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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Pre-Sale begins Friday, June 30 at 10am

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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 www.coloradostatefair.com and click on “Join the Fan Club.” Tickets officially go on sale on July 1st at 10am and can be purchased by visiting https://www.altitudetickets.com/events/venue/colorado-state-fair, 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 www.coloradostatefair.com. 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 www.doi.gov/pilt.

“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

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Canada Disputing U.S. Claims Regarding Poultry Trade

Canada’s Ambassador to the United States is firing back at claims that Canada is hindering the trade of poultry with the United States. Canadian Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton told a group of senators who say Canada has denied access to U.S. poultry and eggs that their claims are “inaccurate.” McNaughton cited statistics on Canadian imports of U.S. poultry and eggs, saying Canada will continue to “stand up” for Canada’s farmers and their supply management system for dairy, poultry and eggs, according to the Hagstrom Report. The comments were responding to a separate letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, which asked the Trump administration to address poultry trade during renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The group, led by Delaware Democrat Tom Carper, claims trade barriers by Canada have harmed the U.S. poultry industry for 20 years.

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Brazil Hopes to Reverse U.S. Ban on Brazilian Beef

Brazil is seeking to reverse a ban on Brazilian beef imports enacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week. The Associated Press reports Brazil’s agriculture minister will travel to the U.S. to address officials regarding the ban. While the U.S. says the ban will remain in place until Brazil takes corrective action to safety concerns, Brazil says it will fight to end the ban. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s decision was announced three months after a major scandal into allegations of bribed meat inspectors that were allowing tainted meat to pass inspection. Perdue says that since USDA started inspecting 100 percent of beef imports from Brazil, U.S. inspectors have refused entry to 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef products, about 1.9 million pounds. Brazil’s agriculture minister attributed USDA’s safety concerns to the lumps some steers develop as a result of an allergic reaction to a vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease. He claims the lumps did not represent a public health hazard.

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Farmers Union Applauds Emergency Grazing Declaration

Following Friday’s announcement by the Department of Agriculture to authorize emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, farm groups offered praise to the move. USDA authorized emergency grazing for Conservation Reserve Program lands in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The announcement came just days after elected officials, the National Farmers Union, and several Farmers Union state divisions urged USDA to address severe drought conditions in the region. NFU President Roger Johnson says many producers in the area are having to downsize their herd because of dwindling feed supplies, and that without relief, many more would make the same decision. Emergency grazing is authorized to begin immediately and extends through September 30th, unless conditions improve.

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Managed Honeybee Colony Numbers Increasing

The Department of Agriculture says the number of managed honey bee colonies has increased over the last decade. While recent public attention has focused largely on colony mortality trends, overall colony numbers have increased since 2006. USDA says the number of managed colonies has increased from roughly two million in 2006 to near 2.8 million in 2016. However, honeybee mortality, as measured by the loss of a honeybee colony, has remained high over the last decade. In the 2006-2007 counting period, approximately 30 percent of honeybee colonies were lost during the over-winter period. The over-winter loss rate has since diminished to 22 percent in 2014-2015, but over-summer losses have grown. The net result is that about 44 percent of colonies perished in 2015-2016, compared with 36 percent in 2010-2011.

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R-CALF Claims Win Over Montana Beef Checkoff

R-CALF is claiming a win stemming from last week’s federal court ruling against the beef checkoff program. The organization alleges that the involuntary collections of beef checkoff funds from producers in Montana were in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The United States District Court for the District of Montana put in place a preliminary injunction prohibiting the private Montana Beef Council from retaining beef checkoff funds without the payers’ consent. J. Dudley Butler of the Farm and Ranch Law Group says of the ruling that: “For too long the big meat packers and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association have used their allies in Washington to squelch the voices of rural America,” adding that the group hopes the court ruling is a “step towards fairer treatment of farmers and ranchers and a more accountable food system.”

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Missouri Watching for Dicamba Drift Issues

As a temporary ban on dicamba-based herbicide use on field crops awaits approval by the state’s governor and a legislative panel, Missouri is keeping a close eye for similar problems. Dicamba drift issues started to emerge in Missouri in late June, and the state so far has received more than 60 complaints, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch. However, this year, the situation is different., compared to the complaints filed last year in the state. Missouri last year mostly dealt with off-label sprayings or use of older, more volatile herbicides containing dicamba. This year, a University of Missouri professor says applicators are using the new products, and using them correctly, adding “they’re doing the best they can do.” Missouri urged producers earlier this month to comply with herbicide label directions. The state’s Legislature this year changed fines related to violations, giving the state’s agriculture department the authority to issue a fine up to $10,000 per violation, or $25,000 per violation for repeat violators, to any person found to have knowingly used any herbicide for a crop for which the herbicide is not labeled for use, leading to drift issues and crop injury in nearby fields.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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