06-26-18 NFU: Proposed RFS RVO’s are Promising, but Not Enough 

Proposed Volume Obligations are Promising, but Not Enough 
More Must Be Done to Address Lost Demand for Renewable Fuels

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed increasing the renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by 3 percent in 2019, from 19.29 billion gallons to 19.88 billion gallons.  The proposal would maintain the current 15-million-gallon target for corn ethanol and increase cellulosic and advanced biofuel requirements by 100 million gallons and 600 million gallons, respectively.

Rob Larew, National Farmers Union (NFU) Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications, was encouraged by the volume increase but expressed concern about the fact that it does not address the misappropriation of “hardship waivers,” which has reduced the volume of renewable fuels in the transportation sector by as much as 1.6 billion gallons.

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Perdue: Trump Will Protect Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says President Donald Trump will protect U.S. farmers from trade retaliations. In a USA Today editorial, Perdue says if China does not soon mend its ways, “we will quickly begin fulfilling our promise to support producers.” Perdue says Trump knows U.S. farmers feed, fuel and clothe the world, and that he will “not allow U.S. agriculture to bear the brunt” of China’s retaliations. China is retaliating against the Trump trade war by targeting U.S. agricultural products, such as soybeans, and many others. The Department of Agriculture has yet to release its plan to support farmers through a trade war. Perdue says it’s a simple case of ‘not releasing your plan when the opposing team is watching.’ However, agriculture is eager to see what’s in store as trade tensions rise. Meanwhile, Perdue says, if Trump is successful, “farmers will reap the benefits.”

EU, China, Working to Strengthen Trade Ties

The European Union is working to strengthen trade ties with China as the U.S. and China are embattled in a trade war. Repercussions of the trade war are being felt throughout U.S. agriculture, as the retaliatory tariffs from China will soon go into effect. Meanwhile, the EU is taking full advantage of the situation, and engaging with China to further develop trade. A European Commission news release says both sides agreed to exchange market access offers at an upcoming summit to give political motivation to an ambitious EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment. China and the EU say the U.S. unilateral approach comes at the risk of a global recession and vowed for a multilateral approach to counteract the U.S. trade agenda, and to uphold a rules-based trading system through the World Trade Organization.

Uncertainty Brewing from RFS Target Announcement Delay

Uncertainty remains amid the Renewable Fuel Standard as the Trump Administration backed away from a planned announcement last week. The proposed volume obligation requirements, or biofuels targets, are still expected any day, though oil industry opposition apparently led the Trump administration to temporarily abandon the proposal, according to Bloomberg News. The proposal is estimated to require 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels to be used in 2019, a 3.1 percent increase over 2018 requirements. With a quota for 4.88 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, that would mean the EPA is proposing to require 15 billion gallons of conventional renewable fuels, including corn-based ethanol, the same as required in 2018 and the maximum that can be compelled under federal law. American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers President Chet Thompson called the proposal a “back-room deal,” in a statement opposing the alleged proposal. The EPA apparently was planning to make up volumes lost through hardship waivers granted to refiners under the RFS. The oil industry is vowing to fight the proposal if it moves forward.     

USDA Assisting Cotton Growers with Safety Net Changes

The Department of Agriculture is helping cotton farmers prepare for new safety net coverage. The Farm Service Agency is sending acreage history and yield reports to agricultural producers with generic base acres covered by the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs. USDA says the data will help producers decide the best options for how to allocate generic base acres, given the addition of seed cotton as a covered commodity in the programs. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 amended the 2014 Farm Bill, adding seed cotton as a covered commodity under the ARC and PLC programs. This week, FSA will start sending producers information on current generic base acres, yields and 2008-2012 planting history. FSA administrator Richard Fordyce says the data will help farmers “make critical decisions” about the USDA programs. All producers electing to participate in either the ARC or PLC program will be required to make a one-time, unanimous and irrevocable election, choosing between ARC and PLC for the 2018 crop year for seed cotton only.

Tyson, Merck Fund Poultry Research Facility

Merck Animal Health and Tyson Foods are providing funding to Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Poultry Science department to build a new research facility. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the two companies have provided a $500,000 gift for the laboratory where scientists will focus on solving intestinal health issues in poultry. A University spokesperson says the gift will help serve the need for research and evaluation to increase bird health and welfare. Dr. Patrick Stover, vice chancellor for the agriculture and life sciences department at the University, says the laboratory will “facilitate scientific discovery with direct industry application in support of student education.” The University noted that U.S. consumers spend roughly $85 billion a year on poultry.

Canada Reopens Penitentiary Farming Operations

Canada will reopen its penitentiary farms in Kingston, Ontario. The Canadian government announced the farm operation will include both dairy cows and dairy goats. A phased approach, slated to begin in Fiscal Year 2018-19, will be adopted to implement new models for penitentiary farm operations at two locations, with full implementation expected over the course of the next five years. Canada says the reopening of the farms represents a renewal of the penitentiary farms model that includes additional technical skills certifications and community partnerships. A Correctional Service official says the plan will “further develop meaningful employment opportunities to help offenders successfully reintegrate into society.” Offenders will be involved in building and renovating necessary infrastructure as well as working to repair and rebuild farmland in the coming months to prepare for crops.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


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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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


Arkansas River: from Leadville to Lamar

Arkansas River: from Leadville to Lamar

This hour-long documentary about the Arkansas River from Leadville to Lamar explores the economic and social importance of the river including its recreational, municipal, and agricultural value. By the year 2050, the population of Colorado is expected to double. But future growth and economic development hinges on a dependable water supply. In response, the State is implementing a water plan that will meet the needs of recreational, municipal and agricultural users. The Arkansas River basin is an important part of that plan, and this documentary will educate and inspire viewers to care for this critically important resource.


06-22-18 U.S. House Ag Committee: Chairman Conaway on Approval of 2018 Farm Bill AUDIO

U.S. House Ag Committee: Chairman Conaway on Approval of 2018 Farm Bill AUDIO

Washington D.C. – June 22, 2018 – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) will host an agriculture telephone news conference today, Chairman Conaway will shared opening remarks regarding House approval of the 2018 Farm Bill and then took questions from members of the agriculture media…


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Rachel Millard

Communications Director | House Agriculture Committee

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House Narrowly Passes Farm Bill

The House of Representatives Thursday passed its version of the farm bill 213-211. The narrow vote followed a failed attempt at passing significant immigration reform in the House. The bill again received no support from House Democrats, just as it did when the House failed to pass the legislation previously. Attention now turns to the Senate, expected to consider its version of the farm bill within the next two weeks. The Senate bill was crafted in a bipartisan way and is expected to pass. However, the House version of the bill, greatly differs, with work requirements included for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas says he looks forward to “working with the Senate and the president” to deliver an on-time farm bill. The current farm bill expires in September.

Trump Reorganization Plan Offers Big Changes to USDA

A government reorganization plan by President Trump would rename the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Health and Public Welfare. Notably, the plan would move the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from the Department of Agriculture to the new so-called welfare department. The plan would also reorganize USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the food safety functions of the Food and Drug Administration into a single agency within USDA. The administration’s proposal would move USDA’s rural housing program to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Many of the proposals would require congressional approval and are expected to face significant opposition from both Democrats and some Republicans, according to the Washington Post. The plan introduced Thursday would also merge the education and labor departments of the federal government, move the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works from the Department of Defense to the Department of Transportation and Department of the Interior, and make consolidations in the Department of Energy.

EPA RFS Volumes Proposal Expected Friday

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to roll out a proposal for volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019 today (Friday). Some suspect the proposal will include a reallocation of gallons displaced by hardship waivers, according to Politico. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said late last month that he spoke with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt about the hardship waivers. Perdue said the proposal would require hardship waivers to be granted before the volume requirements for the year go into effect, to allow for reallocation of the displaced gallons to other refiners. This month, administrator Pruitt appeared to reverse course from his alleged attack on the biofuels industry, visiting an ethanol plant in Kansas, and telling a group of agriculture leaders that the EPA would move forward with a waiver to allow year-round E15 sales. Still, the ethanol industry is awaiting further word of action on the issue.

EU Imposes Retaliatory Tariffs on the U.S.

The European Union’s response to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs take effect today (Friday). The EU will be charging import duties of 25 percent on a range of U.S. goods. Reuters reports that the European Commission formally adopted a law putting in place the duties on 2.8 billion euros, or $3.2 billion, worth of U.S. goods, including steel and aluminum products, farm produce such as sweetcorn and peanuts, bourbon, jeans and motorcycles. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom stated “we do not want to be in this position,” but adds the U.S. “left the EU with no choice.” President Trump ended an exemption from the tariffs for the EU, along with Canada and Mexico, earlier this month. Canada will impose tariffs on $12.5 billion of U.S. goods, while Mexico has already implemented tariffs on U.S. products, including steel, pork and bourbon.

Rural Mainstreet Economy Expands for June

The Creighton University Rural Mainstreet Index measured above growth neutral in June for a fifth straight month. This is the first time since July 2015 the survey has recorded five straight months of overall indices above growth neutral, according to the monthly survey of bank CEOs in rural areas of a Midwest dependent on agriculture. However, the overall index slid slightly to 56.1 from 56.3 in May. Further, organizers caution that “the negative impacts of recent trade skirmishes has yet to show up” in the survey results. As part of the survey, bankers responses project farmland prices to sink by another 2.1 percent over the next year, and the confidence index, which reflects expectations for the economy six months out, fell to 48.8 from May’s 50.0, indicating declining economic optimism among bankers. Bankers also say in the survey that over the past month borrowing by farmers expanded, as the loan-volume index rose to 76.3 from 74.3 in May.


The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has selected Erin Fitzgerald to lead the organization as its next chief executive officer. Fitzgerald formerly served as Senior Vice President of Global Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, a part of Dairy Management Inc., which is a forum for the dairy community to address the needs and expectations of consumers. USFRA says “Erin was the obvious choice” to lead the organization, and it was a unanimous decision by the board. USFRA parted ways with its previous CEO, Randy Krotz, in January of this year. USFRA voted to not renew his contract, after serving as the only CEO of the organization since its inception. Fitzgerald will lead USFRA as it approaches its eighth year as an organization. USFRA is composed of more than 100 farmer and rancher-led organizations and ag partners representing agriculture. The organization claims it is committed to helping increase confidence and trust in agriculture.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


06-21-18 Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) June 21, 2018 Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss issues facing Colorado’s ag industry is Shawn Martini,  Vice President of Advocacy at the Colorado Farm Bureau, discussing several topics including:



About: Shawn Martini, CFB VP of Advocacy

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06-21-18 CFB: 2018 Farm Bill Passes Successfully out of the U.S. House of Representatives

CFB: 2018 Farm Bill Passes Successfully out of the U.S. House of Representatives

Colorado Farm Bureau Applauds the Bill’s Passage and with it, Future Support for Colorado Farmers and Ranchers

June 21, 2018 – In a huge win for Colorado farmers and ranchers as well as agriculture across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill on Thursday afternoon.

“We are thankful that our leaders in Washington, D.C. got this one right,” said Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau. “The Farm Bill provides farmers and ranchers across the country with programs that are vital to the success of the entire agriculture industry.” Continue reading

06-21-18 CFB ACTION ALERT: Tell US Congressman Buck & Polis to VOTE YES on 2018 Farm Bill Today!

CFB ACTION ALERT: Tell US Congressman Buck & Polis to VOTE YES on 2018 Farm Bill Today!

The House will once again be voting on the #2018FarmBill TODAY.

Tell Congressman Ken Buck and Congressman Jared Polis how important the Farm Bill is to Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.

They need to hear from you NOW!


06-21-18 CSU: Study finds U.S. oil and gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than EPA reports

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CSU: Study finds U.S. oil and gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than EPA reports

A new study that draws on previous work by Colorado State University scientists finds that the U.S. oil and gas industry emits nearly 60 percent more methane than current Environmental Protection Agency estimates. That amounts to 13 million metric tons of methane from oil and gas operations each year. Continue reading

06-21-18 NFU Board Resolution Commends Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill, Urges Swift Approval

NFU Board Resolution Commends Bipartisan Senate Farm Bill, Urges Swift Approval

WASHINGTON – On behalf of its nearly 200,000 farm family members, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors today unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Senate’s bipartisan efforts to advance a farm bill. The NFU Board urged the Senate to quickly pass the legislation.
“The goal of any farm bill should be to provide a strong safety net for our nation’s family farmers and ranchers, improve farm sustainability, and ensure access to fair and diverse markets,” said the Board. “Given persistent and ongoing economic challenges in the farm economy, Congress must pass a farm bill that provides strong support in the best interests of family farms, rural communities and consumers. National Farmers Union’s Board of Directors commends the bipartisan efforts of the Senate Agriculture Committee to advance the farm bill.”

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06-21-18 ACE scholarship program announces 2018 winners 

ACE scholarship program announces 2018 winners 

Sioux Falls, SD (June 20, 2018) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) congratulates the 2018 scholarship recipients Keithen Drury, Brett Galles, and Emma Baker. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship through ACE’s Scholarship Program to help further their collegiate education.

“ACE wishes these bright young students of ACE member plant employees the best of luck as they pursue their future careers,” said Brian Jennings, ACE CEO. “Students today are the leaders of tomorrow and their education is critically important for the future development of biofuels, its associated industries, and beyond.” Continue reading

06-21-18 REMINDER: June is Dairy Month, so don’t forget to enter the 2018 NFU Photo Contest!

Enter Your Best Photo for a Chance to Win $500!

It’s Dairy Month! The National Farmers Union is celebrating with gallons of ice cream and our June photo contest! Whether you raise cows, goats, or sheep, we want to see your best dairy photos.

NFU members can submit their original photos for a chance to win a 16″ x 20″ canvas print of their winning photo! At the end of the year, each monthly winner will be eligible for the grand prize – a $500 prepaid Visa gift card. Submit your photo by June 30, 11:59 PM EST to be considered for this month’s category. Get your cameras clicking and submit your best photos today!
Find eligibility, rules, and more information here. Submit your photo here.

06-21-18 The 2019 NWSS National Anthem Contest is Back!

Ready to Sing at Stock Show?
Our National Anthem Contest for 2019 is Back!

Do you want a chance to sing the National Anthem at the 113th National Western Stock Show?

Submit a video of your best National Anthem for a chance to be selected to sing in front of a sellout Stock Show crowd in 2019!

Important Dates:

  • Video Submissions:  July 4 – 27, 2018
  • Voting Period:  Aug. 1 – Sept. 1, 2018
  • Winner Announced:  Sept. 3, 2018

All videos need to be submitted via an online link (like YouTube, Vimeo or another website). The top videos then will be posted for the public to vote on. The video with the most votes will be invited to sing at one of our rodeo performances. Best of luck!


06-21-18 Don’t Miss the 2018 National Cutting Horse Denver Western Nationals – June 22-30

NCHA Denver Western Nationals

June 22 – 30  |  National Western Complex
The NCHA Transwest Ranch Denver Nationals cutting event welcomes open and non-pro cutters from across the country. This event is designed with the “weekend cutters” in mind who have hauled throughout the year and want to compete in a championship-style event. The competition consists of 12 different classes with an added money purse of $150,000. 
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