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
the necessary information that producers, agribusiness and local, state and federal authorities need to make sound business decisions.” Continue reading

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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