05-02-18 Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference Aug 22-24 – Registration Open NOW!

Vail at the Hotel Talisa

Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference Aug 22-24 – Registration Open NOW!

The Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference and Membership Meeting takes place annually, in August, for two and a half days at a Colorado resort location. The 2018 summer conference will be in Vail at the Hotel Talisa, starting Wednesday, August 22 thru Friday, August 24. Registration is open.

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05-02-18 Colorado Water Congress: Water Transfer Rule, Waters of the U.S., and the Maui Case June 12th Webinar

Colorado Water Congress: Water Transfer Rule, Waters of the U.S., and the Maui Case June 12th Webinar

The Kansas Water Congress and the Colorado Water Congress will host their first ever joint webinar next month!

Join us on Thursday, June 21 for an interactive webinar, and learn the latest on the Water Transfer Rule, the Waters of the U.S., and the Maui Case. Our speakers will discuss the ins and outs of these issues, and then compare and contrast the impact they would have on Colorado and Kansas. How will the latest changes affect us? How is each state handling these changes? What more can be done?

WHEN: Thursday, June 21 @ 12pm MT

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05-02-18 Colorado Water Congress May 10th Webinar

Colorado Water Congress May 10th Webinar Information

The 2018 Colorado Legislative Session will come to an end next Wednesday, May 9th. This session has been a successful one for the Colorado Water Congress and Colorado’s Water community. We could not have reached our goals without our contract lobbyist Dianna Orf and her firm, Orf & Orf, P.C. Thank you for their efforts at the Capitol these last few months.

Join us next Thursday, May 10th, at 12pm MT for our CWC webinar. We will provide an update on the 2018 Legislative Session, review the bills the CWC State Affairs Committee tracked, give you the scoop on which bills were controversial and which flew through the legislative process. We will also let you know which bills you can expect to see as Interim Water Resources Committee topics over the summer. Continue reading

05-02-18 NRCS-CO: 2018 Omnibus Bill Nixes DUNS and SAM Requirements for Farmers

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

DENVER, CO, April 24, 2018 – Effectively 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 Clint Evans, NRCS State Conservationist in Colorado. “Conservation program participants will soon receive letters from their local NRCS office with more details.” Continue reading

05-02-18 NRCS-CO: The 2018 National Resource Inventory Release Highlights Rangeland Trends

NRCS-CO: The 2018 National Resource Inventory Release Highlights Rangeland Trends

DENVER, CO, April 30, 2018 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently released the 2018 National Resources Inventory (NRI) Rangeland Resource Assessment. This is the third NRI rangeland resource assessment; earlier reports were released in 2010 and 2014. CLICK HERE to find all reports on the NRI Technical website.

NRI is a statistical survey of land use and natural resource conditions and trends on U.S. lands. Data is continually collected from several preselected spots representing hundreds of thousands of acres on a rotational basis across the country including rangeland, cropland, and many Bureau of Land Management (BLM) landscapes.

“This report strictly focuses on rangeland,” said William Shoup, NRCS State Soil Scientist in Colorado. “Although NRI reports vary depending upon the land being studied, rangeland reports in Colorado are focused primarily on rangeland science, including key issues like rangeland health, non-native plant species, non-native and native invasive plant species, bare ground, inter-canopy gaps and soil surface aggregate stability.”

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05-02-18 NRCS Earth Team Volunteer in Colorado Receives Regional and National Award

NRCS Earth Team Volunteer in Colorado Receives Regional and National Award

April 24, 2018, DENVER, CO – Each year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conducts a nation-wide search for its National Earth Team Volunteer of the Year. Colorado is proud to announce the 2017 honoree is Glen Kirmer. Kirmer works with the NRCS and Northeast Prowers Conservation District (CD) in the Holly field office which is located in southeastern Colorado. This honor is well deserved, and his story of volunteerism is steeped in commitment and dedication. Kirmer was not only named the 2017 national honoree but as the West Regional and Colorado State Earth Team Volunteers of the Year as well.

“I can’t leave my co-workers and producers hanging,” says Kirmer, which helps you understand the nearly 1,100 hours he logged just this past year volunteering. Today, Kirmer volunteers four days per week assisting field offices with conservation planning and implementation. Before Kirmer was a volunteer however, he worked for the NRCS and the District as a technician for six years. Although he continues to work for the CD one day per week, his position with NRCS was term-limited. Upon the end of that term, Kirmer said, his work wasn’t done and instead of walking away he decided to stay and volunteer. Continue reading

05-02-18 Nominations Open for 2019 Potatoes USA Board Members

Nominations Open for 2019 Potatoes USA Board Members

DENVER (May 2, 2018)—Potatoes USA announces nominations are now open for new Board Members for the 2019-2022 term. Fifty-eight members will be elected or re-elected to fill open seats.

Potatoes USA is the nation’s potato research and promotion organization and is the central organizing force in implementing programs to strengthen demand for U.S. potatoes. Potatoes USA provides the ideas, information, tools and inspiration for the industry to unite in achieving common goals.

All state potato organizations have received the information and materials to begin the process of seeking and nominating interested growers. All growers will be seated on the Board at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Denver, March 12-14, 2019.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 2nd

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, May 2nd

Rabobank: Corn Prices Could Exceed $4 a Bushel

A new report from Rabobank shows an increased chance of four-dollar corn this growing season. As 2018 corn planting is underway, the report shows key risks are developing that can drive price volatility and potentially sustain elevated grain prices through the 2018/19 season. The report explains that while demand is staying firm, the projected corn acres and current global corn stocks are declining compared to the past few years. The report notes that this environment provides little room for production deterioration in the 2018 growing season. Any additional loss of production through acreage or yield loss will put pressure on corn prices. The Rabobank Pricing Probability model forecasts that there is now over a 50 percent probability that futures prices will remain near to or exceed $4 per bushel through December, and 2018/19 corn has a 24 percent chance of sustaining greater than $4.70 per bushel.

Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer Slips in April Report

The latest measure of producer mindset dipped lower in April. The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer fell to 125 last month, which was ten points lower than a month earlier and 15 points below its February reading. Organizers say the sharp drop in the ag producer sentiment index was attributable to producers’ weakening perceptions of current conditions in the production agriculture sector, along with a decline in their expectations for future economic conditions. Respondents indicated they are becoming more pessimistic about agricultural trade, citing the declining price expectations for soybeans. Soybean prices are particularly vulnerable to disruptions in trade with China, as China’s share of U.S. soybean exports is approximately 30 percent. The monthly index surveys 400 producers from across the United States. A measure greater than 100 indicates positive sentiment by producers regarding the ag economy, while a measure under 100 suggests the opposite.

Nothing New on NAFTA as Trump Extends Tariff Exemptions

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week said no news should be expected this week regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement. That’s because Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is traveling to China, according to the Hagstrom report. The comments came as President Donald Trump had extended tariff exemption for another 30 days to Canda and Mexico as a permanent exemption is expected as part of NAFTA. In a statement, the White House said the administration is “focused on quotas that will restrain imports, prevent trans-shipment, and protect national security” in trade negotiations with the EU and NAFTA members. However, Perdue told reporters earlier this week that the European Union “has played hardball” over the steel and aluminum tariffs the United States has threatened to impose. Trump also granted an exemption to South Korea as part of the revised Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, known as KORUS.

USDA Celebrates World Trade Month

The Department of Agriculture is celebrating May as World Trade Month. In doing so, the department is highlighting its success and commitment to expanding trade of agricultural exports. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he is “proud of the progress we make each day” at USDA regarding trade. The celebration comes as the U.S., however, is amid a trade dispute with China, and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Agricultural trade is critical for the U.S. farm sector and the American economy. In 2017, U.S. exports of food and farm products totaled $138.4 billion, up from $134.7 billion in 2016. Additionally, farm exports supported more than 1.1 million American jobs across the entire economy, according to USDA.

Missouri Cattlemen Leading Lab Grown Meat Fight

A legislative effort in Missouri could set a precedent for whether or not fake meat companies can continue to allegedly mislead consumers. Last week, the Missouri House voted 107-38 to advance the legislation that bans labeling lab-grown meat products or substitutes as meat, and is the first state to address labeling of imitations legislatively. The proposal is backed by the Missouri Pork Association, the Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. However, a California-based company, Impossible Foods, has hired three lobbyists in Missouri, a move the state cattlemen’s organization assumes is an effort to defeat the legislation. The company produces a plant-based product imitating hamburgers. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president Mike Deering claims the company has “no problem” labeling its products as meat, and “makes no secret about its anti-livestock production stance.” Opposition to the bill says misrepresentation is already prohibited by federal law and argue against creating a state-specific regulation that would differ from the other 49 states.

Perdue Announces Florida Citrus Hurricane Recovery Details

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday announced eligibility details for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster program to help producers impacted by recent wildfires and hurricanes. Through the new 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, the USDA Farm Service Agency will deploy up to $2.36 billion that Congress appropriated in the budget bill to help farmers with recovery in at least nine states with hurricane damage and states impacted by wildfire. The new eligibility requirements for wildfires state that any crop, tree, bush or vine, damaged by a 2017 wildfire is eligible. For hurricane relief eligibility, a crop, tree, bush or vine must be located in a primary disaster county with either a Presidential declaration or a Secretarial designation due to a 2017 hurricane. Crops, trees, bushes or vines located in other counties may also be eligible if the producer provides documentation the loss was caused by a 2017 hurricane.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service