11-30-17 KDA News: Arkansas River Compact Administration Annual Meeting in Lamar, CO on Dec 7th…

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Arkansas River Compact Administration Annual Meeting to Be Held Dec. 7

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Lamar Colorado. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. MST (9:00 a.m. CST) in Room 139 of the Bowman Building at Lamar Community College, 2401 S. Main Street in Lamar, Colorado. The meeting will be recessed for lunch at about noon and will reconvene for the completion of business in the afternoon as necessary. The meeting is open to the public. Continue reading

11-30-17 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement: U.S. Farm Exports to Continue Strong in FY 2018

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement: U.S. Farm Exports to Continue Strong in FY 2018

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2017 – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement regarding the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) export forecast published today.

“Today’s quarterly trade forecast reflects the fact that U.S. agricultural exports are continuing strong in the 2018 fiscal year. We just closed out FY 2017 with the third-highest export total on record and I’m delighted to see that FY 2018 is shaping up to come close. With a forecast of $140 billion, we’re looking at the fourth-best year in history. And there’s additional positive news in the fact that agriculture’s trade surplus is expected to grow eight percent, from $21.3 billion last year to $23 billion in 2018. Continue reading

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11-30-17 CWC News: GARDNER, HATCH, BENNET, HEINRICH, & UDALL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES IN UPPER COLORADO RIVER

GARDNER, HATCH, BENNET, HEINRICH, & UDALL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES IN UPPER COLORADO RIVER

Washington D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Tom Udall (D-NM), introduced the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017. The legislation will continue to fund the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through FY2023, and aims to protect four primary endangered species in the Upper Colorado River Basin.


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11-30-17 DoI News: Colorado Receives $92M in Energy Disbursements in FY2017…

Colorado Receives $92 Million in Interior Department Energy Disbursements in FY2017, Increase of $8.1M from Previous Year

State sees substantial financial increase in energy disbursements as Trump Administration pushes for American energy dominance

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that Colorado’s federal energy and minerals production disbursements, through the Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), totaled $92,039,200 in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017). This represents an increase of $8,151,810 from the previous year’s total. The funds are derived energy and minerals produced on Federal and Indian lands.

“Under President Trump’s American Energy Dominance agenda, we’ve increased energy funds by a billion dollars nationally, and by eight million dollars in Colorado in our first year alone. That money goes right back to communities for things like public works projects, educational improvements, the LWCF, and infrastructure upgrades,” Secretary Zinke said. “Energy is about more than just electricity and gas, it’s about a strong economy and strong communities. As the administration continues to cut red tape and end the over-regulation of responsible energy development, we will be able to direct more funds to local communities and create more good-paying jobs.”

“This is great news for Colorado,” said Congressman Scott Tipton. “The implementation of an all-of-the-above energy agenda not only increases access to affordable energy, but provides needed revenue for states and communities and critical job opportunities.” Continue reading

11-30-17 USDA Agriculture Secretary Perdue Announces National Pork Board Appointments

USDA Agriculture Secretary Perdue Announces National Pork Board Appointments

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2017 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of five members to serve on the National Pork Board. The producers appointed to serve three year terms include:

  • Brett Kaysen, Nunn, Colo.
  • Steven R. Rommereim, Alcester, S.D.
  • Scott Phillips, Drexel, Mo.
  • Heather Hill, Greenfield, Ind.
  • Deb Balance, Fremont, N.C.

“These appointees represent a cross section of the pork producers and I know they will help us better meet the needs of our American farmers, ranchers, and producers,” said Perdue. “Their work is important as pork production is critical to the U.S. farm sector and the American economy as a whole.” Continue reading

11-30-17 Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

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Inside the BARN with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 30, 2017 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

  • Corn Harvest – Record Large
  • Importance of Trade
  • Farm Bill
  • Upcoming NASDA Winter Meeting in Washington D.C.
  • Recent Trade Mission Trip to Cuba and the Dominican Republic
  • USDA Appointment being held Hostage in US Senate
  • FSA-CO & RD-CO State Director Appointments
  • CO Ag Council’s Upcoming Meeting on Dec 5th
  • High Plains Millet Association’s 1st Annual Meeting on Dec 8th
  • Colorado Crisis Services
  • & More

Listen to the interview with CO Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown below…

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11-30-17 NCGA Statement on EPA’s Final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation

NCGA Statement on EPA’s Final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation

WASHINGTON (November 30, 2017) – The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

“NCGA is pleased to see the EPA meet the Administration’s commitment to keep the RFS on track when it comes to conventional ethanol. Not only has EPA hit the mark with the 15 billion-gallon implied target, but EPA has also improved on the proposed rule by correctly growing the total 2018 volume from the 2017 level as intended in the RFS. Continue reading

11-30-17 RFS Volume Obligations a “Missed Opportunity,” NFU Says

RFS Volume Obligations a “Missed Opportunity,” NFU Says

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced final 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The agency will maintain the corn ethanol requirement at its current levels, and increase cellulosic and advanced biofuel requirements slightly from their July 2017 proposal. It will also stagnate biodiesel requirements at 2.1 billion gallons, well short of the industry’s capacity.

The final RVOs are an improvement over proposed RVOs issued earlier this year, yet they fall short of maintaining Congress’ intent to drive growth in the American biofuels industry, according to National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson.

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11-30-17 Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. Announces $110 Million Series D Funding

Farmer’s Business Network, Inc. Announces $110 Million Series D Funding

Funding Enables Rapidly Growing Farmer Network to Accelerate the Independent Digital Farm Economy

SAN CARLOS, Calif. –– November 30, 2017 –– Farmers Business Network, the independent farmer-to-farmer network, announced a $110 million Series D funding round, led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and Temasek. Previous investors Acre Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GV (formerly Google Ventures) and DBL Partners also participated in this round.

The latest investment will be used to expand the company’s offerings, including its digital crop marketing, FBN Direct, and farm analytics services, as well as expand internationally to Canada. With the backing of premier investors and nearly 5,000 member farms, the FBN Network is poised to help farmers in all regions and crops fundamentally revamp how they do business and maximize their earnings.

Farmers Business Network fiercely advocates for farmers – democratizing information, providing market transparency, and leveling the playing field through networking,” said Charles Baron, Co-Founder and VP of Product. “We’re bringing growers the transformative power of a digital farm economy. By connecting farmers digitally, farmers are empowered through network-enabled agronomic insights, transparent online input purchasing, and a global crop marketing network to drive profitability even in the toughest markets.” Continue reading

11-30-17 ACE statement on final RFS volumes for 2018

 ACE statement on final RFS volumes for 2018

Sioux Falls, SD (November 30, 2017) – Brian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The agency set a total renewable fuel blending obligation of 19.29 billion gallons next year of which 4.29 billion gallons shall be advanced biofuel, including 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, resulting in 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel such as corn ethanol.

“ACE members are very pleased that the statutory 15-billion-gallon volume for conventional biofuel will be maintained in 2018 and that EPA is increasing the advanced biofuel volume to 4.29 billion gallons.  This represents a modest step in the right direction for the RFS in 2018.  Beyond sending a generally positive signal to the rural economy, increased blending targets also reassure retailers that it makes sense to offer E15 and flex fuels to their customers.” Continue reading

11-30-17 Survey Shows Massive Opioid Impact in Farm Country; Farm Groups Call for Dialogue, Action

Survey Shows Massive Opioid Impact in Farm Country; Farm Groups Call for Dialogue, Action

WASHINGTON – The opioid crisis has struck farm and ranch families much harder than the rest of rural America, a Morning Consult survey shows.

While just under half of rural Americans say they have been directly impacted by opioid abuse, 74 percent of farmers and farm workers say they have. Three in four farmers say it would be easy for someone in their community to access opioids illegally, and just under half of rural adults – 46 percent – say the same. The poll, sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, is a first step in the groups’ collaboration on this issue.

“We’ve known for some time that opioid addiction was a serious problem in farm country, but numbers like these are heartbreaking,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “Opioids have been too easy to come by and too easy to become addicted to. That’s why we are urging everyone we know to talk to their friends, family, co-workers – anyone at all they know or suspect needs help. And because opioid addition is a disease, it’s up to all of us to help people who suffer from it and help them find the treatment they need. Government cannot and will not fix this on its own. Rural communities are strong. The strengths of our towns can overcome this crisis.”

“The opioid crisis is not just some talking point or abstract issue—it is an enormous challenge for both rural and urban America, and we as a country need to come to grips with it,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “These responses demonstrate the reach of the unrelenting and deadly crisis that is gripping farm families across the country. Farm and rural communities currently face major challenges in the fight against addiction, like access to services, treatment and support. Time and time again, farmers and ranchers have come together to help their families and their neighbors through challenging situations. That same resolve and compassion will help us break the grips of opioid addiction in rural America.”

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11-30-17 Colorado FFA Foundation 1st Meat and Greet Event a Huge Success!

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Colorado FFA Foundation 1st Meat and Greet Event a Huge Success!

We are thrilled to announce the Colorado FFA Foundation – Meat and Greet Event was a huge success. Sponsored by Cherry Creek Mortgage Company, we had over 300 people in attendance to sample the amazing creations of our four guest chefs and engage with our 12 livestock exhibitors, who will be showing at the National Western Stock Show. We had a very successful live auction of “A Day at the National Western Stock Show with an Exhibitor” and paddle call.  Including ticket sales, we brought in over $56,000! Continue reading

11-30-17 National FFA Foundation Announces Appointments to Individual Giving Council

National FFA Foundation Announces Appointments to Individual Giving Council

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Foundation announces the following new appointments to its current Individual Giving Council.

  • Jay Vroom, Chair – President and CEO of CropLife America of Washington, D.C.
  • Dwight Armstrong, Founder of JDA Consulting, LLC, of Nashville, Tenn.
  • Jim Loar, President and CEO of Cool Planet, Denver, Colo.
  • Bruce Maloch, Vice-Chairman and General Counsel of Farmers Bank and Trust of Magnolia, Ark.; Arkansas State Senator

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for November 30th

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Soybeans to Overtake Corn in 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a preview of its long-term planting projections Tuesday. The USDA considers a lot of factors when making the projections, including macroeconomic conditions, GDP growth, and farm policy. An important projection from the early release is the overall number of planted acres. Total planted acres for the eight principal crops and land in the Conservation Reserve Program was 275.8 million acres. The forecast for 2018 calls for an increase in acres for all crops except upland cotton and wheat, with the total increase of 1.8 million acres. From 2019-2027, USDA projects acreage to remain steady between 276 to 278 million acres, slightly lower than the 280 million acres over the last decade. Another big takeaway from the report is that USDA predicts soybeans will overtake corn in planted acreage starting in 2019. Projected acres for both corn and soybeans are both at 91 million acres in 2018. In 2019, soybeans will stay at 91 million acres while corn is projected to drop to 90 million. If this forecast comes true, it would be the first-ever market-driven shift in which soybeans overtake corn in planted acreage in the U.S. USDA says one of the biggest reasons behind the increase in soybean acres is demand for soy products from China

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Trump Asks Roberts for Raincheck on NAFTA Discussion

President Trump took a trip to visit Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday with a focus on finding more votes for the tax-cut bill. However, Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts took the opportunity to bring up agricultural concern over the NAFTA negotiations. As the president walked out of the meeting, Politico says he asked Roberts, “How are your farmers?” Roberts told Trump they’re worried about NAFTA and he’d like to talk to the president. Trump responded with, “I’ll get back to you.” Roberts told Politico he wants to work with the president to achieve his goals on NAFTA but, “We’d like to point out that starting a clock on NAFTA is not the answer.” He’s talking about an idea Trump had about notifying Canada and Mexico that the U.S. would be pulling out of the deal in six months. The goal would be to force the other two countries into making concessions in order to keep the deal alive. Roberts says that agriculture has to really come together and demonstrate what withdrawal means in terms of lost jobs and lost opportunity because of the rough economic patch that the ag sector is in.

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NAFTA Withdrawal Threat Already Affecting U.S. Trade

Even though the Trump Administration hasn’t followed through on a potential threat to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, the possibility is already affecting the U.S. Grain Trade. The fifth round of talks wrapped up last week in Mexico, with all sides promising to get the deal done “as soon as possible.” U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer recently said he’s concerned about the lack of headway in the negotiations in spite of reports that some progress has been made to modernize the agreement. Farm groups like the U.S. Grains Council are expressing their concern that the potential threat of withdrawal is already affecting grain trading with other countries. Tom Sleight, president of the U.S. Grains Council, says U.S. competitors are already starting to increase their trade to current U.S. trading partners. “The U.S. is no longer seen as a reliable supplier, which is really alarming to us in terms of the investment we’ve put into making our economies and businesses intertwine over the last 35 years,” Sleight adds. Lighthizer says there’s no evidence that Mexico and Canada are willing to make the concessions that will lead to a rebalanced agreement.

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Brazil Company Expecting to Resume Exports to U.S. in 2018

The fourth-largest beef company in Brazil, Minerva SA, expects to resume exporting fresh beef to American in the first quarter of next year. A Reuters report says Minerva Chief Executive Fernando Galletti (Guy-eht’-tee) made the announcement to local media this week, saying he believes it because of his company’s communication with the government. Galletti says, “That’s the expectation we are hearing from the agriculture ministry.” The ministry didn’t respond to a Reuters request for comment. USDA originally halted Brazilian beef imports in June of this year after a large part of Brazilian shipments didn’t pass safety inspections. USDA said at that time that the ban would stay in place until the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry took action to correct problems with their exports. The Brazilian beef industry received another blow last week when Russia placed a ban on both beef and pork imports. The ban means Minerva will have to supply Russia with beef and pork exports from plants outside of Brazil. Even as exports are potentially set to resume to the U.S. next year, Galletti says the situation with Russia remains unchanged.

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Canada Looking to Boost Pork Exports to China

A recent ten-day trade mission to China gave Canada an opportunity to showcase its pork products in a market of 1.3 billion people hungry for more pork. Farm Scape Dot Com says Federal Ag Trade Minister Lawrence McCauley led the mission, accompanied by multiple representatives of the Canadian pork industry, which stopped in three cities over the ten-day trip. Neil Ketilson, Chair of Canada Pork International, says Canada considers China an extremely important market for its pork. He says, “Pork is the meat of choice in China. They consume 50 percent of the world’s pork supply. As their economy continues to grow, they’re continuing to expand their imports.” Last year, China was the third-largest importer of Canadian pork, purchasing $500 million worth of the product. He says China consumes all of the most popular cuts of pork, but the market is also there for products the western hemisphere doesn’t typically consume. Those products include lungs, heart, and liver. Ketilson says the mission was an important opportunity to showcase Canadian pork to a large number of potential pork buyers and consumers during a short trip.

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NCBA Membership Drive Encourages Commitment

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has helped the industry secure several wins in Washington, D.C., including against the “Waters of the United States” rule and the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule. The NCBA also played a role in helping American beef exports to return to China. The organization is asking it’s members to help with recruiting new members to the organization during it’s “Just Ask” fall membership drive. NCBA is asking its members to recruit at least one new member from their community. The goal is to help encourage and sustain support for NCBA’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. NCBA President Craig Uden says, “NCBA worked diligently this year to secure several major policy victories that ensure that cattlemen and women will be able to continue their operations successfully. While that’s important, NCBA is encouraging more cattle producers to join the fight and engage on the issues that are critical to the future viability of our industry.” Issues the cattlemen are currently working on include tax reform, the Endangered Species Act, and establishing strong new foreign markets with no unfair trade restrictions on American beef.  

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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11-29-17 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President’s “Bring Back Main Street” Message

Secretary Perdue Statement on President’s “Bring Back Main Street” Message

(Washington, D.C., November 29, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today echoed President Donald J. Trump’s message that tax cuts and reforms are needed to increase American prosperity. The president delivered remarks with a “Bring Back Main Street” theme in St. Charles, Missouri, highlighting the need for tax relief to boost the economy, particularly in the heartland. Perdue issued the following statement:

“The people of agriculture I’ve met across America want very much to be able to keep more of what they earn to reinvest in their families and livelihoods. Most farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers operate as small businesses, which means they must watch their bottom lines. Just like shop owners on Main Street, USA, American farmers need to turn a profit so they can grow their operations, create jobs, and feed their families. Too much time, effort, and expense has gone into complying with the onerous tax code and people need relief. As Congress works towards a final package of tax cuts and reforms, I am hopeful that we can get this done to benefit agriculture and the entire American economy.” Continue reading

11-29-17 Colorado Producers Reminded of Approaching Deadline to Submit Ballots for Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

Colorado Producers Reminded of Approaching Deadline to Submit Ballots for Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

(Denver, CO) Nov. 29, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Clarice Navarro, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that FSA county committee elections began Nov. 6, with the mailing of ballots. Eligible voters must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4, 2017, to ensure that their vote is counted. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office.

“Producers only have a few more days until that Dec. 4 deadline,” said Navarro.

“I urge all eligible farmers and ranchers, especially minorities and women, to get involved and make a real difference in their communities by voting in this year’s elections. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.” Continue reading

11-29-17 Current Tax Reform Plan Disadvantages Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

Current Tax Reform Plan Disadvantages Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

Organization Urges “NO” Vote, Will Score the Vote

WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Senate readies to vote on a major overhaul of the nation’s tax system, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging lawmakers to vote against the current plan because it benefits the nation’s largest corporations and wealthiest citizens at the expense of family farmers, ranchers, and the middle class.

The family farm organization sent a letter to members of the Senate today, highlighting the detrimental impacts of the legislation. NFU is concerned with the massive, $1.4 trillion increase to the federal deficit, potential elimination of farm safety net funding, worsened quality and affordability of health care for rural Americans, and several provisions important to running a family farm operation.

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11-29-17 Dairy Leaders Commend USDA for Expanding School Milk Options

Dairy Leaders Commend USDA for Expanding School Milk Options

Washington, D.C. – The nation’s two leading dairy organizations applauded Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday for allowing school districts to offer low-fat (1%) flavored milk as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. An interim final rule implementing the regulatory changes needed to reinstate low-fat flavored milk in schools was announced today on the Federal Register site and goes into effect for the 2018-2019 school year. Continue reading