01-10-19 Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

Inside the BARN with CO Farm Bureau’s Vice President of Advocacy Shawn Martini…

CFB’s 100th, Who’s Who in CO Agriculture, AFBF’s 100th, NWSS, Young Farmer & Rancher Convention, CO Farm Show & More…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) January 11, 2019 Joining the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss issues facing Colorado’s ag industry is Shawn Martini,  Vice President of Advocacy at the Colorado Farm Bureau, discussing several topics including:

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About: Shawn Martini, CFB VP of Advocacy

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01-10-19 Colorado Farm Bureau Response to Governor Jared Polis’s State of the State Address

Colorado Farm Bureau Response to Governor Jared Polis’s State of the State Address

JANUARY 10, 2019 – DENVER, CO — Thursday, Governor Jared Polis address Coloradans during his State of the State address in the House of Representatives chambers at the state capitol building.

During his address, Governor Polis highlighted the importance of Colorado’s great farming and ranching tradition. He acknowledged the struggles the agriculture community faces including low commodity prices, trade war impacts and the state’s water shortage.

”Today’s farmers and ranchers, and tomorrow’s, must have the tools to succeed” said Polis in his address before introducing his nominee for the Department of Agriculture, Kate Greenburg. Greenburg will be the first woman to serve as the Commissioner of Agriculture in the state and Polis touted her plan to look towards the future of agriculture.  Continue reading

01-10-19 Colorado Governor Jared Polis gives first State of the State speech

Colorado Governor Jared Polis gives first State of the State speech

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis today delivered his first State of the State address before the General Assembly. The Governor laid out his bold vision for Colorado and the legislative session ahead. Ensuring a quality education, increasing access to affordable health care, bolstering renewable energy, and simplifying the tax code are all priorities highlighted in the speech. The administration is focused on ensuring that every Coloradan has the opportunity to succeed, no matter where they live.

Read the full speech as prepared for delivery here 

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01-10-19 NWSS “Did You Know?”

NWSS “Did You Know?”

Did you know we have youth catching calves during rodeo performances?
Since 1935, 4-H members ages 12-18 from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming have participated in Stock Show’s longest running program of practical beef management.
Qualified applicants who successfully catch a calf in a rodeo performance in January are then given a steer to raise from a sponsor who covers the cost of the steer.
Watch the Catch-A-Calf show this Sunday, January 13th at 10 a.m. in the historic Stadium Arena.
Learn more about the NWSS Catch-A-Calf Program online @ https://nationalwestern.com/catch-a-calf-program/
To view a complete schedule and to purchase NWSS Event tickets visit http://www.nationalwestern.com/

01-10-19 Inside the 2018 Farm Bill from Colorado Corn’s Perspective with Public Policy Chair Dave Cure…

Inside the 2018 Farm Bill from Colorado Corn’s Perspective with Public Policy Chair Dave Cure…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – January 10, 2019 – The “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” is now the law of the land, following President Donald Trump’s signature on December 20th in a ceremony at the White House where numerous agriculture organizations were on hand, including National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp, who even received one of the ceremonial signing pens from the President. SO, how did the 2018 Farm Bill get to this point? It all started several months ago when members of both the US House & Senate Agriculture Committees held listening sessions across the country, including here in Colorado. FAST FORWARD to Dec 10th…that’s when the text of The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was released to the public; and just 2 days later, on Dec 11th the Senate passed the legislation on a bipartisan vote of 87 to 13. Just a day after that, on Dec 12th, the House passed the legislation by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 369 to 47. The 2018 Farm Bill journey came to an end and  was signed into law, as I mentioned earlier,  by President Donald Trump on Dec 20th So, what’s in the 5-year…$867 Million dollar Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 within the 807 pages? And how does it impact agriculture producers across the nation? And those here in Colorado?

For the purpose of this interview, I’ll be focusing on what’s in the 2018 Farm Bill as it pertains to the corn industry and Colorado’s Corn farmers and joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio is Dave Cure, Colorado Corn Growers Association, who serves as Public Policy Chair from District 6 out of Stratton, CO…

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01-10-19 NFU: Market Facilitation Program Payments Deadline Pushed Back Due to Shutdown

NFU: Market Facilitation Program Payments Deadline Pushed Back Due to Shutdown

 

As the government shutdown drags into its 19th day, more and more federal agencies and the programs they oversee are crumbling without funding.
Farmers, who rely on a number of federal programs for information and financial and technical assistance, are among those most immediately and directly affected by the shutdown. Starting on December 22, the first day of the shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suspended activities including the publication of reports from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the Economic Research Service (ERS), agricultural research, the allocation of new grants and rural development loans, and investigations of anticompetitive activities. Continue reading

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Trade War Increases U.S. Tariff Collections

U.S. tariff collections increased, expectedly, in 2018 as President trump waged a trade war on China, along with other tariff heavy trade policies. The U.S. government collected  6.7 billion more in customs duties in fiscal 2018 than in the previous fiscal year, according to the Treasury Department’s final monthly statement for fiscal 2018. That’s more than the estimated $5 billion needed to build the Trump border wall that’s shuttered the federal government for now 20 days. But, as Politico reports, the trade policies have perhaps cost the U.S. more than it’s received. The data from the Treasury Department does not include the $12 billion aid plan for farmers through the Market Facilitation Program. Further, economists say the extra revenue isn’t actually paid by foreign governments, but rather American companies importing those products into the United States.

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Trump Nominates Wheler to Permanently Head EPA

President Donald Trump Wednesday formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Wheeler, who assumed the role of acting EPA administrator following the resignation of Scott Pruitt, has done “a fantastic job,” according to Trump. The nomination will be considered by the Senate, which narrowly confirmed Wheeler as EPA deputy administrator by a vote 53-45. Bloomberg News calls Wheeler a politically savvy former energy lobbyist and Republican Senate aide who shares Trump’s approach to environmental regulation. Wheeler said he was “honored and grateful” for the nomination. President Trump has previously said in November that he would make the nomination of Wheeler. At the time, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper called the move a positive step for the biofuels industry. He says Wheeler has been more open and transparent in managing the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Senate Expected to Block House Funding Bills

House Democrats were expected to push through more individual spending bills late this week that Senators will not consider. A sign of partisan politics and split leadership, the House was expected to move spending bills that would secure funding for federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, during the ongoing government shutdown. The piecemeal of spending bills is largely seen as a symbolic move, as Senate Republicans and leadership will block the action. The White House has already rejected the plan, noting that it falls short of Trump’s goal of border security, or funding for a border wall. Both sides, however, the Republican-led Senate and President Trump, and the Democratic-led House appear to be digging in their heals on the issue, refusing to budge. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier this week “the senseless uncertainty and chaos of the Trump shutdown must end, now.”

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USDA SNAP Plan Secures February Funding

The Department of Agriculture has secured February funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. USDA will rely on a provision of the just-expired Continuing Resolution, which provides an appropriation for programs like SNAP and child Nutrition to incur obligations for program operations within 30 days of the CR’s expiration. States will need to take action to issue February benefits on or before January 20, 2019. The move appears to show that the Trump administration is preparing for the government shutdown to continue through much of January, if not longer. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the action was directed by President Trump, and that it “works and is legally sound.” The plan was announced following reports that the program was close to running out of reserve funding.

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China Ag Trade Improving with Biotech Approvals

Trade talks progressed and U.S. agriculture trade with China continues to improve following China’s purchase this week of U.S. soybeans, and the announcement of biotech approvals for export. China approved five genetically modified crops for import earlier this week. The approved products included a DowDuPont corn variety, along with Enlist soybeans, and a soybean variety developed by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta, but now held by BASF. The other approvals include GM canola traits from BASF and Monsanto, now Bayer CropScience, according to Reuters. The companies applauded the approvals, but some noted that many other products remain stuck in China’s approval system. The trade talks between the U.S. and China were extended for a third day this week, another sign that talks are progressing positively, and reports are swirling that the U.S. and China will meet in the U.S. in mid-February to continue the negotiations.

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New Study Shows U.S. Pork’s Long-term Sustainability Progress

A new study from the University of Arkansas confirms that America’s pig farmers are producing a product that has become increasingly sustainable over the past five decades. According to the new study, A Retrospective Assessment of U.S. Pork Production: 1960 to 2015, the inputs needed to produce a pound of pork in the United States became more environmentally friendly over time. Specifically, 75.9 percent less land was needed, 25.1 percent less water and seven percent less energy. This also resulted in a 7.7 percent smaller carbon footprint. National Pork Board president Steve Rommereim says the study is “a great barometer of our environmental stewardship over the years and gives us a solid benchmark for future improvements.” The Checkoff-funded study used a comprehensive life-cycle assessment approach and used the best available methodology along with a field-to-farm gate approach.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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