06-25-18 NRCS-CO: Federal Funding Available to Improve Ag Water Efficiency in Mesa County

NRCS-CO: Federal Funding Available to Improve Ag Water Efficiency in Mesa County

Applications MUST be received by July 13, 2018

DENVER, Colorado, June 19, 2018 – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado, in partnership with the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in portions of two water/irrigation districts in Mesa County, Colorado. This partnership combines on-farm conservation enhancements through NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program with water-supply infrastructure upgrades funded through Reclamation’s WaterSmart program. Applications must be received by July 13, 2018. Continue reading

06-25-18 National FFA Organization and AgriNovus Indiana Announce Cutting-Edge Initiative to Showcase Transformational Innovation

National FFA Organization and AgriNovus Indiana Announce Cutting-Edge Initiative to Showcase Transformational Innovation 

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, June 25, 2018/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization and AgriNovus Indiana are bringing the convergence of innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship to FFA members attending the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo through the inaugural Blue Room. The Blue Room is the kickoff to Blue 365, an initiative that will bring this same innovation into classrooms and impact more than 650,000 members nationwide. FFA student members are the future leaders of the food industry, which is relying on this generation to meet unparalleled challenges to feed a growing world population. Continue reading

06-25-18 A Closer Look at the ASTA / National FFA MOU with ASTA Chair Jerry Flint…

A Closer Look at the ASTA / National FFA Mou with ASTA Chair Jerry Flint…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – June 25, 2018  – The BARN / FarmCast Radio – On June 11th, the National FFA Organization and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) signed a memorandum of understanding. That memorandum will align ASTA’s strategic goals and resources with the three-component model of agricultural education, providing teacher curriculum and resources; supervised agricultural experience support and mentors; and leadership and career development. Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network at this time discuss the MOU in more detail is Jerry Flint, incoming 2018-19 ASTA Chair and is with Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, a member of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board.


For more information about the National FFA Organization visit  FFA.org ;  or for more about the National FFA Foundation visit FFA.org/Give. And finally to learn more about the ASTA, the American Seed Trade Association, please visit betterseed.org.

06-25-18 CLA: In Memory of Judith Ann Rutledge

CLA: In Memory of Judith Ann Rutledge

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Yuma (110 W. 4th Ave. Yuma, CO 80759). Memorials may be sent to the Hospice of the Plains (PO Box 365, Wray, CO 80758) or the First Presbyterian Church (110 W. 4th Ave. Yuma, CO 80759)
Judith Ann (Storatz) Rutledge was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 15, 1942. She passed away at her home in the sand hills southeast of Yuma on June 8, 2018, surrounded by her family. In between, there was much dancing, giggles, tears, love and joy.
Judy was the first born of three children. Her sister Susan (Storatz) Farrar, and her brother Randy Storatz were part of her loving family. Judy’s parents, Frank and Elly Storatz, moved the family to Lakewood, Colorado, when Judy was young, where they owned various businesses including the Trails End Motel in Lakewood. Judy loved horses throughout her life. She treasured her paint horse Amigo growing up. Judy’s sister Susan remembered her as a little bit of a daredevil. She got a whipping from mom and dad when she played chicken by lying in the middle of West Colfax Avenue while the cars drove past. She loved playing cowboys and Indians with her younger siblings. One time the Indians, Susan and Judy, tied up the cowboy, Randy, to a tree and then forgot about him until their mother wondered why he didn’t show up for dinner! Judy learned to drive by cruising up and down Colfax Avenue, and her first car was a white T-Bird. She loved that car. Judy was on the flag team at Lakewood High School and did well academically, graduating in 1960.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, June 25th

EPA Calls Off Biofuel Quota Announcement

Criticism from the oil industry caused the Trump Administration to restart talks over a proposal to require large refineries to blend more biofuel to make up for exemptions granted to smaller refineries. Three people with knowledge of the situation told Bloomberg that, because of the new discussions, the Environmental Protection Agency called off a planned Friday announcement on proposed biofuel quotas for 2019. It’s the latest stalemate in the clash over U.S. biofuels policy between two key Trump constituencies, which are the oil and agricultural industries. Ethanol producers and farm-state lawmakers say that recent waivers granted to small refiners have undercut the Renewable Fuels Standard. The administration’s plan to make up for the lost biofuel gallons would have put the burden on non-exempted refineries, prompting an outcry from the two top oil industry trade groups. The EPA had been preparing to unveil a rule that would set biofuel blending targets for 2019 on Friday. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue had planned to travel to Missouri for what was expected to be the biofuel blending announcement.


Senate Farm Bill Setting Up for Debate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set the process in motion for considering the farm bill on the Senate floor. On Monday evening, Politico says the Senate is scheduled to hold a procedural vote on the motion to proceed to the farm bill legislation, which will likely pave the way for debate. The Congressional Budget Office posted its breakdown of the Senate Farm Bill. Under the bill, the dairy industry would see an additional $200 million in support over a decade. Row crop farmers participating in the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) Program would also see some of that financial support over the next ten years. Overall spending on the commodity title is expected to be about $400 million less than current law provides, primarily due to the elimination of “economic adjustment assistance” for the cotton industry. The drop is also due to a proposal to reduce the means test that determines eligibility for crop subsidies from $900,000 to $700,000 in adjusted gross income. Total spending on conservation programs would hold steady over the next decade, but the amounts allocated to different initiatives would shift around from current law.


China Says Washington Trade Actions Will Hurt American Workers

A Reuters report says China accused the Trump Administration of being capricious in its handling of trade issues. Chinese government officials warned U.S. workers and farmers that they’ll be hurt because of the administration’s brandishing of “big sticks.” Beijing officials said previous bilateral discussions with the U.S. were effective. However, the commerce ministry spokesman says Beijing has had to respond in a strong manner because of U.S. tariff threats. President Donald Trump recently threatened to hit an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports with a ten percent tariff, if Beijing retaliates against his previous announcement of tariffs on $50 billion in imports. The U.S. has accused China of stealing intellectual property. The Chinese Commerce Ministry says that’s a “distortion of reality” and they are prepared to respond with qualitative and quantitative tools if Washington releases a new list of tariffs. China says it could hit back at several firms listed on the U.S. Dow Jones Industrial Average if the president keeps raising the tensions with China over bilateral trade issues.


NPPC Wants Regulations Reined In Further

American pork producers are facing the triple-whammy of declining income, a growing labor shortage, and volatile markets caused by trade disputes. They don’t also need to contend with costly red tape and unfunded mandates from Washington. Those were key points in National Pork Producers Council testimony at a congressional hearing on impacts of regulations on small businesses and farmers. “Regulations add to the cost of doing business, and right now, pork producers don’t need more costs,” said NPPC Past President John Weber, an Iowa pork producer. “Because of trade disputes with China and Mexico and the tariffs they’ve put in place on American pork, hog farmers could lose up to $2 billion this year.” Weber testified before the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade, saying that pork producers have had to contend with many ill-conceived, burdensome, and costly regulations over the past decade. As examples, he pointed to regulations on the buying and selling of livestock, labeling meat, trucking, air emissions, clean water, antibiotic use, and organic livestock production. NPPC written testimony says the administration and Congress have done a good job of reining in red tape, but Weber says, “more needs to be done.”


Doggett Named Corn Growers Interim CEO

The National Corn Growers selected Jon Doggett, the current NCGA Executive Vice President, as their new interim CEO. He’ll start the new duties August 1, after the departure of current CEO Chris Novak. Doggett has been in the EVP role since 2014. Prior to that, he was the Vice President of Public Policy and continues to manage the NCGA’s 11-person Washington office, as well as leading the organization’s public policy efforts. A Montana native who grew up on his family’s ranch, Doggett has substantial knowledge of production agriculture and more than 30 years of agricultural policy experience. Prior to joining the NCGA, Doggett worked for 11 years at the American Farm Bureau Federation as the lead lobbyist on a number of public policy issues, including ethanol, climate change, land use, conservation, and endangered species. He’s also worked for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association/Public Lands Council, and as a senior legislative assistant. More information about the formal search process for a permanent CEO will be made at a later date.


EPA Considering Dicamba Registration as Injury Reports Climb

Herbicide injury reports are mounting in the South and the Midwest. A DTN report says state regulators and the Environmental Protection Agency are looking at the situation carefully. Most of the damage reports revolve around dicamba. However, there are 2,4-D damage reports coming out of the southern states. Most of the dicamba injury complaints are coming out of the South, but there are more and more reports in the Midwest. Post-emergence spraying in Roundup Ready Xtend soybeans is still going on and double-crop soybeans haven’t been sprayed yet. Weed scientists tell DTN that injury to non-soybean crops like fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, and trees is being seen at a higher rate than in 2017. The EPA is planning to make a decision about extending the registration of crop protection products that contain dicamba by mid-August. An EPA spokesman tells DTN in an email that their goal is “to make a regulatory decision in time to inform seed and weed management purchasing decisions for the 2019 growing season. Missouri is facing 42 dicamba injury complaints as of June 18th, Tennessee has 19 complaints, and Mississippi has 13, so far. Arkansas is facing 43 complaints in spite of the fact that in-season application is banned.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service