10-31-18 CoAXium™ Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide nearly doubles returns by controlling grassy weeds

Ritzville, Washington: CoAXiumTM wheat (left) produced 22.2 bu/acre more and $1.42/acre more than the untreated feral rye check (right).

CoAXium™ Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide nearly doubles returns by controlling grassy weeds

ANKENY, IA AND FORT COLLINS, CO, October 31, 2018 — CoAXiumTM Wheat Production System driven by AggressorTM herbicide exceeded expectations in 2018 performance evaluation trials, demonstrating visibly superior control of feral rye (cereal rye), downy brome and jointed goatgrass. The new CoAXiumTM technology co-launched by wheat experts Albaugh LLC, Colorado Wheat Research Foundation and Limagrain Cereals Seeds delivered cleaner fields all season and higher yields at harvest in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska and Washington.

In a Ritzville, Washington, plot with heavy pressure from a natural feral rye population, CoAXiumTM varieties treated with 10 oz/acre AggressorTM yielded 64.7 bu/acre with 0% foreign matter. The untreated check variety, in comparison, yielded 42.5 bu/acre with 40% foreign matter from feral rye seed in the sample. With a price per bushel of $6.42, the treated plot returned $415.37 per acre gross revenue, versus a $212.50 per acre return from the untreated feral rye check plot. (SEE PICTURE ABOVE) Continue reading

10-31-18 USDA TO COLLECT FINAL 2018 CROP PRODUCTION AND CROP STOCKS DATA

USDA TO COLLECT FINAL 2018 CROP PRODUCTION AND CROP STOCKS DATA

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Oct. 31, 2018 – As the 2018 growing season officially comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop
production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseed they store on their farms. At the same time, NASS will survey grain facility operators to determine year-end grain and oilseed stocks.

“These surveys are the largest and most important year-end surveys conducted by NASS,” explained Bill Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional Field Office. “They are the basis for the official USDA estimates of production and harvested acres of all major
agricultural commodities in the United States and year-end grain and oilseed supplies. Data from these surveys will benefit farmers and processors by providing timely and accurate information to help them make critical year-end business decisions and begin
planning for the next growing and marketing season.”

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10-31-18 USDA Announces Funding to Increase Access to Education, Workforce Training and Health Care Opportunities in Rural Communities

USDA Announces Funding to Increase Access to Education, Workforce Training and Health Care Opportunities in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is awarding grants for 128 projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural areas.

“Empowering rural Americans with access to services for quality of life and economic
development is critical to rural prosperity,” Secretary Perdue said. “Distance learning and telemedicine technology bridges the gap that often exists between rural communities and essential education, workforce training and health care resources.”

USDA is awarding $37 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. More than 4.5 million residents in 40 states and three territories will benefit from the funding. Many of the projects announced today will help combat the opioid crisis and other substance misuse issues. In Colorado, four rural communities were assisted with funding totaling over $931,000.

Colorado Rural Development (RD) State Executive Director Sallie Clark
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“These are great examples of how technology and USDA Rural Development plays a critical role in rural Colorado communities”, said Sallie Clark, USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director. “Access to quality healthcare and education are important building blocks for our rural communities. We’re proud that USDA Rural Development is able to provide funding for educational and public safety needs through these grants for distance learning and telemedicine which in turn, assist our small towns and counties to leverage and e-connect quality resources that otherwise might not be available,” said Clark.

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10-31-18 NBA: Senators Push to Stop Consumers from Getting Buffaloed by Mislabeled Meat

NBA: Senators Push to Stop Consumers from  Getting Buffaloed by Mislabeled Meat
Westminster, CO (October 30) – A bipartisan group of five U.S. Senators today pushed federal regulators to immediately halt the sale of imported water buffalo meat products labeled in a matter that leads consumers to believe they are buying North American bison.

Republican Senators John Hoeven (ND) and John Thune (SD), along with Democratic Senators Michael Bennet (CO), Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Tom Udall (NM) sent a letter to FDA Deputy Commissioner Stephen Ostroff and USDA Acting Under Secretary Carmen Rottenberg urging prompt action to respond to the National Bison Association’s complaint regarding imported water buffalo meat being labeled only with descriptions such as “Natural Ground Buffalo.”  Continue reading

10-31-18 NPPC: EPA Rule Exempts Farms From Emissions Reporting

NPPC: EPA Rule Exempts Farms From Emissions Reporting

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 30, 2018 – The National Pork Producers Council today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its proposed rule exempting livestock farmers from reporting to state and local authorities the routine emissions from their farms.

“The rule announced today is the final piece in the implementation of the FARM Act, which passed Congress earlier this year and which eliminated the need for livestock farmers to estimate and report to the federal government emissions from the natural breakdown of manure,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “That bipartisan measure was approved because it was unnecessary and impractical for farmers to waste their time and resources alerting government agencies that there are livestock on farms.” Continue reading

10-31-18 Third Successful CCA/CSU Ranch Gathering of 2018!

Third Successful CCA/CSU Ranch Gathering of 2018!

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Colorado State University (CSU) are now three for three on successful Ranch Gatherings. The third gathering for 2018 was held October 18th in Salida, Colo. at the historic Hutchinson Ranch. This event was held in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) and had a special focus on the strong relationship between agriculture and conservation. The Hutchinson Ranch has been operating longer than Colorado has held statehood and has been passed down through six generations. The ranch has continued its operations with the help of a 650+ acre conservation easement through CCALT and has continued to be a stronghold in the valley’s community.  Continue reading

10-31-18 NMPF: Dairy Farmers Ask Trump Administration to Provide Needed Compensation for Lost Trade

NMPF: Dairy Farmers Ask Trump Administration to Provide Needed Compensation for Lost Trade

PHOENIX, AZ – U.S. dairy farmers at their annual meeting here this week asked President Donald Trump to recognize the significant economic losses milk producers are suffering because of the administration’s implementation of Section 232 and 301 tariffs.

The duties have resulted in retaliatory tariffs against U.S. dairy exports, particularly in Mexico and China. They continue to cause severe economic harm to U.S. dairy farmers, according to the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), as its board of directors adopted a resolution calling for aid commensurate to that damage.

“In light of the administration’s decision to establish a program to compensate farmers for the damage caused by these retaliatory tariffs, we call on the president to direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide assistance to dairy producers at a level that reflects the damage they have caused,” milk producers resolved at their meeting, held Oct. 28-31 in Phoenix. Farmer losses will exceed $1 billion this year, according to four separate estimates cited by NMPF. An initial USDA mitigation package announced in August allocated $127 million to dairy. Continue reading

10-31-18 A closer look at Purdue University’s Global Trade Analysis Project regarding USMCA with Purdue Ag Economist Dominique Y Van Der Mensbrugghe, Ph.D…

A closer look at Purdue University’s Global Trade Analysis Project regarding USMCA with Purdue Ag Economist Dominique Y Van Der Mensbrugghe, Ph.D…

Farm Foundation TradeLogoFINALwebBRIGGSDALE, CO – October 31, 2018:  According to a Global Trade Analysis Project study commissioned by Farm Foundation and completed by Purdue University agricultural economists that was released on October 31st: “Market access improvements included in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will lead to an expansion of U.S. agricultural exports by $450 million, mostly in the dairy and poultry sectors, according to a new analysis released today. However, those gains will be more than negated by retaliatory measures taken by Canada and Mexico in response to the United States’ decision to raise import tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.” Leading Purdue University’s Global Trade Analysis Project agricultural economists is Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, Ph.D., and he joins the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to take a closer look at those findings…

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10-31-18 CDA: New Laboratories, New Division, New Position Provides Better Customer Service to People of Colorado

CDA: New Laboratories, New Division, New Position Provides Better Customer Service to People of Colorado

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is in the process of completing the final phase of its multi-year office consolidation project. During this exciting time, a number of changes will also be made to the leadership and structure of the agency.
“This has been a long time in the making and I’m thrilled to see the end drawing near. In 2014, we began the consolidation of six of our seven divisions into one building in Broomfield. This has allowed us to better serve the people of Colorado with a “one-stop” shop while managing staff and programs more effectively. This also provided us the opportunity to re-evaluate our leadership structure and combine our laboratory services from two divisions into one that will now be the Division of Laboratory Services,” said Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown.
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10-31-18 Retaliatory tariffs will negate USMCA export gains

Purdue University Agricultural Economist Dominique Y Van Der Mensbrugghe, Ph.D

Retaliatory tariffs will negate USMCA export gains

New analysis warns of potential for further export declines if NAFTA were abandoned

OAK BROOK, IL Oct. 31, 2018: Market access improvements included in the United StatesMexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will lead to an expansion of U.S. agricultural exports by $450 million, mostly in the dairy and poultry sectors, according to a new analysis released today. However, those gains will be more than negated by retaliatory measures taken by Canada and Mexico in reaction to the United States’ decision to raise import tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The study was commissioned by Farm Foundation and completed by Purdue University agricultural economists Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, Ph.D., Wallace Tyner, Ph.D., and Maksym Chepeliev, Ph.D. The analysis estimates the retaliatory measures from Canada and Mexico “will cause U.S. agricultural exports to decline by $1.8 billion,” the Purdue economists report. With continued retaliatory tariffs from China and other trading partners, “the United States would see a decline in agricultural exports of $7.9 billion, thus overwhelming the small positive gains from
USMCA.”

The USMCA was reached Oct. 1, 2018 but must still be ratified by all three nations. The economists cite two other studies which looked at what would happen to U.S. agricultural exports if the USMCA is not ratified and the United States were to withdraw from NAFTA. If that happened, one scenario for the three countries would be to revert to so-called most favored nation (MFN) status under which it is estimated that U.S. agriculture exports “would decline by more than $9 billion, and lead to higher consumer prices for food.”

One of the first in-depth analysis completed since an agreement on USMCA was reached, the Purdue analysis had three components: the impact of USMCA on U.S. agriculture; the impacts of the retaliatory tariffs imposed by Mexico and Canada, as well as the rest of the world, in response to import tariffs imposed by the United States; and estimations if the United States were to completely withdraw from NAFTA.

“Farm Foundation saw a need for public and private leaders to understand the potential consequences of USMCA, as well as the retaliatory tariffs,” says Farm Foundation President  Constance Cullman. “With this analysis, Farm Foundation is continuing its 85-year tradition of informing discussions with unbiased, nonpartisan information.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 31st – Halloween!

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, October 31st – Halloween!

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

USDA Planning Trade Aid Round Two Distribution

The Department of Agriculture is readying round-two of trade mitigation payments for farmers. The payments are the second half of the $12 billion program by the Trump administration to compensate farmers for losses stemming from Trump’s trade agenda. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he doesn’t expect the payments “any later than December,” according to Politico. USDA previously used about $6.3 billion to facilitate the program that also includes commodity purchases and trade promotion. The second round of payments offers the same per-bushel or per-head amount to farmers as the first round. Corn growers will receive one cent per bushel, and soybean growers will receive $1.65 per bushel, per 50 percent of production. Hog producers will receive $8 per head and dairy farmers will receive 12 centers per hundredweight. Meanwhile, wheat producers will get 14 cents per bushel, sorghum growers 86 cents per bushel and cotton producers six cents per pound.

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U.S. Planning Another Round of China Tariffs

The United States is readying more tariffs against China if there is no positive momentum following a meeting between President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping (she-gin-ping). Bloomberg News reports the new round will be announced if the talks during the G20 summit between the two fails. The new round, proposed to be announced in early December, would apply to imports from China not previously targeted by U.S. tariffs. The U.S. has already imposed tariffs on $250 billion in trade with China. And, ten percent tariffs on $200 billion in imports that took effect in September are due to increase to 25 percent starting next year. Trump has also threatened tariffs on all the remaining goods imported from China to the United States, worth $505 billion last year. China has targeted U.S. agriculture throughout the trade war, which has decreased markets for U.S. commodities in China.

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70 Percent of Farmland to Change Hands in Next 20 Years

Farmers National Company says 70 percent of farmland will transfer ownership over the next 20 years. The transfers will occur by sale, will, trust beneficiary or gifts, according to the company. For farm and ranch operations, land is by far the most significant asset in this transfer of wealth. Over the next five years, ten percent of the 911 million acres of agricultural land in the United States will change hands, which equates to two percent per year. About one percent will change ownership each year through inheritance, gifting, or closed sales. The other one percent will be sold in the open market, which equates to about 4.25 million acres per year on average available for purchase. The company says some of the sales will be from farmers and ranchers retiring, while the rest will probably be inheritors deciding to sell the land asset. Finally, the company says the next generation of landowners will typically be more removed from the farm or ranch and will be seeking information and guidance from various sources for making decisions.

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Canada Announces New Dairy Working Groups

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada this week announced new dairy working groups to address industry concerns. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced the new working groups comprised of dairy farmers and processors. Canada says that while informal engagement has already begun with the dairy sector, the working groups bring together officials from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, representatives from national dairy organizations and associations, as well as regional representatives. MacAulay says the working groups will help “make sure the sector remains strong, stable, and competitive well into the future.” One of the working groups will focus on helping dairy farmers adjust to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, and discuss support for other trade deals. A separate working group that will chart a path forward to help the dairy sector innovate and remain an important source of jobs and economic growth for future generations. Canada’s government will also engage with provincial and territorial governments on an ongoing basis throughout the process.

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CHS Will Restate Three Years of Earnings

CHS will restate three years of earnings after discovering what the cooperative calls a technical accounting error. In a letter to cooperative leaders, CHS says it is restating results for 2015, 2016, 2017 and part of 2018, because rail freight contract values and quantities were intentionally overstated and certain rail freight items were incorrectly accounted for as derivatives on the balance sheet. Management discovered the misstatements during an investigation and has since terminated the employee responsible. CHS has filed a document with the Securities and Exchange Commission announcing the intent to restate the financial results. CHS says that while the investigation is not yet complete, findings to date indicate there was no monetary loss, however the company will incur additional costs related to this matter. Any overstated non-cash values will be written off and reflected in the restated financial results.

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Grocery Shoppers Still Prefer in Store Purchases

Online grocery shopping is on the rise, but a new study shows grocery shoppers still prefer in-store purchases. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports online grocery shopping remains a small niche in the  $800 billion industry, generating less than five percent of sales. Online grocery sales grew four points from last year, but the number of online food and beverage buyers, defined as those who make six or more purchases a year, is still just 17 percent. Only 38 percent of consumers have shopped in the format even once, and less than half of them, 44 percent, say they are loyal to the format. Loyalty rates of online grocery shoppers are well below the 75 percent level needed to ensure a viable, successful business model, according to researchers at Tabs Analytics. The research firm released the finding in its sixth annual food and beverage study which also found grocery sales overall increased in the past two years as median income rose and the unemployment rate declined.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-30-18 CDA: Funds Available for Audit Costs

CDA: Funds Available for Audit Costs

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) Fruit and Vegetable Section announces a pilot program to assist Colorado fruit and vegetable producers in obtaining USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits. The cost-share incentive program is designed to encourage producers to undertake verification audits for the first time and help producers already participating in the program to continue.
“Producers should find value in these audits, as they may gain additional customers because of the certifications,” said Brian Pauley, Section Chief. “With this cost-share incentive, we hope that additional producers will see this as an opportunity to provide their customers with verification of best practices to promote food safety.”
Most retailers, food service operators, and even some schools and farmers’ markets require some form of third party verification of food safety practices. The GAP and GHP voluntary audits verify an operation’s efforts to minimize the risk of contamination of fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts by microbial pathogens.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 30th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 30th

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China Trade War Not Ending Soon

The trade war between China and the U.S. will not be ending soon. President Donald Trump recently told Agri-Pulse that “you’ve got to have a little time,” referring to when trade relations may return to normal or better status between the United States and China. President Trump is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping (she-gin-ping) at the G20 meeting in Argentina, but those talks are not likely to propel any major shift toward reaching an agreement on the future of trade between the two nations. The trade war started with Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, quickly escalating to include tariffs on U.S. farm products, most notably soybeans and pork. Further, a recent survey reported by Reuters shows that 85 percent of U.S. businesses surveyed say they have suffered from the trade war’s tariffs, and nearly half of the companies reported increases in non-tariff barriers, as well.

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Tariffs to Change U.S. Crop Plantings

The trade war between the U.S. and China is likely to shift U.S. soybean plantings to corn. For the first time in three decades, U.S. farmers planted more soybeans than corn in 2018. However, that’s likely to reverse again due to tariffs on U.S. soybeans from the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. Dow Jones Business and Financial News reports farmers could convert as much as four million acres from soybeans to corn next spring. For 2018, the Department of Agriculture estimated U.S. farmers planted 89.1 million acres of corn, and 89.6 million acres of soybeans. Soybean inspections from U.S. west coast ports are down 82 percent from year-ago levels, and soybean prices have dropped 11 percent as China has enforced a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans. Market experts say final planting decisions for 2019 may not occur until weeks or even days before farmers plant fields due to the uncertainty over tariffs.

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Canada Willing to Stall Trade Deal with China until China is More Reasonable

Canada is willing to stall a potential trade deal with China until China starts behaving better, according to CBC News. Canada’s ambassador to China says a trade pact doesn’t seem likely to be reached until China shows flexibility on controversial policies. Ambassador John McCallum says right now, much of the work on a potential trade agreement is focusing on “bridging policy gaps” on agricultural market access and political policies. He said last week: “We are doing our best to persuade China to behave in what we would regard as more reasonable.” Canada is working to reach an agreement with China, despite new provisions in the updated North American Free Trade Agreement that seek to block trade pacts with China. The NAFTA 2.0, renamed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement, includes language that allows the nations of the agreement to withdraw from the pact if another nation created a trade agreement with China. However, Canada maintains that doesn’t stop them from engaging with China, and the USMCA is not yet finalized.

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ASF Could Drastically Change China’s Pork Market

African swine fever could reshape the pork market in China. A Rabobank report says the disease could accelerate a shift in pork production and boost import needs for 2019. Local supply shortages are being reported stemming from the ban on live hog transportation that was enacted to prevent further spread of the disease. The potential for radical change could “impact the international market,” according to the report. Rabobank says China’s pork imports in the first eight months of the year were down 0.6 percent from the year before and jumped ten percent year over year in August. The Chinese government said the country’s sow herd declined 4.8 percent this year in August, which Rabobank said may be overestimated. The decline in domestic pork production could allow other markets, including the United States, to become bigger suppliers of pork to China, pending the outcome of trade disputes.

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EPA Exempting Livestock Farms from Emissions Reporting

A rule by the Environmental Protection Agency exempts livestock producers from reporting emissions from their farms to state and local authorities. The move, supported by the livestock industry, won the applause of the National Pork Producers Council. NPPC President Jim Heimerl (Hi’-merle) called the rule the final piece in the implementation of the FARM Act, which passed Congress earlier this year and eliminated the need for livestock farmers to estimate and report to the federal government emissions from the natural breakdown of manure. He called the original rule “unnecessary and impractical” for farmers. NPPC says the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method, or FARM, Act fixed a problem created last April when a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a 2008 EPA rule that exempted farmers from reporting routine farm emissions  NPPC says the appeals court ruling would have forced livestock farmers to “guesstimate” and report the emissions from manure on their farms to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center.

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Syngenta Opening Chicago Seeds Office

ChemChina owned Syngenta will establish a major Global and North America Seeds office in the western suburbs of Chicago. Approximately 50 Syngenta Seeds business managers and employees will relocate from other U.S. locations beginning in the first half of 2019. Syngenta’s David Hollinrake says the new location “places us closer to the majority of our customers, as well as to our business collaborators.” Syngenta chose the Chicago location because of its proximity to U.S. row crop production and the local talent pool for potential employment. Syngenta currently operates four facilities in Illinois, with more than 150 full-time employees and a $16 million payroll. A seed conditioning center in Pekin was established in 1911 and celebrated a century of continual operation seven years ago.

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10-29-18 Listening Sessions scheduled for CSU presidential search

Listening Sessions scheduled for CSU presidential search

Four public forums have been set for early November to gather input and feedback from the public and the university community on the search for the next president of Colorado State University.

In addition to these listening sessions, the CSU Presidential Search Advisory Committee (PSAC), also announced it will hold its first meeting on Friday, Nov. 16, 9-10:30 a.m. in the Conifer Room in the Michael Smith Natural Resources Building on campus. This meeting is open to the public, as are all meetings of the search committee and public forums.

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10-29-18 CO Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

CO Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 — Gov. Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Disability Funding Committee, Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority Board of Directors, Energy Impact Assistance Advisory Committee, Food Systems Advisory, Colorado Health Benefits Exchange Board of Directors, Colorado Human Trafficking Council, Justice Assistance Grant Board, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council, Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, Colorado Municipal Bond Supervision Advisory Board, Special Funds Board for Workers’ Compensation Self Insurers, State Innovation Model Advisory Board, and the Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission.

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10-29-18 Sarah McKay Named NCGA’s New Director of Market Development

Sarah McKay Named NCGA’s New Director of Market Development

The National Corn Growers Association would like to announce that Sarah McKay, manager of market development, has been promoted to the role of director. McKay joined NCGA in August of 2017. She replaces Jim Bauman, who was promoted to the position of vice president of market development.
“Since coming to NCGA, Sarah has made a huge impact on our work and relationship with our animal agriculture industry partners,” said Jim Bauman, vice president of market development. “Sarah has taken the lead on a number of sustainability initiatives for NCGA and has helped shape the Feed, Food and Industrial Action Team into what it is today. Her work and knowledge of issues impacting the livestock industry has been an important asset for NCGA.”

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10-29-18 NFU Urges Administration to Honor Commitment to Biofuels

NFU Urges Administration to Honor Commitment to Biofuels

Radio Ad Calls for Immediate Implementation of Year-Round E15 and Reversal of RFS Waivers 

WASHINGTON – Throughout his campaign for and tenure as president, Donald Trump has consistently pledged to support American-grown biofuels. However, his administration has too often failed to follow through on those promises in a timely fashion.
In the most recent of such instances, President Trump announced his intentions to allow the use of E15 gasoline in summer months. Though National Farmers Union (NFU), a grassroots policy organization that has long advocated the expanded use of biofuels as a means to promote the economic viability of family farmers and the vibrancy of rural communities, was initially encouraged by the news, little has been done to enact the proposal.
Making matters worse, while promising to authorize E15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been covertly granting so-called “hardship waivers” to oil refineries owned by large corporations with multi-billion dollar revenues. These waivers exempted the refiners from complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), ultimately saved those corporations tens of millions of dollars while reducing the volume of renewable fuels in the transportation sector.
In response to the administration’s ongoing inaction, the organization today launched a radio ad buy urging President Donald Trump to keep his promises to family farmers by immediately implementing year-round E-15 and reversing the losses caused by the misappropriation of small refinery exemptions.

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