12-06-17 US Senators Bennet and Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Public Lands Management Bill

US Senators Bennet and Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Public Lands Management Bill

Legislation Would Reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act

Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) this week introduced a bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). Before it expired in 2011, FLTFA allowed the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service in the Western United States to use the proceeds from sales of certain federally designated areas to protect lands of exceptional conservation value.

“In Colorado, conservation is not only part of our heritage, but also vital to our outdoor recreation economy,” Bennet said. “We’ll work to advance this legislation that boosts economic development, improves land management, and conserves high priority land for future generations.”

“This fiscally responsible, bipartisan bill will prioritize conservation across Colorado and the West at no cost to the taxpayers,” Gardner said. “I’m proud to work with Senator Bennet and others from both sides off the aisle on this legislation to ensure future generations of Coloradans can enjoy our great state’s natural treasures.” Continue reading

12-06-17 Potatoes USA: In-Store Display Banners are Available for Retailers Nationwide

In-Store Display Banners are Available for Retailers Nationwide

Potatoes USA developed a variety of in-store display merchandise to elevate potato promotions for retailers throughout the U.S. These banners highlight the versatility and convenience of potatoes. The elegantly designed displays showcase mouthwatering potato dishes on a slate background and utilize an eye-catching potato font. This unique typeface will be used to engage retailers and connect with consumers throughout the campaign. The design also highlights a “U.S. Grown” seal, which has been trending as more and more retailers are promoting local and U.S. produce. Continue reading

12-06-17 Pork Demand Remains Steady As Signs Point to Strong Fourth Quarter

Pork Demand Remains Steady As Signs Point to Strong Fourth Quarter

DES MOINES, Iowa – Dec. 6, 2017 – Pig farmers and food production companies alike are wrapping up a successful 2017 that continues to show steady consumer demand for pork. The summer grilling season ended strongly, and signs point to a solid year-end opportunity for ham.

According to Nielsen Perishables Group data for the 13 weeks ended Oct. 28, total sausage and rib volumes were up from the same time last year 3.3 percent and 2.6 percent respectively, while sales were up in those categories 4.1 percent and 3.2 percent.

“Summer is always an ideal time for cooking pork outdoors,” said Patrick Fleming, National Pork Board director of market intelligence. “Whether it was brats on the grill or a few racks of ribs on the smoker, consumers made room for pork on their picnic plate in 2017.” Continue reading

12-06-17 NACD DEBUTS INTERACTIVE DISTRICT DIRECTORY

NACD DEBUTS INTERACTIVE DISTRICT DIRECTORY

NACD’s Conservation District Directory is more user-friendly than ever, thanks to our new, interactive district maps! Available on each state’s page, the maps allow farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners across the country the ability to locate the nearest conservation district in their state.

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12-06-17 NACD GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS UPDATE

Conservation Partnership Presidents at the office of the Agriculture Secretary. From left to right: Tim Riley (NCDEA), Brent Van Dyke (NACD), Marc Cribb (NASCA) and William Hodge (NARC&DC).

NACD GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS UPDATE

As we enter the final month of 2017, there are several issues on NACD’s radar that we want you to be aware of. You can read NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison’s blog post – which includes the following topics – by clicking here. Continue reading

12-06-17 RMFU Policy For 2018 Is On-Line

RMFU Policy For 2018 Is On-Line

Rancher Marsha Daughenbaugh voices a concern during RMFU grassroots policy development. It’s what we do. Our grassroots policy is introduced, debated, and adopted by members who show up at the local, county, and state conventions. Here’s the link to the policy for 2018.

To read it, click here https://www.rmfu.org/what-we-do/legislation/rmfu-policy/

12-06-17 CFVGA Launches Member of the Year Award

CFVGA Launches Member of the Year Award

The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association has established a Member of the Year Award aimed at annually recognizing a member who has contributed with excellence to furthering CFVGA’s goals and who is distinguished as a leader in the Colorado produce industry. The candidate’s local community involvement also will be considered in the selection. The CFVGA Member of the Year will be recognized at the annual conference, in CFVGA communication and via a statewide news release.
Please submit an application for a member you think should be considered. The deadline is Jan. 1, 2018. Learn more about the award and download an application at https://coloradoproduce.org/

12-06-17 CFB News: State Tax Expenditures Review

CFB News: State Tax Expenditures Review

Staff has been working with the office of the State Auditor to provide feedback on the importance of various agricultural tax exemptions and deductions. The office is conducting a review of all state tax expenditures, and sought Farm Bureau feedback on ag-related expenditures.

If you have participated in ag-related tax deductions and/or would like to provide feedback on the importance of current deductions, credits and exemptions, please contact Shawn Martini at the state office at shawn@coloradofb.org.

12-06-17 CFB News: Electronic Logging Device Mandate Causes Confusion

CFB News: Electronic Logging Device Mandate Causes Confusion 

On the evening of December 4th, CFB staff hosted a call to discuss the Electronic Logging Device Mandate and the impact it has on the agriculture community. The American Farm Bureau Federation and other agriculture-related groups petitioned the Department of Labor to provide an exemption specific to those hauling animals. Staff provided comments in support of this position. Continue reading

12-06-17 CEP News: Local egg producers contribute $30,000 and other support to Ronald McDonald House Radiothon

Local egg producers contribute $30,000 and other support to Ronald McDonald House Radiothon

The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association and its member farms this past week contributed $30,000 in matching funds to the Ronald McDonald House Radiothon.

Additionally, CEP Vice President Jerry Wilkins, who serves as chair of the local Ronald McDonald House fundraising event, was among those working the phones during the “Light the House” Radiothon on KOSI 101.1 FM, Eggland’s Best was one of the major sponsors, and CEP representatives were also on hand providing an omelet breakfast for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House and for volunteers.

In total, the recent radiothon raised about $350,000, which will help keep families of sick children close to the care and resources they need while the child is hospitalized.

“It’s an absolute honor to be associated with an event and an organization that has such an impact, like the Ronald McDonald House and its radiothon,” said Wilkins, adding that local farms also regularly supply farm-fresh eggs throughout the year to families staying at Colorado’s Ronald McDonald Houses. “Our Colorado egg farmers are continuously looking for ways to give back to our communities, and having partners like the Ronald McDonald House makes our impact more widespread.” Continue reading

12-06-17 USCA News: Senators Call for Delay of Implementation of the ELD Mandate for Livestock Haulers

Senators Call for Delay of Implementation of the ELD Mandate for Livestock Haulers
(WASHINGTON) – On Tuesday, Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) led a bipartisan effort to delay the implementation of the ELD mandate for livestock and insect haulers. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, the Senators expressed support for language included in the House-passed Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill that effectively delays the ELD mandate for one-year to allow the industry to work with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to address the strict Hours-of-Service rules that transporters must abide by.

USCA Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Hilker issued the following statement:  Continue reading

12-05-17 3rd Annual Front Range Livestock Symposium Interviews on Livestream…

3rd Annual Front Range Livestock Symposium Interviews on Livestream

(The BARN – Loveland, CO) December 5, 2017 – Click on the video links below to listen to the interviews conducted by The BARN while attending the 3rd Annual Front Range Livestock Symposium at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO on December 5th…

Additional b-roll footage from vendor/sponsor booths

If you like the coverage that The BARN did at this event, let the CLA know…to do so and to learn more about the Colorado Livestock Association as well as how you can become a CLA member, please visit http://coloradolivestock.org/

12-05-17 CAWA’s 2017 Colorado Ag Water Summit on Livestream features Morning Session Speakers…

CAWA’s 2017 Colorado Ag Water Summit on Livestream features Morning Session Speakers

(The BARN – Loveland, CO) December 5, 2017 – Click on the links below to watch and listen to the morning speakers from the 2017 Colorado Ag Water Summit on December 5th, which was held in the Mckee Building @ The Ranch in Loveland, CO and was hosted by the Colorado Ag Water Alliance…

The AM Session speakers were the only ones that were taped…if you like having the BARN provide these for your future reference, please let the Colorado Ag Water ALliance know how invaluable it would be to provide the entire symposium online every time. Contact Greg Peterson by visiting https://www.coagwater.org/

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, December 6th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, December 6th

Ag Producer Confidence Drops in Monthly Survey

The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer dropped seven points in November, signaling a slump in U.S. agricultural producers’ confidence compared to a month earlier. At 128, the measure of producer optimism was the second weakest observed this year, and just four points above the lowest reading in 2017, of 124, last March. However, organizers say that although indicating producers were less confident about the agricultural economy than in October, the survey still suggest agricultural producers remain more optimistic than they were prior to the fall 2016 election. The November slide in producer sentiment was driven by producers taking a less optimistic view of the future. The Index of Future Expectations declined ten points compared to October as the index fell to 127. However, the Index of Current Conditions reading of 129 in November was unchanged from October. A rating below 100 is negative, while a rating above 100 indicates positive sentiment regarding the agriculture industry.

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International Trade Commission Votes 4-0 in Support of the Biodiesel Industry

A vote by the International Trade Commission confirms the U.S. biodiesel industry has suffered because of unfairly subsidized imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. In a case filed by the National Biodiesel Board, the Commission voted 4-0 Tuesday. NBB called the vote “important progress” to addressing the trade issue. Last month, producers testified on the volume and price effects of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, and the related impacts to the industry at a hearing before the ITC commissioners. The NBB Fair Trade Coalition filed petitions with the Commerce Department and the ITC in March to address a flood of subsidized and dumped imports from Argentina and Indonesia that has resulted in market share losses and depressed prices for domestic producers. Biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia surged by 464 percent from 2014 to 2016, taking 18.3 percentage points of market share from U.S. manufacturers.

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Grant Funding Study on Consumers Willingness to Pay for Animal Ag Practices

A grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research will fund a study on consumer understanding and willingness-to-pay for alternative production practices in animal agriculture. The $50,000 grant was awarded to and matched by the Food Marketing Institute Foundation and the Animal Agriculture Alliance, making a total research investment of $100,000. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research was created with bipartisan support in the 2014 Farm Bill. The Foundation says farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses are seeking to respond to consumer demand for cage-free egg production and slow-growth broiler chickens. The Foundation also says there is a need by food retailers to better understand consumer knowledge, beliefs and willingness-to-pay for those attributes. Gaining knowledge of consumers’ preferences and beliefs will help to guide choices in research, production, and retail sales.

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Missouri to Challenge California Egg law in U.S. Supreme Court

Missouri is leading 13 states to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge a California law regarding egg production requirements. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (haw-lee) announced this week the state would continue its challenge to the California law that requires out-of-state egg producers to comply with California’s farming regulations in order to sell eggs in California. The suit claims that California’s regulations violate both a federal law and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress exclusive authority to regulate commerce among and between states. A federal appeals court panel rejected similar claims last year in a separate case, ruling that the opposition failed to show California’s law would affect more than just individual farmers. Hawley, who is leading the charge as Missouri’s Attorney General and will also run for a U.S. Senate seat next year, says the California law is “a clear attempt by big-government proponents to impose job-killing regulations.” Missouri is joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin in the Supreme Court filing.

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China Phasing Out More Pesticides in Push for Food Safety

China will begin eliminating the use of 12 pesticides over the next five years as it looks to improve safety of farm produce. The move comes amid an ongoing campaign to improve the environment and tackle soil pollution, according to Reuters. China has already withdrawn 22 of what the nation classifies as highly toxic pesticides from farm use, and it prohibits the use of any such products on fruit, vegetables and tea. An agriculture ministry official from China says there are still many toxic chemicals in use on other crops, while calling for more research and development to produce highly-effective alternatives with low toxicity. Beijing announced two years ago a goal to achieve zero growth in the amount of pesticides used by 2020, and says it has already seen negative growth over the last three years.

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British Geological Survey: Farm Nitrates are Polluting the Earth

A study from across the pond claims farm fertilizers are polluting the rocks beneath our feet, and may lead to severe global consequences. Researchers at the British Geological Survey claim nitrates from fertilizers could have severe global-scale consequences for rivers, water supplies, human health and the economy. As the nitrates settle into the earth, the researchers say it will be released from the rocks into rivers via springs, which the study claims will cause toxic algal blooms and fish deaths, along with costing billions in water treatment processes. Most nitrates, the researchers say, is in rocks in North America, China and Europe where fertilizers are used on farm fields. In a report of the study, the BBC notes that the European Union is trying to clamp down on applications of nitrates while farmers push back, calling the fertilizers vital to agriculture. However, any controls won’t stop the current flow of nitrates already stored in the soil that will eventually reach water supplies, according to the study.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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