07-10-18 CSU: Apply to be a Water Literate Leader of Northern Colorado

CSU: Apply to be a Water Literate Leader of Northern Colorado

Water is emerging as one of the most important and controversial subjects to be addressed in the 21st century. Water issues are particularly complex and understanding the nuances is critical for good decision-making. Many who have helped communities make sound water decisions are nearing retirement age. Northern Colorado needs a new crop of water literate leaders.

The Colorado Water Institute, in cooperation with Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, has launched a non-partisan Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado program. Modeled after highly successful programs such as Leadership Northern Colorado, this program is for those who hold or aspire to political office, or other roles, including boards and commissions, which can impact regional water policy. Continue reading

07-10-18 Colorado Water Congress Update w/Executive Director Doug Kemper…

Colorado Water Congress Update w/Executive Director Doug Kemper…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – July 10, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network, FarmCast Radio here inside the BARN is Doug Kemper, Executive Director of the Colorado Water Congress discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview click the audio mp3 link below…


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07-10-18 Deadline for CALP Class 14 Applications Approaches

Deadline for CALP Class 14 Applications Approaches

July 9, 2018, Cortez, Colo. – The deadline to apply for a Fellowship with the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program is September 30, 2018.
Applications can be found on the CALP website, coloagleaders.org, or by contacting the CALP office at (303) 547-5963, dani@coloagleaders.org. Applicants from all agricultural backgrounds, age groups and geographical locations in Colorado are encouraged to apply.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, July 10th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, July 10th

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China Quickly Retaliating Against U.S.

Following implementation day of President Trump’s tariffs on China, the nation responded quickly to retaliate with previously threatened penalties on U.S. pork, beef, soybeans and automobiles. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports China says Trump has “violated World Trade Organization rules and launched the largest trade war in economic history to date.” The first wave of tariffs was imposed Friday, which includes a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese products. The tariffs are expected to be followed by an additional wave on $16 billion of Chinese goods within the month. Nearly 70 percent of U.S. agricultural exports are sold to destinations that are in active negotiations or embroiled in trade disputes, according to CoBank. A CoBank spokesperson says: “Trade concerns pose the single greatest risk to the projected global economic growth of three to four percent.”

China Tariff on U.S. Pork Now Tops 60 Percent

China’s implementation of tariffs on U.S. products means U.S. pork faces a 62 percent tariff level. The National Pork Producers Council responded that U.S. pork farmers now face large financial losses and contraction because of escalating trade disputes, meaning “less income for pork producers and, ultimately, some of them going out of business.” China announced a new 25 percent tariff in response to U.S. action under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. That tariff is on top of the 25 percent punitive duty levied by China in early April in response to U.S. action under Section 232 of The Trade Expansion Act. U.S. pork already had a 12 percent tariff on exports to China. The country also has a 13 percent value-added tax on most agricultural imports. China represented 17 percent of total U.S. pork exports by value in 2017. NPPC President Jim Heimerl (Hi’-merle) added: “We need these trade disputes to end.”

Japan TPP Ratification Brings Concerns for U.S. Wheat

U.S. wheat farmers are concerned with the recent move by Japan to ratify the updated Trans-Pacific Partnership last week. U.S. Wheat Associates says implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership without the United States is “a time bomb” set to demolish more than 60 years of work to develop a “large and loyal market” for U.S. wheat in Japan. Japan last week became the second country to ratify the agreement, which could be implemented in early 2019 after six of the 11 countries that signed the agreement have ratified it. Once implemented, the agreement calls for incrementally discounting the import tariffs that Japanese flour millers pay for imported Australian and Canadian milling wheat, leaving U.S. wheat at a disadvantage, subject to current tariff levels. Sources within the Japanese milling industry estimate the disadvantage would force them to start looking at alternatives to U.S. wheat.

Farm Bill Conference Could be Slow

Lawmakers are back on Capitol Hill this week but getting the farm bill to the finish line may be a slow process. The Hagstrom Report speculates the process will be sluggish, based on statements from the office of Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. His office stated: Chairman Roberts “looks forward” to working with his counterparts to “provide certainty and predictability,” for farmers, adding that the work includes identifying common ground and “working through differences in the weeks ahead,” and the work ” takes time” to get right. Both chambers of Congress passed a version of the bill last month. House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway’s office says staff is working through the legislation and “hope to begin the formal conference as soon as possible.” The current farm bill is set to expire later this year.

EPA Seeking “New Tone”

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking a “new tone” with a change in leadership. Andrew Wheeler, who now serves as the acting administrator of the EPA, is aiming for a more transparent direction with “a change coming,” compared to how former administrator Scott Pruitt ran the agency. The EPA says Wheeler will be open about his schedule, speaking engagements and travel, along with seeking a better relationship with media. However, while the approach may change, the agenda at EPA doesn’t. Politico reports that Wheeler will still pursue much the same policy platform, fighting the courts to roll back a slate of Obama-era regulations on climate change, air pollution, stream protection and more. A former Clinton administration climate advisor told the New York Times that: “Many worry Wheeler will be more effective at implementing Trump’s anti-environmental agenda than Pruitt was.”

American Drivers Pass Five Billion Miles on E15

Growth Energy just announced American drivers have logged five billion miles on E15. The latest milestone was reached in the midst of Reid Vapor Pressure restrictions on the sale of E15 fuel across most of the country. During summer months, E15 sales are restricted by RVP limitations. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says consumers choose E15 because “it’s a better option at the pump.” Working with Prime the Pump, a nonprofit organization helping build infrastructure and distribution of higher biofuel blends, Growth Energy has doubled the number of E15 stations four years in a row to include 1,400 stations across 30 states. In addition to the stores currently selling E15, Growth Energy and Prime the Pump has secured commitments for more than 2,800 retail sites that will offer E15 by 2021, generating approximately 350 million new ethanol gallons annually. However, the organization says a “year-round RVP fix is crucial” to keep the momentum of E15 use moving forward.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service