02-05-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C., February 5, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union address: Continue reading

02-05-19 NAWG CEO Responds to 2019 State of the Union Address

NAWG CEO Responds to 2019 State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2019) – Tonight, President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union Address. The theme of the speech was “Choosing Greatness” and focused on immigration, trade, infrastructure, healthcare, and national security.

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02-05-19 Inside the BARN with CO Representative Rod Pelton, 65th District…

Inside the BARN with CO Representative Rod Pelton, 65th District…

Priorities, Sponsored Bills, Partisan Politics – Impacts on Agriculture & More…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – February 5, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio is Colorado Representative Rod Pelton, who represents 7 counties within the 65th District. Representative Pelton discussed several topics including:


Colorado Representative Rod Pelton is a member of the House Appropriations, Rural Affairs and Agriculture, and Public Health Care and Human Services Committees; and represents the 65th District which includes: Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, and Yuma counties. Colorado Representative Rod Pelton is an Angus Rancher — owns a trucking business – and was a former Cheyenne County Commissioner.

Contact Colorado Representative Rod Pelton: Capitol Phone # 303-866-3706 or  @ 719-342-1864  or by email rod.pelton.house@state.co.us

02-05-19 Iowa’s Current Ag Concerns Team Attends 113th NWSS

DENVER, CO – The team is called Current Ag Concerns and they are from Iowa. The four students traveled to Denver, CO with the organization’s Executive Director Jenna Stevens, to take in the 113th National Western Stock Show.

While in the Yards, the students conducted a few interviews: Beth Lamp (narrator and interviews 1&4), Nate Lange (interview 1 and transition), Robert Schaefer (interviews 2-4), and Megan Clark (interviews 2&3).

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02-05-19 CO Ag in the Classroom: Sign up for the Colorado Literacy Project!

Sign up for the Colorado Literacy Project!

Farmers and ranchers visit classrooms and read a book about agriculture! This is a FREE program.

The Colorado Literacy Project is a way to bring agriculture into the classroom while reinforcing reading comprehension. During the spring, farmers and ranchers across Colorado will visit classrooms and read a book to the students. They answer questions and talk about their farm or ranch. The class keeps the book!

The book selected for 2019 is “John Deere, That’s Who!” written by Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrated by Tim Zeltner. Through the book, students explore how producers and consumers work together to meet human needs. This program is appropriate for students in Pre-K through fourth grades. Teacher guides and volunteer guides are provided for the different grade levels. Continue reading

02-05-19 CSU Announces Upcoming Producer Programs

CSU Announces Upcoming Producer Programs

The Colorado State University Extension Agriculture and Business Management (ABM) Team will present two programs in 2019 that are designed to assist farmers and ranchers manage these difficult financial times in agriculture.

The Financial Management Strategies program will cover topics including, risk management, business planning, enterprise budgeting, record keeping, interpretation of financial statements, and selecting farm financial software. The program will be hosted by ABM Economists, Jenny Beiermann, Dr. Norm Dalsted, and Dr. Brent Young. Program dates and locations are February 18, Sterling and February 21, La Junta. For more information and to register online visit http://2019fms.eventbrite.com . This program is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency, under award number RM18RMEPP522C047.

The 2019 Ag Outlook & Strategy Forum program will cover topics including market outlook, breakeven analysis, using commodity insurance as a part of a comprehensive marketing plan, using futures and options to manage risk, and cross hedging weaned calves. The program will be hosted by ABM Economists, Jenny Beiermann, Dr. Steve Koontz, and Dr. Brent Young. Programs dates and locations are January 31, Colorado Farm Show, Greeley; February 8 SCALE, Lamar; February 19, Sterling; and February 22, Limon. For more information and to register online visit http://2019agoutlook.eventbrite.com. This program is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency, under award number RM18RMEPP522C047.

02-05-19 USDA Farm Service Agency Colorado Announces Program Deadline Extensions

USDA Farm Service Agency Colorado Announces Program Deadline Extensions

USDA’s Farm Service Agency extended deadlines on many of its programs because of the government shutdown and the emergency nature of many of the programs. Below are updated deadlines:

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02-05-19 RMFU: Bills Are “Piling Up” In Colorado Legislature

RMFU: Bills Are “Piling Up” In Colorado Legislature

By Ed Bowditch, RMFU Government Relations For Colorado

This week, the legislature stayed busy as more bills were introduced (nearing 300!) while others passed third readings. Governor Polis’ presented his free full-day kindergarten plan to the Joint House & Senate Education committees on Wednesday, sparking conversation about how the plan will be funded and what that means for schools that already offer full-day kindergarten.

Meanwhile, legislators spent ample time debating bills impacting tobacco regulations and sexual education requirements.

Check out the Bowditch & Cassell Public Affairs full bill report for RMFU:

Bill action this week:

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LITTLE ROCK – CHS Foundation is once again offering scholarships to help K-12 teachers attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference ‘AgVenture in the Natural State’ June 19-21 in Little Rock, AR.

The scholarship covers early registration to the conference of $435. Teachers are responsible for covering their other travel costs to attend the conference. To apply for a scholarship, teachers must fill out an application explaining how attending the conference will help them advance agricultural literacy in their classrooms.

To apply, please visit the online application at https://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/grants.cfm. The deadline for applications is March 1.

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – More than 400 educators from around the country will learn how to use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization’s (NAITCO) National Conference called ‘AgVenture in the Natural State’ to be held June 19-21 at the Little Rock Marriott.

NAITCO and the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Agriculture in the Classroom program will hold three days of workshops showing kindergarten through 12th grade teachers how to use agriculture to teach core subjects. It received partial funding for the conference from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA)

In addition, conference participants will go on traveling workshops of nearby agribusinesses and research facilities to learn about beef, poultry and rice production, worldwide hunger at Heifer International, and other agricultural issues at these and other stops. They also will hear from keynote speakers such as Temple Grandin, world renowned animal behaviorist and autism spokesperson, and Dr. Marty Matlock, executive director of the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center and Professor of Ecological Engineering in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department.

Early registration for the conference is $435 until April 15. After that, it goes up to $485. To register, please visit https://naitcconference.usu.edu/Register.cfm. The conference will be held at the Little Rock Marriott. To reserve a hotel room, please visit https://naitcconference.usu.edu/Venue.cfm. Continue reading

02-05-19 NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Accepting Applications for Class of 2019-2020

NFU Beginning Farmer Institute Accepting Applications for Class of 2019-2020

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced the opening of the application period for its Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) program class of 2019-2020. NFU encourages new farmers of any age from operations of any size, type or geography to apply for the class. BFI’s hands-on training provides beginning farmers and ranchers in the U.S. with the tools they need to lead successful farm and ranch operations and the opportunity to grow as leaders in their communities and American agriculture.

“NFU continues to build on BFI’s past successes to provide new farmers and ranchers from across the country with the best training and development opportunities in adult education,” said Tom Driscoll, director of National Farmers Union Foundation. “It is vital to the future of both American agriculture and our entire country that we have skilled family farm operations and proven leaders in rural communities. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved with the BFI program to date, and we are looking forward to working with and empowering this year’s class.”


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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, February 5th

China Buys U.S. Soybeans Following Trade Meeting

China continues to purchase U.S. soybeans with a more than one million metric ton buy on Friday, and another 600,000 metric ton purchase reported Monday. Following a round of trade talks last week, China pledged to purchase another five million metric tons of U.S. soybeans. Friday’s purchases by state-owned firms were believed to be destined for China’s state reserves, and thus immune from high import tariffs, according to Reuters. The 25 percent tariffs, imposed last summer in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods, remain in place for U.S. soy imports by commercial crushers in China. With ongoing trade talks, China began purchasing U.S. soybeans at the end of December. China halted the purchases of U.S. soybeans when the tariff was put in place and purchased most of its needed supply from Brazil. Trade talks between China and the U.S. have a March 1 deadline set by the Trump administration, and Trump said over the weekend “we have a good chance to make a deal.”

Ag Officials from Canada, Mexico, to Attend USDA Outlook Forum

Agriculture leaders of Canada and Mexico will speak at the USDA 95th Agricultural Outlook Forum later this month. The Department of Agriculture recently announced Minister Lawrence MacAulay of Canada and Secretary Victor Villalobos Arambula (Villa-bus Arm-bew-lah) of Mexico will join U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for the forum’s keynote address on February 21. The session will mark the first time the three ministers have spoken jointly at a public forum since the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in November 2018. Secretary Perdue says the forum will focus on how USMCA will facilitate agricultural trade among the three countries. USDA says this year’s Agricultural Outlook Forum, themed “Growing Locally, Selling Globally,” highlights current issues and trends affecting agricultural production and global markets. USDA says the event also offers a platform for exchanging ideas, information and best practices among producers, processors, policymakers, government officials, and non-governmental organizations.

USDA, USTR Seek New Members for Trade Advisory Committees

The Department of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative’s Office are accepting nominations for new members to serve on its agricultural trade advisory committees. Announced Monday, nominations received by Friday, March 1, 2019, will be considered for the next round of appointments. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says farmer input on the panels can “help guide President Trump’s trade strategy” in opening markets for U.S. agriculture through ongoing trade negotiations. Members of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee advise USDA and USTR on operating existing U.S. trade agreements, on negotiating new agreements, and on other trade policy matters. Members of the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees represent specific commodity sectors and provide technical advice and guidance on trade issues that affect both domestic and foreign production. Committee members represent a cross-section of U.S. food and agricultural stakeholders and must have knowledge of agriculture and trade matters. Committee members, who serve four-year terms, must be U.S. citizens, qualify for a security clearance, and serve without compensation for time, travel or expenses.

American Soybean Association, USMEF, Top Trade Funding Recipients

The American Soybean Association will receive $21.8 million from the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program as part of the $200 million of trade promotion funds. The funds are part of the Trump administration’s efforts to curb trade war impacts on agriculture. U.S. Soybeans were targeted by tariffs from China as a retaliation to U.S. trade policy. The U.S. Meat Export Federation will receive the second-highest funding amount at $17.5 million. USMEF CEO Dan Halstrom says the funding will help agriculture organizations “defend existing market share and develop new destinations for U.S. agricultural products.” The U.S. Grains Council will receive $13.9 million. Meanwhile, the Food Export Association of the Midwest USA and the Food Export USA Northeast organizations each received more than $13 million. 57 organizations were named to receive funding in the announcement last week. The program provides assistance to eligible groups for consumer advertising, public relations, point-of-sale demonstrations, trade fair participation, and market research.

Despite Trade Turmoil, U.S. Soybean Exports Set Record

The United States exported a record-breaking 2.6 billion bushels of U.S. soy and soy products, valued at more than $28 billion last market year, ending in September. The U.S. also set a record high in combined volume of the whole soybeans, soybean meal and soybean oil exported in 2017/2018, with soybean meal exports accounting for the greatest growth. The records were achieved despite the ongoing trade war with China that hindered U.S. soybean exports. However, the official marketing year runs from October 1 to September 30, and exports during the 2017/2018 marketing year would not have been largely impacted by the tariffs introduced by China as shipments abroad normally take place after harvest. In response to the data, U.S. Soybean Export Council chairman and United Soybean Board director Derek Haigwood says at a time when global trade flows have dramatically changed, “it is critical that we ensure access in all markets that want to purchase U.S. soybeans and soy products.”

Rodale Institute Opens the Midwest Organic Center

The Rodale Institute Monday announced the opening of the Midwest Organic Center in Iowa. The center will open at Etzel Sugar Grove Farm, part of the Indian Creek Nature Center, near Cedar Rapids, Iowa this year. The center will research organic farming methods and seeks to help expand organic acreage in the Midwest. In 2016 The Department of Agriculture reported that Iowa has more than 103,000 certified organic acres on 732 farms. This places Iowa fifth in the nation for number of certified organic farms. However, the Rodale Institute says the region “lacks truly progressive, widespread access to research and training in regenerative organic practices.” In 2019, researchers and farm staff will begin transitioning the land to organic, a process that requires three total years. They will designate areas for grain production, vegetable production and a long-term systems trial similar in design to Rodale Institute’s flagship Farming Systems Trial. The center plans to host an education day for farmers sometime this year.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service