12-12-18 U.S. Senator Bennet: Following Congressional Passage, Colorado Leaders Show Support for Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Bennet: Following Congressional Passage, Colorado Leaders Show Support for Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congress sent the 2018 Farm Bill to the President for his signature.

Upon Senate passage yesterday, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet delivered remarks on the Senate floor (video here). He also praised the bill’s passage, highlighting the more than 25 Bennet-led priorities secured in the bill for Colorado.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Bennet held two dozen listening sessions across Colorado to receive input when crafting the bill. Those farmers, ranchers, local leaders, and others provided the following statements of support: Continue reading

12-12-18 Statement from CO Farm Bureau President on Farm Bill Passage

Statement from CO Farm Bureau President on Farm Bill Passage

 The following statement can be attributed to Don Shawcroft, president of the Colorado Farm Bureau:

Denver, Colo. —The following statement is attributed to Don Shawcroft, president of the Colorado Farm Bureau:

“The passage today of the 2018 farm bill is welcome news for Colorado farmers and ranchers. Not only will it ensure the safety net for producers, maintain and expand environmental stewardship programs, promote international trade and provide needed support to disadvantaged families, it removes future uncertainty for an industry struggling amongst low commodity prices.”

“We urge the President to quickly sign the legislation and deliver some welcome good news to Colorado farmers and ranchers this Christmas season.”

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

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12-12-18 House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11): ‘It’s a Big Deal for Rural America’

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11): ‘It’s a Big Deal for Rural America’

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) applauds the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report, securing a big win for farmers, ranchers and rural America.

Chairman Conaway’s remarks below:
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12-12-18 RMFU Statement on Farm Bill Vote

DENVER, CO – December 12, 2018 – Dr. Dale McCall, President of the Rocky Mountains Farmers Union issued a statement on behalf of the organization and its membership following passage if the 2018 Farm Bill, or as its officially known as the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” in the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 369-47 on December 12th and the bills passage in the U.S. Senate on December 11th on a vote of 87-13:

“Congressional action to approve this food and farm bill removes much of the uncertainty facing the families that make a living from the ground up. The items I’ve looked at that are most significant to farmers and ranchers in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming include: Continue reading

12-12-18 Chairman K. Michael Conaway Praises House Passage of 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report

Chairman K. Michael Conaway Praises House Passage of 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report

Today the House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill conference report, sending the bill to the president’s desk for his signature. Upon passage, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the following remarks:

Conaway conference report audio clip

“House Republicans refused to stop fighting for rural America and today we’ve approved a bill that sets us on a better path – for farmers and ranchers, for rural communities, and for the American consumer. I am proud of the work we have done to fight for the hard-working farm and ranch families who feed and clothe this nation, to fight for better policy that strengthens the farm safety net and our rural communities, improves conservation initiatives, expands exports, and enhances the integrity of our nutrition programs.

“I’ve maintained from the beginning that this farm bill ought to be about standing up for America’s farm and ranch families who are going through some very hard times. And we have kept faith with that commitment. Farm country and rural America will be better off under this farm bill than they were before. I want to thank our leadership in the House, Sec. Perdue and President Trump. Because of our work this year, rural America and farm and ranch country know we have their backs.”

12-12-18 US Wheat Associates Thanks Congress for Renewing Export Market Development Investment in New Farm Bill

U.S. Wheat Associates Thanks Congress for Renewing Export Market Development Investment in New Farm Bill

ARLINGTON, Virginia —Following several years of low farm prices, trade disruptions and increasing international competition, passage of the 2018 Farm Bill comes at a crucial time for our farmers and ranchers. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) thanks Congress for renewing the long-term investment in export market development programs and urges President Trump to sign the Farm Bill into law as soon as possible.

“We also want to thank the National Association of Wheat Growers for working to present our positions on export development funding and we are very pleased that members of Congress and their staff addressed those concerns effectively in this Farm Bill,” said USW Chairman Chris Kolstad, a wheat farmer from Ledger, Mont. “Now President Trump has the opportunity to seal a deal that will help us stay competitive in a world that needs more high-quality wheat.”

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12-12-18 U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® Elects New Chairman and Launches Farm, Food, Facts Podcast

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® Elects New Chairman and Launches Farm, Food, Facts Podcast

With U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) new 2.0 focus of elevating farmers and ranchers as the solution for sustainability, the organization is proud to announce National Corn Growers Association Past President Chip Bowling as its fourth Chairman.

Since USFRA’s inception in 2010, Chip’s predecessors include Bob Stallman, Nancy Kavazanjian and Brad Greenway. Also announced at the fall board meeting in Kansas City, coinciding with NAFB Convention, was USFRA’s new Farm, Food, Facts, which is the exclusive podcast on food and agriculture for retailers, CPGs, sustainability supply chain leaders and food trade media.

Elected at the USFRA board meeting on November 8, Chip Bowling will be joined by a new executive committee, including: Continue reading

12-12-18 NCGA Statement on Farm Bill Passage

NCGA Statement on Farm Bill Passage

December 12, 2018  – National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp today made the following statement after Congressional approval of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). The legislation passed the Senate 87-13 Tuesday and the House 369-47 today. It now goes to President Trump to be signed into law.
“The certainty of a new farm bill is very welcome news for farmers as they begin to look toward the new year. NCGA is pleased to see a return to the bipartisanship that has been a hallmark of past farm bills and we look forward to the President quickly signing the bill into law.

12-12-18 U.S. Senator Bennet Cosponsors New Bill to Protect People’s Personal Data Online

U.S. Senator Bennet Cosponsors New Bill to Protect People’s Personal Data Online

Data Care Act Will Stop Websites and Apps from Using Personal Data Against Users, Protect User Information from Hacks, and Hold Companies Accountable for Misuse

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined 14 Senators, led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), in introducing new legislation to protect people’s personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data.

“It’s long past time we rethink how our personal data is collected, stored, and shared online,” Bennet said. “Websites and apps that profit from our data should be held accountable for how they use it. The Data Care Act will ensure internet companies use our online data as we expect them to: in our best interest.” Continue reading

12-12-18 USDA Statement on President Trump’s EO Establishing a White House White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council

USDA Statement on President Trump’s EO Establishing a White House White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council

(Washington, D.C., December 12, 2018) – Anne Hazlett, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, today applauded President Donald Trump for establishing a White House Council to carry out the Administration’s plan to encourage public and private investment in urban and economically distressed areas, including qualified opportunity zones.

Hazlett issued the following statement:

“Today’s executive order is another example of ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’ for President Trump.  Private investment in rural America is fundamental to rural prosperity.  Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with local communities to increase rural prosperity through greater economic opportunity and quality of life.  With incentives to drive greater investment in rural America, we will have new and powerful tools to foster revitalization, create jobs and promote sustainable economic growth in small towns and rural areas in every corner of this country.”

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12-12-18 NAWG Supports 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report; Urges President to Sign into Law

NAWG Supports 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report; Urges President to Sign into Law 

Washington, D.C. (December 12, 2018) – The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) applauds the Senate and House of Representatives for their quick action and bipartisan votes on the Farm Bill conference report, and call on President Trump to sign the bill into law as quickly as possible.

“Historically low prices, trade instability, and the current weather challenges are all weighing heavily on the minds of growers,” stated NAWG President and Sentinel, OK wheat farmer Jimmie Musick. “The 2018 farm bill provides the certainty they need to get through these arduous times and many of the programs within the bill can help growers stay in business.” Continue reading

12-12-18 USDA: Statement of Secretary Perdue on Passage of the Farm Bill

USDA: Statement of Secretary Perdue on Passage of the Farm Bill

(Washington, D.C., December 12, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today hailed the passage of the 2019 Farm Bill.  The House of Representatives approved the conference report on the bill this afternoon, following the Senate’s passage yesterday.

Perdue issued the following statement:

“The passage of the 2019 Farm Bill is good news because it provides a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers, who need the dependability and certainty this legislation affords.  This Farm Bill will help producers make decisions about the future, while also investing in important agricultural research and supporting trade programs to bolster exports.  While I feel there were missed opportunities in forest management and in improving work requirements for certain SNAP recipients, this bill does include several helpful provisions and we will continue to build upon these through our authorities.  I commend Congress for bringing the Farm Bill across the finish line and am encouraging President Trump to sign it.”

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12-12-18 NMPF Thanks Congress for Sending Pro-Dairy Farm Bill to White House, Urges President to Sign

NMPF Thanks Congress for Sending Pro-Dairy Farm Bill to White House, Urges President to Sign

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for completing congressional approval of a new farm bill and sending to the White House a law that will provide important economic assistance to dairy producers in times of need. NMPF urged President Donald Trump to immediately sign the bill.

“The farm bill passed by the full Congress represents a truly bipartisan spirit and offers genuine hope for agriculture,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “The dairy provisions adopted by Congress will bring critically important assistance to the nation’s dairy farmers. The sooner the president signs the bill, the sooner that the Agriculture Department can implement these important policy improvements.”

The farm bill’s adoption by the House follows yesterday’s Senate vote of approval and reflects months of work in both chambers. Continue reading

12-12-18 CSU Ext: Farm/Ranch Women are Decision Makers – Annie’s Project Prepares Them Well

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CSU Ext: Farm/Ranch Women are Decision Makers – Annie’s Project Prepares Them Well

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. There’s plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It’s a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other women in agriculture. Continue reading

12-12-18 CO Corn: 2018 Farm Bill Passes Senate, Heads to The House

CO Corn: 2018 Farm Bill Passes Senate, Heads to The House

Dec. 12, 2018 – Monday afternoon the House and Senate Agriculture committees and Congressional leadership released the conference report for the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Tuesday, the Senate passed the bill with 87 to 13 votes. Colorado Corn Growers Association is pleased with the bills broad support and requests the House approve the bill so it can be enacted before Congress adjourns.
“Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) appreciates the bipartisan support from Colorado Senators Bennet and Gardner and their role in keeping the farm bill on schedule,” stated CCGA President Dave Eckhardt. “Agriculture is dealing with depressed commodity prices and significant natural disasters have taken their toll on the bottom line of farming operations across country. Timely passage of the 2018 Farm Bill will help producers plan for the next five years.”
A summary of provisions in the bill of particular interest to grain corn farmers will be included in the Kernels announcement following the bill’s passage in the House.
Who is Colorado Corn?
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of grain corn produced in Colorado) are invested in research, market development, outreach and other various endeavors. The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and agriculture in general. Learn more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.

12-12-18 Groups support climate friendly soil carbon pilot program in Farm Bill

Groups support climate friendly soil carbon pilot program in Farm Bill

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) thank the Farm Bill conferees for including a new pilot Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) in the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report to promote and document the benefits of farming practices which improve soil health. Continue reading

12-12-18 USDA, WGA Collaborative to Address Land Management Challenges

USDA, WGA Collaborative to Address Land Management Challenges

(Waimea, HI, December 12, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to “establish a framework to allow the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and WGA to work collaboratively to accomplish mutual goals, further common interests, and effectively respond to the increasing suite of challenges facing western landscapes.”

Specifically, the agreement was signed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, WGA Chair and Governor of Hawai’i David Ige, and WGA Vice Chair and Governor of North Dakota Doug Burgum. The MOU commits the USFS and WGA to a “more integrated approach to prioritizing investments where they will have the greatest impact and will work together to set priorities that address risk across broad landscapes.” Following the signing, Secretary Perdue and Governor Ige issued these statements: Continue reading

12-12-18 Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) Floor Remarks on H.R. 2 the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) Floor Remarks on H.R. 2 the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

Remarks as prepared:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.

It is fitting that the House today considers the Farm Bill because 28 years ago, another proud Texan — President George H.W. Bush — signed the 1990 Farm Bill into law. And, for the first time since 1990, Congress is poised to pass a new farm bill in the same year that the legislation was first introduced.  Continue reading

12-12-18 Culver’s Support of Agricultural Education Surpasses $2 Million

Culver’s Support of Agricultural Education Surpasses $2 Million

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—Dec. 6, 2018—As the average age of a farmer rises to 58, Culver’s wants to ensure younger generations have access to agricultural education, so they’re able to maintain our country’s future food supply. In 2018, the restaurant chain donated $465,000 to agricultural education programs, including FFA.

The donations are part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers Project, an initiative that supports agricultural education programs that teach smart farming. In 2018, Culver’s efforts to raise money and awareness for the importance of agriculture included a variety of programs: Continue reading

12-12-18 DDGS, Grain Sales Top $400 Million at 2018 Export Exchange

DDGS, Grain Sales Top $400 Million at 2018 Export Exchange

WASHINGTON – The grain buyers from 35 countries who attended this year’s Export Exchange conference in Minneapolis have since reported buying an estimated $403 million worth of coarse grains and co-products, including distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and feed grains.

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