09-10-18 Colorado Governor Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to observe Patriot Day, annual remembrance of 9/11

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered to observe Patriot Day, annual remembrance of 9/11

DENVER — Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. This also is in recognition of Patriot Day, which was designated by Congress in 2001.

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs notified us today and stated that, “By a joint resolution approved 12/18/2001, (Public Law 107-89) has designated September 11th  of each year as “Patriot Day” which also directs the flags be lowered to half-staff for the entire day on September 11th.


09-10-18 A closer look at the NCBA’s Stockmanship and Stewardship Workshop in Montrose, CO on Sept 21-22…

A closer look at the NCBA’s Stockmanship and Stewardship Workshop in Montrose, CO on Sept 21-22…

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BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 10, 2018 – This summer and fall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Stockmanship and Stewardship events provide beef and dairy producers with hands-on training, cattle handling demonstrations, beef quality assurance (BQA) certifications and more – all bringing value back to their operations. The first event was held at Clemson University on Aug 24-25 in South Carolina, but there are four more regional events scheduled including:

Dr. Douglas Ensley DVM MS, Technical Marketing Manager-Cattle, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the NCBA Stockmanship & Stewardship Program and the event in Montrose in much more detail is Douglas Ensley DVM MS, Technical Marketing Manager-Cattle, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health…




09-10-18 Inside the RMFU with President Dr. Dale McCall

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Inside the RMFU with President Dr. Dale McCall

BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 10, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio is Dr Dale McCall, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President, discussing several topics pertinent to RMFU members and the ag industry, including:


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.

09-10-18 CFVGA Solicits Agricultural Labor Innovation Proposals, due by Oct 15th

CFVGA Solicits Agricultural Labor Innovation Proposals

Due date: Oct. 15
Two categories of agricultural labor innovation proposals are being solicited by the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) to present at its first-ever Produce Labor Conference, Dec. 5 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora, Colo. CFVGA anticipates more than 100 grower and other participants.

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09-10-18 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, September 10th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, September 10th

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Gap Remains in Farm Bill Talks Over SNAP

Senate Ag Committee Leaders said the farm bill compromise offered by House Ag Chair Michael Conaway doesn’t go far enough. Politico says Conaway described it as a “significant compromise.” The disagreement has slowed the efforts to reconcile the House and Senate Farm Bills. Senate Ag Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow says the offer isn’t even close to something that the Senate can accept. The differences don’t lie in just the SNAP program. There are unresolved differences remaining in the commodity, conservation, and energy titles. Ag Chair Pat Roberts also says the two sides aren’t as close as he’d like with time growing short. Only seven combined legislative days remain before the September 30th deadline, which is when the current bill expires. The House is actually scheduled to be out of Washington during the entire week of September 17th, which means less time for handling some of the other big issues like negotiating a government spending deal. Roberts says things went in reverse on Thursday after a “very good conversation” on Wednesday. After the meeting on Thursday, Roberts says, “Today, that walked back a little bit.


Industry Coalition Opposes New China Tariffs

A coalition of more than 150 business groups, including several in agriculture, wrote a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week regarding trade. The Hagstrom Report says the groups fear additional 10 percent or 25 percent tarrifs, put in place under Section 301 authority, will backfire. The letter says, “Continuing the tit-for-tat escalation with China only serves to expand the harm to more U.S. economic interests, including farmers, families, businesses, and workers.” The letter adds that unilaterally imposing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in goods invites retaliation and has not resulted in meaningful negotiations or concessions. Rather than lead to negotiations, the groups say the tariffs continue to miss the mark. The tariffs actually raise costs on American businesses and consumers. They say without any timeline for when the tariffs will be removed, the added costs and negative effects on businesses, farms, and citizens will only compound over time. Groups signing the letter include the Ag Transportation Coalition, the Corn Refiners Association, and many more.


What’s Next for E-Verify Immigration System

All employers would be required to use the E-Verify system to check the immigration status of employees. Milk Business Dot Com says the requirement is part of some revisions to the Ag and Legal Workforce Act that’s currently making its way through Congress. If the Act gets Congressional approval, it would phase in the E-Verify system over time and phase out the current I-9 system. Provisions of the Act would make it easier for employers to know if the documentation offered to prove immigration status is legitimate. That’s one of the more difficult parts of the hiring process, especially for America’s dairy farmers. The American Dairy Coalition says under the Ag and Legal Workforce Act, workers would be subject to background checks and interviews with the Department of Homeland Security and then be granted a visa by the State Department. When guest workers apply for employment, producers would then be able to verify the documentation through the E-Verify system to make sure they’re in the country legitimately. The American Dairy Coalition says it will only support E-Verify is there’s a guest worker provision included in the bill. ADC CEO Laurie Fischer says, “We can’t have one without the other.”


OTA Wants Voluntary Checkoff Program

The Organic Trade Association announced a plan to move the industry toward a voluntary industry-invested organic research, promotion, and education checkoff program. It will be put together and in place by stakeholders across the organic supply chain. Laura Batcha (BAT-chah) is CEO of the Organic Trade Association. She says the group recognizes the industry’s demand for coordinated organic research and promotion, and the entire sector is ready to work together on solutions. “In today’s political environment, organic stakeholders are increasingly looking to private sector solutions,” Batcha says. “The trade association is taking the lead in educating consumers, developing technical assistance for farmers to switch to organic, and loudly promoting the organic brand.” Batcha says the industry group is developing a two-pronged approach, including ideas on voluntary governance of the checkoff and to advance initiatives that will deliver big wins for the organic sector. The association has formed a Steering Committee to lead the efforts in developing the program. The committee will look into questions regarding the governance of a voluntary program to maximize producer participation and decision making. The committee will also bring together private efforts to foster organic research.


Swine Fever Spreads; FAO Calls Emergency Meeting

China reported another four cases of African Swine Fever. The trade website Meating Place Dot Com says that brings the total number of cases to 13 since the virus was first found in the country last month. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization called a three-day emergency meeting of experts to propose responses to halt the spread of the virus throughout Asia. The FAO calls the virus a significant threat that could decimate the swine population throughout the region. China has culled 40,000 pigs since the outbreak began. Eight of the new cases in China have appeared over the past week, increasing concerns about the rising speed of the infection. The Swine Health Information Center reported on September 3rd that the virus has spread to Romania and Bulgaria. The report says both countries are struggling to contain the spread of the virus. The ASF virus was also identified by South Korea in pork products transported out of China.


Kansas Cattle Traceability Project Moving Forward

The Kansas-based Cattle Trace pilot project is on track to begin testing a purpose-built infrastructure for cattle disease traceability by this fall. Traceability is a top priority for the cattle industry. The Cattle Trace pilot project will help kickstart discussions and development on an enhanced traceability program in Kansas and around the country. Last month, CattleTrace, Inc., was established as a private, non-profit corporation to securely maintain and manage the data collected as part of a disease traceability pilot project. The Cattle Trace Industry Advisory Committee has been working on recruiting participants within each segment of the beef supply chain. They’re also working on the installation of technology systems at the packer, feed yard, and livestock market levels, as well as the recruitment of cow-calf producers. Approximately 55,000 Kansas-based calves will be tagged for the pilot program that will conclude in 2020. During the project, CattleTrace will collect the minimal data necessary for disease traceability, including the date and time, an individual animal’s identification number, and a GPS location, each time an animal’s tag is read with a pilot project reader in the production chain.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service