03-04-19 WGCD Scholarship Awards Announced

WGCD: Conservation Scholarship Opportunities

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, March 15th

Spring is an easy time to get distracted…but if you hope to attend college in the Fall, you  are probably searching and applying for scholarship opportunities to complete and submit by set deadlines.

West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) hosts a scholarship award program with an approaching deadline for submission by eligible full-time students living within WGCD boundaries, who plan to attend a Colorado institution of higher learning, with a 3.0 or higher grade point average.  Scholarship Application packets must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 15th. The Scholarship award is $5,000 per student.

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03-04-19 Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “Evil D.C. Politics Infiltrates Colorado Capitol”

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Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “Evil D.C. Politics Infiltrates Colorado Capitol”

When I started in the legislature 13 years ago, there was integrity and collaboration. You could disagree but still have a discussion and still be civil to each other. You would try to find common ground and actually try to solve problems. Now, not so much.

We have a governor who bragged about a stakeholder process for the new oil and gas restrictions when, in fact, there was none– no enviros– no industry. Integrity meant working with constituents to draft problem-solving language. Drafting any legislation in back rooms and then being dishonest when it is introduced is not the definition of good policy making, let alone integrity.

The evil seems to be a continued agenda with absolutely no desire to reach across the aisle to form good policy. From the introduction of bills which would create safe places to inject illegal drugs with new needles given by government to giving our Presidential votes away to the populated states, this governor and lawmakers are taking Colorado down a path of destruction and socialism. Continue reading

03-04-19 Farm Foundation hosting Forum regarding U.S. and Canadian Perspectives on Trans-Pacific Trade…

U.S. and Canadian Perspectives on Trans-Pacific Trade

Check out the BARN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PRIOR to the Farm Foundation’s Forum featuring Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Global Trade Analysis (GTAP) at Purdue University, and Don Buckingham, Ph.D., CEO of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute…

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March 4, 2019 – Washington D.C. – The U.S. food and agriculture sector is watching closely as a multitude of trade issues and policies play out in global negotiations. The Farm Foundation Forum on Monday, March 4, 2019, will look at the economic impacts those decisions may have on U.S. agriculture, as well as what one specific agreement means for the Canadian agricultural sector. Continue reading

03-04-19 RMFU: Oil & Gas Policy, Education Are Front And Center In Colorado

RMFU: Oil & Gas Policy, Education Are Front And Center In Colorado

By Ed Bowditch, RMFU Government Relations For Colorado

We had another busy week here at the Capitol as legislators faced late night hearings debating vaping, evictions, and sex education. In addition, the Governor held two press conferences this week to announce major legislation. First, a reinsurance program was announced to address the high costs of healthcare across the state, which passed its first committee hearing that same day. Continue reading

03-04-19 NFU Convention News: Gene Paul, Paul Symens Awarded Farmers Union’s Highest Honor

NFU Convention News: Gene Paul, Paul Symens Awarded Farmers Union’s Highest Honor

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Family farm agriculture endures in the social fabric of the United States and as the backbone of a safe and secure national food system because of the tireless advocacy and hard work of men and women across the industry. National Farmers Union (NFU) today presented its Meritorious Service Award, the organization’s highest honor, to two of these individuals at the NFU 117th Anniversary Convention.

NFU presented Gene Paul of Minnesota with the Meritorious Service Award to Humanity and Paul Symens with the Meritorious Service Award to Farmers Union and to American Agriculture.
“Both Gene and Paul spent their careers and lives bettering life for American farm and ranch families, and their communities,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “It is important to celebrate champions for family farmers and rural communities, and to honor these men in particular for their service. I am proud to recognize their contributions with our organization’s highest honor, the Meritorious Service Award.”

03-04-19 CSU: Driving innovation at 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium, April 1-2

Driving innovation at 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium, April 1-2

Academic and industry leaders around the country discuss why the 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium is the premier venue for highlighting the future of energy

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, former Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr. and energy experts in academia, government and industry will headline the 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, April 1-2.

The 8th annual event brings together speakers from multiple disciplines to advance the ever-broadening conversation about the future of energy, with topics ranging from clean transportation and water to trends in the oil and gas industry.

“Technological innovations are rapidly changing the energy landscape that we know today,” said Bryan Willson, executive director of the CSU Energy Institute. “The symposium is intended to inspire nonpartisan collaborations to shape the vision for the global energy transition.”

The symposium is co-hosted by the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory and the Energy Institute at Colorado State University, along with partner institutions University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Community invited to join the conversation

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03-04-19 CSU selects JE Dunn for construction of three buildings at the National Western Center

CSU selects JE Dunn for construction of three buildings at the National Western Center

Denver, CO – The Colorado State University System awarded its Construction Management/General Contractor (CMGC) procurement contract for the construction of its three buildings at the CSU Campus at the National Western Center, taking it one step closer to development of the north Denver site. Continue reading

02-28-19 CFB: ‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 3-9

‘Safety: Know Your Limits’ is Theme of Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 3-9

Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). As part of ASAP, March 3-9 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme “Safety: Know Your Limits.”

A different safety focus will be highlighted by Colorado Farm Bureau and U.S. Ag Centers each day of the week: (Listen to the PSA’s below)

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Will The WTO Decision Impact China-U.S. negotiations?

The World Trade Organization found that China exceeded its agreed-on limits for government subsidies on multiple crops. Politico notes that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the case could indeed become part of the negotiations and hoped-for trade deal with China. Lighthizer says there’s another WTO challenge in process that targets how China administers its import quotas on multiple agricultural products. Lighthizer told the House Ways and Means Committee last week that they’re trying to resolve those issues with China within the context of a potential agreement. White House Chief Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow told CNBC that the outlook for a deal with China is “very positive.” That’s a different outlook than the one Lighthizer had during testimony to the Ways and Means Committee in which he said, “there’s still substantial work that needs to be done.” President Trump did say last week that they’ve made “major progress” in talks with China but also acknowledged the possibility things could still collapse. During a press conference in Vietnam, Trump said, “I’m never afraid to walk away from a deal. I would do that with China, too, if it didn’t work out.” Also, on the trade front, the Trump Administration published its key objectives for a potential agreement with the United Kingdom, the first step in the process of beginning trade negotiations.

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Ag Organizations Collectively Endorse USMCA at Commodity Classic

The National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers, and the National Sorghum Producers announced their collective support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. The announcement came as the organizations took part in the Commodity Classic, held in Orlando, Florida. The groups say Mexico and Canada account for 25 percent of all U.S. agriculture exports and the USMCA preserves and builds upon the existing trading relationships between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Members of all four organizations will be advocating members of Congress to ratify the agreement this year. They’ll also be urging the administration to keep the current NAFTA agreement in place until the new one is ratified. NCGA President Lynn Chrisp says, “Mexico and Canada are the corn industry’s largest, most reliable market. In fact, Mexico is U.S. corn’s number one buyer.” Davie Stephens, ASA president, says, “Passage of USMCA would boost both national and rural economies, and for soybeans, it would ensure tariff-free access to two strong markets.” Wheat Growers President Jimmie Musick says, “USMCA will include tariff-free access to imported U.S. wheat for our long-time flour milling customers in Mexico.”

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Perdue Wants to Restore Original Intent of SNAP

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’d like to restore the “original intent” of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. During a Senate hearing last week, he called it a “second chance, not a way of life.” The Secretary’s comments came after the USDA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to move more able-bodied SNAP recipients to self-sufficiency by working. The rule aims to restore what the system was meant to be, assistance through difficult times rather than lifelong dependency. The proposed rule focuses on work-related program requirements for able-bodied adults that don’t have dependents. It would apply to people between ages 18 and 49 who aren’t disabled and don’t have dependents. The rule would not apply to the disabled, pregnant women, or the elderly. Those who are eligible to receive SNAP benefits, including the underemployed, would still qualify. There haven’t been any statutory changes to the welfare reform legislation that was signed in 1996. However, an abuse of administration flexibility in the SNAP program has undermined the ideal of self-sufficiency through work. During the Senate hearing, Perdue said, “We do not believe in states where the unemployment is four percent that able-bodied-adults without dependents should be able to stay on food assistance interminably.”

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Ag Groups React to Wheeler Confirmation

Groups reacted to the announcement last week that the Senate had confirmed Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to head the agency permanently. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says his organization welcomes the Senate’s confirmation of Wheeler as administrator. “This is a tribute to his deep experience and the expertise he brings to the office,” Duvall says. “Mr. Wheeler knows first-hand the impact EPA policies have on America’s economy from his previous years in the private sector. The U.S. government needs more people like him.” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor congratulated Wheeler on his confirmation. “Giving American drivers access to affordable and renewable fuel choices starts with following through on the president’s commitment to allow E15 sales year-round on June 1 or sooner,” Skor says. Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts says he looks forward to continuing to work with the new EPA Administrator. “He’s taken the time to listen to concerns of farmers and ranchers regarding the damaging ‘Waters-of-the-U.S.’ rule,” Roberts says. “Mr. Wheeler has already demonstrated a high regard for the concerns of rural America, and I look forward to working with him on issues important to agriculture.”

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Legislation Introduced to Renew Expired Biodiesel Tax Incentive

The National Biodiesel Board thanks Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Wyden of Oregon for introducing legislation to extend expired biodiesel tax incentives. The legislation would provide a two-year extension of expired temporary tax incentives, including the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive. The legislation also includes important tax provisions for those impacted by natural disasters. Kurt Kovarik, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs, says his organization is hopeful the House and Senate will address the expired provisions “as soon as possible.” Congress did renew the biodiesel tax incentive in February of 2018, but only retroactively for the previous year. “Biodiesel producers have counted on the credits to secure blending contracts and financing for plant expansions and upgrades,” Kovarik says, “Now they’re facing the longest period of uncertainty ever, as the tax incentive remains expired two full months after the start of 2019.” He says stable long-term tax policy is important to continue the nation’s path to cleaner fuels and energy security.

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U.S. Share of Japan Beef Market Shrinks in January

Members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership saw their beef exports to Japan grow by more than half in the month of January. The members’ share of the market hit 56 percent, while U.S. beef exports to Japan grew 21 percent. However, the U.S. share of the market shrunk by six percent. The industry website Meating Place Dot Com says the news comes on the heels of U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer saying he’d like to begin discussions on a bilateral trade agreement with Japan in March. U.S. producers lost out on Japan’s tariff decreases, which eventually will drop to nine percent, since President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the trade pact in 2017. The Japanese Finance Ministry says TPP members Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Mexico shipped 33,000 metric tons of beef to Japan in January, up 56 percent year over year. The tariff rate for these countries dropped from 38.5 percent after the agreement took effect down to a current 27.5 percent.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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