04-23-18 CFB ADVISORY: Student Group to Host Opioid Epidemic Summit at Adams State University, April 27

CFB ADVISORY: Student Group to Host Opioid Epidemic Summit at Adams State University, April 27

What: The Adams State University Collegiate Farm Bureau will host the Opioid Epidemic Summit to gather leaders from healthcare, law enforcement, rural development and other community programs to discuss the opioid epidemic in the San Luis Valley.

Where: Adams State University, Carson Auditorium, 98 Monterey Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101

When: April 27, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Who: Industry professionals from the local community will talk about various aspects of opioid abuse and it’s impact on the public. Speakers include:  Continue reading

04-23-18 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Cosponsor Bipartisan Bill to Legalize Hemp

US Senators Bennet, Gardner Cosponsor Bipartisan Bill to Legalize Hemp

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) this week cosponsored the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances. The legislation also would give states the opportunity to become the primary regulators of hemp, allow hemp researchers to apply for competitive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ensure growers in the West can access water, and make hemp farmers eligible to apply for crop insurance.

“It’s past time for Washington to recognize the growth of hemp as an agricultural commodity and legalize it nationwide,” Bennet said. “This bipartisan legislation builds on the successful pilot program we created in the 2014 Farm Bill, eliminating federal barriers and providing certainty for states and hemp growers. We’ll continue working with Senate leadership on behalf of Colorado’s hemp farmers and entrepreneurs to pass this bill.”

“Removing industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act is a commonsense move which would create jobs and get the government out of the way of Colorado’s farmers and agricultural industry,” Gardner said. “Hemp has the potential to be a major boon to Colorado agriculture, giving farmers another viable and profitable option for their fields.” Continue reading

04-23-18 Inside CCALT w/Executive Director Erik Glenn…

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Inside CCALT w/Executive Director Erik Glenn

Leopold Award, Conservation Easements, Farm Bill, Upcoming Events & More…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio Briggsdale, CO) April 23, 2018 – Joining the CO Ag News Network to talk about conservation easements is Colorado Agricultural Land Trust’s Executive Director Erik Glenn, discussing several topics including:


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04-23-18 SARE: Now Available: Session Recordings of the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Now Available: Session Recordings of the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Whether you attended or not, we hope you’ll find use in revisiting the educational, cutting-edge sessions from the 2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. All session recordings are now available on the SARE website: browse by session topic or by this list of all recordings.

This gathering of some of the nation’s most innovative producers, educators, scientists and conservation leaders featured in-depth sessions on a wide range of topics, including many sessions led by farmers who shared their insights. Taken together, these session recordings capture some of the latest research and farmer experiences with cover crops, increasingly seen as a critical conservation practice throughout American agriculture.

Plenary session highlights include: Continue reading

04-23-18 USDA Reestablishes Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, Seeks Nominees

USDA Reestablishes Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, Seeks Nominees

April 23, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will reestablish the charter for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) and seeks nominations to fill all 25 positions on the FVIAC. FVIAC was established by USDA in 2001 to examine issues facing the fruit and vegetable industry and to provide ideas on ways to improve programs to better meet the changing needs of the produce industry. Continue reading

04-23-18 Take Advantage of the Early Bird Registration for the 2018 Pedal the Plains September 14-16

Take Advantage of the Early Bird Registration for the 2018 Pedal the Plains September 14-16

The route and host communities for the 2018 Pedal The Plains presented by Viaero Wireless will be announced on Wednesday April 25th at the State Capital with Governor John Hickenlooper at 10:15am. It is so hard not to just reveal it right now – it is going to be a great year for Pedal The Plains! We have some exciting and new things happening and some great communities involved!
Some of you have been dying to register regardless of the route, just because you love the ride! So to that end, go ahead and register with a $15 discount!
Use the code: EarlyBird (Code is valid on through April 24th)
And feel free to join us at 10:15am on the lawn of the State Capital on Wednesday April 25th. We will take registrations there too!
This is going to be fun!

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04-23-18 Red Angus Association Releases Two New EPDs Aimed at Increasing Efficiency

Red Angus Association Releases Two New EPDs Aimed at Increasing Efficiency

Denver – Beef producers consistently look toward the horizon for new tools to help them improve their bottom line. The Red Angus Association of America has a long history of supporting commercial cattlemen and women who are dedicated to efficiently producing high-quality beef. The recent release of two new Red Angus EPDs, targeted at providing producers with additional selection tools to meet their goals, exemplifies this effort. Continue reading

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Peterson: Pelosi Didn’t Direct Farm Bill, but Ryan May Have

Republicans in the House have accused Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of pushing Democrats on the House Agricultural Committee to oppose the House version of the farm bill. The biggest objection is over proposed changes to the nutrition title. However, ranking member Collin Peterson of Minnesota told the Hagstrom Report that he hadn’t discussed the farm bill with her until last Tuesday evening. Peterson described Pelosi as surprised that Republicans accused her of being behind the Democrats opposition to the farm bill. The House Ag Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 26-20, with all Democrats opposed. Pelosi had issued a statement earlier criticizing the farm bill. However, Peterson said he’d told her they would talk about the bill when he had something to tell her, and that was the Tuesday before the markup. Peterson says Pelosi was not aware of the detailed politics in the committee Democrats’ opposition to the bill. Peterson says he’s seen evidence that the retiring Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, is behind the changes to the nutrition title, which attach work requirements to the food stamp program. He says Ryan sees it as his welfare reform bill before he leaves Congress. Peterson says, “The Speaker put this in the bill because he couldn’t get anything else done with welfare reform.”


Wildfire Aid Amendment Included in Farm Bill Proposal

Wildfires have burned major portions of Oklahoma, as well as several other areas in the High Plains, over the past week. In an attempt to give better aid to people in those areas, a Drover’s report says Kansas Republican Representative Roger Marshall proposed an amendment that was included in the House Farm Bill, which passed out of the Ag Committee on April 18. Marshall says the wildfires burning across Kansas and Oklahoma bring back memories of the wildfires that burned large numbers of acres in 2017. “While the USDA response to help producers recover has been good, it’s important that we take time to figure out how to improve ways to help farmers in the future,” he says. Two separate fires in northwest Oklahoma have burned more than 350,000 acres since April 12. Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado have all been dealing with smaller wildfires over the past few weeks. The amendment is intended to streamline the application and approval processes for producers to get resources more quickly when applying to the Emergency Conservation Program to rebuild their fences. The amendment also simplifies the program administration for Farm Service Agency employees. There aren’t any guarantees the amendment stays in the finished 2018 Farm Bill.


Dicamba Legal Battle Continues in Arkansas

Nearly 200 farmers have obtained temporary restraining orders against the Arkansas in-season ban on dicamba use. A DTN report says judges in three counties have granted restraining orders in response to last-minutes complaints filed by farmers. The office of State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is filing appeals of those decisions to the state Supreme Court. In the meantime, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office says those farmers are free to use dicamba while the orders are in place. Nicole Ryan, communications director for the attorney general, says the state Plant Board will enforce the federal label requirements for the farmers who are spraying dicamba while the country restraining orders are in place. “The attorney general will be seeking expedited stays from the supreme court, which would halt the judges’ decisions until the appeals are decided,” Ryan says. In spite of the temporary restraining orders, Monsanto has opted not to sell its XtendiMax herbicide with Vapor Grip Technology, even though it’s registered for use in Arkansas on soybeans and cotton. Spokesman Kyle Richards says the company needs a stable and predictable environment before they’re able to make their product available to growers that want to use it. The Arkansas State Plant Board made it illegal to use dicamba between April 15 and October 31.  


Soybean Farmers Can’t Replace Chinese Business

U.S. soybean exports could drop as much as 65 percent if the back-and-forth trade rhetoric battle between the two largest economies causes China to slap on retaliatory tariffs. Politico says that number comes from a soon-to-be-published report out of Purdue University. Earlier this month, China said it will put a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans if President Trump follows through on his plan to punish China for forced technology transfers by implementing American tariffs on Chinese goods. If the trade war actually happens and tariffs are put in place, China will rely on Brazil soybeans to fill in the gap. Brazil is currently the largest soybean exporter to China. U.S. soybean farmers likely could find some substitute business by expanding into other markets that currently import Brazilian beans. Wally Tyner, professor of ag economics at Purdue, says, “Brazil will take a big chunk of our market with China, and we’ll take a chunk of Brazil’s business in other countries.” However, increasing exports to other countries like the European Union, Mexico, Indonesia, and Japan, still won’t make up for a major loss of business with China, worth nearly $14 billion.  


Russia Approves Bayer Acquisition of Monsanto

Bayer announced another country has given its approval of the company’s purchase of Monsanto. A Dow Jones report says Russia has given conditional approval of Bayer’s $57 billion acquisition of Monsanto if the German company agrees to transfer certain technologies to Russian recipients. Under the approval terms, Bayer agreed to transfer molecular breeding assets in several crops for a period of five years. The company didn’t specify who the Russian recipients of the transfer would be. Bayer says it’s agreed to grant non-discriminatory access to digital-farming technologies after the products have been launched in Russia. The approval means Bayer is one step closer to achieving its goal of acquiring Monsanto, first announced in 2016. Bayer still plans on closing out the process in the second quarter of this year. Bayer got conditional approval from the European Commission in March and still awaits approval from the U.S. Department of Justice.


Rural Mainstreet Index Hurt by Trade Concerns

The Rural Mainstreet Index, which measures the economic outlook in rural America, was hit hard by rural bankers who expressed concerns about trade tensions and their effect on the farm economy. “An unresolved North American Free Trade Agreement and rising trade tensions with China are significant concerns,” says Ernie Goss, Creighton University economist and author of the Rural Mainstreet Index. The confidence index is a sub-category of the overall index and expresses the outlook for six months into the future. It dropped from 58 in March to an index of 50 this month. The index range is 0 to 100, with 50 being a growth-neutral reading. The overall index dropped somewhat but did remain above growth-neutral for a third-straight month. Goss says that indicates an upward trend with improving economic growth. “However, weak farm income continues to weigh on the rural economy,” says Goss. Bankers in the ten-state RMI district have unresolved concerns about trade matters. Over three-quarters of rural bankers (76.2%) say export markets are very important to their local economy.  

SOURCE: NAFB News Service