Bennet, Western Democratic Senators Urge Feds to Lift Sudden Suspension of Public Land Advisory Groups
Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined a group of western Democratic senators to urge the Department of the Interior to lift its sudden suspension of long-standing committees and advisory boards that provide essential local community input on public land management.
“It is concerning that Secretary Zinke postponed all BLM Resource Advisory Council meetings through September – a move that aligns with the Interior Department’s review of national monuments and energy standards,” Bennet said. “These meetings are an invaluable way to ensure rural and local voices in Colorado are heard and considered in conversations about the use of our public lands. The Administration should not block community input on BLM actions. These meetings should be reinstated immediately.”
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WASHINGTON (May 11, 2017) – The American Soybean Association (ASA), which represents growers of the nation’s largest agricultural export, expressed strong support today for the establishment of an Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at USDA. The move comes as part of a larger reorganization of USDA by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The post is one that ASA and other agriculture groups have long advocated for, including in a letter to the White House in late February. ASA President Ron Moore spoke on the new position and to the reorganization in a statement: Continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Robert Lighthizer today as the next U.S. Trade Representative. Fair access to international markets is crucial for America’s productive wheat farmers. Our organizations believe Ambassador Lighthizer fully understands that a strong agricultural economy depends on improving free trade opportunities and rules. Continue reading
NAFTA Relationships Need Attention as NMPF, USDEC Begin Work with New U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer
ARLINGTON, VA – The dairy industry is eager to work with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to protect and expand market access for U.S. dairy while addressing problematic Canadian dairy policies, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) said today following Lighthizer’s Senate confirmation. Continue reading
Washington, D.C. – The National Potato Council (NPC) applauds USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for moving forward to establish the position of Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as set forth in the 2014 Farm Bill. This position will bring unified, high level focus to key agriculture trade issues.
“With strong, focused leadership by this new Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and continued coordination with the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the potato industry and all of U.S. agriculture will be an economic force to be reckoned with in world markets,” said NPC Executive Vice President and CEO John Keeling. Continue reading
WASHINGTON (May 11, 2017) – Following a vote by the Senate today to confirm Ambassador Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore expressed congratulations and cited Lighthizer’s understanding of the important role trade plays in the U.S. economy and agriculture community.
“Lighthizer’s confirmation to USTR is an encouraging step in developing trade policies that continue to promote U.S. food and agriculture production,” Moore said.
ASA, along with many food and agriculture trade associations and companies, has continuously been supportive of Lighthizer’s confirmation, highlighting the need for more officials who understand the impacts and importance of trade.
“As we urge prudence on any trade negotiations or renegotiations, Lighthizer’s confirmation will allow the U.S. to engage on trade negations that will benefit all Americans though economic growth and job creation,” Moore added.
USW Joins NAWG in Support of USDA Reorganization
ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) joins the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) in applauding U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement today creating a new undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. USW also joins NAWG in commending the Administration for recognizing the value of American agricultural products to international markets. Continue reading
USDA Secretary Perdue Announces Creation of Undersecretary for Trade
Reorganization of USDA Elevates Rural Development as Department Priority
(Cincinnati, OH – May 11, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a recognition of the ever-increasing importance of international trade to American agriculture. Perdue made the announcement standing by barges filled with agricultural products along the banks of the Ohio River. As part of a reorganization of USDA, Perdue also announced the standing up of a newly-named Farm Production and Conservation mission area to have a customer focus and meet USDA constituents in the field. Finally, Perdue announced that the department’s Rural Development agencies would be elevated to report directly to the secretary of agriculture in recognition of the need to help promote rural prosperity.
Perdue issued a report to announce the changes, which address Congressional direction in the 2014 Farm Bill to create the new undersecretary for trade and also are a down payment on President Trump’s request of his cabinet to deliver plans to improve the accountability and customer service provided by departments.
“Food is a noble thing to trade. This nation has a great story to tell and we’ve got producers here that produce more than we can consume,” said Secretary Perdue. “And that’s good, because I’m a grow-it-and-sell-it kind of guy. Our people in American agriculture have shown they can grow it, and we’re here to sell it in markets all around the world.”
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WASHINGTON (May 11, 2017) – Today U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the creation of a USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of a broader reorganization of the department. The following is a statement from Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association:
“The National Corn Growers Association has long advocated for a dedicated position at USDA focused on increasing U.S. agricultural exports, and we pushed for this provision in the 2014 farm bill. We are pleased to see that post finally become a reality today. Continue reading
CWC Legislative Roundup
Sine die! Finalmente! Enfin!
Yesterday, Wednesday May 10th, was the final day of the 2017 Colorado Legislative Session. This session was a successful one for the Colorado Water Congress and Colorado’s water community. We could not have reached our goals without our contract lobbyist Dianna Orf and her firm, Orf & Orf, P.C. A huge thank you for their daily efforts at the Capitol for the past 120 days. Continue reading
Market News Organic Reporting Webinar May 18th
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites you to a live, interactive webinar on Organic Reporting within our multiple Market News divisions. Join us to learn about how our Specialty Crops, Dairy, Livestock, Poultry & Seed, and Cotton & Tobacco Market News programs provide you with FREE access to the market information you would want to know about Organic products. Our webinar will cover areas such as: Continue reading
USDA Makes $8.85 Million Available in Risk Management Education Funding
Applications Now Being Accepted
WASHINGTON, May 11, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced up to $8.85 million available for cooperative agreements for risk management education and training programs. The funding provides the needed resources for organizations such as universities, county cooperative extension offices and nonprofit organizations to develop training and education tools to help farmers and ranchers learn how to effectively manage long-term risks and challenges.
The RMA works with private partners to assist producers, especially limited resource, socially disadvantaged and other traditionally underserved farmers and ranchers, in effectively managing long-term risks and challenges. Interested organizations may apply by submitting documentation required as part of the Risk Management Education Partnerships Request for Applications (RFA). The applications are then reviewed and those who receive awards enter into a partnership with the RMA. The Risk Management Education Division manages the cooperative agreements.
“Our partnerships with private organizations help us reach a broader audience of producers so that they know and understand how to manage risk and what options are available to them,” said RMA Acting Administrator Heather Manzano. Continue reading
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Why are Centennial farms and ranches important?
Wyoming’s ranch and farm lands are disappearing at an alarming rate. Farmers and ranchers have withstood development pressure, drought and mining threats and yet they have managed to preserve these important pieces of Wyoming’s rural heritage. Agriculture produces more than food; it also maintains open spaces, contributes to the state’s economy and supports family businesses. These ranches and farms are not just history but remain vital today and highlight the importance of agriculture to Wyoming.
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“Johnson County – the Peaceful Re-Invasion”
WSGA Returns to Johnson County in Light of the 125th Anniversary of The Johnson County Cattle Wars
The 2017 Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show will be held June 6-9 at the Bomber Mountain Civic Center in Buffalo, Wyo., and surrounding areas. This convention will revolve around the theme “Johnson County – the Peaceful Re-Invasion” with a focus on the history of the Johnson County cattle wars and provide educational events for convention attendees and local community members to improve their ranching operation. Hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA), the annual convention is open to members, non-members, state and the local media. This convention will feature Key Note speaker, Bruce Vincent, and other speakers such as Dr. Keith Belk, Kent Holsinger, Greg Hanes, Meat Export Federation; Jerimiah Rieman, Director, ENDOW; invited speaker Season Solario, NCBA as well as Governor Matt Mead and the Wyoming Congressional Delegation. Continue reading
FCA Board Issues Request for Comment on Regulatory Burden
McLEAN, Va., May 11, 2017 — At its monthly meeting today, the Farm Credit Administration board issued a notice of intent and request for comment to solicit input from the public and other interested parties on the appropriateness of FCA’s regulatory requirements on the Farm Credit System (System). Continue reading
Statement of NPPC President Ken Maschhoff on USDA Establishing an Undersecretary for Trade
NPPC is very pleased that Secretary Perdue is establishing within USDA an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, a position that we and others in agriculture fought to get included in the 2014 Farm Bill. Continue reading
Topics covered within the interview include:
- Confirmation of USDA Ag Sec Sonny Perdue
- May is World Trade Month … talk the importance of trade to ag
- NE CO Wildfire Recovery Update (Phillips/Logan County Corn Producers)
- SE CO Blizzard Recovery (Baca/Prowers County Corn Producers)
- 2017 CO Corn Crop Planting Status
- Colorado Legislative Session Update (bills we’re supporting)
- Recent media criticism of Boulder County Commission on GMOs, coming from Boulder Daily Camera and Denver Post
- Colorado Corn Administrative Committee contributes $1,500 to CSU Extension ag-education efforts this spring
- Educators encouraged to attend Colorado Foundation for Agriculture’s summer teachers institute
- & more