02-22-18 CYFEA Announces College Scholarships

COLORADO YOUNG FARMERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CYFEA) ANNOUNCES COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

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The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association is pleased to announce the availability of four one year academic scholarships for college bound students in the Fall of 2018.  The purpose of these scholarships is to recognize outstanding students who will be a freshman or sophomore majoring in agriculture, or a junior and senior majoring in Agricultural Education who are working toward teacher certification during the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Continue reading

02-22-18 Colorado farmers keep pressure on State Senate to support farm internships

Colorado farmers keep pressure on State Senate to support farm internships

Colorado’s Agricultural Workforce Development bill—spearheaded by NYFC—passed through the Senate Agriculture Committee this month and is headed to the Appropriations Committee.

The bill would support training opportunities for young and beginning farmers and ranchers in Colorado by providing incentives to agricultural businesses to hire interns. Continue reading

02-22-18 Colorado Senate bill on taxation of retail marijuana sales signed into law by Lt Gov Lynne….

Colorado Senate bill on taxation of retail marijuana sales signed into law

DENVER — Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne* signed SB 18-088 into law today. The measure clarifies that: retail marijuana sales remain subject to the sales taxes of the Regional Transportation District, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, and Health Services Districts and any other sales taxes that limited purpose governmental entities levied on retail marijuana sales before July 1, 2017; and special district or other limited purpose governmental entity that was not levying sales tax on retail marijuana before July 1, 2017, may not levy sales tax on retail marijuana sales.

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Title

Sponsors

Summary

SB 18-088

Taxation of Retail Marijuana Sales

Sen. Bob Gardner / Rep. KC Becker

Concerning clarification that retail marijuana sales are subject to sales taxes levied by certain limited purpose governmental entities.

*Today’s bill was signed into law by Lt. Gov. Lynne as Gov. Hickenlooper is out of the state attending the National Governors Association meeting.

For a list of the governor’s legislative actions, please visit here.

 

02-22-18 USDA/NASS-CO: 2017 ROW CROP COUNTY ESTIMATES

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2017 ROW CROP COUNTY ESTIMATES

County-level estimates for 2017 row crops are now available, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The estimates, based primarily on surveys conducted with farmers and ranchers last fall, can be accessed using the QuickStats online database, found here: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/

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02-22-18 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

02-22-18 RMFU: Wyoming Legislature Considers School Building Projects, Water

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RMFU: Wyoming Legislature Considers School Building Projects, Water

By Scott Zimmerman, RMFU Wyoming Government Relations

The first week of the 2018 budget session of the Wyoming Legislature is complete.  Much of action this first week focused on introduction votes in both chambers. Individually-sponsored bills must receive a two-thirds majority favorable vote to be considered in the twenty-day session. All individually-sponsored bills had to receive their introduction by the fifth day of the session or they will not be considered this year.  What is newsworthy is what won’t be considered: no measures proposing tax or fee increases were introduced. In fact, bills proposing tax increases on alcohol and tobacco products were not even considered for introduction.  The states’ revenue picture is much brighter than this time last year, mostly due to interest earned on the state investment portfolio. That number came in about $165 million higher than expected.  The plan now is to present the required balanced budget for the fiscal years beginning in July 1, 2018 and ending on June 30, 2020 based on a combination of spending revisions, allocating monies from savings and reallocation and transfers of revenue streams. Continue reading

02-22-18 Excellence in Range Management Poster Presented SRM Honor Award to Jordan Cattle Company

Jordan Cattle Company poster presented at the 2018 SRM annual conference held in Sparks, Nevada. The Colorado Section SRM congratulates the Jordan family for their dedication to the stewardship of the rangeland resources under their care.

Excellence in Range Management Poster Presented Society for Range Management (SRM) Honor Award  to Jordan Cattle Company

By Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair

Five ranchers’ posters were presented for the 2018 Excellence in Range Management (ERM) posters.  The posters were presented during the 2018 annual conference of the Society for Range Management (SRM) held in Sparks, Nevada on January 28 to February 2, 2018.  The theme of the conference was Empowerment through Applied Science.  The Jordan Cattle Company of Briggsdale, CO was one of the posters presented at the conference.

(l-r) Colorado Section SRM president Josh Saunders, Emmett Jordan, and Colorado Section member Ben Berlinger present the Excellence in Rangeland Conservation Award at the annual meeting of the CO Section SRM in Pueblo on October 31st.

Each of the 21 SRM Sections can enter a poster representing a ranch that was honored by that SRM Section for notable accomplishments in range management.  The Colorado Section SRM was pleased to enter the Jordan Cattle Company c/o Emmett Jordan, Briggsdale, Colorado as its 2017 Excellence in Rangeland Conservation awardee.  The abstract for the poster highlighted the holistic rangeland and grazing management philosophy being implemented by the Jordan family.  The poster was titled “Range Stewardship as an Expression of Gratitude”.  It was developed by Emmett Jordan, of the Jordan Cattle Company.  The abstract for the poster read as follows: Continue reading

02-22-18 High School Youth Benefit from Rangeland Management Forum in Reno, Nevada

High School Youth Benefit from Rangeland Management Forum in Reno, Nevada

By Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair

The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) was well represented at the 2018 High School Youth Forum (HSYF) held in Reno, NV on January 28 through February 1, 2018.  The HSYF is an integral part of the SRM annual meeting.  This year there were 24 delegates representing 12 of the SRM Sections.  During the Forum, high school youth from all part of the western United States and Canada attend an ecological field tour, and are invited to participate and interact among the various professionals and college students attending the meeting.  Continue reading

02-22-18 RMFU: New Mexico Lawmakers Deliver For Farmers, Ranchers, And Rural Communities

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RMFU: New Mexico Lawmakers Deliver For Farmers, Ranchers, And Rural Communities

By Pam Roy,  RMFU New Mexico Government Relations 

With the New Mexico Legislative session just finished, here are a few important wins for farmers, ranchers, rural communities, and local foods. In last minute negotiations by the House and Senate on the final budget, lawmakers offered more support for the NM Grown Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for School Meals: the Senate Finance Committee committed $225,000 to add to the House Appropriations budget of $200,000 making the total funding $425,000. This is more than the legislative request to restore funding to the program HB 62 and SB 106. Thanks to our sponsors Representative Jimmie Hall and Speaker Brian Egolf, and Senators Howie Morales,  Pat Woods and Pete Campos. The goal to create a permanent program within the New Mexico Public Education Department is about to be realized with support from the NM School Nutrition Association, Farm to Table, the NM Food and Ag Policy Council, CPLC New Mexico, COPE the NM Departments of Ag and the Department of Health.

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02-22-18 USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis

USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today unveiled a new webpage featuring resources to help rural communities respond to the opioid crisis.

“While no corner of the country has gone untouched by the opioid crisis, small towns and rural places have been particularly hard hit,” Hazlett said. “The challenge of opioid misuse is an issue of rural prosperity and will take all hands on deck to address. The webpage we are launching today will help rural leaders build a response that is tailored to meet the needs of their community.”  Continue reading

02-22-18 RMFU: Wyoming Lawmakers Look At A Statewide Version Of COOL

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RMFU: Wyoming Lawmakers Look At A Statewide Version Of COOL

Wyoming House Agriculture Committee just passed the Country of Origin Placard Bill by a vote of 6 to 3. The measure will now go to the Full House Floor later this week. The bill was sponsored by Representative Hans Hunt and Representative Cheri Steinmetz. Continue reading

02-22-18 Colorado State Land Board Announces Lessee Award Winners…

Colorado State Land Board Announces Lessee Award Winners

Lessee Awards

Our agency partners with thousands of lessees on a variety of lease activities.  We present three annual awards to exemplary lessees.  Winners were presented with their awards at the December 2017 board meeting. 2018 winners will be contacted in fall 2018.

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02-22-18 NACD RELEASES PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS

During the 2018 Annual Meeting in Nashville, NACD debuted a series of three promotional videos to highlight what conservation districts and the national association do on a daily basis to protect our nation’s natural resources.

On NACD’s YouTube channel, you can find an RFD-TV profile of the McGavock High School FFA program and NACD service project. RFD-TV visited McGavock High School in the heart of Nashville on January 26 for a day of service, where FFA students and NACD leadership installed raised beds for vegetable production and horticulture study.

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02-22-18 Soil Health Institute: Farmers, ranchers set to gain new market opportunities for improving soil health

Soil Health Institute: Farmers, ranchers set to gain new market opportunities for improving soil health

ARDMORE, Okla. — Today, a national coalition convened by the Noble Research Institute announced its intent to create a voluntary environmental services market that benefits agricultural producers and improves the environment for society at large.

This program aims to incentivize farmers and ranchers to improve soil health on working agriculture lands through the development of a market-based platform. Implementing sustainable agricultural production practices and technologies can create positive social, economic and environmental outcomes. Healthy soils can sequester carbon, improve water quality, control run-off and reduce water demand, all of which create a cleaner environment. Healthy soils also improve crop yield and resilience while decreasing farmers’ and ranchers’ need for agricultural inputs.

“Farmers and ranchers are the unsung heroes of our world. Their hard work feeds and clothes us. Their dedication is the foundation for our society,” said Bill Buckner, Noble Research Institute CEO and president. “This market-based approach seeks to reward farmers and ranchers for the land stewardship they practice for the benefit of all of us. The focus will be on monetizing soil health to reward those farmers and ranchers who are actively adopting and improving practices that protect our environment. We see our work as a model from which the program can expand to capture additional environmental and ecosystem benefits for all participating agricultural producers.” Continue reading

02-22-18 Syngenta seeks to award students through scholarship program

Syngenta empowers ag students to be the future

  • $20,000 in total awards available
  • Applications now being accepted until May 25, 2018

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, February 21, 2018 – Syngenta invites eligible university students to apply to its annual Syngenta Agricultural Scholarshipprogram. Applicants are asked to share how they became #RootedinAg and how they will benefit today’s and tomorrow’s world as future leaders.

“We are excited to continue the Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship program this year and look forward to hearing how each student’s passion for ag took root,” said Vern Hawkins, Regional Director CP NA. “Because these young men and women are the branches that will grow to shape our industry’s future, we are confident they will strive to reach new heights.” Continue reading

02-22-18 Colorado Horse Development Authority Offers New Colorado Equine Microchip Program

Colorado Horse Development Authority offers new solution to reunite horses and owners separated by natural disasters or theft

New Equine Microchipping Program will give horse owners peace of mind 

February 22, 2018, Brighton, Colorado: Over the past decade, Colorado has endured a number of devastating forest fires and floods which resulted in emergency evacuations and horses becoming displaced from their homes and owners. The Colorado Horse Development Authority (CHDA) is responding with a voluntary solution to help reunite owners with their horses. The CHDA has joined forces with Microchip ID Systems, Inc., an ISO-certified microchip manufacturer, to offer a special kit for horse owners. Each kit contains a Microchip and  full enrollment into the Equine Protection Registry™, a nationwide database with live customer service. Any veterinarian or disaster team will be able to read a participating horses’s microchip and then contact the Registry for owner information. Owners will be able to control their data at all times and can display an owner certificate and the horse’s picture on mobile devices. Continue reading

02-22-18 Download the NFU Convention App…

March 3-6, 2018

Download the NFU Convention App

We hope you’ll be able to join us at the National Farmers Union 116th Anniversary Convention, March 4-6, 2018, at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.
We’re excited to announce we have a  mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, maps, speakers, local attractions, and more.
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02-22-18 NFU Needs Your Help to Get the 2018 Farm Bill Fully Funded…

NFU Needs Your Help to Get the 2018 Farm Bill Fully Funded

The Farm Bill is the most important and comprehensive piece of food and farm legislation in the United States. It is critical not just for family farmers and ranchers, but also for consumers, rural communities, and the environment too.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, February 22nd

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, February 22nd

Canadian Ag Minister Promoting Ag Trade in California

Canada’s top agriculture official is promoting trade between the U.S. and Canada in California this week. Canada says Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay is traveling to California to promote the Canada-California economic partnership, and to highlight the strengths of Canada’s agriculture trade with the United States. Minister MacAulay previously visited the United States in January, speaking at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention. The visit comes as negotiations continue regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement. MacAulay is using the trip to California to promote the importance of NAFTA business on both sides of the border. In a news release announcing the trip, MacAulay said: “We’re keen to continue working with our NAFTA partners to deepen our economic relationship and strengthen trade between our great nations.”

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Republicans Deliver Letter to Congressional Leadership Calling on Section 199A Changes

A group of Republican lawmakers Wednesday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan calling for changes to Section 199A in the tax code. The group of more than 80 lawmakers says the changes will restore the competitive balance in the agricultural marketplace. Led by Iowa Representative David Young, the group says the changes “are necessary to restore the equity in grain marketing and set co-ops and other independent businesses on a more level playing field.” The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act unintentionally created a tax advantage for producers who sell to cooperatives instead of private and independent businesses. The letter says any remedy should retroactively restore the competitive marketplace for producers and replicate the benefits co-ops and farmers received under Section 199, before the enactment of Section 199A. The letter says the current Section 199A has resulted in a dramatic competitive imbalance impacting numerous agricultural value chain stakeholders including grain handlers, feed mills, seed companies, ag retailers, biofuels producers, banks, livestock marketers and dairy processors.

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Efforts to Move Northey Block Continue

Iowa Republicans took a strike at Senator Ted Cruz of Texas this week, saying his hold on the nomination of Iowa’s Bill Northey to the Department of Agriculture will harm his political standing. As Cruz continued his attack of the Renewable Fuel Standard Wednesday, speaking at Philadelphia Energy Solution’s so-called anti-ethanol rally, the Iowa Republican Party warned Cruz that continuing the hold of Northey would risk him losing political support from Iowa. Cruz won the Iowa Caucus during the 2016 presidential campaign. Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said: “Cruz has entertained this political position far too long, and it’s becoming increasingly harmful to both Iowans and the agricultural industry at large.” Northey, the Iowa agriculture secretary, is staring down a March 16th deadline to either file for re-election for his state post or remain in limbo on Capitol Hill, according to Politico. Meanwhile, Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says he is circulating a letter to other senators to gain support that would overcome Cruz’s filibuster of the nomination.

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Joint Ventures in Dairy Increasing

As the dairy industry evolves, companies across the U.S. are looking to capitalize on increasing milk production through international joint ventures. A new report from CoBank says that while the U.S. has heavily invested in milk production, Europe and other regions that faced production constraints focused their effort and investment on technology for the processing sector. And, in 2017, many U.S. dairy companies and international partners collaborated to capitalize on each other’s strengths. CoBank says many cooperatives lack the available capital to take on new and costly processing facilities, noting that a cheese manufacturing plant can cost between $300-500 million, while many international processors see the possibility of diversifying their offerings both in the U.S. and globally. A Cobank researcher says: “The international dairy industry sees the U.S. milk supply as strong and reliable and they see opportunity in the U.S. consumer.”

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How Potential ADM, Bungee Merger Would Impact Farmers

The possible merger of ADM and Bungee could decrease marketing outlets for farmers as the companies would combine operations. Chad Hart of Iowa State University told DTN-The Progressive Farmer this week that, however, unlike mergers in the seed business, there still is a fair amount of competition in crop marketing. Hart says there are “plenty of marketing outlets” independent from ADM and Bungee. And, for the broader ag economy, Hart says such a combined company could result in improved efficiency in moving commodities from the farm to end users. The move won’t move grain prices, however. The speculation of a potential merger between the two grain handling giants continues, while both companies offer little detail or comments regarding a merger. ADM, known as Archer Daniels Midland, is reported to be engaged in talked to take over Bunge. ADM reported $60.8 billion in annual net sales in 2017, while Bunge made about $45.8 billion in net sales in 2017.

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Failed Refiner Had Bigger Problems than Ethanol

The reason an east coast refiner filed for bankruptcy appears to be much deeper than the Renewable Fuel Standard that Philadelphia Energy Solutions, known as PES, is blaming. Senator Ted Cruz spoke Wednesday claiming the RIN market was the downfall of the refiner, but bankruptcy documents perhaps suggest otherwise. Filings show a rail facility built to accept crude oil for the facility often sat idle, even though the refiner was making quarterly payments to use the railyard. The refiner was paying $30 million per-quarter to the railyard owner, North Yard, which along with the refinery, is owned by the Carlyle Group. Reuters reports the deal guaranteed lucrative payouts to Carlyle regardless of whether the refinery benefitted from the arrangement. When oil market conditions made the rail shipments unprofitable, the refinery took heavy losses while investors continued to collect large distributions for two years, collecting at least $594 million from PES before it collapsed. Refiners without the necessary blending facilities, such as PES, are required to purchase regulatory credits, known as RINs, from firms that do such blending. The refiner, however, failed to pay a large portion of that obligation, and still owes the Environmental Protection Agency about $350 million.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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