11-28-18 CCA: CO Governor-Elect Jared Polis’ hosting Energy & Natural Resources & Agriculture Tele Town Hall on December 1st

CCA: CO Governor-Elect Jared Polis’ hosting Energy & Natural Resources & Agriculture Tele Town Hall on December 1st

Colorado Governor-Elect Jared Polis’ seven transition committees announced upcoming telephone town hall meeting dates as part of their ongoing transition.

The Energy & Natural Resources & Agriculture Tele Town Hall is THIS Saturday, December 1st, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This Town Hall is very important to CCA and its membership as this committee will be very influential on the decisions made politically toward agriculture in Colorado. Use this opportunity to voice your support for agriculture in Colorado and its importance in the transition process for this new state government. Make sure your voice is heard and invite the transition team to experience animal agriculture first-hand in rural communities and on our local ranches, feedlots, and processing facilities. Take advantage of the opportunity to speak with these committees directly.

To join the Town Hall on Saturday:
Zoom Call-In: 1-408-638-0968
Webinar ID: 831-512-852

https://zoom.us/j/831512852

To learn more about the other Tele Town Halls, visit http://www.boldlyforward.co/events

11-29-18 CO Gov. Hickenlooper and Colorado Energy Office award $10.33 million grant to build electric vehicle fast-charging stations across the state

CO Gov. Hickenlooper and Colorado Energy Office award $10.33 million grant to build electric vehicle fast-charging stations across the state

DENVER — Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 — Governor John Hickenlooper today announced a $10.33 million ALT Fuels Colorado grant through the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) to ChargePoint to build electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations along the state’s major transportation corridors. The fast-charging stations will be located in communities at 33 sites across six Colorado corridors comprised of Interstate, State and U.S. highways.

“Fast-charging stations give EV drivers the confidence to reliably travel to all corners of the state,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The future of EV travel in Colorado is bright thanks to this new partnership with ChargePoint.”

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11-29-18 NFU Encouraged by Farm Bill Deal, Urges Swift Passage

NFU Encouraged by Farm Bill Deal, Urges Swift Passage

WASHINGTON – Agriculture committee leadership today announced that they have reached an agreement in principle on the farm bill. While the final details of the bill have yet to be released and negotiators wait on cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, National Farmers Union (NFU) today expressed optimism that relief from the lapsed 2014 Farm Bill might soon arrive for family farmers and ranchers. NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the news:

“Getting a farm bill through the finish line before the end of the year is critical for the long-term viability and sustainability of family farmers and ranchers across the country. Farmers are enduring a growing financial crisis in the farm economy, and programs that support farm sustainability and diverse markets for family farmers have expired. Senate and House agriculture leaders and their staff have worked tirelessly to resolve differences in the chambers’ respective farm bills, and we’re optimistic they’ve come to terms on a farm bill that begins to provide the relief and certainty farmers need amidst struggling markets due to oversupply and trade volatility. We urge Congress to approve a farm bill before the end of the year.”

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11-29-18 Farm Bureau Calls for Final Farm Bill Approval

Farm Bureau Calls for Final Farm Bill Approval

The following statement regarding the House and Senate Ag Leaders’ announced “agreement in principle” on the 2018 Farm Bill conference report may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

“The 2018 farm bill emerging from the conference committee is good news for farmers amid a prolonged downturn in the agricultural economy. Chairmen Roberts and Conaway and Ranking Members Stabenow and Peterson made the bill a priority for this Congress, and all Americans—farmers and consumers—are better off for it.

“Continued access to risk management tools, assistance in foreign market development, and conservation and environmental stewardship programs within the legislation are especially important for farmers and ranchers. These programs will help provide certainty to rural America at a time when it is much needed given the financial headwinds so many family farms now face. Additionally, the bill continues to help low-income children, families, seniors and military veterans access the high-quality foods produced by farm families.

“Farmers and ranchers continue to face challenges outside of the farm bill. Every day we struggle to find the workers we need. Exports were once a backbone of U.S. agriculture, but we now face an uphill battle reclaiming our once robust market share. While the Administration is reviewing the cost and effectiveness of federal regulations, overregulation remains a burden that farmers and ranchers cannot afford, especially now. We urge Congress to continue working on these issues to maintain our nation’s food security and continue agriculture’s significant contributions to U.S. job creation and economic growth.

“The farm bill and ag policy broadly remain bipartisan matters and we encourage both houses of Congress to approve this bill once it is finalized by House and Senate Ag Leaders. We are thankful the Agriculture committees have stayed true to their mission to serve the American farmer and rancher and our nation’s consumers, and we look forward to working with the next Congress on all the issues facing agriculture.”

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11-29-18 NAWG Applauds Farm Bill Negotiators for Moving Process Forward

NAWG Applauds Farm Bill Negotiators for Moving Process Forward 

Washington, D.C. (November 29, 2018) – The leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have announced that they’ve reached a tentative agreement on a conference report for the 2018 Farm Bill, pending final scores from the Congressional Budget Office. While the bill still needs to be reported out of the conference committee, voted on by both Chambers and signed into law, NAWG is pleased the process is moving forward. NAWG President Jimmie Musick made the following statement in response:

“NAWG appreciates conferees diligently working together to reach an agreement to strengthen the agriculture industry. This past year our growers have dealt with the impact of the trade war between U.S. and China, extreme weather conditions, and a struggling rural economy and more. Farm Bill support programs provide them with some certainty during these volatile times.

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11-29-18 Inside Northern Water with Brian Werner: Four States Irrigation Council ‘s 66th Annual Meeting, Year in Review , Water Storage Project Updates & More…

 

Brian Werner, Public Information Officer at Northern Water

Inside Northern Water with Brian Werner: Four States Irrigation Council ‘s 66th Annual Meeting, Year in Review , Water Storage Project Updates & More…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – November 29, 2018 – The Four States Irrigation Council is hosting their 66th annual meeting January 9-11, which will be held at the Fort Collins Hilton. Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone to discuss the upcoming event as well as a look back at 2018 and ahead regarding Northern Water‘s Storage Projects (NISP & Windy Gap) is Brian Werner, Public Information Officer at Northern Water in Berthoud, CO…

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ABOUT NORTHERN WATER

Northern Water is a public agency created in 1937 to contract with the federal government to build the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. The C-BT Project provides supplemental water to more than 640,000 acres of irrigated farm and ranch land and about 960,000 people in Northeastern Colorado. Northern Water and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation jointly operate and maintain the C-BT Project, which collects West Slope water and delivers it to portions of eight Northeastern Colorado counties. In addition, Northern Water collects, distributes and monitors weather and water quality data, tracks streamflows and reservoir levels, and provides water planning and water conservation information.Learn more about Northern Water – CLICK HERE

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11-29-18 House and Senate Ag Leaders: We’ve Reached Agreement in Principle on 2018 Farm Bill

House and Senate Ag Leaders: We’ve Reached Agreement in Principle on 2018 Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. – House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Pat Roberts (R- Kan.) and Ranking Members Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) made the following announcement today on the state of 2018 Farm Bill negotiations:

“We’re pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill. We are working to finalize legal and report language as well as CBO scores, but we still have more work to do. We are committed to delivering a new farm bill to America as quickly as possible.”

Audio of Chairman Conaway discussing how the Ag Committee leaders have reached a deal in principle…

AUDIO FEATURING HOUSE AG CHAIR MIKE CONAWAY (R-TEXAS)

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11-29-18 Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Goats from 2019 NWSS to be displayed at the Denver Athletic Club

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Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Goats from 2019 NWSS to be displayed at the Denver Athletic Club

For 73 years now, our Grand and Reserve Champion Junior Livestock Auction Steers have joined patrons in the lobby of the Brown Palace for morning tea. This year, we’re adding a new animal to this fun tradition. The Grand and Reserve Champion Goats are headed to a different iconic site in urban Denver. They will be on display at the Denver Athletic Club on January 17th. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this inaugural event!

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11-29-18 VOTE HEMP: Congressional Negotiators Reach Tentative Deal on the 2018 Farm Bill…

VOTE HEMP: Congressional Negotiators Reach Tentative Deal on the 2018 Farm Bill…

Congressional negotiators have reached a tentative deal on the Farm Bill pending final cost analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.
Senator McConnell’s Hemp Farming Act language is included in the bill. This will be a game changer for the hemp industry.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, November 29th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, November 29th

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Farm Bill Inching Closer to Reality

A farm bill agreement could be announced yet this week. Leadership of the farm bill conference committee reports a deal is close, with a possible announcement this week and a more detailed announcement to follow next week, according to staffers close to the negotiations. A move towards an agreement would set the stage to allow Congress to consider final passage of the bill this year. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says a full agreement depends on the cost analysis. There is little time in the lame duck session to complete the bill, as lawmakers are scheduled to exit Washington by mid-December. Still, all sides appear committed to finishing the bill this year, ahead of a new Congress that offers a change of control in the House of Representatives. Collin Peterson, incoming chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has previously said he wants the bill done now, before the next Congress, which would likely require a rewrite of the legislation.

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Western Caucus Members Urge Adoption of Active Forest Management

Members of the Congressional Western Caucus issued a statement condemning obstruction of active fire management policies by Senate Democrats. The statement says the 2018 deadly and destructive wildfire season has further solidified the need for active forest management provisions found in the House-passed farm bill. The group sent a letter to the farm bill conference committee urging the inclusion. However, farm bill conference committee members reported Wednesday afternoon that leadership decided against any sweeping forestry title reforms, which has been the latest hold up in the farm bill debate. More than 52,000 wildfires have burned more than 8.5 million acres this year alone. The caucus, currently comprised of all Republicans, is open to all political parties. Opposition to the House plan has said that active forest management could “devastate forests” and “wipe out plants and animals.”

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EPA Rejects Requests to Reallocate Displaced RFS Gallons

The Environmental Protection Agency will not reallocate waived biofuel volumes in 2019. The agency denied a request by the corn and ethanol industries to reallocate any biofuel volumes lost to small refinery waivers next year, according to Reuters. Expansion of the waivers, which were unused under the Bush and Obama administrations, threatens demand for corn and corn-based ethanol. The Renewable Fuel Standard requires oil refiners to blend biofuels each year or purchase blending credits. However, the small refiner waivers exempt any refinery that proves complying with the RFS causes them financial strain. The corn industry points out that some of the world’s largest oil companies have received waivers from the Trump administration. Meanwhile, an EPA official this week also said that the 2019 annual biofuel mandate figures were set to be largely in line with the agency’s June proposal of 19.88 billion gallons.

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Trade Groups Ask Trump to Ensure Review of Argentine Biodiesel Import Duties

Trade groups are expressing concern that the U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated “changed circumstances” reviews of U.S. trade duties on Argentine biodiesel companies. In a letter to President Trump, the groups, including the National Biodiesel Board, urged the president to ensure the Commerce Department undertake a “rigorous, comprehensive and transparent review” before considering any adjustment to the duty rates it established earlier this year. The Department imposed antidumping and countervailing duty orders in January and April 2018, following investigations in which the government found that biodiesel imports from Argentina were massively subsidized and dumped, injuring U.S. biodiesel producers. The letter states that any political concessions to Argentina would “distort U.S. markets and undercut crop prices that are only now regaining stability.” The groups opposed the initiation of the changed circumstances review, arguing the Commerce Department has well-established administrative review procedures for revisiting antidumping and countervailing duty rates.

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USDA Announces Investments in Rural Community Facilities

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday announced a $291 million investment to improve rural community infrastructure and essential services. Announced by Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett, the funding will improve rural communities for 761,000 residents in 18 states and Puerto Rico. USDA is investing in 41 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The funding helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and daycare centers. Hazlett says of the projects that “modern community facilities and infrastructure are key drivers of rural prosperity.” For more information and a list of projects funded, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

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California Farm Bureau Launches Disaster Relief Fund

To assist farmers, ranchers and rural communities hurt by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters, the California Farm Bureau Federation has established a Farm and Rural Disaster Fund. Created under the California Bountiful Foundation-a charitable foundation established by the California Farm Bureau, the fund will collect contributions to aid communities affected by natural disasters. California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson says the fund comes at the request of state Farm Bureau members to “provide aid to farms, ranches and rural communities that have suffered losses.” In addition, county Farm Bureaus in the state have begun relief efforts specific to the Camp Fire that continues to burn. The fund will accept donations dedicated to feeding, housing and maintaining livestock displaced by the fire that are being cared for at the county fairgrounds. Learn more about both efforts at CFBF.com.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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