who is attending the NFU Fly-in… Continue reading

09-13-16 Colorado Tourism Office Welcomes Grant Award to Cultivate the State’s Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

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DENVER, CO – Tues., Sept. 13, 2016 – The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) announced today that it received a $239,970 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) to support and enhance the success of the next generation of farmers and ranchers in southern Colorado. Through a collaboration between CTO, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU), Guidestone Colorado and three regional food hubs, this three-year initiative will develop a coordinated education and mentorship program to help train early farmers and prepare them to enter emerging wholesale and agritourism markets.
“This exciting initiative is not only an investment in the next generation of farmers and ranchers but in the future of our State’s agricultural and agritourism economy too,” said Elizabeth O’Rear, Manager of CTO’s Heritage & Agritourism Program. “The Colorado Tourism Office is proud to partner with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Guidestone Colorado and these local food hubs to build on the success of existing programs in the State by increasing resources and enhancing opportunities to help Colorado’s newest producers expand their work and more quickly achieve success.”

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09-13-16 ACE applauds governors for urging EPA to remove RVP limit on E15…


ACE applauds governors for urging EPA to remove RVP limit on E15  

Sioux Falls, SD (September 13, 2016) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) today thanked seven governors for sending a bipartisan letter to EPA asking that the Agency “remove a significant regularly obstacle that is preventing large-scale availability and use of E15 and mid-level ethanol blends.”  Continue reading

09-13-16 U.S. Forest Service and Coca-Cola Announce the Restoration of One Billion Liters of Water…

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U.S. Forest Service and Coca-Cola Announce the Restoration of One Billion Liters of Water

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2016Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Coca-Cola North America President Sandy Douglas today announced that their partnership to restore and protect damaged watersheds on national forests achieved a milestone of one billion liters of water restored, and that the partnership will commit to double that outcome through 2018. The 13 restoration areas are located on national forest land, which provides drinking water to more than 60 million Americans, and they ensure future generations will have access to fresh water.

“This milestone that Coca-Cola, USDA and our partners have reached is just the latest example of how partnerships between the public and private sectors can reach more people, harness more innovation, and do more good than either government or businesses can achieve alone,” said Vilsack. “America’s 193 million acres of public forests and grasslands supply the drinking water for 60 million Americans, support approximately 200,000 full and part time jobs and contribute over $13 billion to local communities each year. This partnership is based on shared goals of ensuring healthy watersheds and public engagement that serves those local communities, and will continue to deliver on that commitment for years to come.” Continue reading

09-13-16 NFU and Farm Aid Partner to Ask Congress for Immediate Assistance for Financially-Strained Farm Sector

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National Farmers Union and Farm Aid Partner to Ask Congress for Immediate Assistance for Financially-Strained Farm Sector

FarmAidnewWASHINGTON– Bolstered by National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farm Aid, 275 family farmers are uniting this week at the U.S. Capitol to ask for emergency assistance and increased funding to address the harsh economic realities brought on by historically low prices and too high production costs.

Both organizations caution that America’s farmers and ranchers can’t afford to wait until after the November elections for relief. They are asking Congress for emergency assistance for the hardest hit farmers and ranchers; increased funding for USDA farm loan programs; and resources to provide short-term remedies for low commodity prices, to be included in the upcoming Congressional spending package for FY2017.

“Low commodity prices and high input costs have been relentless, and 2014 Farm Bill safety net programs have failed to deliver the relief needed for farmers and ranchers to recover. Many of the families who produce food for America are in danger of losing everything. The time for Congress to act is now,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 13th…

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EPA Violated Personal Privacy of Farmers and Ranchers

The Environment Protection Agency violated the personal privacy rights of thousands of farmers and ranchers. That unanimous ruling came from the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday. The ruling concerns the EPA’s decision in 2013 to release to three environmental groups a large number of spreadsheets containing personal information of farmers and ranchers that raise poultry and livestock in 29 states. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council vs. the EPA case also involved producer information in seven states that hadn’t been released yet.  The EPA said it was required to release the information under the Freedom of Information Act. The information released included the names of farmers, ranchers, sometimes other family members, home addresses, GPS coordinates, telephone numbers, and email addresses. “This was an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy by a federal agency in violation of the law,” said AFBF General Counsel Ellen Steen. “EPA has to recall all of the information from FOIA requestors, but the groups have had the information for three years and most feel the damage has already been done.”


Four States Offer Ideas for Ag Economy

Agricultural leaders from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa met recently in St. Joseph, Missouri, with each state reporting on findings from surveys of farmers and experts in the financial industry. A list of recommendations to improve the ag economy would then be forwarded to policy makers. Some of the common themes included the importance of international trade, supporting younger producers’ desire to return to the farm, and helping producers recognize where their break-even points are. News Press Now dot Com said lower commodity prices are pressuring both producers and their lenders. One Extension expert said lenders are watching their clients closely and operating loans are becoming harder to acquire. For example, cattle producers in Missouri and Kansas are having a hard time finding operating capital. A general consensus of recommendations to be passed on to the U.S. Department of Agriculture included the need for states to continue to work together, saying it’s important to do so because the current economic situation is projected by some to last all the way to 2020. There is also a need for states to work together to find common farm bill policies. Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce, who hosted the event, said the farm economy will face another two years of down prices, adding “It’s not as easy to tighten belts as it was 20 years ago.”


WTO Looking Into Dairy and Cheese Policies

World Trade Organization officials will be busy this week, asking several members about their pricing policies during the two-day meeting of the WTO Committee on Agriculture. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says dairy and cheese programs will be one of the bigger topics of conversation as negotiators ask Canada about changes to its proposed national pricing policy for dairy products. The negotiators will also be asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture about its plan to purchase domestic cheese from American dairy producers. A document circulating ahead of the meeting on September 14 and 15 said several countries have asked Canada in recent days to explain whether or not it’s planning on introducing a new milk classification category.


U.S. Cattlemen’s Convention Discusses Industry Challenges

About 200 cattle ranchers were in Billings, Montana, last weekend to take part in the U.S. Cattlemen’s Convention regarding the challenges plaguing the industry. The industry is beset by a price collapse that began in 2015. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says Jess Peterson is the group’s Vice President, who said they’ll be re-doubling their efforts to bring about changes to beef price reporting. Two speakers in the main panel raised serious concerns about the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and meat packers. Tennesse-based commodity trader Dow McVean said the CME rigs the futures contracts to benefit large investors at the expense of cattle producers. A markets expert and lobbyist for the alternative stock exchange IEX said packers are too powerful and could be, “trading against you in the marketplace. The North American Meat Institute represents meat packers and said the accusation are wildly inaccurate, saying time and time again the markets have been examined and the packers have never been found guilty of price manipulation. A top CME official recently told the Wall Street Journal that “Every aspect of the cattle futures contract is under review to see if there’s a way to redesign it to be more of an effective risk-management tool.”


Bayer and Monsanto Boards to Meet Soon

Bayer and Monsanto appear to be getting closer to a deal as negotiations seem to be in the final stretch. An agreement between the two companies would allow them to merge into the world’s biggest seed and pesticide maker. Bloomberg reports that people familiar with the matter say a deal could be reached as early as next week. The Bayer supervisory board is scheduled to meet this week to discuss the deal and Monsanto’s board will meet next week. Bayer announced “advanced negotiations” this week and a higher offer to Monsanto of $127.50 per share, roughly $65 billion, which is 18 percent above Monsanto’s closing price last week. People familiar with the deal who asked not to be indentified say that Monsanto wants a price closer to $130 per share. They’re also said to be discussing the fee that Bayer would pay Monsanto if the deal doesn’t get approval from regulators.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service