03-10-18 HHS Region VIII Announcement of President Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse

HHS Region VIII Announcement of President Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON D.C. – March 19, 2018 – This week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar and his senior leadership are participating in a series of events and speaking to Americans around the nation in support of President Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand (see below for fact sheet issued by the White House). Today, Secretary Azar travelled with the President to New Hampshire to meet with local officials and first responders to announce Administration plans to tackle the opioid epidemic and reduce future addiction.  Continue reading

03-19-18 CO Gov. Hickenlooper prioritizes funding for transportation and education with latest revenue forecast

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CO Gov. Hickenlooper prioritizes funding for transportation and education with latest revenue forecast

DENVER — Monday, March 19, 2018 The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast.

General Fund revenue is experiencing additional expected growth compared to the December 2017 revenue forecast. General Fund revenue is forecast to increase 12.9 percent in FY 2017-18. General Fund revenue is projected to increase at a modest 3.2 percent in FY 2018-19 due to lower employment growth in a tight labor market and as income tax revenue grows more slowly.

“Today’s economic forecast is good news and gives us a chance to put additional dollars toward transportation and education,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Our proposal outlines a one-time $500 million allocation to the $9 billion transportation project list, $200 million to education and the remainder to address other pressing issues the legislature is considering.” Continue reading

03-19-18 Inside the NatGLC with Executive Director Monti Gola: 7th National Conference on Grazing Lands in Reno, NV Dec 2-5

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(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 19, 2018 – The National Grazing Lands Coalition (NatGLC) will host the 7th National Conference on Grazing Lands Dec. 2-5, 2018, at the Peppermill in Reno, Nevada. Joining the BARN to discuss that event in more detail is Monti Golla, Executive Director of the NatGLC

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03-19-18 CCTA is hosting a Drought Workshop May 17-18 in Springfield, CO – Interview w/Stormy Casper…

CCTA is hosting a Drought Workshop May 17-18 in Springfield, CO – Interview w/Stormy Casper…

(The BARNFarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 19, 2018 – Colorado Conservation Tillage Association will be sponsoring a 2 day grazing and drought management workshop on May 17th-18th. Joining the BARN & FarmCast Radio to discuss the upcoming event and more is Stormy Casper, farmer/rancher from SE CO out of Springfield…

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03-19-18 Center for Rural Affairs: GROW Act strengthens conservation programs

GROW Act strengthens conservation programs

Lyons, Neb. – Late last week, Iowa’s Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) as well as Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) introduced the Give our Resources the Opportunity to Work, or GROW, Act (S. 2557).

The act would maintain funding and acreage levels for the farm bill’s three largest conservation programs: the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

“The GROW Act demonstrates clear support for our nation’s farmers to strengthen conservation efforts across the landscape,” said Anna Johnson, policy associate with the Center for Rural Affairs. “At a time when building healthy soils and protecting water quality are of utmost importance, any cuts to these conservation programs would weaken farmers’ ability to preserve these important natural resources.” Continue reading

03-19-18 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

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Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 19, 2018 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1 discussing several topics including:

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03-19-18 It’s National Ag Week and March 20th is National Ag Day…

2018 National Ag Day Agriculture Council of America Announces 2018 National Ag Day Date & Theme

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 20, 2018. This will mark the 45th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2018 is “Agriculture: Food For Life.”

On March 20, 2018, ACA will host major events in the nation’s capital including an event at the National Press Club as well as a Taste of Agriculture Celebration. Additionally, the ACA will bring approximately 100 college students to Washington to deliver the message of Ag Day.

These events honor National Agriculture Day and mark a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate.

National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing the public’s awareness of agriculture’s role in modern society.

The National Ag Day program encourages every American to: Continue reading

03-19-18 National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT -POSTPONED

BLM TO POSTPONE NATIONAL WILD HORSE AND BURRO ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – March 19, 2018 – The Bureau of Land Management today announced that it was postponing its National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting scheduled for March 27-28 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The meeting was delayed when one of its members threatened to sue the BLM because it did not provide 30 days’ notice of the meeting.

The dispute arose when the BLM gave 15 days’ public notice, as required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act and – when “urgent matters arise” – BLM regulations.  For non-urgent matters, BLM regulations require 30 days’ public notice. In this case, the terms of three board members are expiring on March 31, and without them, the board would not have the quorum necessary in order to provide recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior.

A meeting for the board will be set when its new members are seated.

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board was established pursuant to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and is regulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (Act, which governs the establishment and operation of advisory committees and by BLM advisory committee regulations.  The Act and the BLM regulations recognize the merits of seeking the advice and assistance of our nation’s citizens to the executive branch of government.

National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT POSTEPONED

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. – The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been POSTPONED to discuss the pressing challenge of wild horse and burro management on public lands and the impacts a growing overpopulation is having on the environment. The meeting will be live-streamed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday and 8 a.m. to Noon Mountain Time on Wednesday at http://www.blm. gov/live.

“Healthy wild horses and burros are an important part of our public lands, but without effective management, overpopulation threatens the health of the animals and their habitat,” said Brian Steed, BLM Deputy Director for Programs and Policy. “We look forward to working with the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board to find effective solutions that will help us reach our goal of maintaining healthy wild horses and burros on thriving public rangelands.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, March 19th

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Countries Asking U.S. for Tariff Exemptions

European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia (Suh-seal’-yuh) Malmstrom is continuing to petition the United States for exemptions to the upcoming steel and aluminum tariffs. Politico quotes her as saying the tariffs will shake the transatlantic relationship between the countries if they go into effect. She told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during a phone call that the EU “as a close security ally of the U.S., expects to be fully excluded from these measures as a whole.” Brazil’s Ambassador to the U.S. recently laid out an argument that could possibly fit well with the five criteria the U.S. is said to be looking at in the exemption process. The lobbying blitz to avoid the upcoming tariffs also includes Hong Kong. That country’s Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development implored the U.S. to exempt the island nation from the “totally unjustified” aluminum duties until they can engage in a full dialogue with the U.S prior to any unilateral action. The Secretary points out that Hong Kong is the economy with which the U.S. has the highest trade surplus. Hong Kong will fight the duties both at the World Trade Organization level, where it’s already expressed formal concern, as well as through bilateral discussions with the U.S.

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Senate Finance Committee Wants to Talk Trade, Tariffs

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday, March 22, regarding the Trump Administration’s trade policy. The Hagstrom Report says that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will be the lone witness at the proceedings. The committee chair, Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah, has been critical of President Donald Trump’s announced trade tariffs. Hatch says in a news release, “After the biggest tax rewrite in more than three decades, it is essential that the president’s trade agenda builds on the pro-growth, pro-jobs success.” Hatch says he and Trump both share the same goal of making trade work for all Americans. The best way to do that is by pursuing new trade deals that will open up new markets for American goods and services, boosting access to new customers. Hatch adds, “I have made it clear that tariffs are nothing but a tax on American businesses and consumers and I look forward to discussing with Ambassador Lighthizer how the administration can mitigate the damage they cause. Committee members will also have the opportunity to ask the ambassador more about how the administration would use an extension of bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority, which it requested in its Trade Policy Agenda.”

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South Korea Adopts New Poultry Import Policy

The South Korean Ministry of Agriculture has adopted a new regionalization policy that is good news for the U.S. poultry and egg industry. The new policy prevents a countrywide ban on U.S. exports to Korea in the event of a future finding of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. Should a case be found in the future, only exports from each affected state will be restricted. That will allow the U.S. to continue shipping poultry and egg products to the Korean market. National Chicken Council President Mike Brown says the U.S. has one of the most stringent surveillance, eradication, and monitoring programs in the world when it comes to avian diseases. “I want to thank our administration for their efforts in working with the South Koreans to adopt this policy of regionalization,” says Brown. Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry and Egg Council, says the U.S. now becomes the world’s most reliable supplier of poultry products to Korea. Korea was on track to become one of the biggest export markets for U.S. poultry products when the U.S. was hit by an outbreak of avian influenza in 2014 and 2015. Korea put bans on all poultry and egg exports from the U.S., even though only certain states were affected.

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Justice Department Not Satisfied With Bayer/Monsanto Proposals

Bayer’s plan to get antitrust approval from the U.S. Justice Deparment hasn’t satisfied the expectations of U.S. officials. Two sources told Bloomberg that those officials are worried that the merger could hurt competition. The department feels the Bayer proposal to sell off assets doesn’t go far enough. The U.S. government wants Bayer to sell off more of its assets in order to resolve its concerns. While negotiations between the two sides are continuing, those sources tell Bloomberg that a settlement is still likely months away. Representatives for Bayer, Monsanto, and the Justice Department all declined to comment on the story. Bayer’s $66 billion takeover of Monsanto is part of a recent wave of consolidation in the agriculture seed and crop chemical firms. The companies are still seeking approval from U.S. and EU regulators after two other major deals were approved. Those combinations were Dow Chemical and DuPont, as well as China National Chemical Corporation and Syngenta.

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EPA Proposes Reduction in Required RIN Credits for Philly refinery

The Environmental Protection Agency made a proposal to lower the number of biofuel credits that bankrupt oil refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions must buy under the Renewable Fuels Standard. The nation’s biofuels groups are very concerned about that idea. Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dineen feels a move like that could potentially set a very bad precedent and encourage other biofuels opponents to manipulate the process to get out of similar obligations. Dineen says the refinery’s regulatory requirements don’t just include the RFS, but there are other fuel regulations like reformulated gasoline, benzene, air toxics, detergents, vapor pressure, diesel, and sulfur content. “All of those contain similar liability requirements to ensure that environmental goals are reached, and with this potential move by the EPA, it puts all of those requirements equally at risk,” Dineen says. The EPA’s proposed settlement says PES is charged with retiring 138 million Renewable Identification Numbers. Philadelphia Energy Solutions blames its bankruptcy on the high cost of RINs, but biofuels opponents have disputed those claims. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the Carlyle Group-backed firm shouldn’t get a free pass for pulling hundreds of millions of dollars out of the refinery, hurting its own workers. The settlement is open to public comments for the next ten days.

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Rural Mainstreet Index Remains Positive

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index slipped in March but remained above growth neutral for a second-straight month. Those results come from the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a 10-state region that depends on agricultural.  It’s the first time since the middle of 2015 that the index has shown two straight months of readings above growth neutral. The index dipped slightly from 54.8 in February to 54.7 in March. The index range is zero through 100, with 50 representing growth neutral. Ernie Goss oversees the index and says, “Surveys over the past several months indicate that the rural economy is trending upward with improving, but slow economic growth.” However, he says weak commodity prices continue to weigh on the overall rural economy. Jim Eckert, President of the Anchor State Bank in Illinois, says recent commodity price increases have helped the mood of their area farmers. He did say the state will need good spring rains for the crop to get off to a solid start. On the downside, bankers in the survey project that 16.8 percent of grain farmers will experience negative cash flow in 2018.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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