05-23-17 NCGA Statement on President’s Proposed FY18 Budget

NCGA Statement on President’s Proposed FY18 Budget

WASHINGTON (May 23, 2017) – The White House today released its detailed proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget proposal includes the following:

  • Cutting the federal crop insurance program by $28.56 billion over the 2018-2027 period
  • Eliminating funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) ($200 million/year) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program ($34.5 million/year)
  • Reducing conservation program funding by $5.8 billion over the 2018-2027 period

The following is a statement from the National Corn Growers Association:

“The time and place to debate farm bill programs is during the farm bill reauthorization, not the annual budget process. The farm bill represents a 5-year commitment to America’s farmers and ranchers, which Congress made in 2014. We are counting on Congress to honor that commitment, and reject cuts that would be harmful for rural America. These proposed budget cuts would hurt farmers’ ability to manage risk, grow their revenues, and farm more sustainably. Continue reading

05-23-17 CAWG: Make Plans to Attend the 2017 CO Wheat Field Days June 8-14 at Eleven Locations…

CAWG: Make Plans to Attend the 2017 CO Wheat Field Days June 8-14 at Eleven Locations…

May 23, 2017, Fort Collins, Colo. – The 2017 Colorado Wheat Field Days will be held June 8-14 at eleven different variety trial sites throughout eastern Colorado. The field days are jointly hosted by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG), Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF) and Colorado State University (CSU) Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station.

CWAC President Mark Linnebur encourages all wheat farmers to attend.

“Wheat Field Days are rapidly approaching. Come visit the one nearest to you to see how the old favorites look and how the new varieties in the breeding pipeline compare in your area. Hope to see you there!” said Linnebur. 

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05-23-17 Inside the BARN with CDA’s Anderson and COSHA’s Johnson regarding Small Hydropower June 27th Workshop…

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Inside the BARN with CDA’s Anderson and COSHA’s Johnson regarding Small Hydropower June 27th Workshop…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) May 23, 2017 – The Colorado Small Hydro Association is hosting an international workshop on June 27 in Denver @ the Colorado Convention Center for those interested in learning more about hydro power on their operation.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss small hydro power and the upcoming event in more details is CO Department of Agriculture Energy Specialist & Program Director Sam Anderson and CO Small Hydro Association President Kurt Johnson



Registration is now open for the 2017 Colorado Small Hydro Workshop, coming up on Tuesday June 27th from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm  at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Check out the agenda below… Continue reading

05-23-17 Statement from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on the Proposed FY 2018 Budget

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on the Proposed FY 2018 Budget

(Washington, D.C., May 23, 2017) – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement on the proposed FY 2018 budget:

“President Trump promised he would realign government spending, attempt to eliminate duplication or redundancy, and see that all government agencies are efficiently delivering services to the taxpayers of America.  And that’s exactly what we are going to do at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Having been the governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011 – not during the best economic times – we did what it took to get the job done, just like the people involved in every aspect of American agriculture do every single day.  While the President’s budget fully funds nutrition programs, wildland fire suppression and food safety, and includes several new initiatives and increases for Rural Development, whatever form the final budget takes, it is my job as Secretary of Agriculture to manage and implement that plan, while still fulfilling the core mission of USDA,” said Secretary Perdue.


05-23-17 NSP Statement on President’s Proposed Budget

NSP Statement on President’s Proposed Budget

LUBBOCK, Texas — The White House today released its FY2018 proposed budget, which details the elimination of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and steep cuts to crop insurance and other farm policies like conservation and foreign market development important to farmers and the sorghum industry.

National Sorghum Producers Chairman Don Bloss, a sorghum producer from Pawnee City, Nebraska, released the following statement in response: Continue reading

05-23-17 Soy Growers Oppose White House Budget

Soy Growers Oppose White House Budget

WASHINGTON (May 23, 2017) – The American Soybean Association (ASA) signaled strong opposition to proposed cuts in the FY-2018 budget released by the White House this morning.

“By shredding our farm safety net, slashing critical agricultural research and conservation initiatives, and hobbling our access to foreign markets, this budget is a blueprint for how to make already difficult times in rural America even worse,” said Ron Moore, ASA president and a soybean farmer from Roseville, Ill. Continue reading

05-23-17 USW Dismayed by Budget Proposal to Eliminate Trade Development Programs

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USW Dismayed by Budget Proposal to Eliminate Trade Development Programs

Arlington, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates is very disappointed that the Administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget eliminates funding for the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program and severely cuts funding for food aid programs. These cuts and other proposed cuts to the farm safety net would be devastating to wheat farmers who are already facing severely challenging economic conditions.

“These are the wrong proposals at the wrong time for the wheat farmers we represent,” said USW President Alan Tracy. “Agriculture is truly a global industry and export demand determines the prices U.S. wheat farmers receive. Without funding from MAP and FMD, we would not be able to continue the training, technical assistance and service that is needed to promote this incredibly complex food crop. Our competitors would swoop in to take those markets and the potential effect on wheat prices is obvious.”  Continue reading

05-23-17 Collaboration Launches New Wheat Production System CoAxium™

Collaboration Launches New Wheat Production System CoAxium™ 

May 23, 2017, Fort Collins, CO and Ankeny, IA. — Three major agricultural organizations have announced the creation of the herbicide-tolerant CoAxium™ Wheat Production System. CoAxium™ Wheat Production System is a joint collaboration driven to deliver innovative and novel solutions for wheat producers in North America and beyond. It is a targeted technology platform that combines a new patented herbicide-tolerant trait and elite germplasm together with novel herbicide brands and best-in-class industry stewardship. The collaborating partners are the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, Inc. (CWRF), Albaugh, LLC, a global leader for post-patent agro-chemicals and seed treatments, and wheat breeder Limagrain Cereal Seeds, LLC, a U.S.-based subsidiary of an international agricultural co-operative group created and managed by French farmers.

“CoAxium™ Wheat Production System is an exciting new brand built from the ground up with innovation, performance and grower value in mind,” stated Chad Shelton, Global Proprietary Products Director at Albaugh LLC, North America. “CoAxium™ Wheat Production System will help growers maximize their return on investment by controlling tough winter annual grasses in winter wheat. The CoAxium™ Wheat Production System is a combination of a patented herbicide trait, a new herbicide brand and a strong focus on industry stewardship.” Continue reading

05-23-17 NAWG Opposes Cuts to Crop Insurance in the Administration’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal

NAWG - wheat_logoNAWG Opposes Cuts to Crop Insurance in the Administration’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal 

Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2017) – Today, the Administration released its full budget request for fiscal year 2018. The request calls for significant cuts to Farm Bill safety net and risk management programs at a time when net farm income is nearly half what it was just three years ago.

NAWG President David Schemm made the following statement:

“NAWG understands the administration is facing pressure to reduce spending and lower the national debt. However, proposing cuts to crop insurance and weakening the Farm Bill is not the right approach. Proposing significant restrictions on crop insurance, commodity, conservation, trade, nutrition, and economic development programs is short-sighted and ignores the needs of rural America. Continue reading



WASHINGTON, May 23, 2017 The National Association of Conservation Districts calls on Congress to reject President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request that includes reckless cuts to every part of USDA, as well as many other federal programs that support voluntary conservation across the country.

The president’s budget requests more than $5 billion in cuts over 10 years to farm bill conservation programs. In FY18, the budget request includes a substantial $350 million cut to mandatory funding for the popular Environmental Quality Incentives Program, it would also cut $91 million from USDA’s Conservation Technical Assistance program – the very lifeblood of voluntary conservation in the United States. Continue reading

05-23-17 CSU Ext ALERT: Wheat Disease Update – Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist…

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Wheat Disease Update – May 23, 2017

Written by: Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist; Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University; C030 Plant Science Bldg., 1177 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO, 80523-1177; 970-491-0850 (work);  kirk.broders@colostate.edu 

Figure 1: Symptoms of Stagonospora glume blotch

The wheat crop in Colorado is on average between Feekes growth stage 9-10.5 (boot stage to heading complete). Much of the state has had cooler and wetter than average weather (including snow in Fort Collins!) over the last 2 weeks and this has resulted in the development of several foliar pathogens on wheat. In particular, I have seen an increase in stripe rust and Stagonospora leaf and glume blotch (SLB & SGB) (Fig. 1). While the number of reports of stripe rust have increased (now present in Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma, Kit Carson, Cheyenne and Kiowa counties), the disease incidence (% of plants in a field infected) and severity (% of leaf area infected) remain relatively low. However, the unseasonably cool and wet weather provides the optimum conditions for the disease to spread. The question many growers are asking is “Will the cost of fungicide application be greater than the potential yield loss due to stripe rust?” The answer is context dependent. There are four factors that growers need to considers 1) price of wheat; 2) potential yield of a field; 3) price of fungicide application and 4) current or potential disease pressure. If yield potential and/or the price of wheat is high, the cost of a fungicide application is more easily offset. However, with current low market prices and average dryland winter wheat yields, disease severity must be relatively high to offset the cost of fungicide application. In most areas of the state, fungicide application will not be necessary, given moderate to low disease pressure. However, there are pockets where stripe rust and SLB and SLG are reaching levels that will impact yield. Grower’s in these areas may want to consider applying a fungicide to prevent yield loss. There are several fungicide compounds with very good or excellent efficacy against both stripe rust and Stagonospora (Table 1).

05-23-17 NFU: President Trump’s Budget is an Assault on the Farm Safety Net and Rural Communities…

NFU: President Trump’s Budget is an Assault on the Farm Safety Net and Rural Communities

WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump issued a detailed fiscal year 2018 federal budget proposal today, recommending drastic cuts to agricultural and rural related agencies and programs. The proposal would cut Farm Bill programs by nearly $230 billion and slash the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) annual budget by 21 percent.

In response to the proposal, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement:

“The President’s proposed budget is an assault on the programs and personnel that provide vital services, research, and a safety net to America’s family farmers, rural residents and consumers. It is deeply disappointing that the President would propose such cuts, especially in the midst of a farm crisis that has family farmers and ranchers enduring a drastic, four-year slide in farm prices and a 50 percent drop in net farm income.
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05-23-17 WSSA Survey Ranks Most Common and Most Troublesome Weeds in Broadleaf Crops, Fruits and Vegetables

WSSA Survey Ranks Most Common and Most Troublesome Weeds in Broadleaf Crops, Fruits and Vegetables

WESTMINSTER, Colorado – MAY 23, 2017 – A recent survey conducted by the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) ranks Palmer amaranth as the most troublesome and difficult to control weed in 12 categories of broadleaf crops, fruits and vegetables, while common lambsquarters ranks as the weed most commonly found.

Almost 200 weed scientists across the U.S. and Canada participated in the 2016 survey, the second conducted by WSSA.  A 2015 baseline survey explored the most common and troublesome weeds in 26 different crops and noncrop areas.

The current survey ranks the following weeds as the most troublesome or the most common among broadleaf crops, fruits and vegetables: Continue reading

05-23-17 NCIS: Crop Insurers Comment on President’s Proposed Budget

Crop Insurers Comment on President’s Proposed Budget

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WASHINGTON (May 23, 2017)—The White House today released details of its FY2018 proposed budget, which included steep cuts to crop insurance and other farm policies.

The American Association of Crop Insurers, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, Crop Insurance Professionals Association, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, and National Crop Insurance Services released the following joint statement in response:

“Weakening crop insurance and making it more difficult for farmers to bounce back during tough times will jeopardize rural jobs and will find little support in rural America or on Capitol Hill. The rural economy is already suffering through a period of low prices and a multitude of spring weather disasters. Yet, the Administration’s budget proposal targets the primary tool farmers use to handle these risks.

“Lawmakers favor crop insurance because it reduces taxpayer risk exposure and has come in under budget since the 2014 Farm Bill was passed. Farmers are willing to help fund their own safety nets – collectively spending $50 billion out of their own pockets on crop insurance since 2000 – because they know private-sector efficiency will speed aid when it is needed most.

“Destructive cuts to crop insurance have been proposed by past Administrations and soundly rejected by Congressional leaders, who recognize the importance of maintaining a strong farm safety net. We fully expect that to be the case again this year, and we are hopeful to engage in meaningful dialogue about how to support America’s hardworking farmers and ranchers in difficult times like these.”

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05-23-17 Safeguarding Beef’s Image & Reputation

Safeguarding Beef’s Image & Reputation

The occurrence of “fake news” isn’t new to those in agriculture. Beef producers know first-hand what it’s like to see and hear misleading information about what they do in raising cattle and about the role of beef in the diet. However, through the beef checkoff, the industry is fighting misinformation with facts, as Brian Baxter reports from Texas.


05-23-17 ASA: New Ads Target Mexico’s Unfair Trade Acts

New Ads Target Mexico’s Unfair Trade Acts

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When does aloha mean goodbye?

Wall Street Journal readers were asked that question in a half-page advertisement from the American Sugar Alliance today.

The answer: After Mexico broke U.S. trade laws and ran Hawaii’s century-old sugar industry into the ground.

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05-23-17 CFVGA Offering Scholarships To RMFU Members To Attend Produce Safety Symposium in Denver

CFVGA Offering Scholarships To RMFU Members To Attend Produce Safety Symposium in Denver

The  Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association is providing scholarship opportunities to any Rocky Mountain Farmers Union grower members that would like to attend the Center for Produce Safety Research Symposium. The June 20-21 symposium will be held in Denver. The only stipulations are that CFVGA will reimburse the person $340 of the registration fees and $140/night for a maximum of three nights lodging at the conference hotel if they live more than 80 miles from the meeting AND they are willing to make a presentation about what they learned at a CFVGA sponsored event. CFVGA will work with them on when and where the event would be. It could be something as simple as a coffee shop event in their hometown or it could be in conjunction with the Colorado Ag Water Alliance roundtables that will be held around the state. Continue reading

05-23-17 RMFU: Survey On Produce Gleaning Has Its Rewards

RMFU: Survey On Produce Gleaning Has Its Rewards

Produce farmers! Fill out this very brief survey for your chance to win a Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) annual membership or one of two $50 gift cards. The survey is a collaboration between UpRoot, LiveWell Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to find out more about farmers’ current practices and feelings towards gleaning. The survey is part of a larger   study that aims to find out:

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05-23-17 Come “Learn, Lead & Laugh” this July in Bailey, CO at Camp RMFU…

Come “Learn, Lead & Laugh” this July in Bailey, CO at Camp RMFU…

Looking for a great opportunity for your kids ages 7-18? It’s all here at our RMFU Cooperative Leadership Camps! Our camps are traditional in the sense that we do hiking, crafts, cooperative games, and more, but where we stand apart is that we try to send the campers home with some type of new found knowledge that they might not necessarily learn about in school or through other venues. Then at the end of camp we go on a field trip to give hands-on experience incorporating the theme. But more importantly to the kids, is that we allow them to be kids for a few days—with silly skits and crazy games!

RMFU’s 2017 Cooperative Leadership Camps will be in Bailey, Colo., at the Farmers Union Education Center.

To learn more, go to RMFU Camps or email Jennifer.bahr@rmfu.org

Educational programs are at the base of everything we do. Just watch.