06-29-18 USDA Reports Soybean, Corn Acreage Down

USDA Reports Soybean, Corn Acreage Down

WASHINGTON, Jun. 29, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimated 89.6 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2018, down 1 percent from last year, according to the Acreage report released today. Corn area planted is estimated at 89.1 million acres, down 1 percent from last year.

Following up to the Prospective Plantings report released in late spring, NASS surveyed approximately 8,600 segments of land and 70,500 farm operators during the first two weeks of June to gather information on what farmers actually planted. Key findings released in the Acreage report include: Continue reading

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2018 Farm Bill Passes Senate, Next Stop: Conference

Senate Passes Farm Bill, Next Stop: Conference

The Senate passed a bipartisan farm bill Thursday, sending the legislation to conference so the House and Senate can mend their differences. The vote, 86 to 11, capped off a day of consideration on the Senate floor. In a way, the Senate offered a warning shot to the House, tabling an amendment Thursday afternoon that would tighten work requirements under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, in a lopsided vote 68-30, showing resistance to similar language in the House bill. Meanwhile, House Republicans charge it may be difficult to pass a final bill through the House without SNAP reforms. The Senate bill was blocked Thursday morning by Senator Marco Rubio regarding Cuba trade provisions by Senator Heidi Heitkamp, but the two reached an agreement to allow USDA trade funding to Cuba, if it’s in accordance with administration policy, and allow consideration of the farm bill Thursday.

Overall, the Senate bill offers little fanfare in major changes, compared to the current bill that expires later this year. The bill includes Senator John Thune’s amendment to allow partial haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land, which was approved by voice vote before final consideration of the bill. Included in the bill is Senator Chuck Grassley’s proposal to reform the definition of “actively engaged” in a farming operation in order to receive farm payments. Before passage, the Senate defeated an amended by Senator Mike Lee that farm groups, such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, say “sought to undermine commodity checkoff programs.

AUDIO FROM INTERVIEW FOLLOWING VOTE WITH US SENATOR MICHAEL BENNET – CLICK HERE

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View the entire version of the Senate’s 2018 Farm Bill onlinehttps://www.agriculture.senate.gov/2018-farm-bill

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CDC Retracts Farmer Suicide Rate Findings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a week ago confirmed its widely cited research on farmer suicides was wrong. The research from 2016 reported that farmers have the highest suicide rate in the country. That report found that workers in the “farming, fishing, and forestry,” job category held a suicide rate over four times the national average, far and away the highest in the study. But, the CDC told New Food Economy in an email it had misclassified farmers as farming, fishing, and forestry, or “Triple-F,” workers. The revised rate for Triple-F workers is now third among occupational groups in the study, while CDC has yet to release a suicide rate for farmers. Under technical terms, farmers are considered managers, according to federal guidelines. The suicide rate among managers, in contrast, was average. Still, of those in the “Triple F” category, nearly 90 percent are agricultural workers.

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International Lawsuit Targets Heart of Trump Tariffs

A lawsuit filed at the Court of International Trade targets the heart of President Trump’s trade agenda, the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs. An industry group that represents steel importers and traders will also challenge the constitutionality of the law that gave the president the power to enact the tariffs. The American Institute for International Steel filed the lawsuit, along with two of its member companies, and seeks a court order preventing further enforcement of the 25 percent tariff increase. The tariffs are impacting multiple U.S. industries, from equipment manufacturers, brewing companies that use aluminum cans, automakers and nail and fastener makers. The tariffs, according to the industry group, has prompted a 50 percent increase in product prices for U.S. steel-using manufactures. Additional waves of impacts are expected through retaliatory tariffs, including those from China on U.S. agricultural products that are set to start late next week.

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Dairy Industry Asks Trump to Suspend Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

More than 60 companies and organizations representing American dairy farmers and cheese makers commended President Donald Trump this week for his efforts on equitable trade and for insisting that Canada halt its market-distorting dairy practices. At the same time, the companies urged the administration to reconsider its imposition of new tariffs on Mexico in light of it’s “constructive engagement” in North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations, and the harm that Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs will have on U.S. dairy’s trade with its largest market. In retaliation for U.S. actions on steel and aluminum imports, Mexico recently added new tariffs, some of which will reach as high as 25 percent next month, on American-made cheeses, among other products. The National Milk Producers Federation says the tariffs will “certainly diminish demand for high-quality dairy products that are produced across the United States.”

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Arrest Made in $5.8 Million Cattle Fraud Case

A Texas man has been arrested on theft charges in a case that encompasses more than ten counties in Texas and Oklahoma, 8,000 head of cattle and outstanding loans of more than $5.8 million. The investigation by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Texas Rangers started more than a year ago. A bank contacted authorities after Howard Lee Hinkle, 67, defaulted on several loans worth millions. When bank officials acted on a court order to gather the approximately 8,000 yearling cattle put up as collateral they were unable to locate any of the animals. As the investigation continued, the Rangers identified various properties and cattle listed in the loans, but found that none were legitimately owned by Hinkle. Authorities suspect that Hinkle deceived the bank by showing them fraudulent documentation and cattle that belonged to other individuals. Hinkle was arrested this week and faces felony charges and up to life in prison.

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Nationwide Awards 29 Fire Departments with Grain Bin Rescue Technology

The self-proclaimed number one farm insurer in the United States is providing grain bin rescue technology to 28 fire departments throughout the United States. Nationwide, in partnership with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, selected the fire departments as winners of the fifth annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest. The contest was created in accordance with Grain Bin Safety Week, after identifying a lack of specialized resources available to rural fire departments, who are often the only line of defense against grain bin entrapments. Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness, says that until farmers are “convinced to develop a zero-entry mentality,” Nationwide will continue to make rescue resources as widely available as possible. Over the last 50 years, more than 900 cases of grain entrapments have been reported in the United States, and have resulted in a 62 percent fatality rate. Since 2014, Nationwide has awarded rescue tubes and specialized training to 77 fire departments across 23 states.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-28-18 United States Senate PASSES their Version of the 2018 Farm Bill…

United States Senate PASSES their Version of the 2018 Farm Bill…

Bennet Applauds Passage of Senate Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources, today applauded Senate passage of the Farm Bill. 20 Bennet-led priorities were included in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.

“This bipartisan Farm Bill incorporates ideas and suggestions that we’ve heard across our state,” Bennet said. “The bill legalizes hemp, eliminating uncertainty for businesses in Colorado. The bill also maintains crop insurance, invests in forest health and conservation, secures food assistance for families in need, and expands opportunity for the next generation of farmers and ranchers. We should move this bill quickly to the President’s desk before the end of September—especially given the uncertainty communities face over drought, commodity prices, and trade.”

Check out the audio from the press conference following the vote of 86-11 passage of their version of the 2018 Farm Billon the US Senate with US Senator Michael Bennet

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Audio provided courtesy of BARN Media, CO Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio

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06-28-18 CO Corn News: Senate Passes Farm Bill 86 to 11

CO Corn News: Senate Passes Farm Bill 86 to 11

This afternoon, the Senate passed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) by a vote of 86 to 11. The bill can now proceed to a joint conference committee.
Passage of the bill today is another step forward, and holds the possibility of the 2018 Farm Bill’s passage before the current bill expires in September.
Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are commended for the way they handled the committee markup and floor debate, which avoided poison pill amendments just as Chairman Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Peterson (D-MN) did during consideration of the House version of the bill.
Colorado Corn Growers Association appreciates those senators who supported this critical legislation and were able to pass the bill before the July 4th recess.
View the following link to see how the Senators voted.
While this advancement is positive, the bill still contains unacceptable language for Colorado farmers. We will remain alert and work towards getting unfavorable amendments out of the bill during conference.

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06-28-18 NAFB Breaking Ag News: 2018 Farm Bill Passes Senate, Next Stop: Conference

2018 Farm Bill Passes Senate, Next Stop: Conference

Senate Passes Farm Bill, Next Stop: Conference

The Senate passed a bipartisan farm bill Thursday, sending the legislation to conference so the House and Senate can mend their differences. The vote, 86 to 11, capped off a day of consideration on the Senate floor. In a way, the Senate offered a warning shot to the House, tabling an amendment Thursday afternoon that would tighten work requirements under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, in a lopsided vote 68-30, showing resistance to similar language in the House bill. Meanwhile, House Republicans charge it may be difficult to pass a final bill through the House without SNAP reforms. The Senate bill was blocked Thursday morning by Senator Marco Rubio regarding Cuba trade provisions by Senator Heidi Heitkamp, but the two reached an agreement to allow USDA trade funding to Cuba, if it’s in accordance with administration policy, and allow consideration of the farm bill Thursday.

Overall, the Senate bill offers little fanfare in major changes, compared to the current bill that expires later this year. The bill includes Senator John Thune’s amendment to allow partial haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land, which was approved by voice vote before final consideration of the bill. Included in the bill is Senator Chuck Grassley’s proposal to reform the definition of “actively engaged” in a farming operation in order to receive farm payments. Before passage, the Senate defeated an amended by Senator Mike Lee that farm groups, such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, say “sought to undermine commodity checkoff programs.

View the entire version of the Senate’s 2018 Farm Bill onlinehttps://www.agriculture.senate.gov/2018-farm-bill

06-28-18 NAWG Responds to Senate Passing its 2018 Farm Bill 

NAWG Responds to Senate Passing its 2018 Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2018) – Today, with a vote of 86-11, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill out of Chamber. In response, NAWG President Jimmie Musick made the following statement:

“NAWG commends the Senate for working together in a bipartisan fashion to move the Farm Bill forward, out of the chamber and on to conference. It’s vital for a final Farm Bill to be reauthorized before the September 30th deadline, so that farmers can have certainty that a safety net and strong risk management tools will continue to be in place during these uncertain economic times in farm country.  Continue reading

06-28-18 Pork Checkoff Ag Media Tele-Conference Call

PORK TELE-CONFERENCE CALL

Thursday, June 28, 2018 – The Pork Checkoff will hosted news media conference call following the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Thursday, June 28, 2018. This quarterly teleconference featured three distinguished agricultural economists and their reactions to the report.
The panelists included:

Dr. Ron Plain, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Dr. Lee Shulz, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Joe Kerns, President, Kerns and Associates, Ames, IA

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06-28-18 First Look: Rush Creek Wind Project Providing Massive Benefits to Eastern Plains Economy, Residents

First Look: Rush Creek Wind Project Providing Massive Benefits to Eastern Plains Economy, Residents

Matheson, CO – State legislators and economic development leaders joined project developers Xcel Energy and Vestas for a tour of 30 recently installed wind turbines at the Kochis Farms on Thursday. The first-of-its-kind tour of Xcel Energy’s 600-megawatt Rush Creek Wind Project highlighted the project’s economic benefits, including the $1 billion invested in Colorado and the hundreds of direct and indirect jobs created. The developers expect the project will be fully operational in October of this year.

“These wind turbines are serving as a new cash crop for us,” said Jan Kochis of Kochis Farms and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Board Chair. “The new income that these turbines provide will create more certainty for our farming operations by helping balance against the roller coaster commodity markets and unpredictable weather.”

Recent wind energy developments across Colorado’s eastern plains continue to be a boon to the local economy, providing landowners with millions in land lease payments each year. In total, Colorado’s wind resources have attracted $6 billion in investment, and the wind industry now supports over 5,000 jobs in the state. Wind projects have also provided a boost to local governments and small businesses through new tax revenue and increased local spending. Xcel Energy’s Rush Creek Wind Project is just the latest project to provide a much-needed shot in the arm for rural Colorado. Continue reading

06-28-18 First Annual Hunter Norman Memorial Bulls & Ranch Broncs Event Attract Huge Numbers in CO

Top Left to Right: 51 competitors line up for the Grand Entry; Tyler Williams wins Ranch Broncs 1st place; Bottom Left to Right: Emma Rushing is the only female to compete at the event; Gate pullers wearing Hunter Norman commemorative rodeo shirts

1st ANNUAL HUNTER NORMAN MEMORIAL BULLS & RANCH BRONCS EVENT ATTRACTS HUGE NUMBERS IN COLORADO

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (June 28th, 2018) – Nearly 500 spectators, 51 competitors, local business owners and countless family and friends turned out in large numbers to attend the 1st Annual Hunter Norman Memorial Bulls & Ranch Broncs event on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018. With fans filling the grandstands and riders packing the bucking chutes, people flocked to the event at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction to honor and pay tribute to respected Western Slope ranch bronc rider, Hunter Norman who lost his life in a tragic accident in early May.

The highly attended event is just a testament of the profound impact that 20-year old Fruita Monument High School graduate Hunter Norman had on the Western Slope community and beyond. With competitors coming in from Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and throughout Colorado and premier bucking stock from Ty Farris, Lonny Lancaster, Bryan Flynn and Wes Clegg of 7C Buckers, the event showcased fierce competition, big payouts and prizes in one of the best rodeo events to hit the Western Slope. 9-time PBR World Finals qualifier Tony Mendes made his return to bull riding at the event after a two-year hiatus to honor the memory and spirit of the beloved cowboy.

“It’s a blessing and an honor that everybody showed up and attended this,” Mendes said. “It speaks volumes on what Hunter represented as a cowboy. He had heart. He’d always show up with some young kid wanting to learn how to do it. He put a lot back into this sport and I guess that was my biggest thing with coming back. I haven’t been on a bull in two years and the love that that kid showed my sport, I really wanted to be a part of this event.” Continue reading

06-28-18 Western Governors approve policy resolutions

Western Governors approve policy resolutions

Western Governors formally approved 12 policy resolutions on topics such as workforce development, international trade, and western infrastructure at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota. The policy resolutions formally approved include: Continue reading

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Senate Farm Bill to Include Grassley Payment Limits

The Senate farm bill now contains 18 additional amendments, including Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley’s payment limits amendment. Grassley was the lone vote against the bill when it passed through committee because it did not contain his amendment. The change would “amend actively engaged in farming requirements by allowing only one person or legal entity per farming operation to be considered ‘actively engaged’ in farming based on active personal management.” Grassley said earlier this week that he had the votes on the Senate Agriculture Committee to get the amendment approved at the markup of the bill, but ran into a last-minute procedural problem that prevented him from offering it, according to the Hagstrom Report. The amendment is one of 18 attached to the farm bill and announced Wednesday by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts in an effort to expedite the passage of the bill.

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Perdue Signals Aid Plan Announcement Possible Around Labor Day

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in Chicago this week says he is hopeful his aid program for farmers will be released by Labor Day and the harvest season. Perdue spoke at the United Fresh event Tuesday and told the Chicago Tribune that while farmers want “trade, not aid,” the Department of Agriculture is following the trade war on a “weekly basis,” and assessing the impacts of trade disputes while having a plan ready to assist farmers. Perdue continues to hold off on announcing those plans, but conceded he has “probably” given himself a “Labor Day deadline” with the corn and soybean harvest looming. Perdue says he and USDA see the trade environment as “temporary.” A 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans as part of the trade dispute will take effect next week. While there may not be enough export capacity globally for China to stop all U.S. soybean purchases completely, Brazil’s production and exports are growing, and China is seeking alternatives to U.S. agricultural products.

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Canada Announces Pork Sector Investment

Amid global trade uncertainty and U.S. pork facing tariffs, Canada is investing to expand its swine sector. While the two moves are not directly related, Canada Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay just announced a federal investment of up to (Canadian) $12.7 million to Swine Innovation Porc, a non-profit corporation that facilitates research in the Canadian swine sector. The non-profit will contribute up to an additional $5.8 million to the project. The investments will be used to examine new ways of feeding piglets that could help provide immunity from diseases; determine best methods for the classification of pork based on quality attributes; and, examine long-distance transport effects on the health and welfare of early weaned pigs. Canada is the 9th largest pork producer in the world, representing approximately two percent of global production. In 2016, Canada exported approximately 70 percent of overall Canadian hog production, with a value of $3.8 billion.

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Oil Industry: EPA Makes Right Call on Not Reallocating Waived Volumes

The American Petroleum Institute says the Environmental Protection Agency “made the right call” to not reallocate volumes of biofuels displaced by hardship waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard. The EPA volume proposal this week included a small overall increase, but kept conventional ethanol at 15 billion gallons for 2019. API made the comments while at the same time calling the RFS an example of “a broken government program.” The proposal by the EPA followed a Reuters report that the EPA “consistently ignored” direction from the Department of Energy to restrict or reject the hardship waivers. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the waivers are “at odds” with the Department of Agriculture, President Trump, and now the Department of Energy. The ethanol industry contends the waivers are destructing demand, and the recent volume proposal for convention ethanol “isn’t a real number” because the EPA won’t make up lost volumes or stop the waivers.

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NC Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Protect Hog Farms from Lawsuits

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that would provide protection to hog farms from lawsuits. The bill passed by state lawmakers aimed to protect the ability of farms to “operate as surrounding development encroaches” and protect farms from” frivolous nuisance lawsuits.” Governor Cooper stated following his veto: “While agriculture is vital to North Carolina’s economy, so property rights are vital to people’s homes and other businesses.” Further, Cooper stated that giving one industry special treatment at the expense of its neighbors is unfair. Lawmakers in the state passed the bill after $50 million in damages were awarded to neighbors of a hog operation in the state. A federal judge later slashes the award to $2.5 million. Other similar nuisance lawsuits in the state are expected to follow, with one lawsuit already in progress.

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Women in Agribusiness Now Accepting Award Nominees

The Women in Agribusiness Summit is seeking award nominations for the Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award of Excellence. Now in its fifth year, the award is bestowed upon “some of the most innovative, action-oriented movers and shakers in the agribusiness sector.” Nominations must have a minimum of ten years of experience in agriculture, be a positive example and break down barriers for others and exemplify professionalism. The recipient of the award, named after Demeter, the goddess of the harvest from ancient Greek mythology, will receive her award on stage at the 2018 Women in Agribusiness Summit in Denver, September 24-26th. There is no limit to the number of entries, and self-nominations will be accepted as well. Entry forms and guidelines for submissions are available online at www.womeninag.com. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, July 20th, 2018.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-27-18 Inside Mountain Roots Produce w/Mike Nolan: 416 and Burro Wildfire Impacts, Farm Bill Amendment, NYFC & RMFU…

Inside Mountain Roots Produce w/Mike Nolan: 416 and Burro Wildfire Impacts, Farm Bill Amendment, NYFC & RMFU…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) June 27, 2018 – The 416 Wildfire & the Burro wildfire in SW Colorado has been a huge story now for quite sometime…its a devastating situation for members of that community and region.

Inside the BARN to discuss the impacts of those wildfires on SW Colorado is Mike Nolan, President of the Four Corners  Farmers & Ranchers Coalition, joint chapter of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union & the National Young Farmers Coalition and co-owner of Mountain Roots Produce in Durango, CO

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06-27-18 NAWG Weighs in on Amendments to the 2018 Senate Farm Bill

NAWG Weighs in on Amendments to the 2018 Senate Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2018) –  As the Farm Bill is being debated on the Senate floor, NAWG sent a letterto the Chamber stating its positions on several amendments that have been introduced that could have implications for wheat farmers.

“NAWG continues to push back against any amendments that would undermine the current structure of the crop insurance program as well as other amendments that would hurt farmers,” said Jimmie Musick, Sentinel, Oklahoma farmer and NAWG President. “Proposing significant restrictions on crop insurance ignores the needs of rural America and impact jobs on and off the farm.”  Continue reading

06-27-18 Inside NAWG with President Jimmie Musick…

Inside NAWG with President Jimmie Musick…

2018 Farm Bill Status, Trade Tariffs & More

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) June 27, 2018 – Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network is Jimmie Musick, President of the National Association of Wheat Growers discussing several topics including:

  • Current Wheat Conditions & Harvest Update
  • US House version of the 2018 Farm Bill
  • US Senate’s version of the 2018 Farm Bill
  • Importance of Crop Insurance
  • Trade – NAFTA & Tariffs
  • & More

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06-27-18 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Fight for Hop Growers in Senate Farm Bill

US Senators Bennet, Gardner Fight for Hop Growers in Senate Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) this week introduced an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fight plant diseases that most threaten the livelihoods of hop growers.

The bipartisan amendment would encourage ongoing work at the USDA to address two diseases—powdery mildew and downy mildew—that can wipe out as much as 15 percent of a hop field, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue for hop producers across the country each year.

“Colorado brewers count on healthy hops to produce the high-quality beer that many of us enjoy,” Bennet said. “This is the least we can do to ensure that top-notch USDA research continues to support the burgeoning Colorado hop industry.”

“Colorado brews the best beer in the world thanks in large part to the hops grown in our state,” Gardner said. “This bipartisan amendment enables the USDA to do more to combat the diseases that threatens hops and cause millions in lost revenue each year. It will be good for both Colorado’s brewers and beer drinkers.” Continue reading

06-27-18 Interior Secretary Zinke Announces $40.1 Million in Payments to Colorado to Support Vital Services in Communities

Secretary Zinke Announces $40.1 Million in Payments to Colorado to Support Vital Services in Communities
PILT Program Compensates Communities for Supporting Nation’s Public Lands, Waters; Invests in Firefighters, Police, School and Road Construction

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced 56 local governments in Colorado are receiving a total of $40.1 million under the 2018 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to local communities. This is the largest amount ever allocated in the program’s 40-year history. A full list of funding by state and county is available at www.doi.gov/pilt.

“Local communities contribute significantly to our nation’s economy, food and energy supply, and help define the character of our diverse and beautiful country,” said Secretary Zinke. “These investments often serve as a lifeline for local communities as they juggle planning and paying for basic services like public safety, fire-fighting, social services and transportation.” Continue reading

Make plans to attend the 3rd Annual Partners of Youth in Ag Golf Tournament in Pueblo, CO on August 24th

For registration and sponsorship information visit http://files.constantcontact.com/cfdee20a601/39abbfd5-1710-4eb3-aafc-257e0dc7de1c.pdf

And for even more information visit – http://www.coloradostatefairfoundation.org/golf-tournament.html

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, June 27th

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Senate Farm Bill Making Progress

The Senate early this week showed large support for the farm bill, or at least debate on the bill. The procedural cloture vote Monday passed easily, 89-3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the chamber has the opportunity to finalize this bill this week. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday, calling the legislation “the best bill possible under these circumstances.” He says the goal of the farm bill is to provide agriculture “certainty and predictability during these very difficult times,” referring to the depressed farm economy. The bill is expected to soon enter the amendment process on the Senate Floor. Roberts will allow consideration of Senator Chuck Grassley’s farm payment limits amendment. The lack of the amendment in the committee-passed bill prompted Grassley to be the lone vote against the legislation at the time.

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EPA Proposes Increase in RVO Announcement

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing an increase in the total renewable fuel volume to 19.88 billion gallons, up from the 19.29 billion expected gallons. However, biofuels groups say the proposal falls short of damage done to the Renewable Fuel Standard from hardship waivers granted to refiners. The proposed conventional biofuel amount of 15 billion gallons maintains the level set for 2018. The proposal also calls for 4.88 billion gallons of advanced biofuel, including 381 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel and 2.43 billion gallons of biodiesel for 2020. The National Corn Growers Association says: “what’s not included in EPA’s proposed rule says more than what’s included.” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the conventional biofuel amount from ethanol, “isn’t a real number we can count on.” Skor says by neglecting to reallocate gallons lost to waivers, the EPA is “doubling down” on another year of demand destruction. The National Biodiesel Board says the 2.43 billion gallons of biodiesel for 2020 sends a “hopeful signal,” but added the hardship waivers undercut prior year volumes and could negatively impact future standards.

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Trade Promotion Authority to Auto-Renew

Trade Promotion Authority will auto-renew at the end of this month due to no congressional action. Originally authorized by Congress during the Obama administration for the advancement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPA will auto-renew for another three years. The renewal comes due to the inaction by the House and Senate during a three-month window to pass a resolution of disapproval to deny the extension, according to Politico. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office describes Trade Promotion Authority as a legislative procedure that spells out detailed oversight for trade negotiations. The policy allows, or perhaps restricts, Congress to a simple up or down vote, without amendment, regarding the approval of trade agreements. Most recently passed in 2015, TPA was favored by a majority of agriculture groups which supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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China Dropping Tariffs on Feed Grains from Asian Countries

China is dropping tariffs on feed ingredients from five Asian countries as it seeks supplies that do not originate in the United States. The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China is bringing further tariffs on U.S. soybeans and coproducts imported to China, as retaliation on U.S. tariffs implemented on China. Thus, China is seeking cheaper soybeans, soymeal, soybean cake, rapeseed and fishmeal originating from Bangladesh, India, Laos, South Korea and Sri Lanka starting July first. A market analyst from Shanghai told Reuters the move “demonstrates the government’s attitude that we will import from other countries.” While China had already planned to cut the tariffs since March of this year, as part of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement signed in Thailand last January, the move is still seen as a step to reduce China’s dependence on U.S. soybeans amid the ongoing trade war.

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Brazil Soybean Exports Expected to Pass U.S.

A forecast by the Department of Agriculture shows an increase in production could drive Brazil to pass the U.S. in soybean exports. Brazil is already the leading global producers of soybeans, and the second-largest exporter of the crop. USDA says Brazil’s soybean output is currently forecasted to exceed that of the United States by the 2018/19 marketing year. The milestone would represent a 22 percent increase in production over the last three years for Brazil. Almost all the increased production has made its way to the export market,  according to USDA, which has risen 34 percent over the same time. In addition to significant growth in sales to China, Iran and Russia, domestic conditions in 2018 have also driven up exports. In May, Brazil’s soybean shipments reached a record high, despite a trucker strike in the nation and stalled deliveries to ports.

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USDA Taking Comments on Product of USA Label

The Department of Agriculture is accepting public comment on a policy that allows foreign beef to be labeled as “Product of USA” if inspected in the United States. The comment period opened last week following a petition by the American Grassfed Association and the Organization for Competitive Markets. The petition demands the Food Safety Inspection Service policy be changed to ensure only U.S. domestic meat products can be labeled “Product of USA.” The groups allege the current policy allows food companies to “skirt the federal law and regulations governing labeling and leads to violations of FSIS’s own policies and regulations that clearly mandate truthfulness in labeling.” The Petition refers to research that says U.S. consumers want to know where their food comes from and consumers place a higher financial value on food that is local, regional and from the United States. The public comment period closes in mid-August.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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06-26-18 ENTER NCGA YIELD CONTEST EARLY AND SAVE

ENTER NCGA YIELD CONTEST EARLY AND SAVE

As summer begins, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers to register early for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest and save big on entry fees. Until June 29, fees will be reduced to $75. NCGA reminds growers that a small time investment now saves money later this summer.

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06-26-18 NCGA Statement: EPA Proposed Biofuel Requirements

NCGA Statement: EPA Proposed Biofuel Requirements

The following is a statement from North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), on EPA’s Proposed Biofuel Requirements for 2019.

“For corn farmers, what’s not included in EPA’s proposed rule says more than what’s included.

“It is encouraging that EPA is following Congressional intent and proposing some growth in the RFS volumes and continuing to propose an implied 15-billion-gallon volume for conventional ethanol. However, by continuing to allow retroactive exemptions to refineries, EPA will undercut the volumes in this rule, rendering the proposed blending levels meaningless. Furthermore, the proposed rule states that EPA will not consider comments on how small refinery exemptions are accounted for.  Continue reading