03-31-17 Governor Hickenlooper announces appointment of new Adjutant General, Air Force Major General Michael A. Loh

Governor Hickenlooper announces appointment of new Adjutant General, Air Force Major General Michael A. Loh

DENVER — Friday, Mar. 31, 2017 — Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed U.S. Air Force Major General Michael A. Loh as Colorado’s new Adjutant General. Loh replaces Adjutant General U.S. Air Force  Major General H. Michael Edwards who is retiring. In this capacity, Loh also serves as the Executive Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Loh is currently assigned as the National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. He serves as senior National Guard officer to the commander and his staff in organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining Air Combat Command assigned Air National Guard Forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense.

“Colorado is fortunate to have an officer like Major General Loh whose distinguished service speaks to the kind of leader he will be as Adjutant General,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “He will ensure that Coloradans and the nation are protected both at home and abroad. Major General Loh brings the kind of experience that makes all of Colorado proud.” Continue reading

03-31-17 NSPC: Projected Sorghum Acres Indicate Potential Shortfall to Meet Established Demand

Projected Sorghum Acres Indicate Potential Shortfall to Meet Established Demand

LUBBOCK, Texas — In response to the March 31, 2017, U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Prospective Plantings report, National Sorghum Producers CEO Tim Lust released the following statement:

“As we know from past years, this report is a survey of intentions weeks before the actual report. With recent weather events across four states, we feel confident there will be additional sorghum acres likely behind failed wheat and other crops. Relatively, demand for sorghum continues to rise, and expected ending stocks-to-use ratios are now down to 7.92 percent.

Current sorghum prices, like corn and wheat prices, are a reflection of our current economy and the situation farmers are facing with local basis. We also recognize our challenge in supplying growing domestic and export demand that continues to aggressively seek sorghum at-cost or above the corn price in more locations across the Sorghum Belt, particularly at export terminals. This is encouraging for our industry, and as our mission remains focused on maximizing sorghum producer profitability, we encourage farmers to evaluate the entire market and policy landscape as they make planting decisions this spring.” Continue reading

03-31-17 WIFE Members Return From Week In “The Swamp” of D.C.

Colorado WIFE members with Congressman Scott Tipton (L to R): Korry Lewis, Cheyenne, WY; Kerry Froese, La Junta, CO, Jillane Hixson, Lamar, CO & Elisabeth Erickson-Noe, La Junta, CO.

WIFE Members Return From Week In “The Swamp” of D.C.

Several WIFE members went to Washington D.C. this past week to advocate for responsible policy regulating the Ag industry. Many of the members chalked the week as successful after attending meetings, policy briefings, and meeting with policy makers to discuss the real issues associated with independent Ag producers.

Here is what some of the members who went on the trip had to report… Continue reading

03-31-17 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Colorado Website

PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS – March 31, 2017

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

As of March 1, Colorado growers intend to plant 1.30 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2017, down 40,000 acres, or 3 percent from last year’s plantings, according to the March 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Sorghum planting intentions total 450,000 acres, unchanged from last year. The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 55,000 acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay. Growers intend to plant 62,000 acres of barley in 2017, down 17,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings. All wheat acreage is expected to total 2.31 million acres for 2017. Winter wheat seeded last fall for harvest in 2017 is estimated at 2.30 million acres, down 50,000 acres from the 2016 crop. Growers intend to seed 8,000 acres of spring wheat this year, down 3,000 acres from last year. Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1.35 million acres this year. This is down 30,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2016. Growers intend to plant 81,000 acres of sunflowers this year, up 7,000 acres from what they planted in 2016. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 65,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be up 2,000 acres to 16,000 acres this year. The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be down 100 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 28,000 acres. Dry edible bean acreage is expected to total 59,000 acres, up 28 percent from the 46,000 acres planted in 2016. As of February 27, mountain snowpack was 138 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.

US HIGHLIGHTS Continue reading

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

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

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

Perdue Nomination Poised for Full Senate Vote

The confirmation of Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue now awaits a full Senate vote after the Senate Agriculture Committee on a voice vote approved the nomination. The vote occurred off the Senate floor in the midst of floor votes Thursday morning. Full Senate action has yet to be scheduled, and a packed schedule next week could mean the Senate won’t be able to consider Perdue’s nomination until after a two-week Easter recess that starts at the end of next week. The Senate is expected to consider the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court next week, and that process is expected to be time-consuming. All but one Senate Ag Committee member voted in favor or Perdue. New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand insisted on a no vote and Perdue’s cousin, Georgia Senator David Perdue, abstained.

*********************************************************************************************

Trump May Seek Only Minor Tweaks to NAFTA

The Donald Trump administration seems more likely to pursue modest changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement in negotiations with Canada and Mexico. Trump called NAFTA a “disaster” during his campaign for President, but the Wall Street Journal reports his suggestions for NAFTA seem less likely to make sweeping reforms to the trade agreement. According to an administration draft proposal being circulated in Congress by the U.S. trade representative’s office, the U.S. would keep some of NAFTA’s most controversial provisions, including an arbitration panel that lets investors in the three nations circumvent local courts. The draft, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, talks of seeking “to improve procedures to resolve disputes,” rather than eliminating the panels. However, experts caution that the draft could be revised. The administration must give Congress 90 days’ notice under trade law before beginning formal NAFTA renegotiations.

*********************************************************************************************

EPA Denies Petition to Remove Chlorpyrifos from the Market

The Environmental Protection Agency this week denied a petition to remove chlorpyrifos (clo-PEER-uh-foss) from the market. The NGO, or non-government organization petition, failed to fall in line with scientific research, according to agriculture groups. CropLife America says EPA’s decision to deny the chlorpyrifos petition is a hopeful indication that EPA is recommitting t to established requirements and guidelines relating to transparency, public process, and scientific integrity. The crop protection industry is “encouraged by EPA’s detailed rationale set forth in the denial order and supports EPA’s commitment to a thorough registration review of chlorpyrifos.” An official with the Department of Agriculture’s the Office of Pest Management Policy said: “This is a welcome decision grounded in evidence and science.” National Corn Growers President Wesley Spurlock said the organization was pleased the EPA will return to the standard pesticides review process as called for under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, adding “the overwhelming scientific consensus is that chlorpyrifos is safe for use by farmers, and we are confident that the pesticide review process will reaffirm this.”

*********************************************************************************************

U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up Four Percent

The Department of Agriculture’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released Thursday shows the current U.S. inventory of hogs and pigs up four percent from March of last year. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says there were 71 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms as of March 1, 2017. While an increase year-over-year, that figure is down one percent since the December 2016 report. The report also found that of the 71.0 million hogs and pigs, 64.9 million were market hogs, while 6.07 million were kept for breeding. Further, between December 2016 and February 2017, 31.4 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, up four percent from the same period one year earlier. Also, U.S. hog producers intend to have 3.01 million sows farrow between March and May 2017, and 3.05 million sows farrow between June and August 2017.

*********************************************************************************************

India Still Top Global Milk Producer

Data by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows India remains the global leader in milk production, trailed by the United States, which is the second largest milk producing country. India is unique among the major milk producers because more than half of its production comes from water buffalo, rather than cattle. However, India’s dairy herd is the largest in the world. Since 1980, production has grown consistently at an average of 4.5 percent per year. India surpassed the United States as the largest dairy producer in 1997 when both countries produced roughly 70 billion tons, each. In 2016, total production reached 154 billion tons compared with 96 billion produced in the United States.

*********************************************************************************************

Men, Young Adults, Most Likely to Grocery Shop Online

A new study shows men and young adults are more likely to be online shoppers of groceries. The NPD Group report, The Virtual Grocery Store, finds since many younger adults are delaying marriage and the formation of families, and many Boomers are becoming widowers, more than 40 percent of primary grocery shoppers are men and 60 percent of men, ages 18 to 44, have purchased groceries online. The report says the Internet is becoming the virtual grocery store for many American consumers with 52 million currently grocery shopping online. Grocery shopping online appeals to those who find grocery shopping a necessary evil and many of those who feel that way are men, according to the report. NPD has found that men tend to make grocery shopping a mission and spend less time in brick and mortar stores compared to women. Young adults of the Gen Z and Millennial generations, who were born and raised in the tech era, also favor grocery shopping online.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

nafblogobluegoldcopy

03-30-17 *R-Calf USA News* Colorado Legislature May Save COOL

R-Calf USA logo

Billings, Mont. – On Monday at 1:30 p.m. MDT, cattle ranchers and consumers will be focused on the Colorado General Assembly’s House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee as it considers reinstating country of origin information on the beef that Coloradans purchase at retail stores for themselves and their families. Continue reading

03-30-17 FSA-CO ALERT: Emergency Grazing Of CRP Due to Wildfires in NE Colorado

FSA-CO ALERT: Emergency Grazing Of CRP Due to Wildfires in NE Colorado

Emergency use of Conservation Reserve Program (CPR) acres has been authorized for Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma and Weld counties. Livestock may be temporarily moved to land enrolled in CRP for no more than 30 days, as approved by the county office, on a case by case basis.  No payment reduction applies to this authorized exception and no funds are authorized for water, feed or other costs. Authority is limited to livestock producers who lost pasture or fences, due to wildfires in Logan, Phillips and Sedgwick counties.  The authority to approve this 30 day emergency use expires April 7, 2017.

Interested producers should contact their administrative county office as soon as possible.

Written & Submitted to The BARN by: Continue reading

03-30-17 Statement on Senate Agriculture Committee Approval of Governor Sonny Perdue to be USDA Secretary

RFA-Renewable Fuels Association Logo

Statement on Senate Agriculture Committee Approval of Governor Sonny Perdue to be USDA Secretary

WASHINGTON — On Thursday morning, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to approve the nomination of Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen had the following statement: Continue reading

03-30-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

03-30-17 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg: NECO Wildfire, SB 267, Regulation Rollback & More…

CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg Dist 1 040715

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 30, 2017 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

  • Thoughts on NE CO Wildfire Recovery Efforts
  • USDA Ag Secretary & US Supreme Court Nominees Still Pending
  • State Legislature Update
  • Senate Bill 267 – Rural Sustainability Update
  • CO Senate & Agriculture Committee Update
  • Thoughts on Regulation Rollback by Trump Administration – “All of the Above Strategy”
  • Ag Day @ the Capitol RECAP
  • Final Thoughts

To listen to the Interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

033017_CoSenSonnenberg_17m15s

SENATOR SONNENBERG’S BIOGRAPHY Continue reading

03-30-17 SWCD Annual Water Seminar in Durango on April 7th

SWCD Annual Water Seminar in Durango on April 7

Program Now Available for 35th Annual Water Seminar

Across the West, the struggle to finance water projects and programs is constant. What is the current funding situation for the State of Colorado? What opportunities are available at the state, federal and local levels to continue essential programs, address aging infrastructure and implement the water plan? SWCD’s Annual Water Seminar will focus on these questions, with speakers from across the spectrum.

Solving the Water Funding Puzzle Continue reading

03-30-17 NCGA Applauds EPA Decision on Chlorpyrofis

NCGA News Release logo

NCGA Applauds EPA Decision on Chlorpyrofis

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2017) – The National Corn Growers Association today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dismissing a petition related to the crop protection tool chlorpyrifos.

“We are pleased with the EPA’s decision today to deny a petition against chlorpyrifos and return to the standard pesticides review process as called for under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA),” said NCGA President Wesley Spurlock. “The overwhelming scientific consensus is that chlorpyrifos is safe for use by farmers, and we are confident that the pesticide review process will reaffirm this.”

Continue reading

03-30-17 ACE leadership informs, congratulates member plants at annual meetings

ACE leadership informs, congratulates member plants at annual meetings

ACE LOGO

Sioux Falls, SD (March 30, 2017) –American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) member ethanol plants have been hosting annual meetings for their investors during the first half of the year. ACE executive vice president Brian Jennings has presented at many of these meetings, including Badger State Ethanol’s annual meeting today in Wisconsin and Dakota Ethanol’s upcoming meeting in South Dakota on April 11, to congratulate member plants on their success and share opportunities and challenges ahead for the ethanol industry.

“I’m always grateful for the opportunity to meet with members and discuss the pressing opportunities and challenges facing the industry,” Jennings said. “Our plant members work hard to provide a meaningful return to local shareholders, and I’m honored to speak at their annual meetings to congratulate them for the operational and financial progress they’ve made.”

Continue reading

03-30-17 USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts

USDA Press Release

USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts

USDA’s Largest Conservation Program Helps Producers Improve Health, Productivity of Working Lands

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2017 – Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young today announced that a contract renewal sign-up is underway for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 80 million acres enrolled. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) made several updates to the popular program last fall.  These changes help producers better evaluate conservation options that benefit their operations while improving the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands.

“The changes made to CSP are providing even greater opportunities for stewardship-minded producers across the country to participate and bring their conservation efforts to a higher level,” said Young.  “The new tools and methods for evaluating operations, expanded options to address the producer’s conservation and business objectives, and the focus on local resource priorities have resulted in a 30 percent increase in applications for this widely popular program.”

Participants with existing CSP contracts that will expire on Dec. 31 can access the benefits of the recent program changes through an option to renew their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands.  Applications to renew expiring contracts are due by May 5.

Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, buffer strips, pollinator and beneficial insect habitat, and soil health building activities – all while maintaining active agricultural production on their land. Benefits to producers can include: Continue reading

03-23-17 USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for March 30th

USDA FAS - Foreign Agricultural Service header

Weekly Export Sales

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

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY’s BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer…

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

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

Sonny Perdue Vote Delayed to Thursday

Sonny Perdue’s nomination vote out of the Senate Agriculture Committee will wait another day after it was delayed Wednesday. However, a vote seems likely Thursday morning. The next Senate floor vote was scheduled for 10 am ET Thursday, and the Senate Agriculture Committee said Wednesday afternoon the vote would take place Thursday, following the next Senate floor vote. Perdue, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Agriculture Secretary, is expected to easily pass the Senate Agriculture Committee. But, if the Senate is unable to fit a full chamber vote on Perdue’s nomination by the end of next week, the confirmation vote may not happen until the last week of April, meaning another month before Perdue can take his desk at the Department of Agriculture. The Senate will take a two-week Easter recess at the end of next week.

********************************************************************************************

Very Early Planting Not Worth the Risks

An agriculture professor from the University of Illinois says very early planting is not worth the risks involved. Emerson Nafziger says planting well ahead of normal is unlikely to result in higher yields. In Illinois, he says some corn and soybeans were planted as early as February this year, with unseasonably warm and dry weather. However, he says “the earlier the better” typically doesn’t work well. Yields are usually no higher for crops planted in March or early April compared to those planted in late April or early May, so there’s little reward for taking the risk of very early planting. He says the primary cause of stand loss in both crops is heavy rainfall soon after planting, something early planted crops are more prone to. He says the potential for frost damage and standability issues due to wet April and May soils are also common in early planted crops. Planting very early also affects insurability, and if the crop needs to be replanted, can increase production costs.

*********************************************************************************************

Study Find Some Confusion Regarding New Fuel Choices

A new nationwide study has found Americans seem to remain confused about new fuel choices at the pump and their appropriate usage. The study was commissioned by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and surveyed more than 2,000 adults online. The poll found that more consumers have reported mis-fueling engines not recommended for ethanol blends higher than 10 percent, which includes small engine outdoor power equipment, increasing from three percent in 2015 to five percent in the most recent study. Study results show ethanol awareness in fuels remains steady, at 84 percent, and that 44 percent of outdoor power equipment owners are paying attention to the type of fuels they are using. Ethanol blends greater than 10 percent in small engines is not authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency. Regardless of the fuel, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute says it’s also important to drain fuel out of small engines if they will be left unused for more than 30 days, or to add a fuel stabilizer.

*********************************************************************************************

Cargill Making a Case for International Trade

Cargill’s CEO took a stand for international trade during a speaking engagement this week. David MacLennan told the Financial Times Commodities Summit in Switzerland that the world is at a critical tipping point in international trade policy. He called on industries represented at the event to support the development of sound trade agreements and to be on guard against a growing sentiment toward more restrictive trade measures. MacLennan told the audience: “The success of our companies, our employees and the wider world depends on us making a strong, collective stand for trade.” In addition to advocating for comprehensive trade agreements, MacLennan argued for public policies that will result in the creation of a “new workforce paradigm” in which the public and private sectors work together to provide ongoing education and training to workers, including those whose jobs are threatened either by the consequences of trade, or by other factors such as greater implementation of robotics and information technology.

*********************************************************************************************

Report Names Ag Labor in Human Trafficking List

A new report on sex and labor trafficking in the United States places agriculture labor in the top 25 industries for human trafficking. The Typology of Modern Slavery report announced Wednesday breaks down instances of sex and labor trafficking into 25 distinct categories. The report ranked agriculture 11th in known instances of human trafficking. Specifically, the report classifies agriculture labor as “Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.” Restaurant and Food Service took the ninth spot on the list, which included a top ten dotted with several categories of sex trafficking. Construction ranked 14th, while manufacturing was listed as 20th, and forestry and logging took the 23rd spot. The report was commissioned by Polaris, a self-described leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. The report relies on data gathered from Polaris-operated hotlines between December 2007 and December 2016. During that time, Polaris received reports of 32,200 cases of potential human trafficking and 10,000 potential cases of labor exploitation.

*********************************************************************************************

Farmers Union Urging trump to Oppose Dow-DuPont Merger

The National Farmers Union is asking President Donald Trump to oppose the merger between Dow and DuPont. NFU wants the administration to block the deal because of concerns it would lead to reduced competition and less innovation, as well as less choice and higher prices for farm inputs. NFU President Roger Johnson says: “If the Dow-DuPont and Bayer-Monsanto mergers were both approved, there would effectively be a duopoly in the corn and soybean seed markets.” Farmers Union says the merger of Dow and DuPont, the fourth and fifth largest firms, would give the resulting company about 41 percent of the market for corn seeds and 38 percent of the market for soybean seeds. The European Union approved the merger after Dow and DuPont agreed to sell off assets, including key research and development activities. The deal is still to be approved by regulators in the United States, Brazil, China, Australia and Canada.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

nafblogobluegoldcopy

03-29-17 CCA: 2017 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award® Recipient Announced

cca-ccalt-joint-logo
leopold-conservation-award-logo-largeCCA: 2017 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award® Recipient Announced

Arvada, Colo. – Rancho Largo, co-owned and managed by Grady Grissom, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award®.

The prestigious award 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.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac; Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.” Continue reading

03-29-17 US DoI Secretary Zinke Takes Immediate Action to Advance American Energy Independence

Office of the Secretary Dept of Interior Logo

US Dept Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

US Dept Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Secretary Zinke Takes Immediate Action to Advance American Energy Independence

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed two secretarial orders to advance American energy independence. The Secretary’s orders foster responsible development of coal, oil, gas, and renewable energy on federal and Tribal lands and initiate review of agency actions directed by President Trump’s executive order entitled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.” Secretary Zinke also signed a charter establishing a Royalty Policy Committee to ensure the public receives the full value of natural resources produced from federal lands. In signing the historic actions on energy independence, Secretary Zinke was joined by Members of Congress from western states and other stakeholders.

“Today I took action to sign a series of directives that put America on track to achieve the President’s vision for energy independence and bringing jobs back to communities across the country” said Secretary Zinke. “American energy powers our national and local economies. But for too many local communities, energy on public lands has been more of a missed opportunity and has failed to include local consultation and partnership. Today’s orders allow for Americans to benefit from safe and environmentally responsible development on federal lands and put America on track for energy independence.”

Continue reading

03-29-17 NFU Urges Trump Administration to Oppose Dow-DuPont Merger

NFU Urges Trump Administration to Oppose Dow-DuPont Merger

WASHINGTON Following European Union approval of the proposed merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co., National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on the Trump Administration to block the deal. The merger, if approved by the U.S. Justice Department, would create the largest biotechnology and seed firm in the U.S.

“The reduction in competition that would be wrought by a Dow-DuPont merger will result in less innovation, higher prices, and less choice for farmers,” said NFU President Roger Johnson in a letter to President Trump. “Given the damaging and lasting effects this merger will have on family farmers and rural America, we urge you to oppose this merger,” he said.

Johnson noted that the Dow-DuPont merger occurs amidst a massive wave of consolidation in the agricultural inputs sector. The combination of the two companies, coupled with the concurrently proposed mergers of Bayer-Monsanto and ChemChina-Syngenta, threatens to limit major players in the agrichemical and seed sectors to just four companies. Continue reading

03-29-17 CSFS: Financial Compensation Available for Landowners to Forgo Development, Protect Forestlands

csfs-co-state-forest-service-news-release-header-020217

2015-08-06-22-18-45CSFS:Financial Compensation Available for Landowners to Forgo Development, Protect Forestlands

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – March 29, 2017 – Colorado landowners who want to protect environmentally valuable private forest areas that could be threatened by development or conversion to other non-forest uses have the opportunity to submit proposals to protect their forestlands. Continue reading