11-16-17 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

11-16-17 Trump Administration Appoints Clarice Navarro to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Colorado

Trump Administration Appoints Clarice Navarro to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Colorado

DENVER, Colo. – Nov. 16, 2017- The Trump Administration recently appointed Clarice Navarro as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency (FSA). Navarro joined the Colorado FSA team on Monday, Nov. 13.

Navarro was born and raised in southeastern Colorado, and lives in Pueblo, Colorado. Navarro was first elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives in 2012, and she was a strong advocate for the agricultural community during her time as a legislator.  She has a passion for rural America and Colorado’s rural way of life.

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11-16-17 USDA: Secretary Perdue Statement on House Passage of Tax Cuts & Reforms

Secretary Perdue Statement on House Passage of Tax Cuts & Reforms

(Washington, D.C., November 16, 2017) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today hailed the House of Representatives’ passage of historic tax cuts and reforms as an important step toward providing much-needed relief to Americans, creating jobs, and boosting the economy. Perdue issued the following statement:

“We haven’t had an overhaul of the burdensome federal tax code since the mid-1980s and it is well past time to provide needed relief to workers and families. The people of agriculture dedicate their lives to putting food on the table for their fellow citizens and they deserve to keep more of what they earn from their labors. I applaud President Trump for his leadership in driving the debate and clearing a path for historic and significant tax cuts and reforms, just as I am pleased to see the sense of urgency with which Congress is moving toward a solution. The result will be more money in people’s pockets, more jobs created, and a more vibrant American economy.” Continue reading

11-16-17 NFU Alarmed by House Passage of Tax Reform Bill

NFU Alarmed by House Passage of Tax Reform Bill

Organization Scored the Vote, Now Urging a No Vote on Senate Version

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted 227-205 to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that would provide tax cuts and breaks to corporations and wealthy Americans at an estimated cost of $1.5 trillion.

National Farmers Union (NFU), a staunch opponent of regressive taxation, increased federal debt, and any legislation that jeopardizesfarm program funding, urged House members to vote against the legislation and scored the vote. In response to the vote, NFU Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew released the following statement:

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11-16-17 USDA Designates Five Counties in Colorado as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

USDA Designates Five Counties in Colorado as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated five counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by multiple disasters that occurred during the 2017 crop year. Continue reading

11-16-17 Fifth Annual Poudre River Forum on Feb 2nd

“Listening to Understand” is the theme of our fifth annual Poudre River Forum.

Register now to join us! Registration includes the full day’s program, as well as breakfast, lunch, and a closing beer/soft drinks celebration with opportunities to win Poudre prizes. Topics include:

  • Provocative, dialogue-stimulating “lightening talks” from a range of speakers with contrasting views about what can damage and what can improve Poudre flows
  • Can We Grow Water Smart?
  • Poudre Farmers Improving Poudre Water Quality through Air Quality Monitoring
  • Keynote Speaker: Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs (retired) will give a glimpse from his co-authored upcoming book—little known facts about Greeley’s water history
  • AND MORE!

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11-16-17 OCIA Celebrates 30 Years of Serving Organic Farmers at Annual Meeting

OCIA Celebrates 30 Years of Serving Organic Farmers at Annual Meeting

LINCOLN, NE – Join us as we celebrate over 30 years of serving organic farmers during the OCIA 2018 Annual Meeting. The Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO will be the venue for this event on January 30th and 31st. There is a great line up of presenters that you won’t want to miss on Jan 30th, along with a mini trade show and all organic meals. It will be a day filled with information for farmers thinking about transitioning to organic, as well as for the experienced organic farmer. General OCIA business will be conducted on Jan 31st. Continue reading

11-16-17 WELD COUNTY 4-H FOUNDATION HAS SPENT OVER $1 MILLION FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS

WELD COUNTY 4-H FOUNDATION HAS SPENT OVER $1 MILLION FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS

 

WELD COUNTY, CO —  In Weld County, agriculture is a way of life for many residents, and Weld County 4-H programs actively support agricultural educational opportunities for Weld County kids through financial assistance of the 4-H Foundation. This year, the foundation reached a major milestone by passing the
$1 million mark in funds spent on 4-H programming since 1980.

“This milestone is impressive,” said Weld County Commissioner Chair Julie Cozad. “Investing that kind of money for Weld County kids is amazing and a testament to the hard work the 4-H Foundation puts in to the program year after year!” Continue reading

11-16-17 Beef Checkoff News: Selling More Beef in Restaurants…

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Beef Checkoff News: Selling More Beef in Restaurants…

Steve Sands of food distribution company Performance Food Group recently participated in foodservice educational discussions with “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” program staff, working on behalf of the beef checkoff. He says the resources that “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” provides is very helpful to a company like his because it helps his team talk to customers about beef.

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11-16-17 CO Corn: US Representative Ken Buck Votes to reform Guest Worker Visas…

CO Corn: US Representative Ken Buck Votes to reform Guest Worker Visas
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., recently joined 16 of his colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee in voting to approve H.R. 4092, the Agricultural Guest Worker Act. This legislation creates a new H-2C guest worker program to replace the inefficient and unreliable H-2A program currently in place.
The new H-2C program offers a stable supply of labor for the agricultural industry when there aren’t enough American workers to fill those roles. The new program provides year-round labor coverage for industries that need it and allows experienced agricultural workers to be part of the program.  Continue reading

11-16-17 CO Corn: Consulting firm – Some tax reform proposals will benefit corn growers, others might have negative impacts

Consulting firm – Some tax reform proposals will benefit corn growers, others might have negative impacts 
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) recently retained K-Coe Isom, an agricultural accounting and consulting firm, to review H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and to assess the effect that the House’s proposed tax-reform legislation would have on America’s corn growers.

11-16-17 CO Corn: CDA, CDPHE, others reaching out to producers about Reg. 85, stewardship, preventing additional rules

CDA, CDPHE, others reaching out to producers about Reg. 85, stewardship, preventing additional rules
Across Colorado, farmers and ranchers are using best management practices to help keep nutrients out of lakes and streams and improve Colorado’s water quality. These forward-thinking producers believe the most effective way to reach agriculture and achieve the best results is through outreach and voluntary action. Their stories and resources are now available to help other producers care for Colorado’s waterways.

11-16-17 CO Corn staff member helps host, participates in ‘From Our Lands to Your Hands’ event in Golden

CO Corn staff member helps host, participates in ‘From Our Lands to Your Hands’ event in Golden

Colorado Corn Market Development and Member Services Director Melissa Walte

Colorado Corn Market Development and Member Services Director Melissa Walter — who also sits on the board for “From Our Lands to Your Hands” — recently helped organize and took part in an ag-education event for grade-schoolers in Golden.

During the event, Melissa talked with the 600-plus students about ethanol, and how E85 is a cleaner-burning fuel than regular gasoline, as well as the differences between field corn and sweet corn, and highlighted some of the various products made from field corn, such as biodegradable plastics, livestock feed, corn oil and others.  Continue reading

11-16-17 CO Corn staff member assists with conference for young women in agriculture

CO Corn staff member assists with conference for young women in agriculture 
Colorado Corn Executive Coordinator Ann Cross this week attended and served as a table mentor at the 2017 Aspire to Grow Leadership Conference in Fort Collins.
The event hosted about 150 women in high school and college from across the state, and was organized by the Northern Colorado Chapter of Agrium Women’s Leadership Group and the Colorado FFA Foundation. Aspire to Grow is an annual leadership event dedicated to promoting education, cultivation and empowerment of young women in the agricultural industry.  Continue reading

11-16-17 CO Corn staff member, fellow CommonGround volunteers talk ag with school food program organizers

Colorado Corn staff member, fellow CommonGround volunteers talk ag with school food program organizers
Colorado Corn Executive Coordinator Ann Cross — who also serves as Colorado’s state facilitator for CommonGround — along with fellow CommonGround volunteers Sondra Pierce, Nikki Weathers and Colleen Peppler recently took part in dinner and discussions with school food program organizers.

11-16-17 CO Corn: Colorado’s 2017 Corn for Grain Production Forecast Increases Again – RECORD LARGE!

Already predicted to be a state record, Colorado’s 2017 corn-for-grain production forecast increases again

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has once again upped its predictions for Colorado’s 2017 corn-for-grain production. Today’s USDA forecast calls for the state’s farmers to harvest 187.96 million bushels this fall — up from last month’s prediction of 184.15 million bushels. That figure already would have stood as a record for Colorado, where the state’s all-time production record is 182.71 million bushels, set in 2010. Continue reading

11-16-17 ACE runs ad on Capitol Hill as RFS deadline approaches

ACE runs ad on Capitol Hill as RFS deadline approaches

Sioux Falls, SD (November 16, 2017) – Today’s edition of the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call features a new, full-page advertisement placed by the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) encouraging President Trump to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand with rural America and keep the promise to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The end of this month marks the deadline for the release of the final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the 2018 RFS, and now is as important as ever to remind the White House and EPA of the promises they’ve made to rural Americans to protect the RFS. Continue reading

11-16-17 USDA Offers Assistance to Protect Privately-Owned Wetlands, Agricultural Lands and Grasslands

USDA Offers Assistance to Protect Privately-Owned Wetlands, Agricultural Lands and Grasslands

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages people and groups wanting to protect critical wetlands, agricultural lands and grasslands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements. This year, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest $250 million in technical and financial assistance to help private landowners, tribes, land trusts and other groups protect these valuable lands. Continue reading

11-16-17 Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

Farm Bureau Survey Reveals Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years

American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.87.

The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in at a total of $22.38 this year. That’s roughly $1.40 per pound, a decrease of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 36 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2016.

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11-16-17 WDA: Mark Vander Dussen’s Memorial Service

WDA: Mark Vander Dussen’s Memorial Service

Western Dairy Association is saddened to learn of Mark Vander Dussen’s passing. For those interested in attending the memorial service, it will be held at Christ Community Church located at 1301 15th St, Greeley, CO 80631 on Saturday November 18 at 10:00 am. We will share more information as it becomes available. Thoughts and prayers for the family and the dairy community.

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