07-10-17 CO Gov. Hickenlooper: Senate health care bill puts progress on Colorado’s “State of Health” at risk

Gov. Hickenlooper: Senate health care bill puts progress on Colorado’s “State of Health” at risk

DENVER — Monday, July 10, 2017 Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced that significant progress has been made on The State of Health, the Governor’s plan to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. The release of the The State of Health Scorecard highlights the risk to this progress should the Senate move forward with cuts to health programs.

“More Coloradans have access to quality health care than ever before and this coverage is improving the health of people across our state,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The Senate bill’s cuts to funding and coverage threaten our progress in all areas. We urge the Senate to work with a bipartisan group of Governors to focus on problems we all agree need fixing.”

In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper released the “The State of Health: Colorado’s Commitment to become the Healthiest State.” The plan set ambitious goals. Since launching, Colorado has completed most of the targets set by the plan, and in many cases, has gone beyond the initial goals. However, there is still more work to do, particularly regarding opioid abuse and obesity. Continue reading

07-10-7 CDA: Livestock Commuter Agreement Benefits Producers & Cattle

Livestock Commuter Agreement Benefits Producers & Cattle

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office and Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office now have a Commuter Agreement process establishedfor cattle moving between the states for grazing land.  Colorado now has Commuter Agreements with New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska.
“These Commuter Agreements create flexibility for ranchers by allowing the livestock disease testing to take place during the normal production cycle instead of immediately prior to interstate movement. It’s also important to have a simple process for cattle to be able to travel to the most productive, nutritious grazing land,” said Colorado State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. Continue reading

07-10-17 Potatoes USA: Chef RJ Harvey Joins Potatoes USA as Global Foodservice Marketing Manager

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Chef RJ Harvey Joins Potatoes USA as Global Foodservice Marketing Manager

DENVER (July 10, 2017)— Chef RJ Harvey has joined Potatoes USA as the Global Foodservice Marketing Manager where he will develop and manage the domestic and
international marketing programs to increase the demand for U.S. potatoes and potato products with in the fast-growing $845 billion foodservice sector. Continue reading

07-10-17 CDA: “Brewhaha” Over Brews at 2017 Colorado State Fair

CDA: Brewhaha Over Brews at 2017 Colorado State Fair

PUEBLO, Colo. – Two popular Colorado State Fair competitions bring in hundreds of beers to compete for a prestigious title. The “Homebrew Competition” and “Craft Beer Competition” provides a friendly battleground for hobby and professional beer and ale enthusiasts.
The Homebrew Competition is open to anyone 21 years of age or older who makes beer or ale as a hobby. The entry fee is only $7. Registration is now open with an August 4th deadline. Judging will take place on August 19th.

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07-10-17 Sioux Honey Creates a Buzz for Authentic Food By Launching ‘Share a Little Sweetness’ Tour

Sioux Honey Creates a Buzz for Authentic Food
By Launching ‘Share a Little Sweetness’ Tour

Longmont Event to Kick off 20-city, Seven-State Tour

Monday, July 10, 2017 – DENVER, Colorado – The Sioux Honey Association Co-op, which includes several honey brands and products from American beekeepers, will launch its “Share a Little Sweetness” tour today at 5 p.m. at Prospect Sound Bites at Prospect Park in Longmont.

The tour, a first of its kind for the nearly 100-year-old co-op, will visit 20 cities in seven states over the next 60 days. The purpose of the tour is two-fold: To provide free, 100 percent pure U.S. Grade A honey, food-pairing samples and recipe ideas to consumers; and secondly, to give back to communities through acts of kindness with encouragement for others to do the same. Continue reading

06-13-17 CICA’s 12th Annual Convention in Ft Morgan, CO July 14th-15th – REGISTER NOW!

Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association 12th Annual Convention in Ft Morgan July 14 -15

Written & submitted to The BARN by Morgan Young
Saddle up and head on down to the Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association 12th annual convention July 14th through the 15th in Fort Morgan, Colorado. As always, during the convention, we intend to uphold our grassroots values, enforce policy that betters the future for generations to come, and educate fellow producers.
This convention will be held at the Clarion Inn Fort Morgan (14378 US Highway 34). Speakers include Dr. Tom Noffsinger, KrisAnne Hall, Dr. Dennis Hermesch, and Bill Bullard (R-CALF CEO).

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Mexico is No Longer Top Destination for U.S. Corn

U.S. corn shipments to Mexico have slipped in recent months and Mexico in no longer the number one buyer of American corn. A Bloomberg article says it may be a sign that trade tensions are forcing the country to look elsewhere for corn in case the U.S. is no longer a reliable supplier. Sales through May of this year were down almost seven percent from last year, coming in at $1.04 billion. Japan has become the biggest importer of U.S. corn after boosting its purchases by 53 percent, totaling $1.19 billion. Mexico began looking for other corn suppliers after President Donald Trump’s criticism, which began on the campaign trail when he said Mexico has taken advantage of the U.S. through the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexican corn purchases are picking up as the peso rebounds from a record low against the dollar in January. Lesly McNitt, Public Policy Director for the National Corn Growers Association, says the sluggish pace of U.S. corn shipments to Mexico shows the trade relationship may be at risk. “They’re preparing a Plan B,” she said to Bloomberg. Mexico has initiated discussions with suppliers in Argentina and Brazil.

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Pork Wants U.S. Bilateral Trade Deal with Japan

The European Union and Japan formally agreed to the outline of a free trade deal. America’s pork producers want to know why the U.S. isn’t moving on its own bilateral deal with Japan, the highest value market for U.S. pork exports. A Pork Network Dot Com article says now that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has gone away, the U.S. needs to be moving forward quickly on a T.P.P. type of deal with Japan. Under the old TPP, Japan’s tariffs on pork would have been completely eliminated. When their agreement is fully in place, the E.U. will be able to sell pork at a lower tariff rate that will eventually disappear, making it harder for American pork to compete in the market. Other countries are moving ahead on bilateral trade agreements and U.S. pork producers don’t want to miss out on opportunities. “We’ve let the administration know they should focus on the Asian-Pacific area and start with Japan,” says Dave Warner of the National Pork Producers Council. “It’s the fastest growing area in the world.” Japanese consumers purchased $1.6 billion in U.S. pork. Demand is very strong in spite of tariffs and other measures that limit market access. 

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Amazon Food Stamp Policy Ruffling Feathers

Amazon has a new Prime program for the millions of Americans who have EBT cards. The new policy is causing America’s grocers to complain to Washington, D.C. that the online giant may not be playing by the rules. Politico’s Morning Agriculture Report says USDA feels Amazon isn’t doing anything wrong. The grocery store industry is telling USDA officials and lawmakers that the Prime deal, which includes rapid free shipping and other perks, violates a USDA rule mandating equal treatment for the 42 million people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A grocery store insider who wanted to remain anonymous told Politico’s Morning Ag Report that the “Marketplace has been ruffled. It’s an unfair targeting of SNAP recipients which is creating an unfair playing field.” Grocery retailers are asking lawmakers to take another look at SNAP program guidelines. Those rules are understood to mean that retailers can neither discriminate against SNAP recipients or give them preferential treatment and special programs.

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Russia Extends Ban on U.S. and E.U. Produce

Russia has extended its ban on produce from the U.S. and the European Union through the end of 2018. The ban was first put in place in 2014 and includes the U.S., E.U., Norway, Ukraine, and several other countries. The ban was going to expire on January 1st but Russia extended its sanctions after the E.U. extended its own trade sanctions against Russia through January 31st. The ban applies to fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other agricultural products from a list of countries that put trade penalties in place because of Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict. A Packer Dot Com article says the import ban has put the squeeze on American producers as no shipments to Russia means increased competition from the E.U. in other markets. USDA statistics show that apple exports to Russia in 2013 were worth over $13 million dollars. Pear exports that same year totaled $12 million and grape exports were worth $2.7 million.

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States Sue EPA to Prevent Insecticide Use

A coalition of states has filed a legal challenge to a Trump administration decision to keep a widely used pesticide on the market in spite of studies that show it can harm the development of children’s brains. The coalition, led by New York, filed a motion to intervene in the legal battle over continued spraying of chlorpyrifos (Klor-peer’-uh-fahs). The coalition says Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt violated the law by ending his agency’s efforts to ban the pesticide after federal scientists concluded it can interfere with brain development in fetuses and infants. Federal law requires EPA to make sure all food is safe for human consumption, especially children. Studies show that children are much more sensitive to potential effects from pesticides. Pruitt told Congress last month he made the decision based on meaningful data and science. Despite numerous requests from the Associated Press, the EPA hasn’t provided any copies of the data they based the decision on. Chlorpyrifos is commonly sprayed on citrus fruits, apples, cherries, and other crops. Dow, the maker of the product, did not immediately respond to the news.

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Fire Relief Foundation Closing in on Million Dollar Total

Farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses from all over the country have been very generous in donating to wildfire relief. Donations have topped $640,000 for the Drovers/Farm Journal Foundation Million Dollar Wildfire Relief Challenge to benefit ranchers. That total pushes the partnership with the Howard Buffet Foundation more than halfway to its goal. The Foundation agreed to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million by July 31st. With the match included, the goal is to raise $2 million for wildfire relief for ranchers affected by March wildfires. There’s a lot to rebuild, especially fencing. The damage totaled 1.6 million acres in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Thousands of miles of fencing were damaged, estimated to cover 18,000 miles at a cost of up to $10,000 a mile. Thousands of cows will also need to be added back to herds. Charlene Finck, President of the Farm Journal Foundation, says, “We’re grateful for the outpouring of support to date and we’re working hard to meet the full challenge. We hope that all of agriculture will pull together to meet the challenge by July 31st.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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