12-13-17 CDA: The Dreampower Foundation Inc., d/b/a P.A.A.L.S., in Contempt of Court…

CDA: The Dreampower Foundation Inc., d/b/a P.A.A.L.S., in Contempt of Court…

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – On December 6, 2017, the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture and Diane Benedict, the owner and operator of The Dreampower Foundation (“PAALS”), entered into a Stipulation in Support of Contempt, which was accepted by the Elbert County District Court. Ms. Benedict and PAALS, a Colorado corporation located in Douglas County, violated a 2012 Permanent Injunction that prohibited Ms. Benedict and PAALS from possessing more than 15 pet animals on its property without the requisite Pet Animal Care and Facility Act (PACFA) license; advertising, soliciting or offering to perform any of the acts for which a PACFA license is required; and for violating a 2011 Cease and Desist Order issued by the Commissioner of Agriculture.

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12-13-17 Inside the BARN with CDOT’s Tim Kirby regarding Road Usage Charge Pilot Programs…

Inside the BARN with CDOT’s Tim Kirby regarding Road Usage Charge Pilot Programs…

Tim Kirby, Manager, of the MPO & Regional Planning Section at CDOT

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 13, 2017 –  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced the successful completion of Colorado’s Road Usage Charge Pilot Program (RUCPP) Research Study, which researched how a pay-by-mile system compares to the current gas tax as well as its feasibility in Colorado. The RUCPP Pilot program represented Colorado’s first pilot test of the road usage charge concept.

Joining the BARN to discuss this in much more detail is Tim Kirby, Manager, of the MPO & Regional Planning Section at CDOT



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12-13-17 USDA Secretary Perdue Welcomes WTO Statement on MRLs

USDA Secretary Perdue Welcomes WTO Statement on MRLs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2017 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement in response to the joint statement on pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs) signed at the 11th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires:

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture applauds the joint statement on pesticide MRLs issued this week at the WTO ministerial in Buenos Aires. The 17 signatory countries have come together to recognize that farmers worldwide must be able to access the full range of available tools and technologies in order to remain productive and competitive. But too often, that access is hampered by non-scientific regulatory barriers. Continue reading





The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has begun the mandatory sunset review of the Colorado Potato Seed Act. This process will take several months and will require a great deal of input from all sectors of the potato industry.

Brian Tobias, DORA director, was in the San Luis valley learning about the potato industry and how the Colorado Seed Potato Act has impacted the growers and shippers in the valley. He met with industry, and toured Aspen Produce and the CSU Potato Certification Disease Laboratory as an introduction to the industry. Continue reading

12-13-17 CPW biologists help verify status of white-tailed prairie dogs

CPW biologists help verify status of white-tailed prairie dogs

The white-tailed prairie dog occupies vast areas of western Colorado.

MONTROSE, Colo. – The white-tailed prairie dog won’t be listed as a threatened or an endangered species partly due to extensive survey work by biologists from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and other state wildlife agencies where the species exists.

Petitions to list the white-tailed prairie dog on the federal endangered species list were filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) starting in 2002. The USFWS did not have enough information to make a listing determination, so the wildlife agencies in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming ‒ the states with the most extensive habitat for this species ‒ conducted wide-ranging surveys that showed white-tailed prairie dogs still occupy areas throughout their known historic range.

“Petitions for listing species are often based on incomplete information,” said David Klute, species conservation unit supervisor for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “On issues like this we rely on our scientists and proven scientific methods to determine the reality on the ground. It’s always good news when we help to keep species from a federal listing.” Continue reading

12-13-17 Certified Angus Beef: $40,000 in Colvin Scholarships

CAB: $40,000 in Colvin Scholarships

Apply now to win one of seven collegiate scholarships from the Colvin Fund

Written by Diane Meyer

Louis M. “Mick” Colvin

Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) is now accepting applications for its annual Colvin Scholarship, awarded to college juniors, seniors and graduate students committed to the beef industry.

The Colvin Fund honors CAB co-founder and executive director of 21 years, Louis M. “Mick” Colvin, for his dedication to the brand, carrying on his legacy of inspiring others to achieve and to be their best.

This year’s Fund features a record amount of up to $40,000. Continue reading

12-13-17 **WEBSITE LAUNCH** House Agriculture Committee Launches Farm Bill Landing Page

CLICK HERE to view the new Farm Bill website

House Agriculture Committee Launches Farm Bill Landing Page

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the 2018 Farm Bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) today announced the launch of a new online resource which can be accessed through the committee’s current website, https://agriculture.house.gov/farmbill. This landing page is designed to provide updates and information related to the 2018 Farm Bill. Following its launch, Chairman Conaway offered the below remarks:

“I’m committed to completing a farm bill on time. We’ve spent the past three years preparing—holding 113 hearings and six listening sessions around the country. We recognize what’s at stake. We’re working on getting the policy right and will use this site as a resource as we advance the next farm bill.”




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McKinney: Farmers Need NAFTA Backup Plan

Farmers need a backup plan if the U.S. exits the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to a top Department of Agriculture official. Ted McKinney, USDA undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, told Agriculture.com that he “would advise anybody to be prepared with contingencies,” despite the administration knowing “very well where the farm and ag industries stand.” The ongoing talks to renegotiate NAFTA aren’t going as well as hoped, and McKinney says abandoning the trade agreement still seems to be a real possibility. While McKinney says he and others within the Agriculture Department are optimistic that the Trump administration will successfully “carry the day” during the negotiations, he says it would be prudent for crop and livestock producers to look at some contingencies in the event the U.S. were to exit the 23-year-old trade agreement.

Chairman Roberts: “Trade Is More Than a Product Crossing a Border”

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says “trade is more than a product crossing a border,” in a speech while outlining all facets of seed planted in the U.S. may lead to during its export journey, including the combine, processing facilities and employees along the way. The comments come as worry remains that the U.S. may withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Addressing the Washington International Trade Association, Roberts said Tuesday that U.S. ag exports have grown because of trade agreements, like NAFTA. Roberts, along with his Kansas counterpart in the Senate, Senator Jerry Moran (more-ran), have been pressing the agriculture community to stress the importance of trade to the Trump administration. Roberts said over the weekend that he spoke with the President regarding NAFTA at the White House Christmas party, and Trump said: “We’re going to be all right on NAFTA.” However, many, including Goldman Sachs, believes the U.S. will withdrawal from NAFTA before the talks are completed.

USDA Ends Prevented Planting +10 Percent Option

The Department of Agriculture has ended a ten percent higher crop insurance coverage option for prevented planting claims. In a memo sent out to insurers and USDA’s Risk Management Agency field offices, USDA eliminated the Prevented Planting +10 Percent Option for the 2018 crop year and future crop years. USDA kept the five percent option for farmers, though analysis shows very few farmers have taken the five percent option, according to DTN. Some suspect that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue wants to expand insurance policies for livestock and dairy producers, so the move may be a way to fund that initiative. The move comes after USDA changed prevented planting coverage factors for some crops last spring, which included lowering the coverage factor for corn from 60 percent to 55 percent.

Senate Ag Committee Approves Vaden as USDA General Counsel

Despite concerns, the Senate Agriculture Committee advanced the nomination of Stephen Vadenn (Vay-den) as the Department of Agriculture’s general counsel this week. The nomination moves on to the full Senate for a vote. The committee approved the nomination on a 14 to 7 vote, Senate Agriculture ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow, along with fellow Democrats Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, joined all Republican members if the committee to vote in favor of the nomination, according to the Hagstrom Report. Stabenow said she was voting to move the nomination forward because” USDA needs a full staff as development of the next farm bill begins”, although adding that “this has not been an easy decision.” Stabenow says she remains concerned about Vaden’s past legal work and personnel practices at USDA. Vaden has been working in the general counsel’s office since shortly after Trump took office. While in private practice, he represented conservative groups on voting rights issues.

USDA Predicts Less Corn in Storage in Latest WASDE

The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released Tuesday by the Department of Agriculture predicts lower corn stocks. USDA predicts that about 2.43 billion bushels of corn will be in storage at the end of the 2018 marketing year, down from a previous estimate of 2.48 billion. USDA expects 50 more million bushels of corn will be used for ethanol production. Meanwhile, USDA predicts soybean inventories will total 445 million bushels at the end of the marketing year, an increase from last month’s prediction of 425 million bushels. That prediction comes as USDA previously projected soybean planted acres to reach a record 91 million acres in 2018. USDA left the season average price for corn unchanged from last month at $4.60 per bushel for the midpoint, but narrowed the price range by 10 cents on both ends to $4.50 to $4.70 per bushel. The U.S. season-average soybean price range was narrowed to $8.60 to $10.00 per bushel.

Monsanto Offering Incentive for XtendiMax with VaporGrip Herbicide

Monsanto is offering an incentive for U.S. farmers who buy a dicamba-based herbicide. The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip could refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray the herbicide on soybeans Monsanto engineered to resist the weed killer, according to Reuters. However, further restriction on dicamba-based herbicides are in place for 2018, following two-years of crop damage on non-targeted fields. XtendiMax costs about $11 per acre to buy, and Monsanto is offering an extra $6 per acre in cash back to farmers when they apply the product on Xtend soybeans. Reuters says the rebate means farmers can receive up to $11.50 per acre in cash back next year when they use XtendiMax along with other approved chemicals, such as one called Intact that aims to prevent drift and costs $2.40 per acre.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service