TODAY’s Senate Bill 267 Sponsors to Celebrate With Lincoln Community Hospital

TODAY: Senate Bill 267 Sponsors to Celebrate With Lincoln Community Hospital

Denver, CO — This afternoon at 2:00PM, the four prime sponsors of the Hospital Provider Fee bill, Senate Bill 17-267, will be joined by others to celebrate the bill’s signing into law at one of the rural hospitals that stood to lose the most if the bill did not pass.

Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, Senate President Pro Tem Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, House Majority Leader K.C. Becker, D-Boulder, and State Representative Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, were the four members of the bipartisan team that shepherded the critical SB267 through the legislature. They will be joined by the Colorado Hospital Association, administrators, staffers, and others to celebrate this landmark bill. The celebration will be held on the back patio, on the north side of the hospital.

Lincoln Community Hospital
111 6th St, Hugo, CO 80821

Friday, June 30, 2017

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06-30-17 Lincoln Community Hospital Celebrates with SB17-267 Sponsors

(From Left to Right) Lincoln Community Hospital CEO Kevin Stansbury, Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, Rep. Kimmi Lewis, Rep. Jon Becker, Sen. Lucia Guzman, Sen. Irene Aguilar, Sen. Larry Crowder, and CHA CEO Steven Summer.

Lincoln Community Hospital Celebrates with SB17-267 Sponsors

Denver, CO — Joining hospital administrators, staffers, and other stakeholders, three out of the four members of the bipartisan team that shepherded the crucial Hospital Provider Fee (HPF) bill through the legislature and to the Governor’s desk celebrated its passage this afternoon at Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo.

Senate Bill 17-267, also known as the “Sustainability of Rural Colorado” Act, was the most talked-about bill of the 2017 legislative session. With this year’s tough budget, the Joint Budget Committee concluded over $500 million in cuts to hospitals had to be made in order to pass a balanced budget. To prevent these cuts, legislative action to move the HPF into an enterprise fund needed to happen.  Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, June 30th

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Senators Want Ag Focus in NAFTA Talks

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative wrapped up public comment hearings this week on the upcoming North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Ag groups representing American farmers and ranchers had a chance to weigh in on what they’d like to see in the talks. A group of Senators also weighed in on what they’d like to see emphasized in the discussions and their number one topic to address is agricultural exports. 17 lawmakers wrote a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressing appreciation for the administration’s careful approach to strengthening the NAFTA agreement while ensuring that no changes are made that could be harmful to agriculture. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says each of the Senators that signed the letter represents states that have significant agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico. Those countries are two of the top five destinations for American agricultural goods since the deal was signed in 1993. Canada and Mexico take in over one-quarter of the value of goods shipped from the U.S. The letter says, “We request that you avoid any revisions to NAFTA and other previously negotiated agreements that would diminish the opportunities for farmers and ranchers to export their goods, especially given the current state of the farm economy.”


European Union Close to Trade Deal with Japan

European Union and Japanese officials both say they’re close to signing what would be a major free trade deal, which could potentially jump-start other free trade deals. A European Union negotiator says a deal between the two would let the rest of the world know that two of the largest economies are resisting protectionism in favor of openness and investment. The website U.S. News Dot Com says the E.U. and Japan make up more than a quarter of the world’s economy. They traded more than $140 billion worth of goods last year and a new agreement would boost that number considerably higher. The head of the Japan Foreign Exchange Research Department at JP Morgan says a deal between the E.U. and Japan would make it much harder for American agriculture to compete in those markets. Europe would be able to export agricultural products like cheese and pork with lower tariffs in Japan, which would make it much harder for America to compete in the Japanese marketplace. The U.S. has shown an interest in a free trade deal with Japan, even conducting negotiations in April, but that idea has recently been overshadowed by the upcoming North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.


Better Beef Access in China Will Take Time

The U.S. beef industry was understandably excited when China agreed to resume importing product from the U.S. An Ag Web Dot Com article notes that supplies eligible for exports remain few and far between. Derrell Peel, an Ag Economist at Oklahoma State University, says it’s a long-term project to build up beef export numbers to China. “There are some restrictions in place that limit the available supply in the short run,” Peel says, “but we now have access and we know the details so the beef market can start to work.” He says it will take some time but American beef producers will figure out what the restrictions are and how they work. American beef imports have to meet several qualifications, including coming from American born, raised, and slaughtered cattle with traceability going all the way back to birth. It must also come from cattle less than 30 months of age and raised with no growth promoters, feed additives, or chemical compounds. China will test all beef imports at the port of entry. Only a small percentage of American beef meets those specs, so American Farm Bureau Economist Katelyn McCullock said product would have to be raised at the cow/calf level to meet those specifications.


USDA Authorizes Addition Grazing Benefits in Northern Plains

It was back on June 23rd that Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue authorized emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program Acres during the primary nesting season in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. The authorization was good for counties suffering through a severe drought that rated D2 on the U.S. Drought Monitor. However, the drought hasn’t let up, with hot and dry weather forecast to continue through the upcoming week in the northern plains. With the continuation of severe drought conditions, Secretary Perdue is authorizing emergency grazing of CRP acres for any county in which any part of its border lies within 150 miles of a county that’s already been approved for emergency grazing of CRP acres. Eligible CRP participants may graze their own cattle or allow another livestock farmer to use the acreage. Producers won’t see any reduction in their CRP payments because of grazing. Emergency haying is not authorized for now but officials will keep an eye on the situation.


Ag Terrorism Act Arrives at President Trumps Desk

The Securing our Agriculture and Food Act recently passed through both the Senate and House of Representatives in a bipartisan fashion. It now awaits the final approval of President Trump. A Bovine Vet Online Dot Com article says the language in the bill helps to clarify what the role of the Department of Homeland Security is as it works with other federal agencies to prevent agricultural terrorism. The DHS Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs is the official charged with collaborating between agencies to keep America’s food supply safe. However, the act doesn’t supersede the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture when it comes to food and agriculture. Iowa Republican Representative David Young first authored the bill in 2016 and again this year. It was largely in response to the avian influenza outbreak of 2015, the costliest animal outbreak in U.S. history. An analysis from the Congressional Budget Office says the bill would cost less than $500,000 a year to implement and wouldn’t affect direct spending or revenues. 


Egg Executives Sentenced to Prison

An Iowa father and son have been sentenced to jail as corporate officials who have legally been found responsible for a foodborne disease outbreak. A Cattle Network Dot Com article says Austin DeCoster and his son, Peter, were sentenced to three months in jail for selling adulterated food as corporate officers. The U.S. District Judge hearing the case noted prison time was a necessary thing to deter corporate officials from selling unsafe food. Both men appealed their sentences, but the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The DeCosters pled guilty to shipping eggs with false processing and expiration dates on the packages. They also pleaded guilty to bribing a USDA Inspector to approve the poor quality eggs for sale to the public. The company was hit with a $6.8 million dollar fine and the two men each paid an additional $100,000 in fines. Although they did plead guilty, the men stated they didn’t know the eggs were contaminated. However, they did admit they were in a position to stop the problem. Several business groups filed friend-of-the-court briefings to back the DeCosters in their appeal. The business groups all said it’s highly unusual to give executives a criminal penalty and prison time when there is no proof of intention or knowledge of wrongdoing.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


06-29-17 Yuma County Conservation District is looking for a District Manager

Yuma County Conservation District is looking for a District Manager

The Yuma County Conservation District is looking for motivated, conservation minded individual for the position of District Manger. This is full time salaried position that is mostly office work with a little bit of field time and that will include some evening hours. The salary range is $28,000 to $33,000 per year depending on experience. Position requires high school diploma or GED, strong work ethic, self-motivation, willingness to work with a wide variety of customers, landowners, Ag producers and local, state, and federal entities, the ability to be a team player and be able to pass USDA security clearance check. Skills needed include customer service skills, event organizational skills, computer and technology skills including social media, basic accounting, grant writing and administration and an understanding of production agriculture.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume to Yuma County Conservation District, 247 N. Clay St’ Suite 1, Wray, CO 80758 or email to  Position open till filled.

06-29-17 CALF Announces 2017 Legend of Agriculture Honorees

CALF Announces 2017 Legend of Agriculture Honorees

Sandy and Bruff Shea, of Franktown, are the 2017 Legend of Agriculture Honorees

Castle Rock, CO – The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) has selected Sandy and Bruff Shea as this year’s Legend of Agriculture Award honorees.  CALF will honor them at the 9th Annual Legends of Agriculture Dinner on Friday, July 28th at the Douglas County Events Center as the kickoff of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo.

Bruff and Sandy Shea, of Franktown, Colorado, are proud to call themselves natives of Douglas County. They were married in 1970 and will celebrate their 47th anniversary in December. Continue reading

06-29-17 CO Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for Lightner Creek fire

CO Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for Lightner Creek fire

DENVER — Thursday, June 29, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper has given a verbal declaration of disaster emergency to help efforts to fight the Lightner Creek Fire near Durango.

La Plata County officials have given the state control of the firefighting effort. The fire is burning north of Highway 160 in La Plata County. Currently 170 homes have been evacuated. The fire began when a home caught fire. The state’s multi-mission aircraft has been deployed to help assess the fire’s size which has grown to more than 250 acres. Continue reading

06-29-17 NFU: Share What You Know About Food Safety

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NFU: Share What You Know About Food Safety

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017) – The Local Food Safety Collaborative, a collaboration between National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) and the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), today launched a nationwide food safety survey. The results will help the organization address the needs of small producers and processors with regards to food safety and compliance with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations.

This survey is one component of an assessment that the Collaborative is conducting to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the specific needs of small local producers and processors, food hubs, food aggregators or packers, organic farmers, and sustainable producers. FSMA will have broad implications for the farming community, and with the results of this assessment, the collaborative will be positioned to best direct resources to address their concerns. Continue reading

06-29-17 NFU Kicks Off 81st All-States Leadership Camp

NFU Kicks Off 81st All-States Leadership Camp

Farmers Union youth members from across the country are in Bailey, Colorado, this week for NFU’s 81st annual All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June at the NFU Education Center, All-States Leadership Camp encourages youth to explore their leadership potential, discuss issues important to their generation, and identify ways to effect positive change in their communities.
Throughout the week, campers are participating in programs that emphasize leadership, teamwork and cooperative education while also enjoying traditional camp activities. This year, the group also visited Re:Vision’s Westwood Food Co-op in Denver.

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06-29-17 Red Angus Association Relocates Headquarters to Colorado

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Red Angus Association Relocates Headquarters to Colorado

Red Angus Association of America’s national office transitions to Denver area

DENVER, CO – The rapidly growing Red Angus Association of America will soon be operating out of its new headquarters in Commerce City, Colorado, located in close proximity to Denver International Airport. RAAA’s Board of Directors approved the relocation of the National Office during the fall of 2016, and the transition is nearing completion.

In late-June, the address of the RAAA headquarters changed from Denton, Texas, to Commerce City, Colorado, a suburb located on the east side of Denver. Staff has been working in both states during June to ensure continued service to Red Angus stakeholders but, after almost 50 years, Texas operations will cease in early July.

“We appreciate the continued understanding of our members and staff as we transition to our new location,” said RAAA Chief Executive Officer Tom Brink. “Our goal is for member services to remain as steady as possible with minimal interruption. The functionality of our REDSPro database improves weekly as we prepare for its full release to our membership later this summer.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, June 29th

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BPI Settles With ABC over Pink Slime Lawsuit

Beef Products Inc. and ABC News have reached a settlement in a lawsuit over ABC’s use of the term pink slime. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports that no terms of the settlement have been disclosed, but BPI announced Wednesday morning that the company was “extraordinarily pleased” to have reached a settlement. ABC also released a statement, saying, “ABC has reached an amicable resolution of its dispute with the makers of lean finely textured beef.” BPI was suing the network and a lead reporter in a $1.9 billion case over ABC’s series of reports in spring 2012 that raised questions about lean finely textured beef’s suitability for human consumption. BPI closed three of four processing plants and laid off some 700 people in March 2012 after demand for lean finely textured beef plummeted.


House Ag Budget Not Aligned with Trump Proposal

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee budget discussed Wednesday does not align with the budget proposal for agriculture by President Donald Trump. The bill totals $20 billion in discretionary funding, which is $876 million lower than the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $4.64 billion above the president’s budget request, according to the Hagstrom Report. The bill allows for a total of $144.9 billion in both discretionary and mandatory funding, that’s $4.6 billion above the president’s request and $8.5 billion below the fiscal year 2017 level. In releasing the bill this week, the Committee said it “focuses funding on programs that bolster U.S. agriculture, support rural communities, maintain and promote food and drug safety, and provide nutrition for those in need.” The bill provides for $73.6 billion in required mandatory spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is outside the discretionary funding jurisdiction of the Appropriations Committee for SNAP. That level is $4.87 billion below last year’s level and $2.6 million below the President’s budget request.

USDA Seeking Public Input on GMO Labeling

The Department of Agriculture is seeking public input on GMO labeling. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service posted 30 questions for the public this week regarding labeling food items containing genetically modified ingredients. The feedback, according to Politico, will help the agency develop a proposed rule governing how food manufacturers disclose when products contain genetically engineered ingredients. Questions include: What terms should be interchangeable with “bioengineering”; whether AMS should require disclosures for foods containing highly refined products, such as oils or sugars derived from bioengineered crops; and the amount of a bioengineered substance needed to deem it bioengineered. The GMO Labeling legislation passed by Congress last year gave USDA two years to finalize the regulation. USDA says it is preparing to release the rule later this year.


Ag Industry Urges Trump to Appoint Full USDA Leadership Team

As President Donald Trump approaches the 200-day mark of his administration, more than a dozen agriculture organizations are urging him to move quickly to fill vacancies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A letter sent to the White House Wednesday by the National Corn Growers Association and other groups told the President that agriculture needs decision makers in place to serve farmers, ranchers and consumers. The groups noted the 55 percent decrease in farm income over the last three years. The organizations praised the selection of Sonny Perdue to lead USDA, but noted that the agency has more than 100,000 employees and needs a full leadership team. As the letters states: “The absence of high-ranking officials at USDA puts our farmers and ranchers at a disadvantage.” NCGA President Wesley Spurlock complimented Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s leadership, but says “It’s time to get a full leadership team in place.”

Brazil Cattle Prices Stumble Following Meat Inspection Scandal

Cattle prices in Brazil are posting the biggest losses in a decade to start a year following this springs investigation into a meat inspection scandal. Bloomberg News reports that since the scandal, JBS SA, Brazil’s largest cattle buyer, is purchasing fewer cattle due to a financial squeeze on the company. Even worse, JBS no longer offers cash upon delivery of animals and instead asks to pay ranchers as much as 30 days later. The move has forced Brazil’s cattle futures to drop 17 percent this year. Producers fear they will not be paid for delivering cattle to JBS, and the meatpacker is using about 80 percent of its slaughtering capacity. However, volumes are improving, according to the company. JBS told Bloomberg News the downturn “has been predicted by several analysts since last year.” But further complicating the market is the U.S. ban on beef imported from Brazil. The nation is vowing to fight and end the ban, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the ban will not be lifted until food safety standards are met.

Hampton Creek Pledges to Market Lab-grown Meat by 2019

A leader in the vegan food industry claims lab-grown meat will be on the market by the end of next year. Hampton Creek, the company behind vegan mayonnaise and cookie dough revealed this week it has been secretly developing technology to produce lab-made meat and seafood, or as they call it, “clean meat.” Business Insider reports that if Hampton Creek lives up to its timeline, it would beat its competitors to the market by three years. California-based startup Memphis Meats, which has raised at least $3 million, is the only other company that has said it will go to market, and not until 2021. By contrast, Hampton Creek has raised more than $120 million to develop the lab-made meats.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


06-28-17 CCA: Trump Administration Appeals the Waters of the United States Act (WOTUS)

CCA: Trump Administration Appeals the Waters of the United States Act (WOTUS)

The Trump Administration appealed the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule on Tuesday. June 27, nearly two years after it took effect. The August 2015 ruling significantly broadened the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act which not only concerned, but affected, ranchers and farmers across the country. Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) represents Colorado’s beef producers, and committed an unprecedented amount of time and resources to stop the ruling. Continue reading

06-28-17 EPA and State of Colorado release proposed plans for cleanup at the Eagle mine site

EPA and State of Colorado release proposed plans for cleanup at the Eagle mine site

(Denver, Colo. – 6/28/2017) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today released two Proposed Plans for environmental remediation at the Eagle Mine Superfund Site.  Both Proposed Plans focus on further reducing heavy metal contamination created by nearly one hundred years of mining activity at the site.

“The cleanup proposals represent both EPA and CDPHE’s commitment to protect human health and the environment at the Eagle Mine Superfund Site,” said Acting Regional Administrator Deb Thomas.  “These plans also highlight EPA’s commitment to bringing contaminated lands back to health and reuse.” Continue reading

06-28-17 CFVGA: Symposium Brings Top Food Safety Researchers to Denver

Center for Produce Safety Symposium Brings Top Food Safety Researchers to Denver for Record Attendance Crowd

The Center for Produce Safety’s (CPS) June 20-21 symposium brought cutting edge food safety researchers to Denver to talk about current research and its application to the produce industry as well as to hear from growers and others the top priorities for new research.  Held at the Denver Hyatt Regency, symposium attendance hit an all-time record of 325, including at least 15 members of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA).
CFVGA President Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo., CFVGA member Michael Hirakata, Hirakata Farms, Rocky Ford, Colo.; and CFVGA board member Dr. Michael Bartolo, Colorado State University’s Arkansas Valley Research Center, Rocky Ford, Colo.; all served on a panel providing other attendees and researchers with the Colorado perspective on raising produce in Colorado. The three were selected for their first-hand experience with the 2011 Listeria contamination of cantaloupe in Colorado. They discussed the importance of food safety and being prepared to respond, no matter the size of the farm and even if your farm in not implicated in an outbreak.
“We lobbied hard to bring CPS to Colorado to learn what research is ongoing and planned as well as to develop relations with the experts who can come help all of us in Colorado,” said Sakata. “Colorado growers have some unique conditions, for example, might our altitude impact food safety practices due to the additional level of UV waves penetrating the atmosphere?”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, June 28th

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EPA Sends WOTUS Repeal to Federal Register

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers Tuesday that the EPA has sent its repeal of the Waters of the U.S. rule to the federal register, beginning the process of ending the regulation. During a Senate budget hearing Tuesday, Pruitt told lawmakers the measure was being sent to the federal register the same day. The formal withdraw of the Obama-era rule follows through on a campaign promise by President Donald Trump, who signed an executive order requiring an EPA review of the rule. While the regulation went into effect in August of 2015, a federal court put the rule on hold. EPA intends to follow the federal rulemaking process in repealing the rule, meaning the process should take at least a year to repeal and replace. The notice of repeal by the EPA was met by celebration from agriculture groups, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. NCBA President Craig Uden called the move a “step in the right direction,” while noting that the rule “isn’t dead yet.” NCBA and others have vowed to submit comments during the rulemaking process to rescind the rule.

USDA Launches Reorganization Commission

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is kicking off efforts to reorganize the department. Politico reports that the department has launched a commission to reorganize, modernize and trim the department. The commission will form a plan to reform USDA, which will be based on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s reorganization plan announced in May. The commission is part of a Trump Administration effort to reorganize federal agencies to “improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability” of the executive branch. The commission for USDA includes officials from Secretary Perdue’s office and others within USDA serving as acting deputy undersecretaries. The effort is being coordinated by Donald Bice, the associate director of the Office of Budget and Program Analysis. A former USDA official told Politico that USDA has been working on the plans for weeks, since President Trump announced his budget proposal, saying “this is going to be a tough year at USDA.”


Farm Groups Give NAFTA Testimony to USTR

Farm groups including the National Corn Growers Association, the American Farm Bureau and the U.S. Grains Council gave testimony Tuesday during hearings on the North American Free Trade Agreement. The farm groups told the U.S. Trade Representative’s office that concerns over the renegotiation effort have disrupted relationships with U.S. agriculture customers, and that a new NAFTA should protect the market gains agriculture has developed. U.S. Grains Council Chairman Chip Councell says buyers’ concerns in Mexico are translating into dollars lost in farm country. He says that the last several months have highlighted how important it is to maintain ta strong, stable relationship with U.S. trading partners. A representative of the American Farm Bureau Federation says a new NAFTA agreement must not only protect market gains, but build upon them. Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft says: “A modernized NAFTA should at best eliminate, at worst reduce, barriers to trade that keep our farmers and ranchers from having a level playing field with our neighbors.” AFBF says that NAFTA renegotiations present a prime opportunity to address challenges fruit and vegetable farmers have faced with Mexico, as well as a chance for dairy, row crop and wheat farmers to settle issues with Canada.

California to List Glyphosate as Cancer-Causing

Monsanto is vowing to continue its legal fight against California as the state will list glyphosate as a cancer-causing chemical. California will add glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer on July 7th. The designation of glyphosate follows an unsuccessful attempt by Monsanto to block the listing in trial court and after requests for a stay were denied by a state appellate court and California’s Supreme Court, according to Reuters. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. The move by California follows a similar act by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer that said glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” in a controversial ruling in 2015. Listing glyphosate as a known carcinogen in California requires companies selling the chemical in the state to add warning labels to packaging. A spokesperson from Monsanto says “this is not the final step,” adding that Monsanto will “continue to aggressively challenge this improper decision.”

Perdue, Branstad, to Celebrate U.S. Beef in China

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad will mark the return of U.S. beef to China this week. Friday, the duo will celebrate U.S. beef exports returning to China by traveling to the nation and ceremonially cut a prime rib that originated from Nebraska. Perdue and Branstad will attend events and meet with officials in China Friday and Saturday, in what marks the return of U.S. beef to China, banned from the nation since 2003. China has emerged as a major beef buyer in recent years, with imports increasing from $275 million in 2012 to $2.5 billion in 2016. The United States is the world’s largest beef producer and in 2016 was the world’s fourth-largest exporter, with global sales of more than $5.4 billion.


Syngenta Announces Goals Following Merger

Syngenta is striving to strengthen its leadership position in crop protection and to become an ambitious number three in the agriculture seeds sector. In a news release this week, the company announced its priorities now that the takeover deal by ChemChina is complete. The company aims to profitably grow market share through organic growth and collaborations, and is considering targeted acquisitions with a focus on seeds. Syngenta CEO Erik Frywald calls ChemChina a stable owner who will help Syngenta achieve its ambition. Syngenta officials also said that Syngenta remains a standalone company. Syngenta and the state-owned ChemChina agreed to terms of the takeover in February of last year, valuing Syngenta at $43 billion.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


06-27-17 Inside the BARN with CO State Fair General Manager Sarah Cummings…

CSF in Pueblo logo(BARN Media – Briggsdale.CO) June 27, 2017 – This week the entertainment lineup was announced for the 145th CO State Fair and  joining the CO Ag News Network inside the BARN to discuss that and much more  is the new CSF General Manager Sarah Cummings…


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The internet presale begins June 30th at 10am. Fair fans can join the Fan Club for a special pre-sale code by visiting and click on “Join the Fan Club.” Tickets officially go on sale on July 1st at 10am and can be purchased by visiting, by calling 866-461-6556, or visiting the Colorado State Fairgrounds. You can also like the CO State Fair on Facebook for up-to-date information and CSF activities. The 145th Colorado State Fair runs August 25 – September 4, 2017, in Pueblo, CO.  For more information, visit Continue reading

06-27-17 CFB President Don Shawcroft Testifies Before the U.S. Trade Representative

Colorado Farm Bureau President Testifies Before the U.S. Trade Representative

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 27, 2017 –– Don Shawcroft, president of Colorado Farm Bureau, urged the office of the U.S. Trade Representative to prioritize agriculture when renegotiating North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in testimony during a hearing in Washington.

“NAFTA has been overwhelmingly beneficial for the vast majority of farmers and ranchers across the U.S. for decades,” said Shawcroft in testimony on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “A modernized NAFTA should at best eliminate, at worst reduce, barriers to trade that keep our farmers and ranchers from having a level playing field with our neighbors.” Continue reading

06-27-17 US House Committee Passes Bill to Protect Water Rights

US House Committee Passes Bill to Protect Water Rights

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources advanced H.R. 2939, the “Water Rights Protection Act of 2017.” Introduced by Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), the bill protects privately held water rights from federal overreach.

“In recent years, we have seen federal agencies ignore the concept of private property rights and the tradition of deferring to state water law in an attempt to federalize water resources and pave the way for unilateral mandates,” Rep. Tipton said. “Western water users agree that we can’t let this happen, and I am glad that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle showed their support today for the Water Rights Protection Act, which will preserve the rights of all water users and provide certainty that the federal government cannot take their rights in the future.”

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06-27-17 US-DoI News: Colorado Communities to Receive $36.6 Million in PILT Funding

US-DoI News: Colorado Communities to Receive $36.6 Million in PILT Funding

Secretary Zinke announces record rural assistance funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that 64 local governments in Colorado are receiving a total of $36.6 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2017. The payments are Colorado’s share of the record $464.6 million distributed to 1,900 local governments around the country this year — the largest amount ever allocated in the PILT program’s 40-year history. This continues to underscore the Trump Administration’s commitment to rural communities. A full list of funding by state and county is available at

“As a kid who grew up in northwest Montana and whose sons graduated from the same high school as I did, I know how important PILT payments are to local communities that have federal lands. These investments are one of the ways the federal government is fulfilling its role of being a good land manager and good neighbor to local communities,” said Secretary Zinke. “Rural America, especially states out west with large federal land holdings, play a big part in feeding and powering the nation and also in providing recreation opportunities, but because the lands are federal, the local governments don’t earn tax revenue from them. PILT investments often serve as critical support for local communities as they juggle planning and paying for basic services, such as public safety, firefighting, social services and transportation.” Continue reading