04-12-18 Online BQA Certification Surpasses 20,000 Mark

Online BQA Certification Surpasses 20,000 Mark

CENTENNIAL, CO (April 11, 2018) – More than 20,000 individuals have gone online to obtain Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification since online training modules were relaunched on Feb. 1, 2017. BQA certifications are also available at in-person training events offered through state beef councils, cattlemen’s affiliates, extension programs and other local efforts throughout the country. The BQA program is funded by the Beef Checkoff Program. Continue reading

04-12-18 NAWG/USWA Joint Statement: Wheat Groups Applaud Decision to Negotiate for TPP Membership

Wheat Groups Applaud Decision to Negotiate for TPP Membership

ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are very happy to learn that President Trump is directing U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow to begin negotiating for the United States to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“Putting it simply, joining TPP is the best way to avoid a potentially devastating loss of wheat sales to Japan,” said USW Chairman Michael Miller, a wheat farmer from Ritzville, Wash. “If the United States joins TPP, U.S. wheat should be able to compete on a level playing field with Canadian and Australian wheat, which will soon have a major advantage once TPP is implemented. That would keep U.S. wheat sales that currently represent 50 percent of Japan’s total wheat imports competitive in this crucial market.”

“It is very encouraging that the President is taking this step,” said NAWG President Jimmie Musick, a wheat grower from Sentinel, Okla. “If we can find a way to join this trade agreement, it will go a long way toward helping protect the incomes of every American wheat farmer. We also want to thank the members of Congress who pushed very hard to see this opening.”  Continue reading

04-12-18 Chairman Conaway Introduces the Agriculture and Nutrition Act

Chairman Conaway Introduces the Agriculture and Nutrition Act

2018 Farm Bill will help address the economic challenges facing farmers and ranchers, while making historic investments in opportunities for SNAP recipients

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) introduced the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) – critical legislation to address the economic challenges facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers, while making historic investments in opportunities for SNAP recipients. Upon introducing the bill in the House, Chairman Conaway said: Continue reading

04-12-18 Senator McConnell Introduces The Hemp Farming Act of 2018

Senator McConnell Introduces The Hemp Farming Act of 2018

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading grassroots hemp advocacy organization working to change state and federal laws to allow commercial hemp farming, strongly supports the introduction and advancement of The Hemp Farming Act of 2018. Introduced on April 12, by Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), with strong support from Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and further bi-partisan support from Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, if passed, would remove federal roadblocks to the cultivation of industrial hemp, the non-drug agricultural varieties of Cannabis. The full text of the bill may be found at: http://votehemp.com/hempfarmingbill. Continue reading

04-12-18 NYFC: House farm bill draft maintains key programs for young farmers, but partisan provisions threaten passage

NYFC: House farm bill draft maintains key programs for young farmers, but partisan provisions threaten passage

NYFC praises funding for beginning farmer training, farmland conservation, and land access programs; expresses concern over partisan approach

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 12, 2018) – In response to the House Agriculture Committee’s draft of the farm bill, the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) praised portions of the bill for maintaining programs critical to the success of young farmers, including maintaining beginning farmer training and land access programs, and restoring funding for farmland conservation easements — all top farm bill priorities for NYFC. The Coalition had significant concern, however, that drastic changes to nutrition programs could threaten the bipartisan effort required to pass a farm bill before this year’s September deadline. Continue reading

04-12-18 SWCD Annual Water Seminar Presentations Available Online

Presentations Online: SWCD’s Annual Water Seminar

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Speaker Presentations Now Available Online

Thanks to an engaged audience and experts speakers, the 2018 Annual Water Seminar was a success!  Read coverage of the event in the Durango Herald. Our presenters have generously provided their presentations for review on the website.

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04-12-18 NMPF Statement on Introduction of New Farm Bill in House Agriculture Committee

NMPF Statement on Introduction of New Farm Bill in House Agriculture Committee

From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF:

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ARLINGTON, VA – “Congress made important improvements to the dairy safety net earlier this year, but as we have said repeatedly, there is more that must be done in the upcoming Farm Bill. That need is particularly urgent given the ongoing economic distress facing America’s dairy farmers.

“As the House developed its Farm Bill, we have worked closely with the leaders of the Agriculture Committee, including Chairman Mike Conaway, Ranking Member Collin Peterson, Vice Chairman Glenn Thompson and others to make further improvements to the Margin Protection Program and enhance farmers’ ability to use the Livestock Gross Margin program and other risk management tools. Continue reading

04-12-18 NFU Applauds E15 Waiver, Says More Needs to be Done for Higher Blends of Ethanol

NFU Applauds E15 Waiver, Says More Needs to be Done for Higher Blends of Ethanol

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today announced the administration would allow the year-round sale of E15, or gasoline blends comprised of 15 percent ethanol, which had previously been barred from being sold in the summer.

National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the President’s move and called on the administration to eliminate similar barriers to expanded use of higher blends of ethanol. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to the announcement:

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04-12-18 NPPC: House Farm Bill Establishes, Funds FMD Vaccine Bank

NPPC: House Farm Bill Establishes, Funds FMD Vaccine Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12 – The National Pork Producers Council hailed the House Committee on Agriculture’s inclusion in its 2018 Farm Bill of language establishing and funding a vaccine bank to combat an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD).

FMD is an infectious viral disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs and sheep; it is not a food safety or human health threat. Although the disease was last detected in the United States in 1929, it is endemic in many parts of the world.

“This is a great first step for the livestock industry,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio, and chairman of NPPC’s Farm Bill Policy Task Force. “Right now, we’re ill-prepared to deal with an FMD outbreak, which would be devastating for pork producers and other sectors of agriculture.” Continue reading

04-12-18 US House Agriculture Committee – Farm Bill – Media press Conference Call

US House Agriculture Committee – Farm Bill Media press Conference Call

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) hosted a telephone news conference on Thursday, April 12 on the introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, HR 2

U.S. Representative Conaway will shared his opening remarks and then took questions from the media, listen to the entire press conference below…

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Chairman Conaway Introduces the Agriculture and Nutrition Act

2018 Farm Bill will help address the economic challenges facing farmers and ranchers, while making historic investments in opportunities for SNAP recipients

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) introduced the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) – critical legislation to address the economic challenges facing the nation’s farmers and ranchers, while making historic investments in opportunities for SNAP recipients. Upon introducing the bill in the House, Chairman Conaway said: Continue reading

04-12-18 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Release of 2018 Farm Bill

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Release of 2018 Farm Bill

Washington, D.C., April 12, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement on the release of the 2018 Farm Bill:

“I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in crafting the 2018 Farm Bill. The trend of low commodity prices over recent years and headlines about trade disputes have caused anxiety among agricultural producers these days, so this legislation is critically important to give them some much-needed reassurance.  In my travels across the country, I have found that farmers have confidence in President Trump’s ability to negotiate strong trade deals with other nations, but they also want a strong, bipartisan Farm Bill that puts their needs above Washington, D.C. politics.  While there is still much work to be done, I am pleased that this Farm Bill aligns with many of the principlesUSDA released in January.  I look forward to working with the Agriculture Committees and members of Congress from both sides to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill in a timely fashion to provide the needed support and certainty to our farmers.  The Trump Administration has made rural prosperity a priority for the country, and a Farm Bill that works for agriculture is a key component of the agenda.”

04-12-18 Northern Water: C-BT Water Quota Increased to 80 Percent

C-BT WATER QUOTA INCREASED TO 80 PERCENT

BERTHOUD – Strong regional water storage coupled with below-average precipitation prompted the Northern Water Board of Directors to increase its 2018 quota allocation for the Colorado-Big Thompson Project to 80 percent.

The Board unanimously approved the allocation at its meeting Thursday at Northern Water’s Berthoud headquarters.

Sarah Smith, a water resources engineer at Northern Water, said total storage in the region was above average for the fifth-straight year. While Colorado precipitation has been below average this winter, recent storms boosted the snowpack in the northern portion of the state.

“The Poudre basin did benefit quite a bit from those storms,” she said. Continue reading

04-12-18 NAWG Responds to the House Committee on Agriculture’s Release of its 2018 Farm Bill Text

NAWG Responds to the House Committee on Agriculture’s Release of its 2018 Farm Bill Text

Washington, D.C. (April 12, 2018) Today, the House Committee on Agriculture released its language for its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. In response, NAWG President Jimmie Musick made the following statement:

“We are glad to see that the House is taking a first step in the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization process by releasing its draft bill. NAWG is currently reviewing the text and will continue to work with Members of the Committee and their staff to ensure our priorities are addressed in the bill.”  Continue reading

CEI’s Statement from Myron Ebell on EPA deputy administrator nominee Andrew Wheeler…

CEI’s Myron Ebell on EPA deputy administrator nominee Andrew Wheeler:

“Andrew Wheeler is a great choice to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He has the experience and the expertise necessary to manage the agency and to make sure that the reforms undertaken by Administrator Pruitt will be fully implemented. Continue reading

04-12-18 US House Agriculture Committee – FarmBill: We’ve Laid the Groundwork…

US House Agriculture Committee – FarmBill: We’ve Laid the Groundwork…

Three years, 114 hearings, six listening sessions and countless industry meetings have laid the groundwork for the 2018 Farm Bill. The House Agriculture Committee is ready to deliver a strong farm bill for producers, consumers and all of rural America.

For more information regarding the 2018 Farm Bill visit agriculture.house.gov/farmbill.

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04-12-18 Inside the BARN and FarmCast Radio with NACD w/Secretary-Treasurer Kim LeFleur: NACD Fly-In Recap, Farm Bill, Upcoming Events & More…

Inside the BARN and FarmCast Radio with NACD w/Secretary-Treasurer Kim LeFleur: NACD Fly-In Recap, Farm Bill, Upcoming Events & More

BRIGGSDALE, CO – April 12, 2018 – Within this month’s interview with the National Association of Conservation Districts, Kim LeFleur, who serves as Secretary-Treasurer on the Board of Directors weighs in on several issues from her home state of Massachusetts, including:

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04-12-18 US House Agriculture Committee-FarmBill: Working on Food Stamps – WSJ Op-ED

Working on Food Stamps

A House GOP reform would help the able-bodied get off the dole…

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A common refrain from businesses is that they can’t find enough workers. The unemployment rate is a low 4.1%, but one reason for the shortage are government benefits that corrode a culture of work. So credit to House Republicans for trying to fix disincentives in food stamps amid what are sure to be nasty and dishonest attacks.

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway on Thursday will introduce a farm bill, though food stamps absorb much of the cost. More than 40 million Americans are in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the official name for food stamps, and the figure is up from about 17 million in 2000. The size of the benefits has also increased, and the program cost has exploded to about $70 billion a year. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for April 12th

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Weekly Export Sales for April 12th

04-12-18 NFU: A Farm Bill is Just Around the Corner – Take Action Today!

NFU: A Farm Bill is Just Around the Corner – Take Action Today!

After much anticipation and heated deliberations, the House Agriculture Committee is expected to release its draft of the 2018 Farm Bill sometime this week.
A few details have emerged about the draft. According to The Progressive Farmer, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will likely be slightly amended, with an expected increase of the acreage cap from 24 million to 29 million acres, and an expected decrease of rental rates to 80 percent of the average rental value in a county. Additionally, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more familiarly known as food stamps, may see budget cuts and more stringent work requirements. This has been an ongoing partisan sticking point in this year’s efforts. President Trump has voiced support for such changes as recently as Tuesday, when he signed an executive order calling for stricter work requirements for a number of welfare programs, including SNAP. (As we have noted previously, SNAP already includes employment mandates, allowing able-bodied adults without dependents to only receive benefits for 3 months in 3 years if they do not meet work requirements. As a result, 79 percent of participating adults are working, looking for work, or cannot work due to a disability, while most others are full-time caretakers for children or relatives with disabilities.)

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