Gov. Hickenlooper calls special session of the CO General Assembly
DENVER — Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 — Today, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order calling for a special session of the General Assembly. The special session will address an unintended consequence from the passage of Senate Bill 17-267, and will clarify special districts’ authority to levy sales tax on the sale of retail marijuana.
“Since this issue was discovered, we worked with department staff, stakeholders, sponsors, and members of the General Assembly on options to correct this unintended consequence. After hearing about the potential impact on citizens around the state, it is clear that this problem is best solved as soon as possible. This special session will be solely to address this one narrow correction,” said Governor John Hickenlooper.
The special session will commence on Oct. 2, 2017.
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Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Applauds Colorado Proud School Meal Day
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) is pleased to see schools throughout the state focus on serving local foods in their school cafeterias and applauds yesterday’s celebration of Colorado Proud School Meal Day. According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), an estimated 200,000 students statewide will saw their school’s food service incorporate Colorado foods into meals as a springboard to discuss healthy eating and its connection to Colorado agriculture.
“Not only does buying local foods make sense from a health and nutrition point-of-view, it is important for Coloradoans to provide economic support to Colorado farmers and ranchers,” said CFVGA Roger Mix, Center, Colo., CFVGA vice president and chair of the CFVGA Nutrition & Health Committee. “Vital to getting kids to eat more healthy food is to serve the best quality products available. Sourcing local produce is an outstanding way to serve tasty, fresh food.”
Taiwan Flour Millers Sign Letter of Intent to Import U.S. Wheat
Taiwan Flour Millers Association (TFMA) Chairman Tony I. T. Chen (center right) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince Peterson (center left) signed a letter of intent by TFMA to purchase a total of 1.8 million metric tons of U.S. wheat in 2018 and 2019 on Sept. 13, 2017, in the Mansfield Room of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The ceremony is a part of a biennial Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to the United States to purchase grains and other agricultural products for the people of Taiwan. Witnesses to the signing include Congressman Roger Marshall of Kansas (left of Vince Peterson), Representative Stanley Kao, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (right of Tony Chen) and a Republic of China agricultural minister.
“We all look forward to this event and appreciate the long history of mutually beneficial trade relations with the Taiwan milling and wheat foods industries,” said Peterson. Continue reading
Cattlemen Launch Month-long Media Campaign for Comprehensive Tax Reform
NCBA Launches new website: CattlemenForTaxReform.com
WASHINGTON – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) kicked off a media and advertising campaign last week that will shine a spotlight on how various federal tax provisions impact America’s cattle and beef producers. The campaign, which will focus heavily on the death tax, aims to build support in Washington for comprehensive tax reform that makes our tax code fair for agricultural producers. The campaign will be centered around a new website, CattlemenForTaxReform.com, and will run through September.
“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact truly comprehensive tax reform, and we can’t afford to let this opportunity pass or to get it wrong,” said NCBA President and Nebraska cattleman Craig Uden. “Family ranchers and farmers deserve a full and permanent repeal of the onerous death tax, which charges them in cash on the often-inflated appraised value of their property and equipment. This campaign will shine a spotlight on the stories of real ranchers who have had to deal with this issue, and it will also highlight current tax provisions that we need to maintain, such as stepped-up basis, cash accounting, and deducibility of interest payments.”
Operating Committee Approves FY18 Plan of Work
The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board will invest about $38 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications during fiscal 2018, subject to USDA approval.
In action at the end of its September 12-13 meeting in Denver, the Operating Committee approved checkoff funding for a total of 14 “Authorization Requests” – or proposals – brought by seven contractors for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2017. The committee, which includes 10 producers from the Beef Board and 10 members from the Federation of State Beef Councils, also recommended full Beef Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the split of funding between budget categories affected by their decisions.
The seven contractors had brought a total of $45 million worth of funding requests to the Operating Committee this week, $7 million more than what was available from the CBB budget.
“We showed up Tuesday morning ready to roll our sleeves up and get to work. We knew that we were going to have to make cuts of about $7 million,” said Beef Board Chairman Brett Morris, a cattle producer from Oklahoma.
“They are all good programs, and we hate for any of them to get cut, but with the amount of resources we had to work with, we had to make cuts,” Morris said. “I think the whole committee came through in agreement. Bottom line, we had a great task to accomplish, and we got there. I think the beef industry is in good shape because of it.”
In the end, the Operating Committee approved proposals from seven national beef organizations for funding through the FY 18 Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board budget, as follows: Continue reading
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