04-24-18 Farm Service Agency Makes Administrative Change to the Livestock Indemnity Program

Farm Service Agency Makes Administrative Change to the Livestock Indemnity Program

CANADIAN, Texas, April 24, 2018 – Starting today, agricultural producers who have lost livestock to disease, resulting from a weather disaster, have an additional way to become eligible for a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance program. USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced an administrative clarification nationwide to the Livestock Indemnity Program. In the event of disease, this change by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) authorizes local FSA county committees to accept veterinarian certifications that livestock deaths were directly related to adverse weather and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management. The committees may then use this certification to allow eligibility for producers on a case-by-case basis for LIP.

“This change is part of USDA’s broader effort to better serve America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters through flexible and effective programs,” said Northey, who is in Texas today visiting with ranchers impacted by drought and wildfire. “America’s farmers feed our nation and much of the world, and throughout history they have known good years and bad years. But when disaster strikes, USDA is ready to step in and help.” Continue reading

04-24-18 Cellerate® process technology offers opportunity for ethanol producers to access new markets and increase ROI potential for co-products

Cellerate® process technology provides dry grind ethanol producers the opportunity to move away from low value commodity fuels and dried distillers grains (DDG) and into high value D3 RINs and DDG markets.

Cellerate® process technology offers opportunity for ethanol producers to access new markets and increase ROI potential for co-products

  • Demonstrated potential to significantly increase total ethanol production, improve feed protein levels and corn oil production, and generate cellulosic ethanol D3 income
  • Cellerate process technology has generated nearly 40 percent of all D3 ethanol RINs produced since 20141
  • April 26 webinar will discuss how dry grind ethanol plants can leverage corn kernel fiber to be more competitive

MINNETONKA, Minn., U.S.A., April 24, 2018 – As ethanol plants seek new ways to be more competitive, advances in corn kernel fiber to ethanol processes have shown significant promise in adding value through the diversification of product streams.

“Over the last decade, existing dry grind ethanol plants have strived to extract value out of the corn kernel through maximizing production and capture of ethanol, carbon dioxide, dried distillers grains (DDG), and oil,” said Dr. Miloud Araba, head, technical services for Enogen at Syngenta. “Cellerate® process technology converts corn kernel fiber into a diversified income stream and has been producing D3 RIN-qualifying cellulosic ethanol on a commercial scale at Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) since 2014. QCCP has generated nearly 40 percent of all D3 ethanol RINs produced over the past three and one-half years.” Continue reading

04-24-18 CEI Commends EPA Move to End Use of Secret Science

CEI Commends EPA Move to End Use of Secret Science

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2018 — Today, Competitive Enterprise Institute policy experts attended an event at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule to strengthen the science used in determining and issuing EPA regulations.

CEI Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini said the following about the announcement:

“Administrator Pruitt deserves praise for taking another bold step to ensure that EPA regulators rely on the best available science when making regulatory decisions and that they make the underlying data publicly available. Making data available enables others to validate or invalidate findings by attempting to reproduce the results, which is an essential component of good science.  Continue reading

04-24-18 USDA Designates Two Counties in Colorado as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Utah

USDA Designates Two Counties in Colorado as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Utah

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Mesa and Otero counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in Colorado also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:

Bent Delta Gunnison Las Animas Pitkin
Crowley Garfield Kiowa Montrose Pueblo

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties of Grand and San Juan in Utah also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Continue reading

04-24-18 Support the Colorado Auctioneers Foundation & Colorado Auctioneers Association Online Scholarship Fundraising Auction NOW thru May 7th

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Colorado Auctioneers Association

This is an Online Only Auction

Date(s) 4/19/2018 – 5/7/2018

This auction will be conducted as an online only auction. Auction will begin closing at 8:00pm on May 7th. There will be an auto extend in the case of bids being placed within the final moments of the auction.

04-24-18 Make plans to attend the 2018 Soil Health Institute’s Annual Meeting August 1-3 in Albuquerque, NM

Make plans to attend the 2018 Soil Health Institute’s Annual Meeting August 1-3 in Albuquerque, NM

Registration is Open!

Registration for the Soil Health Institute’s 3rd Annual Meeting is now open! Please take a moment to register here.

Reservations Are Open

The Soil Health Institute’s 3rd Annual Meeting will take place August 1-3, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. Please take a moment to reserve your room.

Any attendees who wish to use the government rate must select the option “I have an access code” and enter their government access code.

Join us in Albuquerque

Conference registration and hotel room reservations are available for the Soil Health Institute’s 3rd Annual Meeting August 1-3.


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04-24-18 Soil Health Institute 3rd Annual Meeting: Call for Posters

Soil Health Institute 3rd Annual Meeting: Call for Posters

The Soil Health Institute seeks submissions for Poster Presentations at its 3rdAnnual Meeting to be held August 1-3, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM.  Presenters must be present from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., August 1, 2018.

Poster presentations must be relevant to soil health. Information must be sufficiently transparent, detailed, and rigorous to support a scientific discussion.

Online applications are due by 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2018, and must designate the primary presenter, author(s), primary contact information, and affiliation(s). The application requires an abbreviated abstract, as well as a head/shoulders photograph of the primary presenter that will be used to promote the Poster Session. Continue reading

04-24-18 Inside NRCS-CO w/State Conservationist Clint Evans…

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Inside NRCS-CO w/State Conservationist Clint Evans…

Conservation Planning, EQIP & CSP Signup & More

Clint Evans, NRCS-CO State Conservationist

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) April 24, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Clint Evans, State Conservationist with NRCS-CO discussing several topics including:

  • Importance of conservation planning for drought
  • Conservation and production go hand in hand to improve farmers and ranchers bottom line
  • Continuous sign up for EQIP and CSP
  • Conservation District local work group meetings – setting resource priorities
  • 1st Annual CSU Water in the West Symposium April 26-27
  • & More
To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…


For additional information about USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado please visit www.co.nrcs.usda.gov or please call 720-544-2810.

04-24-18 Inside NAWG with President Jimmie Musick…

Inside NAWG with President Jimmie Musick…

2018 Farm Bill, National Wheat Yield Contest & More

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) April 24, 2018 – Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network is Jimmie Musick, President of the National Association of Wheat Growers discussing several topics including:

  • Current Wheat Conditions
  • US House version of the 2018 Farm Bill
  • US Senate’s version of the 2018 Farm Bill
  • Trade – NAFTA & Trans Pacific Partnership
  • Potential Trade War with China
  • 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest – Entries due by May 15th!
  • & More



04-24-18 USDA-NRCS: 2018 Omnibus Bill Nixes DUNS and SAM Requirements for Farmers

USDA-NRCS: 2018 Omnibus Bill Nixes DUNS and SAM Requirements for Farmers

WASHINGTON, APRIL 24 — Effective immediately, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) financial assistance program participants will no longer need a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Number System (DUNS) number, or to register in the System for Award Management (SAM). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (2018 Omnibus Bill), signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, eliminated these requirements.

According to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, DUNS and SAM were designed for billion-dollar government contractors, not everyday farmers trying to support their families. These changes help streamline the customer experience of farmers, which is a top priority at USDA, he said.

“This change greatly simplifies the contracting process for our customers and staff,” said Acting NRCS Chief Leonard Jordan. “Conservation program participants will soon receive letters from their local NRCS office with more details.” Continue reading

04-24-18 EPA Announces Availability of Funding to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines Nationwide

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EPA Announces Availability of Funding to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines Nationwide

Preference given to fleets in areas facing air quality challenges

DENVER (April 24, 2018) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to modernize the nation’s diesel fleet by retrofitting or replacing vehicles with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds.

“These grants will incentivize improvements to aging diesel fleets and improve air quality throughout the country,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA will continue to target funds to areas facing significant air quality issues.” Continue reading

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Comprehensive New NAFTA Coming Soon

Negotiators from Mexico, the U.S., and Canada are still pushing hard to get a “comprehensive” new North American Free Trade Agreement in place. Politico says negotiators from the three NAFTA countries have been meeting regularly in recent weeks, hoping for breakthroughs on some of the toughest issues yet to deal with. Those remaining issues include auto rules of origin, labor, and dispute settlement mechanisms. “We are certainly in a more intense period of the negotiations and are making good progress,” says Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer appeared confident in recent meetings with administration officials and Congress that he will be able to reach a preliminary NAFTA agreement in the next couple of weeks. The goal would then be to have a preliminary agreement in place by May fourth. U.S. officials have set a goal of Congressional approval before the lawmakers head home for the December holidays on December 13. Mexico’s own legislative session ends on August 31 and any renegotiated deal would have to be passed before then.  


Mexico/European Union Reach Trade Deal

The European Commission announced over the weekend that the European Union and Mexico had reached a free trade deal. A CNN Money report says the deal virtually eliminates tariffs on “practically all goods” traded between EU members and Mexico. The EU and Mexico said last year they would upgrade their trade talks to update the agreement they signed back in 2000. The announcement came at the same time that the U.S. was threatening to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico and the EU appeared to take a shot at U.S. President Donald Trump when they announced the deal, calling it a defense of open and rules-based trade. The European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, said over the weekend that Mexico and the EU worked together to reach a mutually beneficial outcome. “We did it as partners who are willing to discuss, to defend their interests, while, at the same time, being willing to compromise to meet each other’s expectations,” says Juncker. The deal marks a move by Mexico to lessen its reliance on the U.S. as its main trading partner.


Treasury Secretary Optimistic on Settling Trade Dispute

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank both issued warnings that trade disputes could put a healthy global economic expansion in jeopardy. An Associated Press report says U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Muh-NOO-chin) showed cautious optimism over the weekend that the U.S. and China could settle their differences without a full-blown trade war. Mnuchin met recently with finance officials from Japan, China, and Europe to discuss a series of punitive tariffs the Trump Administration unveiled recently against China and other trading partners. Mnuchin wouldn’t tell reporters how close the U.S. was to resolving the various trade disputes, but he did say that progress has been made. In a speech earlier this month, Chinese president Xi (Zhee) Jinping said his country would open itself wider to foreign companies. That raised hopes that the dispute with Washington, D.C., could be resolved. Mnuchin recently discussed Xi’s proposals with Chinese officials, saying “we’re cautiously optimistic.” The Treasury Secretary says he may soon travel to Beijing for further talks with Chinese officials.


Wildfire Livestock Losses Will Qualify for Financial Help

Livestock producers who lost animals in the central plains’ wildfires may qualify for the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). An Oklahoma State University Extension report says the LIP program provides assistance to producers who’ve experienced abnormal livestock deaths due to a number of different conditions, ranging from adverse weather, certain disease outbreaks, or animals reintroduced into the environment by the government. The wildfires in northwestern Oklahoma more than qualify as an adverse weather-related loss. LIP payments are made by calculating 75 percent of the fair market value for the affected livestock, as determined by the Commodity Credit Corporation. Producers need to file a notice of the livestock losses directly to their county FSA offices. In order to be eligible for the program, growers must have had legal possession of the livestock, with the deaths happening no later than 60 days from the ending date of the disaster. Livestock must have been utilized for commercial use as part of a farming and ranching operation on the day they died. There are exceptions to which animals are covered on different operations, and producers should check with their local FSA offices for more information.


CA Judge Says Glyphosate Can Be Listed Under Prop 65

A California Appeals Court sided with the Center for Food Safety and the state of California in affirming that Monsanto’s glyphosate pesticide can be listed under Prop 65. The listing says glyphosate is a known carcinogen. Monsanto filed a lawsuit challenging a California announcement that it would be listing glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, under California’s Prop 65. The proposition requires notification and labeling of all chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other types of reproductive harm. Prop 65 also prohibits their discharge into drinking waters of the state. The Center for Food Safety then intervened in the case after Monsanto filed suit, saying the glyphosate listing under Prop 65 was correct and the public had a right to know when it’s being exposed to cancer-causing chemicals. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.” California subsequently issued the notice of intent to list glyphosate as a Proposition 65 chemical based on the IARC finding. 


Rabobank: Challenges Ahead for U.S. Global Pork Trade

A Rabobank analysis says the proposed Chinese tariff on U.S pork imports could cost American producers $6 to $8 per head. The Rabobank Pork Quarterly Q2 report says the China-U.S. tension exemplifies what could be a challenging year ahead for the pork industry in 2018. African swine fever in Europe could be another challenge in the global pork trade. The report says agility will be a big key in navigating what could be an uncertain global market. The wildcard is whether or not China opts to crack down on U.S. pork exports shipped via Hong Kong. January U.S. pork shipments grew five percent year on year, but U.S. pork exports are slowing due to the uncertainty over Chinese tariffs. The report says South Korea, the third-largest U.S. export market, might be a bright spot. Renegotiation of the KORUS trade pact should spur demand into Korea, as well as neighboring Asian countries. Rabobank says the most critical piece of the puzzle is successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, as 40 percent of all U.S. pork exports go to Mexico and Canada.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service