05-18-18 CLA: CERCLA and EPCRA Reporting Requirements for Air Releases of Hazardous Substances from Animal Waste at Farms

CERCLA and EPCRA Reporting Requirements for Air Releases of Hazardous Substances from Animal Waste at Farms

Due to legislative changes in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Omnibus Bill), “air emissions from animal waste at a farm” are exempt from reporting under CERCLA. On May 2, 2018, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its mandate…

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05-18-18 CCA: EQIP Sign-up in Support of the Greater Outcomes for Greater Sage-Grouse RCPP Project

EQIP Sign-up in Support of the Greater Outcomes for Greater Sage-Grouse RCPP Project

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering financial and technical assistance for projects that benefit Colorado’s greater sage-grouse (GRSG) habitat. Conservation practices that protect and/or improve GRSG habitat will also benefits grazing management practices. Interested agricultural producers are encouraged to apply for enrollment into the Regional Conservation Protection Partnership (RCPP) program. Applications must be received by NRCS before 5:00 p.m. June 15, 2018 for first project funding period.  Continue reading

05-18-18 2018 Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show in Riverton June 6-8

2018 Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show

“It’s All About BEEF – On the Land & On the Plate”

WSGA Returns to Riverton, Wyoming for Annual Summer Convention

The 2018 Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show will be held June 6 – 8 at the Holiday Inn Riverton-Conference Center in Riverton, Wyoming. This convention will revolve around the theme “It’s All About the BEEF – On the Land & On the Plate” with a focus on the cattle industry and our natural resources. The convention will provide educational events for attendees and local community members to improve their ranching operation. Hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA), the annual convention is open to members, non-members, state and the local media. This convention will feature invited speakers as well as Governor Matt Mead and the Wyoming Congressional Delegation.

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05-18-18 USDA/FSA: Low-Interest Loans Available for Agricultural Producers in Colorado Impacted by Natural Disasters

Low-Interest Loans Available for Agricultural Producers in Colorado Impacted by Natural Disasters

(Denver, CO) May 17, 2018 – Agricultural producers in Colorado who lost property in two recent natural disasters are eligible for physical loss loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these loans for losses caused by fire, blizzard and high winds.

FSA is offering these low-interest emergency loans to producers with a qualifying loss in the counties named below. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. The deadline for producers in designated and contiguous counties to apply for loans for physical losses is Jan. 9, 2019.

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05-18-18 Western Stock Show Association Announces New Member to the Board of Directors and Ten New Trustees

Western Stock Show Association Announces New Member to the Board of Directors and Ten New Trustees

Denver, CO.   –  On this day, during the Annual Meeting of the Western Stock Show Association (WSSA), the Trustees elected Nancy Tuor to the Board of Directors and Members of the Association elected ten new Trustees to serve the Association.

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05-18-18 CFB: Colorado Representatives Split as U.S. House Fails to Pass 2018 Farm Bill

Colorado Representatives Split as U.S. House Fails to Pass 2018 Farm Bill

Colorado Farm Bill Praises Representatives Lamborn, Tipton and Coffman for their Support of Colorado Agriculture

Centennial, Colo. — May 18, 2018 — Friday morning, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the 2018 Farm Bill. After a largely party line vote of 198 – 213 against the bill, the Speaker moved to postpone a vote to reconsider the bill.

“The Farm Bill is needed now more than ever. Without the farm bill, farmers and ranchers are left without resources, financing options and basic support to be able to do business,” said Zach Riley, Director of Public Policy, National Affairs for the Colorado Farm Bureau. “Thank you to those congressman who understand the importance of agriculture in Colorado, our second largest industry and contributor to the State’s economy.” Continue reading

05-18-18 Statement by RMFU President on House Farm Bill Vote

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Statement by RMFU President on House Farm Bill Vote

RMFU President Dr Dale McCall

“Our members who make a living farming and ranching across Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming have told us the House Farm Bill proposal that was defeated today was more likely to hurt them instead of help them. There were too many unknowns built into the bill. I trust the House and Senate will work together now to craft an effective and meaningful farm policy. I trust Republicans and Democrats will focus on farm policy for the common good of America’s heartland.”

Dr. Dale McCall

President of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

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05-18-18 CDPHE: Agreement aims to improve conditions at Western Sugar Cooperative’s Fort Morgan sugar beet plant

Agreement aims to improve conditions at Western Sugar Cooperative’s Fort Morgan sugar beet plant

DENVER— The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has announced a settlement between the department and the Western Sugar Cooperative to address noncompliance with environmental laws at Western Sugar’s Fort Morgan sugar beetprocessing plant.

The settlement includes a $2 million fine for violations of Colorado’s Air Pollution Prevention and Control Act, Water Quality Control Act, and Solid Wastes Disposal Sites and Facilities Act. Air pollution violations include exceeding the state’s regulatory odor limits. Water quality violations include discharges of pollutants, including fecal coliform and sulfide, which significantly exceeded Western Sugar’s permit limits. The department also cited Western Sugar for unauthorized spills during the time frame at issue. Water quality violations likely contributed to odor issues affecting Fort Morgan residents. Continue reading

05-18-18 Perdue Statement on Farm Bill Vote in House of Representatives

Perdue Statement on Farm Bill Vote in House of Representatives

(Washington, D.C., May 18, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding the initial vote on the 2018 Farm Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“A Farm Bill is necessary to provide our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers with the stability and predictability they need. Our farmers feed the people of this nation and the world, and they deserve the certainty of a Farm Bill.”

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05-18-18 NACD RELEASES STATEMENT ON HOUSE FARM BILL VOTE

NACD RELEASES STATEMENT ONHOUSE FARM BILL VOTE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) released a statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defeat the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2).

“We are disappointed the House was unable to advance a farm bill today,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “Today’s defeat brings us further away frompassing a new farm bill on time and providing producers with the certainty they need to continue feeding and clothing this nation. Farmers and ranchers across the country utilize farm bill conservation programs on their operations every day to preserve natural resources for future generations. With just over four months before the current farm bill expires, Congress must come together to protect America’s producers.” Continue reading

05-18-18 House Farm Bill Failure Highlights Need for Significant Improvements, NFU Says

House Farm Bill Failure Highlights Need for Significant Improvements, NFU Says
 
WASHINGTON – The House version of the 2018 Farm Bill failed on the House floor today by a vote of 198 to 213.

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05-18-18 2018 House Farm Bill Failed to Receive Needed Vote to Pass

2018 House Farm Bill Failed to Receive Needed Vote to Pass

Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2018) – Today, H.R. 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, or the 2018 Farm Bill, failed to garner the needed votes to pass out of the Hous. NAWG President and Sentinel, Oklahoma farmer Jimmie Musick made the following statement:

“NAWG is disappointed that the Farm Bill reauthorization process has stalled. Between low commodity prices, a suffering ag economy, extreme weather conditions, and disease, growers need access to a strong Farm Bill after September 30th.    Continue reading