The Colorado Auctioneers Foundation will be hosting the Inaugural Mile High Auctioneer Open championship bid calling contest that will be held at the Beef Palace Auctioneer Arena during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.
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Mark your Calendars – The 55th Annual Colorado Farm Show is set for January 29-30-31 in Greeley, CO
The CO Farm Show Board and volunteers hope you are making plans to attend The Colorado Farm Show is one of the largest — and oldest — farm shows in the nation at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, within Weld County. Here’s some ag facts to ponder about agriculture in Weld County and Colorado too:
- According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) data for cash receipts, in 2017 Colorado ranked 22nd nationally for total state cash receipts for all commodities @ $6,781,142,000, representing 1.8% of Cash Receipts for all commodities in the United States.
- Also, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, Total Value of Agricultural Products Sold in Colorado was 7,780,874,000, making Colorado 20th in the nation.
- And Total Value of Agriculture Products Sold in Weld County was $1,860,718,000, ranking 1st in the Colorado and 9th in the nation.
Making this year’s theme more timely: “If you eat it, drink it or wear it, agriculture produced it!” Continue reading
Colorado Wheat Announces Dates of 2019 County Meetings and Elections
Colorado wheat farmers are invited to attend and participate in the annual county business meetings and elections jointly sponsored by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) and the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF). The business meetings and elections will be held January 8-11, 2019, at eight different locations. Please see the table below, or visit coloradowheat.org for full details. Continue reading
CO Corn: 2018 Farm Bill Headed to The President’s Desk
The compromise bill brings much needed certainty to producers in Colorado on the heels of what has been a tough year. Colorado Corn Growers Association, applauds Representatives DeGette, Perlmutter, and Tipton for supporting the bill.
“Agriculture is dealing with depressed commodity prices and significant natural disasters that have taken their toll on the bottom line of farming operations across the country,” stated Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) President Dave Eckhardt. “Timely passage will help producers plan for the next five years.”
The following summary of provisions in the bill highlight those of specific interest to grain corn farmers. CCGA Policy Action Team members began working on many of these in 2017 and have spent many miles and hours of their time speaking up for corn farmers in Colorado.
“We strongly advocated for a disaster program in this bill”,” CCGA Policy Chair Dave Cure explained. “We will continue to advocate for a solid disaster program and we believe we will get that accomplished in a reasonable timeframe.”
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National Farmers Union Insists Trade Payments Happen Immediately
WASHINGTON – Amidst reports that the White House is delaying the second round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments, National Farmers Union (NFU) is insisting the administration move forward with the payments and develop a long-term solution to mitigate substantial market loss for U.S. farm exports.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in July that it would make available $12 billion in aid for American farmers and ranchers struggling with unsustainably low farm prices due to trade volatility from the administration’s trade war with China. A first round of payments through MFP was announced in August, and information about the second round was expected to be released in early December. USDA contends the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is holding up the payments.
NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to the news:
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CSU SEA Extension: Private Pesticide Re-Certification Meetings
Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado. Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices. Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed. Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting. These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam. Licenses that expire prior to obtaining recertification credits will require re-taking the private pesticide exam.
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CSU SEA Extension: CSU Offers Farm Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE) Program
Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center is offering free economic feasibility assessments for Colorado farms interested in learning their cost-benefit for use of solar energy. The Center has already conducted feasibility assessments for 30 irrigated farms and 10 feedlots and has just expanded the program to greenhouses and dairies as well. The Farm Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE) program provides estimates of initial costs, ongoing costs, tax implications, energy savings, and incentives as well as a detailed cash flow analysis that producers can use to make a decision about whether or not to pursue solar. Continue reading
ASI Weekly News – December 14, 2018
The Crescent City will host the American Sheep Industry Association Annual Convention for the first time, and we invite you to join us When the Sheep Go Marching In on Jan. 23-26, 2019, at the New Orleans Marriott.
Online registration for the convention opened in early November. Click Here to register. The 2019 ASI Annual Convention is shaping up to be one of the best in the association’s 154-year history.
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife modifies fees, offers new annual pass option for state park visitors
Denver — Colorado Parks and Wildlife will modify its state parks entrance fees beginning Jan. 1, 2019 as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 18-143 in May. This is the first increase to park entry fees since 2010. Based on visitor feedback, CPW will also begin offering a hangtag park pass option that will be tied to an individual instead of a vehicle, allowing an individual to use the hangtag when he or she is present in any vehicle of their choice.
The revised fee structure approved by the Parks and Wildlife Commission allows the agency to address increased operating costs, provide adequate staffing, and fulfill property maintenance needs to continue providing quality programs and services while managing an increasing number of park users. Ten key goals have been identified for the agency as a result of this increased funding.
“The additional fees will serve to enhance all aspects of the visitor experience in Colorado’s 41 state parks,” said Margaret Taylor, CPW assistant director for capital, parks and trails. “We are committed to providing a fun, safe and rewarding experience for every visitor. Through funding larger capital projects to smaller on-the-ground programs, these dollars help us better serve both the public and our resources.”
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NMPF Strongly Supports EPA Efforts to Exempt Manure Air Emissions Reporting Under EPCRA
ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) filed comments today in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Nov. 14 proposal to exempt manure air emissions reporting from the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (ECPRA). Continue reading
USDA Secretary Perdue announced $600M in loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America
“High-speed internet e-Connectivity is a necessity, not an amenity, vital for quality of life and economic opportunity, so we hope that today rural communities kick off their rural broadband project planning,” Secretary Perdue said. “Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA has worked to understand the true needs of rural communities facing this challenge so we can be strong partners to create high-speed, reliable broadband e-Connectivity.” Continue reading
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China Soybean Purchase Larger Than Expected
China is officially buying U.S. soybeans again, which is good news for American agriculture. This week’s purchase amount was one for the record books. A Farm Journal report says the latest U.S. Soybean Export Sales Report from USDA shows that China bought 1,130,000 metric tons of soybeans. To give that amount some perspective, it’s the ninth-largest one-day purchase in ten years. It’s also the biggest Chinese soybean buy in the four years. It’s also the biggest soybean buy of this year, so far. President Trump told Reuters that, “They’re buying tremendous amounts of soybeans. They’re definitely back in the market.” Reuters says it seems to affirm the trade truce that the U.S. and China reached on December 1st. We still don’t know if China’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. soybeans and other farm goods will be dropped as a part of the temporary truce. There’s also no word on whether or not the countries can resolve the longer-term disputes, including forced technology transfers and intellectual property theft within 90 days. That’s when President Trump said additional tariffs will go into effect and the trade war will resume
Ag Groups Applaud Animal Health Provisions in 2018 Farm Bill
The National Pork Producers Council is pleased that the 2018 Farm Bill contains important mandatory funding for animal disease prevention and preparedness efforts. The five-year bill includes $120 million in funding for the first four years of the legislation going to animal health and disesase preparedness. At least $5 million a year will go directly to the National Animal Disease Preparedness Program. Money can go to a national disease vaccine bank; to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, which provides disease and diagnostic support; and, through block grants, go to state efforts to prepare for any foreign animal disease outbreak. The Animal Agriculture Coalition is also pleased with the animal health provisions in the farm bill. “Livestock and poultry producers, working together with veterinarians, work hard to ensure the health of the animals they raise,” the coalition says in a statement. “They play a central role in feeding the nation’s families, as well as providing jobs that contribute to economic stability. That’s why producers and veterinarians agree that preventing the impact of devastating animal diseases must be a high priority.” The organization is pleased the bill provides funding for research into animal diseases, as well as the ability to respond if diseases are identified in the nation’s herds and flocks.
Conservation Districts Approve New WOTUS Rule
Earlier this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency announced rulemaking that includes a new definition of the Waters of the U.S. Rule under the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule is designed to revise the definition of WOTUS, in order to make sure the definition matches up with the Trump Administration’s Executive Order issued in February of 2017. Brent Van Dyke is President of the National Association of Conservation Districts. He’s pleased with the work done by the EPA and the Army Corps to address just how complex the definition of jurisdictional waters can be. “Locally-led conservation, including local decision-making, must be at the forefront of these clarification efforts,” he says. “That’s why the NACD has consistently stood against expanding federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.” Van Dyke says they are optimistic the new rule will provide clarity and transparency around current WOTUS regulations and help landowners have a better understanding of exactly what is compliant with the law. The National Association of Conservation Districts says it will continue to work with the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to provide additional input as they complete the review of the proposed rule.
Water Experts Digging Into New WOTUS Proposal
Water experts around the country are looking at the details of the Trump Administration’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. While the outlines are becoming clear, some of those experts tell Politico that there are different directions the administration could go when the final rule comes out next year. In written language before the actual proposal, the administration asks for comments on several specific alternatives. That’s something that might help the administration fight off expected legal challenges to a final rule, especially if it looks quite a bit different from the one proposed this year. The proposal would give protection to streams that flow year-round, as well as intermittent waterways that carry water only at certain times of the year. But the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers ask commenters to weigh in on whether or not the definition should only cover perennial waterways. That would be a much bigger change than what the EPA is currently proposing. The text also asks for comments on whether protection should be given to water features that contribute less than intermittent flow. The proposed rule issued this week would dramatically shrink the number of wetlands protected federally by covering only those that touch or have a direct surface water connection with protected rivers, streams, and lakes.
Grain Sales Top $400 Million at Export Exchange
The National Export Exchange conference in Minneapolis was profitable for the nation’s grain farmers. Grain buyers from 35 countries attended the conference. Those buyers report purchasing roughly $403 million worth of coarse grains and co-products, including dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS), as well as feed grains. The biennial event was held in October. Buyers and end-users were polled while they were at the conference, as well as immediately after the conference, on their purchases. In total, conference attendees sold about 2.1 million metric tons of grains and co-products. The sales either took place at the conference or immediately prior to or after. “Bringing buyers and sellers together in this way is crucial to U.S. farmers right now,” says Tom Sleight, president and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council. “These sales show that buyers at Export Exchange 2018 were serious about making deals. Considering the international trade climate, we are pleased to see these numbers are holding steady.” Many buyers did admit that their purchasing strategies were more short-term than unusual, due in part to an uncertain relationship between the U.S. and China. However, the buyers also said they valued their long-term partnerships with U.S. suppliers. Those same buyers also report that they are still considering future purchases.
Dicamba Rules Different Between States
The Environmental Protection Agency released its federal labels for three products that contain dicamba back on October 31st. A DTN report says different state-level restrictions are developing in rural states. For example, Arkansas is considering imposing a May 20th cutoff date, as well as requiring large protective buffers for sensitive crops. Indiana and Minnesota both submitted 24(c) special local needs labels to the EPA with proposed cutoff dates of June 20th. South Dakota has submitted a similar 24(c) proposal with a June 30th cutoff date. North Dakota is considering a similar proposal. Other states are said to be considering additional requirements. Some of the proposals include additional record-keeping rules, as well as state-specific application requirements. DTN says EPA approval of the different requirements is not a sure thing. EPA recently told state regulators they don’t want them to submit 24(c) labels to create restrictions in addition to those federal requirements that already exist. The agency’s reasoning is the practice of doing that may not be legally sound. Only four states have said they won’t add any additional requirements to the federal label.
CO Governor Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments
DENVER — Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 — Gov. Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Board of Trustees for Adams State University, Board of Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines, Board of Trustees for Colorado Mesa University, Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College, Historic Preservation State Review Board, Colorado Juvenile Parole Board, Board of Trustees of Metropolitan State University of Denver, Board of Trustees of the University of Northern Colorado, Public Employees’ Retirement Benefit Plans Pension Review Subcommittee, Utilities Consumer Council, and Board of Trustees for Western State Colorado University.
Inside the BARN with Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft: 2018 Farm Bill, WOTUS Proposed Rule, 100th Anniversary & more…
Briggsdale, CO – December 13, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network at this time by telephone is CO Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft, who joins me to talk about the recent passage of The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, WOTUS Proposed Rule, 100th Anniversary of CFB & more…
Colorado Farm Bureau is the state’s largest grassroots organization with more than 25,000 members across Colorado. CFB seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values. Learn more about the Colorado Farm Bureau and become a member online @www.coloradofarmbureau.com
Inside the BARN with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet: Closer look at The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and more…
BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 13, 2018 – This has been a very busy week in Washington D.C. as both chambers of Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, officially known as The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018…and it was in a huge bi-partisan fashion with the US House passing the bill on an overwhelming vote of 369 to 47; not to mention the US Senate passed it on a whopping 87-13 vote as well. The legislation is now headed to the President’s desk for his highly anticipated signature includes: Nutrition, Natural Resources, Dairy Margin Protection Program changes, Young Farmers, Hemp Legalization & much more.
Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill in much more detail is Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry as well as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources…
US Senator Michael Bennet is a member of the Senate committees on Finance; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. To learn more about the work that US Senator Bennet is doing on behalf of Colorado’s Agriculture Industry and its producers, please visit www.bennet.senate.gov, you can also follow Senator Bennet on Twitter, Facebook & YouTube as well.
Audio from Today’s News Conference with U.S. House Agriculture Chairman Michael Conaway (TX-11)
Conaway Hosted Audio News Conference on House’s Passage of 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report
Washington D.C. – December 13, 2018 – U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway shared opening remarks about the House’s passage and the important wins in the 2018 Farm Bill conference report and also took questions from those that were invited to participate on the conference call…
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Born and raised in West Texas, Mike Conaway is proud to represent Texas’ 11th Congressional District since coming to Congress in 2005. He serves as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, where he strongly advocates for farmers, ranchers, rural communities, and consumers while ensuring programs under the committee’s jurisdiction are defensible and financially responsible. Continue reading
NFU: Farm Bill Clears Congress, Awaits Trump’s Signature
After last week’s announcement that agriculture committee leadership had come to an agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill, both the House and Senate hurried to pass the negotiated legislation before the end of the session.
All 807 pages of the bill’s finalized text were released on Monday of this week, to the relief of National Farmers Union (NFU) and many other organizations that had been on edge since the previous farm bill expired nearly 70 days prior. Neither chamber wasted time voting on the bill; the Senate passed it 87-13 on Tuesday, while the House followed suit on Wednesday afternoon, with 369 voting in favor and 47 against. The bill will require President Donald Trump’s signature by the end of the year in order to become law.