05-10-18 U.S. House Ag Committee: AUDIO CLIP – Conaway on White House Mtg on Farm Bill

U.S. House Ag Committee: AUDIO CLIP – Conaway on White House Mtg on Farm Bill

US House Agriculture Committe Chairman Michael Conaway made some remarks about his meeting at the White House today, the current whip count and whether POTUS issued a veto threat at today’s meeting.

05.10.18 Conaway on Meeting with President Trump

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Rachel Millard

Communications Director | House Agriculture Committee

05-10-18 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Receive Update on Fire Funding Fix and Upcoming Wildfire Seasons

US Senators Bennet, Gardner Receive Update on Fire Funding Fix and Upcoming Wildfire Seasons

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) today received an update from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen on the impact that the fire funding fix—which they secured in this year’s omnibus spending bill—will have on upcoming wildfire seasons.

“Today, Secretary Perdue confirmed what we’ve anticipated: This will be a challenging wildfire year in the West.”Bennet said. “The bipartisan fire funding fix—which we worked on for nearly a decade and was just signed into law—will transform the Forest Service and improve its ability to prevent future fires. Now, our priority remains pressing the agency to quickly implement the forest management tools Congress provided and direct resources toward reducing wildfire risk in Colorado. As wildfires in the West continue to worsen due to climate change, it’s promising to hear that the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior are coordinating their efforts.”  

“Coming on the heels of the fire borrowing fix and management reforms we worked hard to see signed into law, I welcome this type of outreach from the agencies,” Gardner said. “With most of Colorado experiencing record low snowpack and higher than average temperatures, it is shaping up to be a busy fire season in Colorado and elsewhere across the West. I appreciate the Departments of Agriculture and Interior committing to work together to speed up projects that will decrease the number of catastrophic wildfires, as well as battle the wildfires that will eventually break out.”

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05-10-18 CSU Extension: Wheat Production and Protein

Wheat Production and Protein

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Can we influence protein contents with wheat production management strategies?  Last season the wheat market needed protein content and was willing to pay premiums for it.  However, many of our wheat fields tested low for protein and consequently, price discounts were assessed to wheat loads delivered to elevators.  Those fields that had acceptable protein levels were paid a premium and as a result, some growers are interested in managing wheat fields for better protein levels. Continue reading

05-10-18 Pork Checkoff to be Featured at World Meat Congress

Pork Checkoff to be Featured at World Meat Congress

Biennial Global Event to be held in Dallas May 30-June 1

DES MOINES, IOWA – May 10, 2018 – For the first time in more than 20 years, the world’s premier gathering of red meat industry leaders is coming to the United States, and the Pork Checkoff is a major sponsor of the event. Hosted by the International Meat Secretariat (IMS) and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), the 22nd World Meat Congress will be held in Dallas May 30-June 1, 2018.

“We are excited to be a major sponsor of the 2018 World Meat Congress,” said Bill Luckey, chair of the Checkoff’s international marketing committee and a pig farmer from Columbus, Nebraska. “This conference provides a historic opportunity to gather critical insights and showcase the superiority of U.S. pork production to key international customers.”

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05-10-18 CSFS News: Colorado Lawmakers Pay Tribute to Importance of Forest Health

Colorado Lawmakers Pay Tribute to Importance of Forest Health

DENVER – May 10, 2018 – On behalf of the state’s Forest Health Advisory Council, the Colorado House of Representatives has passed a formal tribute recognizing the importance of forest health to the citizens of Colorado. Introduced Friday by Reps. Marc Catlin and Jeni Arndt, the bipartisan tribute emphasizes the need for sound stewardship of the nearly 25 million acres of forestland in Colorado.

The Forest Health Advisory Council was created in 2016 to provide a collaborative forum to advise the Colorado State Forester on a range of issues, opportunities and threats with regard to the state’s forests. The council is administered by the Colorado State Forest Service and consists of 21 members representing the interests of a broad group of stakeholders connected to Colorado’s forests – and a collective need to keep them healthy – including: sportsman’s organizations, wood products businesses, private landowners, public utilities, conservation organizations, municipal drinking water agencies, economic development agencies and environmental organizations. The council is chaired by State Forester Mike Lester.

“No matter where you live in the State, forest stewardship provides direct benefits to Colorado’s citizens that are important to be recognized,” Catlin said. “Wildfires have devastating effects on local communities, and by managing our forests for these events before they occur, forestry agencies are protecting these communities and their economies.”

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05-10-18 USDA-NASS: Colorado Crop Production – May 2018

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Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of May 1, 2018, is forecast at 83.60 million bushels, according to the May 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is 4 percent below last year’s production of 86.86 million bushels and 20 percent below the 105.12 million bushel crop produced two years ago. Acreage for harvest, forecast at 2.20 million acres, is 180,000 acres more than a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 38.0 bushels per acre, down 5.0 bushels per acre from last year’s yield. Final yield will largely be determined by the combination of moisture and temperature conditions during May and June.

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05-10-18 USDA – Weld County Farm Service Agency Announces Deadlines for 2018: Acreage Reporting, Annual Enrollment, CRP Reminder & Employment Opportunities

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USDA – Farm Service Agency Announces Deadlines for 2018

Acreage Reporting

(Greeley, CO) – (05/09/2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Weld County Executive Director, Jeff Wilson, is asking farmers to visit the Greeley Service Center to report their acreage immediately upon completing their spring plantings.  “It is critical for farmers to report their acreage timely this year,” said Wilson.  “The actual reporting deadline is July 16th, but we are working with a reduced staff, and we must start earlier in the season to meet the deadline.” Wilson also mentioned, “Producers who do not timely file will be charged a late filing fee of $46 per farm, and there isn’t any reason for farmers to pay for late file services.”

Farmers can call the Weld County Farm Service Agency office @  (970) 356-8097 to request an appointment to report their crop acreage and planting date.

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05-10-18 RMFU Backs a No Vote on Farm Bill Proposal

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RMFU Backs a No Vote on Farm Bill Proposal

DENVER, C­olo. ­­– Citing significant shortcomings in a 2018 Farm Bill proposal that could come to the floor of the U.S. House as early as next week, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President Dr. Dale McCall wrote all U.S. representatives of Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming advocating a “No” vote on the legislation.

“We’ve taken time to examine the House Agriculture Committee’s 2018 Farm Bill, listen to our members on how it will impact them,” says McCall. “Our only conclusion is to urge our members of Congress to reject this Farm Bill proposal, as it fails to provide an adequate safety net or address long-term survivability for farmers and ranchers.”

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05-10-18 Over $111,000 Raised for Local Agricultural Education Programs on Culver’s “Scoops of Thanks Day”

Over $111,000 Raised for Local Agricultural Education Programs on Culver’s “Scoops of Thanks Day”

Culver’s Guest Donations Make a Difference  

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—May 9, 2018— Every scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard mattered during Culver’s Scoops of Thanks Day fundraiser on May 3. Guests showed their support for agricultural education by stopping at Culver’s more than 650 restaurants and donating $1 in exchange for a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard. The fundraiser is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project and raised over $111,000.

“These young agricultural leaders are our future, and we are so thankful that our guests understand how important it is to support them and their education,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager for Culver’s. “A $1 donation may seem small, but when all that generosity adds up, we are able to make a positive difference for so many people across the country.”

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05-10-18 Inside the BARN with NACD CEO Jeremy Peters…

Inside the BARN with NACD CEO Jeremy Peters…

(BARN Media/ FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) May 10, 2018 – The week of April 29- May 5 was National Stewardship Week, which was established more than 60 years ago to educate the public on the importance of soil health, water quality, pollinator habitat and other conservation topics. Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss National Stewardship Week and other topics is the Jeremy Peters, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Conservation Districts

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05-10-18 Colorado’s 2018 General Assembly comes to a close

Colorado’s 2018 General Assembly comes to a close

DENVER — Thursday, May 10, 2018 Gov. Hickenlooper released the following statement as legislators wrapped up the 2018 General Assembly.

“A mere 120 days ago, we shared our vision for Colorado’s future. We wanted to secure investments in transportation, fund rural broadband, support our teachers and students, invest more resources to combat the opioid epidemic, and fund the compromises to address the ailing public employees retirement fund (PERA).

“As we close my last session as governor, I am proud to be part of the collaboration that has come to define Colorado. Our efforts will result in a stronger Colorado. We have secured the future of the Civil Rights Commission, of conservation easements and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), and funding for the General Reserve. I want to thank Colorado’s legislators for putting their love of Colorado over politics. One last time for our last session: giddy up!” Continue reading

05-10-18 SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Drought

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Drought

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by drought in San Juan County that occurred Jan. 2 – April 15, 2018, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. John W. Hickenlooper on May 2, 2018.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Montezuma, Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel counties.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Colorado’s small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of this disaster,” said Administrator McMahon.

“Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Garfield added.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, May 10th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, May 10th

Study: U.S. Farmland Shrinking

A report from American Farmland trust released Wednesday finds that between 1992 and 2012, almost 31 million acres of farmland were lost, equal to all the farmland in Iowa. The “Farms Under Threat: The State of America’s Farmland” report, according to American Farmland Trust, shows the loss of farmland “is serious” and “will accelerate” unless action is taken. The report found that of the 31 million acres lost in that time, 11 million of those acres were among the best farmland in the nation. The data found that 62 percent of all development between 1992 and 2012 occurred on farmland, and expanding urban areas accounted for 59 percent of the loss. An American Farmland Trust spokesperson says action is needed now “because the lost farmland is irretrievable.” The organization further states that allowing large-scale farmland loss to continue “imperils our ability to feed our growing population.” It also challenges the nation’s economic prosperity.

U.S. Issues WTO Counter Notification Against India’s Market Price Support

Trade and agriculture officials from the United States Wednesday announced a Word Trade Organization counter notification on India’s market price support for wheat and rice. The notification, filed May 4, 2018, is the first ever of its type under the WTO Agreement on Agriculture regarding measures by another country. Based on U.S. calculations, it appears that India has substantially underreported its market price support for wheat and rice. When calculated according to WTO Agreement on Agriculture methodology, India’s market price support for wheat and rice far exceeded its allowable levels of trade-distorting domestic support, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Secretary Perdue says “India must be transparent about their practices.” Lighthizer says accurate reporting and improved transparency “is an important step” in ensuring that India is living up to it’s WTO commitments.

China Steps Up Pork Inspections, Slowing Imports

China is stepping up inspections of pork imports from the United States. Ports are opening and inspecting every cargo that arrives, according to a report by Reuters, compared with inspections carried out only “randomly” in the past. Some trade experts see the move, along with other similar actions by China, as a warning to the United States in response to U.S. demands made last week. An agriculture analyst at China Policy, a Beijing-based consultancy, told Reuters that increased checks on U.S. products are “not terribly surprising,” adding that when trade tensions are high, “China will enforce every possible regulation on its books.” The inspections mean delays at Chinese ports with U.S. pork now sitting in port for up to two weeks, instead of a few days. The move to increase inspections follows a 25 percent additional tariff China has placed on U.S. pork and other goods stemming from a trade dispute with the United States.

Senators Want Answers on RFS Economic Hardship Waiver to CVR

A group of senators is seeking more information regarding an economic hardship waiver under the Renewable Fuel Standard sent to CVR Energy, owned by Carl Icahn (Eye’-kahn). The group of Democrats, including Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin and Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar, sent letters seeking information to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Icahn, the billionaire former adviser to President Trump and Chairman of CVR Energy. The senators expressed concern that Icahn, who is currently under investigation by federal prosecutors for potential illegal activity while working as a White House adviser to change RFS regulations, received a hardship waiver even though CVR made a profit of over $230 million in 2017. The Senators note that the EPA has granted at least 24 waivers in recent months, a significant change from the six to eight waivers granted annually in the past several years. CVR reported profits of more than $230 million in 2017 and reportedly received an exemption this year after being denied in a previous year. The senators asked the EPA and Icahn to answer questions about the exemption and how it was granted by no later than May 22, 2018.

Wheat Growers Talk Farm Bill with Lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Officers of the National Association of Wheat Growers are in Washington, D.C. this week meeting with members of Congress. The wheat growers are stressing the importance of passing a farm bill this year. NAWG President Jimmie Musick of Oklahoma says its “critical” to talk with lawmakers about completing the farm bill reauthorization before the current farm bill expires. Members of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Texas Wheat Producers Association, and Washington Association of Wheat Growers were joining the national officers on Capitol Hill. The Association notes that net farm income of wheat farmers is expected to decline more than 21 percent this year from last year, combining with low commodity prices and a suffering ag economy, all reasons “strong farm bill programs are key” to allow growers to continue farming. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway is hoping to bring the new farm bill to the full House of Representatives for consideration as early as next week.

NCGA 2018 Yield Contest Online Entry Now Open

The National Corn Growers Association is inviting farmers to register early for the organization’s National Corn Yield Contest. As farmers are in the fields planting corn, an early registration offers entry fee savings. The Association says that until June 29, fees will be reduced to $75. Entry will remain open at the full rate of $110 through July 31. All harvest forms will be due by November 16. Contest winners will be announced on December 17. Winners receive national recognition in publications, as well as cash, trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. The winners will be honored during Commodity Classic 2019 in Orlando, Florida. For rules and entry information, visit www.ncga.com.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service