12-10-18 CFVGA: Produce Growers Come Together with Farm Labor Regulators and Service Providers to Seek Solutions to Labor Shortage

CFVGA: Produce Growers Come Together with Farm Labor Regulators and Service Providers to Seek Solutions to Labor Shortage
Colorado produce growers as well as farm labor regulators and service providers came together last week to seek solutions to the acute farm worker shortage throughout the state. The meetings happened Dec. 3-4 at the Colorado Agriculture and Farm Labor Summit in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dec. 5, at the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) Produce Labor Conference in Aurora, Colo.

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12-10-18 USW President Urges USTR to Help Protect Wheat Exports to Japan Through Trade Negotiations

USW President Urges USTR to Help Protect Wheat Exports to Japan Through Trade Negotiations

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince Peterson

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) enters into force Dec. 31, 2018, Japan will grant preferential access to wheat export countries that are in the agreement. This has the potential to slash sales to a crucial market for U.S. wheat farmers. That is why U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince Peterson today urged the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to seek a rapid solution to this vulnerability through trade negotiations with Japan. Continue reading

12-10-18 “Extension: One-Stop Shopping”, by Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Agent

“Extension: One-Stop Shopping”, by Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Agent

Colorado State University Extension is as good as one-stop shopping.  Doesn’t that seem like what everyone wants these days?  You are only a click away from accessing our information.  Extension Services are over 100 years old and still continuing to reinvent ourselves as we move into the future. Continue reading

12-10-18 Inside the Upcoming Annie’s Project – Women in Ag Classes with CSU Extension’s Christine Schinzel…

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Inside the Upcoming Annie’s Project – Women in Ag Classes with CSU Extension’s Christine Schinzel…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 10, 2018 – CSU Extension and Farm Credit of Southern Colorado have teamed up with Annie’s Project to host two 6-week courses designed for Women in Agriculture in Hugo & LaJunta this January & February.

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the course in more detail is Christine Schinzel, 4-H Program Assistant, CSU-Lincoln County Extension

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Upcoming Annie’s Project – Women in Ag Classes this January/February in Hugo and La Junta, CO – REGISTER TODAY!!!

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12-10-18 CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Emily Ibach

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CALP Corner Inside the BARN featuring Class 13 Member Emily Ibach

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 10, 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 Emily Ibach

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

12-10-18 Keynote speakers announced for 31st Annual High Plains No-Till Conference

Keynote speakers announced for 31st Annual High Plains No-Till Conference

KIT CARSON, Colo. – Dec. 10, 2018. The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association has announced that Colin Seis, Dr. Jennifer Moore-Kucera, and Rick & Alec Horton will be featured as keynote speakers for the 2019 High Plains No-Till Conference on Feb. 5-6 at the Community and Education Center in Burlington, Colorado. Continue reading

12-10-18 CO Governor Hickenlooper announces resignation of OEDIT executive director / Stephanie Copeland named CEO of national nonprofit

CO Governor Hickenlooper announces resignation of OEDIT executive director / Stephanie Copeland named CEO of national nonprofit

DENVER – Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 — Governor Hickenlooper today announced that Stephanie Copeland has resigned as Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) Executive Director to become chief executive officer of the national nonprofit, The Governance Project.

Appointed by Gov, Hickenlooper in 2016, Copeland departs the state with Colorado enjoying record low unemployment, record-setting GDP and back-to-back years of top ranking for numerous national economic accolades including US News & World Report’s’ 2017 and 2018 top state economy.

“Stephanie’s drive and dedication have served the State exceptionally well,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “I’m grateful for her service and pleased that this new challenge is such a strong fit. Stephanie adds great vision and experience to a dynamic nonprofit.  The Governance Project gives a national audience the exact type of local engagement and empowerment that she cultivated here in Colorado.”

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12-10-18 CO Governor Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

CO Governor Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 — Gov. Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles, Colorado Aeronautical Board, Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners, Judicial Nominating Commissions, Transportation Commission, Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission, Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee, Workers’ Compensation Cost, Workforce Development Council, and the Division of Youth Services Community Boards.

The Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners is a corporate body, a political subdivision of the state. The Board directs and supervises the Colorado State Fair and Industrial Exposition. The Fair is held annually at Pueblo for the display of livestock and agricultural, horticultural, industrial, mining, recreational, educational and scientific products of the state of Colorado.

For terms expiring Nov. 1, 2022:

  • Dianna Marie Coram of Montrose, a Republican from the Western Slope and the Third Congressional District, appointed;

  • Michael J. Schliep of Brighton, a Democrat from the Sixth Congressional District, and a member with substantial experience in agriculture or in the activities of 4-H clubs, appointed;

  • Honorable Lois Anne Tochtrop of Thornton, a Democrat from the Seventh Congressional District, reappointed.

The Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles provides citizens with information and programs necessary for the acquisition and maintenance of physical fitness; to encourage a healthy lifestyle for the people of the State of Colorado, and to assist diversification of the economy of the state by enhancing its attraction as a place to live and work. Continue reading

12-10-18 CLA: Transportation Update: ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers according to NCBA

CLA: Transportation Update: ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers according to NCBA

The House and Senate have passed a short term extension (keeping the government open) until December 21st, and the extension has been sent to the President’s desk for a signature. This means that the ELD delay for livestock haulers has been extended until that date (December 21, 2018).

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will continue to push Congress to pass the THUD approps bills that contain further ELD delay language for livestock haulers through September 30, 2019. Congress will need to act before the 21st to keep the government funded.

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Rivera with National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at (980) 328-5132 or by email at arivera@beef.org.

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12-10-18 USMEF: Halstrom’s Testimony Emphasizes Urgency of U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiations

USMEF: Halstrom’s Testimony Emphasizes Urgency of U.S.-Japan Trade Negotiations

Halstrom to Testify on Japan Trade Agreement 12-10-18

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, December 10th

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Pelosi: USMCA Needs Changes

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi caused doubt about whether or not Congress will approve the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement. Pelosi and her party take control of the House next year. The Canadian Press says Pelosi met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in her Capitol Hill office before issuing a statement that said the trade pact does have some positive aspects to it. However, she says, “It’s just a list without real enforcement of the labor and environmental positions.” In the statement, Pelosi said she and Lighthizer had a “constructive conversation.” The chief trade negotiator says that he wants Democrats to not only vote for the deal but to “be happy with the agreement.” Meantime, President Trump is now threatening to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. That might potentially leave lawmakers either ratifying his trade agreement or going back to the pre-NAFTA trade laws. Pelosi called Trump’s tactic “disappointing but not surprising.

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Dairy Farmers Want Access to Japan

America’s dairy farmers are urging President Trump to work on opening up the Japanese market as soon as possible. Officials are getting ready to begin trade talks between the two countries next month. The National Milk Producers Federation was one of four groups that gave testimony at the U.S. International Trade Commission hearing on the potential trade pact. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will also hold a hearing on  Monday about the possible agreement with Japan. U.S. dairy exports to Japan could grow by 450 percent if American farmers had full access to the country’s market. It would also raise dairy farmers’ income by up to $12 billion over the next decade. However, Politico says there might be a problem with that idea. President Trump has already agreed not to press the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe (AH-bay) to expand access to Japan’s ag markets when they agreed back in September to start talks aimed at establishing a bilateral agreement between the nations.

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October Tariffs Highest in History

Tariffs Hurt the Heartland released data that showed an increase in import tariffs and falling U.S. exports due to new tariffs and international retaliation. They say tariff costs to U.S. businesses have never been higher. The data is drawn from U.S. Census statistics on tariffs. It includes the first look at the full weight of the tariffs that were imposed on $200 billion in Chinese imports, as well as the impact of trade retaliation. The data shows that U.S. businesses paid $6.2 billion in tariffs during October. That’s the highest monthly amount in U.S. history. It’s also more than twice the amount that businesses paid in tariff costs last year. A Tariffs Hurt the Heartland release says the numbers don’t lie. “Americans are paying these taxes and they’re paying more than ever before,” says group spokesman Charles Boustany (boo-STAN-ee). The tariffs aren’t making our country wealthier, they’re doing the exact opposite.” Boustany says the data shows that the tariffs have been an unmitigated failure in achieving any of the Administrations’ goals. The former Congressman says, “American businesses, farmers, manufacturers, and consumers are suffering under the weight of the current tariffs and are reeling from the continued uncertainty over whether they’ll be increased further.”

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USDA Gives Schools Flexibility in Meal Preparation

Schools across the country now have additional options in serving students meals that are both healthy and appealing. USDA issued a final rule on school meals last week. A USDA release says the rule increases local flexibility in implementing school nutrition standards for milk, whole grains, and sodium. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the final rule will deliver forward-thinking strategies that ensure school nutrition standards are both healthy and practical. “USDA is committed to serving meals that are both delicious and satisfying,” Perdue says. “These common-sense flexibilities provide excellent customer service to our local school nutrition professionals while giving children the world-class food service they deserve.” The USDA actions will benefit almost 99,000 schools that feed 30 million children annually through the USDA’s school meal program. The new rule lets schools provide low-fat flavored milk to children in school lunch programs. It requires half of the weekly grains in school food programs to be whole grain-rich. It also gives schools more time to reduce sodium levels in school meals.

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DOJ Recommends Supreme Court Not Touch CA Animal Welfare Laws

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief recommending that the Supreme Court not hear the lawsuit the state of Missouri filed against California. The subject of the lawsuit is California’s laws requiring larger enclosures for egg-laying hens and other animals. The industry website Meating Place Dot Com says the Department’s position could be a big benefit to animal rights groups and activists who are pushing for similar laws in other states. Missouri officials said in spite of the recommendations, they’ll be pushing ahead with their lawsuit against California. Missouri joined a dozen other states in filing the complaint last year. They argue that California’s laws, which were implemented in 2015, make interstate commerce much more difficult, which in turn drives up egg prices. In its brief, the Department of Justice says egg prices are determined “by a series of market factors.” Because of that, the Justice Department contends that the plaintiffs’ argument that California laws are raising egg prices in other states is not reasonable.

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Culver’s Support for Ag Education Tops $2 Million

The average age of American farmers is rising, coming in most recently at 58. The Culver’s restaurant chain wants to make sure that young people have access to quality agricultural education in order to properly maintain the nation’s future food supply. Culver’s has donated $465,000 to agricultural education, including the FFA, during 2018. The donations are a part of the Culver’s “Thank You Farmers” project, an initiative that supports agricultural education programs that teach smart farming. Culver’s raised money and awareness for ag education through a number of different outlets. The Scoops of Thanks Day raised over $111,000. Customers give a donation of $1 or more to local agricultural education programs in return for a free scoop of custard. A Culver’s news release says, “Every day we’re inspired by the passion and intelligence of our country’s agricultural students. Through the Thank You Farmers Program, we’re able to support them and ensure the agricultural industry has bright future leaders.” Culver’s established the Thank You Farmers program in 2013 and, with the help of its customers, has donated over $2 million to agricultural education programs since then.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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