12-04-18 CDA: Fourth EIA-Positive Horse Identified In Colorado

CDA: Fourth EIA-Positive Horse Identified In Colorado

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s, State Veterinarian’s Office, has been notified that a fourth Colorado horse has tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA).  The horse was tested for routine movement purposes in Fremont County, where it is currently under a quarantine order. The investigation is ongoing but appears to be unrelated to the prior three cases of EIA in Colorado this year. The initial test was completed at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Rocky Ford with the confirmatory test completed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, on December 4, 2018.

“The current risk to the general equine population is low at this time, given that we are at the end of fly vector season in Colorado. This disease occurrence also highlights the importance of disease prevention practices, such as not sharing needles, syringes, tack, and equipment along with routine testing for EIA,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

12-04-18 CYFEA & 4RIVERS Equipment Company are hosting a John Deere “Tractor Hours” Auction during 55th CO Farm Show in January


The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the 2019 CO Farm Show are excited to announce the CYFEA 2019 “Tractor Hours” Live Auction fund raising event, to be held during the noon hour on the CFS’s “Ag Education Day”, Thursday, January 31, 2019.  All proceeds will benefit the CYFEA’s Academic Scholarship Program, which annually awards one scholarship each for a Colorado college bound freshman, sophomore, junior and senior student who is majoring in the field of agriculture. 

A total of 150 tractor hours are being sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment and John Deere.  Those will be auctioned off by the CYFEA in six lots of 25 hour increments each.  You can bid on just one lot or a combination of several of the total hours.  In addition to live bidding, there will be online bidding available as well. 

Please mark your calendars for 12:00pm, on January 31st, and participate in this fun and useful 2019 CYFEA fund raising event.  Tractor and bidding details will be coming soon!  For additional information, please contact Sharon Pattee, Executive Director, at spattee@cyfea.org or by calling (719) 291-3919.

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12-04-18 EPA, USDA Encourage Use of Market-based and Other Collaborative Approaches to Address Excess Nutrients

EPA, USDA Encourage Use of Market-based and Other Collaborative Approaches to Address Excess Nutrients

Trump Administration tackles nutrient issues in water resources across the country

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018 – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a letter to state and tribal co-regulators that encourages increased engagement and a reinvigoration of state, tribal and federal efforts to reduce excess nutrients in waterways, with a focus on market-based and other collaborative approaches.

“Thanks to the hard work of states, tribes and stakeholders, the EPA and the USDA have made significant progress reducing excess nutrients in some watersheds.  Now is the time to build on that success and leverage the market-based approaches that we know can lead to meaningful results across the country,” said David P. Ross, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water.

The EPA and the USDA are committed to working with states, tribes and stakeholders to identify watersheds and basins where market-based approaches can supplement traditional regulatory programs to promote meaningful reductions in excess nutrients and improved water quality. This could include providing technical and financial support and participating in problem solving at the local level to explore approaches including water quality credit trading, public-private partnerships, pay-for success, supply chain programs, and more.

“Voluntary conservation works,” said Bill Northey, Under Secretary for USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation mission area. “Across the country, farmers are leading the way toward improved water quality by taking steps to decrease sedimentation and nutrient runoff from agricultural lands. But we know more can be done, and continue to look for partners to pursue innovative, market-based, and voluntary approaches that lead to cleaner water and a healthier agricultural sector.” Continue reading

12-04-18 USDA Announces $3.7 Million in Financial Assistance to Fruit and Vegetable Growers in 16 States, including WY

USDA Announces $3.7 Million in Financial Assistance to Fruit and Vegetable Growers in 16 States, including WY

Greg Ibach, Under Secretary for Marketing & Regulatory Programs USDA photo by Ken Hammond.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it will provide $3.7 million of assistance to fruit and vegetable growers in 16 states through a GAP Assistance Program to enhance market access by defraying costs of undergoing voluntary USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audits in 2019.

“These audits help producers meet Produce Safety Rule standards and will also improve their ability to sell into markets that expect growers to demonstrate that they have incorporated a culture of food safety into their operations,” said Marketing and Regulatory Program Undersecretary Greg Ibach. “We are excited to be able to support producers pursuing these audits in the 2019 season.”

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12-04-18 USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 46 States, including CO

USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 46 States, including CO

Projects Will Benefit nearly 900 Rural Colorado Residents

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $1.2 billion (PDF, 509 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states.

“Access to water is a key driver for economic opportunity and quality of life in rural communities,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities in building prosperity through modern water infrastructure.”

USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark announced today that USDA is investing over $16.5 million in Colorado to improve water and wastewater facilities in three Colorado communities.

“Having access to both safe drinking water and waste disposal systems is a vital piece of public health and economic prosperity for our rural communities,” said Clark. “The funding awarded today will assist the Towns of Westcliffe, Estes Park, and Romeo with upgrades and replacements to their water and sewer systems,” said Clark.

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12-04-18 Inside Family Farm Alliance w/Executive Director Dan Keppen…

Inside Family Farm Alliance w/Executive Director Dan Keppen

Briggsdale, CO – December 4, 2018 – The Family Farm Alliance is hosting their Annual Meeting and Conference Feb. 21-23 at the Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno, Nevada. It’s an opportunity for farmers and water professionals from throughout the west to focus on topics of critical concern.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network by telephone to not only discuss the event but also provide details about the Family Farm Alliance is the organization’s Executive Director Dan Keppen


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12-04-18 Inside CSU Ext/NRCS Small Acreage Management Program with Kara Harders

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Inside CSU Ext/NRCS Small Acreage Management Program with Kara Harders

Briggsdale, CO – December 4, 2018 – Discover strategies to manage your land now and plan for the future. Learn how to manage the water, soil, air, plants, and animals on your property in a more sustainable way. The CSU Extension Land Stewardship program offers a new online training to help you understand the fundamentals of sustainable land and resource management.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the new online land management training program in more detail is Kara Harders, Regional Small Acreage Specialist with Colorado State University Extension/USDA-NRCS…


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12-04-18 CDA / Colorado Proud: Make the Holidays Easy and Local

CDA / Colorado Proud: Make the Holidays Easy and Local

BROOMFIELD, Colo.–Although sweet and juicy summer produce may be a distant memory, Colorado also offers a variety of products perfect for holiday gifts and meals. Many Colorado farmers are extending their growing seasons, and farmers’ markets are moving indoors for the fall and winter.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Winter Farmers’ Market List provides information about markets statewide. Additional online resources include the Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide and Colorado Christmas Tree List, which help connect holiday shoppers with local producers. This recipe is perfect for holiday brunches and potlucks. Look for Colorado products at your local grocery store, winter farmers’ market or at restaurants across the state. Each month the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown in the state.
Breakfast Egg Casserole Muffins

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12-04-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Holly Nequette

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview from December 4th with CALP Class 13 member Holly Nequette

CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Holly Nequette

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 4, 2018 – Welcome to CALP Corner here inside the BARN, where you’ll get the opportunity to meet each one of the participants of the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program within Class 13. This week my guest is Holly Nequette…


Want to learn more about the 28th Annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture Feb 27, 2019 in Denver – CLICK HERE

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Keep checking inside the BARN for the next edition of CALP Corner!

12-04-18 USDA Announces 2019 Trade Missions to Expand Export Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture

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USDA Announces 2019 Trade Missions to Expand Export Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture

12-04-18 Secretary Perdue announces new OneUSDA Internship Program

Secretary Perdue announces new OneUSDA Internship Program

WASHINGTON, December 4, 2018 –

Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for Summer 2019. As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work experience in agriculture, natural resources, rural development, and other career fields.

“The improvements we’re making to internships at USDA will enable us to recruit the best and retain the best,” said Secretary Perdue. “Today’s young people are the future of America and there are few things more American than agriculture. We’re aiming to find young talent, with a diverse background, across all 50 states, to begin their careers as an intern with USDA.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, December 4th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, December 4th

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No House Votes, Farm Bill Delayed

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California Monday said the House of Representatives will not hold any votes this week due to the mourning and funeral for the late President George H.W. Bush. The announcement means the farm bill will not move forward this week, and the conference report that was expected early this week is now anticipated early next week, according to the Hagstrom Report. President Donald Trump has closed federal offices Wednesday, the day of Bush’s funeral. Trump is also threatening a government shutdown, but indicated over the weekend, he may approve funding extensions because of the limited schedule this week, pushing contentious issues later into the month, while still providing an opportunity to sneak the farm bill through the system before highly political issues, including the border wall, are tackled. The schedule leaves a week of planned time for lawmakers to wrap up the year.

Announced China Ag Purchases Lack Details

Agriculture eagerly awaits any details regarding increased purchases of U.S. ag products by China. President Trump over the weekend said following a discussion with China that the nation “will be buying massive amounts of product from us,” promising an “incredibly positive impact on farming.” Politico reports, however, there is no guarantee China will hold its end of the bargain, as China’s statement on the talks made no mention of ag products. There are also little details in the announcement from Trump as the quantities and specific products are undetermined, though the White House says the purchases will begin “immediately.” The U.S. Meat Export Council called China’s willingness to return to the negotiating table encouraging, but added that “exports cannot reach their full potential until the retaliatory duties imposed by Mexico, China and Canada are removed.” Trump also signed his North American Free Trade Agreement replacement on Friday that does not address steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, which both have retaliatory tariffs in place over.

USDA Predicts 12 Percent Drop in Farm Income

Net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to decrease $9.1 billion, or 12.1 percent from 2017 to $66.3 billion in 2018, after increasing $13.8 billion in 2017. The Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service recently announced the forecast. USDA says, meanwhile, net cash farm income is forecast to decrease $8.5 billion, 8.4 percent, to $93.4 billion. Net farm income is a comprehensive indicator of U.S. farm profitability, while, net farm cash income less comprehensive and does not include noncash items, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Cash receipts for all commodities are forecast to increase $2.5 billion, However, when adjusted for inflation, cash receipts for all commodities are forecast to decline $6.1 billion, with crop cash receipts forecast to decline $1.6 billion and livestock cash receipts to decline $4.5 billion. AFBF Chief Economist John Newton writes that the challenging financial situation highlights the need for improved access in key foreign markets, along with continued commitments to renewable energy, reduced regulatory burdens and a completed farm bill. Combined, Newton says “these efforts will go a long way toward improving the farm economic outlook.”

Signing of USMCA Fails Canada Dairy Industry

Canada’s signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement marks another instance of Prime Minister Trudeau (True-doh) failing the Canadian dairy sector, according to Dairy Farmers of Canada. The group says Canada has gone “beyond the original concessions made when the USMCA was announced, and signed a deal granting the U.S. oversight in the administration of Canada’s dairy system.” This, according to the group, “equates to no less than a loss of sovereignty for Canada.” USMCA grants an additional 3.9 percent Canadian market access to the U.S. and eliminates “competitive dairy classes,” according to the industry group. Once other recent trade deals come into effect, total dairy imports will make up close to 20 percent of the Canadian dairy market. However, the deal was praised by U.S. dairy groups. U.S. Dairy Export Council CEO and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USMCA “gives America’s dairy industry greater confidence as we head into 2019.”

Ontario Announces E15 Adoption as Soon As 2025

The U.S. ethanol industry Monday applauded Ontario’s Environment Plan, which includes a fuel requirement for conventional gasoline to be blended with 15 percent ethanol that could go in effect as early as 2025. In a joint statement by Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council, and Renewable Fuels Association, the groups say “this is a huge milestone for Canada and the people of Ontario,” noting it is one of the largest markets for ethanol. Last year, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council submitted comments to Canada’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, urging them to look beyond E10 at higher blends like E15, and welcomed the commitment from the Ontario Province to move from a five percent blend to a ten percent ethanol fuel blend by 2020.

Secretary Perdue Names NRCS Chief

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Monday appointed Matt Lohr to serve as Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Perdue says the “knowledge and experience he brings to the table will help ensure our locally-led, science-based approach continues to offer farmers the conservation solutions needed to enhance their environment and commercial viability.” Lohr, raised on a century farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, now owns and operates Valley Pike Farm. Before his appointment by the Trump Administration, Lohr held public office, serving in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006-2010. He then served as Virginia’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services from 2010 to 2013. More recently, Lohr worked as Knowledge Center Director for Farm Credit of the Virginias.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service