Bipartisan Bill Delays ELD Enforcement until Regulatory Reforms Are Proposed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 12, 2018 – Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today introduced the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act, bipartisan legislation to reform the Hours of Service (HOS) and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Further, the enforcement of the ELD rule would be delayed until the reforms required under the bill are formally proposed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

“Improving highway safety is an important goal, but the rules we put in place must recognize the very real challenges faced by those who haul livestock and other perishable commodities,” said Senator Hoeven. “Our legislation would delay enforcement while ensuring that the HOS and ELD rules are reformed with the concerns of all impacted stakeholders taken into account. That means providing a permanent, flexible solution that both strengthens safety and ensures the humane transportation of livestock.”

“Our bipartisan legislation will provide Colorado’s farmers and ranchers a seat at the table to help develop sensible rules around the transportation of agricultural goods,” said Senator Bennet. “It is important that we maintain safe roads for all, while also recognizing the unique flexibility needed for the transportation of Colorado’s agriculture products.” Continue reading

06-13-18 USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to June 22

USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to June 22

Re-enrollment Continues Through June 22, Dairy producers urged to act now

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2018 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy will be extended until June 22, 2018. The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant. USDA has already issued more than $89 million for margins triggered in February, March, and April, and USDA offices are continuing to process remaining payments daily.

“Last week we re-opened enrollment to offer producers preoccupied with field work an additional opportunity to come into their local office to sign-up. We did get more than 500 new operations enrolled but want to continue to provide an opportunity for folks to participate before the next margin is announced,” said Secretary Perdue. “More than 21,000 American dairies have gone into our 2,200 FSA offices to sign-up for 2018 MPP coverage but I am certain we can do better with this extra week and a half.” Continue reading

06-12-18 USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney hosted Media All on ATM to Japan…

USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney hosted Media All on ATM to Japan…

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2018 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney held a media teleconference today during his trade mission with U.S. business and state government leaders seeking to expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products. Japan is the United States’ fourth-largest agricultural export market overall and ranks first among U.S. export customers for beef and pork, second for corn and wheat, and third for consumer-oriented agricultural products. Japanese consumers have high disposable incomes and an affinity for the quality, affordability, and safety of U.S. food products.

Here is the audio from the media conference call that The BARN / BARN Media participated in…


Commissioner Don Brown stands in front of a case of US beef on a tour of the Aeon Laketown market in Tokyo Japan. Commissioner Brown is on a Western US Agricultural Trade Association/USDA trade mission to Japan. It is the largest USDA Foreign Ag Services trade mission ever. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CDA FACEBOOK PAGE)




Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of June 1, 2018, is forecast at 88.00 million bushels, according to the June 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is up 5 percent from the May 1 forecast and 1 percent above the 86.86 million bushel crop produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at 2.20 million acres, is unchanged from May 1 and 180,000 acres more than the 2.02 million acres harvested in 2017. As of June 1, the average yield is forecast at 40.0 bushels per acre, 2.0 bushels above the May 1 forecast, but 3.0 bushels below last year’s final yield.

As of June 3, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 46 percent good, and 7 percent excellent, compared with 5 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 6 percent excellent last year.


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06-12-18 CACD’s Bobbi Ketels and NRCS-CO’s Ben Berlinger are Inside the BARN: 2018 Camp Rocky, Summer Grass Tour & more…

CACD’s Bobbi Ketels and NRCS-CO’s Ben Berlinger are Inside the BARN: 2018 Camp Rocky, Summer Grass Tour & more…

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) June 12, 2018 Camp Rocky 2018 is coming up in Divide, CO July 8-14 as well as the Summer Grass Tour July 20-21…and joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss both events and much more is Colorado Association of Conservation Districts Executive Director Bobbi Ketels & NRCS-CO Rangeland Specialist Ben Berlinger


Check out the CACD’s Colorado Conservator Online Newsletter – Spring 2018 Edition –http://www.coloradoacd.org/uploads/2/5/5/6/25562324/cacd_co_conservator_spring_2018.pdf

To learn more about CAMP Rocky 2018 & more about the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts visit http://www.coloradoacd.org 

And to learn more about the 2018 Summer Grass Tour, Rangeland Judging Contests and NRCS-CO visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/co/home/ Continue reading

06-12-18 US Senators Bennet, Gardner, Colleagues Raise Concerns Over Potential Threat of Chinese Attempts to Undermine U.S. Democracy

Bennet, Gardner, Colleagues Raise Concerns Over Potential Threat of Chinese Attempts to Undermine U.S. Democracy

Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R), along with a bipartisan group of senators, this week sent a letter to the Trump administration raising concerns about China’s attempts to undermine democratic institutions in the United States and supplant American leadership and alliances abroad. The senators called on the administration to develop a comprehensive strategy to counter Chinese actions, which aim to manipulate public discourse and democratic institutions in support of China’s interests.  Continue reading

06-12-18 US Senator Bennet Applauds Bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill

Bennet Applauds Bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill

Legislation would mean vital investments and certainty for U.S. providers

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the 2018 Farm Bill ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled bill markup.

“This bill is a reminder of what bipartisanship can achieve,” said Bennet. “The Farm Bill makes critical investments in Colorado agriculture, conserves land and water, and provides new opportunities for rural economic growth. The bill benefited from ideas gathered from across our state, and I want to thank Coloradans who took the time to share their views. We will look to Colorado’s farmers and ranchers to improve the bill further and move quickly to provide them with much-needed certainty.”

The 2018 Farm Bill is the product of significant bipartisan collaboration between Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and committee members.

Several Bennet-led or -supported provisions were included in the draft text of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill: Continue reading



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry outlining the organization’s reaction to The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 released on Friday. Continue reading

06-12-18 CDA: Program Designed to Protect Consumers Gets a Facelift

CDA: Program Designed to Protect Consumers Gets a Facelift

Do you go through the self-checkout at the grocery store?
Do you check in your luggage at the airport?
Program Designed to Protect Consumers Gets a Facelift.
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Weights and Measures program has updated the approval sticker used to identify if a commercial scale weighs correctly.  Because scales fall out of tolerance, CDA inspectors test every commercial scale used in Colorado each year to ensure their accuracy. That is over 25,000 commercial scale inspections completed by a team of CDA inspectors.
To grasp the impact of these inspections, consider that a single supermarket can easily conduct 1-2 million transactions involving a weight of a commodity per year at the meat department, deli, bakery and checkout stands.  A farmer purchases feed, fertilizer and pesticides and then sells their commodities by the ton.  There are highway scales, shipping scales, jeweler scales, grain scales and now high precision cannabis scales.  The financial impact of a weights and measures program is so significant that experts have found it impossible to quantify.
“We test and approve scales to help ensure the equity and integrity in the marketplace. With our newly designed sticker, we hope to highlight the impact that agriculture and the CDA has on the everyday lives of all Coloradans,” said Hollis Glenn, CDA’s Inspection & Consumer Services Division Director.
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06-12-18 “Taking the Gamble Out of Grazing,” Theme of Upcoming National Conference in Reno, NV Dec 2-5

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“Taking the Gamble Out of Grazing,” Theme of Upcoming National Conference

Interested in learning more about proper grazing lands management and stewardship sustainability? Then ride to Reno, Nev. this December to hear first-handfrom cowboy and industry experts how to take the gamble out of grazing at the 7th National Conference on Grazing Lands, Dec. 2-5, 2018, being held at thePeppermill Resort Spa & Casino.

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House Farm Bill Still Uncertain

Uncertainty remains regarding the House version of the farm bill, as the Senate will markup its version in committee this week. House Republicans are busy trying to craft an immigration agreement, which a group of legislators are demanding by blocking a vote on the farm bill, and previously helping to vote down the bill. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway expressed optimism last week that an immigration deal would be reached. Friday, House Republican leaders had drafted an outline of a plan on immigration, but there was no deal. The farm bill will not pass the House without support from the Freedom Caucus or Democrats. Meanwhile, the Senate Agriculture Committee is producing a bipartisan bill that does not include the work requirements included in the House version of the bill under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Senate leadership expressed hope that the Senate could pass its version of the farm bill this month.

Livestock Groups Happy with FMD Funding in Farm Bill

The Senate farm bill released last week includes language establishing a vaccine bank to deal with an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease, a priority for livestock groups. The House version of the bill includes FMD language, as well. National Pork Producers Council President Jim Heimerl (Hi’-merle) called the language “encouraging,” adding that: “With a vaccine bank, we’ll finally be able to adequately prepare for an FMD outbreak. But, we do need mandatory funding to make it work.” FMD is an infectious viral disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs and sheep; it is not a food safety or human health threat. Although the disease was last detected in the United States in 1929, it is endemic in many parts of the world. NPPC says that currently the United States does not have access to enough FMD vaccine to handle more than a small, localized outbreak. Studies show that an FMD outbreak in the United States, it would cost the beef and pork industries a combined $128 billion over ten years.

Mexico Calling for Flexibility in NAFTA Talks

Mexico is calling for flexibility in the North American Free Trade Agreement talks. A trade official from Mexico said Monday that the only way the countries renegotiating NAFTA will find a solution is through “sufficient flexibility” to narrow differences. Further, the official says Mexican and Canadian negotiators will be “engaging strongly” in July to reach an agreement that is “feasible, workable and benefits the three nations involved, according to Reuters.” Meanwhile, a White House official says the U.S. will seek to replace NAFTA with bilateral deals with Canada and Mexico, if the talks fail. However, Canada and Mexico oppose that idea. Further, President Donald Trump over the weekend and again on Monday targeted Canada’s dairy supply management system, saying Canada’s trade practices are harming U.S. farmers. While much of the NAFTA discussion is focused on automobile trade, dairy is a sticking point for Canada, which is not backing away from its dairy program.

Perdue Traveling to Canada Friday

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue heads to Canada this week to meet with his Canadian counterpart. Perdue will travel to Canada Friday, meeting with Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay. The two will engage in what the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls a bilateral meeting, and tour agriculture sites in Canada’s Atlantic region. The tours start at Minister MacAulay’s farm, then to a lobster boat, finally touring Rollo Bay Holdings, a potato growing, packaging and marketing operation, along with meeting with potato farmers. The trip comes as Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, continue to negotiate an updated North American Free Trade Agreement. MacAulay and Perdue most recently visited last month, when the two attended the World Meat Congress in Dallas, Texas.

NCGA’s Novak Selected as CropLife America CEO

National Corn Growers Association CEO Chris Novak will take the CEO position at CropLife America later this summer. CropLife America announced the selection of Novak Monday, who will take the place of retiring CEO Jay Vroom. Novak will begin full time employment with CLA on August 20, 2018. In a statement, Vroom says Novak “brings great knowledge and energy to the leadership of CropLife.” Novak says he is “grateful to the CLA board” for their selection. Novak has also held leadership positions for the National Pork Board, Indiana commodity organizations, and earlier in his career worked at Syngenta, the American Soybean Association and on Capitol Hill. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Purdue University, a law degree from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.

CDC Investigating Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Poultry

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating several multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. As of June 1, 2018, 124 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 36 states. Several different types of Salmonella bacteria have made people sick, according to the CDC’s investigation. 21 ill people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. The CDC says epidemiologic, traceback and laboratory findings link the outbreaks to contact with live poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, which come from multiple hatcheries. In interviews, 55 of those who were sickened reported contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illness started. People reported obtaining chicks and ducklings from several sources, including feed supply stores, websites, hatcheries, and from relatives. Seventy outbreaks of Salmonella infections have been linked to contact with backyard flocks since 2000.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service