03-07-18 HISTORY-CO: Apply Before April 2nd For A State Historical Fund Grant

Twice a year, the History Colorado State Historical Fund accepts competitive grant applications for eligible preservation and archaeology projects with great public benefit. Nonprofits and local governments are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $200,000 for qualifying work.
Grant applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 2 via the online application. Submitting draft applications for staff comments is highly encouraged. 
To learn more about the State Historical Fund grant program, call us at (303) 866-2825.

03-07-18 NRCS Financial Assistance Available – NRCS Arkansas River Strikeforce Selenium

NRCS Arkansas River Strikeforce Selenium

Strikeforce Selenium Applications are being accepted until March 30, 2018

February 28, 2018 DENVER, CO – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado recently announced its 2018 Arkansas River Strikeforce Selenium Initiative. The Initiative is aimed at projects that improve water quality and reduce soil erosion. Conservation measures encouraged in this sign up will reduce irrigation induced erosion, deep percolation, and sediment, selenium, salts and nitrate loadings into the Arkansas River.

NRCS-CO’s new State Conservationist

Strikeforce allows NRCS to demonstrate its commitment to improving access to programs and opportunities to everyone, while increasing the visibility and profitability of small farms and ranches, beginning, and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers,” says Clint Evans, NRCS State Conservationist in Colorado.  “90% of all persistently impoverished communities are in rural areas.   Our efforts thru Strikeforce provides the agency an opportunity to promote and assist in the development and sustainability of rural communities.” Continue reading

03-07-18 NFU Board Urges New Approach to Establish Fair Trade

March 3-6, 2018

NFU Board Urges New Approach to Establish Fair Trade

Organization Opposes Administration’s Tactics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Board of Directors today urged President Trump to adopt a new, positive approach to establishing fair trade relationships with U.S. trading partners. The organization, a longtime “fair trade” proponent, is concerned the administration’s tactics threaten U.S. relationships with top trading partners and, consequently, the ability of the country to establish fair trade policies.

On the heels of newly proposed, universal tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the NFU Board released the following statement:   Continue reading

03-07-18 Inside CO Corn with Communications Director Kim Reddin…

Inside CO Corn with Communications Director Kim Reddin…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 7, 2018 – Colorado Corn’s new Communications Director Kim Reddin joins the Colorado Ag News Network as she discusses her new position and the latest news related to the corn and ethanol industries. Here are some of the topics:

  • Reddin’s Background
  • 2018 Commodity Classic RECAP
  • National Issues: Trade, Tariffs & RFS – RINS
  • Ag Day at the Capitol on March 22nd
  • CO Corn’s Benefits of Ethanol Workshop in CO Springs on April 20th
  • & More

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To learn more about Colorado Corn and the work they do for Corn Producers in the state, please visit www.ColoradoCorn.com  

03-07-18 CDPHE: Twenty-seven animals have tested positive for rabies

Twenty-seven animals have tested positive for rabies

DENVER — Twenty-seven animals have tested positive for rabies in Colorado this year, putting many pets, livestock and people at risk of exposure to the disease. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment urges people to make sure their pets are up to date on their rabies shots, avoid stray and wild animals, and take other precautions against rabies. Continue reading

03-07-18 CSU Extension-Cheyenne County: The Importance of Saying Thank You…

The Importance of Saying Thank You

By Amy Kelley, CSU 4-H Extension Agent, Cheyenne County

Southeast Area – 4-H members are asked to complete a lot of tasks throughout the year, including thanking people. Members receive awards from fair, sell livestock projects at the fair sale, and receive awards recognition at the achievement banquet. These are all just some instances when saying thank you is so important, but can easily be overlooked. Continue reading

03-07-18 CO Representative Jon Becker’s Op-Ed on HB18-1222

Its Time to Review K-12 Programs

Op-Ed by Colorado Representative Jon Becker

Every Successful organization or individual sets goals, plans, implements, and assesses the results.  This concept applies equally to success in business, government, and education.

Currently there are over 60 programs in K-12 education that have been enacted by the state legislature and implemented by the Colorado Department of Education.  Over the years, the Colorado General Assembly has put so many programs in place for our schools that simply listing them is a daunting task.  To complicate the situation even further, many programs are layered on top of existing laws and other programs.  This structure and all of these programs could be working just fine or they could be costing schools time and money with no measurable results.  We do not know which is true as we have not evaluated their implementation or outcomes.  Continue reading

03-07-18 NFU Concludes 116th Anniversary Convention

NFU Concludes 116th Anniversary Convention

Delegates Elect Leadership, Adopt Policy and Special Orders of Business

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Farmers Union (NFU) 116th Anniversary Convention concluded today following the adoption of the organization’s policy book and special orders of business.  Nearly 500 family farmers and ranchers convened in Kansas City, Missouri, to engage in thoughtful policy deliberations and celebrate family agriculture.

Delegates to the convention adopted the NFU Policy Book and # special orders of business that will guide the organization’s government affairs priorities over the course of the next year, especially as they relates to the current farm economic crisis and upcoming deliberations on the 2018 Farm Bill. Delegates also reelected Roger Johnson as NFU President, and elected Patty Edelburg of Scandinavia, Wisconsin, to serve as NFU Vice President.

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Trump Tells Canada he wants “Fair” NAFTA Deal

President Donald Trump told Canada he wants a fair North American Free Trade Agreement. Speaking over the phone earlier this week to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (true-doh), Trump said he supported an agreement that is “fair to all three countries,” adding that the current deal leaves the U.S. with a trade deficit, according to Politico. The conversation came shortly after the U.S. president attacked Canada and Mexico, two of the country’s top international trading partners. Canada says Trudeau also highlighted his concerns over Trump’s proposed aluminum and steel tariffs. Taking to Twitter earlier this week, Trump said the tariffs would “come off” if a new and fair NAFTA agreement is signed, adding that Canada must also “treat our farmers much better.” The NAFTA negotiations have a deadline of March 31st, before the Mexican presidential election in July and the U.S. midterm elections in November, but the talks can and will continue past that date.

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Optimism Improving, But NAFTA Concerns Remain

The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer moved higher again in February. At 140 points, producer sentiment, which is based on a monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the country, reached its second-highest level in more than two years. Sentiment is also higher for the second-consecutive month, providing a strong 14-point boost to the index compared to December 2017. As part of the monthly survey, producers were asked about trade. Farmers indicated they remain optimistic regarding trade but note uncertainty regarding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Despite that uncertainty, the majority of producers expect exports of agricultural products to increase, or hold steady, over the next five years. Finally, over two-thirds of producers responding to the February survey expect soybeans to be more profitable in 2018 than corn. However, only ten percent of producers said they plan to increase their soybean acreage compared to last year.

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Former Ag Secretary to Run for Senate Seat

Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy intends to run for the Senate seat currently held by the soon retiring Republican Thad Cochran of Mississippi. 80-year-old Cochran will retire April first, saying in a statement that his health has “become an ongoing challenge.” Espy, a Democrat who was the first Agriculture Secretary in the Clinton administration, intends to run for the Senate seat. Espy was the first African-American to hold the Agriculture Secretary position. The Hagstrom Report points out the Espy was indicted for receiving improper gifts in 1997, but was acquitted of all charges in 1998. After resigning the USDA post amidst the controversies, Espy returned to Mississippi where he has worked as a lawyer. Mississippi will hold a special election in November for Cochran’s Senate seat, along with a normal election for the state’s other Senate seat.

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AEM: Trump Tariffs Would Harm U.S. Equipment Makers

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports would harm U.S. equipment makers. The president plans a 25 percent import tariff on steel and a ten percent import tariff on aluminum. AEM President Dennis Slater says the move would raise costs for U.S. equipment manufacturers and undermine global competitiveness. Roughly 30 percent of U.S.-made equipment is intended for export, according to AEM. Slater says: “Tariffs or quotas on steel and aluminum imports will burden U.S. manufacturers with higher costs while our competitors in China, India and Mexico will get a free pass to use the cheapest input materials they can find.” AEM says it is “discouraging” the Trump administration from imposing the tariffs, adding that equipment manufacturing jobs are among the 6.5 million jobs supported by downstream industries that make use of steel as an input.

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Northey Assuming USDA Post

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey stepped down earlier this week from what he called a “job of a lifetime” to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Northey, who was nominated to a USDA post six months ago, received Senate confirmation last week, and was to be sworn in by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday night in Iowa. He takes the position of undersecretary for farm production and conservation and will lead the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Up first for Northey at USDA, he expects helping Congress pass the next farm bill, which USDA serves as a resource to lawmakers during the farm bill process. Northey told the Des Moines Register: “We’ll want to make sure that the farm bill works for producers out in the countryside.” However, he cautioned: “I don’t go into it with a big notion that my position will change the direction of the farm bill.” His first day on the job is Wednesday.

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NPPC Welcomes New Market for U.S. Pork

Under an export certificate recently negotiated between the two countries, the United States can now ship pork to Paraguay. Applauding the opening of a new market, the National Pork Producers Council says: “Paraguay won’t be a huge market for U.S. pork, but given the current trade climate, the U.S. pork industry needs all the new markets it can get.” While the South American country is a modest consumer of pork, there is potential for U.S. pork export growth to its nearly 6.9 million people, who have a per capita income greater than, for example, the Philippines and Vietnam, two large pork-consuming nations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture last month concluded talks with its Paraguay counterparts on the export certificate, which will allow the shipment of U.S. fresh, frozen, processed and thermally processed/commercially sterile pork and pork products.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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