Make Plans to Attend the 2018 Wheat Planting Decision Meetings Aug 14-18

Make Plans to Attend the 2018 Wheat Planting Decision Meetings Aug 14-18

CORRECTION – Wheat Decision Meeting Change of Time

Due to a scheduling conflict the Wheat Decision meeting time has been changed to begin at 5pm on August 14.  The location has not changed and will continue to be at the Burlington Community Center.  Supper will be served and this meeting will conclude by 6pm.

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08-02-18 Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with Colorado Ag Commissioner Don Brown

CDA Commissioner Don Brown

Inside the BARN & FarmCast Radio with CO Ag Commissioner Don Brown…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) August 2, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown discussing several topics including:

Listen to the interview with CO Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown below…


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08-02-18 NCGA: Get #SoilSmart: Soil Health Partnership Launches Soil Health Awareness Campaign

NCGA: Get #SoilSmart: Soil Health Partnership Launches Soil Health Awareness Campaign
Visit Brian Corkill’s Twitter page, and you’ll learn that he’s a farmer, husband, father, Illini and coach, with a passion for “Ag, technology, learning and preserving what we have for future generations.”
The 48-year-old Corkill, who owns and runs BA Farms in Galva, Illinois, is among the growing number of farmers engaging in social media to enhance farm business, learn, and connect with his industry. The Soil Health Partnership has launched a new campaign to reach more farmers like Corkill on social media and help them get “soil smart.”

08-02-18 NCGA: Online Yield Contest Harvest Entry Now Available!

NCGA: Online Yield Contest Harvest Entry Now Available!
With harvest already underway in parts of the country, the National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that online harvest entry for the 2018 National Corn Yield Contest is available for those who entered the contest. While the harvest deadline may seem distant, entrants must report within two weeks of their final yield check or by Nov. 16, whichever comes first.
“While harvest is only just kicking off, or is even still well in the future, for many, it is important to keep contest rules regarding harvest form submissions in mind. We ask contest applicants to submit harvest forms within two weeks of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Stewardship Action Team Chair Roger Zylstra. “The National Corn Yield Contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest information.”

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08-02-18 NCGA Welcomes Administration Support for High Octane Fuels…

NCGA Welcomes Administration Support for High Octane Fuels…

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) today recognized the benefits of high octane fuels, such as mid-level ethanol blend, in their proposed SAFE Vehicles rule. The agencies specifically requested comments on how EPA, “could support the production and use of higher octane gasoline” to support compliance with vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. Continue reading

08-02-18 Inside the Centennial Farms & Ranches Program w/Mark Rodman, Chief Preservation Programs Officer @ History Colorado

Inside the Centennial Farms & Ranches Program w/Mark Rodman, Chief Preservation Programs Officer @ History Colorado

Mark Rodman, Chief Preservation Programs Officer @ History Colorado

BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 2, 2018 – Thirty-one Colorado families that have owned and operated their farms and ranches for 100 years or more will be honored at the 32nd annual Centennial Farms & Ranches ceremony on Friday, August 24 at 1 p.m. at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio inside The BARN to discuss History CO’s Centennial Farms & Ranches Program and officially announce the 2018 Honorees is Mark Rodman, Chief Preservation Programs Officer @ History Colorado


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And to learn more about the Centennial Farms & Ranches Program please visit

2018 CO Centennial Farms & Ranches Honorees Official Press Release – CLICK HERE

2018 CO Centennial Structures Recognition

08-02-18 Thirty-one Centennial Farms & Ranches to be recognized by Colorado Department of Agriculture and History Colorado

Thirty-one Centennial Farms & Ranches to be recognized by Colorado Department of Agriculture and History Colorado

DENVER, Colo. (August 2, 2018)—Thirty-one Colorado families that have owned and operated their farms and ranches for 100 years or more will be honored at the 32nd annual Centennial Farms & Ranches ceremony on Friday, August 24 at 1 p.m. at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

These families represent Colorado’s proud agricultural heritage, persevering through over 100 years of changes and challenges. Agriculture remains a vital part of our state’s identity, contributing $41 billion to Colorado’s economy.

The families will receive certificates signed by Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown, and Executive Director of History Colorado Steve W. Turner. They will also receive Centennial Farm & Ranch signs to proudly display on their properties.

Since 1986, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the Colorado State Fair, and History Colorado have partnered to honor our state’s agricultural heritage with the Centennial Farms & Ranches program.

When this year’s ceremony is complete, the State of Colorado will have recognized 581 Centennial Farms and Ranches.

This year’s Centennial Farms and Ranches:

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08-02-18 History-CO: Almost $4M in Preservation Grants Awarded – State Historical Fund Awards 24 General Grants…

The History Colorado State Historical Fund awarded $3,981,448 across 24 historic preservation grants for the spring 2018 general grant round.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate members assigned to the 2018 Farm Bill conference committee.

The letter outlines the organization’s legislative priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill. NACD supports a final bill that includes level funding for the Conservation Title, retains the current conservation delivery system within the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), and ensures the identity and purpose of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are maintained.

“We’re one step closer to getting this farm bill done,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “Both agriculture committees have spent the better part of two years getting prepared for this moment. We encourage the conference committee to protect the locally-led, voluntary, incentive-based conservation model. Conservation districts enable decision-making to occur at the local level, which only serves to make farm bill conservation programs more effective. This committee has the opportunity to ensure that continues to be the case.” Continue reading

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08-02-18 RFA Welcomes Inclusion of High Octane Fuels in 2021-2026 CAFE/GHG Proposal

RFA Welcomes Inclusion of High Octane Fuels in 2021-2026 CAFE/GHG Proposal

WASHINGTON — The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request for public comments on how high octane fuels could facilitate engine efficiency improvements and reduced emissions under 2021-2026 fuel economy and tailpipe GHG standards for light-duty automobiles (CAFE/GHG). The solicitation for comments on high octane fuels is part of EPA’s long-awaited proposed fuel for 2021-2026 CAFE/GHG standards. According to EPA’s proposal, “Higher octane gasoline could provide manufacturers with more flexibility to meet more stringent standards by enabling opportunities for use of lower CO2 emitting technologies (e.g., higher compression ratio engines, improved turbocharging, optimized engine combustion).” EPA asks for comment on how it could “support the production and use of higher octane gasoline” to help enable compliance with CAFE/GHG requirements.
The proposal also highlights previous recommendations from the High Octane Low Carbon Alliance (HOLC), of which RFA is a founding member. EPA writes, “In the meetings with HOLC and the (Fuel Freedom Foundation), the groups advocated for the potential benefits high octane fuels could provide via the blending of non-petroleum feedstocks to increase octane levels available at the pump. The groups’ positions on benefits took both a technical approach by suggesting an octane level of 100 is desired for the marketplace, as well as, the benefits from potential increased national energy security by reduced dependencies on foreign petroleum.”
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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 2nd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 2nd

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Senate Names Farm Bill Conference Committee Members

The Senate Wednesday named members to the farm bill conference committee following action a day earlier to move forward with the conference process. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell named himself to the committee, along with Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, and fellow Republicans John Boozman of Arkansas, John Hoeven of North Dakota and Joni Ernst of Iowa. Meanwhile, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer named ranking Agriculture Committee member Debbie Stabenow, and fellow Democrats Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota to the committee. The Hagstrom Report notes that Republican leadership followed seniority in their choices. The Democrats skipped over four more senior members – Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Joe Donnelly of Indiana – to name Heitkamp, who has a tough re-election race in a state in which agriculture is particularly important to the economy.

U.S., China Reportedly Trying to Re-engage in Trade Talks

The U.S. and China are trying to restart trade talks as the two nations square off in a trade war. The attempt comes as the Trump administration readies a new round of tariffs against China. Bloomberg reports representatives of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and China’s Vice Premier are having private conversations as they look for ways to re-engage in negotiations. No timetable was offered, as the issues and format for any talks are not final, but both sides do apparently agree that more talks need to take place. The U.S. and China have been exchanging tariff announcements that started with Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs earlier this year. Negotiations have been stalled for weeks with both sides digging in. The U.S. and China have offered little indication publicly any will to restart negotiations. Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the trade tension with China are a “chronic problem,” while a trade official from China accused the U.S. of “extortion.”

Poll Shows Voters Narrowly Support Aid for Farmers

A poll by Morning Consult and Politico shows nearly six in ten voters favor President Trump’s $12 billion plan to provide aid to farmers suffering from his trade policy. Nearly 2,000 registered voters were surveyed, and 57 percent either somewhat or strongly support the farmer aid package that was announced a week ago. Support came primarily from Republicans, with nearly eight in ten saying they strongly or somewhat support the idea, while 54 percent of independents and 38 percent of Democrats agreed. Rural voters in the poll also showed strong support for the aid plan, with 63 percent reacting favorably to the proposal. The poll was conducted over a four-day period and found that nearly half of respondents favored free trade, indicating that free trade agreements have a somewhat or very positive impact on the U.S. economy. 48 percent of voters polled, meanwhile, indicated support for the use of tariffs on foreign goods competing with U.S. goods.

American Soybean Association Joins Farmers for Free Trade

The American Soybean Association this week announced it will join Farmers for Free Trade. Representing soybean farmers across the nation, ASA is joining the bipartisan campaign self-described as “amplifying the voices of American farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses that support free trade.” ASA CEO Ryan Findlay says agriculture needs “strong likeminded allies” in advocating for new trade agreements and expanding international markets. Other agriculture groups already a part of the campaign include the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Pork Producers Council, and other agriculture groups. With soybean farmers facing the brunt of the ongoing trade war, leadership of Farmers for Free Trade say ASA joining the campaign will “amplify the voices” of soybean farmers in Washington D.C. so decision makers “know the pain that tariffs are causing at the local level.”

Roundtable to Discuss Nuisance Lawsuits

Agriculture leadership and lawmakers will come together Friday to discuss the threat that nuisance lawsuits pose to the U.S. agriculture industry, rural America, and farm families. North Carolina U.S. Representative David Rouzer, and Senator Thom Tillis, along with House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway, and North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, will convene the National Agriculture Leaders Roundtable, which will include leaders such as American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. Congressman Rouzer says the nuisance lawsuits being faced by farmers are “destroying livelihoods and communities,” adding the current climate of lawsuits is a “slippery slope that threatens the very existence of every form of agriculture nationwide.” The roundtable is scheduled for Friday morning at 9:00 am ET at the North Carolina Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Senate Approves Roberts’ Efforts to Improve Access to New Drugs for Animals

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts applauded Senate approval of legislation to speed access to new animal drugs for veterinarians. The provision by Roberts was approved earlier this week that would allow access to new animal drugs through conditional approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Roberts’ provision on conditional approval was included in the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2018 which reauthorizes the Food and Drug Administration’s animal drug and generic animal drug user fee agreements. The House passed identical legislation last month, meaning the bill is headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Roberts said in a statement that the legislation is “common sense,” allowing additional flexibilities for FDA to review, approve, and provide access to animal drugs. At issue are arbitrary limits on the use of animal drugs and therapies with conditional approval. Under the status quo, a drug that is made available by conditional approval can only treat 310,000 cattle and only 70,000 dogs.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service