03-15-19 CLA NEWS: Hotel Deadline Extended! CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration

 

CLA NEWS: Hotel Deadline Extended! CLA Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration

GREELEY, CO – The deadline for the reduced hotel rate of $142.00 per night has been extended to March 23, 2019. Book your hotel room today for Colorado Livestock Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Colorado’s Finest Celebration April 3-4, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. CLA’s Annual Meeting is one of the largest gatherings of livestock producers and trade show vendors in Colorado.

Highlights of this year’s event include a keynote presentation by Stephen Laughlin, Vice President & General Manager, Global Consumer Industry, IBM Corporation, a dueling pianos show by Wild Ivories Productions and a panel discussion with experts on legal issues, regulatory concerns, and the future political landscape in Colorado.

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03-29-19 NRCS Now Accepting Applications into the ACEP Wetlands Reserve Easement Program

NRCS Now Accepting Applications into the ACEP Wetlands Reserve Easement Program

DENVER, CO. March 29, 2019 – Clint Evans, State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado, announces the opportunity for enrollment into the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetlands Reserve Easement Program (ACEP-WRE). Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 to your local NRCS field office located within the USDA Service Center that services your county. Continue reading

03-29-19 Colorado NRCS Announces Application Cut-Off Dates for 2019 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

Colorado NRCS Announces Application Cut-Off Dates for 2019 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

NRCS Will Hold 2 Rounds of Applications; Cut-Off Dates and Funding DUE DATES VARY

Friday, March 29, 2019, DENVER, CO – Clint Evans, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Colorado recently announces the 2019 application cut-off dates for landowners and eligible entities to participate in the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Agricultural Land Easement (ACEP-ALE) in Colorado. NRCS will hold two rounds of funding to help prioritize allocations. Round 1 application packages are due on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 and round 2 applications are due on Friday, May 31st, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. on each day. Continue reading

03-29-19 USDA Announces Opening Date for Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program Applications

USDA Announces Opening Date for Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program Applications

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA Rural Development will begin accepting the first round of applications for the Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program) on April 23, 2019, through reconnect.usda.gov. Continue reading

03-29-19 Joyce McConnell hired as next CSU President

Joyce McConnell hired as next CSU President

The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System voted unanimously today to hire Joyce E. McConnell to lead the System’s flagship institution into its 150th year, building on a decade that has seen record levels of enrollment, donor and alumni support and research funding, along with the dramatic transformation of campus, physically and in terms of state and national reputation.

McConnell will become the 15th President of Colorado State University, the state’s land grant university. Currently serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University, McConnell, who will assume the top position at CSU on July 1, 2019, said she is honored to be selected to help lead what is an exceptional institution of higher education.

“CSU is a national leader in higher education, and the achievements of its students, faculty and staff collectively have built a powerful momentum and an upward trajectory of success for generations of Rams to come. I look forward to being a part of that journey with you,” McConnell said. “My decision to leave West Virginia and West Virginia University after more than 20 years of service to both the university and the state was not an easy one, but Colorado State University’s mission, values and character presented an irresistible opportunity to lead one of the nation’s great land-grant universities into the future.” Continue reading

03-29-19 Culver’s Fifth Annual FFA Essay Contest- Entry Deadline April 8th!

Time’s Running Out! Culver’s FFA Essay Contest Ends April 8th!

Restaurant franchise to award $15,000  

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Feb. 18, 2019 – Today Culver’s is continuing its tradition of celebrating National FFA Week by launching its fifth annual FFA Essay Contest. Three essay writers will be chosen to receive $7,500, $5,000 or $2,500 for their FFA chapters. The essay contest is an opportunity for students to show their knowledge of—and passion for—the agricultural industry.

This year, contestants are being asked to respond to this:

  • The average age of a farmer is 58. Why is it important for more young people to get involved with agriculture? Why should they be excited to join the agricultural industry?

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USDA Eyes New ERS, NIFI Locations by May

The Department of Agriculture will release it’s shortlist of potential spots for relocating the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture “in the coming days.” USDA is working towards deciding on the final relocation spots by early May, according to Politico. An official from USDA told Congress this week that, under the plan, the Economic Research Service would keep 76 jobs in Washington and relocate 253 positions, while the National Institute of Food and Agriculture would retain just 20 employees in Washington, D.C., and move 315 to the new site. However, those numbers are based on currently appropriated positions. President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget calls for cutting the full-time ERS workforce in half, from about 330 positions to 160. USDA will also provide a cost-benefit analysis with the final recommendation. USDA maintains that taxpayers would benefit from the proposal because USDA would save money on rent by moving outside of the nation’s capital. The agency also says employees would benefit from shorter commute times and lower housing prices.

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Abundance of Moisture Limits Drought Conditions

An abundance of moisture across the United States has greatly diminished the Drought Monitor’s findings of drought across the nation. Just this week, officials declared California “drought free” for the first time in seven years. There are no areas of extreme, or exceptional drought classifications in the nation, and very few cases of severe drought. However, dryness intensified across parts of the South, while the overall trend toward drought recovery continued in the Four Corners region. Elsewhere, dryness concerns increased in the Northwest where drought expanded slightly. Most of the nation from the central and northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast remained free of drought, with severe flooding the primary concern in the nation’s heartland. Over the next week, an unsettled weather pattern will continue over much of the nation. A pair of Pacific storms are expected to bring relief to the Northwest and northern Rockies. As the system marches east, it will produce rain and snow from the central Plains into the Midwest, though the Upper Midwest will remain dry.

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Midwest Flooding Drops Ethanol Production 13%

Flooding in the Midwest impacting ethanol facilities has reduced ethanol production by 13 percent in the United States. Plants in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri were forced to shut down or scale back production during and following the flooding. Rail lines are washed out, hampering the transportation of products to and from ethanol plants. Some have damaged facilities or soaked stored corn, and local roads need repair around the facilities. The U.S. has some 200 ethanol plants capable of producing 1.06 million barrels per day, and about 100,000 to 140,000  barrels per day of capacity has been taken off line due to the floods, according to Reuters. Nebraska officials say crop damage in the state will exceed $400 million. The flooding disaster comes as the industry is in the midst of low prices and demand falling for the first time in 20 years.

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FCA Encouraging Farm Credit System to Work with Borrowers in Flooded Areas

The Farm Credit Administration is encouraging Farm Credit System lenders to work with borrowers who have been affected by the extensive flooding in the Midwest. The mid-March “bomb cyclone” dropped heavy rain and triggered massive snowmelt, which led to widespread flooding in the Midwest, particularly in Nebraska and Iowa. Known damages include loss of livestock, production facilities, and grain in storage. Also, saturated soil is adversely affecting preparations for spring planting. FCA regulations and the solid financial position of lenders offer considerable flexibility in providing disaster relief. FCA says Farm Credit System lenders can alleviate stress for borrowers affected by natural disasters in several ways, including extending the terms of loan repayments and restructuring borrowers’ debt obligations. A Farm Credit Administration official stated, “We encourage institutions to use this flexibility following disasters like this one to help borrowers get back on their feet.”

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Bayer to Appeal $80 Million Jury Decision

Bayer, in response to an $80 million award to a California man suing the company over Roundup, says the verdict “does not change the weight of over four decades of extensive science.” Bayer will appeal the action, which is considered the phase two verdict in the case Hardeman v Monsanto. The jury found Bayer liable for Edwin Hardeman’s cancer. Bayer acquired Monsanto in a deal that closed last year. Bayer notes that the jury deliberated for more than four days before reaching a causation verdict in phase one, an indication that it was very likely divided over the scientific evidence. The legal rulings under which the court admitted expert scientific testimony from the plaintiff that it called “shaky” is one of several significant issues that the company may raise on appeal. Monsanto moved to exclude the same evidence before trial. Bayer offered sympathy for Hardeman and his family, but added “Bayer stands behind these products and will vigorously defend them.”

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Major Food Companies Release Nutrition and Dietary Guidance Framework

A group of major food companies says more can be done to address public health and environmental health concerns, including climate change, through food. The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance was formed by Danone North America, Mars Incorporated, Nestle USA and Unilever to influence food policy. This week, the group released its framework for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The group says the guidelines should be transparent, reflect the current public health environment, incorporate food groups that reflect a wide range of possible healthful diets, and be enhanced through education campaigns, along with clearly stating rational with scientific citations. The groups state the guidelines are “the right place to explore issues like sustainability and emerging areas like Food is Medicine, in order to turn the tide on food and nutrition-related public health concerns.” The framework also says dietary advice should account for how climate change, water scarcity, soil health, and other environmental challenges may impact the availability and nutrient density of foods and beverages.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-28-19 Colorado Senate Votes to Advance FY 2019-2020 Budget

 

Colorado Senate Votes to Advance FY 2019-2020 Budget

Denver, CO – The Colorado State Senate voted today 29-6 to pass the FY 2019-2020 Long Bill on third reading. The budget will now head to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration.

“A budget is a reflection of our state’s values, and I believe we can confidently say to any Coloradan, in every corner of the state, that this budget has victories for everyone,” said President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo). “I am so grateful to the members of the Joint Budget Committee who worked tirelessly for months on this budget and had to make some very difficult decisions to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly and in the best interests of all Coloradans.” Continue reading

03-28-19 Colorado State Senate Passes Lifesaving Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill

Colorado State Senate Passes Lifesaving Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill

Denver, CO – The Colorado State Senate today voted 18-to-17 to pass HB19-1177, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, a bill sponsored by Senators Lois Court (D-Denver) and Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) that will save lives by allowing family members and law enforcement to request a court order to temporarily remove firearms from someone who is deemed a danger to themselves or to others. The bill now heads back to the House of Representatives for consideration of amendments.

“After years of working to pass similar legislation, I am proud that the Senate has finally voted to advance a commonsense gun safety bill that will ultimately save the lives of Coloradans and law enforcement officers,” said Senator Court. “Thoughts and prayers don’t save lives, but extreme risk protection orders will, and I look forward to seeing it signed into law.”

“This bill is supported by an overwhelming majority of Coloradans, and outside of this building, it is not controversial,” said Senator Pettersen. “We passed this bill and did what is right for our law enforcement, domestic violence survivors, our kids who just want to feel safe when they go to school, and the countless family members who have lost someone to unnecessary gun violence.” Continue reading

03-29-19 Study Analyzes Contribution of American Lamb Checkoff Program

Study Analyzes Contribution of American Lamb Checkoff Program

The American Lamb Board (ALB) works to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of their programs and ensure its efforts deliver a good return on the industry’s investment.  At least every five years, ALB conducts an extensive economic return on investment (ROI) analysis with a third-party University. The latest ROI study was recently finalized and is now available upon request. Continue reading

03-28-19 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…

Ag Day at the Capitol Recap, CFB Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund Reactivated, WOTUS, Federal & Colorado Water Legislation, CFB’s 100th, Who’s Who in CO Agriculture & More…

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 28, 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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03-28-19 Inside the NACD with President Tim Palmer…

Inside the NACD with President Tim Palmer…

(BARNMediaFarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 28, 2019 – Within this month’s National Association of Conservation District’s interview my guest is the organization’s President Tim Palmer and we’ll be discussing several topics related to locally led conservation and the NACD, including:

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03-28-19 Family Farm Alliance: Indian Water Rights Settlement Legislation Introduced

Family Farm Alliance: Indian Water Rights Settlement Legislation Introduced

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced the Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act today to fund water infrastructure projects in tribal communities. Click here for the full Committee press release, which notes the Family Farm Alliance support for this legislation. Continue reading

03-28-19 USDA Gathers Monthly Yield Data to Measure Crop Production

USDA Gathers Monthly Yield Data to Measure Crop Production

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – March 28, 2019 – Starting in May and continuing through November, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct a monthly Agricultural Yield survey. The information captured in this survey will help NASS track changes in yields that can occur due to weather, pests, disease and other factors, from farmers and
ranchers in the Mountain Region states of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

“This survey is critical in assessing the true state of agriculture in the Mountain Region,” said William Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional Field Office. “The data that farm operators provide through NASS’s Agricultural Yield survey allows us to provide
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03-28-17 National Farmers Union Confronts the Farm Crisis

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National Farmers Union Confronts the Farm Crisis

WASHINGTON D.C. – March 28, 2019 (Originally Posted on May 16, 2017) –The national farm economy is deteriorating, forcing many family farmers and ranchers to make tough financial decisions that will impact their families, communities, and the entire country.

In order to provide farmers with the resources and support needed to endure these tough economic conditions, National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farmers Union state divisions have compiled resources, organized listening sessions, and initiated a national campaign to raise awareness for the current farm crisis.

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03-28-19 NFU: Join the Dairy Together Roadshow

NFU: Join the Dairy Together Roadshow

Dairy Together, a movement to rebuild a viable dairy economy for family farmers and rural communities, will be hosting events across the country in the coming months. Called the Dairy Together Road Show, these events will educate dairy farmers and industry stakeholders about several potential pathways toward market stabilization.
The events are being organized by the National Farmers Organization and Farmers Union organizations from Wisconsin, New England, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, California, and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union region, with support from the National Farmers Union and Holstein Association USA.

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for March 28th

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Weekly Export Sales for March 28th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, March 28th

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Report: 55% of Corn Acres Face Potential Flooding

A report from Plantalytics says current conditions in the Corn Belt leave 55 percent of the nation’s corn acreage at risk of flooding. Plantalytics is a business weather intelligence firm. The firm reports that major flooding throughout the United States leaves 55 percent of corn acres at risk, along with 60 percent of the nation’s soybean acres to be planted this spring. Thousands of acres have already been inundated with flood waters along the Missouri River, and some will not be used to produce a crop this season. The report follows a forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, depicting at-risk areas this spring. The Missouri and Mississippi River, throughout nearly all of their length, are at risk for major or moderate flooding. NOAA has much of the eastern U.S. at risk for minor flooding, along with the south and Midwest. The report from Plantalytics based its data on 2018 production of corn and soybeans.

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Mississippi Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration

A delegation of elected officials from Mississippi is seeking a federal disaster declaration for the state. Mississippi, much like other states near major U.S. rivers, is experiencing record flooding. In a letter to the Trump administration, the state’s lawmakers reported 43 of the state’s 82 counties have been affected by flooding this spring. The state reports more than 1,300 homes have been damaged, along with 35 bridges and 938 reports of damage to roadways. Earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said flooding in southern states, including Mississippi, could be “potentially historic.” Historic flooding is already occurring across the Midwest and flood waters in several areas have eclipsed previous records held since 1993. Minor to moderate flooding has been a threatening issue to the entire Mississippi and Missouri river basins since last summer and fall. Flood advisories, watches and warning are in effect along nearly the entire length of both the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

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Trump Wants Quick Action on USMA

President Donald Trump wants lawmakers to move quickly to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The USMCA, Trump’s replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, is currently being navigated through procedural hurdles before the administration can present the final proposed agreement to Congress. Lawmakers must consider the agreement on a simple yes or no vote, with no amendments, with Trade Promotion Authority in effect. Politico reports Trump told House Republicans in a meeting this week the administration is preparing for a vote on the agreement before the summer, but a vote by the end of the year is a more likely timeline. Although, a vote is allowed to happen sometime after the U.S. International Trade Commission submits its analysis of the economic impact of the deal on April 19th. The USMCA agreement is considered Trump’s top legislative policy in 2019, before election-year politics muddy the path forward in 2020.

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ASA: Growers Not Pleased with Keeping Tariffs in Potential China Agreement

In a statement by the American Soybean Association, leadership of the organization say the group “is not pleased” with recent comments by the President regarding tariffs and the China trade talks. President Trump has suggested that he could leave tariffs in place under an agreement with China. However, ASA considers the removal of tariffs on China part of an exchange for China to lift its retaliatory 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybean imports. ASA president Davie Stephens questioned, “How can the U.S. and China reach any deal without doing so?” ASA in prior statements said  “it’s not enough for China to make one-off good will purchases,” of U.S. soybeans over the last three months. Any longer-term plan to manage soybean trade under which China would guarantee to buy specified amounts of soybeans over an extended period—but still keep its 25 percent tariff in place—”is not an acceptable alternative to full market access,” according to ASA.

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U.S. to Inspect Brazil Beef Plants

U.S. officials will inspect Brazilian beef plants in June following trade talks between the U.S. and Brazil. In a news release, Brazil’s agriculture minister said U.S. officials will audit the inspection system for Brazil beef and pork from June 10 to June 28, calling the audit “an important step” to allow Brazil to re-export to the United States in the future. Brazil says the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection intends to verify that Brazilian products meet U.S. sanitary requirements. Brazil and the U.S. last week issued a joint statement agreeing to “science-based conditions” to allow for the importation of U.S. pork, according to the statement. Still, concerns remain within the U.S. regarding allowing products from Brazil into the U.S. market, according to meat industry publication Meatingplace. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in 2017 suspended imports of fresh Brazilian Beef in the wake of public health concerns, sanitary conditions and animal health issues.

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Western U.S. Farmers Urge Lawmakers to Address Water Challenges

More than 100 organization representing Western U.S. agriculture are urging Congress to use infrastructure legislation to address Western water challenges. The groups say, “existing water infrastructure in the West is aging and in need of rehabilitation and improvement.” President Trump has said infrastructure might be one area that both political parties in the 116th Congress can agree upon. The Democratic Party’s to-do list also includes an ambitious infrastructure program. California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson says, “many California water users will still face water shortages in 2019,” despite an above average snowpack, highlighting the need for reforms. Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, was one of the recipients of the letter. DeFazio now chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he intends to lead efforts to produce a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure bill to fund transportation and water projects. The letter underscores that water conservation, water recycling, watershed management, conveyance, desalination, water transfers, groundwater storage and surface storage are all needed in a diversified management portfolio.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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03-28-19 NFU: How to Help Farmers Affected by Flooding

NFU: How to Help Farmers Affected by Flooding

Record flooding across the Midwest have proved catastrophic for family farmers and ranchers in the region. It has cost the agriculture industry billions of dollars in crop loss, livestock deaths, and building damage, and has incapacitated large swaths of rural infrastructure. It will likely take months, if not years, for many operations to recover.
If you would like to help those affected by flooding, Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) is accepting tax deductible donations to support flood relief efforts for family farmers, ranchers, and members of rural communities. You can donate online here, or send checks to 1305 Plum Street, Lincoln, NE 68502. If you are a farmer in need of assistance, you can find national disaster resources here, and state-specific resources here.