Watch the 100th CO Farm Bureau Annual Meeting’s AM Session on Livestream, courtesy of BARN Media
Mark Truax, Director of CRED
Don Shawcroft, President’s Address
Chad Vorthmann, Executive Vice President
& Keynote Speaker: Craig Maginness, ExIn Global Strategies
USDA Launches New Biosecurity Campaign Asking All Poultry Owners, Workers and Hobbyists to Protect the Health of Live Poultry
WASHINGTON, November 16, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is launching a new outreach campaign focused on preventing the spread of infectious poultry diseases in both commercial and backyard poultry. Considering the devastating impact of the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in 2014-2015, as well as this year’s outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease, the timing is right for everyone in the poultry community to work together to protect the health of our nation’s flocks.
The “Defend the Flock” campaign to promote biosecurity combines and updates two previous campaigns that were each targeted at a specific segment of the poultry population.
“While each of the previous campaigns were successful, by combining them and emphasizing shared responsibility, USDA will improve its ability to promote biosecurity and protect avian health across the country,” said Dr. Jack Shere, USDA’s Chief Veterinary Officer and a poultry veterinarian himself. Continue reading
#FridaysOnTheFarm: Partnerships Boost Production and Profits
Each Friday, meet those farmers, producers, and landowners through our #FridaysOnTheFarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests, and resource areas where USDA customers and partners do right and feed everyone.
This Friday, we’re headed to the Schneider family farm in Ovid, Colorado, where Donny Schneider sells sweet corn in his community, and uses USDA’s resources to gain more expertise and increase profits on his operation.
Access a text-only version of this multimedia story. (PDF, 333 KB)
Colorado Livestock Association Safety Group members returned $1.9 million in performance dividends over 17 years
Greeley, CO – Greeley, CO – Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) members lead the industry in their commitment to creating a safe workplace for their employees. The CLA Safety Group Program has been in place since 2001, and was designed to reduce Workers Compensation costs by promoting safety and claims management on farms and ranches.
The 2017 performance results locked at the end of September 2018 and the CLA Safety Group performed to a 29.6% loss ratio, outperforming the required 55% loss ratio to receive a Group Dividend. Due to these excellent results, CLA Safety Group members will be returned $234,172.00 for the 2017 year. Since the CLA Safety Group Program began in 2001, the program has paid out $1,907,070.00 in Safety Group Dividends to its members. These premium dollars are returned to safety group members in the form of a dividend based on their operation’s safety performance. Group members have now received a dividend for the fourth year in a row. Continue reading
Statement from USDA Secretary Perdue and FDA Commissioner Gottlieb on the regulation of cell-cultured food products from cell lines of livestock and poultry
Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting to discuss the use of livestock and poultry cell lines to develop cell-cultured food products. At this meeting, stakeholders shared valuable perspectives on the regulation needed to both foster these innovative food products and maintain the highest standards of public health. The public comment period will be extended and will remain open through December 26, 2018. Continue reading
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…
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Roberts, Conaway, Engaged in Finger-pointing
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel calls passing a farm bill a top priority for the lame duck session, but the conference committee must first come to an agreement. Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts was hopeful for an agreement Thursday, but said House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway refused to come to an agreement, blaming the delay on the Texas Republican. However, Conaway called Roberts comments “finger-pointing” that would not help to bring about a deal, according to Politico. Roberts noted that Conaway was holding out on signing the conference report because he has concerns with at least six titles of the bill, including commodity, nutrition and conservation. Roberts said of the conference committee leadership he is “very troubled by the fact that we have agreement among three, but we can’t get the fourth one.” Conaway says he has “some things” he hasn’t agreed to, but adds that so does Roberts, and Ranking Senate Ag Member Debbie Stabenow and Ranking House Ag Member Collin Peterson. Conway concludes “pick your poison as to who you think is standing in the way.”
Lower Income Continues to Pressure Farm Finances
Farm income and credit conditions continued to deteriorate in the third quarter of 2018, according to a Federal Reserve Bank survey. The Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions shows more than half of bankers reported lower farm income compared to a year ago, and the decline in farm income was sharpest in states with higher concentrations in corn and soybeans. The district includes seven Midwest and Plains states in the Western Corn Belt. The survey found prices for most major commodities remained lower than a year ago amid elevated supply expectations and ongoing trade disruptions. The prolonged period of depressed farm income has placed more pressure on borrower balance sheets. According to bankers across the region, many crop producers in 2018 had a modest deterioration in working capital. For the fifth straight year, a majority of bankers reported having borrowers with some depletion of short-term operating funds. Stress on farm finances also contributed to an increase in the expected sale of mid- to long-term assets in 2018.
U.S., Brazil Soybean Price Gap Narrowing
The price gap between U.S. and Brazilian soybeans is narrowing, a signal some suggest that trade progress could be made between the U.S. and China. CNBC reports narrowing U.S.-Brazil soybean price differentials imply greater market optimism regarding a meeting between President Trump and China’s President at the upcoming G20 Summit. Even with the 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans, the average differentials have shifted from a 24 percent U.S. discount to Brazil in mid-October, to a 17 percent discount last week and a 13-15 percent discount this week. Market experts say the differential could partly account for any movement of U.S. beans to South America for local crushing or even re-export. The G20 Summit, where President Trump and his counterpart from China are expected to discuss trade on the sidelines, begins November 30th.
Animal Welfare Institute Sues USDA over Label Claims
The Animal Welfare Institute is suing the Department of Agriculture for what it calls “unreasonable delay in responding” to a 2014 petition. AWI asked the agency in 2014 to require independent certification of certain animal raising label claims. The Administrative Procedure Act requires federal agencies to respond to petitions for rulemaking within a reasonable time. After four and a half years, the organization says it has not received a reply from USDA. The petition specifically asked USDA to require third-party audits to substantiate holistic claims, such as “humane” and “sustainable,” so that consumers know these claims are verified prior to appearing on food labels. According to an October online survey of more than 2,000 consumers commissioned by AWI, 86 percent of meat/poultry/egg/dairy consumers agreed that the government should not allow the use of claims like “humanely raised” on food product labels unless verified by an independent inspection.
USDA Invests to Improve Rural Health Care for Nearly 2 Million Rural Americans
The Department of Agriculture is investing $501 million to improve rural health care infrastructure. USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced the funding Thursday that will help 60 projects across 34 states in areas that serve rural communities. Hazlett says strong healthcare programs help towards “increasing prosperity in rural America.” The announcement came on National Rural Health Day, which is held annually on the third Thursday of November to focus on the specific health care issues facing rural communities. USDA says the funding announcement complements the finalization of a partnership between USDA and the National Rural Health Association to identify issues causing financial strain on rural hospitals.
CHS Foundation Donates$1.5 Million to South Dakota State University Precision Ag Program
The CHS Foundation announced a $1.5 million grant to support the South Dakota State University precision agriculture program. The funding will support the construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus. A university spokesperson called the gift from the CHS Foundation “pivotal” in allowing the campus to make a “globally preeminent precision agriculture program a reality.” SDSU is the nation’s first land-grant university to offer a bachelor’s degree and minor in precision agriculture. The degree will provide students with access to cutting-edge developments in the intersection of agronomics, high-speed sensor technology, data management and advanced machinery development. Final construction plans are in-progress of the new facility. Some ground work is expected to begin this fall, with construction starting in the spring of 2019.
CPW: Colorado’s most comprehensive stream restoration project nearly complete in the Big Thompson Canyon
DENVER – Since the disastrous flood of 2013, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Colorado Department of Transportation, several city agencies and multiple federal entities collaborated on what turned out to be the largest stream restoration project in the history of the state up the Big Thompson Canyon.
The highway repair and stream restoration project, largely funded with federal dollars, had a total cost exceeding $500 million.
Jeff Spohn, senior aquatic biologist for CPW, believes this project not only met, but exceeded expectations.
“The Big Thompson River restoration project was a monumental task which included cooperation between CDOT, the City of Loveland, the City of Estes Park, the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, the United States Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife,” Spohn said. “The collaborative process that occurred should become the template for future river restoration projects.” Continue reading
US Senator Bennet Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Tackle Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer and Elk
Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined bipartisan colleagues John Barrasso (R-WY) and Doug Jones (D-AL) in introducing legislation to increase wildlife managers’ ability to keep wildlife healthy.
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) affects both wild and domestic herds of deer and elk in 25 states, including Colorado. However, state recommendations for preventing the spread of the disease vary. This bipartisan bill would authorize a special resource study to help prevent the disease from spreading. It would give state wildlife agencies and wildlife experts information to conduct targeted research on how the disease is transmitted, determine which areas are most at risk, and develop consistent advice for hunters to prevent further spread.
“The deer and elk herds affected by Chronic Wasting Disease are a critical part of Colorado’s wildlife heritage and economy,” said Bennet. “We need to learn more about containing CWD, and this bipartisan legislation will provide the information state wildlife professionals need to align their work and prevent further spread.” Continue reading
NMPF Thanks FDA for Extending Milk Labeling Comment Period
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) thanked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its announcement today that it will extend by 60 days, until Jan. 25, the public comment period during which the agency is seeking information on the proper names for plant-based beverages. The original deadline was Nov. 27.
“It is crucial that all interested parties have adequate time to more fully address FDA’s extensive list of questions about the labeling issue, and why it matters from a nutrition and public health standpoint,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF, which has long urged FDA to enforce existing rules on what should and shouldn’t properly be called “milk.” “This extension will allow the dairy community, as well as health professionals, to fully explain why consumers deserve accurate and honest information about their food options.”
NCGA, USFRA Put Farming Sustainability in the Spotlight in Denver
Farm Bureau Survey: Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Down for Third Straight Year
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 33rd annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.90, or less than $5.00 per person. This is a 22-cent decrease from last year’s average of $49.12.
“Since 2015, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner has declined steadily and is now at the lowest level since 2010,” said AFBF Chief Economist Dr. John Newton.
AFBF: Farmers Press Lawmakers on Farm Bill
With less than 20 days left on the legislative calendar, farmers and ranchers are anxious for lawmakers to finalize the farm bill before the start of the new year—and a new Congress. If the bill doesn’t get done, Congress, including a House with new leadership, will have to start from scratch.
“The leadership of both the House and Senate Agriculture committees have worked overtime this year to deliver a new farm bill, and now it’s time to get it across the finish line before the clock runs out. Farmers and ranchers cannot afford that kind of delay, especially with so many struggling to hang on and unable to make plans for the next season with a massive cloud of uncertainty hovering overhead,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in his recent Zipline column.
CDA: Nominations Sought for Noxious Weed Advisory Committee
Deadline Extended to December 10th
USDA Invests to Improve Rural Health Care for Nearly 2 Million Rural Americans
Rural Residents in 34 States will Benefit, INCLUDING COLORADO & WYOMING
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $501 million in 60 projects to help improve health care infrastructure (PDF, 170 KB) and services in rural communities nationwide.
“Creating strong and healthy communities is foundational to increasing prosperity in rural America,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural leaders to improve quality of life and economic development through modern and accessible health care.”
Hazlett made today’s announcement as part of USDA’s commemoration of National Rural Health Day, which is held annually on the third Thursday of November to focus on the specific health care issues facing rural communities. The Department is investing in 60 projects through the Community Facilities direct loan program. These investments will expand access to health care for approximately 2 million people in 34 states.
- CO: This Rural Development investment of $528,000 will be used to help Welcome Home Montrose purchase a site to serve veterans. This nonprofit organization is a full-service welcome center for veterans and military families to receive counseling and participate in support groups, training and other supportive services. This funding will provide a permanent home for the facility. It will benefit the area’s 19,132 residents.
- WY: This Rural Development investment of $21.246 million will be used to finance an acute-care hospital expansion and renovation. The Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital is located in Thermopolis, Wyo. It serves the 4,812 residents of Hot Springs County and the surrounding areas. The original hospital was constructed in 1959, with only two notable renovations in 60 years. The project will include an expansion of the hospital, demolition of the patient wing, and extensive renovation of the existing facility including the clinic, pharmacy, imaging, and sleep lab. The hospital has been a cornerstone of the Hot Springs County community since its inception. It is the second largest employer in the county, with 143 employees. Additional funding includes a $5,336,000 USDA Community Facilities loan guarantee and a $250,000 applicant contribution.
- WY: This Rural Development investment of $4.28 million will be used to rehabilitate the only nursing home facility in Lander, Wyoming which serves the 7,487 residents of the community. To remain economically viable, the project needs to modernize the 35,000 square feet facility. Upgrades will include modifications to meet ADA requirements,
converting two semi-private rooms with shared bathrooms to private rooms, and adding 10 beds. The project will help keep elderly people close to their families and communities. Additional funding includes a $1,428,000 Community Facilities loan guarantee.
- MT: The Blackfeet Tribe is receiving an $8 million loan to help build a 39-bed, long-term-care facility on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana. This project is Phase I of a planned 47-bed facility. Phase II will be constructed at a future date. The new, 27,079-square-foot facility will replace a smaller one that is 47 years old. It will provide space for residents who are now in facilities that are more than 60 miles from the community. This project will benefit the approximately 7,000 members of the Blackfeet Nation who live on or near the Reservation.
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Inside the Jefferson Conservation District with Agriculture Conservation Coordinator Maria Bumgarner…
Briggsdale, CO – November 15, 2018 – A total of 626 students from 29 different fourth and fifth grade classes from Jefferson County schools attended the agriculture and natural resources day called “From Our Lands to Your Hands” which was held back on November 1st at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to RECAP that event is Maria Bumgarner. Agriculture Conservation Coordinator with the Jefferson Conservation District.
The interview includes:
- Bumgarner’s Background
- Jefferson Conservation District History
- “From our Lands to Your Hands” Ag Education Event History, Mission & 2018 RECAP
- Ag Industry Partnerships & Sponsorships
- Future plans for the event
- Upcoming 74th CACD Annual Meeting Nov 27–29 in Loveland
- & more