03-20-17 CO Governor Hickenlooper issues Disaster Declaration for Logan and Phillips Counties…

CO Governor Hickenlooper issues Disaster Declaration for Logan and Phillips Counties…

 

CLICK HERE to view the Executive Order, courtesy of the CO Governor Hickenlooper’s Office Staff

Check out the BARN’s EXCLUSIVE interview with CO Governor John Hickenlooper from Monday, March 20, 2017 online inside the BARN – CLICK HERE

03-20-17 Inside the BARN w/CO Governor John Hickenlooper: NE CO Wildfire, State Revenue Forecast & Ag Day at the Capitol…

Inside the BARN w/CO Governor John Hickenlooper: NE CO Wildfire, State Revenue Forecast & Ag Day at the Capitol…

(The BARN-Briggsdale, CO) March 20, 2017 – Inside the BARN to discuss the NE Colorado wildfires, the recent state Revenue forecast & Ag Day at the Capitol is Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. As a courtesy to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, also participating within the interview is Jeff Rice, Journal-Advocate Reporter

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER DISASTER DECLARATION 

If you would like to help make a donation either monetarily or in-kind to the wildfire relief efforts in NE Colorado, please consider contacting one of the following organizations, compiled by Colorado Corn: Continue reading

03-20-17 CFB: CO State Patrol Helps Reduce Trucking Regulations on Fire Relief Supplies

CFB: State Patrol Helps Reduce Trucking Regulations on Fire Relief Supplies

– The Colorado State Patrol has lifted certain transportation regulations in order to ease the shipping of fire relief materials and supplies. In response to the Northeast Colorado fire, certain provisions of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, as well as fuel and registration tax permits have been waived for commercial carriers through April 8th. The order should also aide in getting supplies to other fire impacted areas in Kansas, Oklahoms, and Texas.  Continue reading

03-20-17 CCA: Colorado-Based Greeley Hat Works “Passes the Hat”

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CCA: Colorado-Based Greeley Hat Works “Passes the Hat”

Recovery efforts are coming along nicely, yet hearts and prayers continue to go out to those affected in the agriculture community.  We at Greeley Hat Works can’t say enough about the hard-working men and women who have assisted during the fire and after with their generous donations of time and goods.  “I am proud of the American agriculture legacy and our company is stepping forward to partner with organizations in each of the affected states to get ranchers the assistance they need,” said Greeley Hat Works owner Trent Johnson.    Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, March 20th

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

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, March 20th

Senate Ag Committee Holding Perdue Nomination Hearing This Week

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary. The hearing Thursday, March 23rd, marks the next step in confirming Perdue to the President’s Cabinet. The Former Georgia Governor, Perdue, was announced as the nominee on January 19th. The formal nomination of Perdue was sent to the Senate Agriculture Committee by the White House March 9th. Financial documents that show Perdue will step away from his business interests, along with an FBI background check, were forwarded to the Senate panel earlier this month. Politico reports that Senate Democrats have signaled they will not block the nomination of Perdue, as they have with other Cabinet nominees by Trump. The hearing adds to a busy agriculture schedule in Washington, D.C. for the week, which includes a farm bill summit at the National Press Club and National Ag Day events.

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Grains Council Talks Trade Policy with Customers in Mexico

Leaders of the U.S. Grains Council were in Mexico last week to hear customer concerns about the state of trade relations between the two countries. In meetings with top grain importers and government officials, the group focused on the importance of the U.S.-Mexico trading relationship to the U.S. farmers and grain traders who make up USGC’s membership. The Trump administration’s trade policy statements in recent months, combined with an election cycle in which candidates from both U.S. political parties routinely spoke negatively about trade, have caused serious concerns for USGC and its membership. Since the North American Free Trade Agreement, a target of the Trump administration, entered into force more than 20 years ago, the U.S. and Mexican agriculture industries have become increasingly integrated. Mexico is now the largest market for U.S. corn, the second-largest customer for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles and a leading buyer of U.S. sorghum and barley. Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight says the group traveled to Mexico to “make clear that we are dedicated to sustaining, improving and expanding” trade with Mexico.

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Agriculture Groups Meet with White House on Trade

Leadership from 11 major agriculture groups met with the White House last week to discuss trade issues. The meeting followed a series of written communications to the Trump administration from the groups under the banner of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, organized by the Corn Refiners Association. The meeting focused on the importance of continued growth of food and agriculture exports. In a joint statement following the meeting, the groups said: “It is clear from this meeting and other interactions that the Trump administration understands and intends to pursue expansion of U.S. food and agriculture exports.” During the meeting, the agricultural organizations noted that 95 percent of their potential customers live beyond the U.S. border, and that the diverse food and agriculture sector supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs, creates more than $423 billion in annual U.S. economic activity, and is the single largest U.S. manufacturing sector, representing 12 percent of all U.S. manufacturing jobs.

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Letter Urges White House to Maintain Point of Obligation Under RFS

A bipartisan letter including the signatures of 23 senators urged the Donald Trump administration to maintain the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The letter asks the White House to deny proposed changes that would “derail the current, successful program.” Led by Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley and Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar, the letter says shifting the point of obligation would give refiners little incentive to produce necessary fuel blends, making it difficult for downstream entities to comply. The point of obligation designates who in the fuel supply chain is responsible for blending biofuels, and is a mechanism that ensures higher blends of renewable fuels reach the marketplace. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor thanked the senators for the letter last week, noting that Growth Energy has consistently opposed any change in the point of obligation. Skor says changing the point of obligation would trigger a long and complicated rulemaking process, and create long-term uncertainty in the fuel marketplace.

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EWG Asking Congress to Help Organic Farmers Meet Demand

The Environmental Working Group last week released a study that claims U.S. organic production lags significantly behind consumer demand. The group suggested that Congress could help farmers turn to organic farming by addressing organic agriculture further in the next farm bill. EWG is suggesting that Congress reform the Conservation Stewardship Program to create bundles of conservation practices for farmers who want to transition to organic practices. EWG is also asking Congress to reform the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic Initiative to provide organic and transitioning producers with the same level of support as other farmers. Finally, EWG is seeking reforms to the Conservation Reserve Program to provide greater incentives for producers to put farmland exiting the program into organic production. Between 1997 and 2015, sales in the organic sector soared from $3.7 billion to more than $43 billion. Yet, the gap between supply and demand means many American organic food companies have to rely on foreign suppliers for staple items that could be met by domestic producers.

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Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins

The Department of Agriculture is kicking off a countdown to the beginning of the next Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the census will be mailed at the end of this year and is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and those who operate them. A USDA NASS spokesperson says the Census of Agriculture “remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation.” The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, and other topics. The 2012 Census of Agriculture revealed that more than three million farmers operated more than two million farms, spanning 914 million acres. This was a four percent decrease in the number of U.S. farms from the previous census in 2007. Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting ag census dot usda dot gov (www.agcensus.usda.gov).

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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