05-23-18 CCA’s Inside the Dome: 2018 Legislative Session Wrap-up

CCA’s Inside the Dome: 2018 Legislative Session Wrap-up

As with all legislative sessions, there are some ups and downs with victories and defeats, but Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) continues to achieve a majority of member priorities. The following will outline several session highlights CCA focused on this year during the 2018 Legislative Session. Continue reading

05-23-18 NCBA Applauds Introduction of Legislation Addressing Hours of Service Changes for Livestock Haulers

NCBA Applauds Introduction of Legislation Addressing Hours of Service Changes for Livestock Haulers

WASHINGTON (May 23, 2018) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today applauded the introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act, saying it would reform federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules in a way that ensures animal welfare, highway safety, and the well-being of livestock haulers. The bill was introduced today by U.S. Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Jerry Moran of Kansas, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Jon Tester of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Marco Rubio of Florida, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Pat Roberts of Kansas, and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

“The current Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers present big challenges for our industry and can often jeopardize the health and well-being of livestock,” said NCBA President and fifth-generation California rancher Kevin Kester. “Hauling livestock is inherently different than hauling products like paper towels or bottles of water. Live cattle can’t simply be left unattended in a trailer – especially in very hot or cold weather – for extended periods of time, and this bill takes that into account. Senator Sasse deserves a lot of credit for his leadership on this issue, and we thank all of the original cosponsors who stepped up to show their support for livestock haulers and cattle producers across this country.” Continue reading

05-23-18 USCA Applauds Introduction of Livestock Hauling Bill 

USCA Applauds Introduction of Livestock Hauling Bill 

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Joni Ernst (R-IA),  Jon Tester (D), John Hoeven (R-ND), Tina Smith (D-MN), Pat Roberts (R-Ks), Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act (TLAAS). This bill seeks to ease the burden of far-reaching Hours-of-Service (HOS) and Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) regulations for haulers of livestock and insects.

USCA Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Hilker issued the following statement:  Continue reading

05-23-18 CSU research team gets $2 million to study Denver food systems

Members of the Colorado State University Rural Wealth Creation research team

CSU research team gets $2 million to study Denver food systems

Colorado State University’s food systems research team has received $1 million in support from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill. The $1 million award is being matched by several other organizations, for a total of $2 million in research funding for the CSU team to address today’s food and agriculture challenges.

This interdisciplinary team was one of five selected for grants totaling $4.4 million from a FFAR program called Tipping Points. The program’s goal is increasing the nation’s understanding of regional and local food systems, and how targeted interventions can lead to change in communities’ health and food security.

The grant was awarded to a team led by Becca Jablonski, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Together, the team will evaluate the potential for Denver-based food policies and initiatives to support farmers, ranchers, regional communities and economies. Continue reading

05-23-18 Learn more about “Land to Market” featuring Daniela Ibarra-Howell CEO and Co-Founder of Savory Institute…

Learn more about “Land to Market” featuring Daniela Ibarra-Howell CEO and Co-Founder of Savory Institute…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsddale, CO) May 23, 2018 – In the spring of 2018, Savory Institute announced that EPIC® Provisions, UNION™,  Applegate® and Zuke’s® Natural Pet Treats and Supplements would become the first market partners of the world’s first regenerative sourcing solution for livestock-derived meat, dairy, wool, and leather.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio here inside the BARN to discuss that announcement and to detail the “Land to Market” Program in greater detail is Daniela Ibarra-Howell CEO and Co-Founder of Savory Institute

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05-23-18 Wheat Disease Update – May 21, 2018 from CSU’s Dr. Kirk Broders…

Wheat Disease Update – May 21, 2018

Dr. Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University

Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist; Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University

Most of the eastern part of Colorado has received much needed rainfall in the last month. However, with this moisture comes the increased risk of foliar fungal pathogens. Certainly the cool and wet condition in the northeast part of Colorado have been ideal for stripe rust infection. However, I believe that due to the limited amount of inoculum in neighboring states, such as Kansas and Oklahoma, there have been no significant stripe rust infections in the state. A recent report by Dr. Erick DeWolf of Kansas State University summarized the current status of stripe rust in Kansas as: “Stripe rust was detected several weeks ago in the SE corner of the state and the disease has moved to the flag leaves. There was also a trace amount of stripe rust found in an irrigated field in central Kansas (Edwards County). Most of the crop in western Kansas has been under considerable drought stress this year and I suspect the dry conditions continue to hold the diseases in check.”

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05-23-18 USDA Invests $256 Million in Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities

USDA Invests $256 Million in Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities

Investments Will Support 81 Projects in 35 States

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 23, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $256 million in 81 projects (PDF, 233 KB) to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural areas in 35 states.

“No matter what zip code you live in, infrastructure is a foundation for quality of life and economic opportunity,” Hazlett said. “Through strong partnerships, USDA is ensuring that rural communities have the modern, reliable infrastructure they need to prosper.” Continue reading

05-23-18 In Memory of Dale Albert Brauher, Jr.

Funeral service for Dale Brauher Jr. will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Kenna Rose officiating; interment to follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Dale Albert Brauher Jr. 70, of Gillette, WY passed away on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at Close To Home Hospice House. Dale was born to Dale Albert Brauher Sr. and Hannah Viola Irene (Adams) Brauher on May 28th, 1947 in Greeley, Colorado. He was the 3rd oldest of 8 siblings. He grew up around Briggsdale and Kersey, Colorado and graduated in 1965 from Briggsdale. Continue reading

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Tentative Next Steps for House Farm Bill

The House Farm Bill will get another vote on June 22 after a separate vote on a conservative immigration bill. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (Ska-LEESE) announced the schedule on Monday. The conservative immigration bill is sponsored by House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Homeland Security Chair Michael McCaul of Texas. Roll Call reports the bill contains border wall funding, security and enforcement provisions, cuts to legal immigration, and a process for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program recipients to obtain three-year renewals of their work permits. Scalise says, “We’re looking at moving the farm bill on June 22 and having the Goodlatte/McCaul bill come up during the third week of June.” The Freedom Caucus was part of the group helping to sink the farm bill last Friday over a desire to vote on immigration first. Caucus Chair Mark Meadows says the timeline announced by Scalise is fine with him as long as the Goodlatte/McCaul bill is brought to the floor under its own rule. As of right now, the McCaul/Goodlatte bill is expected to be short of the votes needed to pass, but Scalise says there’s an effort underway to come up with something that would pass.  

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What’s Next for China-U.S. Trade?

Politico says the preliminary trade agreement between China and the U.S. announced over the weekend raises more questions than it answers. No one knows how soon it comes together and things start to happen. While China agreed to buy significantly more American agricultural products, there aren’t any hard numbers attached to that promise yet. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will be traveling to Beijing to negotiate long-term agricultural and energy sales contracts. Last November, Ross announced more than $250 billion in business deals between the U.S. and China. One of those was a $43 billion agreement involving the sales of liquified natural gas from Alaska to China. But, during a Monday television appearance, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Muh-NOO-chin) seemed to be talking about that very same agreement as evidence of China’s new commitment to buy American agricultural and energy products. Politico says the temporary trade pause seems to be masking internal White House battles over how hard to push China for major concessions. In the meantime, President Trump once again took to Twitter, touting the pause in tensions as a major victory.

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Farmers for Free Trade Suggestions on Improving China/U.S. Trade Relations

Farmers for Free Trade call the framework of a trade agreement between the U.S. and China as a good first step toward ending tensions that have hurt American agriculture. The group applauds the Trump Administration’s focus on supporting U.S. agricultural exports. However, they do note that there’s still a lot of work to do in order to put a solid agreement in place. Among the things Farmers for Free Trade would like to see happen in negotiations between the two countries, they’d like to see U.S. officials address the non-tariff barriers that have always been a mechanism that China uses to keep American agriculture exports lower than they should be. Farmers for Free Trade also says the U.S. needs to provide farmers with a clear strategy on defusing tensions caused by steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement. The group also wants to see USDA officials at the negotiating table with the U.S. and China, calling them the “experts and advocates” for American agriculture. The other key aspect Farmers for Free Trade hopes to see from Washington, D.C., is the continued emphasis on opening new markets for American goods. They’d like the focus moved away from old agreements and to reaching new ones instead.

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Farmers Union Wants Immediate Action on E15 Waiver

The Environmental Protection Agency’s delay in allowing year-round use of E15 gasoline threatens to harm markets for family farmers. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging the EPA to immediately institute a waiver for summertime sales of E15. Johnson says the year-round use of E15 would have significant benefits for farmers, the economy, energy independence, and the environment. Currently, an arbitrary restriction on the use of E15 in summer months limits the amount of ethanol that can be blended into the nation’s fuel supply. EPA has been actively working on allowing year-round use of E15 since October of 2017, plus, President Trump committed to allowing an E15 waiver earlier this year. However, EPA has yet to take any action or provide any timetable as to when a waiver can be expected. This delay in issuing the waiver is threatening to upend any potential benefits of a waiver in the upcoming summer months of 2018. “It’s now May, and the summer restrictions on E15 for this year are looming with no apparent movement from EPA on the matter,” Johnson says in his letter to Pruitt. “Year-round use of E15 is not a new issue for EPA.” The letter goes on to urge Pruitt to act in an expedited manner to allow the use of E15 this summer.

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House Members Want Thailand Ban of U.S. Pork Ended

Members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Taiwan’s Ambassador to the U.S. asking for the removal of import restrictions on American agricultural products, including pork. The bipartisan letter was signed by 44 House members and sponsored by Republican David Young of Iowa and Wisconsin Democrat Ron Kind. The letter calls for the U.S. to suspend trade benefits enjoyed by Thailand if it doesn’t grant reciprocal access to American goods. Jim Heimerl (HI-merle), National Pork Producers President, says it’s time for Thailand to end its unwarranted ban on U.S. pork. “We thank Representatives Young and Kind for leading this call to action on behalf of America’s pork producers and other farmers,” he says. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative agreed with the NPPC request to review Thailand’s eligibility for the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences program because of that country’s failure to provide access to its market for U.S. products, which includes pork. The NPPC is asking the Trump Administration to reduce or eliminate the benefits Thailand receives under the program, which gives duty-free access to certain goods entering the United States. The program allows the U.S. to remove market access for other countries that don’t provide the U.S. “equitable and reasonable access” to its market.

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Organic Farmers Association Applauds Organic Checkoff Withdrawal

The Organic Farmers Association is happy the U.S. Department of Agriculture took action to terminate the rulemaking process to establish a mandatory national research and promotion program for organic. The proposed program was causing divisions among the organic community. Checkoff programs must have the support of an entire industry to be implemented, which this didn’t have. The proposed Organic Research and Promotion Program would have required all certified organic operations, even those exempted from the checkoff, to submit annual gross sales reports. All entities whose gross sales exceeded $250,000 a year would have been legally required to pay .0001 percent of their annual organic sales. Jennifer Taylor, Vice President of the OFA, says, “Organic farmers already fulfill a heavy load of paperwork for their annual organic certification. Additional federally-mandated paperwork would have been overly burdensome, especially for the 75 percent of certified organic farmers who would have been exempt from the checkoff.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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