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

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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.

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

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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…

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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…



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.

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03-30-17 NCGA Applauds EPA Decision on Chlorpyrofis

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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.”

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

ACE leadership informs, congratulates member plants at annual meetings


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.”

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

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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

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

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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