10-30-17 USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Colorado Farmers

USDA Issues Safety-Net Payments to Colorado Farmers

(Denver, Colorado) Oct. 30, 2017 – USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Acting SED Jenny Peterson announced that approximately 16,000 Colorado farms that enrolled in safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will receive financial assistance for the 2016 crop year. The programs, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are designed to protect against unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues due to market downturns.

“These safety-net programs provide help when price and revenue fall below normal,” said Acting SED Peterson. “Payments to barley, canola, corn, lentils, oats, dry peas, grain sorghum, soybeans and wheat producers are helping provide reassurance to our Colorado farm families who are standing strong against low commodity prices compounded by unfavorable growing conditions.” Continue reading

10-30-17 Celebrate 29 Years of Cowboy Poetry in January 2018!

29 Years of Cowboy Heritage, Traditions, and Entertainment

A Contemporary Expression of Cowboy Life and Culture

GOLDEN, CO – Proudly celebrating 29 years of cowboy heritage at this year’s Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Thursday, January 18 through Sunday, January 21, 2018. This year’s expanded four-day roundup includes three evening performances, two full-days of popular theme sessions, and a Sunday matinee.

For over a quarter century the Gathering has celebrated the cowboy life and culture. Come enjoy this year’s all-star cast of award-winning cowboy poets and musicians from the American West, Canada and Australia. A weekend that captures the true spirit and lifestyle of the Cowboy heritage through poetry, song and verse. The tradition continues this year in, Where The West Lives — Golden Colorado at the American Mountaineering Center — plenty of free parking with easy access.

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The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering celebrates it’s 29th Anniversary in 2018 and with it carries on a quarter century of cowboy heritage, traditions and entertainment. Cowboy poetry is a form of poetry which grew out of the traditions of workers on cattle drives and ranches. After a long day in the saddle, cowboys would gather around a campfire and entertain one another with tall tales and folk songs… and so goes the story called Cowboy Poetry. Continue reading

10-30-17 USDA TO COLLECT FINAL 2017 CROP PRODUCTION AND CROP STOCKS DATA

USDA TO COLLECT FINAL 2017 CROP PRODUCTION AND CROP STOCKS DATA

Denver, CO – As the 2017 growing season officially comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseed they store on their farms. At the same time, NASS will survey grain facility operators to determine year-end grain and oilseed stocks.

Bill Meyer, USDA-NASS CO Field Office Director

“These surveys are the largest and most important year-end surveys conducted by NASS,” explained Bill Meyer, Director of the NASS Mountain Regional Office. “They are the basis for the official USDA estimates of production and harvested acres of all major agricultural commodities in the United States and year-end grain and oilseed supplies. Data from the survey will benefit farmers and processors by providing timely and accurate information to help them make critical year-end business decisions and begin planning for the next growing and marketing season.” Continue reading

10-30-17 CDA Recipes: Elevate Your Thanksgiving Feast with Colorado Squash

 Elevate Your Thanksgiving Feast with Colorado Squash
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different product to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. Winter squash is a tasty and beautiful side dish for your Thanksgiving feast. Choose a medium to large squash that is firm with no exterior soft spots. Acorn squash is sodium free and a good source of Vitamin C. Look for Colorado winter squash at your local grocery store or on the menu at restaurants across the state.
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Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., 5280 Culinary, LLC and Ace Hardware Grill Expert Continue reading

10-30-17 CDA: Grants Awarded for Colorado Specialty Crops

Grants Awarded for Colorado Specialty Crops

Grants Awarded for Colorado Specialty Crops

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Twelve grants totaling over $600,000 have been awarded through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Specialty Crops Program. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Funds are received by the Colorado Department of Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crops.
“Colorado produces diverse specialty crops, from the more well-known potatoes and peaches to more experimental crops such as aronia berries, mulberries and hops,” said Glenda Mostek, grants specialist, “This grant allows Colorado specialty crop producers to investigate new opportunities as well as improve conditions for crops that are Colorado favorites.”
Fiscal year 2017 funds were recently approved by the USDA for the following projects:  Continue reading

10-30-17 USDA Announces Enrollment Period for Safety Net Coverage in 2018

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USDA Announces Enrollment Period for Safety Net Coverage in 2018

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting Nov. 1, 2017, farmers and ranchers with base acres in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net program may enroll for the 2018 crop year. The enrollment period will end on Aug. 1, 2018.

“Since shares and ownership of a farm can change year-to-year, producers must enroll by signing a contract each program year,” said Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steve Peterson. “I encourage producers to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll.”  Continue reading

10-30-17 Inside CCALT w/Executive Director Erik Glenn…

Inside CCALT w/Executive Director Erik Glenn…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) October 30, 2017 – On October 26th, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) received the prestigious National Land Trust Excellence Award, which was presented by the Land Trust Alliance during their 2017 national conference that was held in Denver recently and joining the CO Ag News Network to talk about the award and much more is Colorado Agricultual Land Trust’s Executive Director Erik Glenn…

Check out the interview with CCALT’s Erik Genn…

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10-30-17 America’s Pig Farmers Demonstrate Principles of One Health Day

America’s Pig Farmers Demonstrate Principles of One Health Day 

Pork Checkoff continues investment in antibiotic research

DES MOINES, IOWA – Oct. 30, 2017 – The National Pork Board, representing America’s 60,000 pig farmers, is pleased to celebrate global One Health Day on Nov. 3 by reaffirming its ongoing commitment to the core value of doing what’s right for the overall health of people, pigs and the planet. (Click here for related infographic.) Continue reading

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National Farmers Organization Talks NAFTA

The National Farmers’ Organization took its turn to weigh in on the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. The Hagstrom Report says the NFO called on the Trump Administration to be “cautious” when it comes to the negotiations, noting that there would be substantial fallout for American farmers and ranchers if the agreement is terminated. Paul Olson, NFO President, says, “Canada and Mexico are two of the largest export markets for U.S. agriculture products, quadrupling since NAFTA began in 1994.” Olson stressed that revoking the agreement would be disastrous for commodity prices here in America. Mexico and Canada make up a significant share of American agricultural sales in commodities like corn, wheat, sorghum, red meat, and dairy products. Olson said National Farmers has long advocated for supply management in the U.S. However, he says farmers continue to produce more than the domestic market can use. Terminating NAFTA would not be good for the country’s job market, either. “Agriculture is not an isolated industry, either,” Olson says, “because our American farmers create jobs for others.”

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NAFTA Notice Would Devastate Farm Economy

President Trump has been weighing the idea of giving notice that the U.S. intends to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement as a way of taking a tough stance on the negotiations. Politico’s Morning Ag Report says even giving the notice would cause immediate harm. A group of 86 food and agriculture groups sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that says, “contracts would be canceled, sales would be lost, competitors would rush in to seize our export markets, and litigation would abound, well before withdrawal would actually take effect.” The groups contend that if a withdrawal notice is issued, that action would result in a loss of at least 50,000 jobs in the U.S. food and agriculture industry, as well as a $13 billion drop in GDP. Mexico has already said that a Trump message to Congress invoking NAFTA article 2205, which allows any country to walk away after six months, would mean Mexico pulling out of negotiations immediately. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau would also face immediate pressure to leave negotiations as well.

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EPA Releases Guidance on Air Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency released guidance to help farmers report the release of hazardous air emissions from animal waste at their farms. Pork Business Dot Com says the EPA made the information available to aid farmers in preparing for the reporting deadline, which is November 15. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says his agency is working on addressing the undue regulatory burden on American farmers. “While we examine our options regarding reporting requirements for emissions from animal waste,” Pruitt says, “the guidance is intended to help farmers with current requirements.” It was back on April 11 that the D.C. Circuit Court vacated the rule that gave farmers exemptions from reporting air releases of hazardous materials from animal waste. Unless the Court allows further delays, all farms that have hazardous releases into the air from animal waste equal to, or greater than, the minimum reportable quantities of those materials in the same 24-hour period, must report those releases. The EPA guidance information, available on its website, includes resources to help farmers calculate emissions from each species of livestock.

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Kansas Communities Expanding Pushback Against Tyson

There was a time when agriculture companies wanted to expand, with a promise of new jobs in potential new communities as a big incentive. However, a community opposition movement that’s very well-organized may make the Tyson Foods effort to build a new plant there much more difficult. Ag Fax Dot Com says Tyson canceled plans to build its first new facility in the U.S. in 20 years near Tonganoxie (tahn-geh-knocks’-ee). Tyson recently announced three new communities as finalists for the new facility. The finalists include Cloud and Montgomery counties, as well as the Greater Wichita region. Groups are still actively pushing back against Tyson. Don Stull, a retired professor from the University of Kansas, claims to have studied the impact of packing houses on communities since 1986. He feels people don’t really know about the issues in poultry production. Stull says some of the issues raised include Tyson’s environmental record and the harsh working conditions that come with these jobs. Tyson says the poultry complex in Kansas is on hold while they evaluate options, including looking at other states.

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New Film Discusses GMO Misinformation

The maker of a film called Food Evolution, supported by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, says his documentary shows how easily misinformation can overwhelm objective analysis. Scott Hamilton Kennedy is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker who produced the movie. Kennedy says the GMO story shows how important it is to use science to make decisions. “I was very honored that the film could defend scientists and farmers in a way that hadn’t been done in a long time,” he says. “It’s been a great honor to put those people on film and to see their responses to the film.” Food Evolution was commissioned by the Institute of Food Technologists and described as an independent investigation into biotechnology. Kennedy says the film is being criticized by a group of people he calls “fringe activists” who oppose all GMOs. However, he’s confident that the film is scientifically accurate. “We stand by the evidence in the film and the response to the film is validating that,” Kennedy adds. Food Evolution is currently available on the streaming service Hulu.  

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One Step Closer to Tax Cuts?

National Hog Farmer Dot com says the fiscal year 2018 budget proposed by Republicans and passed by Congress is a step forward toward possible tax cuts. Republicans will be able to use a procedural move that lets tax legislation be passed in the Senate with 50 votes. The goal of the Trump Administration and Republican leaders is to get the tax bill done by the end of the year. The fiscal year 2018 budget is estimated to increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade. The 2018 budget won’t require any reductions in farm bill spending. The already-passed House version requires $10 billion in cuts over the next decade. The Senate budget didn’t include any required cuts. That’s good news as the House and Senate Ag Committees work on a new farm bill using the existing baseline. Funding is going to be a huge challenge in the farm bill as 37 expiring programs in the current farm bill don’t have funding beyond 2018. Some of the expiring programs deal with conservation, bioenergy, trade, rural development, and more. The committees will have to find new funding for the programs to continue.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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