08-18-18 KDA: Meeting Planned to Discuss Water Issues in Upper Republican River Basin in St Francis, KS on Oct 2nd

KDA: Meeting Planned to Discuss Water Issues in Upper Republican River Basin in St Francis, KS on Oct 2nd

MANHATTAN, Kan. — State water officials will host an informational meeting and forum for water users and others interested in Republican River Basin issues, including options for Bonny Reservoir and how to best invest in the basin’s water resources. The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Oct.2, 2018, at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds on N. College Street, St. Francis, Kansas. Continue reading

09-18-18 RMFU: Sprout City Farms hosting Farm to Table Dinner September 22 in Lakewood, CO

RMFU: Sprout City Farms hosting Farm to Table Dinner Sept. 22 in Lakewood, CO

Sprout City Farms is celebrating the First Day of Fall with a Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, September 22nd at Mountair Park Community Farm, and RMFU member Meg Caley wanted to be sure to invite you!  It’s going to be a magical evening full of: 

  • tasty farm-fresh food
  • local cocktails and beer pairings
  • good discussion about urban farming and food access
  • calls to action on how we can continue to build a resilient local food system in Denver, Colorado, and the nation!

The chefs have finalized the menu and it is going to be a mouth-watering feast featuring the best the season has to offer–check it out!

09-18-18 RMFU: Registration now open for the third annual Soil Revolution Conference

RMFU: Registration now open for the third annual Soil Revolution Conference

Registration is now open at www.SoilRev.org for third annual Soil Revolution Conference scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Boulder JCC.

This full-day event will shed light on the past, present, and future issues surrounding soil health, including the history of global agricultural production, agronomic and financial benefits for today’s producers, and the importance of creating resilient landscapes.

This event is hosted by Boulder County Parks & Open Space, CSU Extension, the City of Boulder, USDA-NRCS, and the Boulder Valley and Longmont Conservation districts.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be included.

For more information or to register, visit www.SoilRev.org or contact Vanessa McCracken, Boulder County Parks & Open Space Agricultural Resources Specialist, atvmccracken@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6181.

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09-18-18 RMFU: Colorado’s Senator Bennet, New Mexico’s Lujan Grisham Earn Golden Triangle Awards

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RMFU: Colorado’s Senator Bennet, New Mexico’s Lujan Grisham Earn Golden Triangle Awards

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union members recently presented National Farmers Union’s Golden Triangle Award to Colorado Senator Michael Bennet and New Mexico Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham. The Golden Triangle Award is the family farm organization’s highest legislative honor and the recognition was made during NFU’s Fall Legislative Fly-In. Continue reading

09-18-18 RMFU Members Make Their Case On Capitol Hill

RMFU President Dr. Dale McCall and Board Chair Jan Kochis (center)were among the members who met with U.S. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (right) on Capitol Hill last week. Key discussion topics were the impact a trade and tariff war is having on producers, getting the Senate-House farm bill conference committee to act before the end of September, and the devastating severe weather events that have hurt farmers and ranchers in Colorado and New Mexico.

RMFU Members Make Their Case On Capitol Hill

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More than 40 Rocky Mountain Farmers Union members from Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming joined another 300 family farmers and ranchers from across the nation to meet face-to-face with top Trump administration officials and members of Congress as D.C. policymakers decide on a number of legislative and regulatory priorities.

The annual September legislative fly-in to DC comes at a critical time, says RMFU President Dr. Dale McCall. “Net farm income is down by nearly 50 percent over the past five years, leaving many farm families with little to no farm income and severe financial strain,” he says.  Continue reading

09-18-18 Hundreds of Energy Industry Employees Come Out To Support BOCC Resolution of Opposition to Prop 112 in Weld County

Hundreds of Energy Industry Employees Come Out To Support BOCC Resolution of Opposition to Prop 112 in Weld County

WELD COUNTY, CO — The commissioner hearing room was filled beyond capacity as oil and gas industry employees overflowed into the lobby to support the Weld County Commissioners resolution opposing Proposition 112.

Proposition 112, which will appear on the November ballot for Colorado voters, looks to increase oil and gas setbacks to an arbitrary and devastating 2,500’. “There is no scientific basis for the 2,500’ number,” said Commissioner Julie Cozad. “It is a random number meant to ban oil and gas.” Continue reading

09-18-18 NFU Opposes ERS, NIFA Reorganizations and Relocations

NFU Opposes ERS, NIFA Reorganizations and Relocations

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson todaywrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him not to reorganize and relocate the department’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) agencies. The NFU Board of Directors recently adopted a position against the proposal.

“NFU has long been concerned by reduced investment in public agricultural research,” said Johnson. “Our member-driven policy argues that the reduction in funding for public research and ‘increase in private research has reduced the sharing of information and increased costs of production inputs.’ ERS and NIFA play a key role in helping farmers and ranchers improve productivity, natural resource stewardship, and access to global markets and trade. As the economic and environmental challenges facing family farmers and ranchers mount, it is critical that USDA prioritize the work of the agencies.”

Read the full letter here.

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09-18-18 NFU: White House Ups Ante in Trade Dispute with China

NFU: White House Ups Ante in Trade Dispute with China

NFU Emphasizes Need for Long-Term Solutions for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON – In a move that will further escalate trade tensions, the Trump administration yesterday announced its intention to place a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and threatened to levy tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of imports. The Chinese government has already responded in kind with tariffs on $60 billion worth of American imports.

National Farmers Union (NFU), a 116-year-old organization that advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 family farmers and ranchers, has consistently expressed concern about President Trump’s imprudent and antagonistic approach to trade negotiations. NFU Vice President Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew reiterated those concerns following today’s announcement:


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09-10-18 Farm Foundation hosting E-connectivity Listening Session: Up Next September 20th in Denver, CO

Farm Foundation hosting E-connectivity Listening Session: Up Next September 20th in Denver, CO

Learn more about the September 20th E-Connectivity Listening Session, check out the interview with Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman
DENVER, COLO Sept. 10, 2018: Regional and industry leaders, as well as rural broadband users are expected to participate in an E-Connectivity Listening Session on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 in Denver, Colo. This listening session-part of the project, What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America, will be at 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. MDT at the Northwest Club Room in the Hall of Education on the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver.
The project is organized by Farm Foundation, in collaboration with CoBank, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“Through these listening sessions, we want to focus on options to address the specific challenges rural residents encounter in accessing consistent, quality broadband services,” says Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman. “We will hear from regional experts, but an important element of the session will be hearing from the people who live and work with limited broadband access today.”
The Sept. 20 event is part of a series of listening session to gather insights into the tools that are needed to improve e-connectivity in rural America. This specific session will focus on the needs and options for building quality broadband service to enhance educational opportunities, as well as quality of life in rural America.
There is no charge for this event, but reservations are requested by close of business Tuesday, Sept. 18. Reservations can be made by sending an e-mail to Michelle@farmfoundation.org.

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09-18-18 Want to know more about Pasture and Range Management for Your Operation? Order a copy of Ben Berlinger’s Book…

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 18th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 18th

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U.S. Continues Demand for Dairy Fix in NAFTA

The United States still demands a dairy fix in the North American Free Trade Agreement, but Canada still wants to protect its dairy industry. While Canada may be ready to give some concessions on dairy market access, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (True-doh) and his allies have strong political motivations to stand firm. A trade lawyer told Politico this week that much of the focus is on Canada’s Class 7 milk, a class created last year that has disrupted trade between the U.S. and Canada. The trade expert says those talks are “highly technical” and will take days to complete, but suggested an agreement is still possible, “even likely this week.” Talks between the U.S. and Canada are expected to continue with an overall goal to complete the agreement by the end of this month. Mexico officials are also back in Washington, DC to propel the handshake agreement between the U.S. and Mexico forward.

U.S. Ag Coalition Sponsors U.S.-Cuba Business Meetings

A coalition of agriculture groups plan a U.S.-Cuba ag business conference in November. The U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Business Conference, according to organizers, comes at a time when U.S. agriculture needs to expand into new markets. Cuba continues to depend on imports for 80 percent of its food supply, and the coalition says Congress is poised in the Farm Bill to allow USDA export promotion programs to be used in Cuba. Coalition chair Paul Johnson says the event “will help inform and connect the people who can work to make those things happen.” The conference offers participants a chance to meet ministers, leaders of agriculture industry, farmers, cooperatives and decision makers in Cuba’s newly formed government. The conference is planned for November 8-10 in Havana. Registration information is available at visit www.usagcoalition.com.

Interior’s Sue and Settle Order Exposes Secret Settlements with Activists

Activists have grown rich by suing the government and reaping billions of taxpayers’ dollars – and all in secret, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The U.S. Department of Interior, however, has issued an order to curb this “abuse of basic, democratic processes and to open backroom deals to public scrutiny,” according to an AFBF news release. The organization notes that  Interior alone paid out more than $4.4 billion in monetary awards under terms of 460 settlement agreements and consent decrees between 2012, and 2017. In other words, Interior paid out an average of more than $800 million a year while keeping key aspects of litigation secret. AFBF General Counsel Ellen Steen says the action to change policy “is a solid first step to fixing the problem. ”Among other things, the department has committed to establishing a publicly accessible webpage that details ongoing litigation, and post a searchable list and text of final judicial and administrative consent decrees

NCGA Names Doggett as CEO

The National Corn Growers Association announced Jon Doggett as the organization next CEO, taking the place of Chris Novak. Doggett is the fifth CEO in the organization’s 61-year history. The change is effective immediately. He has served as interim CEO since August first when Novak left for CropLife America. Doggett has also served as executive vice president of the organization since 2014, and before that, served as vice president of public policy, leading public policy efforts in Washington, DC since 2002. NCGA President Kevin Skunes says Doggett’s skills in agriculture and policy are “invaluable to our organization.” NCGA says Doggett has substantial knowledge of production agriculture and agribusiness, as well as more than 30 years of agricultural policy and leadership experience. Before joining NCGA, Doggett served 11 years at the American Farm Bureau Federation, where he was AFBF’s lead lobbyist on several public policy issues, including ethanol, climate change, land use, conservation, and endangered species.

Growth Energy Launches Bus Tour Promoting E15

The summer ban on E15 sales in select areas ended over the weekend as Growth Energy launched a campaign to promote E15 and higher blended fuels. As part of their campaign, Growth Energy is launching a bus tour to rally support for quick action on the president’s promise to unleash E15 ethanol blends. Over the next few months, the bus will appear at Midwest gatherings, including last weekend’s Cattle Congress in Waterloo, Iowa. E15 is already sold in 30 states at least eight months out of the year. However, due to federal regulations, E15 cannot be sold in the summer months. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says allowing sales year-round of E15 and higher blends helps farmers by increasing domestic markets and gives farmers “more certainty because of increased demand for their grain.” President Trump has repeatedly made clear he would like to end restriction on access to E15 year-round. However, action has yet to be taken to remove the barrier.

USDA Partners to Improve Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 42 States

Nearly $400 million from the Department of Agriculture are helping rebuild and improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in 42 states. USDA announced Monday $392 million in partnerships with rural communities because “modern and reliable water infrastructure is foundational to quality of life and economic development,” according to Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. Hazlett announced the awards Monday during the Water Pro Conference hosted by the National Rural Water Association. USDA is supporting investments in 120 infrastructure projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. For a complete list of projects, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service