BARN Media’s Decision 2018 – The Race for CO Attorney General – Democrat Candidate Phil Weiser…

The BARN /  FarmCast Radio – BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 8, 2018 – Election Day will be upon us very soon and CO will be voting for a NEW Attorney General, and over the next two weeks, The BARN, the CO Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio will be taking time to visit with both candidates from the Republican and Democratic parties.

My first guest is Democrat Candidate, Phil Weiser, Hatfield Professor of Law, Dean Emeritus, and the Founder and Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Law School.

The interview includes the following topics:

  • Weiser’s Background & Why the run for CO Attorney General?
  • Weiser’s take on Duties & Responsibilities for CO Attorney General
  • Weiser’s Summer Listening Tour
  • Weiser’s thoughts on: Opioid Epidemic; Water (Weiser’s Water Plan); Air Quality; Land; Democracy; Equal Justice Under the Law; Immigration – Legal and Illegal; Border Security; Sanctuary State Policy; Affordable Care Act; ReDistricting – Gerrymandering; Political Finance Transparency;
  • Weiser’s regard for U.S. Constitution & Colorado Constitution
  • Is Colorado Agriculture a Priority & Where does it fit in Weiser’s description of “Protect CO’s Land, Air & Water”
  • Will Weiser be able to work with a NEW Governor, whether it be Republican Walker Stapleton or Democrat Jared Polis?
  • Confidence in U.S. and Colorado Election System & Security
  • Voter ID
  • Final Thoughts – Learn more about Phil Weiser

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*This is part 1 of a 2-part series regarding the Race for Colorado’s next Attorney General – Republican Candidate George Brauchler will be a guest Inside the BARN on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 @ 10am MT

08-09-18 USDA to Realign ERS with Chief Economist, Relocate ERS & NIFA Outside DC

USDA to Realign ERS with Chief Economist, Relocate ERS & NIFA Outside DC

Washington, D.C. – August 9, 2018– U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced further reorganization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), intended to improve customer service, strengthen offices and programs, and save taxpayer dollars.  The Economic Research Service (ERS), currently under USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area, will realign once again with the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) under the Office of the Secretary.  Additionally, most employees of ERS and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will be relocated outside of the National Capital Region.  The movement of the employees outside of Washington, DC is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

“It’s been our goal to make USDA the most effective, efficient, and customer-focused department in the entire federal government,” Perdue said.  “In our Administration, we have looked critically at the way we do business, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the best service possible for our customers, and for the taxpayers of the United States.  In some cases, this has meant realigning some of our offices and functions, or even relocating them, in order to make more logical sense or provide more streamlined and efficient services.”

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08-09-18 Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship Now Accepting 2018 Applications

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Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship Now Accepting 2018 Applications   
Westminster, CO (August 9, 2018) –The National Bison Association (NBA) has announced the 2018 Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship amid continued growth in consumer demand for healthy, natural bison meat.

The Throlson American Bison Foundation is named after its founder, Dr. Ken Throlson, DVM, a pioneer of the modern bison business and awards outstanding college students with an interest in the burgeoning bison industry.

“The Throlson American Bison Foundation Scholarship program has been established to recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future bison industry professionals,” said Dave Carter, executive director of the NBA. Continue reading

08-09-18 HPMA Urges a Yes Vote for Colorado Millet Marketing Order

HPMA Urges a Yes Vote for Colorado Millet Marketing Order 

August 9, 2018 – High Plains Millet Association (HPMA) urges Colorado millet producers to vote yes for a Colorado Millet Marketing Order in a referendum being conducted by the Commissioner of Agriculture August 13-31, 2018.  Colorado millet producers are being asked to self-fund marketing, education and research programs to increase the consumption and utilization of millet through a fully refundable assessment not to exceed five cents per hundredweight on millet sold for grain.

HPMA President Chris Stum of Towner said: “We can grow it – we must promote it!  We need to look out for our own industry since we can’t rely on public funding for vital market development and research. The millet market is highly volatile since the major use is bird feed and seed, so we must invest in key marketing, education and research programs to:  Continue reading

08-09-18 NFU: Happy Farmers Market Week!

NFU: Happy Farmers Market Week!

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It’s National Farmers Market Week, and we’ve got a lot to celebrate. There are nearly 9,000 farmers markets listed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Farmers Market Directory. For comparison, in 2000, the same database listed only 2,863 markets!

Farmers markets benefit all parties involved. Consumers get better access to healthy foods, farmers receive a larger cut of the food dollar, and rural communities experience job creation and economic growth – it really is a win-win-win.
Check out the infographic for more facts about farmers markets, and visit the USDA’s directory to find a market near you!

08-09-18 CDA: Millet Ballots Mailed to Producers

CDA: Millet Ballots Mailed to Producers

BROOMFIELD, CO – Colorado’s millet producers should watch their mailboxes for a millet check-off ballot. Ballots were mailed August 9 and voting is open until August 31. Ballots must be postmarked on or before August 31 to be counted.

Producers not receiving a ballot by August 16 should contact Glenda Mostek at the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 869-9173 or e-mail glenda.mostek@state.co.us, and a ballot will be sent via first-class mail.
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08-09-18 Inside the NACD w/Second VP Michael Crowder…

Inside the NACD w/ Second VP Michael Crowder…

2018 Summer Conservation Forum Recap, Chesapeake Bay Action Plan, NACD-NWTF MOU, Farm Bill and more…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) August 9, 2018 – Within this month’s interview with the National Association of Conservation Districts… Second Vice-President Michael Crowder discusses several issues pertinent to the agriculture, conservation and to the NACD, including:

  • 2018 Summer Conservation Forum Recap,
  • Chesapeake Bay Action Plan,
  • NACD-NWTF MOU,
  • Farm Bill
  • Upcoming NACD Events
  • & more

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Learn more about NACD Second Vice President Michael Crowder

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for August 9th

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Weekly Export Sales for August 9th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 9th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, August 9th

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Next Round of Tariffs Set

The U.S. says it will begin imposing tariffs of 25 percent on an additional $16 billion in Chinese imports in t, further escalating the trade war between the two countries. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office says Customs will begin collecting the extra duties on 279 different product lines. The list includes a lot of industrial and machinery products. Agricultural machinery is on the list, including tractor pistons, seeders, planters, and irrigation systems. Bloomberg says this will be the second time the U.S. slapped more duties on Chinese imports in a month. The move comes as American companies complain that the more tariffs will eventually cost them more to do business and raise consumer prices. China has promised to retaliate with another $16 billion in tariffs on U.S. imports. The tariff total could actually increase soon. The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office is looking into the possibility of a ten percent tariff on another $200 billion in Chinese goods. Those duties could be implemented shortly after the comment period ends on September 5th.  

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Farmers for Free Trade Unhappy with Tariff Escalation

Farmers for Free Trade Executive Director Brian Kuehl (Keel) says he’s unhappy the White House is ratcheting up the trade war. While more tariffs on Chinese goods are set to go into effect in two weeks, he says the President is telling farmers to be patient as prices plummet and their markets are overtaken by foreign competitors. “That’s why with each new tariff announcement, polls show the patience of American farmers wearing thin,” Kuehl says. “Tariffs are causing long-term damage, not just to farming either, but also to American manufacturers and consumers.” He adds that members of Congress from both parties are hearing from Americans that are angry about tariffs while they’re back in their states and districts. “It’s time to end the trade war before tariffs cause any more economic pain for America’s heartland,” he adds. The group is launching an $800,000 ad campaign called “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland,” spread across radio, TV, print,  and online ads on farm programming across the heartland. The ad buy is part of a larger $2.5 million national anti-tariff campaign the group launched in July.

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NAFTA Negotiations: Mexico Close, Canada Talks Not Close

North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Mexico are going “as well as we can possibly expect right now.” That’s from Gregg Doud, the Chief U.S. Agriculture Negotiator, who spoke at the International Sweetener Symposium in Michigan. The Hagstrom Report says he also mentioned that negotiators “haven’t had market access conversations with Canada of any substance.” He also told the gathering of beet and cane growers who are members of the American Sugar Alliance that, “I think we are going to get there with Mexico in a relatively short order.” Doud also talked about discussions with Canada, saying the agricultural issues with Canada have been the same for years, which is a veiled reference to their country’s dairy and poultry supply management programs. The negotiations with Canada have been very difficult, with Doud adding that “We’ve got to get to a situation where we can bring Canada on board and wrap this up.” The Trump Administration wants the negotiations finished by the end of August, so the current Mexican Administration could sign off on the deal.

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Doud Rips China, India Farm Subsidies

The Chief Agricultural Negotiator for the U.S. is attacking both China and India for blowing past their World Trade Organization spending limits on farm subsidies that distort trade. “We think China has done in excess of $100 billion more in subsidies to its farmers than it was allowed to do,” Gregg Doug said at the American Sugar Alliance’s International Sweetener Symposium in Michigan. Politico says he also accused India of vastly exceeding its subsidy limits on rice and wheat, while also mentioning the country’s recent moves to increase subsidies to its sugar producers as a cushion against a drop in world prices. “I can’t think of a commodity that’s more distorted,” Doud said to symposium attendees. “If you think there’s a problem in steel, take a long look at the sugar market.” He also tried to allay the concerns about the Trump Administration’s trade policy, which has had a negative impact on agricultural markets for the past year and a half. He says the administration is working to wrap up talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement quickly. They’re also looking for new export opportunities in Canada, Japan, and Europe.

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New State Water Authority Good for Farmers and Ranchers

The Trump Administration’s decision to return water-permitting authority to more states is being hailed as a good thing by agriculture groups. The American Farm Bureau Federation says it means faster, better, and more affordable decision-making for all Americans. The U.S. Army, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Justice Department, and the White House all signed an agreement on the issue. States can assume the authority to issue permits for earth moving in and around regulated waterways, wetlands, and land that sometimes channels water. “The Clean Water Act was supposed to give states a real say in how water was regulated,” says AFB President Zippy Duvall. “Regular farming and ranching activities shouldn’t get tangled up in red tape.” He says only two states currently have authority to issue permits to allow landowners to move soil that could potentially affect federally regulated waters, those being Michigan and New Jersey. At least 14 more states have expressed interest in having that same ability. Duvall adds, “This announcement takes us closer to how the law was intended to work.”

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NPPC Jumps Into North Carolina Lawsuit Gag Order Battle

The National Pork Producers Council and the North Carolina Pork Council filed a court brief in support of lifting a judge’s gag order related to nuisance lawsuits filed against more than two dozen hog farms. Judge Earl Britt of the Eastern U.S. District Court in North Carolina imposed the gag order in late June, applying it to the lawsuit parties, lawyers, and potential witnesses in the lawsuits brought against Murphy-Brown, a Smithfield Foods subsidiary. The judge said a “significant increase in trial publicity” and the “volume and scope of prejudicial publicity” around the first two cases could taint future jurors. Both pork organizations filed a brief with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking that the Appeals court grant the Murphy-Brown petition to vacate the District Court’s prior restraint on free speech. In the brief, the pork producers say that “

“all but the most carefully crafted, narrow gag orders are unconstitutional.” They also pointed out that “it’s not reasonable to think that any gag order will reduce coverage of the cases or the public’s interest in them.”  

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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