11-01-17 CO Governor proposes Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget request, includes plan to address unfunded pension liabilities

Governor proposes Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget request, includes plan to address unfunded pension liabilities

DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 Today Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 State budget request to the Joint Budget Committee of the General Assembly. Relative to expected FY 2017-18 appropriations, the request reflects a total funds budget of $30.5 billion, an increase of just under $1.09 billion or 3.7 percent. In the General Fund, the request totals $11.5 billion, an increase of $292.1 million or 2.6 percent.

The Governor wrote that the passage of Senate Bill 17-267 materially and positively changed the State’s financial outlook compared with one year ago, when the budget request closed a $500 million funding gap in the General Fund.

“Significant progress was made last year to address critical needs in Colorado,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “This new budget supports education and public safety needs across the state. But history tells us to be ready for when times are not as good. By building up reserves and shoring our pension plan, this proposal meets the needs of today and provides a buffer for tomorrow.” Continue reading

11-01-17 CO Corn CEO takes part in water, livestock talks during recent visit from national corn industry leaders

CEO takes part in water, livestock talks during recent visit from national corn industry leaders
Leaders with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and state corn organizations across the U.S. — including Colorado Corn CEO Mark Sponsler — discussed a number of issues critical to the industry while convening in Aspen last week. The group also toured the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District in Berthoud and the Five Rivers Feedlot near Kersey during their time in Colorado.   Continue reading

11-01-17 CO Corn: Next ‘Food Evolution’ screening taking place Nov 14th in Greeley

CO Corn: Next ‘Food Evolution’ screening taking place Nov 14th in Greeley
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) helped sponsor a screening of the new documentary, “Food Evolution,” in Boulder this past week, with Colorado Corn staff also in attendance for the event. And Colorado Corn leaders are helping organize another screening of the film in Greeley on Nov. 14.

11-01-17 CO Corn: CCAC president, NCGA leaders submit comments to EPA, express opposition to proposed RFS reductions

CO Corn: CCAC president, NCGA leaders submit comments to EPA, express opposition to proposed RFS reductions

Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) President Mike Lefever joined National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) leaders and others in recently submitting comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging Administrator Scott Pruitt to pull back on proposed reductions to Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes. Continue reading

11-01-17 House Committee on Natural Resource: House Passes Bill to Reduce the Risks of Catastrophic Wildfire

House Passes Bill to Reduce the Risks of Catastrophic Wildfire

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.R. 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.” Introduced by Rep. Westerman (R-AR), the bipartisan bill reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire and dramatically improves the health and resiliency of federal forests and grasslands. Continue reading

11-01-17 USDA Secretary Perdue’s Statement on House Passage of Resilient Federal Forests Act

USDA Secretary Perdue’s Statement on House Passage of Resilient Federal Forests Act

(Washington, D.C., November 1, 2017) – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (H.R. 2936) as an important step toward better management of national forests. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-04), seeks to implement proactive management standards for forests and paves the way for a solution to the problem of U.S. Forest Service funding. In this record wildfire season, Secretary Perdue has repeatedly called for a fix to the “fire borrowing” problem, which siphons off forest management dollars to pay for firefighting. This year, the Forest Service has spent in excess of $2.5 billion fighting wildfires.

Perdue issued the following statement: Continue reading

11-01-17 WSGA & WACD Plan Educational and Engaging Joint Convention in Casper Nov 27-30

WSGA & WACD Plan Educational and Engaging Joint Convention in Casper

Joint convention happens every 5 years – Join us November 27-30, 2017

CASPER – Held in conjunction every 5 years, the Wyoming Natural Resource Rendezvous will welcome approximately 500 ranchers and other natural resource users from across the state for four days of educational sessions, producer focused workshops, live and silent auction and a fun game show themed night themed, “Challenge of the Minds”!

The Wyoming Natural Resources Rendezvous is a joint convention of the Wyoming Stock Growers (WSGA) and Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts (WACD) held November 27-30, 2017 in Casper at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center. Detailed schedule, pre-registration, vendor, and sponsorship information is located online under the Member Center event’s tab by visiting www.wysga.org or call 307.638.3942 to request additional information. Continue reading

11-01-17 Inside the BARN with NestFresh’s Brandy Gamoning: November is National Gratitude Month…


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(Brandy GamoningBARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 01, 2017 -Joining the CO Ag News Network once again is Brandy Gamoning, Marketing Manager at NestFresh discussing November being National Gratitude Month, Thanksgiving Recipes & more


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11-01-17 Author Shari Howard McMinn discusses her latest book “ADOPTION: Encouragement and Advice for a Hopeful Journey?”

Click here to visit Shari Howard McMinn’s website and to purchase your copy of her latest book “ADOPTION – Encouragement and advice for a Hopeful Journey”

Author Shari Howard McMinn and her latest book “ADOPTION: Encouragement and Advice for a Hopeful Journey?”

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) November 1, 2017 – Did you know that November is National Adoption Month,  and according to Good Housekeeping magazine:

  • One out of every 25 U.S. families with children have an adopted child. …
  • Roughly 40% of adoptions are from the U.S. foster care system.
  • There are 107,918 foster children eligible for and waiting to be adopted. …
  • 5 million Americans have considered adoption.
  • Have you or your family ever considered adoption, but need to know more about the process?

Joining the CO Ag News Network is Colorado author Shari Howard McMinn…before we talk about your book and adoption in more detail, tell our listeners more about yourself and what lead you to become an author…


For those interested in more information, go to www.sharimcminn.com. Shari’s blog features chapter excerpts. The author can be contacted through email: shari@sharimcminn.com with questions regarding her books, the FBG support group, and to request speaking engagements or radio interviews.


11-01-17 Farm Flavor: What is the Farm Bill? New Guide Looks at How It Affects You

What is the Farm Bill? New Guide Looks at How It Affects You

Journal Communications, Franklin, TN – November 1, 2017 – It’s among the biggest, broadest legislative beasts that Congress tackles – with a price tag of nearly $500 billion. But did you know that the Farm Bill isn’t just for farmers?

If you didn’t, you’re not alone. And that’s why Farm Flavor Media is excited to announce the launch of A Guide to the Farm Bill. Located at farmbill.farmflavor.com, this comprehensive website aims to help those unfamiliar with the Farm Bill understand its importance and the impact it will have on consumers across the nation – even if you’re not a farmer. Continue reading

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Farm Bill Near Ready Status

A lobbyist close to the farm bill effort told the Hagstrom Report this week that the House Agriculture Committee staff is close to being done preparing the bill for consideration. However, the lobbyist says Chairman Mike Conaway will likely keep the bill “under lock and key” until House leadership guarantees floor time for the legislation. That points to the bill being introduced in early 2018. Conaway has previously mentioned he was hoping to move the bill to the full House for consideration late this year. Many have expected the bill to be introduced early next year by the House Agriculture Committee. Meanwhile, the Senate Agriculture Committee is reportedly still in the early stages of drafting its version of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Farm Profitability Still Down, But Improving

A new survey of bankers shows 82 percent of agricultural lenders reported a decline in farm profitability in the last 12 months. However, the pace of the decline has slowed. The survey produced by the American Bankers Association and Farmer Mac shows 51 percent of agricultural lenders noted an increase in the demand for agricultural operating loans, while there was no notable change in the demand for agricultural real estate loans. Despite the findings, the survey of more than 580 agricultural lenders revealed that the agricultural loan approval rate is 84 percent. An ABA spokesperson says that overall, the data shows that lenders are “a little more optimistic about what’s ahead,” compared to last year. The survey, conducted twice per year, is a joint effort to provide a look at the agricultural economy and market forces from the perspective of ag lenders. The next survey is scheduled to launch in December 2017. 


USDA Announces 2018 Farm Safety Net Enrollment

Enrollment for farm bill safety net programs is open as of Wednesday (today). The Department of Agriculture announced the enrollment period this week for farmers and ranchers with base acres in the Agriculture Risk Coverage, known as ARC, or Price Loss Coverage, known as PLC, safety net program may enroll for the 2018 crop year. The enrollment period will end on August first of next year. Producers on a farm that are not enrolled for the 2018 enrollment period will not be eligible for financial assistance from the ARC or PLC programs for 2018 should crop prices, or farm revenues fall below the historical price or revenue benchmarks established by the program, according to USDA. Producers who made their elections in previous years must still enroll during the 2018 enrollment period. USDA says producers should contact their local Farm Service Agency office or local FSA website for more details.

Trucking Industry Bracing for ELD Mandate

The Electronic Logging Device mandate for the trucking industry is expected to go into effect December 18th, causing a predicted impact to the livestock industry. The National Pork Producers Council has asked for an exemption based on what it calls “an incompatibility” between federal hours of operation rules and how the livestock industry actually operates. The request states: “Livestock haulers are not and will not be prepared to meet the December 18th compliance date because, in part, the current ELD marketplace doesn’t meet the needs of livestock haulers.” Trucking Industry News reports the Western Equipment Dealers Association also requested an exemption. The mandate will go into effect after years of protest and public debate. However, recent surveys show 39 percent of carriers and owner-operators are planning to comply with the mandate before the deadline, and another nine percent already have.

Campbell Soup Company Joins Plant Based Lobbying Group

After dropping out of the Grocery Manufacturers Association earlier this year, Campbell Soup Company is joining the Plant Based Foods Association, or PBFA. Bloomberg calls the move a major gesture by an industry giant acknowledging retreating consumer demand for meat and dairy heavy food. The company maintains its move to leave the Grocery Manufacturers Association wasn’t in preparation to join PBFA, but rather a difference in stance on biotech labeling. While PBFA counts more than 80 companies as members, Campbell Soup is by far its largest. Campbell joins the ranks of dairy-free and plant-only food companies that market to vegans and vegetarians. However, an industry expert points out that: “Plant-based foods and proteins are not exclusive to vegetarian and vegan households any longer.” Campbell says the company hopes the partnership will help it expand access to its plant-based offerings.


Cheerios Ditches Gluten-Free Label in Canada

Cheerios cereal sold in Canada will no longer be labeled “gluten-free.” CBC News of Canada reports that Manufacturer General Mills has confirmed it will voluntarily remove the labels from the cereal boxes sold in Canadian stores “as soon as possible,” even though it says the product contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten, which meets the regulatory standard for gluten-free designation. General Mills stands by its testing process and says Cheerios sold in the U.S. will continue to carry the gluten-free label. The move comes as the Canadian Celiac Association has been warning people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity not to consume Cheerios. The association claims General Mills had not disclosed enough detail about its testing procedure to assure it was sufficiently guarding against potential gluten contamination. Cheerios are made of oats, which are naturally gluten-free. However, the grain is at high risk for contamination from gluten-filled wheat, barley or rye.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service