04-17-19 Inside the USDA ReConnect Program…

Inside the USDA ReConnect Program with special guests USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark & Laurel Leverrier from Rural Utilities Service

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – April 17, 2019 – USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark is in Junction City, Kansas attending a session on the USDA ReConnect Program, a pilot program to expand broadband service to rural areas without sufficient broadband access, defined as 10 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. Learning about the Grants, loans, and loan/grant combinations that are available to rural areas of the nation including Colorado…Joining the conversation is Laurel Leverrier from the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service…



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04-17-19 2019 SCCA Winners Have Been Announced!

2019 SCCA Winners Have Been Announced!

Conservation Awards Honor Outstanding Achievements

April 17, 2019 – Palmer Land Trust recently announced the winners of the 10th Annual Southern Colorado Conservation Awards, created to honor significant achievements that advance the well-being of Colorado’s communities, people, ecologies and economies.

Lyda Hill of Dallas, Texas, and Nancy Lewis, posthumously, of Colorado Springs, will be honored with the Stuart P. Dodge Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Dr. Michael Bartolo of Rocky Ford will receive the Innovation in Conservation Award and Pete McBride of Basalt will receive the Champion of Colorado Award.

Ranchlands, an organization based in Colorado Springs, will receive with the Environmental Stewardship Award. Continue reading

04-17-19 Culver’s #Farming Fridays Social Media Series Returns on April 26th

Culver’s #Farming Fridays Social Media Series Returns on April 26th

 Restaurant Chain to Share Stories From Agricultural Influencers

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis.—April 17, 2019—America is home to 2.1 million farms—and every person involved with farming has a story to tell. That’s why Culver’s created #FarmingFridays in 2016. This social media series profiles influential people who are passionate about educating others about the agricultural industry and feeding a growing population.

Back for its fourth consecutive year, #FarmingFridays returns April 26, 2019. The influencers will share their stories on Culver’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts. The full #FarmingFridays lineup is: Continue reading

04-17-19 CDA: Hire only registered landscape & nursery professionals

Buying trees for your landscape? Or Hiring a landscape contractor?

CDA recommends the you hire only registered landscape & nursery professionals
BROOMFIELD, Colo.– The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is warning consumers to be wary of trees, shrubs, perennial plants and turf grass sod that is included for “free” with the cost of exorbitant planting and landscaping costs or offered at a price that seems “too good to be true”.  When viewing adds for nursery stock on social media, check to make sure the vendor is a registered nursery.  CDA and registered nursery and landscape contractors all work together to protect consumers. Continue reading

04-17-19 Livingston Ranch Receives 2019 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award


Livingston Ranch Receives Colorado Leopold Conservation Award

STRATTON, Colo. – Mike and Julie Livingston of Kit Carson County have been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award®.

Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for private conservation, created the Leopold Conservation Award to inspire American landowners by recognizing exceptional farmers, ranchers and foresters. The prestigious award, named in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, is given in 13 states.

In Colorado the award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Colorado Cattlemen’s AssociationColorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land TrustTri-State Generation and Transmission Association, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The Livingstons will be presented with the $10,000 award on Monday, June 17 at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s 2019 Annual Convention held at the Steamboat Grand in Steamboat Springs. Continue reading

04-17-19 NMPF Endorses EPA WOTUS Proposal, Praising Clarity and Certainty

NMPF Endorses EPA WOTUS Proposal, Praising Clarity and Certainty

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Milk Producers Federation endorsed the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to the Waters of the U.S. rule, a proposal meant to provide clarity and certainty about the waterways subject to regulation under the federal Clean Water Act. Released in February 2019, the EPA proposal was a response to the ill-fated 2015 WOTUS rule that has been mired in litigation. Continue reading

04-17-19 CLA: Congratulations to the 2018 Safe Farm Award Winners

Chelsea Deering accepts the 2018 Safe Farm Award on behalf of D&D Feedlot West of Iliff, Colo.

CLA: Congratulations to the 2018 Safe Farm Award Winners

Greeley, CO – The Colorado Livestock Association would like to recognize those members and worker’s compensation group participants, who have an outstanding safety record, with Colorado Livestock Association’s Safe Farm Award.

2018 Safe Farm Award Recipients
Christensen Bros. Inc. – Weldona, CO

D&D Feedlot West – Iliff, CO
Dvorak Feeders – Burlington, CO

McClary Farms – Sedgwick, CO
Shea Feedlot – Delta, CO

The Safe Farm Award recipients were chosen based on several factors. The criteria includes: member of the CLA work comp group for at least two years, an active cost containment certification, two years of a loss ratio less than 25%, average 2 days or less to report claims, meets their designated medical provider requirements.

Since 2001, the Colorado Livestock Association’s Safety Group Program has paid out over $1.6 million in Safety Group Dividends to its policyholders. The CLA Safety Group Program has been in place since 2001 and benefits its members by: Continue reading

04-17-19 CDPHE News: Clean air, climate change expert John Putnam selected for state’s top environmental health position

Clean air, climate change expert John Putnam selected for state’s top environmental health position

DENVER, CO – John Putnam, chair and longtime member of the Regional Air Quality Council, will assume the top environmental health role in Colorado, starting May 6. As the Director of Environmental Programs at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Putnam will serve as a senior adviser to Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan. The Environmental Programs Director oversees the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the mitigation of hazardous materials– as well as key components of Senate Bill 181 and other state laws and programs.

“After a nationwide search of top environmental professionals, we are so fortunate to have John come on board. With John at the helm of environmental programs, the state will lead on reversing the consequences of climate change, and work to get the Front Range swiftly into ozone compliance,” said Ryan. “Governor Polis has asked us to take bold action to ensure that every Coloradan has clean air to breathe and a healthy environment to live in and enjoy, and we intend to do just that.” Continue reading

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U.S. Agriculture Disappointed in EU Trade Talks Without Ag

U.S. agriculture is disappointed in the European Union’s failure to include agriculture in trade talks with the United States. “Agriculture will certainly not be part of these negotiations,” European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said earlier this week while announcing the EU is ready to begin trade talks with the United States. The two sides seek an agreement before the end of this year. Pushback from U.S. agriculture includes ag state senators such as Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who threatens and deal that excludes agriculture would be “unlikely” to win approval in Congress. The American Soybean Association called the EU announcement a disappoint. Soybeans exported to the EU in 2017 were valued at $1.6 billion. ASA President Davie Stephens says U.S. farmers had “high hopes” the negotiations could address longstanding concerns regarding EU policies on agricultural biotechnology and pesticide laws. ASA is urging the Trump Administration to push back against the EU and insist that agriculture issues are addressed in trade discussions.

Some Fear China Trade Deal Will Leave Farmers Worse Off

Some in agriculture fear a trade deal with China will leave farm trade worse off than before the trade war began. Bloomberg News reports that some farmers are unnerved by Trump’s enthusiasm for tariffs and his tendency to pick industry winners and losers. Mark Powers, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council, says tariffs are expected to remain on cherries this year, adding the retaliatory tariffs costs Northwest cherry growers $96 million last year, as sales dropped 41 percent. President Trump has previously said of the negotiations that tariffs on China would be lasting “a substantial period of time” after an agreement is entered. Agriculture groups fear that would allow China to continue retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural products. However, Jim Sutter of the U.S. Soybean Export Council told Bloomberg it doesn’t seem likely the tariffs would continue, stating he “would be surprised if the Chinese found that an acceptable solution.” Talks between the U.S. and China continue as the Trump administration seeks to wrap up an agreement soon.

Hyde-Smith Bill Would Codify Oversight, Regulation of Cell-based Meats

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi has introduced a bill that would give the Department of Agriculture responsibility to regulate, inspect, and label cell-cultured meat and poultry. The Cell-Cultured Meat and Poultry Regulation Act of 2019 introduced last week, would codify the responsibilities of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration over food products grown in laboratories from animal cell cultures. USDA and the FDA have already agreed to a joint regulatory effort regarding cell cultured meats. Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security, stated, “The fact that FDA and USDA have agreed to identify necessary changes to statutory authority confirms the need for a legislative fix as I’ve proposed.” The legislation would place cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry under FSIS jurisdiction by amending the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act, the primary laws governing FSIS jurisdiction and oversight responsibilities.

Farmland, Flooded Fields, At Risk of Value Declines

Farmland damaged by spring flooding is at risk of declining values, according to Farmers National Company, a farm management, real estate and auction service. The company says there will be short term and longer-term effects on flooded farmland and its value, depending on if farmers can plant and grow a crop this year, and future production forecasts. Farmers National notes that the value of farmland depends on the income it can generate and how consistent production is. The less income the land produces, and the riskier production is each year, will impact long term land values. The concerns come as the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank last week reported that overall, risks of further declines in farmland values have increased. Those risks, among other indications, include a recent increase in farmland sales in some states that suggests a decline in farmland values could be on the horizon. A Persistently low volume of land sales has contributed to the stability of farmland values through an economic downturn.

USDA Data Shows Cover Crop Acreage Up 50 Percent

The adoption of cover crops as a key soil health practice continues at a rapid rate throughout the country, according to new data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program says new data shows cover crops were planted on 15.4 million acres in 2017, up 50 percent over five years. Iowa led the way with a 156 percent increase during that period, and a number of other states also more than doubled their cover crop acreage, including Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Mississippi, Nebraska, Vermont and Arizona. Dr. Rob Myers of the organization says the growth in cover crop acreage is “providing major dividends in soil health and conservation.” He called the need for cover crops for soil protection “paramount, as our whole food system depends on having healthy soils.” The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program has funded nearly 1,000 research and education projects on cover crops in the 30 years since it was first funded by the Department of Agriculture.

Treated Seed Stewardship Campaign Launched

A coalition of agriculture groups is urging farmers who are using treated seed this spring to follow label guidelines to protect pollinators. Farmers today rely on neonicotinoid (nee-oh-nick-uh-tin-noyd) products as a tool to manage insects, increase yields and boost revenues. But, as farmers continue their commitment to the environment and pollinators, the Growing Matters coalition is providing tips for handling treated seed as part of it’s BeSure! Campaign. The coalition urges farmers using treated seed to follow handling, storage, planting and disposal guidelines on product labels, as well as using seed flow lubricants that minimize dust. It’s also important to thoroughly clean equipment used to plant and handle treated seed as to keep all treated seed out of the commodity grain channels. Growers can learn more tips online at www.growingmatters.org/besure, powered by the Growing Matters coalition, National Pesticide Safety Education Center and American Seed Trade Association.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service