03-20-19 NWSS Center seeks to cultivate its future programs, partnerships and events

National Western Center seeks to cultivate its future programs, partnerships and events

“Cultivate” campaign asks businesses, nonprofits, others to consider being part of the National Western Center when its doors open – Visit nationalwesterncenter.com/cultivate

DENVER — The National Western Center is a global destination for agricultural innovation and western heritage that will open its doors in 2024 in Denver. Today, its leadership is seeking to cultivate the mix of experiences and opportunities that will happen at this dynamic campus and online, via an open call now through April 20 at nationalwesterncenter.com/cultivate. Continue reading

03-14-19 WGCD: FREE Ag Career Exploration Workshop at Aims Community College’s Greeley Campus on March 21st

WGCD: FREE Ag Career Exploration Workshop at Aims Community College’s Greeley Campus on March 21st

In honor of National Ag Day/Week, the West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) is partnering with Aims Community College on Thursday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. to host their first FREE: Ag Career Exploration Workshop in the Cornerstone Building on the Greeley Campus, 5401 W. 20th St. They hope to engage with high school freshmen through college age students.

They will be serving lunch so registration to this free educational experience is requested by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

Go to http://bit.ly/exploreAg to sign-up. If you have any dietary special needs – vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, please note in the comments box at the bottom of the form.


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03-20-19 Colorado Sorghum hosting Meetings in Yuma March 26th and Granada March 27th

Colorado Sorghum hosting Meetings in Yuma March 26th and Granada March 27

The Colorado Sorghum Association will be having two meetings next week:
  • March 26 in Yuma at the golf course starting at 12 pm in conjunction with Smithfield foods.
  • March 27 in Granada at the Community Center starting at 10 am and running until 2 pm.
Please feel free to share this with anyone that would like to attend the meeting, and please RSVP to jordan@sorghumgrowers.com.
Attached is the meeting announcement.
Thank you,
Jordan Shearer, Executive Director

03-20-19 USDA Swears in 30 New Members to Potatoes USA’s Board: Three from Colorado

New members of Potatoes USA’s Board being sworn in on March 14 by Patricia Petrella from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

USDA Swears in 30 New Members to Potatoes USA’s Board

DENVER (March 20, 2019) — The Potatoes USA Annual Meeting was held March 11-14 in Denver, Colorado. During this meeting formal board business was conducted, including the swearing in of new members and the electing of new Administrative Committee members and new Executive Committee members.

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture appointed 30 new members to the board to serve three-year terms. They were sworn in on March 14 by Patricia Petrella, deputy director of the Promotion and Economics Division of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crops Program.

Each year, board members are nominated by the industry and are then appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Potatoes USA’s board has about 100 members, which consists of growers, importers and one public member.

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03-14-19 Inside the Colorado Ag Council with Events Chair David Collie: Ag Day at the Capitol


Inside the Colorado Ag Council with Events Chair David Collie: 2019 Ag Day at the Capitol

(BARN Media / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) March 14, 2019 – Joining the BARN on the CO Ag News Network is David Collie, CO Ag Council Events Chair and the Industry Relations Manager CO Egg Producers which is the organization that is hosting the 2019 Ag Day @ the Capitol on March 20th


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China Could Triple U.S. Ag Purchases

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week again said China could triple its purchases of U.S. agricultural products. The U.S. and China are still hashing out the details of a trade agreement, now thought to conclude in June. Perdue told Bloomberg Television this week “we could easily see, if we are able to come to a trade resolution, a doubling or tripling” of normal ag purchases by China over a period of two to five years. China has averaged about $20 billion a year of U.S. ag purchases, before the trade war beginning last year. As part of the talks, China earlier proposed to buy an additional $30 billion of U.S. ag products. Additional massive purchases of U.S. farm products, particularly pork and soybeans which China has targeted in the trade war, would likely be a huge boon for the United States. China began “good-faith” purchases of U.S. agricultural products as the trade talks began in December.

Livestock Group Calls Beef Trade with Brazil Risky

Livestock groups warn any trade allowing Brazil to export beef to the U.S. would put the U.S. beef industry at risk. President Donald Trump and his counterpart from Brazil discussed trade issues Tuesday, including beef, sugar and ethanol. However, some livestock groups expressed concern regarding the potential reopening of fresh beef exports to the U.S. market. The United States Cattlemen’s Association reiterated its strong opposition to the move that the organization says would compromise the “health of the domestic cattle herd for the sake of increased beef exports, especially from a country marred by scandal.” The group urged President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to strongly consider potential animal health issues stemming from possible trade with Brazil, including the 2017 discovery that Brazilian meat inspectors had been caught accepting bribes to allow expired meats to be sold and sanitary permits to be falsified.

Flooding Disrupting Midwest Rail Services

Flooding in the central-U.S. is halting rail traffic, including shipments and deliveries from agricultural facilities. Union Pacific noted the flooding has caused “significant damage” to the company’s rail network. Five routes of the Union Pacific rail network are closed due to flooding and track washouts in the Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska four-state area. Meanwhile, BNSF Railway reported track closures in the same area, along with additional closures in North and South Dakota, and Illinois near the Mississippi River. The track closures impact shipments of grain and rail services from ethanol plants in the region as the floodwaters continue to migrate down the Missouri River basin. The rail companies say crews from across the county are in the region to restore service as soon as possible. Meanwhile, a more than 100 mile stretch of Interstate 29 that runs parallel by a few miles along the river was closed Tuesday. Vice President Mike Pence also visited flood-damaged areas of Nebraska and Iowa, along with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Missouri Governor Mike Parsons toured flooded areas of his state earlier over the weekend.

Additional Trump Budget Documents Show Extensive USDA ERS Cuts

New documents detailing President Trump’s budget request show significant cuts to the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. The White House released the rest of its fiscal year 2020 budget proposal this week, and cited savings on salaries in the Economic Research Service as a way to cut spending, according to the Hagstrom Report. A document titled “Major Savings and Reforms” noted the administration proposal to move the Economic Research Service closer to stakeholders and outside of the Washington, D.C. region, which would provide “the potential for savings on employment costs.” The proposal notes that the 28 percent locality pay for the national capital region is higher than the national average. In the Agriculture Department, the document also cited a reduction in forest and rangeland research and elimination of the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program, the Rural Business and Cooperative Programs and single-family housing direct loans. Agriculture lawmakers in the House and Senate have already voiced their planned rejection to USDA and crop insurance cuts proposed by the administration.

AEM: Tariffs Costing U.S. GDP $290 Billion

A new study shows tariffs impacting U.S. equipment manufactures will cost the U.S. GDP $29 billion a year for ten years, or $290 billion total, if continued. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says the data released in the report show tariffs are “driving up the cost of production, delaying capital investments, and impeding job creation.” The report, The Economic and Industry Impact of Protectionism Tariffs on the Off-highway Equipment Sector, estimates tariffs will increase costs of producing U.S. agriculture and construction equipment by six percent. With its higher steel-related product content, the costs of producing U.S. mining equipment will increase seven percent. Equipment manufacturing executives have attributed the increasing costs of manufacturing in the United States to the Trump administration’s tariffs. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a campaign backed by AEM, found that the tariffs are costing businesses up to $2.7 billion each month and have caused exports of American products to plummet by 37 percent.

USDA Announces New Resources to Raise Awareness of African Swine Fever

The Department of Agriculture is promoting resources to help prevent the spread of African swine fever. USDA notes that USDA-trained detector dogs played a major role in the seizure of roughly one million pounds of pork smuggled from China where there is an outbreak of African swine fever. Stating “prevention is our best protection,” the resources included potential African swine fever pathways, biosecurity measures, signs and symptoms producers should watch for, as well as traveler tips. USDA is monitoring the recent outbreaks of African swine fever in Asia and Europe, and has proactively taken steps to increase safeguarding efforts to keep the disease out of the United States. Specifically, the U.S. has increased detector dog teams within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, restricted the imports of pork from affected countries, and expanded testing capabilities of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. The resources announced this week can be found at www.aphis.usda.gov.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service