05-11-18 Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Names Bruce Summers AMS Administrator

USDA Secretary Perdue Names Bruce Summers AMS Administrator

Bruce Summers. New USDA AMS Administrator. USDA photo by Bob Nichols.

(Washington, D.C., May 11, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of Bruce Summers as the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), part of the Marketing and Regulatory Programs mission area.

“During his many years at the department, Bruce Summers has earned a reputation for excellence and effectiveness,” Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “As the Acting Administrator, Bruce has proved he has the knowledge and steady hand needed to continue leading AMS in their service to American farmers and families. I know that as AMS Administrator, Bruce will build on his great record of success.”

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05-11-18 EPA Region 8: Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Chairman Mark Fox named to national EPA advisory committee

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Chairman Mark Fox named to national EPA advisory committee

DENVER (May 11, 2018) – Today, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the appointment of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Chairman Mark Fox of Parshall, N.D., to the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC). The 34-member LGAC helps EPA develop strong partnerships with local governments to provide more efficient and effective environmental protection at the community, state, and federal level. Continue reading

05-11-18 EPA Region 8: Commissioner Libby Szabo named to national EPA advisory committee and subcommittee

Commissioner Libby Szabo named to national EPA advisory committee and subcommittee

DENVER (May 11, 2018) – Today, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the appointment of Jefferson County Commissioner Libby Szabo of Golden, Colo., to the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC). The 34-member LGAC helps EPA develop strong partnerships with local governments to provide more efficient and effective environmental protection at the community, state, and federal level. Commissioner Szabo has also been appointed to the Small Community Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS), which helps EPA develop robust partnerships with small communities to address environmental and public health issues. Continue reading

05-11-18 CDOT Hosts 2018 Infrastructure Week with Statewide Events and Tour

CDOT Hosts 2018 Infrastructure Week with Statewide Events and Tour

Events highlight visit state’s critical transportation priorities  

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced events across the state to highlight the importance of infrastructure and transportation to Colorado’s economy and way of life, May 14-18. In conjunction with the National Infrastructure Week, CDOT and its Transportation Commission will join elected officials, community leaders and stakeholders at events to focus on the role of transportation in Colorado’s economy to move people, goods and information safely.  

“Colorado’s economic vitality depends upon a strong, reliable transportation system to deliver goods to market and get people to where they work, live and play. CDOT has a vision for improving our state’s transportation system, including reducing congestion, improving safety and providing mobility options. Our goal is to save lives and make lives better, and ensuring we continue to have enjoy a high quality of life,” said CDOT Executive Director Michael Lewis.

“The state’s population expected to nearly double by 2040, from 5 million to 8 million, and along with a decline in the gas tax, this has created an annual $1 Billion annual shortfall in transportation needs. CDOT’s tour will highlight these unfunded priorities, as well as completed projects that have improved our transportation system.”

About Infrastructure Week:  Infrastructure Week 2018 (May 14-18) is a national week of education and advocacy to draw attention to the importance of infrastructure to our nation’s economy, jobs, communities and future. Learn more at www.infrastructureweek.org

For more information about CDOT, visit www.codot.gov.  Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/coloradodot.

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05-11-18 BLM and USFS Announce Workshops for Regional Reviews

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BLM and USFS Announce Workshops for Regional Reviews

Stakeholder workshops will be held on the following dates at locations in all 5 of the states with corridors in Regions 2 and 3. All meetings will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. local time:

  • May 31, 2018: BIA Southwest Regional Office, 1001 Indian School Rd. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • June 4, 2018: BLM Arizona State Office, 1 N Central Ave. Suite 800 Phoenix, Arizona
  • June 6, 2018: Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, Nevada
  • June 11, 2018: DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Dr., Grand Junction, Colorado
  • June 13, 2018: Sevier County Administrative Building, 250 N Main St., Richfield, Utah

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05-11-18 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Introduce Legislation to Expand Collaborative Forest Work

US Senators Bennet, Gardner Introduce Legislation to Expand Collaborative Forest Work

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced legislation to reauthorize and expand the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP). This critical program, which helps fund collaborative and community-based forest management, has a proven track record of improving forest health, reducing wildfire risk, and supporting rural communities.

“In Colorado, collaborative forest projects support local jobs, improve wildlife habitat, and reduce hazardous fuels in critical watersheds. These projects—which bring together local governments, timber and utility stakeholders, and conservation groups—reflect the collaborative way Coloradans do business,” said Bennet, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources. “As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I’ll work hard to reauthorize this important program and ensure it receives robust funding.”

“The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is a commonsense policy to keep our forests healthy and to prevent wildfires,” said Gardner. “This community-based approach recognizes the importance of local knowledge when it comes to forest management and ensures decisions are made with input from the people who live in and around our forests, and the success of the program on the Uncompahgre Plateau and along the front range of Colorado are a testament to this approach. This bipartisan legislation will allow this program to continue and I look forward to seeing it become law soon.”

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05-11-18 Secretary Perdue Names Missouri’s Richard Fordyce FSA Administrator

Secretary Perdue Names FSA Administrator

Richard Fordyce New Administrator of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency

(Washington, D.C., May 11, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today the appointment of Richard Fordyce to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA). In his role, Fordyce will provide leadership for FSA and its mission to support agricultural production across America through a network of over 2,100 county and 50 state offices.

“As a fourth-generation farmer, Richard brings firsthand knowledge and experience to this role,” Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “I am confident that he will continue to help USDA become the most efficient, effective customer focused agency in the federal government as he leads this customer focused mission area.”

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05-11-18 USDA Launches 2018 Ag Resource Management Survey

USDA Launches 2018 Ag Resource Management Survey

LAKEWOOD, COLORADO – May 11, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is beginning to collect data from more than 50,000 farmers and ranchers, for its annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The survey looks at all aspects of U.S. agricultural production, including farm financial well-being, chemical usage, and various farm characteristics. In 2018, the survey will take a closer look at soybean and beef cattle production in the United States. The information producers provide through the survey influences national and state policy-making decisions. In addition, ARMS data are used to calculate the farm sector portion of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The survey also collects detailed information on production practices, costs, and returns for 13 principal commodities on a rotating basis. The last time ARMS focused on soybeans was in 2012.

“Data from the 2018 ARMS will be used to assess the crop insurance choices made by farmers, helping policymakers better understand the impact of crop insurance offerings on farm production decisions and financial outcomes,” said Barbara Rater, director of NASS Census and Survey Division. Continue reading

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Senate Ag Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Farmer Veteran Legislation

Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee are touting legislation that will help veterans in agriculture. Introduced by Committee Chair Pat Roberts and ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow, the Farmer Veteran Opportunity Act of 2018 makes all new veterans eligible for support from the Department of Agriculture. The Senators say the bill also improves access for farmer veterans across eight existing initiatives to make risk management tools more affordable, expand access to land and capital, and prioritize training for veterans. The legislation expands support to all new veterans who may have existing careers in agriculture. Currently, USDA’s veterans initiatives are designed to support those who are starting a career in agriculture for the first time. Senators Roberts and Stabenow in a joint statement call the legislation a “common-sense change” that ensures all new veterans can benefit from USDA support, whether they are just starting a career on the farm or looking to expand their operation.

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Conaway Comments on Trump Challenging India Market Practices

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway says the Trump administration is holding India accountable in it’s latest trade move. The administration announced earlier a Word Trade Organization counter notification on India’s market price support for wheat and rice. In applauding the effort, Conaway says India has been “funneling illegal farm subsidies into its agriculture industry for too long.” Conaway, along with the Trump administration, contend that India is under-reporting its market price support for wheat and rice. The U.S. says that India’s market price support for wheat and rice far exceeded its allowable levels of trade-distorting domestic support. Conaway says India is not the only country, however, harming U.S. agriculture. He says the global agricultural market is “awash with high and rising foreign subsidies, tariffs and trade barriers” that harm agriculture. As the Trump administration works to hold trading partners accountable, Conaway says Congress should do also stand up for farmers and ranchers by passing a strong new farm bill this year.

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USDA Projects Smaller Corn, Soybean Crops

The May World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates from the Department of Agriculture projects smaller corn and soybean crops this year. The corn crop is projected at 14.0 billion bushels, down from last year with a lower forecast area and yield. The yield projection of 174.0 bushels per acre is based on a weather-adjusted trend assuming normal planting progress and summer growing season weather. The season-average farm price for corn is projected at $3.30 to $4.30 per bushel, up 40 cents at the midpoint from 2017/18. Meanwhile, the U.S. soybean crop is projected at 4.2 billion bushels, down 112 million from last year’s record crop on lower acres and lower yield projections. The 2018/19 U.S. season-average soybean price range is forecast at $8.75 to $11.25 per bushel compared with $9.35 per bushel in 2017/18. USDA upped the 2018/19 U.S. wheat crop five percent at a projected 1.8 billion bushels on higher acres and a slightly higher yield. However, winter wheat yields are below average in the drought-affected states of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. The season-average farm price is projected at a range of $4.50 to $5.50 per bushel.

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Secretary Perdue Plans Fourth RV Tour

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will hit the road Monday on his fourth “Back to our Roots” RV tour. The tour will last through Thursday and include stops in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska as an effort to hear from farmers and others. As Congress and the administration continue their work on issues like rural infrastructure, trade, and the farm bill, Perdue says “USDA stands ready to give the agriculture community a voice.” This is Secretary Perdue’s fourth “Back to Our Roots” tour since taking office just over a year ago. On his first tour in August of 2017, Secretary Perdue toured Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. In September of 2017, Secretary Perdue traveled on his second tour to Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Most recently, Secretary Perdue visited Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky during his third tour in early April.

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Texas Tech to Launch Veterinary School

Texas Tech University will launch the nation’s first new veterinary school in 40 years. The Amarillo, Texas city council recently approved an amendment to a 2016 agreement between Texas Tech and the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation to fund up to $69 million to ensure the construction of the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine. Leaders say that along with addressing the critical shortage of rural veterinarians, the school will be the only veterinary school in the country co-located with a pharmacy school and medical school on the same campus, thus expanding opportunities to combine research efforts impacting both human and animal health. Economic officials in Amarillo applaud the economic investment the school will provide the community, along with “generations of families” in the state’s livestock industry. The school stems from a report in 2016 adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board detailing the shortages of large animal and rural veterinarians in Texas, and the adverse impact on global food supplies.

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Secretaries Perdue and Zinke Join Forces to Combat 2018 Wildfire Season

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Thursday hosted a fire briefing for Members of Congress at the Department of Agriculture detailing the wildfire forecast for 2018. Following the meeting, the secretaries sent a letter to wildland fire leadership highlighting the importance of inter-departmental collaboration to increase firefighter, public, and community safety as the 2018 wildfire season approaches. The 2017 wildfire season was one of the most challenging years on record, stressing the need for the USDA and the Department of the Interior to work together in combating this year’s fires. In a joint statement, the two said both departed will collaborate to ensure all firefighting assets are being used in an efficient and effective manner.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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