04-02-19 CORE Act Gains Momentum with Hearing in House Natural Resources Committee

CORE Act Gains Momentum with Hearing in House Natural Resources Committee

Washington, D.C. — Today, the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act, significant legislation from U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse to conserve about 400,000 acres of public land in Colorado.

“The name of the bill says it all: We don’t have to choose between protecting public lands and boosting the economy. Coloradans reject that idea. We believe protecting the places we love drives economic growth,” said Bennet. “Congressman Neguse and I are grateful to all of the Coloradans who developed the CORE Act over the last ten years and flew to DC to show support at this hearing. We’ll do everything we can to pass the CORE Act and have it signed into law.” Continue reading

04-03-19 U.S. Senators Bennet & Gardner Introduce Drought Contingency Plan Legislation

U.S. Senators Bennet & Gardner Introduce Drought Contingency Plan Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner today introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act to ensure the wide-reaching Drought Contingency Plan forged between the seven Colorado River Basin states and Indian tribes can be implemented without delay while fully respecting important environmental protections in the process.

“The Colorado River is the lifeblood of our economy, but in recent years we’ve experienced some of the worst drought conditions in centuries.” Bennet said. “Years of hard work from individuals across seven states have gone into developing the Drought Contingency Plan to respond to this drought and avoid the most severe consequences. We’re glad to present the result of this collaborative effort, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to move this legislation forward. We must act quickly to safeguard Colorado’s agricultural and outdoor recreation based economy.”

“40 million people in the western United States depend on the health of the Colorado River to provide water for agricultural, municipal, and consumptive use,” Gardner said. “The river also supports a growing recreation economy. However, in the face of long term drought, the basin states have come together to create coordinated plans that should aid efforts to prevent severe water shortages in the west and stabilize water storage levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell. I congratulate the states on the successful collaboration that has produced this plan, and I urge my colleagues to move this legislation without delay.”

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04-02-19 CSU System announces rescheduled dates to November 6-7 for Water in the West Symposium

CSU System announces rescheduled dates to November 6-7 for Water in the West Symposium

Denver, Colo. – The CSU System today announced that the Water in the West Symposium is rescheduled for November 6-7, 2019, at Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., Aurora, CO 80019.

The Symposium, originally scheduled for March 13-14, was postponed due to a winter storm that cancelled flights of key Symposium speakers, and shut down schools, governments, and businesses across Colorado.

The Symposium agenda is expected to be similar to the original program; agenda and speaker information will be posted and updated online at nwc.colostate.edu.

Attendee registrations will automatically be transferred to the new event dates, and tickets are now available online at nwc.colostate.edu/water-in-the-west-2019.

Registrants who cannot attend in November, or who have additional questions, are encouraged to contact the CSU System directly at waterinthewest@colostate.edu. Continue reading

04-02-19 NFU: Leading Farm, Conservation, and Wildlife Groups Unite in Support of Protecting Conservation Funding

NFU: Leading Farm, Conservation, and Wildlife Groups Unite in Support of Protecting Conservation Funding

Appropriators urged to build on the farm bill’s commitment to conservation
WASHINGTON – Having succeeded in protecting funding for the Conservation Title in the 2018 Farm Bill, more than 140 leading farm, conservation, and wildlife groups are once again joining together to protect those hard-fought conservation funds and programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations process.
In a letter delivered today, the groups, which include the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), National Farmers Union (NFU), National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and American Farmland Trust (AFT), called upon appropriators to respect the funding decisions made in the 2018 Farm Bill and reject any cuts to farm bill conservation funding through the appropriations process. Continue reading

04-02-19 Seed Saving Workshop by Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Agent

Seed Saving Workshop

By CSU Horticulture Program Associate, Linda Langelo

Join us on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Burlington Library on 321 14th Street in Burlington, Colorado starting at 10 am to 11 am to attend a Seed Saving Workshop in support of the Burlington’s Seed Lending Library. Learn how to grow vegetable varieties you never thought you could have in your vegetable garden year after year. Continue reading

04-03-19 Letter to the Editor: Weld County’s Right-to-Farm Law Upheld by County Commissioners

Letter to the Editor: Weld County’s Right-to-Farm Law Upheld by County Commissioners

April 2, 2019 – Citing Weld County’s right-to-farm ordinance, county commissioners voted unanimously March 27 to continue until Nov. 20 the application of Tallgrass Energy to build a 36-inch high press gas line from Wyoming through Weld County’s prime farmland. The reason given by the commissioners, who heard from farmers attending the hearing, is that harvest of crops will not be complete until early November. The commissioners also strongly encouraged Tallgrass to acquire voluntary easements, rather than acquiring them through condemnation.

The March 27 hearing was a continuance from Tallgrass Energy’s request for a permit to build the pipeline at the Weld County Commissioner’s meeting Dec. 12, 2018. The application was not approved at this meeting, because Tallgrass Energy had acquired less than half of the right-of-easements necessary to build the pipeline through private land.

“Commissioners in December made it very clear that Tallgrass would need to negotiate in good faith with farmers and get the vast majority, if not all easements, secured on a voluntary basis before commissioners would grant them the permit,” said Marvin Bay, whose farm east of Eaton, Colo., will be affected. “Instead, two days after the hearing, Tallgrass mailed remaining landowners a ‘last and final offer,’ along with a letter which told them they would move to condemn those who did not accept their offer.” Continue reading

04-02-19 USDA Study Shows Significant Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Ethanol Compared with Gasoline

USDA Study Shows Significant Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Ethanol Compared with Gasoline

(Washington, D.C., April 2, 2019)— A new study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds greenhouse gas emissions from corn-based ethanol are about 39 percent lower than gasoline. The study also states that when ethanol is refined at natural gas-powered refineries, the greenhouse gas emissions are even lower, around 43 percent below gasoline.

“These new findings provide further evidence that biofuels from America’s heartland reduce greenhouse gases even more than we thought, and that our farmers and ethanol plants continue to become more efficient and effective,” said Secretary Sonny Perdue. “President Trump has made it abundantly clear he is unleashing the full potential of American energy production as we retake our rightful place as the world’s leader. Expanding the sale of E15 year-round will provide consumers with more choices when they fill up at the pump, including environmentally friendly fuel with decreased emissions. I appreciate EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler moving expeditiously to finalize the E-15 rule before the start of summer driving season.” Continue reading

04-02-19 Inside the High Plains Millet Association w/President Chris Stum…

Inside the High Plains Millet Association w/President Chris Stum…

(The BARN / CO Ag News Network / FarmCast Radio) April 2, 2019All millet producers and first handlers are invited to attend the second annual meeting of High Plains Millet Association (HPMA) on April 10, 2019 in Sterling, CO. Joining FarmCast Radio and the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio  is Sheridan Lake’s Chris Stum, President of the High Plains Millet Association, discussing several topics including:


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04-02-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: New Dishes Help Distinguish U.S. Beef, Pork from Growing Competition at FOODEX in Tokyo

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Weekly USMEF Audio Report: New Dishes Help Distinguish U.S. Beef, Pork from Growing Competition at FOODEX in Tokyo

DENVER, CO – April 2, 2019 – This year’s FOODEX trade show in Tokyo, the largest food show in Asia and one of the largest in the world, attracted an estimated 80,500 visitors – a 10 percent increase over last year. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Vice President for International Marketing Programs Greg Hanes says growth in the number of countries using FOODEX to promote red meat was quite noticeable, too. He says the competitive vibe can be credited to the fact that many countries have entered trade agreements with Japan while the U.S. still has not.

Despite the competition, USMEF was able to successfully promote U.S. beef and pork by offering new dishes and fresh ideas to importers, distributors, processors, foodservice operators and retailers from Japan and several other Asian markets. The effort included connecting USMEF members to potential customers and offering tasting samples to thousands of visitors at the USA Pavilion.

USMEF’s participation at FOODEX was funded by the USDA Market Access Program (MAP), the Beef Checkoff Program and the National Pork Board.

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Flooding Impact: More than One Million Acres of Farmland Damaged

More than one million acres of farmland are reported to be damaged from historic flooding so far this year. Satellite data analyzed for Reuters shows the “bomb cyclone” weather event left wide swaths of nine major grain producing states under water. Farms from the Dakotas to Missouri and beyond have been under water with weekend rains adding more concern. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has warned this spring could be an “unprecedented flood season” as it forecasts heavy spring rains, and cites flooding conditions already seen along major river basins. The report shows that nearly 1.1 million acres of cropland and more than 84,000 acres of pastureland in the Midwest was covered with floodwaters for at least seven days between March 8 and March 21. Still, the flooded areas represent less than one percent of U.S. land to grow corn, soybeans and other crops. Iowa, the top U.S. corn and second soy producing state, had the most water, covering 474,200 acres, followed by Missouri with 203,100 acres, according to Gro Intelligence, the agency that compiled the report.


NPPC Calls for Swift U.S./Japan Trade Negotiation

The National Pork Producers Council is urging the Trump administration to “expeditiously complete and deliver” a trade deal with Japan. The announcement follows reports that China and the U.S. will begin trade negotiations on April 15, 2019. NPPC President David Herring in a statement says the U.S. needs a level playing field in Japan, adding “U.S. pork producers are losing market share in Japan to international competitors that have recently negotiated more favorable trade terms.” Six countries,  Canada, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam, have implemented the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement of Trans-Pacific Partnership, the TPP replacement, and gained more favorable access to Japan. Dermot Hayes, an economist at Iowa State University, says U.S. pork will see exports to Japan grow from $1.6 billion in 2018 to more than $2.2 billion over the next 15 years if the United States quickly gains access on par with international competitors. Hayes reports that U.S. pork shipments to Japan will drop to $349 million if a trade deal on these terms is not quickly reached with Japan.

E15 Expansion, Consumer Adoption Driving Terminal Growth

Growth Energy Monday announced that consumers have surpassed eight billion miles on E15, a fuel blended with 15 percent renewable biofuel that is approved for all cars 2001 and newer. U.S. drivers just surpassed seven billion miles in January, and the six-billion-mile mark in November of last year. The organization says the milestone reflects the growing popularity of the fuel made possible by rapid retail adoption and more terminal availability across the nation. Growth Energy Vice President of Market Development Mike O’Brien says Growth Energy’s Prime the Pump program that works with retailers has “put pressure on terminals to follow suit, causing a domino effect in their offering of E15 at their locations across most of the country.”  The Prime the Pump program has helped increase E15 availability at terminals across the country, from five in 2017 to more than 100 today.

Perdue Applauds USDA Chief Financial Officer Appointment

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue applauded last week’s appointment by President Trump of Scott Soles as the Department of Agriculture Chief Financial Officer. Perdue welcomed Soles more than 30 years of experience to the agency in internal and external financial auditing, consulting, and finance operations. In the announcement, the White House noted that Soles currently works as a senior special financial projects analyst and has previously served in roles at global Fortune 500 companies. Perdue says Soles will “bring valuable financial management experience and knowledge to USDA,” an agency that is facing budget cuts from the Trump administration and the proposed relocation of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The nomination must be confirmed by the Senate. Perdue urged lawmakers to quickly consider and approve the nomination, along with the nominations not yet considered for Food Safety, Civil Rights, and Research, Education, and Economics, positions at the agency.

Montana Joins States Addressing Cell-Cultured Meats

Montana has joined the growing list of states to pass legislation clarifying the difference between animal meats and cell-cultured meats. The state’s House and Senate have passed legislation dubbed the Real Meat Act, which meat industry publication Meatingplace says will clarify what is hamburger and ground beef and provide a definition for “cell-cultured edible product.” The legislation says “cell-cultured edible product,” is derived from muscle cells, fat cells, connective tissue, blood and other components produced via cell culture rather than from a whole slaughtered animal. The bill is now headed to the governor’s desk for signature before it becomes law. The growing list of states seeking to enact similar measures includes Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Illinois are considering a bill that identifies what a cell-cultured food product is and says that calling such a product meat or poultry is misbranding.

MLB Fans to Consume 18.3 Million Hotdogs in Ballparks

The Major League Baseball season is underway, and the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says fans will chow down on more than 18 million hot dogs in ballparks this year. A survey by the organization found fans are expected to consume 18.3 million hot dogs throughout the season in U.S. ballparks. The Los Angeles Dodgers home, Dodger Stadium, tops the list with projected sales of 2.7 million hot dogs. Cubs fans are Wrigley Field in Chicago are the runner up, with projected sales of 1.2 million hot dogs. Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ rivals up the coast, San Francisco Giants fans are expected to purchase 450,000 sausages, with Cubs fans not far behind at 400,000. As in past years, the Brewers’ Miller Park is the sole MLB venue where sausage sales will outpace hot dogs. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council was established in 1994 by the American Meat Institute and celebrates hot dogs and sausages as iconic American foods.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service