01-08-19 Colorado Dems Statement on ‘Historic Inauguration’

Colorado Dems Statement on ‘Historic Inauguration’

Denver, CO – This morning, hundreds of Coloradans descended upon the State Capitol to witness their four new, statewide elected officials be sworn into office. Dave Young was sworn in as State Treasurer, Jena Griswold was sworn in as Secretary of State, Phil Weiser was sworn in as Attorney General, and Jared Polis was sworn in as Governor. This will be the first time in at least 70 years that Democrats have held all four offices.

Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll released the following statement: Continue reading

01-08-19 The U.S. Department of Education Announces New Hires

The U.S. Department of Education Announces New Hires

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education today announces the following new hires:

Casey Sacks – Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education

Sacks serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. Sacks provides leadership for initiatives supporting career and technical education, adult education, correctional and re-entry education and community colleges. These initiatives collectively serve over 25 million students each year. Prior to joining the Department, Sacks served as Vice Chancellor for the West Virginia Community and Technical College System where she provided vision and leadership for statewide initiatives in policy support, workforce development and technology innovation. Continue reading

01-08-19 Jena Griswold Sworn in as Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State

Jena Griswold Sworn in as Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State

DENVER, Jan. 8, 2019 — Today, Jena Griswold was sworn in as Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State. Griswold grew up in Estes Park, Colorado in a working-class family. She was the first person in her family to go to a four-year college and then on to law school.

“I am honored to serve the people of Colorado as Secretary of State. As your Secretary of State,  I will protect our elections and increase voter turnout, fight secret political spending and shine light on money in politics, and provide Colorado’s small businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed,” said Griswold. Continue reading

01-08-19 USDA Announces Plan to Protect SNAP Participants’ Access to SNAP in February

USDA Announces Plan to Protect SNAP Participants’ Access to SNAP in February

(Washington, D.C., January 8, 2019) – At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a plan to ensure that low-income Americans have access to the nutrition they need, despite the inability of Congress to pass an appropriations bill that safely secures our borders.  The plan provides full benefits for participants in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the month of February.

When USDA’s funding expired on December 21, 2018, SNAP benefits for January were fully funded. States have already received that money and have been distributing it to participants. Since the lapse in appropriations, USDA has been reviewing options available to the department for funding February benefits without an additional appropriation from Congress.

“At President Trump’s direction, we have been working with the Administration on this solution.  It works and is legally sound.  And we want to assure states, and SNAP recipients, that the benefits for February will be provided,” Perdue said.  “Our motto here at USDA has been to ‘Do Right and Feed Everyone.’  With this solution, we’ve got the ‘Feed Everyone’ part handled.  And I believe that the plan we’ve constructed takes care of the ‘Do Right’ part as well.” Continue reading

01-08-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on Extension of Market Facilitation Program Deadline

(Washington, D.C., January 8, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today extended the deadline for agricultural producers to apply for payments under the Market Facilitation Program as provided by the trade mitigation program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The original deadline had been January 15, 2019, but farmers have been unable to apply for the program since the lapse in federal funding caused the closure of USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices at the end of business on December 28, 2018.

Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:

“President Trump instructed me, as Secretary of Agriculture, to craft a program that would protect farmers from unjustified retaliatory tariffs from foreign nations.  As part of that package, the Market Facilitation Program has been making payments directly to farmers who have suffered trade damage.  Using existing funds, we were able to keep FSA offices open as long as possible, but unfortunately had to close them when funding ran out.  We will therefore extend the application deadline for a period of time equal to the number of business days FSA offices were closed, once the government shutdown ends.  Farmers who have already applied for the program and certified their 2018 production have continued to receive payments.  Meanwhile, I continue to urge members of Congress to redouble their efforts to pass an appropriations bill that President Trump will sign and end the lapse in funding so that we may again provide full services to our farmers and ranchers.”

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01-08-19 Inside the 7th Annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum set for January 25-26 in Montrose, CO…

Inside the 7th Annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum set for January 25-26 in Montrose, CO…

Organizer Carol Parker details the upcoming event Inside The BARN

BRIGGSDALE, CO – January 8, 2019 – The 7th Annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, is scheduled for  January 25-26 at the Montrose Pavilion in Montrose, CO. Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the event in much more detail is its  organizer Carol Parker…

  • History & Background of the event
  • Theme & Who the event is geared for
  • What’s on the agenda/schedule
  • Speakers/Presenters
  • Educational Workshops
  • Farmer to Farmer Invention Convention
  • Hot Tamale Roundtables
  • Networking free chili dinner
  • Registration information & deadlines
  • Sponsors
  • & More

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For more information, and to view a complete agenda or to get registered for the 7th Annual Western Colorado Food & Farm Forum Jan 25-26 in Montrose, CO, please visit foodfarmforum.org or call 970-249-3935.

01-08-19 Angus VNR: Branding 40 Barns

Angus VNR: Branding 40 Barns

To celebrate 40 years of adding value to high-quality Angus cattle, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand in 2018 commissioned Illinois artist Troy Freeman to paint its iconic logo on barns across the country. This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association. Visit http://www.CABcattle.com or http://www.angus.org for more information.

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U.S. Optimistic on China Trade Talks

China’s Foreign Ministry says the nation has “good faith” to resolve trade issues with the United States. Talks began this week in Beijing as the two nations look to end a trade war. On Monday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said talks were being held with appropriate-level staff and would help determine how the administration moves forward. Ross also said he saw “a very good chance that we will get a reasonable settlement that China can live with,” according to Reuters. The U.S. delegation in Beijing, led by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish, includes officials from the Department of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and Treasury, and senior White House officials. An end to the trade war, desired by U.S. agriculture, could further reopen China to U.S. commodities, including soybeans. China’s tariffs on soybeans stalled purchases until a recent agreement that restarted some buys of U.S. soybeans by China.

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Trade War: ASA Says Long-Term Consequences to Intensify

Soybean farmers seek a resolution to the trade war between the U.S. and China, warning long-term impacts of the conflict are harming farmers. Six months ago, China placed tariffs on U.S. soybeans as part of the tit-for-tat trade war. While China has begun some purchases of U.S. soybeans, and trade talks are ongoing, the American Soybean Association points out that U.S. soybean growers have faced a nearly 20 percent drop in soy prices since the threat of tariffs began last summer. ASA president Davie Stephens of Kentucky says: “We cannot withstand another six months,” noting farmers “need stability returned to the market.” The value of U.S. soybean exports to China has grown 26-fold in ten years, from $414 million in 1996 to $14 billion in 2017. China imported 31 percent of U.S. production in 2017, equal to 60 percent of total U.S. exports and nearly one in every three rows of harvested beans.

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2019 Starting with More Uncertainty for Farmers

Farm bill passage in late 2018 was thought to provide certainty to U.S. agriculture moving forward. However, 2019 started with perhaps more uncertainty than ever before. The government shutdown has USDA Farm Service Agency offices across the nation closed, just as farmers are seeking advice for the upcoming planting season. Meanwhile, the farm bill, which provides critical programs, promotion and research for agriculture, will be delayed in implementation as the bulk of federal agencies, such as USDA, are unfunded and closed. Adding more fuel to the uncertainty fire, the Department of Agriculture Friday officially suspended this week’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand Report, along with Grain Stocks, Rice Stocks, Winter Wheat and Canola Seedings, and Cotton Ginnings reports, all of which were scheduled for Friday, January 11th. The federal agency says the date of all USDA National Ag Statistics Service reports and World Ag Outlook Board reports will be determined and made public once funding has been restored.

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Food Stamps Threatened by Shutdown

SNAP benefits are in jeopardy as the funding fight in Washington drags on. The government shutdown, if prolonged, will result in a lack of funding for the program. The Department of Agriculture has not commented on the amount of reserve funding the program has and is reportedly weighing options for SNAP. Politico reports Congress generally builds in a $3 billion cushion for the program, and it’s estimated to need more than $4 billion a month. Other experts suggest USDA has closer to $6 billion in reserve funding for SNAP. Roughly 39 million people depend on the program each month. However, if past government shutdowns provide an outlook for the current shutdown, SNAP should continue without interruption. Despite shutdowns, Congress has never let funding for SNAP run out to the point where the program defaulted on benefits.

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Separate Explosions Occur at ADM Facilities in Iowa, Illinois

An explosion at an Iowa ADM facility has resulted in the death of a firefighter, and another injured. Employees at the Clinton, Iowa facility discovered smoldering material Saturday morning, and a later explosion with firefighters on scene occurred. The incident occurred in a silo storage bin at the loading facility. AN ADM spokesperson told a local newspaper of the company that, they “greatly appreciate the quick response, bravery and dedication of all of the emergency responders,” adding the company is “deeply saddened at the turn of events.” Meanwhile, no injuries were reported Friday night at an ADM corn processing facility in Decatur, Illinois, when an explosion occurred in the unit’s conveyor belt system. ADM is one of the largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers in the world.

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Mosaic Gets Florida Phosphate Mine Approval

The Mosaic Company announced last week it has acquired the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 404 permit for a phosphate mine project in Hardee County, Florida. The permit was the final approval needed for the project that opens 160.2 million tons of phosphate rock for future mining Southeast of Tampa, Florida. The overall project covers 22,400 acres with 16,700 acres of land permitted for mining. Permitting efforts for the project began in 2011. Mining permits from the State of Florida were issued in 2015 and local government permits were secured in July 2018. The Mosaic Company, a producer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, is self-described as a single-source provider of phosphate and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients for the global agriculture industry.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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