01-04-17 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Nominees

Colorado Leopold Conservation Award® Program Seeks Nominees

Arvada, Colo. – Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award® honoring agricultural landowners in Colorado who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the $10,000 award recognizes private landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. It is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and American AgCredit.

Applications are due by February 27, 2017. Finalists and recipient will be announced by April. For complete application information, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org.

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01-04-17 CO Governor Hickenlooper appoints Jeff Ackermann, Wendy Moser to Public Utility Commission; Glenn Vaad to retire

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CO Governor Hickenlooper appoints Jeff Ackermann, Wendy Moser to Public Utility Commission; Glenn Vaad to retire

DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the appointment of Jeff Ackermann and Wendy Moser to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Ackermann will serve as chairman of the PUC. Both appointments are effective Jan. 9, 2017. Continue reading


ASI Sheep Logo 1DENVERIn preparation for the new year and new administration, the American Sheep Industry Association, on behalf of the nation’s 88,000 sheep producers, provided the Trump Administration a list of priorities they hope will be considered for immediate action. Burton Pfliger, ASI President and North Dakota sheep producer said America’s sheep producers are struggling amidst the last eight years of regulatory rampage.
“It is no secret that all of agriculture has been over-burdened with regulation and that has had a significant impact on our ability to compete globally,” said Pfliger. “From the current administration’s ‘waters of the United States’ rule to the restrictions on grazing permits in bighorn sheep habitat without compensation, there are a number of issues ripe for the new administration to tackle.”

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01-04-17 Governor Hickenlooper Announces Colorado State Fair Commissioner Appointments

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Governor Hickenlooper Announces Colorado State Fair Commissioner Appointments

CSF in Pueblo logoThe Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners directs and supervises the Colorado State Fair and Industrial Exposition. The Fair is held annually at Pueblo for the display of livestock and agricultural, horticultural, industrial, mining, recreational, educational and scientific products of the State of Colorado. For terms expiring November 1, 2020:

  • Virginia “Ginny” Vietti of Frisco, a Democrat residing in the Second Congressional District, reappointed;
  • Ralph Paul Youngs of Steamboat Springs, an Unaffiliated residing in the Third Congressional District, appointed.

The 2017 CO State Fair Aug 25th – Sept 4th learn more online @ http://www.coloradostatefair.com/



01-04-17 CDA-DOLA: Time is running out to apply for 2012 or 2013 Agriculture Disaster Grants


This grant program is intended to assist agricultural businesses. Based on documented damages, farmers can receive grant assistance to help them to stay in business and retain employment in the impacted areas. This program is being run in partnership with the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Round 2 – Deadline Extended
Accepting Applications until Friday, January 20, 2017

The application process for Round 2 is now open and has been extended until Friday, January 20, 2017. For more information on how to apply, follow the steps below. Continue reading

01-04-17 CDA: Deadline Approaching for Inclusion in Annual Farm Fresh Publication

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Deadline Approaching for Inclusion in Annual Farm Fresh Publication

BROOMFIELD, Colo.– Growers can market their products to consumers statewide through the annual Colorado Farm Fresh Directory. Published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Farm Fresh promotes Colorado farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) producers, agritourism activities and farms and ranches that sell direct to the public. The 2017 edition is being organized, and producers are encouraged to submit their information for inclusion. Continue reading

01-04-17 Syngenta introduces CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® Potato insecticide/fungicide seed treatment

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  • Contains Vibrance fungicide seed treatment, a new tool for potato growers
  • Delivers comprehensive protection against damaging early-season insects and disease
  • Improves stand establishment and protects roots and stolon for maximum yield potential

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, January 4, 2017 – Syngenta announced CruiserMaxx® Vibrance® Potato insecticide/fungicide seed treatment is now available for purchase, following its registration by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It contains Vibrance fungicide seed treatment, the latest addition to the Syngenta Seedcare potato portfolio. Continue reading

01-04-17 CO-OEDIT: Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program Now Accepting Applications for Proof of Concept and Early Stage Grants

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DENVER – Jan. 4, 2017 -The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced it is accepting applications for the Advanced Industries (AI) Accelerator Grant program.  Proof of Concept and Early-Stage Capital and Retention applications are due March 1, online at choosecolorado.com. Continue reading


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Washington D.C. – January 4, 2017 – The new year is here and the 115th Congress has been sworn in (as of this morning), but Washington, D.C., is still speculating on who will be President-elect Trump’s secretary of agriculture. A candidate first mentioned months ago – former Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue – appears to be back at the top of Trump’s list according to the latest media reports. The secretary of agriculture is one of only two cabinet positions (the other being the secretary of Veterans Affairs) yet to be appointed by the president-elect. Some appointments of interest to conservation districts have been made, however. They include the appointments of U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to lead the Interior Department and Scott Pruitt, the current attorney general of Oklahoma, to head the EPA. Continue reading

01-04-17 NCBA-PLC: Livestock Industry Lays Out Federal Lands Priorities for Trump Administration

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WASHINGTON (January 4, 2017) – The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association issued federal land management priorities for the new administration to bring responsible management and economic viability back to the Western landscape. Continue reading

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Will the Next Ag Secretary Please Stand Up?

The Department of Agriculture remains headless under President-elect Donald Trump, but not for long. Trump is expected to announce his choice for USDA Secretary this week. Still, there’s no clear front-runner for the post. While the media circuit to start the week named former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the leading candidate, by Tuesday, reports suggested a former lieutenant governor of California was the top choice for Trump. Perdue is a Democrat-turned-Republican who served on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign. Perdue would appease Trump’s agriculture advisory committee, but he may not be the final name in the hat. A White House correspondent for CNN said Tuesday former California Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado (Mal-do-nah-do) was emerging as the frontrunner to lead USDA. Maldonado is a Mexican-American who grew up in a farming family, and he currently operates a California Vineyard. USDA Secretary is one of the last few major positions for Trump to fill. However, Trump’s USDA transition team did have two leaders removed from the post in the early going. Currently, Brian Klippenstein (clip-in-stine) of Protect the Harvest and Carrie Castille (Kas-steel), former associate commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, are leading the efforts.


Trump Taps Former Reagan Trade Official as Trade Minister

President-elect Donald Trump is close to filling his cabinet after selecting Robert Lighthizer (Light-hi-zer) to be his Trade Minister. The Wall Street Journal reports Lighthizer has negotiating experience from his time in the Reagan administration. If confirmed by the Senate, he will take the lead in talks that could culminate in the bilateral deals Trump’s team prefers. Lighthizer will be part of a revamped team whose mission includes confronting China and Mexico, which Trump contends have taken advantage of the U.S. under current trade agreements. China is keeping a close eye on Trump’s trade plans. Last month, when Trump named Peter Navarro to the newly formed White House National Trade Council, China fired back stating: “Cooperation is the only correct choice.” Navarro has previously urged a hard line on trade with China and has made a film describing China’s threat to the U.S. economy. At the time, China said: “We hope the U.S. works hard with China to maintain the healthy, stable development of ties.”


Canada Books First Trade Discussion with China on Bilateral Agreement

Trade officials from Canada will meet with similar leadership in China next month to begin trade talks on a bilateral trade agreement. Canada’s Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland says she is tentatively booked to have her first face-to-face discussion with China in February. The planned meeting comes after Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (True-doh) announced a goal of doubling trade with the Asian nation by 2025. Meanwhile, Freeland says she hopes to hold talks with the United Kingdom’s trade secretary as the U.K. will trigger the formal process for leaving the European Union before the end of March. The U.K. will still be included in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU, despite its exit from the European Union.


New Congress Targeting Regulations

With a new Congress seated in Washington, D.C., the Republican-led majority will push to roll back government regulations put in place by the Barack Obama administration. While much is mundane bureaucratic language, the Waters of the U.S. rule could join the list. The WOTUS rule by the Environmental Protection Agency is currently blocked by the courts as challengers seek to have the rule thrown out. If Congress were to block the rule, the court cases would no longer be needed. Meanwhile, organizations included in the lawsuit against the rule have argued the case should be forwarded to the U.S. Supreme Court for consideration. For now, much of the focus in Congress though will be on the Midnight Rules Act and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny, or REINS Act. According to USA Today. The REINS Act would require that before any new major regulation could take effect, the House and Senate would have to pass a resolution of approval. The Midnight Rules Act would let Congress invalidate rules in bulk that passed in the final year of a presidential term.


DTN Poll shows Farmers Hopeful in New Administration

A poll by DTN-The Progressive Farmer shows agriculture is building hope that the ag economy will improve under a new presidential administration. The DTN Agricultural Confidence Index jumped to a rating of 98 following the elections, from a rating of 72 recorded in August of 2016. The survey was based on responses from 500 farmers from across the United States and was compiled in early December. The poll remains below the optimism line, a rating greater than 100. Indexes below 100, which has been the case since March 2014, indicate farmers are pessimistic about their condition, according to DTN. Farmers rated current conditions at 44.2. However, future expectations were rated at 127 by respondents. Pollster Robert Hill, creator of the index, says: “The only thing you can tie that positivity to is the election. Farmers have a lot of hope for the new president.” President-elect Donald Trump will take office later this month.

New Zealand Will Open to U.S. Cooked Turkey Products

A move by New Zealand will allow the United States to export cooked turkey products to the island nation. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports a new veterinary certificate approved by New Zealand authorities will open the market. New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries approved the agreement after two years of direct negotiations with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The process of opening the pathway for U.S. turkey products in New Zealand actually began in 2002 with USDA and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. Meatingplace says the lack of competitive local production has made New Zealand a potentially positive market for U.S. turkeys even though efforts were held up because of health concerns from New Zealand officials.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service