10-26-18 CLA: Livestock Producers Meet to Discuss Environmental Regulations in Fort Morgan

CLA: Livestock Producers Meet to Discuss Environmental Regulations in Fort Morgan

Greeley, CO – The Colorado Livestock Association’s (CLA) Natural Resources Committee met for its annual meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

CLA members, including; Gary and Laura Teague, Justin Miller, Julie McCaleb, Todd Sigmon, Tom Haren and Bill Hammerich, CLA CEO met in Fort Morgan and were joined by staff from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Environmental Ag Program; Sean Scott, Environmental Ag Program Deputy Division Director, Chad DeVolin, Program Coordinator, Technical Leads Mike Sherry, Bonnie Laws and Thaine Kramer and Bradley Turpin, Milk and Correction Program Coordinator.

Topics of discussion, included; the eReporting Rule which goes into effect in 2020; how to simplify nutrient management plans; the upcoming CAFO/HCSFO inspections by Tetratech; location and method of disposal of mortalities; and increased use of technology in meeting permit requirements. Currently, there are 89 permitted CAFO’s and 114 registered CAFO’s in Colorado. Continue reading

10-26-18 USDA Prioritizes Funding to Facilitate Safe Prescription Drug Disposal in Rural Communities

USDA Prioritizes Funding to Facilitate Safe Prescription Drug Disposal in Rural Communities

PRINCETON, W.V., Oct. 27, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award additional priority points to Solid Waste Management Grant Program applications proposing innovative projects to promote the safe disposal of prescription drugs in rural communities. Hazlett made the announcement in observance of the 16th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to local leaders in combatting the opioid epidemic in rural America,” Hazlett said. “Helping rural families with local options to dispose of unused medications is an important first step in building healthy rural communities.”

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10-26-18 NFU Encourages Move to High Octane Fuels

NFU Encourages Move to High Octane Fuels

Public Comments Highlight Environmental, Economic and Energy Security Benefits

WASHINGTON – In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’sproposed rule to amend certain existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today submitted public comments highlighting the importance and value of moving to higher level blends of ethanol.
“There is widespread agreement regarding the need to move this country toward high octane fuels to take advantage of improved engine technologies for vehicles,” wrote Johnson, noting that mid-level ethanol blends ranging from E20 to E40 are the “most economical high-octane fuels available today.”

10-26-18 CO Governor announces economic impact data for outdoor recreation industry, creates new council

CO Governor announces economic impact data for outdoor recreation industry, creates new council

Colorado the BeautifulDENVER — Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced new economic contribution numbers from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) showing significant growth in Colorado’s outdoor recreation economy. The Governor also signed Executive Order B 2018-010 creating the Inter-Agency Trails and Recreation Council. The Council will advance the vision of the “Colorado the Beautiful” initiative and promote outdoor recreation and conservation in Colorado.

“Coloradans, and visitors, are taking advantage of our beautiful outdoor spaces,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Our goal is to ensure every Coloradan has access to the outdoor opportunities our state has to offer. This executive order moves us another step closer to that goal.”

In 2017, outdoor recreation contributed $62 billion to Colorado’s economy and $35 billion to the state’s Gross Domestic Product – which is more than 10 percent. The impact of the outdoor recreation industry in Colorado has almost doubled since CPW’s previous analysis in 2013.

For the first time, this analysis captures the economic impact of outdoor activities occurring close to home such as picnicking at a neighborhood park, riding on an urban bike path, or running on a local trail.

“Colorado has seen dramatic growth in how the public utilizes our vast opportunities for outdoor recreation,” said Bob Randall, executive director of the Department of Natural Resources. “This speaks to the collaborative work done by government and non-governmental organizations to protect the land, wildlife and water resources that make the Colorado experience so exceptional.”

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10-26-18 National Western Center redevelopment campaign hits first major milestone: a $15 million check for Denver

National Western Center redevelopment campaign hits first major milestone: a $15 million check for Denver

Event and Press conference on National Western grounds will mark the occasion 

DENVER – The billion-dollar redevelopment of the aging National Western Complex into the new National Western Center (NWC) is kicking into high gear. At 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Stadium Arena on the grounds of National Western, the Honoring the Legacy campaign, supporting key facets of this historic redevelopment, celebrates its first major milestone: Campaign Chairman Pete Coors will present Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock with a $15 million check to support the creation of the National Western Stock show’s new home – and much more – for the next century. Longtime Denver news personality and weatherman Ed Greene will emcee the event.
“This $15 million commitment is helping make the future National Western Center, and the benefits it will bring to the residents there today and neighborhoods around it, a reality,” Mayor Hancock said. “The success of the Center depends on the success of the Stock Show’s capital campaign, and I’m thrilled with their early success and look very forward to bringing the NWC plans to life alongside our partners at the Western Stock Show Association and Colorado State University. 
“It’s an honor and a pleasure to support a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide the National Western with a home as great as its storied legacy,” Coors said. “The response to National Western’s first-ever capital campaign has been overwhelming – to the point that we’re looking to close in on $50 million in gifts and pledges by the end of the 2019 Stock Show.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 26th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, October 26th

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NMPF Asks USDA to Boost Dairy Trade Aid

The National Milk Producers Federation this week asked the Department of Agriculture to better support dairy farmers who are experiencing losses stemming from the Trump trade agenda. The Federation says in a letter to USDA that the agency needs to better reflect the dairy-farm incomes lost to tariff retaliation when it calculates its next round of trade mitigation payments. NMPF Chairman and dairy farmer Randy Mooney cited four studies illustrating that milk producers have experienced more than $1 billion in lost income since May, when the retaliatory tariffs were first placed on dairy goods in response to U.S. levies on foreign products. In contrast, the first round of USDA trade mitigation payments, announced in August, allocated only $127 million to dairy farmers. The expected impact of the retaliation may result in roughly $1.5 billion in lost revenue for producers during the second half of 2018.

Fed Reserve: NAFTA 2.0 Won’t Help Dairy Industry

The North American Free Trade Agreement replacement will not benefit dairy farmers, according to the Federal Reserve Bank. A report by the Federal Reserve says gains made by the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that will replace NAFTA are “too small and too far in the future to help dairy farmers.” The Minneapolis Fed reported that “a substantial number of dairy operations have exited the business since the beginning of the year,” according to CNBC. Dairy was a fixture of the NAFTA renegotiation effort as concessions from Canada were long-sought by President Donald Trump. Before the new agreement, U.S. dairy farmers faced strict import quotas and tariffs. Under the new agreement, which still needs congressional approval, Canada agreed to drop restrictions, allowing U.S. producers to supply up to 3.6 percent of Canada’s dairy market.

Drought Monitor: Wet Harvest Continues Next Week

The U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update shows more wet weather ahead for the Midwest. Much of the Corn Belt received adequate or above needed moisture this growing season. However, pockets in Missouri, Kansas andOklahoma were extremely dry. Recent rains have turned the tables, and much of the Midwest is experiencing wet harvest conditions. The Drought Monitor notes that a wet weather pattern is in store for much of the southern and eastern United States as the NWS six-to-ten-day outlook for October 30th – November 3rd calls for near-to above-normal precipitation over much of the nation, with drier-than-normal weather limited to the West Coast and lower Southeast. The latest data from the Department of Agriculture show that the nation’s corn and soybean harvest were roughly halfway finished early this week, with the expecting of further progress. However, that progress, given the forecast, looks to be stalled again next week.

Grain Industry Seeks to Modernize Global Ag Commodity Trade

The world’s largest grain processors are jointly seeking to standardize and digitize global agriculture shipping transactions. Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus announced the collaboration this week in an effort to benefit the entire industry and seek broad-based industry participation to promote global access and adoption. Initially, the companies are focused on technologies to automate grain and oilseed post-trade execution processes, as they represent a highly manual and costly part of the supply chain, with the industry spending significant amounts of money every year moving documents around the globe. Eliminating inefficiencies would lead to shorter document-processing times, reduced wait times and better end-to-end contracting visibility. Longer term, the companies want to drive greater reliability, efficiency and transparency by replacing other manual, paper-based processes tied to contracts, invoices and payments, with a more modern, digitally based approach.

Grassley Warns Democrats Could Replace Him if Iowa Gov. Reynolds Loses

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa warned voters in his state that if they elect a Democrat as Governor, he could be replaced by a Democrat. Grassley is wanting to ensure his seat will remain in the Republican party, while acknowledging his age and the potential for health woes within the next four years. Grassley turned 85 last month and told a crowd of voters: “Something could happen to me in the next four years. I don’t want a Democrat appointing my successor,” according to the Des Moines Register. A recent poll showed the Democratic Candidate, Fred Hubbell, held a narrow lead over Republican Kim Reynolds. If Grassley were to step down later in his term, he says Hubbell would appoint a Democrat to take his place. Grassley, a long-time agriculture and biofuels supporter, was first elected to the Senate in 1980. He insisted that he is “very, very healthy,” and didn’t rule out running for reelection. Grassley chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Annual Soil Health Summit Event Opens to Public for First Time

The Soil Health Partnership announced this week that for the first time the organization has opened to the public the annual Soil Health Summit, January 15 – 16 in St. Louis, and encourages growers and agronomists to attend. Attendees will benefit from peer-to-peer networking, collaboration, and education on the latest in soil health strategies, including new data and insights from SHP. The partnership’s long-term data collection effort measures the on-farm economic and environmental impact of practices known to improve soil health and sustainability. Those practices include reducing tillage, growing cover crops and practicing advanced nutrient management. Shefali Mehta (She-FALL-ee METt-uh), SHP executive director, noted the field team plans to have a more robust data set for 2018. She says the summit marks “the first time we can truly share insights on how the fields are changing over time.” Registration is open from the Soil Health Summit website

SOURCE: NAFB News Service