04-16-19 Colorado files comments on proposed waters of the U.S. rule



Colorado files comments on proposed waters of the U.S. rule

Tuesday, April 16, 2018 – DENVER – The State of Colorado filed comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today expressing concerns about the proposed rule concerning waters of the United States (WOTUS). This proposed rule would remove protections for a number of Colorado streams and wetlands.

“Colorado places the highest priority on the protection of the State’s land, air, and water, and relies on a combination of federal and state regulations to ensure that protection,” the comments read. “The headwaters of Colorado provide a water supply to 19 states and Mexico, providing millions of people with water for drinking, agriculture, industries, and recreation and are critical to the survival of numerous species of concern.” Continue reading

04-16-19 NCGA: Stewardship Planning an Important Part of Planting Season

Stewardship Planning an Important Part of Planting Season

Spring is a great time to revisit the use of best management practices (BMPs) as farmers plant a new crop, and the National Corn Growers Association is encouraging thoughtful use and handling of neonic seed treatments to protect crops, pollinators and wildlife.

“Spring is a busy time for farmers. We literally set the stage for the success or failure of our new crop and the future profitability of our farm, said Bob Hemesath, Decorah, IA farmer and chairman of NCGA’s Freedom to Operate Action Team. “It’s also a great time to reset and revisit the steps we are taking to improve stewardship and integrate best management practices as we grow the crops the public needs.” Continue reading

04-16-19 NCGA Files WOTUS Comments

NCGA Files WOTUS Comments

NCGA this week submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers on the Agencies’ proposed rule revising the definition of waters of the United States, or WOTUS.

“Overall, NCGA supports the Proposed Rule,” NCGA President Lynn Chrisp wrote. Chrisp also highlighted NCGA and state affiliates’ work to balance environmental protection efforts while sustainably feeding and fueling a growing world, pointing to the benefits of the Soil Health Partnership and Field to Market as proactive efforts to help farmers fully utilize sustainability tools. Continue reading

04-16-19 An open letter from the Weld County Commissioners regarding SB19-181 Signing by CO Gov Polis…

April 16, 2019

An open letter to our oil and gas families, our teachers, our students, our small business owners, our firefighters, our farmers and ranchers, our truck drivers, our landowners, and all those who will be negatively impacted by the signing of SB 19-181.

In Governor Polis’ inauguration speech, he said, “Our mission now is to make Colorado a place for all families to have a chance to thrive…” Except, as we now know, he wasn’t talking about you.

Disappointed? Yes. Angry? Absolutely. Surprised? Not at all. If the Governor and the Boulder Legislators thought Weld County would be silenced or minimized, if they thought we wouldn’t speak up in support of our families, we just have one thing to say: talking heads and photo ops at the Capital will never overshadow those with boots on the ground in Weld County. Continue reading



CENTENNIAL, CO (Apr. 16, 2019) –– The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) has named Gregory Hanes of Colorado as their new chief executive officer, effective June 17, 2019.

“Knowledge of beef producers and the overall beef industry is a must in this role,” notes Chuck Coffey, CBB chairman from Davis, Oklahoma. “Greg is well-regarded – both here in the U.S. and abroad – for his background and understanding of promoting beef and building industry relationships.” Continue reading

04-16-19 Inside the BARN with Morgan County Commissioner Jon Becker

Inside the BARN with Morgan County Commissioner Jon Becker

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – April 16, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network is Vice president of Government and Business at Viaero Wireless & Morgan County Commissioner Jon Becker from District #2, discussing several topics including:

  • Viaero Wireless: Rural Broadband Initiative & 5G is on the horizon
  • Morgan County Commissioners Update
  • Concerns about the direction of the State Legislature & Colorado’s Future
  • Impacts of legislation
  • CO Dept of Revenue’s efforts to re-instate a Fertilizer Tax on Agriculture vs 2012’s Law and HB 12-1037
  • Thoughts regarding Recall Efforts
  • & MORE


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04-16-19 CSU Unveils the JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary & Kay Smith…Come visit us!

Colorado State University Unveils the JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary & Kay Smith…Come visit us!

At a donor celebration and grand opening ceremony last week, the Department of Animal Sciences officially opened the doors to the JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary & Kay Smith. The event showcased the USDA-FSIS-inspected facility, which enables Colorado State University to expand as a source of innovation and discovery in the food and meat science industry and better prepare future industry leaders. The 36,000-square-foot center will be a hub related to Temple Grandin-designed livestock handling, food innovation, and product development in meat science and other food products, as well as a place for culinary research. The facility also houses the Where Food Comes From Market, a new retail store featuring a variety of student-prepared meat products, marketed under Ram Country Meats, and other source-verified food items available to the community.

We welcome you, our alumni, donors, and friends of the Department of Animal Sciences, to visit us anytime to learn more about our current programs and walk through the department to experience the facilities that will transform the education, research, and industry outreach we’re now positioned to offer like never before. For more information about the new center and to view photos from the grand opening, view our SOURCE article, the photo gallery from the event, and CSU Magazine story that spotlights Dr. Gary Smith’s impact on the meat industry. To learn about ways you can financially support this facility or the department’s other priorities, please contact the College of Agricultural Sciences Development Office at (970) 491-7686 or via email. We hope to see you in the building soon!



WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2019 – National Pork Producers Council President David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, NC, on Friday, April 12, 2019, joined President Trump, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Ivanka Trump for an announcement on the administration’s plan to make the United States the global leader in 5G wireless deployment. Today, Herring issued the followed statement.

“It’s meaningful that the administration has made the development of rural communities a centerpiece of its plans to deploy next generation broadband technology. While ‘smart cities’ and immersive gaming experiences may be more glamourous applications, no economic sector will benefit more from advanced broadband technology than farming, which will use it to more reliably gather data about barn temperatures, efficient water use, soil characteristics, feed consumption and other factors that help us better care for animals, the environment, people and communities. Continue reading

04-16-19 Western Landowners Launch Coordinated Initiative to Reduce Conflicts with Wildlife in Colorado

Western Landowners Launch Coordinated Initiative to Reduce Conflicts with Wildlife in Colorado

Landowner-led organization takes action with western stakeholders to scale-up wildlife conflict reduction on working lands

Santa Fe, NM (April 16, 2019) – Western Landowners Alliance (WLA)—a member-based nonprofit organization focused on advancing policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species—has announced a landowner-led initiative to reduce conflicts with wildlife in the northern Rockies, including Colorado. With support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the initiative is intended to engage landowners, partners and non-profit organizations in coordinated efforts to share knowledge, provide increased resources, and improve policies and practices that help reduce losses to both wildlife and livestock. Candace Weeda of Cascade, Montana, will be heading up the effort as the Northern Rockies Landowner Representative for WLA. Weeda is a recent graduate of the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management. The conflict reduction initiative aligns with WLA’s mission to address conservation challenges on working landscapes where livestock, wildlife and people coexist.

“Land management conflicts involving grizzlies, wolves and elk are a great challenge,” said Albert Sommers, WLA member and landowner from Pinedale, Wyoming.  “It is critical to have perspectives from people who are out working on the land with these animals everyday at the table to shape future management practices. WLA represents that landowner voice so we can find ways to help reduce and better manage wildlife conflicts.” Continue reading

04-16-19 Pork Checkoff Announces the 2019 Pork Industry Scholarship Recipients

Pork Checkoff Announces the 2019 Pork Industry Scholarship Recipients

DES MOINES, IOWA – April 16, 2019 – The Pork Checkoff has awarded 20 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of its strategy to develop the pork industry’s future human capital. A National Pork Board committee judged the pool of 48 applicants based on scholastic merit, leadership activities, involvement in the pork production industry and the applicants’ plans for a career in pork production.

“The Pork Checkoff is proud to support these young people who are showing a real interest in the pork industry as a career choice,” said Steve Rommereim, president of the National Pork Board and a producer from Alcester, South Dakota. “As our industry continues to evolve, we know we will need more qualified young people to take on the various roles in the pork chain. We must support this effort to help ensure the next generation of talent for our dynamic industry.”

The 20 student recipients hail from 10 states and 11 universities across the U.S. The 2019 Pork Industry Scholarship recipients are: Continue reading

04-16-19 CCALT Applying for Renewal of Accreditation

CCALT Applying for Renewal of Accreditation

The Land Trust Accreditation Program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. In 2009, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) received our first accreditation certification. To maintain that accreditation status, CCALT must renew our accreditation every five years.
We are pleased to announce that the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust is applying for renewal of accreditation in 2019. 

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U.S. Talking Trade with Japan This Week

Trade talks are underway between Japan and the United States this week as Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer meets with Japan’s Economic Advisor. Agriculture complaints are “front and center” according to Politico, ever since President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the then-called Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Trump administration is expected to push for similar concessions for U.S. agriculture as seen in the TPP. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, called the CTPP, replaced the original agreement the U.S. backed away from, giving U.S. agriculture’s competitors a market advantage. Japan will be seeking market access in return, which could include growing markets for its specialty agricultural products. The preliminary talks are expected to wrap up early this week. For now, there’s little word on what objectives the Trump administration has for any deal with Japan, with the expectation that talks this week will surface more details.

2018 Farm Bill Increases Limits and Makes Other Changes to Farm Loans

Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in farm loans from the Department of Agriculture. USDA announced last week the increase would help farmers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency, and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and emergency loans. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce called farm loans “increasingly important” to farmers and ranchers “as natural disasters, trade disruptions and persistent pressure on commodity prices continue to impact agricultural operations.” Key changes include increasing the Direct Operating Loan limit from $300,000 to $400,000. The Direct Farm Ownership Loan limit increased from $300,000 to $600,000, and the Guaranteed Farm Ownership Loan limit increased from $1.429 million to $1.75 million. Producers can now receive both a $50,000 Farm Ownership Microloan and a $50,000 Operating Microloan. For more information on FSA farm loans, visit fsa.usda.gov.

Farm Bill Status Update: Dairy Programs to Open Soon

In an update on the 2019 Farm Bill, the Department of Agriculture has provided target dates for dairy programs. In the announcement, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stated, “we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” but added USDA is diligently working on completing the process. Specifically relating to dairy in Title One of the farm bill, USDA says the Farm Service Agency will begin offering reimbursements to eligible producers for Dairy Margin Protection Program premiums paid between 2014 and 2017 by May first. The Office of the Chief Economist has entered into an agreement with the University of Wisconsin to develop a Dairy Margin Coverage decision tool that will be available to producers by May first, as well. FSA will open sign-up for the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program beginning June 17, providing coverage retroactive to January 1, 2019, with applicable payments following soon after enrollment. Additionally, USDA says Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage program elections by producers for the 2019 and 2020 crop years should be available beginning in September of this year.

USDA Announces Changes to Future WASDE Reports

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced changes to future World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Reports. Starting with the May 10 issue, USDA announced price range forecasts will be eliminated in favor of single price points for all crops and livestock. USDA says the international Supply and Use tables for Crops will include an aggregate value for “World less China,” representing the balance sheet values outside of China. Also, the ordering of countries and lists of Major Importers/Exporters will be updated to eliminate outdated aggregations, such as “Former Soviet Union,” and better reflect current trade patterns. The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, is prepared monthly by the USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board based on information from USDA and other domestic and foreign official sources. It includes forecasts for U.S. and world wheat, rice, and coarse grains, oilseeds, and cotton. U.S. coverage is extended to sugar, meat, poultry, eggs, and milk.

Midwest Lawmakers File Tax Relief Bill for Disaster Victims

Midwest lawmakers last week introduced a bill that would provide tax relief for disaster victims stemming from events this spring. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa announced the Tax Relief Act of 2019. The bill would provide tax deductions for individuals and businesses affected by federally declared disasters that occurred between January 1, 2019 and April 15, 2019, including flooding in the Midwest and tornadoes in the South. Benefits under the bill include special rules allowing access to retirement funds, a special credit for employee retention during business interruption, suspension of limits on deductions for certain charitable contributions, special rules for deductions for disaster-related personal casualty losses, and special rules for measurement of earned income for purposes of qualification for tax credits. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst joined Grassley and says the bill would “help provide important and badly-needed relief for Iowans in disaster areas.”

USDA, Transportation, Provide Funding Assistance to Iowa

The Departments of Agriculture and Transportation are providing federal relief for parts of Iowa damaged by spring flooding. USDA announced Monday that Farm Service Agency offices in six Southwest Iowa counties are now accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program. Last week, FSA also announced that emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program acres is approved in Iowa through May 14, 2019. Similar measures have been approved for Nebraska producers. Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation has made $9 million of emergency quick release funds immediately available from the Federal Highway Administration. The funds are to help Iowa repair road damages caused by flooding in Iowa. Requests for emergency relief funding for transportation repairs have reached approximately $90 million The “Quick Release” funds are intended as a down payment on the costs of short-term repairs while further damage assessment for long-term repairs take place. A major thoroughfare that connects Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska, Interstate 29, remains closed primarily due to extensive flood damages in Iowa.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service