10-10-17 NRCS-CO: “The Soil Revolution – Digging Deeper” in Longmont on Dec 14th…

NRCS-CO: “The Soil Revolution – Digging Deeper” in Longmont on Dec 14th

Join us December 14, 2017, at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont, Colorado, for the “The Soil Revolution: Digging Deeper.” Based on the success of the March 2017 Soil Revolution Conference, we invite you to dig deeper into the science, benefits and practical applications of farming for soil health. Continue reading

10-10-17 House Committee on Natural Resource Subcommittee Chairmen Respond to Antiquities Act Reform Legislation

Subcommittee Chairmen Respond to Antiquities Act Reform Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow, the Committee will markup H.R. 3990, the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act” or “CAP Act.” Introduced by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), the bill protects archeological resources while ensuring public transparency and accountability in the executive’s use of the Antiquities Act. Continue reading

10-10-17 EPA Takes Another Step To Advance President Trump’s America First Strategy, Proposes Repeal Of “Clean Power Plan”

EPA Takes Another Step To Advance President Trump’s America First Strategy, Proposes Repeal Of “Clean Power Plan”

WASHINGTON (October 10, 2017) – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), proposing to repeal the so-called “Clean Power Plan (CPP).”  After reviewing the CPP, EPA has proposed to determine that the Obama-era regulation exceeds the Agency’s statutory authority. Repealing the CPP will also facilitate the development of U.S. energy resources and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens associated with the development of those resources, in keeping with the principles established in President Trump’s Executive Order on Energy Independence.

“The Obama administration pushed the bounds of their authority so far with the CPP that the Supreme Court issued a historic stay of the rule, preventing its devastating effects to be imposed on the American people while the rule is being challenged in court,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.  “We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate.  Any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule.

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10-10-17 CO Governor Hickenlooper’s statement on repeal of Clean Power Plan

CO Governor Hickenlooper’s statement on repeal of Clean Power Plan

DENVER — Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 Gov. Hickenlooper issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

“Here in Colorado, clean energy is not a partisan issue: 95 percent of Coloradans want to see our state move toward a cleaner energy future,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Clean energy is an economic engine for our state and for our nation. These are well-paying jobs, most of which cannot be automated or shipped overseas. At the same time, renewable energy can actually lower customers’ energy bills. We have already set greenhouse gas reduction goals that would go beyond those set forth in the Clean Power Plan. We know it’s good for Colorado jobs, for our economy, and for our health.”   Continue reading

10-10-17 CSU Extension – Golden Plains: Native Grass and Water Quality

Native Grass and Water Quality

Written by: Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Program Associate

Native grasses play an important role in the world.  One that is unseen.  These grasses do it all underground with their roots.  Native grasses with their deep roots have the capacity to filter water.   Panicum virgatum, Switchgrass trap coarse sediment and plant nutrients from farm fields.  Switchgrass has roots that go nine to ten feet deep with a massive root system only 12 inches underground.

Think about all the impervious surfaces we have in our small towns.  Roofs, roadways, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, patios, and tennis courts create runoff by not having a surface that allows permeability.  The water runs off into storm drains carrying substances including chemicals and oils from roadways and other toxic pollutants into rivers, streams and reservoirs.  Continue reading

10-10-17 National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board to Meet in Grand Junction, CO on Oct 18-19

National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board to Meet in Grand Junction, CO

October 18-19 meeting will be livestreamed at www.blm.gov/live

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet Oct. 18-19 in Grand Junction, Colorado, to discuss the pressing challenges of wild horse and burro overpopulation on public lands and the impacts they are having on the range. The meeting will be live-streamed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time at http://www.blm.gov/live.

“The rapid growth rate and chronic overpopulation of the West’s wild horses are already affecting the health of the animals and the resources on which they and many other species depend,” said Acting BLM Director Michael Nedd.  “To be effective in solving this challenge, we must work together to explore a wide variety of solutions to an unsustainable situation.” Continue reading

10-10-17 CO Sec of State: Campaigns: 24-hour reporting requirement now in effect

CO Sec of State: Campaigns: 24-hour reporting requirement now in effect

DENVER, Oct. 9, 2017 — A campaign finance bill aimed at providing more transparency for school board races, which are held in odd years, has impacted those running in the 2018 election, including the numerous candidates for governor. Continue reading

10-10-17 ‘Food Evolution’ screening taking place Oct. 24 in Boulder

‘Food Evolution’ screening taking place Oct. 24 in Boulder  

Join local farmers, scientists and fellow community members for a free screening of the new film, “Food Evolution.” The event is set for Oct. 24 at the Dairy Center in Boulder (2590 Walnut St.). Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the film starting at 6 p.m. and an hour-long panel discussion to follow.  Admission is free. No ticket is needed, as entry will be given to the first 250 people at the door. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) is helping sponsor the event.
Food Evolution” aims to alleviate consumer concerns over genetically modified crops, or GMOs, using science, rather than emotion, to tell the story.  As it was described by Daniel M. Gold in The New York Times, “Food Evolution” posits an inconvenient truth for organic boosters to swallow: In a world desperate for safe, sustainable food, GMOs may well be a force for good.”


10-10-17 New Colorado Corn Administrative Committee board members appointed

New Colorado Corn Administrative Committee board members appointed  
Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown recently approved the nominations of several farmers and appointed them to serve on the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) board of directors. The nominations came from their fellow farmers during  Colorado Corn’s District meetings this summer. The three-year terms of these recent appointees began on Oct. 1, and will run through Sept. 30, 2020.  Those who were recently appointed to the CCAC board were:  Continue reading

10-10-17 Four Colorado representatives appointed to 2017-18 National Corn action teams and committees

Four Colorado representatives appointed to 2017-18 National Corn action teams and committees 

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) recently announced its slate of farmers who will serve the industry as members of action teams and committees during the 2017-18 fiscal year — which began Oct. 1 — and four Colorado representatives made the list once again.  The four Colorado representatives are:  Continue reading

10-10-17 CCAC, CCGA leaders weigh in on proposal that would rescind WOTUS rule

CCGA president featured in ‘Colorado Proud’ public outreach efforts

As part of continued efforts to promote foods and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed here in our state, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and its “Colorado Proud” campaign recently featured Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) President Dave Eckhardt in their social media endeavors. Dave is a fourth-generation farmer near LaSalle, growing corn, wheat, onions, dry beans and sugar beets.

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10-10-17 CCGA leaders head to Texas for Southwest Council of Agribusiness annual meeting

CCGA leaders head to Texas for Southwest Council of Agribusiness annual meeting

The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) was well represented at the recent Southwest Council of Agribusiness (SWCA) annual meeting in Lubbock, Tex. Colorado Corn CEO Mark Sponsler, CCGA Public Policy Committee Chair Dave Cure, CCGA Board Secretary Rod Hahn and CCGA member Lila Hahn all attended the event.

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10-10-17 CEI Applauds Repeal of So-Called Clean Power Plan

CEI Applauds Repeal of So-Called Clean Power Plan

October 10, 2017 – The competitive Enterprise Institute’s Myron Ebell responded to the announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency would repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama administration rule that has been challenged in court for being an unlawful change to the nation’s coal industry.

“CEI applauds EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s move to repeal the so-called Clean Power Plan. This is a huge step toward dismantling the Obama Administration’s war on affordable energy.  Repealing the CPP will spur new investment and create new jobs in energy-intensive manufacturing and resource industries. States will now not be forced to close coal-fired power plants or replace them with more expensive and less reliable types of energy. Continue reading

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Agriculture Changes Expected in KORUS Revisions

A South Korea trade lawyer believes changes to agricultural trade will top the list of changes requested in KORUS, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. During a meeting last week between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and South Korea trade officials, the two nations agreed to open KORUS to renegotiation. The U.S. proposed revisions to language in KORUS regarding industrial goods, services, intellectual property, investment and farm produce, according to a South Korea-based newspaper. However, no further specifics on those trade categories were revealed. President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the trade deal that he calls unfair. A South Korea trade official said of Trump’s threats to withdraw from KORUS, that “I don’t think that he’s bluffing.” Meanwhile, Korea trade experts predict that the U.S. will pressure South Korea for changes, while also “asking for unreasonable adjustments to South Korea’s action on automobiles and steel.”

Business Leaders to Talk Trade with Mexico

Negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement continue Wednesday, with some speculating agriculture issues to finally emerge in the talks. However, while negotiators will be in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will lead a delegation of U.S. CEO’s to Mexico City. Bloomberg reports that the U.S. business leaders will meet with counterparts from Mexico’s private sector and allies in government to discuss ways to defend NAFTA. More than 100 business and government officials attended the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue in December, shortly after Donald Trump’s election, the last time the event was held in Mexico. Trump calls NAFTA a “disaster” and his administration is leading the renegotiation effort between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently said it opposes key proposals by the Trump administration. Specifically, companies are unnerved by U.S. proposals to add a five-year termination clause and roll back the access of Canadian and Mexican firms to U.S. procurement contracts.

Beef Exports Remain Strong, Pork Slightly Lower

A monthly measure of meat exports shows U.S. beef posted another outstanding performance in August, remaining well above last year’s pace, and August pork exports increased from the previous month but were down slightly year-over-year. The U.S. Meat Export Federation reports that August beef exports totaled 112,000 metric tons, up five percent from a year ago and the largest of 2017. Export value was the second-highest on record at $679.1 million, up 20 percent from a year ago and trailing only the record-high value of $688.8 million reached in October 2014. For January through August, beef exports increased ten percent in volume and 16 percent in value compared to the first eight months of 2016. Meanwhile, Pork exports totaled 183,600 metric tons in August, down two percent year-over-year, valued at $511.4 million, down 0.3 percent. January-August volume remained nine percent above last year’s record pace at 1.61 million metric tons, while export value increased 11 percent to $4.21 billion.

World Wildlife Fund UK: Meat Production is Killing the Planet

A study by the World Wildlife Fund UK claims the land required to feed food-producing animals is destroying the earth’s biodiversity. The World Wildlife Fund UK recently released its report, “Appetite for Destruction,” which claims that the United Kingdom’s food supply alone is linked to 33 species extinctions. However, as meat industry publication Meatingplace points out, contradicting the report is new research from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization that essentially finds that cattle, for example, are doing the planet a favor by eating grains that are not edible to humans and the meat they produce has protein with a higher nutritional quality than the grains they are eating. Still, the World Wildlife Fund report claims that feeding animals with crops that could be eaten by humans is an inefficient way to add protein to our diet.


Microsoft Investing in Rural Tech Jobs, Broadband Projects

Microsoft announced last week it will team up with communities in six states to invest in technology jobs and broadband in rural areas. The Microsoft initiative TechSpark is a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment to help teach computer science to students, expand rural broadband and help create and fill jobs, according to AgriMarketing. The communities involved are in North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. A Microsoft executive said there are 23.4 million Americans living in rural communities who don’t have broadband coverage and the TechSpark program is going to focus on bringing coverage to those six regions. Further, Microsoft officials say there are nearly 500,000 unfilled computing jobs in the U.S. and that number is expected to triple by the end of next year.

China Imports More U.S. Trash than Ag Products

China imports more U.S. trash than agricultural commodities, but that could soon change. China earlier this year filed a notice with the World Trade Organization about its plans to limit the entry of “foreign waste.” The Wall Street Journal reports this week that under the new rules, China by year’s end would ban imports of used plastics and require paper-scrap imports to meet a strict 0.3 percent standard for “carried waste”—the staples, glue, sticky residue and smelly garbage bits that are nearly impossible to eliminate. In 2016, nearly a quarter of America’s biggest exporters by volume were recyclers of paper, plastic or metals, at 11.23 million metric tons. Those exports were valued at $5.2 billion. Meanwhile, U.S. exports of agricultural products to China were more valuable, at $21 billion, but far less in volume. Soybean exports in 2016 to China were worth $14 billion, while corn was worth $1 billion, and pork products worth $715 million.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service