09-11-18 Colorado Simmental Association Update

September 11, 2019 – Colorado Simmental Association elected officers during its September board meeting. Jay Hill of Sterling, is incoming 2018/19 president; Mitchell Jergensen of Ramah is vice-president; and Susan S. Russell of Sugar City was re-appointed secretary/treasurer. CSA thanked outgoing president Beth Temple for her year at the group’s helm. Continue reading

09-11-18 NFU’s Beginning Farmer Institute Holds First Session in Washington, D.C.

Photo from 2017-18 NFU BFI

NFU’s Beginning Farmer Institute Holds First Session in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) convened this week in Washington, D.C., for the first of three learning sessions that will take place during the next year. Nineteen beginning farmers, representing demographical, geographical and production diversity in agriculture, traveled to the nation’s capital for the two-day session.
“Aging demographics in agriculture is one of our nation’s great challenges, and it underscores the importance of our BFI program,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “BFI builds on Farmers Union’s commitment to developing leaders in the next generation of family agriculture and celebrating the diversity in agriculture production today.”
The first session’s agenda focused on advocacy, marketing, and farm credit. Participants also toured local D.C. Greens’ K Street Farm in Washington, D.C., to learn about food access and insecurity. Several BFI members will stay in Washington for the NFU Fall Legislative Fly-In and lobby Congress on behalf of family farmers and ranchers in their communities.

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09-11-18 CDA State Veterinarian Dr Keith Roehr, DVM Provides an Update on the Current EIA Investigation in CO…

CDA State Veterinarian Dr Keith Roehr, DVM Provides an Update on the Current EIA Investigation in CO…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – September 11, 2018 – In late August, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office started an investigation into a Weld County horse that tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in late August.  Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss where the investigation stands this far is Dr. Keith Roehr, State Veterinarian with the CO Department of Agriculture



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09-11-18 Annual CSU Ag Day Celebration is Saturday, September 22nd – GET TIX NOW!

You’re Invited to the 37th Annual Ag Day for their annual Ag Day Barbecue at Colorado State University. Cheer on the CSU Rams football team as they take on Illinois State after celebrating Colorado and CSU’s agricultural heritage with barbecue food and fun!

Saturday, Sept. 22

Lory Student Center West Lawn

Ag Day festivities begin at 9 a.m.

Food service is from 10 a.m. to noon. Come early!

CSU Campus | Fort Collins

If you have questions or wish to purchase tickets directly, please contact the CSU Ticket Office at (800) 491-RAMS (7267). Net proceeds support Ag Day Scholarships!


READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 11th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 11th

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Perdue Says NAFTA Must Include Dairy Fix

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says Canada must make changes to dairy trade with the United States as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Speaking on C-SPAN, Perdue said U.S. farmers don’t have the same access to Canada that Canada has to the U.S., specifically referring the Class 7 dairy products in Canada. Perdue says: “Class 7 has got to go.” Dairy trade is one of the final sticking points as part of the NAFTA talks between the U.S. and Canada. Talks were expected to resume this week between the two. Canada’s Chrystia Freeland said of the negotiations that: “It’s going to take flexibility on all sides.” However, no specifics on the progress made towards reaching an agreement have been announced. There is no clear deadline set for the talks, but optimism remains that an agreement can be reached this month.

Senate Ag Leaders Question USDA Reorganization

Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are expressing concerns over the Department of Agriculture’s reorganization plans. Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow wrote Secretary Sonny Perdue recently, noting that stakeholders have expressed concerns over the USDA plan to place economics functions under the Office of the Secretary and to move most of the employees of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of Washington, according to the Hagstrom Report. Roberts and Stabenow say stakeholders are worried that relocating positions outside of Washington will lead many employees to leave USDA and cause a loss of expertise, along with making it difficult for USDA researchers to work with other federal agencies on issues such as infectious diseases. The Economic Research Service has been under the undersecretary for research, education and economics. However, Perdue plans to put the Office of the Chief Economist under the Office of the Secretary and ERS under the chief economist. Last week, USDA extended the comment period for the proposal to October 15th.

USDA, FDA, to Hold Public Meeting on Cultured Meat

The Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration announced a joint public meeting to discuss the use of cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry. Scheduled for October 23-24, 2018, the meeting will be hosted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the FDA. USDA says the meeting will focus on the potential hazards, oversight considerations, and labeling of cell cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the of the discussion that: “we must consider how to inspect and regulate to ensure food safety, regardless of the production method.” The first day of the meeting will focus primarily on the potential hazards that need to be controlled for the safe production of animal cell cultured food products and oversight considerations by regulatory agencies. The second day of the meeting will focus on labeling considerations.

OTA Moving Forward with Voluntary Checkoff

The Organic Trade Association is moving forward with plans to create a voluntary checkoff program. The Association says the program would provide industry-invested organic research, promotion and education check-off program that will be collaboratively designed and implemented by organic stakeholders across the organic supply chain. The trade association has formed a Steering Committee to coordinate and lead the efforts. The committee is charged with addressing the governance questions around a voluntary program to maximize good participation and decision making, and also to bring together private efforts to “foster coordinated organic research and promotion.” The Association will open a stakeholder comment period this fall. OTA CEO Laura Batcha says the organic community is “committed to enabling a sound, resilient and sustainable future,” through the checkoff and other efforts.

National Farmers Union DC Fly-in This Week

National Farmers Union members head to Capitol Hill this week at a critical time for agriculture issues. NFU is hosting 350 farmers as part of a fly-in event. The farmers will meet face-to-face with top Trump administration officials and members of Congress. The fly-in kicks off Wednesday with an event at the Department of Agriculture. On Thursday and Friday, participants will visit all 535 congressional offices to meet with members of Congress. The event comes as the farm bill conference committee works to complete the farm bill for final passage, with some suggesting that the bill must be completed this week to be passed on-time before current legislation expires at the end of this month. Through the farm bill, NFU members will press lawmakers to support family agriculture, strong protections from international trade market disruptions, and expansion of the American grown biofuel market.

USDA Partnership Supports Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

A new partnership by the Department of Agriculture with rural communities in 22 states seeks to support opportunities for opioid prevention, treatment and recovery. Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced the program Monday that will invest $10.7 million in 85 projects in 22 states through the Community Facilities program. As part of the funding, projects will include creating a shelter in Arkansas for people recovering from opioid misuse, help fund renovations to a rural health clinic in Illinois and create a Pennsylvania facility for transitional housing for recovering opioid users. Hazlett announced that USDA is making investments today in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and Wisconsin. Learn more at www.rd.usda.gov.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service