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



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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