12-01-17 USDA – CO/NE/WY Elevator Grain Bids

CO/NE/WY Elevator Grain Bids
USDA – 27 mins ago
Greeley, CO Fri Dec 01, 2017 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
CO/NE/WY Elevator Afternoon Grain Bids
Cash grain bids to farmers delivered to country elevators for Corn,
Wheat and Soybeans per bushel; and Sorghum, Millet, and Sunflowers
per cwt. as of 3:00 pm. Nov 01, 2017. Continue reading

12-01-17 DC Circuit Court Grants Trump EPA Request to Extend Deadline for Farmers to Report Emissions from Livestock Operations


DC Circuit Court Grants Trump EPA Request to Extend Deadline for Farmers to Report Emissions from Livestock Operations

WASHINGTON (November 28, 2017) — On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, in response to a request from the Trump administration EPA, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals effectively extended the deadline for farmers to report air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at livestock operations until January 22, 2018.  The decision postponed the effective date of the Court’s April 2017 decision vacating an EPA rule that exempted these farms from certain statutory reporting obligations.

“EPA is committed to providing America’s farmers and ranchers – people committed to conserving the land and the environment- the clarity needed in meeting their reporting obligations required by law,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Continue reading



The Senate appears close to a vote on a tax bill that cuts tax rates, eliminates the estate tax and increases certain business deductions but limits or eliminates other tax breaks. The House passed a similar tax plan Nov. 16. Both measures, which will need to be reconciled, would: Continue reading

12-01-17 Bennet, Stabenow: USDA Did Not Recommend Removal of Forest Service Land in Trump National Monument Review

Bennet, Stabenow: USDA Did Not Recommend Removal of Forest Service Land in Trump National Monument Review

Reports indicate that the Trump Administration is likely to attempt removal of USDA Forest Service land in Utah National Monument despite USDA not recommending acres for removal

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today raised concerns to President Donald Trump regarding reports that his administration will significantly reduce the size of several National Monuments containing U.S. Forest Service land, despite not having a specific recommendation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to do so. Continue reading

12-01-17 CDA: Grants Application Open for Colorado Specialty Crops

CDA: Grants Application Open for Colorado Specialty Crops

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – To help develop and promote the state’s specialty crops, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and nursery crops including floriculture and sod.
“Colorado produces a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and horticultural products,” said Glenda Mostek, CDA Marketing Specialist. “This grant program provides a great opportunity to improve the economic well-being of Colorado specialty crop producers by investigating potential crops, fighting diseases, and introducing innovative farming techniques.”

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12-01-17 NOTICE: CERCLA and EPCRA Reporting Requirements for Air Releases of Hazardous Substances from Animal Waste at Farms

NOTICE: CERCLA and EPCRA Reporting Requirements for Air Releases of Hazardous Substances from Animal Waste at Farms

On November 22, 2017, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals granted EPA’s motion to further stay the mandate until January 22, 2018.

Farms with continuous releases do not have to submit their initial continuous release notification until the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issues its order, or mandate, enforcing the Court’s opinion of April 11, 2017.  

No reporting is necessary until the mandate is issued. 

Learn more by visiting: Environmental Protection Agency

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Ethanol Applauds EPA RVO Announcement, Biodiesel Disappointed

The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard program for 2018, and biomass-based diesel for 2019. The agency set a total renewable fuel blending obligation of 19.29 billion gallons next year, maintaining the statutory requirement of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel such as corn-based ethanol and 4.29 billion gallons of advanced biofuel, including 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, a slight increase from earlier proposals. The 2019 biodiesel amount is set for 2.1 billion gallons. American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings says, “ACE members are very pleased” that EPA set the RVO for ethanol at the statutory level of 15-billion gallons, as other industry groups applauded the announcement. However, the National Biodiesel Board noted that the EPA recommended only 4.29 billion gallons of advanced biofuels and 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, a reduction and a flatline, respectively, from last year. Doug Whitehead of the National Biodiesel Board says: “EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has disappointed the biodiesel industry for failing to respond to our repeated calls for growth.”

Ontario Proposes 10 Percent Ethanol Mandate

The government of Ontario is proposing changes to biofuels regulations, including increasing the current five percent ethanol mandate to ten percent in 2020. Advanced Biofuels Canada notes that a 10 percent ethanol mandate is likely to see sales of E15 and higher blends to meet the new average. The organization says the proposal will create expanded job and growth opportunities for Ontario’s agricultural, forestry, and waste sectors. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says if finalized, the proposal will be “a win for Canadian consumers.” In March, Growth Energy filed comments to Canada’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, focusing on including ethanol in the development of Ontario’s fuel standard. The comments claimed that the easiest way to reduce greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions is to increase ethanol blended gasoline at a minimum of ten percent.

South Korea To Hold KORUS Public Hearing

South Korea will hold a second public meeting regarding the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, known as KORUS. The meeting was announced after the first public meeting was disrupted by angry farmers and livestock breeders, according to the Korea Herald, a Korea-based newspaper. The second public hearing taking place Friday (today) allows Policymakers, trade experts and citizens to take part in the talks to discuss issues related to the five-year-old deal. Farmers criticized the November 10th hearing, claiming the gathering did not reflect the damage they had suffered. In the earlier hearing, the ministry unveiled an economic feasibility study that claimed a possible amendment to the KORUS FTA is not likely to have a visible impact on the South Korean economy because the two countries have already scrapped tariffs in many sectors. The study didn’t disclose detailed figures on each sector due to worries it would reveal South Korea’s strategies before entering full-fledged renegotiations with the US.

Crawford Renews Calls to Open Ag Trade with Cuba

Arkansas Representative Rick Crawford is renewing his call to open agricultural trade with Cuba. The Republican says his proposal is an alternative to repealing the Cuban trade embargo, allowing the U.S. to tap into Cuba’s $2 billion agricultural market, according to Politico. Crawford first proposed the bill in January that would cut back restrictions on U.S. financing for agriculture exports, allowing Cubans to purchase U.S. products with credit. Current law allows U.S. producers to legally export agricultural products, but they must be paid in cash and cannot offer credit. The bill is backed by a bipartisan group of 62 lawmakers, along with companion legislation in the Senate sponsored by North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Arkansas Republican John Boozman. Cuba currently imports largely from China, Spain, Brazil and Canada.

Farm Profits Expected to Stabilize

Following years of decline, net farm income in 2017 for the U.S. farm sector as a whole is forecast to be relatively unchanged at $63.2 billion in inflation-adjusted terms. The figure is up about one half billion dollars, or .8 percent. Meanwhile, inflation-adjusted U.S. net cash farm income is forecast to rise almost $2.0 billion, 2.1 percent, to $96.9 billion. However, both profitability measures remain below their 2000-2016 averages, which included substantial increases in crop and animal product cash receipts from 2010 to 2013. Net cash farm income and net farm income are two conventional measures of farm sector profitability. Net cash farm income measures cash receipts from farming as well as cash farm-related income, including government payments, minus cash expenses. Net farm income is a more comprehensive measure that incorporates noncash items, including changes in inventories, economic depreciation, and gross rental income.

GAO: Improvements Recommended to Checkoff Oversight

The Government Accountability Office is recommending several changes to improve oversight of commodity checkoff programs. The recommendations include instituting a better review of subcontracts and display of key documents on program websites, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. There are 22 federal agricultural research and promotion programs, funded by a fraction of the sale of each unit of a commodity. In 2016, check-off funds totaled more than $885 million. The GAO reviewed eight of the programs and says the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has improved oversight since the last review in 2012. However, GAO also found that AMS does not consistently review subcontracts, which the office says impairs its ability to prevent misuse of funds, and that only four of the eight checkoff programs shared all key documents, including budget summaries and evaluations of effectiveness, with stakeholders on program websites.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service