07-18-18 AFBF: Apply for John Deere Teacher Resource Kits by August 15th

AFBF: Apply for John Deere Teacher Resource Kits by August 15th

July 18, 2018 – Kindergarten through fifth-grade educators working in schools are encouraged to apply by Aug. 15 for resource kit grants courtesy of sponsor John Deere and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. John Deere is sponsoring the distribution of 300 kits, each containing one copy of the Foundation’s 2018 Book of the Year, “John Deere, That’s Who!,” an educator guide and a classroom set (30-pack) of Ag Innovation ag mags.

Grant winners will be randomly selected from the pool of applicants. Resource kits will be sent to selected teachers in time for National Read a Book Day, Sept. 6. Apply online today.

“John Deere is very proud to support the Foundation’s efforts to educate youth on how the agriculture industry really works,” said Steve Geick, director of agriculture industry relations.

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07-18-18 House Moves Farm Bill Closure to Conference Committee

House Moves Farm Bill Closure to Conference Committee

NAFB News Service – The House of Representatives placed the farm bill back in the court of the Senate, voting to move towards conference. The voice vote approval paves the way for the Senate to consider similar action so the two chambers can appoint conferees to mend differences between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill. The House also passed a Democratic motion to instruct conferees to insist on  10-year permanent funding for an animal vaccine program. That motion passed the House 392 – 20. The House bill has permanent funding, but the Senate bill has only an authorization for appropriations. The motion to proceed also makes it possible for the House to appoint conferees. The Senate must also vote to proceed to conference and appoint conferees. However, when the conference committee will convene remains uncertain, before or after the August recess. The current farm bill expires September 30th. Continue reading

07-18-18 WGCD’s Second Annual FREE BBQ is August 10th in Greeley – RSVP TODAY!

Please West Greeley Conservation District invites YOU to join them for their 2nd Annual Community BBQ!

It is Friday, August 10 @ Houston Garden (515 23rd Ave) 4 pm to 8 pm.

Dinner starts at 5 pm.

Parking is at the Boys and Girls Club or wherever you can find a nice spot.  We have almost 20 different booths lined up to represent our partnerships and focuses on natural resources, youth education, agriculture, conservation and wildlife.

We are taking RSVP’s until August 3 so we can get a tally to the caterers., so to RSVP by Noon Monday, Aug. 3rd simply call 970-356-8097 x: 3

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07-18-18 Conaway: House Moves to Send Farm Bill to Conference Committee, Appoints Conferees

Conaway: House Moves to Send Farm Bill to Conference Committee, Appoints Conferees

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives moved to send the 2018 Farm Bill to conference committee. Following the vote, Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) named the House conferees, or members who will seek to resolve the differences between the two chambers’ bills. House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) issued the following statement on the House’s action:

“Today, we move one step closer to delivering a strong, new farm bill to the president’s desk on time as he has called on Congress to do. America’s farmers and ranchers and rural America are struggling right now and they deserve the certainty of a strong farm bill to see them through to better times. The House has pulled together a solid team of conferees from across the country who are committed to working with our Senate colleagues to reach a final product that helps millions of low-income Americans climb the economic ladder while standing by the hard-working farm and ranch families who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs.”


07-18-18 House Votes to Send Farm Bill to Conference: Farmers Union Urges Smooth Conference Process and Swift Passage

House Votes to Send Farm Bill to Conference: 
Farmers Union Urges Smooth Conference Process and Swift Passage

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to send the farm bill to conference, the process by which the House and U.S. Senate remedy differences between their respective versions of the farm bill. A conference committee of members from the House and Senate could begin meeting as early as next week

National Farmers Union (NFU), the nation’s second largest general farm organization, called for a smooth conference committee process and swift passage of a farm bill that improves the farm safety net, farm sustainability, and diverse markets for family farmers.

NFU Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew issued the following statement in advance of the conference committee process:

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07-18-18 House of Representatives To Move 2018 Farm Bill to Conference Committee with Senate

House of Representatives To Move 2018 Farm Bill to Conference Committee with Senate

On Wednesday afternoon the US House voted to send the farm bill to conference committee with the Senate… Here’s House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway discussing the House action…

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07-18-18 NCGA Calls on EPA to Account for Refinery Waivers

NCGA Calls on EPA to Account for Refinery Waivers

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today called for EPA to maintain a strong, equitable Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that follows Congressional intent and levels the playing field for America’s farmers by using the annual volume rule to repair the damage from extensive refinery exemptions.
Michigan farmer Russell Braun provided testimony on behalf of NCGA during an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing on the agency’s proposed biofuel targets for 2019.
“With corn prices low, EPA’s decisions have a greater impact on my livelihood and other farmers’ as well. We believe EPA should use the Renewable Fuel Standard volume rule to remedy the harm caused by the extensive retroactive exemptions given to refineries over the past year and ensure future exemptions are accounted for. These refinery exemptions decrease ethanol blending and reduce demand and profits for my corn crop. Every gallon of renewable fuel blending waived by EPA reduces the consumer benefits of the RFS.”

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07-18-18 NCGA Elects Five Growers to Serve on the Corn Board in FY19

NCGA Elects Five Growers to Serve on the Corn Board in FY19

Delegates attending the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress in Washington this morning elected five farmers to serve on the organization’s Corn Board. Taking office on Oct. 1, the start of NCGA’s 2019 fiscal year, are new board members:
  • Deb Gangwish of Nebraska,
  • Dennis Maple of Indiana
  • and Harold Wolle, Jr. of Minnesota
Current board members include:
  • Bruce Rohwer of Iowa and
  • Jeff Sandborn of Michigan were re-elected.

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07-16-18 Colorado State University Finds Feedlot Solar to be Economically Feasible

Colorado State University Finds Feedlot Solar to be Economically Feasible

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO – Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center has completed 10 initial economic feasibility assessments for solar energy at Colorado feedlots, and the results are promising. Animal feeding operations participating in the ‘Feedlot Assessments for Solar Energy’ (FASE) program would install solar arrays between four and 500 kilowatts to offset their electricity use. For reference, an average home in Colorado would need to install a five kW array to offset its electricity use. Continue reading

07-18-18 Potatoes USA: Potato Exports Decline Again in May

Potato Exports Decline Again in May

The volume of U.S. exports of frozen potato products declined 4% in May 2018 compared to 2017, with value down 2%. The reduction was due to a 26% loss in Mexico, 38% to Indonesia, 8% to the largest market, Japan, and 14% to Thailand. On the positive side, Central America was up 7%, China up 8%, Malaysia up 8% and Taiwan up 17%. Continue reading

07-18-18 ACE leadership testifies on proposed 2019 RVOs

ACE leadership testifies on proposed 2019 RVOs

Sioux Falls, SD (July 18, 2018) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) senior vice president Ron Lamberty testified today during the public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Lamberty’s testimony highlights points which will be detailed in ACE’s written comments to the proposed rule. The issues include: (1) EPA’s overall approach to enforcing the RFS; (2) conventional biofuel levels; and (3) the effective working of the RIN marketplace. ACE’s full comments will also address our concerns about cellulosic and advanced biofuel targets.

“With the departure of the previous EPA Administrator, I hope EPA will take this opportunity to return to implementing the RFS as intended by Congress,” Lamberty said. “Pruitt’s seemingly sole focus on helping merchant refiners ignore or skirt their longstanding obligations under the RFS has further shaken the rural farm economy while undermining Congress’ goal of increasing renewable fuel use in the United States.” Continue reading

07-18-18 RFA: Weekly Ethanol Production for 7/6/2018

RFA: Weekly Ethanol Production for 7/6/2018

Here is the weekly ethanol production data for the week ended 7/13/2018.
According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production rebounded to an average of 1.064 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 44.69 million gallons daily. That is a 32,000 b/d (3.0%) upturn from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production remained firm at 1.059 million b/d for an annualized rate of 16.23 billion gallons.

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07-18-18 RFA Announces Leadership Succession Plan

RFA Announces Leadership Succession Plan

WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) made an announcement today that marks the beginning of a new era for the ethanol industry’s leading trade association.  Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper will assume the position of President and CEO in October 2018, while current President and CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role of RFA’s Senior Strategic Advisor.
Dinneen has been with RFA for more than 30 years, including serving as the organization’s president and CEO since 2001. During his tenure, Dinneen led the industry and achieved a number of landmark legislative and regulatory victories for ethanol, including passage of the original Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2005 and significant expansion and extension of the RFS program in 2007. Dinneen also played a crucial role in the creation of the reformulated gasoline and oxygenated fuels requirements; securing the RVP waiver for E10; working with states to adopt bans on MTBE; and multiple extensions of the ethanol blender’s tax credit and secondary tariff on imported ethanol, among other important victories.
“For more than three decades, I have had the privilege of working for an industry whose mission inspires me, a Board of Directors that supports me, and an organization that exemplifies the highest degree of professionalism, creativity, and competence,” Dinneen stated. “I have borne witness to phenomenal growth, seen rural economies transformed and gotten to know and work side-by-side with the people who made this industry the success it is today. Every day I am thankful for our accomplishments and still enthusiastic to tackle the challenges ahead. Without a doubt, I have been truly blessed.”  Continue reading

07-18-18 U.S. Wheat Associates Launches New Website

U.S. Wheat Associates Launches New Website

ARLINGTON, Virginia —U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Headquarters Office in Arlington, Va., introduced a new look and organization to its website, http://www.uswheat.org, on Monday, July 16, 2018.

“The new website emphasizes the importance of the U.S. wheat farmers we represent, their overseas customers and the reputation of U.S. wheat as an essential ingredient in hundreds of wheat foods around the world,” said USW Assistant Director of Communications Amanda Spoo. “The site is now organized to make it easier for visitors to access many of the site’s most popular sections and to improve access from mobile devices.”

“How we communicate with our customers and stakeholders needs to reflect the high quality and reliable performance of U.S. wheat and build trust in U.S. wheat farmers,” said Vice President of Communications Steve Mercer. “We believe the new site does that effectively.”

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07-18-18 First Southwest Community Fund Releases the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP), With A Technical Assistance Grant

First Southwest Community Fund Releases the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP), With A Technical Assistance Grant

To support the development and ongoing success of rural microentrepreneurs, First Southwest Community Fund has established business loans offering technical assistance grants for entrepreneurs in rural Colorado.

ALAMOSA, COLO., (July 18th, 2018) — First Southwest Community Fund (FSWCF), a 501c3 nonprofit investing in the people, culture, and ideas that fuel innovation in rural Colorado, has launched a fixed-rate, low-interest Microentrepreneur Loan for startups and growing businesses in rural Colorado.

Each loan customer is eligible for up to 10% of the loan request to be delivered in the form of a grant for the business’ technical assistance needs.

“With the USDA’s RMAP program, our goal is to get rural businesses and startups invigorated to invest and grow. The USDA creates these programs to support rural regions like ours here in Southern Colorado,” says Kent Curtis, FSWCF president. “Our community fund, seeks out these opportunities, gets our neighbors access to them and helps business through the process — every step of the way. It’s what we do. We’re based on people, values and rural Colorado. And we’re here to invest in this region.” Continue reading

07-18-18 CO FFA Foundation: Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame seeking nominations

CO FFA Foundation: Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame seeking nominations

The Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be February 27, 2019.  The induction ceremony celebrates commitment to agriculture of those nominated and selected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

If you know someone who has played an outstanding role in keeping Colorado‘s agriculture industry and its allied businesses among the best in the nation—now is the time to nominate them for induction to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame. This award is Colorado’s only state-wide award recognizing outstanding individuals from all facets of agriculture for their lifetime achievement. Nominations are due August 31, 2018 to the Colorado FFA Foundation office.

Applications are available from the Colorado FFA Foundation and may be requested by calling 719-829-4483 or by downloading from the Foundation website, www.coloradoffafoundation.org (scroll to the bottom of the home page). Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, July 18th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, July 18th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Perdue: Farmers Can’t Pay Bills on Patriotism

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday called farmers “some of the best patriots in America,” while speaking at an event, but said farmers “can’t pay the bills with patriotism.” Perdue made the comments at Axios 360, an event held by news website Axios, in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning. Perdue says farmers and ranchers are “bearing the brunt” of the ongoing trade disputes between the United States and others, like China. Many of the retaliatory tariffs from U.S. trading partners due to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs are on U.S. agricultural products. Also attending the event were former U.S. Trade Representative Mike Kirk and House Agriculture Committee chairman Mike Conaway. Conaway told attendees that: “I can’t un-roil the waters on trade, but I can get this farm bill done.” A vote to send the farm bill to conference is expected sometime this week in the House of Representatives, or at the latest, early next week.

U.S. Says Retaliatory Tariffs Unjustified in WTO Complaint

The U.S. struck back at retaliating nations this week, filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization. The U.S. complaint says the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration were justified, but claim retaliation in response to the tariffs from trading partners was not justified. The complaint includes China, the European Union, Turkey, Canada and Mexico. In a statement from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, USTR Robert Lighthizer said of the retaliation: “These tariffs appear to breach each WTO Member’s commitments under the WTO Agreement.” Specifically, Lighthizer says the retaliations are designed to punish American workers, farmers and companies. In the statement, Lighthizer says the U.S. will “take all necessary actions to protect our interests,” while urging the five WTO members named in the complaint to “work constructively” with the United States to resolve the matter.

Mexico and Canada Want NAFTA Conclusion This Year

Mexico and Canada want to wrap up the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement this year, according to the Hagstrom Report. While in Washington, D.C. this week, The Mexican ambassador to the United States says the incoming Mexican president wants NAFTA to “be completed before he takes office on December 1.” An official from Canada said the nation would welcome completion of the agreement this year. The talks, however, appear to stall and avoid highly contentious issues, while missing tentative deadlines repeatedly. For agriculture, Canada maintains that any proposed changes to Canada’s dairy supply management system are “unacceptable.” Canada points out it is the second largest export market for U.S. dairy products after Mexico, and that the products enter Canada duty-free.

FDA To Crackdown on Non-dairy Products Labeling

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb (Got-leeb) told a Washington, D.C. event Tuesday the FDA will crack down on the use of the term “milk” for nondairy products. As reported by Politico, Gottlieb told the Politico Pro Summit the agency will soon issue a guidance document outlining changes to its so-called standards of identity policies for marketing milk, a perceived win for the U.S. dairy industry. Gottlieb told the event: “An almond doesn’t lactate, I will confess,” referring to almond milk and the FDA standards for milk that reference products from lactating animals. The dairy industry, in an economic downfall, has petitioned the FDA to enforce those standards, but the agency had yet to address the issue.

Iowa Congressional Delegation Invites EPA Acting Administrator to Iowa

The entire Iowa Congressional delegation has invited U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting administrator Andrew Wheeler to Iowa to meet with those who directly rely on the Renewable Fuel Standard. In a letter to Wheeler, the delegation called renewable fuels “critical to achieving energy independence in the United States,” while highlighting the importance of the RFS to Iowa’s economy. The letter, signed by Iowa Congressman David Young, and others, discussed the delegation’s concern about the number of small refinery “hardship” waivers issued in 2016 and 2017. The delegation also asked Wheeler to reconsider the proposed rule and to account for any waived RFS obligations so they do not reduce the overall level of renewable fuels blended. Wheeler is serving as the acting administrator of EPA, taking the post following the resignation of former administrator Scott Pruitt. The EPA vastly expanded the hardship waivers under Pruitt’s watch.

Non GMO Verifier Global ID Becomes FoodChain ID

Global ID Group, based in Fairfield, Iowa has rebranded as FoodChain ID. Formerly, the organization was comprised of three distinct divisions: Genetic ID, CertID and FoodChain ID. Company leaders say the change “satisfies a need expressed by our largest customers,” of being able to utilize the services of all three divisions via a single point of contact. The former Global ID Group has spent more than 20 years offering specialized services for the food, beverage, ingredient and food component industries, spanning the entire food supply chain. One of the company’s most popular services is the Non-GMO Project verification service, which is now the “most widely recognized standard” in North America for verifying Non-GMO food production operations. Since 2007, FoodChain ID has verified the majority of the Non-GMO Project Verified market in North America-over 50,000 products representing thousands of brands.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service