12-13-18 CO Governor Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

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.

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12-13-18 Inside the BARN with Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Shawcroft: 2018 Farm Bill, WOTUS Proposed Rule, 100th Anniversary & more…

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

12-13-18 Inside the BARN with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet: Closer look at The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and more…

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 TwitterFacebook & YouTube as well.


12-13-18 Audio from Dec 13th News Conference with U.S. House Agriculture Chairman Michael Conaway (TX-11)

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…



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

12-13-18 NFU: Farm Bill Clears Congress, Awaits Trump’s Signature

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.

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12-13-18 Apply for Angus Foundation Scholarships

Apply for Angus Foundation Scholarships

Angus Foundation scholarships applications are available online

Scholarship applications are now available for college students affiliated with the Angus breed. The Angus Foundation offers scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students each year as a way to help Angus youth achieve their education goals and offset the continually rising costs of tuition at higher education institutions.

“Angus youth are certainly the future of this industry,” said Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “Higher education costs continue to rise and we want to help the students get a head start, and awarding scholarships is just one way to help.”

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

Applicants for undergraduate and graduate scholarships must have, at one time, been a member of the National Junior Angus Association®(NJAA) and currently be an active Junior, Regular or Life member of the American Angus Association®. The following documents are required to be considered for a 2019 undergraduate or graduate scholarship: the 2019 scholarship application; three letters of recommendation; copy of current high school/college/university transcript; and applicant’s Association member code. Undergraduate and graduate scholarship applications, eligibility requirements and application guidelines can be found online at angusfoundation.org. Applications are due May 1, 2019.     Continue reading

12-13-18 Colorado Pork Producers to hold election for 2020 Pork Act Delegates on Feb 26th

Colorado Pork Producers to hold election for 2020 Pork Act Delegates

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2020 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 9:00 am February 26, 2019 in conjunction with the 2019 annual meeting of Colorado Pork Producers Council at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush, Colorado.

Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.

For more information, contact Colorado Pork Producers Council, PO Box 116, Lucerne, CO 80631, (970) 356-4964, jkelly@copork.org.

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 13th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 13th

Farm Bill Passes House of Representatives, Heads to President Trump

The House of Representatives followed through with passage of the farm bill Wednesday, sending the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 to President Trump for signature. House members voted 369 to 47 in favor of the bill. Of the votes against the bill, 44 were Republicans and just three were Democrats. The action followed Tuesday’s passage in the Senate, 87 to 13. The long-awaited five-year farm bill replaces the expired 2014 farm bill. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, says the bill “sets us on a better path – for producers, for rural communities and American consumers.” The House action met obvious fanfare from the agriculture community. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, whose department will be charged with implementing the bill once signed, said there were “missed opportunities” in forest management and work requirement for certain SNAP recipients, but adds the bill does provides a strong safety net for farmers and ranchers, “who need the dependability and certainty” from Washington.

Heitkamp Farm Bill Amendment Supports Ag Trade to Cuba

An amendment included in the farm bill allows the Department of Agriculture to use funds for Cuba-related trade activities. The Amendment by Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota permits the use of Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development funds for Cuba. The amendment, according to the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, represents not only the opportunity to increase the competitiveness of U.S. agriculture, but the first legislation passed regarding Cuba in 17 years. USACC Chair Paul Johnson called the inclusion a “step in the right direction towards normalizing trade with Cuba. Heitkamp introduced the amendment in June with Senator, John Boozman of Louisiana, both members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Heitkamp said at the time the legislation would “support farm families and rural communities, especially as they face uncertainty.” The amendment allows funding to go toward trade servicing, technical assistance, and trade promotion activities in Cuba.

Organic Farmers Association React to Farm Bill

U.S. organic farmers offered applause for the passage of the farm bill which supports organic farmer priorities. Stating, “organic farming is at a critical junction,” Association President Dave Colson says farmers “need support to diversify their production and enter new markets, like organic.” The farm bill, the association says, helps to enhance USDA’s enforcement of the organic label so that all producers are farming within consistent and fair standards. It will also support programs to grow domestic production to meet the increasing demand for local, organic food. Overall, the bill includes priories such as a commitment to organic integrity, mandatory funding for the organic certification cost-share program, and permanent mandatory funding for organic research. Despite the organic community’s united opposition, conferees made two changes to the National Organic Standards Board. The first changes voting procedures that affect decisions about allowed synthetic materials and the second will allow farm employees to represent a farm on the board farmer seat.

China Makes Down Payment on U.S. Soybean Purchases

China appears to have begun following through on planned purchases of U.S. soybeans. Reuters reported Wednesday that China made its first major purchase of U.S. soybeans in more than six months. Chinese state-owned companies purchased at least 500,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans, the equivalent of roughly 18 million bushels. The purchases follow an announcement after talks between the U.S. and China at the G20 Summit that China will resume buying U.S. ag products. Traders told Reuters the soybeans are expected to be shipped from grain terminals in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, the most direct route to Asia. Historically, China is the largest buyer of U.S. soybeans, importing about 60 percent of all U.S. soybean exports last year, valued at more than $12 billion. Those purchases stopped this year, however, as China implemented a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans as part of the U.S.-China trade war.

WOTUS Litigation Anticipated

The proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule changes by the Trump administration are bound for litigation. Environmental groups are promising to challenge the rule applauded by the agriculture industry. The proposal will be subject to a 60-day comment period before finalization. Once the Trump administration finishes the rule, its expected to face numerous lawsuits and seems destined for the Supreme Court. Under the plan, federal pollution safeguards for tens of thousands of miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands would be rolled back, and Politico reports, despite a promise that every landowner could easily know whether a waterway falls under the federal purview, water experts say they are scratching their heads about the definitions. USA Today points out that two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 came down on the side of landowners, ruling that ponds at the bottom of a gravel pit and a marsh miles from any lake or river were not navigable and thus not subject to the act.

AEM Shows Equipment Sales Improving in 2018

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ November U.S. Ag Tractor and Combine Report from November shows overall sales remained positive year-to-date. U.S. Sales of self-propelled combines gained 9.2 percent in November compared to last year, and U.S. sales of four-wheel-drive tractors increased 60.7 percent month-over-month. November year-to-date U.S. sales showed a 16.6 percent growth for combines and 15.9 percent growth for four-wheel-drive tractors. Total November sales of two-wheel-drive tractors declined .9 percent compared to last year, a two percent gain for under-40 horsepower tractors, a 7.8 percent drop for 40-100 horsepower tractors, and a 4.4 percent gain for 100-plus horsepower tractors. November year-to-date growth for overall U.S. sales of two-wheel-drive tractors grew 6.9 percent; under-40 horsepower tractors gained 9.3 percent; 40-100 horsepower tractors increased 1.4 percent, and 100-plus horsepower tractors grew 5.5 percent. Curt Blades, AEM senior vice president of ag services, says overall, sales “have been resilient this year. However, end of year sales are softening as “trade issues remain a major concern.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service