02-07-18 NCGA Statement on Senate Floor Debate Regarding Agriculture

NCGA Statement on Senate Floor Debate Regarding Agriculture

(WASHINGTON) February 7, 2018 – The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to today’s debate on the Senate Floor.

“The Senate Agriculture Committee approved Bill Northey’s nomination unanimously, and the full Senate could have approved his nomination today. Farmers need Bill Northey on the job at USDA, and Senator Cruz’s hold is harmful to farmers. Continue reading

02-07-18 LAURA TEAGUE ANNOUNCES BID FOR 65TH HOUSE DISTRICT OF COLORADO

LAURA TEAGUE ANNOUNCES ELECTION BID

MORGAN COUNTY RESIDENT SEEKS ELECTION FOR THE 65TH HOUSE DISTRICT OF COLORADO

Fort Morgan, CO —   Laura Teague, a long-time resident of Morgan County, is seeking the office of the 65th house representative seat in the Colorado Legislature.

Teague, District Two Morgan County Commissioner, is reaching the completion of her final term as county commissioner in Morgan County, Colorado, having provided effective leadership in her county for over nine years. Her tenure on the Board followed Jon Becker’s departure when he left to serve the district in the House of Representatives. Continue reading

02-07-18 CSU Ext: Attn: Jr High & Sr High Students…Want to Participate in the See Colorado Tour?

Want to experience a trip of a lifetime?? Come “See Colorado” with other 4-H members. The tour is open to current 8-11th grade members.

Applications are due March 15th!

More info and a complete agenda can be found on the website at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/4h/4h_Tour.html

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02-07-18 Don’t Miss the 2018 Swine Seminar in Greeley March 3rd…

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Don’t Miss the 2018 Swine Seminar “Today’s Swine Operation, What You Need To Know” in Greeley March 3rd

RSVP by Feb 26th

Weld County Extension, Weld County Livestock Association and the Colorado Pork Producers is presenting a Swine Seminar, “Today’s Swine Operation, What Do You Need To Know”.  It will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in the 4-H Building, Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley, CO.

Topics include Biosecurity, Swine ID & Traceability, Secure Pork Supply, Nutrition for success and VFD.  Registration from 8:30a-9:00a, program from 9:00a – 3:00p.  Continue reading

02-08-18 NFU: USDA ERS Projects Net Farm Income Decrease in 2018

NFU: USDA ERS Projects Net Farm Income Decrease in 2018

Family Farm Organization Urges Congress to Pass a Stronger Farm Bill in 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) today projected net farm income to decrease $4.3 billion from 2017 to $59.5 billion in 2018, a 52 percent drop since 2013.

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson says the projection elevates the need for an increase in funding for farm programs: Continue reading

02-07-18 Fix Emissions Reporting Law For Farmers, Says NPPC

Fix Emissions Reporting Law For Farmers, Says NPPC

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 7, 2018 – The National Pork Producers Council today asked Congress for a legislative fix to a federal emergency response law that now requires farmers to report emissions from the natural breakdown of manure to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Testifying on behalf of NPPC, Dr. Howard Hill told members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works that livestock producers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency never believed routine agricultural emissions from manure constituted the type of emergency or crisis the law was intended to address. Continue reading

02-07-18 Don’t Miss CSU’s Inaugural Water in the West Symposium in Denver April 26-27

Don’t Miss CSU’s Inaugural Water in the West Symposium in Denver April 26-27

The inaugural Water in the West Symposium, hosted by Colorado State University, will bring together more than 400 leaders in water research, agriculture, policy, conservation, and education. Continue reading

02-07-18 CSFS: Forest Health Report Focuses on Dealing with Colorado’s Dead Trees

CSFS: Forest Health Report Focuses on Dealing with Colorado’s Dead Trees

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – February 7, 2018 – Bark beetles have caused widespread tree mortality on roughly one-fifth of Colorado’s forestland over the past two decades. But the problem of dead and dying trees in the state’s forests offers an opportunity: standing dead trees can hold value for years, and currently are being utilized by wood products businesses in efforts that support forest management efforts.

Colorado has more than 100 sawmills, and an estimated one-third of them use beetle-killed trees as part of their wood supply. In Grand County alone, dead trees from over 30,000 acres of private and state land have been sustainably harvested and processed into valuable wood products more than a decade after the mountain pine beetle epidemic impacted the area. Yet the majority of Colorado’s mills are smaller operations, and the state still lacks the wood utilization capacity necessary to fully address the broad scope of forest management needs.

The 2017 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests, distributed today by the Colorado State Forest Service at the annual Joint Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Hearing at the State Capitol, highlighted these and other facts related to forestry issues in the state. The theme of this year’s report is “Meeting the Challenge of Dead and At-Risk Trees.”

“Our forests bring incredible value to Colorado, from clean air and clean water to the beautiful landscapes that we treasure,” said Mike Lester, State Forester and Director of the Colorado State Forest Service. “Around the state, we are working with partners and industry professionals to pursue effective methods of harvesting and marketing standing dead timber, and advocating for forest policy changes focused on real-world solutions. However, due to the scope of forest health challenges, there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Other highlights from this year’s report include: Continue reading

02-07-18 Inside the Farm Foundation with President Constance Cullman: Upcoming Farm Bill Forum and More…

Inside the Farm Foundation with President Constance Cullman: Upcoming Farm Bill Forum and More…

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Upcomnig Farm Foundation Forums

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 7, 2018 –  The 2018 Farm Bill is a hot topic right now nationally, regionally and locally…and the panelists for the next Farm Foundation Forum together have experience in analyzing, writing or implementing at least five previous farm bills, two crop insurance bills and five budget reconciliation bills. That depth of experience will make for a lively discussion of The Economics of the Next Farm Bill when the Forum convenes at 9 a.m. EST / 7am MST on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the webinar in more detail is Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman

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Don’t miss this Tuesday, Feb 13th’s Farm Foundation Farm Bill Forum

CLICK HERE to RSVP

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02-07-18 Inside the BARN with Kraft Family Dairy’s Mary Kraft and the 2018 National Dairy BQA Award and more…

Inside the BARN with Kraft Family Dairy’s Mary Kraft and the 2018 National Dairy BQA Award and more…

courtesy of the CO BQA

(BARN MediaFarmCast Radio) February 7, 2018 – The National BQA Award recognizes outstanding beef and dairy producers, marketers, and educators that best demonstrate animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.  And joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio by telephone from California is Mary Kraft of Kraft Family Dairy near Ft Morgan, CO…

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02-07-18 Farm Foundation hosting “The Economics of the Next Farm Bill” Webinar Feb 13th

Farm Foundation hosting “The Economics of the Next Farm Bill” Webinar Feb 13th

OAK BROOK, IL Feb. 7, 2018: The panelists at next week’s Farm Foundation Forum together have experience in analyzing, writing or implementing at least five previous farm bills, two crop insurance bills and five budget reconciliation bills. That depth of experience will make for a lively discussion of The Economics of the Next Farm Bill when the Forum convenes at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
The Forum will be in the Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. A free live audiocast will also be available.
Forum panelists providing perspectives on these issues will be:

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02-08-18 National Farmers Union Launches Farm Bill Campaign

National Farmers Union Launches Farm Bill Campaign

Family Farm Organization Urges Congress to Pass a Stronger Farm Bill in 2018

WASHINGTON – American family farmers and ranchers are enduring the worst economic slide in generations, and they need Congress to pass a Farm Bill in 2018 to strengthen the farm safety net.

In order to educate the general public and to generate support for a Farm Bill to be passed this year, National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farmers Union state divisions have developed a digital campaign, complete with a new website, a Farm Bill video, animated short videos, weekly promotions and a petition. The family farm organization is calling on Congress to strengthen programs that support family farm agriculture, vibrant rural communities, a clean environment, and hungry Americans.

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READ NFU President Roger Johnson’s comments below… Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, February 7th

CLICK HERE to listen to TODAY's BARN Morning Ag News with Brian Allmer...

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, February 7th

Rural Mainstreet Index Declines

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index declined slightly in January from December’s weak reading, remaining below growth neutral. However, organizers say the monthly survey of rural bank CEO’s in the Midwest is significantly higher than the reading for January 2017. The index, like all indices in the survey, ranges between zero and 100 with 50 representing growth neutral, fell to 46.8 from 47.8 in December. Organizer Ernie Goss says “the negatives are getting less negative,” but bankers still say loan defaults are the biggest challenge for 2018. The farmland sub-index rose three points to 42.2, remaining below growth natural for now 50 months, and the January farm equipment-sales index slumped to 24.4 from December’s 29.3. Confidence indicated by the rural bankers also slipped below growth neutral to 46.7 from 51.2 in December, indicating a deterioration in the economic outlook among bankers. Bankers say they are concerned about trade, specifically the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the continued low commodity prices impacting farmers.

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January Ag Economy Barometer Results

The Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer turned higher for January, showing some optimism among farmers and ranchers. After trending lower in late 2017, the monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the U.S. indicated that the measure of producer sentiment climbed to 135 points at the beginning of 2018, up nine points from December’s 126. Organizers say the increase was driven by an improvement in both of the barometer’s two sub-indices: the Index of Current Conditions and the Index of Future Expectations. The improvement in future expectations jumped 11 points, and the Index of Current Conditions rose to a reading of 144, up five points compared to December 2017. Organizers pointed to an improvement in the share of producers reporting that their farms are financially “better off” compared to a year before as a driving factor for the change. The base period score is 100 for the survey. So, a score below 100 indicates negative sentiment, while a score above 100 indicates positive sentiment.

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New U.K. Trade Commissioner to Focus on North America

The United Kingdom has hired a trade commissioner to focus specifically on North America. Ramping up efforts to prepare for post-Brexit trade negotiations, the U.K. hired two regionally focused trade commissioners that leadership says will lead trade relations with “key markets of the future.” Antony Phillipson, the current director-general of international trade in North America, has been tapped to serve as the U.K. Trade Commissioner for North America, according to Politico. The U.K.’s trade chief says that with 90 percent of growth expected to come from outside the European Union, the U.K. needs to “look at where the emerging markets are.” A year ago, the U.K. claimed U.S. President Donald Trump was ready to begin bilateral trade talks, and Trump said he “looked forward” to working with the United Kingdom. Last year, Commence Secretary Wilber Ross said that the United States has made clear it is prepared to launch talks as soon as the U.K. is ready. Meanwhile, in 2014, the U.K. was reported to rely on the EU for 27 percent of its food imports.

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AFIA Calls FDA to Streamline Animal Feed Regulations

The American Feed Industry Association is calling upon the Food and Drug Administration to consider streamlining or removing several federal regulations and recordkeeping requirements. The organization says the specific regulations are unclear, duplicative, antiquated or do nothing to enhance the safety of America’s animal food supply. AFIA submitted formal comments to the agency this week in response to its request for input from the industry on current human and animal food safety regulations and information collection requirements that could be improved or reduced. Upon submitting the letter to the FDA, Richard Sellers, AFIA’s senior vice president of public policy and education, said the comments are an effort to “reduce the regulatory burden, both on the Center for Veterinary Medicine and regulated industry, while not compromising animal food safety.”AFIA’s letter outlines several requests for the FDA to consider, including the need for FDA inspectors to learn, and large feed mills to comply with, two sets of current good manufacturing practices, by aligning the Food Safety Modernization Act, with those of the medicated feed practices, which have been in place for 40 years.

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Perdue Applauds Trump’s USDA Rural Utility Services Administrator Selection

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue offered his applause to President Trump’s intent to appoint Kenneth Johnson to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service Administrator. Perdue says Johnson ‘s experience with rural utilities, including expanding access to high-speed Internet, “will serve us well as we strive to increase prosperity across rural America.” Johnson serves as general manager and CEO of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative and President for Co-Mo Connect in Tipton, Missouri. The cooperative is the first to deploy a fiber-to-the-home network to all its members without federal or state funding, providing gigabit internet, video and voice services to nearly 16,000 subscribers. Johnson has also worked for the Twin Valleys Public Power District in Nebraska, as well as the Nebraska Public Power District. In the same statement, Perdue urged the Senate to act quickly in confirming other pending nominations to USDA, including the nomination of Iowa’s Bill Northey to a top USDA post.

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Turkey Growers Seeking to Close Gap with Consumers

A new video series seeks to close the gap from farm to fork by America’s turkey farmers. The National Turkey Federation has prepared a new series of videos and resources that the group says “offers common-sense answers about raising healthy turkey flocks on family farms.” Featuring a series of videos introducing consumers to turkeys raised on corn and soybeans in climate-comfortable protective barns, Minnesota turkey farmer John Zimmerman answers questions in an approachable manner with the view inside his barn, according to the organization. Questions are posed with humor by a cartoon animated tom turkey suggesting the “exaggerated myths” that consumers are often subjected to about how their food is raised. The videos are formatted for social media and available for online sharing. Zimmerman says: “It’s satisfying to know consumers can appreciate how turkey farming is both practical and sustainable, and the answers to their questions are all common-sense.” The videos are available at AmericasTurkeyFarmers.org.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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