08-01-18 Jim Stitzlein Elected U.S. Grains Council Chairman At Denver Meeting

Jim Stitzlein, manager of market development for Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., was elected chairman of the U.S. Grains Council at its 58th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting on Wednesday.

Jim Stitzlein Elected U.S. Grains Council Chairman At Denver Meeting

Denver – Delegates of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) elected as chairman Jim Stitzlein, manager of market development for Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., at its 58th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting on Wednesday.

Stitzlein unveiled his chairman’s theme during the final general session: “When Trade Works, the World Wins.

“The diversity of the U.S. Grains Council is key to the work it does,” Stitzlein said. “From farmers to traders and agribusinesses, each role is important in the Council’s mission of developing markets, enabling trade and improving lives.

“Working with those diverse perspectives within the global trade market is one way to encourage effective and efficient trade in both supply and price for international customers, steady growth in world markets and political stability throughout the world.” Continue reading

08-01-18 NAWG Applauds Congress for Moving Forward with Farm Bill Conference Committee

NAWG Applauds Congress for Moving Forward with Farm Bill Conference Committee  

Washington, D.C. (August 01, 2018) – The House and Senate have officially announced their respective conferees for the 2018 Farm Bill. In total, 56 have been assigned to the Conference Committee, including members from both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees as well as from committees with jurisdiction in the bill. NAWG President and Sentinel, OK wheat farmer Jimmie Musick made the following statement:

“NAWG applauds that the House and Senate for moving forward with the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization process by assigning members to the Conference Committee. While there is still much work to be done, we are pleased that House and Senate leadership are keeping up the momentum by completing this crucial next step in finalizing a 2018 Farm Bill. Continue reading

08-01-18 USCA: Livestock Haulers Receive One-Year ELD Extension

USCA Chairman Steve Hilker discusses ELD and Hos reform with Senate Agriculture Committee staff.

USCA: Livestock Haulers Receive One-Year ELD Extension

(WASHINGTON) – On Wednesday, the Senate passed the Minibus Appropriations bill with an amendment sponsored by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) that would delay the implementation of the Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) mandate for livestock haulers by one more year. Livestock haulers are already operating on a delay until the end of the Fiscal Year, but this amendment would extend that delay to Sep. 30, 2019. USCA Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Hilker issued the following statement: 

“First, we’d like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Senator Deb Fischer for offering this amendment and shepherding its passage in the Senate. Current Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules were not written with the needs of livestock haulers in mind, and therefore, offer very little flexibility when it comes to hauling live animals. Continue reading

08-01-18 NCGA: August is Member Recruitment Month


NCGA: August is Member Recruitment Month

This month, the National Corn Growers Association is holding a membership drive campaign, encouraging farmers who aren’t members to consider joining their state and national organizations.

“Becoming a member of my state organization and NCGA gave me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and become more active in the association,” says John Linder, Ohio farmer and Chair of the Engaging Members Committee. “Our goal is for more corn farmers to become involved in the state and national organizations to help promote issues important to corn growers, develop new leaders and increase membership engagement and diversity.”

Top 10 Benefits of Becoming a Member: Continue reading

08-01-18 RMFU Members It’s Time to Make Your Voice Heard: National Farmers Union Fly-In Set For September 11-14

CLICK HERE to learn more about the RMFU and how you can become a member today!

RMFU Members It’s Time to Make Your Voice Heard: National Farmers Union Fly-In Set For September 11-14

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union members will join other farmers and ranchers from across the U.S. to meet with USDA officials and call on all U.S. House and Senate offices on Capitol Hill during the farm organization’s annual legislative Fly-In to Washington. Key topics will be passing a strong food and farm bill, protecting farmers from the ongoing trade war and transitioning to a homegrown, renewable energy future.

If you want to join the RMFU, please contact Nick Levendofsky @ 303.752.5800 or by emailing nick.levendofsky@rmfu.org

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is an advocate for family farmers and ranchers, local communities, and consumers. We are a progressive grassroots organization whose members determine our priorities. Founded in 1907, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union represent farm and ranch families in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Working together with similar state chapters across America, we are the heart and soul of the National Farmers Union.



08-01-18 History CO Invites You to the Annual Centennial Farms & Ranches Event at the 2018 CO State Fair

History CO Invites You to the Annual Centennial Farms & Ranches Event at the 2018 CO State Fair

24 AUGUST Fri / 1 pm 

WeatherPort Entertainment Tent, Colorado State Fair, Pueblo

The family farm and working cattle ranch serve as reminders of how the West was settled.

Every year, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, History Colorado, and the Colorado State Fair honor those farming and ranching families who have lived, worked, and thrived on their land for 100 years or more.

Join us to celebrate this year’s class of Centennial Farm & Ranch families.

For information, call 303/866-3392.

2018 CO Centennial Farms & Ranches Honorees will be Announced Soon – TBA

08-01-18 CSFS: Compensation Available for Landowners Wanting to Protect Forestlands

CSFS: Compensation Available for Landowners Wanting to Protect Forestlands

The CSFS Forest Legacy program helps protect environmentally important private forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – August 1, 2018 – Colorado landowners who want to protect environmentally valuable private forest areas that could someday be threatened by development or conversion to other non-forest uses – and who desire to receive monetary compensation in the process – now have the opportunity to submit proposals to protect their forestlands.

This month the Colorado State Forest Service is accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners. The program authorizes the CSFS or U.S. Forest Service to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The application deadline is August 31, 2018, for federal fiscal year 2020 funding. Proposals must be submitted by standard mail. (Note that this is an extension from a previously released deadline of July 28.) Continue reading

08-01-18 CO Egg Producers is a Proud Sponsor of the 2018 Pedal the Plains Bicycle Tour September 14-16

Pedal the Plains set for September 14-16, trekking through Kiowa, Bennett and Limon

This year’s Pedal the Plains three-day bike trek is set for Sept. 14-16 in the communities of Kiowa, Bennett and Limon. This event each year serves as an opportunity for cyclists to learn about farming, ranching and other rural industries, while also experiencing the unique culture, history and landscape of Colorado’s eastern plains communities.  Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) representatives take part in a whirlwind of activities out at the event and engage in great dialogue about ag and all things eggs with the 1,000-plus riders who participate. This marks the seventh year that the Governor’s Office will partner with the Denver Post Community Foundation to spotlight Colorado’s rural communities on the three-day ride.  Learn more here.
About Colorado Egg Producers  Continue reading

08-01-18 USDA Rural Development Assistant to the Secretary Anne Hazlett Visits Colorado

USDA Rural Development Assistant to the Secretary Anne Hazlett Visits Colorado

The staff was pleased to have Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett visit Denver this month.  Hazlett attended a National Rural Lenders Roundtable on Rural Community Infrastructure.  She also participated in an opioid roundtable discussion at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.  The opioid epidemic and the destruction it is having on rural communities across our country, is almost a daily occurrence in the headlines.  No corner of our country has gone untouched and the impact of the opioid crisis on small towns and rural places have been particularly significant. Continue reading

08-01-18 USDA Rural Development Colorado / Pro 15 / Action 22 Co-Hosting Rural Summits

USDA Rural Development Colorado / Pro 15 / Action 22 Co-Hosting Rural Summits

Save the dateUSDA will be co-hosting several Rural Summits in conjunction with Action 22 and Progressive 15 around the state. These  roundtables will focus on Infrastructure-Partnerships-Innovation. USDA Rural Development will join members of Action 22 and Progressive 15 to discuss the many resources available to rural communities related to local infrastructure.

USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark and USDA Rural Development program experts will provide an overview of available loans, grants and opportunities for supportive partnerships related to affordable housing, business and economic development, water and wastewater and community facilities. This will also be an opportunity to share your community needs and look for innovative ways to support infrastructure improvements and facilities.

USDA Rural Development will also discuss resources related to combatting the opioid and substance misuse issues facing rural Colorado. This is intended to be an interactive solution-based discussion with members in an informal round table setting. State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs has also been invited to participate.

Staff will join Action 22 for the following: Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 1st

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, August 1st

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

U.S., Mexico, Leaving Canada behind in NAFTA Talks

The United States and Mexico are progressing on the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations, leaving Canada behind, for now. Top trade officials from Mexico are in the U.S. this week after optimism showed through last week with a potential agreement on automotive rules as part of NAFTA, according to Politico, which notes progress on the contentious issue bodes well for farmers wishing for the certainty a NAFTA 2.0 would promise. As for Canada, however, the nation is largely on the sidelines this week, as an international trade lawyer told Politico that the U.S. is “pretty frustrated with Canada,” accusing them of “foot-dragging.” President Trump has announced his desire previously to wrap up talks with Mexico before reaching an agreement with Canada, even though Canada and Mexico have also vowed to stick to three-way negotiations. The White House is hopeful progress with Mexico will pressure Canada to act or even concede on trade issues, like it’s dairy supply management system.

NFU Urges Long-Term Trade Solutions in Farm Bill

In a letter to lawmakers, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson emphasized the need to address agricultural economic hardships in the 2018 farm bill. The NFU Board of Directors unanimously approved the motion to send the letter during a meeting held Monday afternoon. With an already grim farm economy, an escalating global trade war and uncertainty in export markets has pushed prices even lower in the last month, worsening farmers’ financial stress. While the Department of Agriculture announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers, NFU’s Johnson stressed the package was not enough, adding Congress should provide “substantive and long-term relief to farmers” as part of the 2018 farm bill. Johnson says congressional inaction “will have very tangible and harmful impacts as farmers and ranchers get closer to fall harvest.”

U.S. Crop Protection Market Sees Sales Increase

A new report shows industry consolidation, investments in precision agriculture, and new product introductions propelled a five percent growth in sales for the crop protection industry in 2017. The Kline Group this week released its Crop Protection Manufacturers Report, which found the increase in planted crop acreage, particularly in soybeans and cotton, helped contribute to an increase in the sales of herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. 2017 is the third consecutive year with above-average yields in corn and soybeans in many areas of the Midwest, which helps offset the continuing low commodity prices impacting growers in the region, according to the report. The research shows that while low commodity prices force growers to look for ways to cut expenses, crop protection chemicals still maintain a strong performance in 2017, with herbicides and seed protection products showing the strongest growth.

Plant-Based Foods Retail Sector Growing

Retail sales of plant-based foods jumped 20 percent over the past year. The Plant-Based Foods Association says new data shows sales of plant-based foods topped $3.3 billion, with milk alternatives generating $1.5 billion of total plant-based sales. Other dairy alternatives, such as plant-based products imitating yogurt, cheeses and ice cream, accounted for $727 million in sales, up 19.8 percent from the prior reporting period. In a statement, Plant-Based Foods Association Executive Director Michelle Simon said the data confirms that “sales are up, investment is increasing, and new jobs are being created in the plant-based foods industry.” The data comes as all food sales increased just two percent over the last year, and at a time with the Food and Drug Administration, at the request of the dairy industry, will begin to enforce labeling requirements for dairy products, meaning the plant-based industry may face a wave of label and product name changes.

USDA Opens Election for Cotton Seed Program

Cotton producers, who want to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage  programs for the 2018 crop year may now submit applications. The Department of Agriculture opened the sign-up period this week, which will end on December 7, 2018. In accordance with changes to ARC and PLC made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, farm owners with generic base acres and recent planting history of covered commodities have a one-time opportunity to allocate all of the generic base acres on their farm. Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce called ARC and PLC “vital parts of the safety net” for farmers while encouraging cotton producers to consider the programs. Farms with generic base acres that were planted or approved as a prevented planted commodity during the 2009 through 2016 crop years, are eligible to allocate generic base acres, including upland cotton. Learn more by contacting your local FSA office.

Fish and Chicken Top Sources of Foodborne Viruses

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control finds fish and chicken as the most linked foods for foodborne disease outbreaks. Over a six-year period, the CDC analyzed more than 5,700 foodborne disease outbreaks that result in more than 100,000 illnesses and 145 deaths. Norovirus was the most common disease, followed by Salmonella. Multistate outbreaks comprised of only three percent of all outbreaks reported but accounted for 11 percent of illnesses, 34 percent of hospitalizations, and 54 percent of deaths. Among 1,281 outbreaks in which the food reported could be classified into a single food category, fish led the way at 17 percent, and chicken, at ten percent. However, chicken, pork and seeded vegetables were responsible for the most outbreaks, overall. The CDC says the report highlights the continued need for food safety improvements targeting worker health and hygiene in food service settings.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service