DENVER – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans today to expand the use of an oral vaccine against plague for prairie dogs on the Charles M. Russell and UL Bend National Wildlife Refuges in Montana. The new plan would allow for vaccine distribution on wilderness areas within the refuges, and on nearby private lands when requested by cooperating landowners. The Service has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this action and is seeking public comment on the proposal. Continue reading
Statement of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on President Trump’s Paris Accord Announcement
“President Trump promised that he would put America first and he has rightly determined that the Paris accord was not in the best interests of the United States. In addition to costing our economy trillions of dollars and millions of jobs, the accord also represented a willful and voluntary ceding of our national sovereignty. The agreement would have had negligible impact on world temperatures, especially since other countries and major world economies were not being held to the same stringent standards as the United States.
“The Earth’s climate has been changing since the planet was formed – on this there is no disagreement. At USDA, we rely on sound science and we remain firmly committed to digging ever deeper into research to develop better methods of agricultural production in that changing climate. Floods, droughts, and natural disasters are a fact of life for farmers, ranchers, and foresters. They have persevered in the past, and they will adapt in the future – with the assistance of the scientists and experts at USDA. To be effective, our research and programs need to be focused on finding solutions and providing state-of-the-art technologies to improve management decisions on farm and on forest lands.”
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US Senator Bennet Announces $10.4 Million in AmeriCorps Grants for Colorado
COLORADO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today announced that Colorado has received $10.4 million in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
“AmeriCorps members provide invaluable services to communities across the state, and these grants will help support their continued leadership,” Bennet said. “We applaud the organizations that received these grants. We must provide more service opportunities across the country.”
“National service is an essential part of the solution to many of the challenges facing our state,” Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne said. “These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs and strengthen communities as they develop civic and leadership skills to last a lifetime. I congratulate these outstanding organizations and thank all those who serve their communities through AmeriCorps.”
The 2017 AmeriCorps grant competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veteran and military families, disaster services, and initiatives to build safer communities.
The federal investment includes seven grants totaling $3.8 million and supporting 1,595 new AmeriCorps members who will serve in education and conservation programs. It also provides $4.3 million in education scholarships to help members pay for college, vocational training, or student loans. Earlier this year, Bennet introduced legislation to provide tax relief for AmeriCorps members who earn Segal Education Awards, which help make college more affordable. Lastly, the investment includes $2.3 million for Serve Colorado, the Governor-appointed state service commission.
The 2017 AmeriCorps competitive grants in Colorado will be awarded to: Continue reading
Variable Conditions Dominate as 2017/18 Wheat Harvest Begins
By Stephanie Bryant-Erdmann, USW Market Analyst
Combines are beginning to roll for winter wheat harvest in the United States with highly variable wheat and field conditions. The U.S. National Weather Service reported that in May much of the U.S. Plains region received 1.5 to 3 times more rain than normal. On Tuesday, May 30, USDA rated 50 percent of the winter wheat crop in good to excellent condition, down 2 percentage points from the prior week; 15 percent of the crop was rated in poor or very poor condition. The following is a summary of harvest progress, crop conditions, field conditions and planted area by state.
Colorado. Growing conditions across Colorado have been highly variable this year with some parts of the state experiencing very favorable conditions and others quite the opposite. The late April snowstorm dumped snow across eastern Colorado, albeit on less mature wheat. Parts of the state have also been hit by severe storms and hail in the last two weeks, with damage still being assessed. Farmers noted crop development is 7 to 10 days ahead of normal across the state. On May 30, USDA rated 50 percent of Colorado winter wheat in good to excellent condition compared to 43 percent the prior week; 16 percent of the crop is in poor or very poor condition. USDA reported 70 percent of Colorado wheat is headed, behind the 5-year average of 61 percent. Colorado farmers planted 891,000 hectares (2.20 million acres) of wheat last fall, down 6 percent from 2015. USDA expects winter wheat production to fall to 1.96 million metric tons (MMT), or 72.1 million bushels, down an estimated 31 percent from the prior year. Continue reading
Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord
DENVER — Thursday, June 1, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord:
“It is a serious mistake to back out of the Paris Accord. This is a historic global agreement between almost every nation on earth to address the single most pressing issue facing humanity. Abandoning this climate deal is like ripping off your parachute when you should be pulling the ripcord. Continue reading
U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Accord Shirks Science, Neglects Devastating Impacts to Food System, Family Farms, and Future Generations
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced today that the U.S. will withdraw from the historic Paris Agreement, an accord among 192 nations to combat the potentially devastating impacts of climate change.
Echoing concerns raised in a recent letter to President Trump, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said the President’s decision rejects science and U.S. leadership in an effort that requires global attention. Family farmers and ranchers are already enduring consequences of climate change, and projections indicate these effects will worsen without an immediate and significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
“Today’s decision by the Trump Administration is shameful, and it fails to recognize the very real and immediate threats of climate change to family farmers, ranchers, and our nation’s food security,” said Johnson. “We can not sustain a viable food system if climate change is left unchecked. By refusing to limit U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and lead the world in this space, President Trump is allowing increasingly unpredictable and destructive weather to wreak havoc on family farm operations, future generations, and food prices and availability for years to come. Continue reading
Last Call for Blueprint 2.0 Applications; Due Friday, June 2
This is your last chance to apply for the next round of Blueprint 2.0 as application process closes at midnight tomorrow, June 2?
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is accepting applications for the next round of Blueprint 2.0 initiatives for 2017. Applications are due June 2.
Blueprint 2.0 leverages state partnerships and specialized resources to address the unique economic development goals of rural Colorado. Blueprint 2.0 is a bottom-up effort to turn regional feedback on local economic needs into a statewide set of initiatives to advance the economies of rural communities.
The next round of Blueprint 2.0 will offer 10 initiative options, with six new initiatives. The initiatives include: Continue reading
USDA Rural Development and Northeast Colorado Housing, Inc. invite you to help celebrate June as Homeownership Month. Please join us in helping five Fort Morgan families who are currently building their own homes through the USDA Mutual Self Help Housing Program. All work performed will benefit the homeowners and be supervised by a construction supervisor. Continue reading
US Senator Bennet Statement on Withdrawal from Paris Agreement
COLORADO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today issued the following statement in response to the President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
“The President made a catastrophic mistake by putting a misguided campaign promise before the needs of our economy and the credibility of American diplomacy,” Bennet said. “Before this decision, the United States was on track to achieve energy independence, reduce its carbon footprint, and create good-paying jobs in rural communities-with Colorado leading the way. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement attempts to undercut the progress we have made.
“In Colorado, we will continue working to meet the carbon emissions targets set in the Clean Power Plan. The administration should reverse this shortsighted decision and work to protect our planet, economy, and national security.”
Colorado Hemp Industries Association Field Trip to Promote Benefits of Industrial Hemp, Sustainable Agriculture and Celebrate Breaking Ground
Fort Collins, CO – From June 5-10, the newly formed Colorado Hemp Industries Association (COHIA) will host their first COHIA Field Trip, holding several picnics and visiting hemp fields and farmers to celebrate the 8th Annual Hemp History Week, a national grassroots education campaign taking place from June 5-11, 2017, which aims to renew support for hemp farming in the United States. The COHIA Field Trip will kick off Monday, June 5th with a hemp social in Lincoln Park, in Grand Junction, CO for a friendly event to educate the community on the growing hemp industry in Colorado. The COHIA Field Trip will then partake in several days of hemp field tours across the state to promote the vast environmental and economic benefits of growing hemp, and end with a free family friendly hemp Garden Party consisting of yard games, hemp giveaways and an art zone for kids.
Hemp History Week will feature a national retailer and event program with over 2,000 participating stores, community events, restaurant, and hemp product sampling. The campaign will also feature a Take Action component, to encourage Congress to change federal policy by passing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, and allow American farmers to once again grow industrial hemp. This year’s campaign theme is Breaking Ground, which focuses on how regenerative hemp farming, hemp foods, and other hemp products provide sustainability solutions for the next generation.
WHO: Colorado Hemp Industries Association
WHAT: COHIA Field Trip, Info & Free Tickets
WHEN: Saturday, June 10th from 1pm to 4pm
WHERE: Yard Party at Jordan’s 900 N Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80521 Continue reading
Weld County Clerk and Recorder Carly Koppes is very pleased to announce Weld County Diesel vehicle owners can renew online.
“Having the ability for diesel vehicle owners to renew like all other vehicles have been something I have been asking the state about since I took office in 2015.”
As of June 1, 2017, The Department of Revenue, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority and Colorado Interactive, have recently completed system upgrades that will allow diesel vehicles requiring an emissions test and that have a passing emissions inspection to renew online. Continue reading
World Pork Expo: A Showcase of the Pork Industry
DES MOINES, Iowa, June 1, 2017 — For anyone involved in pork production, World Pork Expo is the place to be June 7-9, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Presented by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Expo features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, along with educational seminars, youth and open swine shows, market outlook sessions, music, an abundance of grilled pork and more.
“Expo is truly an international show, with visitors and exhibitors from throughout the world,” says Ken Maschhoff, NPPC president and Illinois pork producer. “It presents an excellent opportunity to expand your global reach and build an understanding of why pork is the No. 1 consumed protein worldwide. It’s sure to provide a new perspective on what you do back home.” Continue reading
Inside the NACD with 1st VP Tim Palmer
(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) June 1, 2017 – Within this month’s National Association of Conservation District’s interview my guest is NACD First Vice President Tim Palmer and we’ll be discussing several topics, including:
- President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal, cuts to USDA & Conservation
- USDA Sec Perdue’s reorganization plan
- NACD 2017 Summer Conservation Forum and Tour on July 15 – 18 in Altoona, Iowa
- & more
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E15 Summer Sale Restrictions Underscore Need for Congress to Act
WASHINGTON (June 1, 2017) – Consumer choice at the pump takes a step backward today as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) restriction on summertime E15 ethanol sales goes into effect, underscoring the need for Congress to pass the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act and restore consumer choice year-round.
An arcane regulatory barrier limits the ability of fuel retailers to offer 15 percent ethanol blends in most of the country from June 1 to September 15.
“This regulation handcuffs fuel retailers who want to offer E15 to customers year-round,” said Ethanol Action Team Chair Paul Jeschke, a farmer from Mazon, Illinois. “And, because E15 typically costs less per gallon than regular gas, consumers lose the opportunity to save money during the summer driving season when they make more stops to fill up.” Continue reading
NMPF: World Milk Day Shines Light on Important Public Health Role of Dairy Foods
ARLINGTON, VA – As part of the commemoration June 1 of World Milk Day, the National Milk Producers Federation said the public health case for the consumption of milk and other dairy foods is stronger today than ever – a fact that is increasingly recognized by health experts and consumers in the United States and across the globe.
“Today’s celebration – which coincides with the start in the United States of national June Dairy Month – acknowledges the inimitable role that milk and other dairy foods play in our diets,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “The undeniable good news about dairy products starts with its unmatched value as a superfood – no other food source comes close to providing the same nutrition.”
NSBA Names 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
The National Snaffle Bit Association has named three inductees into its Hall of Fame. They include professional trainer Leslie Lange, show horse Zippos Ace Of Spades and breeding horse Sweet Talkin Chip. Continue reading
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Curious about the status of the up-and-coming National Western Center? Just last month, the City of Denver purchased a half-acre site for $1.76 million. It’s a plot on the eastern edge of the planned campus, which is crucial to the site’s future design.
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ACE joins fuel retailers in calling for E15 RVP relief
Sioux Falls, SD (June 1, 2017) – Today marks the beginning of the EPA-imposed low Reid vapor pressure (RVP) season, effectively banning the sale of lower-cost, higher-octane E15 until Sept. 15, even though E15 has lower RVP and lower emissions than the gasoline sold in those markets each summer. E15 is an unleaded gasoline that can be used in all cars and light trucks model years 2001 and newer, and typically costs five to 10 cents less than regular gas.