07-12-18 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

07-12-18 CFB VP of Advocacy Shawn Martini discusses the Activation of CFB Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund

CFB VP of Advocacy Shawn Martini discusses the Activation of CFB Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund

BRIGGSDALE, CO – July 12, 2018 – The Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has activated its disaster relief fund to support farmers and ranchers who have been affected by the many fires burning throughout Colorado. One hundred percent of donations will be distributed to agriculture producers who have suffered losses due to these fires. For more about that here’s Shawn Martini, Vice-President of Advocacy

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HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP…

Checks payable to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, cash and credit card payments are being accepted at this time. Please note Disaster Fund-CO Wildfire in the memo line on the check. Cash and checks can be sent to:

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Disaster Fund
9177 E. Mineral Circle
Centennial, CO 80112

Click here to make an online donation. All major credit cards are accepted.

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07-12-18 Inside the High Plains Millet Association w/President Chris Stum…

Inside the High Plains Millet Association w/President Chris Stum…

(The BARN / CO Ag News Network / FarmCast Radio) July 12, 2018 – Today, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown announced a referendum of producers which will be conducted August 9-31, 2018 on a millet marketing order in Colorado.  Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network here inside the BARN to discuss the Millet Marketing Order and referendum is Chris Stum, President of the High Plains Millet Association, discussing several topics including:

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REMINDER: Millet Marketing Order Referendum ballots will be mailed August 9 and the referendum voting period will be through August 31. More information is available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agmarkets/millet-referendum.

For more information about the High Plains Millet Association, check out the coverage online inside the BARN or visit  https://sites.google.com/view/hpma

07-12-18 Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Fund in Response to Colorado Fires

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Fund in Response to Colorado Fires

Group asking for donations to help support those in need

Centennial, Colo.,  July 12, 2018 — The Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has activated its disaster relief fund to support farmers and ranchers who have been affected by the many fires burning throughout Colorado. One hundred percent of donations will be distributed to agriculture producers who have suffered losses due to these fires.

“Our hearts go out to producers who see their lands go up in flames,” said Don Shawcroft, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau. “We are working to raise funds that may ease the pain of losses suffered because of fires.” Continue reading

07-12-18 HPMA Presents Producer Survey Results at Public Hearing on Millet Marketing Order

HPMA Presents Producer Survey Results at Public Hearing on Millet Marketing Order

July 12, 2018 – Akron, CO – Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown has announced a referendum of producers will be conducted August 9-31, 2018 on a millet marketing order in Colorado.  The High Plains Millet Association (HPMA) supports a millet marketing order and presented the results of a recently conducted survey to determine producer interest in a millet marketing order and check-off program to a public hearing held on June 22, 2018 in Akron.  Continue reading

07-12-18 CDA: Vote to be Held on Millet Marketing Order

CDA: Vote to be Held on Millet Marketing Order

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Colorado’s millet producers will decide if funds for marketing and research will be raised through a check-off program. Producers will cast ballots in August.
Following a public hearing in Akron on June 22, Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown announced there will be a referendum of Colorado millet producers to determine whether there should be a Millet Marketing Order. Referendum ballots will be mailed August 9 and the referendum voting period will be through August 31.  More information is available at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agmarkets/millet-referendum.
Referendum ballots will be mailed August 9 and the referendum voting period will be through August 31.

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07-12-18 Spring Creek Fire Update w/CSU Extension’s Carl Beeman: Support & Relief Efforts For Affected Ag Producers…

Spring Creek Fire Update w/CSU Extension’s Carl Beeman: Support & Relief Efforts For Affected Ag Producers…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – JULY 12, 2018 – There are several wildfires thaat continue to burn herein Colorado and none larger than that of the Spring Creek Fire in the southern part of the state. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio inside The BARN is Carl E Beeman, CSU Extension, Huerfano County, who also serves as the Spring Creek Fire large animal evacuation coordinator discussing several issues including:

  • Spring Fire Recap & Update
  • Damage to Structures – livestock – summer grazing – forestland
  • Prognosis for being controlled and put out?
  • Spring Creek Fire Relief Efforts – Hay etc – Challenges/Concerns
  • How YOU can help
  • Final thoughts

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, July 12th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, July 12th

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U.S. to Further Implement Trade Tariffs

The U.S. plans to implement more tariffs on China as part of an ongoing trade war between the two countries. In a statement released this week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says he was ordered by President Trump to begin the process of imposing tariffs of ten percent on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports. The tariffs will follow the 25 percent tariffs implemented last week on approximately $34 billion worth of Chinese imports and will eventually cover up to $50 billion in Chinese imports. The latest action from the Trump administration was attributed to China’s retaliation of imposing tariffs on $34 billion in U.S. exports to China, and threatening tariffs on another $16 billion. Lighthizer claims China retaliated “without any international legal basis or justification.” An administration official told reporters this week the administration would “listen to farmers complaints” at a hearing next month on the tariffs, but added that farmers are “aware Trump’s trade initiatives would help them in the long run.”

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EU Trade Chief: Targeting U.S. Ag in Tariffs Best Hope for Trade Change

In retaliating against trade tariffs, the European Union is doubling down on American Whiskey. EU trade chief Cecilia Malmström shut down a request to remove U.S. whiskey from the tariff list as fear the move would place further retaliation from the U.S. on Scotch whiskey. In making the statement, Politico reports Malmström intends to hit the U.S. “where it hurts,” which includes agriculture. The trade official says the list created by the EU was “drafted on the basis of several parameters, including its capacity to induce policy change in the United States.” Malmström says its “well known” that the U.S. agriculture sector is one of the “few groups with political clout to bring about change in Washington,” adding “it’s no coincidence” that the EU, Mexico and Canada are targeting U.S. agriculture products in retaliation to the Trump steel and aluminum tariffs.

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USDA Stops Allowing Select Media to Pre-analyze Crop, Livestock Reports

The Department of Agriculture will end its “lockup” procedures for select media that allows reporters early access to crop and livestock reports. The organizations previously allowed to analyze reports starting 90 minutes before public release will now gain access to the reports at the same time they are released to the public, ending a century-old policy. The change will start next month. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA is making the change to address the head start of a “few microseconds that can amount to a market advantage.” USDA says the evidence suggests there is significant trading activity worth millions of dollars that occurs in the one to two second period immediately following the 12:00 p.m. report release time, which “could not be based on the public reading of USDA data.” USDA says the inference is that private agents are paying the news agencies for faster data transmission to get a jump on the market. The news agencies involved include the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Thompson Reuters, Market News International, Bloomberg News and DTN/Progressive Farmer.

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Tractor, Combine Sales Increase in June

Tractor and combine sales increased in June. A monthly report by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers shows the sale of all tractors in the U.S. in June were up 12 percent compared to the same month last year. For the six months in 2018, a total of 123,300 tractors were sold which compares to 115,700 sold thru June 2017, representing a seven percent increase for the year. For the month, two-wheel drive smaller tractors under 40 horsepower were up 15 percent from last year, while 40 and under 100 horsepower tractor sales were up four percent. Meanwhile, sales of two-wheel drive 100-plus horsepower tractors were up 16 percent, while four-wheel drive tractors were up 23 percent. Combine sales were up four percent for the month. Sales of combines for the year total 2,011 compared to 1,669 in 2017, a 21 percent increase.

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Ohio Executive Order Seeks Changes to Farm Practices to Slow Algae Blooms

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed an executive order signaling a more aggressive approach to stopping algae blooms in the Great Lakes. The blooms can taint drinking water, kill fish and prompt beach closures. Most notably, algae blooms contaminated tap water in 2014 for two days, affecting more than 400,000 people in Toledo, Ohio. The executive order calls for issuing “distressed watershed” designations for eight creeks and rivers in northwestern Ohio that the order says are the source for large amounts of phosphorus-rich fertilizer and manure. The designations, according to the Associated Press, would require farmers to evaluate their land and change farming practices. If approved by the Ohio Soil and Water Commission, the proposed designations would affect nearly two million acres and an estimated 7,000 farms.

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Lawsuit Alleges Seed Company Intentionally Sold Subpar Products to Black Farmers

A group of Mid-South farmers claims Stine Seed Company purposefully switched seeds to sell black farmers a subpar product last year. The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association alleges a distributor switched out certified seed for lesser quality soybean seeds, and that despite above average rainfall, the farmers saw limited soybean yield from the seeds during the 2017 harvest. The seeds were analyzed at Mississippi State University which says tests show the products were not certified Stine seeds. The class action lawsuit was filed earlier this year. The lawsuit is the latest action by the association, which also has represented some of the African-American farmers claiming widespread discriminatory practices by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The group said this week that the number of black farmers has decreased from nearly one million in 1920 to 5,000 today largely due to “systemic racism” by the U.S. government and now seed companies. In a statement to the Des Moines Register, the Iowa-based Stine Seed Company called the lawsuit “without merit and factually unsupportable,” adding an internal investigation has “not revealed any evidence” supporting the allegations.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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