05-03-18 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative Executive Order

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USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative Executive Order

(Washington, D.C., May 3, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order establishing the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative within the Office of the President.  The Executive Order, which coincided with the National Day of Prayer, requires consultation with faith and community leaders to address such issues as poverty alleviation, religious liberty, strengthening marriage and family, education, solutions for substance abuse and addiction, crime prevention and reduction, prisoner reentry, and health and humanitarian services. It recognizes the tremendous ability of these organizations to serve individuals, families, and communities.

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05-03-18 NASS-CO: USDA Seeks Feedback from Growers about 2018 Crops, Stocks, Livestock Inventories and Values

NASS-CO: USDA Seeks Feedback from Growers about 2018 Crops, Stocks, Livestock Inventories and Values

Denver, CO – May, 2018 — During the next several weeks, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will contact over 12,000 producers across the region to determine crop acreage and stock levels as of June 1, 2018.

Bill Meyer, USDA-NASS CO Field Office Director

“Two of the most important and well-known surveys NASS conducts are the June Agricultural Survey and June Area Survey, due to the widespread and significant impact of their results,” explained Bill Meyer, director of the NASS Mountain Regional Office. “When growers respond to these surveys, they provide essential information that helps determine the expected acreage and supply of major commodities in the United States for the 2018 crop year. Results of this survey are used by farmers and ranchers, USDA, businesses, exporters, researchers, economists, policymakers, and others who use the survey information in making a wide range of decisions that benefit you as a producer.”

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05-03-18 U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Unveils New Sustainability Officers Program

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance Unveils New Sustainability Officers Program  

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® selects six farmers and ranchers to lead conversations about sustainability in food and agriculture. 
ST. LOUIS (May 3, 2018) – The food industry makes new product claims, procurement and sourcing decisions daily to appease consumer demands, without consulting farmers and ranchers. As more companies shift sourcing decisions, citing sustainability goals at the heart of their efforts, the end result could be fundamental changes in farming structures.
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) created the Sustainability Officers Council to provide food companies with access to the farmer and rancher perspective. It is critical for farmers and ranchers to have a voice in conversations with others in the supply chain about sustainability, food and agriculture. The Sustainability Officers Council allows anyone who would like to speak with a farmer or rancher about current and future sustainability practices in agriculture to easily set up a meeting through USFRA.
USFRA is pleased to announce six new Sustainability Officers:
  • Kyle Bridgeforth – Alabama crop farmer
  • Tom Crave – Wisconsin dairy farmer
  • Cassidy Johnston – New Mexico cattle rancher
  • Nancy Kavazanjian – Wisconsin crop farmer
  • Hilary Maricle – Nebraska cattle, pig, corn and soybean farmer
  • Leon Sheets – Iowa pig, corn and soybean farmer

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05-03-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown

CDA Commissioner Don Brown

Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with CO Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) May 3, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

Listen to the interview with CO Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown below…


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Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Program


In 1986 the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado), and the Colorado Department of Agriculture created the Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches program to recognize the important role agriculture has played in our state’s history and economic development. Nominees must meet the following requirements:

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05-03-18 USDA Welcomes New RMA Administrator Martin Barbre

USDA Welcomes New RMA Administrator Martin Barbre

USDA welcomed Martin Barbre as the new Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator during a ceremony held Monday, April 30, 2018.  He was officially sworn in by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“I’m excited to be here,” said Mr. Barbre prior to the ceremony.  “Acting Administrator Heather Manzano, RMA’s leaders, and especially employees, have done an outstanding job ensuring our country’s producers were taken care of through many challenges this past year. We will build on the achievements of RMA’s dedicated teams and continue improving services for our customers.”

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05-03-18 Make plans to Attend the 2018 Grover FFA Livestock Show on May 26th

The 2018 Grover FFA Livestock Show will be held on May 26th 2018 at the fairgrounds in Grover, CO.

FFA & 4-H members are invited to join!

Swine & Beef Cattle weigh-ins will be from 6:00-7:00

Weigh-ins of all species will be completed by 9:00

Swine & Beef Cattle Shows will start at 8:00 followed by Sheep, Dairy, Horse & Goat Shows.

One entry per animal please

We will also be having a peewee show for exhibitors under age 8.


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05-03-18 NFU: Farmer’s Share Falls to 15-Year Low

NFU: Farmer’s Share Falls to 15-Year Low

Since 1993, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) has reported on the farmer’s share of the American food dollar. This is the portion of every dollar that American consumer spend on food that is allotted to food producers. The rest of the dollar goes to marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing.
In April, ERS reported that the 2016 farmer’s share hit a record low, bottoming out at 14.8 cents. That number marks a 5 percent decline over the previous year, and the lowest mark for the Farmer’s Share since USDA ERS began reporting on the numbers 15 years ago. The rapid drop shadows the larger agricultural economic picture, which has been grim for some time.

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05-03-18 HPMA: CO Governor Hickenlooper Signs Bill to Allow Producer Referendum for Millet Marketing Order

 HPMA: CO Governor Hickenlooper Signs Bill to Allow Producer Referendum for Millet Marketing Order

May 2, 2018 – Denver, CO – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-188 on April 24 which amends the Colorado Agricultural Marketing Act of 1939 to add millet to the definition of an agricultural commodity. This change will allow the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture to conduct a referendum of millet producers to determine whether they wish to assess themselves to self-fund education, research and marketing programs.

The prime sponsors of SB18-188 were Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) and Representatives Jeni Arndt (D-Fort Collins) and Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan). The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 35-0 and the House of Representatives by a vote of 62-0. Continue reading

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Lighthizer: NAFTA Deal Needed within the Next Few Weeks

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week said a North American Free Trade Agreement deal must be reached “within a week or two” of the next meeting of trade negotiators. Officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico are scheduled to meet next week again to hammer out remaining details in the renegotiation effort. Lighthizer says negotiators must reach an agreement soon to have any chance for an amended NAFTA to pass through the U.S. Congress this year, according to Politico. Lighthizer continued that he would rather get an agreement considered in the current Congress, than “risk a shift in priorities in 2019.” However, little movement will be made before the meeting next week of trade negotiators. Lighthizer made his comments during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event earlier this week before jetting off to China to discuss trade issues between China and the United States.

Dairy MPP Enrollment Deadline a Month Away

Enrollment for the new Dairy Margin Protection Program continues through the end of this month. Dairy producers who haven’t already have until June first to review the changes to the program and sign up. Enrollment opened in early April after the Department of Agriculture announced changes to the program stemming from the Bipartisan Budget Act passed by Congress in February. At the time, the National Milk Producers Federation encouraged dairy producers to “take a second look at the program” and its revisions. According to USDA, dairy producers must select new coverage for 2018, even if they enrolled during the previous sign-up period last fall. Coverage choices made this spring for calendar year 2018 will be retroactive to January 1, 2018. All dairy operations seeking coverage must sign up during the enrollment period. USDA also announced that dairy producers can participate in either MPP or the Livestock Gross Margin program for dairy, but not both.

Congress to Study Ways to Reduce Food Waste

A group of lawmakers will seek opportunities to reduce food waste by U.S. consumers. The bipartisan House food Waste Caucus will look for ways to promote food waste reduction across the food supply chain. Announced be Representatives Chellie Pingree, a Democrat from Maine, and Iowa Republican David Young, the group is expected to “shine a spotlight” on Department of Agriculture research indicating that Americans waste nearly one pound of food per day, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. The Caucus plans to offer education opportunities to congress members and their staff to support efforts to reduce food waste at federal agencies, including USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency. An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted each year. Pingree and Young said in a joint statement that Americans are wasting food at a time when 50 million other Americans don’t always know where their next meal will come from.

First Insurance Service for Indoor Farmers Launched

Indoor farmers now have an insurance option to fit their needs. Contain Inc, an alternate finance business for indoor agriculture, has launched an insurance service for indoor farmers in collaboration with insurance broker InterWest Insurance. The service aims to fill a gap left by current insurance providers and products as the indoor agriculture industry grows, according to the company. The insurance option clears the confusion for indoor growers to protect from crop loss. A company spokesperson points out that growers have sometimes found that they’re not covered for key risks, “such as losing a crop to an HVAC unit’s breakdown.” The group says indoor agriculture is a small but rapidly growing part of the U.S. food industry. According to research conducted last year, there were 15 commercial-scale vertical farms and rooftop greenhouses in the U.S. in spring 2015. By spring 2017, there were 56.

Industry Study Says Ethanol Saves Consumers Money at the Pump

A new study says consumers are saving money at the gas pump because of ethanol. An analysis released by the Renewable Fuels Association says ethanol is helping to offset higher fuel prices, and ten percent ethanol blends alone could save consumers at least $39 billion this year. The study of wholesale gasoline and ethanol price data shows that blending E10 has reduced wholesale gasoline prices by at least 27 cents per gallon, or 14 percent, compared to ethanol-free gasoline. The data comes as the Energy Information Administration is already warning drivers that they are likely to see the highest gasoline prices in four years this summer. The study says that at current prices, E10 would save consumers $306 per household, this year. If the U.S. would implement year-round E15 sales, the Renewable Fuels Association says the savings would be at least 34 cents per gallon, or 17 percent, for E15 consumers.

Trump Tariffs Impacting Manufactures, Ag and Beer Makers

Ongoing trade disputes, along with President Trump’s tariff efforts are hurting U.S. consumers of steel and aluminum. Market fluctuations in prices are impacting the makers and builders of grain bins, metal building, farm equipment, and even the beer industry. The Beer Institute, which represents the brewing industry, calls the tariff on aluminum a $347 million tax on the U.S. beer industry. Institute President and CEO Jim McGreevy says the tariffs are having an “immediate and disproportionate” impact on American brewers. The organization says the recently-imposed tariffs will drive aluminum prices higher globally, increasing the cost of beer production for all brewers. The comments come as President Trump extended his exemption to U.S. trade allies from the ten percent aluminum tariff. As trade negotiations are ongoing, the organization says is calling for a “fair and transparent pricing system for aluminum.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service