02-27-18 UNPRECEDENTED COLLABORATION BRINGS CONSERVATIONISTS AND AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY TOGETHER TO HELP THE ICONIC MONARCH BUTTERFLY

UNPRECEDENTED COLLABORATION BRINGS CONSERVATIONISTS AND AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY TOGETHER TO HELP THE ICONIC MONARCH BUTTERFLY

Farmers For Monarchs Collaboration Announced at Commodity Classic

ANAHEIM, CA (Feb. 27, 2018) – Farmers For Monarchs, a broad-based collaboration aimed at addressing on-farm conservation efforts, was launched today at Commodity Classic, America’s largest farmer-led convention and trade show. This unprecedented, united effort by farmers, ranchers, landowners, the agriculture industry, conservation groups and others seeks to encourage and enable the voluntary expansion and establishment of pollinator and conservation habitat. The initiative includes planting milkweed and other habitat along the monarch butterfly seasonal migration route in North America.

“This is a unique moment in time for pollinator health and populations.  There are many factors impacting declines in monarch population: loss of habitat is one of them,” said Peter S. Berthelsen, The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund Partnership Coordinator. “That’s why farmers can make huge a huge difference by identifying the opportunities within their current farm and ranch operation that can benefit and support their habitat needs.” Continue reading

02-27-18 NCGA Statement on Bill Northey’s Confirmation as Undersecretary at USDA

NCGA Statement on Bill Northey’s Confirmation as Undersecretary at USDA

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), in response to the hold on Bill Northey being lifted. Skunes gave these remarks during a news conference at Commodity Classic.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 27, 2018) — “After a needless four-month delay, farmers across the country will be well-served with Bill Northey finally on the job at USDA,” Skunes said.

Skunes also addressed the Tuesday morning meeting at the White House in his remarks.

“Farmers are so grateful to Iowa Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley for representing farmers at the White House with integrity and steadfast support,” Skunes added. “We could not ask for better representatives. Continue reading

02-27-18 CASNR presents Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Young Alumni Awards, including Two from Colorado…

CASNR presents Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Young Alumni Awards

CASNR’s Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Young Alumni Awards are graduates who’ve made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professions associated with agriculture and natural resources. This year’s recipients are Christopher Hoffman of Clinton, Mississippi; Brent Pemberton of Tyler; James Ray of Canyon;  Lynn Scherler of Castle Pine, Colorado; Bobby Waddle of DeSoto; and Dale Woerner of Greeley, Colorado. Ashlee Vinyard of Arlington, Virginia, received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

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02-27-18 NASDA News: USDA/APHIS Opens New Office in Hanoi, Vietnam

USDA/APHIS Opens New Office in Hanoi, Vietnam

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently celebrated the opening of its new office in Hanoi, Vietnam.  The office will play a vital role in helping expand the United States’ $2.5 billion-dollar agricultural export market in Vietnam.

“Growing agricultural trade between the United States and Vietnam means new opportunities for American producers,” said Greg Ibach, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.  “With this increase in trade comes increased pest and disease risk, and our in-country expertise will ensure the safest trade possible, while still providing greater options for U.S. consumers.  Having an APHIS office in the heart of Hanoi will not only help maintain existing markets, but foster new opportunities for American farmers who set the worldwide standard for food production.”   Continue reading

02-27-18 NASDA News: Vietnam Launches Trade Action Against US

Vietnam Launches Trade Action Against US

Vietnam asked for formal consultations at the WTO over U.S. measures it says unfairly restrict sales of catfish from Vietnam. At the heart of the issue is the 2008 requirement that went into effect in 2016 that removes catfish inspections from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and gives the responsibility to the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service. Vietnam believes Vietnamese producers are now subject to laws, rules, and administrative practices that aren’t founded in sufficient scientific evidence. Specifically, Vietnam is challenging certain provisions of the 2008 and 2014 farm bills they believe violate the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

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02-27-18 NASDA News: Senate Confirms Bill Northey By Voice Vote After Long Hold

Senate Confirms Bill Northey By Voice Vote After Long Hold

The Senate confirmed Bill Northey to serve as USDA undersecretary for farm production and conservation, ending Sen. Cruz’s hold on the nomination. Sen. Cruz placed the hold in an effort to force corn-belt senators and the White House to make changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. Northey will lead the farm production and conservation mission area, a newly formed section under Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s reorganization plan.

Read the USDA’s official press release here.

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02-27-18 NPPC: Senate Confirms Northey For Key USDA Job

NPPC: Senate Confirms Northey For Key USDA Job

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 27, 2018 – The National Pork Producers Council applauded today’s Senate confirmation of Bill Northey for key a position in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The upper house approved the nominee by voice vote.

Northey, who is serving his third term as Iowa’s agriculture secretary, will be USDA’s undersecretary for farm production and conservation.

“Secretary Northey will be great asset at USDA for U.S. agriculture,” said NPPC President Ken Maschhoff, a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill. “Farmers and ranchers couldn’t ask for a better person to lead this important USDA department.” Continue reading

02-27-18 NFI Statement on WTO Catfish Suit

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NFI Statement on WTO Catfish Suit

WASHINGTON, DC February 27, 2018 – News that Vietnam has sought World Trade Organization (WTO) consultation with the United States over the United States Department of Agriculture’s catfish program should come as little surprise to those familiar with the decade-old history of this duplicative and wasteful program. Continue reading

02-27-18 Registration Open for SWCD’s Annual Water Seminar 2018

Join the SWCD on Friday, April 6 for their Annual Water Seminar 2018

Registration Open for SWCD’s Annual Water Seminar

2017 was a year of historic floods in the south, wildfires in the west, and a shocking spillway failure at Oroville Dam. Now dismal snowpack in southwestern Colorado foretells a rough summer for irrigators, recreationalists, and water managers.

How are our communities preparing for the worst? What lessons can we learn from others around the state and the nation?

At Annual Water Seminar hosted on Friday, April 6 (hosted by the Southwestern Water Conservation District), experts will discuss just that: how wildfire impacts to water supplies, the state’s response to emergencies such as the 2013 front range flooding, the western slope’s risk in the context of Colorado River obligations and drought, as well as avoiding devastating infrastructure failure, among other related topics.

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02-27-18 NACD Applauds Senate for Confirming Northey to Top USDA Post

NACD Applauds Senate for Confirming Northey to Top USDA Post

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey through a voice vote to serve as the Under Secretary for the Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service (FFAS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In September of 2017, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), along with the National Conservation Partnership, sent a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., in support of the swift confirmation of Northey.

“Today’s vote was long overdue,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “Throughout his career, Mr. Northey has proven his commitment to agriculture and conservation by working alongside landowners to implement the conservation programs most vital to our nation’s producers. His extensive leadership experience in conservation and production agriculture has more than prepared him to lead this new mission area for the USDA.” Continue reading

02-27-18 Secretary Perdue Statement on Confirmation of Bill Northey for Key USDA Post

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Secretary Perdue Statement on Confirmation of Bill Northey for Key USDA Post

(Washington, D.C., February 27, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the Senate’s long-awaited confirmation of Bill Northey to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Northey will serve as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service (FFAS)*.

Perdue issued the following statement: Continue reading

02-27-18 Inside the BARN / FarmCast Radio with iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens of Repair.org

Inside the BARN / FarmCast Radio with iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens and member of Repair.org

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) February 27, 2018

So you purchased a new or used tractor or combine and during field operation or harvest it breaks down…
Is it possible to diagnose the problem yourself and can you access the software on the machine and make the necessary repairs or do you need to contact the dealership?
Well, yo probably didn’t know you may not be able to do the work on the equipment yourself, because that repair might violate the manufacturer’s “Proprietary Rights?”
Joining the BARN to discuss this situation in more detail is Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit and member of Repair.org

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02-27-18 RFA Congratulates Bill Northey on Senate Approval to USDA Post

RFA Congratulates Bill Northey on Senate Approval to USDA Post

WASHINGTON — Today, after a four-month hold, the nomination of Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey to be USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation was lifted. Once a vote was allowed to occur, he was swiftly confirmed by a voice vote. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen issued the following statement:

“We are pleased to see Bill Northey finally confirmed by the Senate. This is long overdue. Bill is eminently qualified to help our nation’s farmers, but unfortunately his nomination fell victim to political games. There is no better champion for farmers than Bill Northey. He is the right man for the job and will be an enormous asset to USDA Secretary Perdue.”

“We would also like to express our gratitude to Senators Grassley, Ernst, Stabenow, Klobuchar and other champions in Congress for their persistence to ensure the hold on Bill’s nomination was lifted. Continue reading

02-27-18 Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Agriculture Coalition’s Request to Halt California’s ‘False and Misleading’ Prop 65 Labeling of Glyphosate

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Agriculture Coalition’s Request to Halt California’s ‘False and Misleading’ Prop 65 Labeling of Glyphosate 

Anaheim, CA (February 27, 2018) – Citing harm to the nation’s agriculture economy, Judge William Shubb of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting California from implementing its “false and misleading” Prop 65 labeling requirement for the herbicide glyphosate. The injunction was sought by more than a dozen leading agriculture groups and supported by eleven attorneys general across the U.S. The preliminary injunction will halt California’s labeling requirement until a final ruling on the matter is issued by the court.

“Farmers work tirelessly to put food on America’s tables, and Glyphosate is a vital tool that growers have trusted to provide safe, affordable food,” said Chandler Goule, Chief Executive Officer for the National Wheat Growers Association, the lead plaintiff in the case.  “Every regulatory body in the world that has reviewed glyphosate has found it safe for use and no available product matches glyphosate with a comparable health and environmental safety profile. We are pleased Judge Stubb granted our request, which is the first step in our efforts to prevent California from forcing farmers, growers and manufacturers to place false and misleading labels on agricultural products. California’s erroneous Prop 65 listing of glyphosate is not based on data, facts or science and we look forward to continuing to make our case to the court.”  Continue reading

02-27-18 The 2018 AgriFuture Educational Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 15-17

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The 2018 AgriFuture Educational Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 15-17

The 2018 AgriFuture Educational Institute brings together the wisdom and experiential knowledge of past and present farmers and ranchers, along with the fresh thinking and enthusiasm of the next generation. The event aims to connect, inform and inspire the next generation of farmers, ranchers and others in agriculture. AgriFuture is May 15-17 in Albuquerque. This year marks the third biennial conference with 150 attendees expected and will feature educational speakers, breakout sessions, dinner with mentors, networking opportunities and more. Continue reading

02-27-18 RMFU: Agricultural Workforce: A Labor Issue or a Political Issue?

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RMFU: Agricultural Workforce: A Labor Issue or a Political Issue?

By Jan Kochis, RMFU Board Chairwoman

Editor’s Note: Jan Kochis attended this break-out session held during the Governor’s Ag Forum. Here are her observations of the comments made by panelists. Continue reading

02-27-18 RMFU: Wyoming Considering Major Push to Promote Ag, Mineral Industries

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Wyoming is looking at putting more muscle into marketing agricultural and mineral products. This image of crops and cattle comes from the North Platte river valley near Lingle.

RMFU: Wyoming Considering Major Push to Promote Ag, Mineral Industries

By Scott Zimmerman, RMFU Wyoming Government Relations

Wyoming legislators put in some exceptionally long days this past week working the proposed budget and meeting the general file cutoff date. The House killed 12 bills that had passed standing committees by not hearing them on general file debate. One such bill was HB 90 County of origin recognition – US beef.  The requirements would have proved unworkable for many small grocery stores throughout the state. In addition, it was opposed by the major grocery chains with outlets in the state. Continue reading

02-27-18 Pro 15 hosting Transportation Summit in Limon, CO on April 13th – REGISTER NOW!

Pro 15 hosting Transportation Summit in Limon, CO on April 13th – REGISTER NOW!

Join Pro 15 as they explore and sort out the transportation funding history, what is available currently and what is being looked at for future funding. Pro 15 believes transportation is a statewide issue and that it needs to be funded as such. Space is limited for this event so register early. Pro 15 believes this subject is so important we have opened the event to both members and nonmembers at the same price.

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02-27-18 CO FFA Foundation Inducts Four into Farm Credit CO Agriculture Hall of Fame and a Rising Star

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Hall of Fame Honorees with Rising Star in Agriculture, Becky Ravenkamp, Hugo on far left

Colorado FFA Foundation inducts four members into the 29th Annual Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame and recognizes one Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture

The Colorado FFA Foundation recently inducted four honorees into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.  Mrs. Mary Lou Chapman, Arvada, Mr. Tom Kourlis, Craig, Dr. Lee Sommers, Fort Collins and Mr. Harry Talbott, Palisade were all formally inducted, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 during the 29th Annual Hall of Fame Banquet. The 2018 inductees will join 94 other outstanding Colorado agriculturists who have been similarly honored since 1989. All Hall of Fame members’ portraits are displayed in the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education on CSU’s ARDEC campus.

The Rising Star in Colorado Agriculture Award was also presented.  This is the seventh year for recognition of up and coming leaders in agriculture. Members of the Hall of Fame vote yearly on the winner of the Rising Star Award. Mrs. Becky Ravenkamp of Hugo was the recipient this year. Continue reading