03-21-18 Potatoes USA Chooses Leadership

Back Row: Heidi Randall of Friesland, Wisconsin, Chris Hansen of Bliss, New York, Eric Schroeder of Antigo, Wisconsin, Jaren Raybould of Saint Anthony, Idaho, Steve Streich of Kalispell, Montana, Blair Richardson, Potatoes USA CEO and Marty Meyers of Boardman, Oregon.
Front Row: John Halverson of Arbyrd, Missouri, Jason Davenport of Arvin, California, Dan Moss of Declo, Idaho, Sheldon Rockey of Center, Colorado and Phil Hickman of Horntown, Virginia.

Potatoes USA Chooses Leadership

The Potatoes USA, 2018 Annual Meeting came to a close last week with the election of a new Board Chairman and Executive Committee. Dan Moss of Declo, Idaho was elected to serve as Chairman for the coming year. Jaren Raybould of Saint Anthony, Idaho and Phil Hickman of Horntown, Virginia were elected to Co-Chair the Domestic Marketing Committee; Marty Myers of Boardman, Oregon and Steve Streich of Kalispell, Montana were elected to Co-Chair the International Marketing Committee, Sheldon Rockey of Center, Colorado and Heidi Randall of Friesland, Wisconsin were elected to Co-Chair the Industry Outreach Committee, Chris Hansen of Bliss, New York and Eric Schroeder of Antigo, Wisconsin were elected to Co-Chair the Research Committee and Jason Davenport of Arvin, California was elected to Chair the Finance and Policy Committee. Continue reading

03-21-18 Red Angus Launches Redesigned Website

Red Angus Launches Redesigned Website

The Red Angus Association of America, representative of the fastest growing beef breed in the U.S., recently launched its newly redesigned website. This attractive, more functional website offers quick and easy access to essential information for both seedstock and commercial beef producers. The website has many exciting new features including an improved search function, easily navigable menu, a more robust “Stockyard” listing section and a new way to read the American Red Angus Magazine.

The new website, which was built with the collaboration of several RAAA staff members and the development agency Propaganda3, has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality, and enhanced content. These features support RAAA’s focus on its mission to promote innovative programs and services, and to continue advancing the quality, reliability and value of Red Angus and Red Angus-influenced seedstock used in the commercial beef industry. The new website, which does not does not affect the functionality of REDSPro, is located at the same address: www.RedAngus.orgContinue reading

03-21-18 CPW accepts check for $29 million grant from U.S. Department of the Interior

Downey Magallanes, left, deputy chief of staff for policy for the Interior Department, shares a laugh with Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Bob Broscheid as they hold a ceremonial check at a ceremony at Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Range on Fort Carson on Tuesday, March 20. Photos courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife / Bill Vogrin

CPW accepts check for $29 million grant from U.S. Department of the Interior

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – March 21, 2018 – Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Bob Broscheid on Tuesday, March 20, accepted a check for $29 million from the U.S. Department of Interior, declaring the funding “critical to CPW’s efforts for wildlife conservation, research, habitat preservation” as well as for supporting hunting and fishing programs.

The check was presented by Downey Magallanes, deputy chief of staff for policy for the Interior Department. Magallanes explained the money represents Colorado’s share of $1.1 billion in federal excise taxes collected last year on the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, guns, ammunition and archery equipment, fishing tackle, boats and related items.

“American sportsmen are great conservationists,” Magallanes said. “We are thankful to you for all you do. You are keeping hunting and fishing alive for future generations.” Continue reading

03-21-18 NFU Disappointed by Harmful Modifications of Section 199A in Omnibus Package

NFU Disappointed by Harmful Modifications of Section 199A in Omnibus Package

WASHINGTON – Congressional appropriators revealed an omnibus appropriations bill today that includes significant and harmful modifications to an important tax break for farmers and agricultural cooperatives, known as Section 199A. The tax break was included in last year’s tax overhaul, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as a means to level the playing field between agricultural cooperatives and corporations who received a dramatic tax break in the legislation.

National Farmers Union (NFU), a family farm organization, recently opposed these proposed changes to the tax provision. Its members passed a special order of business in support of Section 199A due to its value in improving the livelihood of farm families and in strengthening rural communities.

NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the omnibus language: Continue reading

03-21-18 Inside the Southwestern Water Conservation District with Executive Director Bruce Whitehead…

Inside the Southwestern Water Conservation District with Executive Director Bruce Whitehead…

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(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 21, 2018 – The Southwestern Water Conservation District is hosting their annual Water Seminar on Friday, April 6th at the Doubletree Hotel in Durango.

Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to detail the event and much more is the SWCD’s Executive Director Bruce Whitehead


Learn more about the event below… Continue reading

03-21-18 Inside Colorado Mills with Rick Robbins: Colorado’s Port of Entry Issue & How SB 18-197 Would Help Agriculture…

Inside Colorado Mills with Rick Robbins: Colorado’s Port of Entry Issue & How SB 18-197 Would Help Agriculture…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 21, 2018 – According to Prowers Economic Prosperity, agriculture is the primary driver of the economy in Southeast Colorado.  And it’s becoming increasingly difficult for that area’s farmers and ranchers to be successful and profitable. One particular issue that is hampering ag producers in that part f the state is that the current law requires motor vehicles having an empty weight of 16,000 or more pounds or a motor vehicle that weighs 26,001 or more pounds fully loaded to clear a port of entry within 5 miles of its route. There is a bill that has been introduced in the Colorado Senate Agriculture Committee, Senate Bill 18-197, that would exempt motor vehicles hauling only agricultural products from the current law. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss SB 18-197 and its impact on his business in Lamar is Rick Robbins, General Manager of Colorado Mills


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03-21-18 ACE DC fly-in underscores RFS importance to rural America

ACE DC fly-in underscores RFS importance to rural America

Washington, D.C. (March 21, 2018) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and 70 of its grassroots members are in Washington, D.C. as part of the organization’s 10th annual fly-in today and tomorrow. The two-day event brings together ethanol producers, retailers, investors, corn growers, service and product providers, and more to participate in over 120 scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill.

“This unique event brings together a group of advocates from all walks of life, putting a human face on the ethanol industry to communicate our policy priorities to Members of Congress and Executive Branch decision makers,” said Brian Jennings, ACE CEO. “What sets ACE and this event apart is the emphasis we place on using our most persuasive and effective spokespeople for our industry; the people whose everyday life experiences and authenticity illustrate how the decisions made in Washington, D.C. impact their businesses and communities.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, March 21st

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Groups Celebrate National Ag Day

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says National Ag Day has played a big role in helping people understand where their food and fiber comes from and how important agriculture is to our national economy. “Our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers in America are feeding and clothing the world, and it’s important to never forget that,” says Perdue. Chuck Conner, President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, says National Ag Day is a great opportunity to showcase agriculture across the country and celebrate the wide variety of crops produced. “Events like National Ag Day are essential for connecting with consumers and telling the fantastic success story of American agriculture,” Connor says. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says her organization is happy to join the chorus of voices thanking farmers for their contributions to the nation’s economy. Skor adds, “National Ag Day is an opportunity to shine a light on the challenges that are currently facing America’s hardworking family farmers who are struggling because of low commodity prices.” National Farmers Union is also recognizing the valuable contributions of family farmers, who make up 99 percent of America’s 2.1 million farms and 89 percent of the country’s total agricultural production.


Partisan Farm Bill a No-Go in the Senate

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the Senate Ag Committee is on track to release a bipartisan farm bill after the Easter recess. Politico says Grassley is warning lawmakers that a Republican-only bill coming out of the House would have no chance of getting through the upper chamber. Bipartisan farm bill talks are stalled in the House amid complaints from Democrats on the Agriculture Committee who say they’ve been largely cut out of the negotiating process and haven’t been given an opportunity to review the bill’s text. They’re particularly interested in potential changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. House Ag Chair Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican, hasn’t indicated whether he’ll yield to pressure from Democrats to share the bill’s text or if he’ll go ahead with a partisan measure. Grassley recently met with Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts to talk about things the Iowa Senator would like to see included in the Senate’s version of the farm bill. Grassley says the staff is starting to draft a farm bill and Roberts said he’d like to start the process after the Easter recess.


USDA Looking for More Funding Applications to Improve Broadband Access

Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, says the USDA is accepting applications for grants to fund broadband infrastructure projects in unserved rural communities. She says e-connectivity is essential to the economic vitality and quality of life in rural communities. “Investing in broadband can strengthen rural economic growth and improve critical access to jobs, education, healthcare, and social services.” USDA is accepting applications through May 14 in the Community Connect Program. Grants ranging from $100,000 to as much as $3 million are available to state and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits, and for-profit corporations. Applicants must be able to provide a 15 percent match on the grant amount they’re looking for. The funds must be used to provide broadband service at a minimum rate-of-data transmission of 25 megabits downstream and 3 megabits upstream. That’s the official speed benchmark that the Federal Communications Commission has adopted for broadband connectivity. Grant recipients must also use the USDA funding to offer free broadband service to all critical community facilities in their proposed service area for two years. For more information, go to www.rd.usda.gov.


Farmer Advocacy Needed to Protect the RFS

The National Corn Growers Association says concerns linger that the Trump Administration could cut a deal with the nation’s oil refiners that could put a big dent in ethanol demand. In turn, that would have a negative impact on the price of corn. The National Corn Growers remains active on its members’ behalf, including running a major advertising campaign in the Washington, D.C., area. The proposal from the refinery industry to cap the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), is something that the president is said to be considering. The NCGA wants leadership to know that would cut farm income almost $4 billion per year for the next two years. The organization also wants the president to understand there are better options out there, including allowing the year-round sale of ethanol blends greater than 10 percent. That idea would lower RIN values to address refiner’s concerns by blending more ethanol. The NCGA says farmers can’t afford a bad deal and need to let the White House know their opinions on the matter.


Culver’s Launching Third Annual #FarmingFridays Project

People are more interested in knowing where their food comes from than ever before. Culver’s #FarmingFridays program is dedicated to providing that information. The popular series runs on social media and is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers Project, which returns this Friday, March 23. #FarmingFridays invites influencers from across the agricultural industry to share their stories on Culver’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts. The series will run on five Fridays that are spread throughout the year. The year’s first guest will be FarmHer, which has grown into a television show, radio show, podcast, and a line of merchandise, which is intended to inspire, connect and empower women in agriculture. A Culver’s release says their guests love to learn about the ag industry and where their food comes from. “Culver’s is proud to provide an avenue for those in the agricultural industry to share their stories through #FarmingFridays,” the release adds. Culver’s Thank You Farmers Project works to ensure that we continue to have enough food to feed our country’s growing population by supporting agricultural programs that teach smart farming.


Ag Bankers, Accountants Oppose Sugar Policy Modernization Act

The Hagstrom Report says almost 60 banks and certified public accountants that all do business with sugar growers fired off a letter to the House and Senate Ag Committees opposing the Sugar Policy Modernization Act. The legislation would make changes to the American sugar program. The bankers and accountants say in the letter, “We’ve had the opportunity to review the ‘Sugar Policy Modernization Act’ that sugar policy opponents proposed to Congress in November of 2017.” They told the committees that it’s clear the food-manufacturer opponents of sugar policy do not know what the bankers and accountants know. If this bill, or its individual elements, is adopted, it would force an oversupply in the U.S. sugar market and would effectively remove the price safety net for American sugar farmers. The collapse of domestic sugar producers would cause major disruptions in the supply chain for food manufacturers and American consumers. The economic repercussions would be severe for the many vulnerable rural communities and regional economies that depend on a strong sugar law.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service