12-20-18 USDA: Statement of Secretary Perdue on President Trump’s Signing of the Farm Bill

USDA: Statement of Secretary Perdue on President Trump’s Signing of the Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2018 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today celebrated President Trump’s signing of the 2018 Farm Bill and issued the following statement:

“This is a great day for our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers, as President Trump’s signature on this bill is a Christmas present to American agriculture.  Farmers take financial risks every year as a matter of doing business, so having a Farm Bill in place gives them peace of mind to make their decisions for the future.  Since early talks on this Farm Bill began back in 2017, I’ve always believed it would be more evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, and that has borne out to be true.

“The bill bolsters farm safety net programs, protects federal crop insurance, and maintains strong rural development and research initiatives. The legislation reinvents the Margin Protection Program for dairy producers, providing a boost to coverage levels and a reduction in premiums after the program fell short in the 2014 Farm Bill.  The bill also includes a new Animal Disease Prevention and Management program, providing annual funding for three animal health programs.  This includes a new vaccine bank focused on foot-and-mouth disease and extended funding of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network to protect our borders and improve food safety.

“While we would have liked more progress on forest management reforms and work requirements for certain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients, we look forward to using our authorities to make improvements in those areas.  All told, this is a Farm Bill that should be welcomed by producers, and at USDA we will eagerly implement its provisions.  At USDA, we were pleased to provide a tremendous amount of technical assistance to Congress as legislators wrote the bill.  I thank the President for his leadership on this legislation, and commend the Senate and House Agriculture Committees for their many months of hard work.”  Continue reading

12-20-18 Conaway: Farm Bill Keeps Faith with America’s Farmers and Ranchers

Chairman K. Michael Conaway: Farm Bill Keeps Faith with America’s Farmers and Ranchers

Washington, D.C.—Today, President Trump signed H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) into law. After the signing, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) issued the following remarks:

“With President Trump signing the farm bill today, America keeps faith with those hard-working farm and ranch families who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs. Because of the support of the president, Sec. Perdue and a Republican Congress, we were able to deliver a new farm bill in the same year that the legislation was first introduced, which marks a first in nearly 30 years. I’m proud of this bill and I’m honored to have served as chairman throughout this process. I’m thankful to all those who worked to help make today’s enactment of the farm bill possible.”

12-20-18 US Senator Bennet: President Signs Bipartisan Farm Bill with Colorado Priorities

US Senator Bennet: President Signs Bipartisan Farm Bill with Colorado Priorities

Washington, D.C. – Today the President signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, secured 25 priorities in the final legislation.

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12-20-18 Ardent Mills Looks Back on a Year of Grain Innovation and Trends


Ardent Mills Looks Back on a Year of Grain Innovation and Trends

Denver, Colorado December 20, 2018 – As 2018 winds down, Ardent Mills, North America’s leading flour supplier and grain innovator, looks back at some grain-based culinary trends that emerged this year. “We had an exciting year with the launch of our new business unit, The Annex by Ardent Mills (The Annex). Introducing The Annex at the year’s industry events provided great opportunities to showcase new ideas for using specialty grains and innovative formats, like crisps or puffed grains and individually quick frozen (IQF) grains,” says Shrene White, general manager of The Annex.

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12-20-18 RMFU: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 is Signed into Law…

RMFU: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 is Signed into Law…

Written by Dale McCall, President of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union:

“Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is pleased with the overwhelming bipartisan Congressional action and the President’s signature to approve this food and farm bill. Now farmers and ranchers can plan for the 2019 growing season with more certainty. The items I’ve looked at that are most significant to farmers and ranchers in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico include: Continue reading

12-20-18 CO’s Quarterly revenue forecast shows moderate growth for next fiscal year

CO’s Quarterly revenue forecast shows moderate growth for next fiscal year

DENVER — Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 — The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) today released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast. The December forecast for General Fund revenue shows moderate growth in the months ahead. Revenue collections in the first half of FY 2018-19 continued to increase due to steady economic growth. Revenue growth projections now stand at 6.5 percent in FY 2018-19 and 5.9 percent in FY 2019-20.

“Colorado’s sustained growth is building generations of prosperity,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “I’m proud of the state’s ability to build reserves and still provide the resources to build opportunity, protect against a possible downturn, and expand the middle class. As we wrap up this Administration, I’m optimistic about the future for our state.”  

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12-20-18 The Weld County 4-H Showcase is on January 5th in Greeley, CO

The Weld County 4-H Showcase is on January 5th in Greeley, CO

December 20, 2018 – The 4-H Showcase is quickly approaching!  Have you ever wondered what 4-H is all about?!  The Weld County 4-H Showcase is on January 5th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Exhibition Building at Island Grove (525 N 15th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631).  We will have hands on activities that relate to 4-H projects for youth ages 5 to 18!  Current 4-H members will also have projects that they have made available to view.  Hands on activities include shaker-bottles for Cloverbuds, leathercraft, chickens, goats, shooting sports, scrapbooking and many more!!  This is a great opportunity to see 4-H firsthand and learn how to join!

4-H offers numerous projects for members to build life skills such as leadership, teamwork and record keeping in projects ranging from entomology to rabbits, dairy cattle to cake decorating, and goats to rockets.  Throughout the year, youth will work on their projects and have the opportunity to showcase them at the Weld County Fair in July.  Along with projects, youth can also attend leadership conferences and events to meet others from the county and across the state.

New members have until March 1st to enroll however the earlier you join the better!  Youth ages 5-18 as of December 31st are eligible to participate in the program.  If you have any questions about the program, 4-H Showcase or the enrollment process, please contact Kim at 970-400-2079 or visit our website at http://www.weld4h.org

Kim Sterkel, Weld County 4-H/Youth Development Agent, Weld County Extension. 525 North 15th Avenue  , Greeley, Co 80631     970.400.2079    ksterkel@co.weld.co.us

Colorado State University Extension in Weld County provides unbiased research-based information about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, animal and crop agriculture, and 4-H youth development.  As part of a nation-wide system, Extension brings the research and resources of the University to the community.  In Weld County the Extension office is at Island Grove Regional Park, 525 N. 15th Avenue, Greeley.  For more information, call (970) 400-2066, or visit the web site at www.co.weld.co.us/departments/extension/index.html.

12-20-18 Kuntz, Austin named as first recipients of Colorado’s Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program

Cattle graze in a pasture in the fall on the Last Dollar Ranch with the Mount Sneffels Range in the background, Uncompahgre National Forest.

Kuntz, Austin named as first recipients of Colorado’s Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program

Drs. Catherine “Callie” Kuntz and Kayle Austin have been selected as the first recipients of the Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program, which was established by Colorado law in 2017. Through this unique program, graduates of veterinary schools are eligible for up to $70,000 of student loan repayment over four years while working in areas of the state experiencing a shortage of veterinarian services. Continue reading

12-20-18 NFU: EPA Continues to Undermine RFS with Hardship Waivers

NFU: EPA Continues to Undermine RFS with Hardship Waivers

NFU Urges Administration to Uphold Biofuel Law

WASHINGTON – According to recent reports, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a “financial hardship waiver” to a refinery owned by Exxon Mobil Corp, exempting it from requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Exxon Mobil is the largest American oil and gas company, reporting earnings upwards of $20 billion last year.

The RFS exists to drive investment in American-grown biofuels. However, the EPA has consistently misappropriated RFS waivers to large oil refiners, ultimately cutting demand for biofuels by 2.25 billion gallons in 2016 and 2017 and undermining the intent of the law. NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the report:

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12-20-18 US Senator Bennet’s Op-Ed “Growing Opportunity: Senator Bennet Helps Legalize Hemp to Boost Economy”

Growing Opportunity: Senator Bennet Helps Legalize Hemp to Boost Economy

Op-Ed written by Michael Bennet

December 20, 2018 – In 2013, I received a call from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking me, as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to support a pilot program to allow farmers to grow hemp. Knowing Colorado farmers’ interest in the crop, I jumped at the chance and pushed to include the program in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Over the next four years, Colorado’s hemp industry boomed. From 2014 to 2018, our hemp cultivation increased six-fold. As the industry grew, I visited hemp businesses and farms across our state, including stops at State Senator Don Coram’s operation in Montrose and at Colorado Cultivars in Eaton. Each visit underscored the crop’s versatility and potential. Coloradans were turning hemp into clothing, food, and animal feed. They were making plastics and CBD oils for pain and inflammation. In short, they were turning this new crop, which is well suited for our arid climate, into a welcome source of income. Continue reading

12-20-18 CO Farm Bureau: Farmers and Ranchers Applaud as President Trump Signs the 2018 Farm Bill

CO Farm Bureau: Farmers and Ranchers Applaud as President Trump Signs the 2018 Farm Bill

December 20, 2018 – WASHINGTON--Just in time for Christmas, President Trump signed the 2018 farm bill after the bill passed through the House and Senate with bipartisan support.

“The farm bill ensures a safety net for farm families, maintains and expands environmental stewardship programs, and provides needed resources to disadvantaged families,” said Don Shawcroft, president of the Colorado Farm Bureau. “It also removes future uncertainty for an industry struggling amongst low commodity prices.”

A unified farm bill that provides certainty, consistency and clarity is vital for continuing important programs like federal crop insurance, foreign market exploration, commodity programs and conservation programs. This is especially important during a time when farmers and ranchers are struggling. Commodity prices are historically low and programs within the farm bill will help food producers stay afloat during these difficult times.

“Colorado farmers and ranchers would like to express their most sincere gratitude to President Trump for signing this legislation quickly, delivering some welcome good news to Colorado farmers and ranchers this Christmas season,” says Shawcroft. 

The Colorado Farm Bureau would also like to thank the members of the Colorado delegation that voted YES on the bill:

  • Senator Michael Bennett
  • Senator Cory Gardner
  • Congressman Scott Tipton
  • Congresswoman Diana DeGette
  • Congressman Ed Perlmutter

The farm bill is a vital piece of legislation for agriculture across the country. It provides an important programs that make up a safety net for farmers and ranchers as well as important nutrition assistance programs for Americans. Passage of the legislation now, means lawmakers won’t have to start from scratch on a new bill when the 116th Congress convenes in 2019. Continue reading

12-20-18 Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee Democrats Weigh in on New Revenue Forecast 

Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee Democrats Weigh in on New Revenue Forecast 

JOINT RELEASE: JBC Dems Weigh in on New Revenue Forecast

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (Dec. 20) – Colorado’s leading government economists stated today that economic activity remains strong in the near term and but warned of possible slower growth beginning next year due to actions at the federal level, constraints stemming from low unemployment and a slowdown in housing price growth.  Continue reading

12-20-18 National Farmers Union Applauds 2018 Farm Bill Approval

National Farmers Union Applauds 2018 Farm Bill Approval

NFU Looking to New Year for Farm Safety Net Improvements

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law, authorizing and funding America’s farm and food programs through fiscal year 2023.

National Farmers Union (NFU), on behalf of its nearly 200,000 farm family members, supported passage of the bill, as it provides some certainty to family farmers struggling with low farm prices. It also funds and improves programs that encourage conservation and the development of diverse markets for family farmers. Additional details about wins in the 2018 Farm Bill can be found in NFU’s informational two-pager and infographic.

NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the signing of the bill:

“Farmers Union members are relieved to have the support of the farm bill heading into an uncertain future for American agriculture. Agriculture committee leaders and staff—despite being hamstrung by congressional leadership—delivered on much needed improvements to the previous farm bill and continued support for programs that aid family farm sustainability and emerging markets.

“Moving forward, we must build on the platform the farm bill has provided for the family farm safety net. We’re entering a sixth year of devastatingly low farm prices, leading to substantial financial stress for farm families and forcing many out of business. This pain is exacerbated by the administration’s mishandling of international trade and biofuel policies, which are further depressing farm prices. As we head into 2019, Farmers Union will continue to push for a stronger farm safety net that reflects the realities of the current farm economy and its implications for the viability of family farm agriculture in the United States.”

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At 4:00 pm today, President Trump signed the Farm Bill, otherwise known as the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,” into law. The bill legalizes hemp by removing it fully from the Controlled Substances Act and placing it under the authority of the USDA. Now hemp will once again be treated as an agricultural crop and be grown by farmers across the U.S. The bill goes into effect immediately and begins a process that allows states to submit plans to regulate commercial hemp farming.


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading grassroots hemp advocacy organization working to change state and federal laws to allow commercial hemp farming, is thrilled to announce the federal legalization of hemp farming in the U.S., after nearly 2 decades of the organization’s advocacy and policy leadership on the issue. The 2018 Farm Bill, passed by Congress on December 12, 2018, and signed into law by the President on December 20, 2018, includes Section 10113 titled “Hemp Production,” which removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, places full federal regulatory authority of hemp with USDA, and allows State departments of agriculture to file hemp programs plans and regulate hemp cultivation per their State specific programs.

“This bill constitutes a momentous victory for the movement in support of hemp farming, and will have far-reaching positive impacts on rural economies and farming communities, increase availability of sustainable products for American consumers, and create new businesses and jobs in the hemp industry,” said Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. “Now that we have lifted federal prohibition on hemp farming, it’s time to invest our energy in expanding hemp cultivation and the market for hemp products across the country so that all can reap the benefits of this of this versatile, historic American crop.” Continue reading

12-20-18 NAWG Applauds President Trump Signing the 2018 Farm Bill into Law

NAWG Applauds President Trump Signing the 2018 Farm Bill into Law

Washington, D.C. (December 20, 2018) – Today, President Trump officially signed The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the Farm Bill, into law. The signing ceremony was held in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. NAWG President and Sentinel, OK wheat farmer Jimmie Musick was invited to attend the official signing of the bill and made the following statement:

“Today marked a historic event not only for wheat growers but all of American agriculture. The 2018 Farm Bill provides farmers with the certainty and stability they need to continue producing a safe and nutritious food supply, while using fewer resources, and maintaining healthy soil for their crop. 

“Our growers began developing priorities for the Farm Bill over two years ago in order to put ourselves in the best possible position to advocate for changes to programs that would benefit the nation’s wheat farmers. They’ve been continually engaged with Members of Congress since then to not only advocate for our priorities but to also provide feedback as comprises had to be made in order to finish the bill. This is a good bill which will provide support for farmers at a time when economic and growing conditions are uncertain. 

“NAWG would like to thank the Senate and House Agriculture Committee Members and their staff for their hard work, time, and patience they put into getting a bill finalized and to the President’s desk for signature. We are looking forward to working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the 116thCongress in 2019 to implement this bill.” 

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12-20-18 NCGA: 2018 Farm Bill Signed

NCGA: 2018 Farm Bill Signed

President Donald Trump today signed the 2018 Farm Bill (the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) into law with NCGA President Lynn Chrisp and Chairman Kevin Skunes in attendance. Today’s action follows last week’s overwhelming bipartisan support for the bill in both the House and Senate.
“NCGA is very pleased that our farmers will be able to look forward to a new year with the certainty of a new farm bill. Between depressed commodity prices, record low farm incomes and tariffs and trade uncertainty, today’s signing is very welcome news.” Continue reading

12-20-18 NMPF Thanks President Trump for Signing Farm Bill

NMPF Thanks President Trump for Signing Farm Bill

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) thanked President Donald Trump for signing a farm bill that enacts necessary reforms for dairy farmers. The organization looks forward to working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to quickly implement several new programs.

With NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney in attendance, Trump praised the hard work of American farmers and noted Congress’s efforts to assist them. Dairy has been noted as a big winner in the bill, with new programs that assist dairy producers facing low prices. Important policy reforms include: Continue reading

12-20-18 Inside The BARN with Western Landowner Alliance’s Executive Director Lesli Allison…

Inside The BARN with Western Landowner Alliance’s Executive Director Lesli Allison…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 20, 2018 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is the Executive Director of the Western Landowners Alliance Lesli Allison discussing several topics including:

  • WLA History, Mission & Vision
  • WLA Policies
  • WLA’s “Stewardship with Vision” Films
  • WLA Membership
  • Passage of The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
  • Conservation Title History
  • Conservation Title in the 22018 Farm Bill
  • & More


The Western Landowners Alliance advances policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes, and native species. Learn more and become a member online @ https://westernlandowners.org/

12-20-18 NMPF Statement on the Bioengineered Food Disclosure Rule

NMPF Statement on the Bioengineered Food Disclosure Rule

From Jim Mulhern, President and CEO:

ARLINGTON, Va. – In response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement today of itsNational Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern offered the following comments:

“NMPF is pleased with the bioengineered food disclosure rule’s re-assertion that milk from animals that consume bioengineered feed shouldn’t be subject to mandatory GMO labeling. NMPF told Congress that any regulation requiring the labeling of bioengineered products must be science-based and acknowledge that feeding farm animals grains developed through biotechnology has no effect on the animals or products derived from them. This rule codifies our position. Continue reading

12-20-18 NCGA Pleased by USDA Issuing Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Labeling Rule

NCGA Pleased by USDA Issuing Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Labeling Rule

Key agricultural and farm groups today praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) public release of the final rule implementing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard.
Designed to inform consumers about the presence of bioengineered genetic material in their food for marketing purposes, USDA’s disclosure standard stands firmly with science in that it validates the fact that there is no health, safety or nutritional difference between bioengineered crops and comparable conventional or organic crops. This is a position held by nearly every major national and international scientific and health organization, including the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization.

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