BARN Media’s Decision 2018 – The Race for CO House District #65- Democrat Bethleen McCall

BARN Media’s Decision 2018The Race for  Colorado House District #65- Democrat Bethleen McCall

The BARN /  FarmCast Radio – BRIGGSDALE, CO – August 21, 2018 – Once again, Election Day will be upon us very soon and CO will be voting for a NEW Representative for Colorado’s House District #65. As part of the BARN’s Decision 2018 series my guest is Democrat Candidate Bethleen McCall

The interview includes the following topics:

  • McCall’s Background  & Family
  • Republican River Compact Administration Issues
  • McCall’s reason for running
  • 65th District Campaign & Stops
  • Endorsements
  • McCall’s Plans if Elected
  • Thoughts on select Ballot Initiatives
  • McCall’s thoughts on: Transportation, Education, TABOR;  Immigration (Illegal & Legal); Sanctuary Policies for Cities/Counties/Colorado; Water; Private Property Rights; Oil, Gas Industries; Renewable Energy (Wind, Solar, Ethanol, Biofuel, Biomass); Hemp Industry & Referendum X
  • Learn more about Bethleen McCall
  • Final Thoughts


*This is the second part of the series regarding the Race for Colorado’s next House District #65 Representative. Stay tuned for that and for which political race will be featured next here inside the BARN.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 21st

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, August 21st

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Rural Mainstreet Index Rises

The Rural Mainstreet Index climbed above growth neutral this month. The monthly survey of bank CEO’s in ten Midwestern states climbed to 54.8 from 53.8 in July. The index ranges between 0 and 100 with 50.0 representing growth neutral. Organizer Ernie Goss of Creighton University says the survey shows expansion of the economy outside of agriculture, but adds “the negative impacts of recent trade skirmishes have begun to surface, weakening already anemic grain prices.” In reaction to weak farm commodity prices and income, almost one-third, or 31.0 percent, of bank CEOs reported rejecting a higher percentage of farm loans. More than half, or 54.8 percent, indicated raising collateral requirements, while 4.8 percent reported reducing the size of farm loans. Meanwhile, the August farm equipment sales sub-index fell to 37.8 from July’s 38.8. This marks the 60th consecutive month the reading has moved below growth neutral 50.0. In terms of the sale of farm equipment over the next 12 months, bankers expect sales to decline by 7.8 percent.

Beck’s, Stine, Seek Further Dicamba Restrictions

The two biggest independent seed sellers in the United States are seeking a ban of dicamba beyond pre-plant applications. Beck’s Hybrids and Stine Seed told Reuters most complaints about dicamba drifting would stop if the Environmental Protection Agency restricted its use to killing weeds in fields before crops are planted. Last year, drift issues from dicamba herbicides sprayed on resistant fields damaged an estimated 3.6 million acres, or four percent of all U.S. plantings. Last month, the University of Missouri estimated one million acres had been damaged this year. The move would be a competitive blow to Monsanto, which is being absorbed by Bayer, as Monsanto sells a popular dicamba system for growers. Monsanto counters that complaints have dropped this year and that most damage now stems from improper applications. Registration for dicamba on resistant crops with the Environmental Protection Agency expires this fall and the EPA is expected to issue a decision on renewing the registration within weeks. Monsanto expects the EPA will extend the approval.

Canada May Rejoin NAFTA Talks this Week

Canada could rejoin the North American Free Trade Agreement talks by the end of this week, according to Politico. The move is a positive sign that the U.S. and Mexico could begin wrapping up their end of the deal quickly, paving the way for the U.S. to pivot towards negotiating with Canada. For weeks, Canada has been on the sidelines of the talks as the U.S. and Mexico engage in negotiations. However, Canada has remained out largely since many issues being discussed are simply topics, such as labor, that Canada does not need to be included in. The U.S. and Mexico are eager to wrap up their sides of the negotiations, with both nations seeing a quick agreement as a political win, before the U.S. midterm elections and before a new President takes office in Mexico.

Concerns Growing over USDA Reorganization

Land-grant universities and other organizations are expressing concerns over the administration’s plan to move Department of Agriculture agencies out of the nation’s capital. USDA recently announced it will move the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of Washington, D.C., to a more “cost-effective” location closer to farmers. The Public and Land-grant Universities Board on Agriculture Assembly says the move “raises important questions that need to be addressed,” according to the Hagstrom Report. Other organizations are calling on USDA and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to release the analysis of the cost savings the department is touting. The plan will move more than 600 jobs from Washington, D.C. to a site yet to be considered. The Housing Assistance Council counters that the main customers to the Economic Research Service are congressional members and staff, USDA policy officials, and researchers at rural-focused groups, many of which are located in Washington. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition charges further, suggesting that the move “fundamentally endangers, our country’s capacity for agricultural research and development.”

Survey: Commodity Prices Impacting Ag Retailers

A recent survey shows agriculture retailers are feeling the burden of fluctuating commodity prices. Low commodity prices and a volatile market stemming from trade concerns are on the minds of retailers, according to the survey published by Proagrica. 65 percent of respondents are feeling financial pressure due to fluctuating commodity pricing and competition. Elsewhere, 68 percent felt that enhanced management of sales and productivity would provide substantial value. More than 75 percent of Ag Retailers are actively seeking improvements to their current systems, both for themselves and for their customers. The survey was sent to 5,000 U.S. business in the retail ag sector. Respondents answered a total of 11 questions, focusing on the most pressing factors affecting profitability, growth, and the extent to which data and analytics are implemented into their current systems. Proagrica is self-described as the leading independent provider of data integration and insight across the agriculture supply chain.

Organic Food Company Acquires Iowa ADM Elevator

Pipeline Foods LLC, an organic, non-GMO company, has acquired a grain elevator in Iowa. In a company news release, Pipeline Foods announced it has signed a purchase agreement to buy the facility from Archer Daniels Midland Company and is making capital investments in new equipment and improvements needed to upgrade the elevator to test, clean, grade, dry, store and ship organic grains. The Atlantic, Iowa facility has a capacity of 3.4 million bushels. ADM will continue its conventional soybean origination at the site through segregated operations. Pipeline Foods CEO Eric Jackson said the facility will “increase organic supply chain efficiency and transparency.” Pipeline Foods says Atlantic, Iowa is uniquely located in the heart of the western corn belt, “at the nexus of major truck and rail routes.” The elevator will be open for operation in mid-September and will accept its first organic grain deliveries shortly after that. This is the sixth organic processing facility operated by Pipeline Foods in the U.S. and Canada.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service