05-31-17 EPA: Montrose, Colorado receives $300K for property assessment and redevelopment

EPA: Montrose, Colorado receives $300K for property assessment and redevelopment

Brownfields grant to advance riverfront corridor and historic downtown revitalization efforts

DENVER – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the City of Montrose, Colorado as a recipient of a $300,000 Brownfields grant to assess properties that have been identified as priorities for productive reuse. Funds will be used to identify and assess brownfields along the riverfront corridor and historic downtown area to make way for better housing and a thriving downtown commercial district and provide for more and better transit and greenspace in the downtown riverfront corridor. Continue reading

04-28-17 Hope You will join the WDA & Celebrate Word Milk Day on June 1st!

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World Milk Day – Celebrate with Us!

June 1 is World Milk Day! To celebrate, we would love for you to take a picture of you or your family drinking milk and post it to social media. The hashtag to use is #WorldMilkDay and you are, of course, welcome to tag us as well – on Facebook at Western Dairy Association, Twitter @WesternDairy and Instagram @WesternDairy.

World Milk Day is a day to celebrate our favorite nutrient-rich beverage – its low cost, accessibility and delicious versatility. Learn more about events taking place worldwide at WorldMilkDay2017.com.

Please let us know if you have any questions – we look forward to celebrating with you on social media in the month leading up to World Milk Day!

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05-31-17 ASI’s Young Entrepreneur Program Announces Farm and Ranch Tour in Sioux Falls, SD July 17-18

ASI’s Young Entrepreneur Program Announces Farm and Ranch Tour in Sioux Falls, SD July 17-18

DENVER -The American Sheep Industry Association’s Young Entrepreneur Program is announcing a farm and ranch tour aimed at helping young and beginning sheep producers network and gain a broader understanding of the industry. This tour, made possible by a grant from the Let’s Grow Program, will be July 17-18 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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05-31-17 FARM Animal Care Program Seeks Producer Feedback on Resources and Tools

FARM Animal Care Program Seeks Producer Feedback on Resources and Tools

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program, in collaboration with Colorado State University, is conducting a dairy farmer survey to learn more about perceptions of the FARM Program and how it can continue to improve the resources it offers producers.

The voluntary survey will probe producers’ knowledge of the program and the value they think it provides to their operations. The study will help FARM Animal Care better provide cooperatives and farmers with the appropriate guidance and materials required of FARM Program participants. Survey questions address topics such as the producer’s familiarity with the program, where they seek additional FARM Program information, and why stewardship practices, as assessed by FARM, are important to them. Those interested in taking the survey can do so by clicking here.

“Participants in the FARM Program produce more than 98 percent of the U.S. milk supply by volume, so it’s important that we understand producers’ thoughts on how FARM can further positively impact their businesses,” said Emily Meredith, chief of staff for NMPF, which launched the program in 2009. “Just like dairy farms are on a path of continuous improvement, the FARM Program wants to continuously improve how we work with our participants. Continue reading

05-31-17 RMFU Members Sharing Priorities For Next Food & Farm Bill

RMFU Members Sharing Priorities For Next Food & Farm Bill

Written by: Dale McCall – RMFU President

The 2018 Food and Farm Bill will be written at a critical time for America’s farmers and ranchers. The financial stress hurting producers is increasing daily. During recent weeks, our members have been attending (and sometimes hosting) Food and Farm Bill listening sessions held by Senator Michael Bennet and his staff. Farmers and ranchers in Colorado are voicing their concerns about the policy process and offering their key concerns they believe Congress needs to address as lawmakers begin writing the 2018 Food and Farm Bill. Here are the chief concerns and priorities our members are putting at the forefront. Continue reading

05-31-17 NSP Hires New Communications Director

NSP Hires New Communications Director

LUBBOCK, Texas —Mollie Dykes has joined the National Sorghum Producers staff as communications director. Dykes will provide a broad range of public relations and marketing communications support to the organization and will serve as associate editor for Sorghum Grower magazine.

“I am very excited to welcome Mollie to team sorghum,” said NSP External Affairs Director Jennifer Blackburn. “Mollie is an avid leader and brings a new facet of experience to our communications team. As  we prepare for a number of digital asset updates and a rich political environment surrounding farm bill reauthorization, she will be instrumental in helping NSP achieve its goals to better serve the sorghum industry.” Continue reading

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Canada: NAFTA Talks to Start in August

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister told the nation’s lawmakers this week negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement would start in August, the earliest possible by U.S. law. Chrystia Freeland briefed Canadian lawmakers Monday on the negotiation process. She says a time crunch is looming, with the U.S. and Mexico in the biggest hurry to start talks. The Canadian Press reports pre-negotiation consultations will take several months. Then, once talks begin between Canada, Mexico and the U.S., there are only a few months left before political obstacles start popping up, causing potential delays. Those obstacles include the 2018 presidential elections in Mexico and the U.S. midterm election cycle. Currently, the three countries are consulting with domestic partners as they prepare for negotiating positions. Negotiations can begin any time after August 16th, after a 90-day consolation period required by U.S. law.

USDA Political Appointment Nominee’s Expected Soon

Nominee’s for The Department of Agriculture’s political post within the agency are expected within a month or so. Sources close to the Secretary have allegedly told Politico that Perdue has made his picks for key positions within USDA, and those picks could be announced in June. There are nearly a dozen political positions that require confirmation by the U.S. Senate, to go along with near 200-some political appointees within the federal government. No official announcements have been made yet by USDA or Perdue, but several have speculated that Steve Censky, CEO of the American Soybean Association, will be nominated as USDA undersecretary. Other names floated for USDA posts include Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, Indiana Agriculture Department Director Ted McKinney, and Sam Clovis, who has served on the USDA transition team.

Secretary Perdue Continues Farm State Travels

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue continues traveling this week as he will attend the Montana Ag Summit Thursday. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts is expected to join Perdue at the event that was organized by committee member Steve Daines, a Montana Republican. Also attending is a team of Mexican barley and malt importers, who are visiting the U.S. as part of a trip arranged by the U.S. Grains Council to talk trade. The trip comes ahead of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations this fall. Perdue and Roberts are expected to talk about the farm bill, ag technology and bringing youth into agriculture. The trip comes as Perdue enters his second month as Agriculture Secretary and follows a host of trips to farm states in his first month on the job.

TPP Member Nations Moving On

The 11 remaining member nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement are moving on with finalizing the agreement without the United States. Four months after the United States announced it would withdraw from the trade agreement, the remaining 11 TPP countries agreed to “launch a process to assess options to bring the comprehensive, high-quality agreement into force expeditiously, including how to facilitate membership for the original signatories.” The countries agreed on a November 10th deadline at the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ summit in Vietnam. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the move will not draw the U.S. back to the trade agreement, stressing the need for bilateral negotiations. TPP would be worth an estimated $4 billion to U.S. agriculture, if the U.S. were included in the agreement.

FDA Considering Nutrition Facts Panel Delay

The Food and Drug Administration is considering a delaying implementation of a revamped nutrition facts panel on retail goods. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the move would follow a request by industry groups that have asked the FDA to delay the new food labels by three years. The updated labels are scheduled to start being used by July of next year. However, industry groups say they need more time to line the nutrition panel up with GMO labeling rules by USDA that are due out next July. In testimony before House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on agriculture, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said: “We’re going to be taking a hard look at the implementation schedule.” Under the Obama administration, FDA announced the changes to reflect updated science, and to provide an update on serving sizes.

Rural America the New ‘Inner City’

The Wall Street Journal has dubbed rural America as the new “inner city,” riddled with low income, sparse access to healthcare, crime and drugs. A special analysis by the publication says data reveals that sparsely populated counties have replaced large cities as America’s most troubled areas by key measures of socioeconomic well-being. The shift began in the 1990s and continues at an accelerating pace. The analysis says rural America now faces higher teen births and divorce rates than urban areas, and education and employment gaps have widened at a faster pace than other areas. The data also says rural areas have become less healthy than America’s cities. In 1980, rural areas had lower rates of heart disease and cancer. By 2014, the opposite was true. The publication says rural America is also getting close to the milestone at which more people are dying than are being born.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service