03-19-19 Colorado River Basin States Move Forward with Contingency Plan to Address Looming Crisis

Colorado River Basin States Move Forward with Contingency Plan to Address Looming Crisis

DENVER – The seven Colorado River Basin States of Colorado, Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming signed a letter to Congress today requesting legislation to implement a negotiated contingency plan that responds to the historic dry conditions and the effects of climate change on the Colorado River.

“Water is the lifeblood of the West. We all have a vested interest in the management of the Colorado River,” Governor Jared Polis said. “Thanks to the excellent work from each of the Basin States, we are in position to ensure lasting success for the Colorado River, its environment, economy, and future.”

The announcement comes on the deadline set by the Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman for the Basin States to address the situation or provide her agency with input as to Colorado River operations and management. Continue reading

03-19-19 New Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director announced

New Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director announced

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Natural Resources today announced that Jeff Robbins is the new director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). Robbins had served as acting director of the commission since January 17.

“Jeff’s expertise in the oil and gas industry has already proven to be a tremendous asset to the commission,” said Dan Gibbs, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. “We are excited to be able to appoint him as COGCC’s new director.”

“I am honored to be appointed director, and I thank DNR Director Dan Gibbs for giving me this opportunity,” Robbins said. Continue reading

03-19-19 CFB Policy Watch: Oil and gas ban is moving through the house, New HIT delay legislation and more

Legislature Continues to Force SB19-181 on Coloradans

SB19-181 continues to move its way through the legislature. After 12 and a half hours of testimony, the bill passed out of the House Energy and Environment committee at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after no amendments were presented.

SB19-181 is a threat to property owners and property rights across the state. CFB has always been a strong supporter of these rights and the rights of farmers and ranchers to use and manage their property to their best and most profitable uses for those owners.

The next hearing for SB19-181 will be the House Finance Committee on Monday afternoon.

Thank you to all those that completed the calls-to-action and signed up to testify both remotely and in person. Please keep up the fight and continue to respond and this bill keeps making its way through the process. Your work is very appreciated and it DOES make a difference!

New “Delay the HIT” Legislation Introduced Again

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03-19-19 Wheat Farmers Welcome New Export Opportunity from Trump Administration Agreement with Brazil

Wheat Farmers Welcome New Export Opportunity from Trump Administration Agreement with Brazil

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) welcome today’s announcement by President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil has agreed to implement a duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) for wheat, a longstanding obligation under Brazil’s World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. This agreement opens an annual opportunity for U.S. wheat farmers to compete on a level playing field for 750,000 metric tons (about 28 million bushels) of wheat under the TRQ.

“We are grateful to the Trump Administration for championing the interests of U.S. farmers and specifically to Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney for prioritizing the issue of Brazil’s TRQ commitment,” said Chris Kolstad, USW Chairman and a wheat farmer from Ledger, Mont. “This new opportunity gives us the chance to apply funding from the Agricultural Trade Program and other programs to build stronger relationships with Brazilian millers and a more consistent market there for U.S. wheat.” Continue reading

03-19-19 Join RMFU at Ag Day at the Capitol on March 20th

Join RMFU at Ag Day at the Capitol on March 20th

This Wednesday, March 20th, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union will host a booth for Ag Day at the Capitol. We will be serving a taste of Colorado. Each year, Ag Day at the Capitol in downtown Denver takes place during National Ag Week. The event showcases all that Colorado’s industry does for our state, highlighting ag’s successes in feeding Colorado’s five million people, its stewardship of our resources, and its $40 billion economic impact that makes it as important as tourism. This year, they will welcome RMFU farmers and ranchers who will be at their booth to visit with lawmakers and guests attending the event. If you’re around from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, please stop by and join in the food and fun.

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03-19-19 FSA Reminder: LIP and the ELP Program Deadlines following Natural Disasters

FSA Reminder: LIP and the ELP Program Deadlines following Natural Disasters

Denver, CO – March 19, 2019 – Farm Service Agency in Colorado reminds the Ag community of the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) deadlines following recent natural disasters…

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03-19-19 Inside the BARN with Hugh Sanburg, Cattlemen’s Beef Board Secretary-Treasurer: Producer Attitude Survey and More…

Inside the BARN with Hugh Sanburg, Cattlemen’s Beef Board Secretary-Treasurer

Producer Attitude Survey and More…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – March 19, 2019 – According to a recent Producer Attitude Survey conducted by the Beef Checkoff…80% of beef producers nationwide say the Beef Checkoff Program helps drive demand for beef, that was just ONE of the major findings by a third party and independent research firm – to help gauge beef producers’ awareness, overall sentiment and their concerns about the Beef Checkoff Program. For more about the survey and more about the Beef Checkoff Program my guest on the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is Hugh Sanburg, Secretary/Treasurer of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion Board


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03-19-19 USDA Continues to Prevent African Swine Fever from Entering the U.S.

USDA Continues to Prevent African Swine Fever from Entering the U.S.

Provides New Resources to Raise Awareness of the Deadly Disease

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2019 – Last week, USDA-trained detector dogs played a major role in the seizure of roughly 1 million pounds of pork smuggled from China where there is an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). The highly contagious and deadly disease affects both domestic and feral (wild) pigs and there is no treatment or vaccine available for it. Continue reading

03-19-19 USDA Announces 1890 National Scholars Program Funding Opportunity

USDA Announces 1890 National Scholars Program Funding Opportunity

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the opening of the 2019 scholarship application cycle for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program. The program aims to increase the number of minority students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and other agriculture-related disciplines. The program is available through the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE). Continue reading

03-19-19 USDA: Registration for First 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting Opens

USDA: Registration for First 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting Opens

Meeting Kicks Off at USDA on March 28, 29, Chair and Vice Chair Named

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), invites the public to register to attend the first meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The meeting will be held at USDA headquarters in the Jefferson Auditorium on March 28th and 29th. Registration for in-person attendance begins today and closes at 5:00 p.m. March 26, 2019. Please visit DietaryGuidelines.gov for registration details.

“USDA is committed to ensuring the process for developing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is transparent and data-driven,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “We are looking forward to kicking off the committee’s review of the scientific evidence, along with public engagement throughout the process. The comment period is open, and we encourage everyone to visit the redesigned Dietary Guidelines website”. Continue reading

03-19-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Mexico’s Convenience Store Sector a Rapidly Growing Venue for U.S. Red Meat

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Weekly USMEF Audio Report: Mexico’s Convenience Store Sector a Rapidly Growing Venue for U.S. Red Meat

Convenience stores account for a rapidly increasing share of food sales across the world, including in Mexico. Gerardo Rodriguez, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) regional marketing director for Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic, discusses USMEF’s efforts to expand demand for U.S. pork and beef products by working with suppliers of Mexico’s largest convenience store chain, Oxxo.

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U.S. Likely to Battle with EU Over Ag Before Trade Talks

U.S. Trade Representative chief agriculture negotiator Gregg Doud calls European Union protectionist measures “non-science-based” and “backward-looking.” The comments signal a fight ahead between the EU and the U.S. before the two nations discuss a trade agreement, according to Bloomberg. The U.S. is seeking a trade negotiation with the EU that includes agriculture, but the EU is not receptive to the idea. Agriculture policies differ greatly between the EU and the U.S., something Doud says is “shocking,” regarding the direction the EU is heading “when it comes to the use of science and technology in agriculture.” Farm production in the region is subsidized and measures including controls on approvals of genetically-modified products which keep some American goods from going into the market. And, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has insisted that agriculture would not be included in trade talks with the United States. The Trump administration, however, is seeking “comprehensive access.” For U.S. farm goods in any trade agreement with the European Union.

Tentative Agreement Reached on China Trade Enforcement Mechanism

China and the U.S. have reached a tentative agreement on enforcement of a potential trade agreement between the two nations. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Friday the mechanism blocks Beijing from retaliating if the U.S. implements tariffs on Chinese products because China violated the terms of an eventual agreement, according to Politico. Seemingly, that means U.S. agricultural products would be protected from retaliation, like seen in the tit-for-tat trade war, if true. China targeted U.S. agricultural products such as pork and soybeans as part of its response to the massive list of U.S. tariffs placed on China by the Trump administration. The two sides appear to be inching closer to reach some sort of agreement. The agreement though, won’t come this month, as previously thought. The administration says a summit between the U.S. and China will not happen at the end of March as more work is needed in the negotiations. That meeting may now be postponed until June. Also, while China may agree to enforcement measures, the adage of “say one thing, do another,” applies, as many market experts will caution that China has a history of ignoring previously agreed trade rules.

Assistance Available for Flooded Farms

Last week’s bomb cyclone continues to inundate parts of the Midwest with flood waters this week. Following the storm that hit Nebraska the hardest, the flood waters made their way downstream over the weekend to include, Iowa Kansas and Missouri. Multiple levees have been topped or breached, which has swamped farmland and small towns along the Missouri River. Some areas broke record levels, including those set in the historic floods of 2011 and 1993. The Army Corps of Engineers has reduced water releases from the Gavins Point dam over the weekend, but much of the current problem stems from the saturated Platte River in Nebraska. Still, releases from Gavins Point have been above average since last June, stemming from a wet spring and fall last year. Nearly the entire lower Missouri River, along with the Mississippi River, are included in flood warnings. Producers are urged to contact their local Farm Service Agency to find information on assistance programs. In addition, the Nebraska Farm Bureau has set up a relief fund and exchange. Details of the fund can be found at www.nefb.org.

NPPC Releases Statement on Illegal Pork Seizure

Following last week’s discovery of an illegal shipment of pork from China, The National Pork Producers Council called prevention of the spread of African swine fever a “top priority.” Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that it intercepted a large shipment of illegal pork products from China before it could enter the United States. Farm groups say the shipment could have contained pork contaminated with African swine fever. It is illegal to import pork products from countries, like China, that are positive for African swine fever to the United States. In its statement, NPPC said “Illegal import/export activities like this can’t stand and must be met with swift and severe penalties.” USDA credits enhanced protection measures to combat the spread of African swine fever for the interception. The contraband shipment, which will be destroyed in accordance with U.S. government policy, reportedly contained products derived from pork, such as flavorings in ramen noodles, and did not include fresh meat.


The National Milk Producers Federation voiced strong support for the DAIRY PRIDE Act, calling it another means toward a crucial end of the mislabeling of non-dairy products as “milks” in the marketplace. The legislation was reintroduced last week by Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin. NMPF says the bill further prods the FDA toward “increasingly necessary action” as plant-based imitators of milk, cheese, butter and other products disobey FDA rules that restrict the use of dairy terms on non-dairy products. NMPF CEO Jim Mulhern says the legislation “demonstrates strong support within Congress for fixing this problem.” Following NMPF’s submission of a citizen petition to FDA outlining a path forward, as the agency considers more than 13,000 comments submitted to on the proper use of dairy terms, the DAIRY PRIDE Act would protect the integrity of food standards by prompting FDA to enforce labeling requirements for dairy, according to NMPF.

USDA Announces Investments in Rural Community Facilities

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced $91 million in investments to rural community facilities. The facilities included in the funding announcement provide essential services for nearly 300,000 rural residents in 12 states, according to USDA. USDA is funding 16 projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The funding helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as public schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and day care centers. Acting assistant to the secretary for rural development Joel Baxley called modern community facilities “key drivers of economic development.” The projects are located in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Applicants and projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service