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

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Perdue:  Administration Unlikely to Cap RIN Prices

An Agri-Pulse report says it appears that the Trump administration will not be putting a cap on the price of biofuel credits, known as Renewable Identification Numbers. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the administration will more likely try to bring down the cost of RINs through a vapor pressure waiver that will increase demand for E-15. That’s the outcome favored by the ethanol industry. Perdue described the possible scenario at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Perdue says, “We will not see RIN prices capped, but market prices, affecting the RVP waiver, that allows E-15 to be sold year round, which we believe will increase RIN availability and drive down the prices.” The report says it’s important to remember that the uncertainty created by President Trump’s discussions on biofuel policy have already knocked down RIN prices considerably. It’s interesting to note that since the discussions began in October, when RIN prices were at 98 cents, they’ve now dropped to 38 cents as of last week. “The conversation has already been helpful in that area of driving RIN prices down,” Perdue adds.

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Trump Administration Formally Requests Fast-Track Extension

President Trump formally requested a three-year extension of trade promotion authority on Tuesday. Politico says the trade promotion authority allows the president to negotiate free trade agreements that he can submit to Congress under fast-track approval procedures. However, the request comes amid growing concerns in the Republican party over the direction of the administration’s trade policy. Trump’s message to Congress says, “I hope my administration can continue to work with Congress to pursue new and better trade deals for America’s workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.” Congress last passed trade promotion authority in 2015, during one of the biggest Congressional battles over trade in years. Now that the president has made the formal request, Congress has a three-month window to block renewal by passing a resolution of disapproval. Since Republicans control both the House and Senate, Politico says many viewed approval as a sure thing. But, Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch of Utah tied the TPA renewal process to concerns that many Republicans have about the administration’s ideas on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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European Union Approves Bayer Takeover of Monsanto, with Conditions

German chemical company Bayer was given conditional European Union approval in its acquisition of Monsanto. A Dow Jones report says the takeover bid, which is worth more than $60 billion, was only approved after both companies agreed to divest themselves of assets worth more than $7.3 billion dollars, in order to ease antitrust concerns. As a large part of the divestiture, Bayer plans to sell company assets to BASF, including most of its global broad acre seed and trait business, as well as three lines of research for non-selective herbicides. Monsanto’s nematode seed-treatment assets will also be sold to BASF, which will also buy Bayer’s entire vegetable seeds business. The EU Competition Commission also says that Bayer and BASF will have to prove that BASF can be an active competitor of the merged company. The acquisition can only be finalized if and when the commission signs off on the BASF acquisitions. The Dow Jones report quotes the Competition Commission Chair as saying their decision ensures that there will be effective competition and innovation in seeds, pesticides, and digital agriculture markets after the merger is complete.

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U.S. Talking With Other Countries About Tariff Exemptions

The U.S. is currently discussing the possibility of steel and aluminum tariff exemptions with a handful of other countries. A Reuters report says America is currently in talks with the European Union, Australia, and Argentina. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testified before the House Ways and Means Committee today (Wednesday) that President Donald Trump will soon make a decision on imposing tariffs against China. Washington has accused China of stealing U.S. intellectual property. A separate Reuters report says the president may target up to $60 billion in imports from China, using a mixture of tariffs and investment restrictions. Lighthizer told the committee that, “We’re losing to China in ways that are not reflective of the underlying economics.” Brazil is also a possibility when it comes to discussing tariff exemptions. South Korea is an exemption possibility, but Lighthizer says those discussions would take place during the negotiations to update the U.S. trade agreement with South Korea, known as KORUS. The U.S. has already granted tariff exemptions for Canada and Mexico.

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John Deere Concerned About Trade Retaliation

The world’s largest maker of agriculture equipment, Deere and Company, is worried that possible trade tensions between the U.S. and other countries could affect its machinery sales. A Bloomberg report says the steel and aluminum tariffs on imports to America will have an impact on the company. But, Deere is much more worried about possible trade retaliation that could target American agricultural products. CEO Sam Allen says, “If China no longer buys U.S. soybeans or Mexico no longer purchases U.S. corn, that would be really bad for our customers and would be very impactful on us.” Allen says about one-third of U.S. agriculture is exported. He notes that trade flow could be interrupted if President Trump would follow through on threats to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, or if China imposes its own tariffs and quotas on American goods. When it comes to manufacturing their products, Deere says steel mills will be able to increase their prices significantly. Allen says the price of steel could legitimately rise up to 30 percent in a short period of time.

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NFU Concerned About Harmful Modifications to Section 199A

Congressional appropriators revealed an omnibus appropriations bill that includes significant and harmful modifications to an important tax break for farmers and agricultural cooperatives. The break is known as Section 199A, was included in last year’s tax overhaul, as a means of leveling the playing field between ag cooperatives and corporations who received a sizeable tax break in the legislation. The National Farmers Union opposed these changes to the tax provision. In responding to the omnibus language, NFU President Roger Johnson says, “We are deeply disappointed that Congress included harmful modifications to Section 199A in this must-pass legislation. Reverting back to Section 199, in light of double-digit corporate tax relief, leaves farmers and their cooperatives worse off than prior to the passage of the Tax Reform and Jobs Act.” He added that there were several bipartisan compromises to remedy challenges associated with 199A that ensured farmers and cooperatives wouldn’t be worse off. Johnson says, “Those compromises were disregarded in favor of corporate interests.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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03-20-18 Condensed Schedule for 2018 Wyoming State Fair

Condensed Schedule for 2018 Wyoming State Fair

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff – The Wyoming State Fair is condensing the schedule for the 106th fair from the eight day schedule of past years to an action packed and active four day schedule.

The 2018 Wyoming State Fair will kick off Wednesday, August 15th and will finish strong on Saturday, August 18th.

“The condensed schedule will increase daily activity on the grounds for the duration of the fair while shortening the time away from home for families, vendors, and young people who participate in the fair,” said James Goodrich, Director of the Wyoming State Fair. “We believe it will be easier for youth from across the state to attend and compete at the Wyoming State Fair.” Continue reading

03-20-18 National Ag Day – New Bayer Study Reveals Concerns About the Industry’s Future

National Ag Day – New Bayer Study Reveals Concerns About the Industry’s Future

Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Tomorrow’s Global Challenges? New Study Suggests We Have Work to Do.

Statistics Show 80 Percent of High School Science Teachers Believe Agri-Science Is Important, but Only 22 Percent Teach It

Bayer and National 4-H Council “Science Matters” Initiative Seeks to Boost Education and Interest in Agri-Science

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (March 13, 2018) – As the agriculture and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) communities celebrate National Ag Day, a new study released today found that more than 80 percent of high school science teachers surveyed think agricultural science is important, but only 22 percent say it makes up at least some of their lesson plans.

Sponsored by Bayer in collaboration with National 4-H Council, the survey found that fewer than half of the teachers surveyed felt qualified to teach agri-science. Some 48 percent believe there is less emphasis placed on learning this particular STEM industry today as compared to 15 years ago.

“Food security, reliable access to safe and affordable food, is one of the most significant challenges of our time with most experts predicting that by 2050, population demands from nearly 10 billion people will require a 60 percent increase in global food production,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of National 4-H Council. “Science matters now more than ever. We need to create educational opportunities that inspire a new generation of leaders willing to tackle this challenge.”

Bayer and National 4-H Council also conducted a survey of more than 1,000 parents of high school students. The survey found that 86 percent of parents agree it’s important for the country’s future success to encourage pursuit of careers in the agricultural industries, and 68 percent said the industry provides exciting career opportunities. However, nearly 70 percent of respondents do not believe their children will pursue a career in agri-science, even though data from the United States Department of Agriculture shows tens of thousands of jobs each year in agriculture go unfilled by qualified candidates. Continue reading

03-20-18 NAWG: Wheat Researchers and Farmers Take to Capital Hill to Discuss Research Priorities for Wheat

NAWG: Wheat Researchers and Farmers Take to Capital Hill to Discuss Research Priorities for Wheat 

Washington, D.C. (March 20, 2018) – Today concluded the 2018 National Wheat Improvement Committee Fly-in, where more than 20 researchers and farmers from across the country visited Capitol Hill to discuss with Members of Congress and their staff the importance federal funding of research to the wheat industry. The NWIC is comprised of 24 members representing regional public and private sector researchers, growers and the food processing industry.

“Growers are dealing more and more with extreme weather conditions, disease, and pest challenges, which can only be addressed through public and private research efforts,” said Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Grower.  “In order to maintain an adequate food supply and keep the United States as the source of premier quality wheat on the world market, we must have robust and stable federal, state, and private investment in wheat research.”  Continue reading

03-20-18 National Cattlewomen Name Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program Winners

The 2018 winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program announced at the Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Az. The three winners are (pictured center, left to right) Ashley Huntsberger, Smith, NV., Will Shelby, Madill, Ok., Taylor Evans, Mobile, Al., and Evelyn Greene, ANCW Collegiate Beef Advocacy manager. Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship.

National Cattlewomen Name Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program Winners

Scholarship Winners of $2,000

PHOENIX, AZ, FEBRUARY 2018 – Developing future beef advocates and leaders for the beef industry is the goal for the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program.  The program is managed by the National Cattlewomen, Inc. organization.

The collegiate advocacy program matches the vision and purpose of the National Cattlewomen to ensure the advocates learn leadership skills and build knowledge for beef to carry forth in their careers for the beef industry.  This program is designed for college students. The program connects the collegiate advocates to the beef industry where they can have unlimited access to leadership, their peers on campus universities, cattlemen, cattlewomen and beef industry professionals.  

Three winners of the Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program selected for this year are Ms. Taylor Evans, Mobile, Al., Ms. Ashley Huntsberger, Smith, NV., and Mr. Will Shelby, Madill, OK. The announcement of the winners took place at the Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, AZ.  

During the year, the three recipients will create a beef advocacy program to execute on a college campus, within their community with an organization outside the beef community. This program helps collegiates develop their passion for beef advocacy by providing training, resources, and experiences.  The goal is to prepare college-aged students today to become tomorrow’s voice for the beef community.

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03-20-18 NACD FLY-IN UNITES CONSERVATION LEADERS ON CAPITOL HILL

NACD FLY-IN UNITES CONSERVATION LEADERS ON CAPITOL HILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) assembled on Capitol Hill alongside conservation leaders to advocate for locally-led conservation.

This year’s fly-in united 150 conservation district officials representing 27 states from across the country. Members met with their representatives to communicate the value of farm bill conservation programs and why funding for these programs and technical assistance is so crucial.

“Conservation must have a seat at the table,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “With the farm bill at the forefront of everyone’s minds, our members hit the halls of Congress to rally support for voluntary, locally-led conservation. These folks are the boots on the ground, the workforce behind preserving our nation’s natural resources.” Continue reading

03-20-18 Colorado to Receive $29,015,796 in funding for Conservation and Sportsmen Access

Colorado to Receive $29,015,796 in funding for Conservation and Sportsmen Access

Interior announces funds from Fort Carson 

FORT CARSON, Colorado –  Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced $29,015,796 million in funding for Colorado from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson (PRDJ) Sport Fish Restoration acts. The announcement was made by Interior’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Downey Magallanes from the Cheyenne Mountain Archery and Shooting Range Complex–a partnership between the U.S.  Continue reading

03-20-18 NRCS Seeks Partners for Easement Restoration

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NRCS Seeks Partners for Easement Restoration

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2018 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking assistance to complete restoration work of degraded wetlands, floodplains and forestlands.

NRCS is requesting proposals from qualified individuals and organizations to implement restoration activities on eligible easement properties. Up to $250 million is available for these restoration projects in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands Area – Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Potential applicants should review the funding opportunity, USDA-NRCS-US-WRP-ACEP- EWPP-HFRP-18-01, at https://www.grants.gov/ offsite link image    , which includes application materials and submission procedures. Applications must be received by 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on May 18, 2018. Continue reading

03-20-18 Inside the NRCS-CO with Petra Popiel: National Ag Week, National Ag Day, NRCS Programs & more…

Inside the NRCS-CO with Petra Popiel: National Ag Week, National Ag Day, NRCS Programs & more…

(The BARN  / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 20, 2018 – Ag Day is every day for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Joining the BARN and FarmCast Radio with an update from NRCS-CO is Public Information Officer Petra Popiel

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03-20-18 Inside the Colorado Foundation For Agriculture with New Executive Director Jennifer Scharpe…

Inside the Colorado Foundation For Agriculture with New Executive Director Jennifer Scharpe…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 20, 2018 – The Colorado Foundation For Agriculture and Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom has a new Executive Director…it’s Jennifer Scharpe and she joins the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio inside the BARN to talk about her background, her new position, and provides the latest CFA news and upcoming events…

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03-20-18 ‘Thank you’ to ag industry for $23.2M in donations to local food banks, among highlights of Thursday’s Agriculture Day at the Capitol

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‘Thank you’ to ag industry for $23.2 million in donations to local food banks
among highlights of Thursday’s Agriculture Day at the Capitol

Recognition of the Colorado agriculture industry’s $23.2 million in donations to local food banks last year will serve as one of the highlights at the upcoming Agriculture Day at the Capitol.

The organizations that make up the Colorado Ag Council will host Agriculture Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 22, in Denver – an event that will feature the teaming up of 14 local chefs with lawmakers and ag representatives in a cook-off competition of Colorado-grown foods, as well as a big “thank you” delivered by representatives of Colorado’s Feeding America food banks.

The local agriculture industry’s product and monetary contributions to Colorado’s five Feeding America food banks totaled up to $23,218,914 during 2017.

Agriculture Day at the Capitol, which takes place at the State Capitol Building (200 E. Colfax Ave.), has become one of the most popular events under the Golden Dome – attended by about 1,000 people each year, including the governor, state legislators, farmers, ranchers and many others.

The public and media are all invited to attend the event, which is held in conjunction with National Agriculture Week. Continue reading

03-20-18 NFU Celebrates National Agriculture Day

NFU Celebrates National Agriculture Day

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Recognizes Family Farmers’ Full Breadth of Contributions to Everyday Life

WASHINGTON – As the national agriculture community joins together to celebrate National Agriculture Day, National Farmers Union (NFU) is recognizing family farmers and ranchers for the wide array of contributions they make to consumers’ everyday life. This year’s National Ag Day theme is “Food for Life.”

“National Ag Day provides a special opportunity to highlight family farm agriculture and why it is of vital importance to our communities and to our country,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Americans have access to an abundance of safe and affordable food when we visit the grocery store because of the daily sacrifices of family farmers and ranchers. When we stop by the gas station, we’re paying less for gasoline because of biofuels grown by family farmers. Nearly half of our nation’s land is taken care of by family farmers, and our waterways and ecosystems benefit from their stewardship. Whether you’re from a rural town, a big city, or somewhere in between, you benefit economically, environmentally, and socially from family farm agriculture. Continue reading