02-15-19 Bartolo Tapped for CFVGA Member of the Year

Dr. Michael Bartolo, Rocky Ford, Colo., Named 2018 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Robert Sakata Member of the Year

Dr. Michael Bartolo, director of the Colorado State University Arkansas Valley Research Center, Rocky Ford, Colo.

February 15, 2019 – Dr. Michael Bartolo, director of the Colorado State University Arkansas Valley Research Center, Rocky Ford, Colo., has been selected the 2018 Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association’s (CFVGA) Robert Sakata Member of the Year. He will be honored Feb. 26 at an awards luncheon that is part of the association’s fifth annual conference at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton.

Bartolo was instrumental in the founding of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association. According to CFVGA President Robert Sakata, “Mike is especially deserving of the selection, because he was the principle person with the idea of organizing CFVGA. He had the vision and took the time to write and get approved a Specialty Crop Block Grant focused on starting the association.”
Bartolo has dedicated his career to help farmers across Colorado by conducting research to improve plant varieties and develop new ones. He spent 25 years of his career developing chile peppers and working with growers to develop a variety with superior production and taste properties. The Mosco chile is one of the most popular chiles grown in the Arkansas Valley and consumed throughout Colorado and beyond. He encouraged growers to brand this family of chiles as Pueblo Chile, which has contributed greatly to the growing popularity of this distinctively Colorado chile. In addition, he has conducted research on irrigation techniques as well as disease and pest control technologies. He has participated in multi-state research projects and also has delved into studying environmental conditions that may provide Colorado produce with superior taste.

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02-15-19 CLA News: ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers in Place Until September

CLA News: ELD Delay for Livestock Haulers in Place Until September

On Thursday, the Senate has passed an approps package to fund the rest of the government until September 30th, 2019.  The House is set to vote soon, and “President Donald Trump plans to sign a bipartisan spending deal and then declare a national emergency to fund his border wall,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday. The move will avert a government shutdown Friday. “He is prepared to sign the bill,” McConnell said. “He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time.”

This package includes a continued ELD delay for livestock haulers until September 30, 2019.  Continue reading

02-15-19 Make plans to attend the 2019 Crop Protection and Nutrition – March 7th. Sterling Colorado – Check out the Agenda

Make plans to attend the 2019 Crop Protection and Nutrition – March 7th. Sterling Colorado – Check out the Agenda

Join us at the 2019 Crop Protection and Nutrition Workshop – March 7th at the Logan County CSU Extension Office (508 S 10th Ave.) in Sterling, Colorado. RSVP by March 5th. No Registration fees. Lunch and refreshment provided.

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02-15-19 CLA News: Legislative Affairs Committee Joined by Senator Ginal

CLA News: Legislative Affairs Committee Joined by Senator Ginal

The Colorado Livestock Association Legislative Affairs Committee met this Friday morning via conference call to discuss pending legislation and its potential effect on rural Colorado and livestock producers.

The Committee was joined by Senator Joann Ginal (D), who represents Larimer County and is a member of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee.

Senator Ginal discussed two bills of interest to members of the Committee:

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02-15-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Signing of Appropriations Bill & Declaration of National Emergency

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Signing of Appropriations Bill & Declaration of National Emergency

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s signing of legislation that funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and declaration of a national emergency at the southern border: Continue reading

02-15-19 U.S. Wheat Associates Board of Directors Elect Officers for 2019/20

Left to right: Darren Padget, Secretary-Treasurer; Doug Goyings, Vice Chairman; Chris Kolstad, Chairman; and Rhonda Larson, Secretary-Treasurer Elect.

U.S. Wheat Associates Board of Directors Elect Officers for 2019/20

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) board of directors elected new officers for the 2019/20 (July to June) fiscal year at their meeting Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The board elected Rhonda K. Larson of East Grand Forks, Minn., as Secretary-Treasurer; Darren Padget of Grass Valley, Ore., as Vice Chairman; and Doug Goyings of Paulding, Ohio, as Chairman. These farmers will begin their new leadership roles at the USW board meeting in June 2019 in Montana when current Chairman Chris Kolstad of Ledger, Mont., will become Past Chairman. USW is the export market development organization for the U.S. wheat industry. Continue reading

02-15-19 Colorado House Approves Valdez’s Bipartisan Bill to Implement Safe Produce Safety Standards

Colorado House Approves Valdez’s Bipartisan Bill to Implement Safe Produce Safety Standards

February 15, 2019 – DENVER, CO — A bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Donald Valdez, D-La Jara, that would provide the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) the authority to monitor the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption passed on the House floor today.

“This bill is so important for our farmers, our ranchers, and our next generation of producers,” said Rep. Valdez. “It is vital that we continue knowing where our food comes from.”

02-15-19 Colorado FFA Foundation to induct 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees – GET YOUR TIX ASAP – Event is Nearly Sold Out!

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Colorado FFA Foundation to induct 2019 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees

GET YOUR TIX ASAP – Event is Nearly Sold Out!

The Colorado FFA Foundation will induct three more members into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame on February 27, 2019.  Mr. Jay Hickert, Akron, Mr. George “Buck” Hutchison, Englewood, and Mr. Dan Williams, Denver, will all be formally inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame in at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

“We are proud to add three more outstanding individuals to the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, the applicant pool continues to be diverse, and very competitive.  I am amazed at the significant contributions to agriculture that all of our nominees possess. “said Ed Cordes, Chairman of the Colorado FFA Foundation. Continue reading


2019 National Ag Day Essay Contest Winners Announced

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) has announced the 2019 National Ag Day video and written essay winners.  The winners were chosen based on the theme:  Agriculture: Food for Life.  How does our nation lead the way?

The theme presented an opportunity for high school students to address how American agriculture feeds the growing population. Entrants chose to either write an essay or create a video.  One written winner and on video winner were selected.

“CHS has long supported rural youth education and leadership programs and we are proud to give this year’s essay contest winners a platform that lets them share their ideas with a broader audience,” says Annette Degnan, CHS Inc., director, Marketing Communications, and Agriculture Council of America board member.

The national written essay winner, Grace Brose from Box Elder, South Dakota, receives a $1,000 prize and travel to Washington, D.C., for recognition at the National Press Club on March 14, 2019. During this event, she will have the opportunity to read the winning essay and will join other youth for a panel discussion on issues and challenges in agriculture.

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02-15-19 The 2019 NAWG/USW Winter Conference Concludes with Wheat Growers Leaving Their Mark on Capitol Hill

The 2019 NAWG/USW Winter Conference Concludes with Wheat Growers Leaving Their Mark on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2019) – The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates held its annual winter conference from February 11-15, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Conducting meetings with Members from wheat states as well as the House and Senate Agriculture Committee and their staff, wheat growers focused their discussions on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill, challenges facing the wheat industry, and trade. Additionally, NAWG’s Committees covered a range of topics including the farm bill implementation, U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement and other trade issues, and wheat research needs.

“The 2018 NAWG/USW Winter Conference was notably busy this year as NAWG really focused on meeting with freshmen Members of Congress as well as staff from the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture,” stated NAWG CEO Chandler Goule. “Our priority is to get the farm bill implemented as Congress intended and to educate freshman Members on who is NAWG and the role wheat farmers, and all growers, play as the backbone of the agriculture economy.” Continue reading

02-15-19 USDA and HHS Partner to Create Recovery Housing in Rural Communities

USDA and HHS Partner to Create Recovery Housing in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz today announced USDA and HHS will partner to create addiction recovery transitional housing in rural communities.

“Strong and healthy communities are foundational for prosperity in rural America,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of President Trump, we are committed at USDA to building innovative partnerships and driving more effective and efficient use of our resources to address the opioid misuse crisis at the local level.” Continue reading

02-15-19 United States Issues WTO Counter Notification Concerning India’s Market Price Support for Various Pulses

United States Issues WTO Counter Notification Concerning India’s Market Price Support for Various Pulses

*CORRECTED* Washington, DC  U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States, together with Canada, submitted a counter notification in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on Agriculture (COA) on India’s market price support for five pulses: chickpeas, pigeon peas, black matpe, mung beans, and lentils.

Based on United States/Canadian calculations, it appears that India has substantially underreported its market price support for chickpeas, pigeon peas, black matpe, mung beans, and lentils. When calculated according to WTO Agreement on Agriculture methodology, India’s market price support for each of these pulses far exceeded its allowable levels of trade-distorting domestic support. The United States expects a robust discussion on how India implements and notifies its policies at the next COA meeting, which is scheduled for February 26-27, 2019.

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02-15-19 Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Program Applications due May 31st

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Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches application now open

Applications due May 31st

DENVER, Colo. (February 14, 2019) ━ History Colorado is seeking eligible applicants for the 2019 Centennial Farms & Ranches ceremony to be held at the Colorado State Fair in Aug. 2019. The Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches program honors the important role agriculture has played in our state’s history, economic development, and modern-day well-being. The program is a collaboration between History Colorado and the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

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WOTUS Definition Hearings Scheduled

The Environmental Protection Agency has rescheduled public hearings on the updated Waters of the U.S. definition. The hearings were scheduled to take place during the government shutdown, but were postponed. The hearings will be held on February 27th and 28th in Kansas City, Kansas. The EPA, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, have submitted the proposed rule to the Federal Register. The 60-day comment period, also delayed by the government shutdown, will close on April 15th. In the Federal Register, the listing says the EPA is defining the scope of waters regulated under the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule is intended to “increase Clean Water Act program predictability and consistency by increasing clarity as to the scope of waters of the United States.” Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, called the release of the proposal a “major step toward fair and understandable water regulation on America’s farms and ranches.”

Farmland Values Stable, but Risks to Outlook Remain

Farmland values in the Federal Reserve’s Tenth District held steady in the fourth quarter of 2018 despite risks to ongoing stability, according to the Kansas City Fed’s quarterly Agricultural Credit Survey. While demand for farmland remained relatively strong across the district, weaknesses in the crop sector continued to dampen the overall agricultural economy. The report says that risks to the outlook for farmland values in the quarter included slightly higher interest rates and an uptick in the pace of farmland sales in states with higher concentrations of crop production. In addition, continued deterioration in farm finances and credit conditions could put further pressure on values for farm real estate. Looking into 2019, bankers’ expectations for farmland values were slightly weaker than a year ago. Still, the report says the value of farmland continued to provide ongoing support to the farm sector and remained a key factor to monitor in 2019. The Tenth District covers parts of or all of seven different states, including Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

USDA Prioritizes Investments in Telemedicine to Address Opioid Crisis

The Department of Agriculture is giving funding priority in a key grant program for applications to address opioid misuse in rural communities. USDA may award up to 30 special consideration points for Distance Learning and Telemedicine program applications for projects that provide opioid treatment services in 220 at-risk counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2019. Outgoing Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett says the focused investment targets USDA resources “to be a strong partner to rural communities.” Last week, the Trump administration announced that Hazlett would move to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to serve as a senior adviser for rural affairs, furthering the administration focus on addressing the opioid crisis.

Sleight to Retire as U.S. Grains Council President And CEO

Tom Sleight, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Grains Council since 2012, will retire this summer following the appointment of his successor. The Council board of directors made the announcement this week during a membership meeting in Colombia. Sleight says he has “done what I intended to accomplish,” adding he is “confident the Council is headed in the right direction.” In a news release, the organization says Sleight leaves with the organization on firm footing and with expansion on the horizon. The Council was recently awarded nearly $14 million from the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Trade Promotion Program, and was also recently awarded an increase in funding from USDA’s market development programs, the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program. The board of directors has appointed a search committee comprised of representatives from its membership, including the corn, sorghum, barley, ethanol and agribusiness sectors.

Senators Introduce Pesticide Registration Improvement Act

Senate Agriculture Committee leaders this week reintroduced the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. The legislation would establish a framework for EPA when registering pesticides. The Senators, Including Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow, say the legislation would support the Environmental Protection Agency “in providing timely approvals of crop protection tools.” The bill also includes protections for farmworkers, including resources to train farmworkers in the safe and responsible application of pesticides. The Senators say the original intent of the legislation has been to create a more predictable and effective evaluation process for pesticide decisions by coupling the collection of fees with specific decision review periods. The legislation includes technical changes and extends authority for EPA to collect updated pesticide registration and maintenance fees through fiscal year 2023. The bipartisan PRIA legislation introduced this week is identical to what passed the Senate unanimously by voice vote in June 2018.

Rural ACT Test Takers Suffer from Weak Technology

A new study finds that high school students in rural parts of the U.S. face significant challenges accessing technology that may adversely affect their learning. Specifically, the report “Rural Students: Technology, Coursework and Extracurricular Activities,” found rural students lack of access may impede their course-taking success, including the national ACT test. The report focuses on the well-known issue in rural America facing communities and farm families, a lack of quality internet access and the need for broadband connections. The report notes that six percent of schools in the U.S. still do not meet federal connectivity benchmarks. To better serve rural students, the ACT organization recommends finding ways to improve internet and technology access at home and at the school,  increase opportunities for rigorous course taking, and expand opportunities for personalized learning. In positive news for rural students, respondents had greater access to extracurricular activities than non-rural students, including clubs, sports and other school-related activities.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service