04-26-19 CLA: Governor Polis Visits Northeast Colorado Dairy

Norm Dinis, Empire Dairy, Wiggins, gives a tour of his family’s dairy farm to Colorado Governor Jared Polis. Courtesy CLA

CLA: Governor Polis Visits Northeast Colorado Dairy

Friday morning, a “Meet & Greet” was held in Fort Morgan with Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenburg. The event was very well attended and the dialogue was robust and the discussion ranged from oil and gas legislation to all day kindergarten. CLA member Ed Wilgenburg, Wildcat Dairy, in Fort Morgan shared with the Governor some of the challenges facing the livestock industry as well as the advancements made in the efficiency of production and the reduction of the livestock industry’s environmental footprint.

Governor Jared Polis addresses the audience at the open forum in Fort Morgan. Courtesy CLA

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04-26-19 CLA: Grey Wolf Delisting Comments Due by May 14th

A picture from a eastern timber wolf

CLA: Grey Wolf Delisting Comments Due by May 14th

The gray wolf should be an Endangered Species Act (ESA) success story. Since being listed for protection in the 1970s, populations have recovered range-wide. Unfortunately, because of the broken and outdated ESA process, gray wolves remain on the list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to change that (again) and they need your help. Tell the Trump Administration that it is time to finally put gray wolf management back in state hands
Grey Wolf Delisting Rule Comments Due by May 14.
Comments can be submitted online using this link.

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04-26-19 CLA: Public Comment on RMNP Milestone Report Open Until May 10th

CLA: Public Comment on RMNP Milestone Report Open Until May 10th

The 2017 Rocky Mountain National Park Milestone Report is available for public comment from April 11 – May 10, 2019. This document serves as a progress report, highlighting milestones, policy and management developments, advances in industry best practices, and new research since the release of the 2012 milestone report. It is available at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/air-division-public-comment. All comments should be directly sent to Lisa Devore at Lisa.Devore@state.co.us. There will be a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday afternoon April 30 from 1:30 – 4:30 PM at CDPHE in room C1A. Continue reading

04-26-19 USDA Reaffirms Science-Based Decision Making at G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists Meeting

USDA Reaffirms Science-Based Decision Making at G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists Meeting

TOKYO, Japan, April 26, 2019 – Two of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s top scientists today reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to science-based decision-making at the G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) meeting held this week in Tokyo. Continue reading

04-26-19 World Veterinary Day is April 27th to Promote the Value of Vaccination

World Veterinary Day 2019 promotes value of vaccination

Vaccination is an essential tool for preventive veterinary medicine, according to the World Veterinary Association. The theme of World Veterinary Day 2019, set for April 27, is the “Value of Vaccination.”

The WVA created World Veterinary Day in 2000 as an annual celebration of the veterinary profession, falling on the last Saturday of April. This year, the WVA has partnered with Health for Animals, the global animal medicines association, on the World Veterinary Day Award, which honors one WVA member’s activities related to the theme.

“Vaccines are one of the most valuable tools in any veterinarian’s arsenal,” according to the award announcement. “These medicines protect the health of animals and the livelihood of farmers.” Continue reading

04-26-19 Ports-to-Plains: Eastern Colorado Truck Parking Workshop on April 30th at CDOT Headquarters in Denver

Ports-to-Plains: Eastern Colorado Truck Parking Workshop on April 30th at CDOT Headquarters in Denver

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance urges you to consider attending the Eastern Colorado Truck Parking Workshop scheduled for Tuesday April 30th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in the East Auditorium of the Colorado Department of Transportation located at 2829 W. Howard Place, Denver, 80204. Whether you are involved in freight movement, part of a local government team, an economic development professional, a business leader or and interested individual, please consider participation. Continue reading

04-26-19 NFU: Farmer’s Share of the Food Dollar Falls to All-Time Low

NFU: Farmer’s Share of the Food Dollar Falls to All-Time Low

WASHINGTON – April 25, 2019 – For every dollar American consumers spend on food, U.S. farmers and ranchers earn just 14.6 cents, according to a report recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS). This value marks a 17 percent decline since 2011 and the smallest portion of the American food dollar that farmers have received since the USDA began reporting these data in 1993. The remaining 85.4 cents cover off-farm costs, including processing, wholesaling, distribution, marketing, and retailing.

National Farmers Union (NFU), which has advocated for family food producers’ social and economic welfare for more than a century, uses the annually calculated statistic as a barometer of the state of the farm economy. In response to the updated report, NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement:

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04-26-19 Salida-based Central Colorado Conservancy honored with CPW Southeast Region Partners in the Outdoors Award for conserving the land, water and wildlife

Andrew Mackie, executive director of the Central Colorado Conservancy, headquartered in Salida, holds the plaque honoring the nonprofit agency as Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Southeast Region Partners in the Outdoors winner. On left is Rob White, CPW park manager for the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area.Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife / Bill Vogrin

Salida-based Central Colorado Conservancy honored with CPW Southeast Region Partners in the Outdoors Award for conserving the land, water and wildlife

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – The Central Colorado Conservancy, headquartered in Salida, has been honored with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region Partners in the Outdoors Award for 2019. The award was announced at the annual Partners in the Outdoors conference on April 25 in Breckenridge. The Conservancy was nominated by CPW’s Rob White, park manager of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA). Accepting the award on behalf of the Conservancy was Andrew Mackie, executive director. The Central Colorado Conservancy is a nonprofit group founded in 2001 and dedicated to conserving the land, water and wildlife by partnering with landowners, agricultural producers and residents in Lake, Chaffee, Fremont, Park, Saguache and Gunnison counties. In his nomination, White praised the Conservancy for its many years of partnering with CPW and the AHRA “to help meet our mutual goals of protecting, restoring and providing access” to open spaces and the Arkansas River.

“The Central Colorado Conservancy has become the go-to entity for a number of organizations, agencies and individuals in Lake, Chaffee and Fremont County for conservation and habitat restoration-related projects,” White said. Continue reading

04-26-19 Chico Basin Ranch named CPW Statewide Partner of the Year

Tess Leach and her brother Duke Phillips, second and third from left, manage Chico Basin Ranch and were honored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife as Statewide Partners in the Outdoors for 2019. They were joined on stage at the Partners in the Outdoors conference by Dan Prenzlow, left, CPW Southeast Region manager, ranch manager-in-training Jake Meldon, Samantha Bradford, ranch education coordinator, and CPW’s Paul Foutz, native aquatic species biologist, at far right.Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife / Bill Vogrin

Chico Basin Ranch named CPW Statewide Partner of the Year

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – The Chico Basin Ranch has been honored with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Statewide Partners in the Outdoors Award for 2019. The award was announced at the annual Partners in the Outdoors conference on April 25 in Breckenridge. The ranch was nominated by CPW’s Paul Foutz, native aquatic species biologist, and Ed Schmal, conservation biologist, both in the Southeast Region. Accepting the award were Tess Leach and her brother Duke Phillips, managers of the ranch. The Chico Basin Ranch is an 87,000-acre, family-run cattle ranch 30 miles southeast of Colorado Springs. It is owned by the Colorado State Land Board. Besides raising cattle, the Chico hosts education, farming, recreation, sporting, arts and hospitality programs. In their nomination, Foutz and Schmal praised the ranch owners and managers for years of partnering with CPW “as we work on wildlife habitat improvement, land management, outdoor education, wildlife conservation and youth outreach, among other endeavors.”

“Chico Basin Ranch is managed in a way that exemplifies holistic land management and partnership, and that is driven by the Phillips family’s stewardship ethic and their drive to make visions a reality,” Foutz and Schmal said. Continue reading

04-26-19 NRCS-CO: Funding Now Available for Improved Conservation Stewardship Program – APPLY TODAY!

NRCS-CO: Funding Now Available for Improved Conservation Stewardship Program – APPLY TODAY!

DENVER, CO – April 26, 2019 –The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications for its improved Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Applications must be submitted to the local Field Offices by close of business on May 10, 2019. The program offers over 200 conservation activities that allow more opportunities to improve soil health, water quality, plant health, air quality, livestock production, and fish & wildlife habitat. People interested in the additional information can visit the CSP portal at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/csp or can visit their local Field Office. CLICK HERE for locations. Continue reading

04-26-19 CPW: noosa yoghurt and Morning Fresh Dairy named Northeast Region Partner of the Year

CPW: noosa yoghurt and Morning Fresh Dairy named Northeast Region Partner of the Year

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – The Graves family, owners of Morning Fresh Dairy and noosa yoghurt, was honored Thursday night with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region Partner of the Year Award for 2019.

The award was announced at the annual Partners in the Outdoors Conference awards dinner held at the Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center.

The Graves’ were nominated by CPW Assistant Area Wildlife Manager Jason Surface. Rob and Lori Graves were on hand at Thursday’s dinner and banquet to accept the award.

“The entire Graves family, and Rob in particular, deserve this award for their unwavering commitment to the natural resources of Colorado and the mission of CPW,” Surface said. “Through all facets of his life, Rob has recognized the importance of connecting all Coloradoans, including his employees, children, grandchildren and community members to their natural resources and building successful partnerships.” Continue reading

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U.S.-Japan Accelerated Trade Talks Continue

The U.S. and Japan are meeting again to wrap up the week in the second round of trade talks. Japan’s Economy Minister is meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Meanwhile, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (sheen-zoh ah-bay)  plans to meet President Donald Trump today (Friday) in Washington. The negotiations continue to focus on reaching a quick agreement on agriculture and automobiles. The U.S. wants better access to Japan’s agricultural products market, as trade agreements between Japan and other nations have made products from other countries more lucrative to Japanese buyers. Nearly 100 farm groups sent a letter to Lighthizer this week outlining the market loss U.S. producers are facing from competing trade agreements, including the new Trans-Pacific Partnership, the agreement Trump removed the U.S. from upon taking office. Just last week, the U.S. and Japan agreed to accelerate trade talks to reach a fast agreement.

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Congress to Return with Push for USMCA

Lawmakers return to Washington next week with a renewed industry push to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Following the International Trade Commission Report, few steps remain to reach implementation. Vice President Mike Pence touted the deal during a stop in Michigan this week, and a road tour from Farmers for Free Trade is crossing the country building support for passage of the agreement. The ITC Report found the agreement will increase U.S. agricultural exports by $2.2 billion, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Trump administration must submit the final text of the agreement to Congress 30 days before it is formally introduced. The House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee may then take up to 45 days before introducing the bill to the full bodies of Congress. The bill will be considered by the House first, followed by the Senate. Because of Trade Promotion Authority, the deal will be considered with no amendments on an up or down vote.

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Argentina Seeking Expanded Trade with China

Argentina wants to increase agricultural trade with China ahead of a bumper crop of soybeans. China, the world’s largest buyer of soybeans, purchased $3.48 billion worth of Argentine exports, with more than 86 percent of which were from the agricultural sector. Argentina’s agriculture secretary said in a statement, “We believe Argentina still has a big chance to advance agro-industrial trade and increase its role as a reliable supplier of food to China,” while leading a trade delegation in China. Farmers in Argentina are expected to harvest 55.9 million metric tons of soybeans this season, or 48 percent more than the previous year, according to Reuters. The move comes as the U.S. continues to negotiate a trade agreement with China following a tit-for-tat trade war that shut off U.S. soybean exports to China. Complicating the market further, China uses the soybeans for animal feed, as it is the largest pork producing nation. However, African swine fever is projected to reduce pork production in China by more than 20 percent this year.

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Farmer’s Share of the Food Dollar Falls to All-Time Low

The farmers share of the food dollar has reached an all-time low. For every dollar American consumers spend on food, U.S. farmers and ranchers earn just 14.6 cents, according to a report recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. This value marks a 17 percent decline since 2011 and the smallest portion of the American food dollar farmers have received since the USDA began reporting the data in 1993. The remaining 85.4 cents cover off-farm costs, including processing, wholesaling, distribution, marketing, and retailing. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the data, among other economic conditions, shows “we are in the midst of an agricultural financial crisis.” Johnson points out that conditions for farmers have been eroding since 2011, and “many have already made the heartbreaking decision to close up shop.” In the past five years, the United States lost upwards of 70,000 farm operations. Johnson is hopeful the report “will open policymakers’ eyes” to the financial challenges in agriculture.

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USGC Updates Protocols to Guard against African Swine Fever

The U.S. Grains Council has strengthened biosecurity safeguards for overseas travelers and USGC-led trade teams in recognition of the severity and spread of African swine fever. As part of the updated protocol, no USGC-led or organized teams will visit swine farms or operations in the United States in 2019, and teams from confirmed affected countries will not visit any type of U.S. livestock operation. Travelers will still be able to meet with livestock companies to discuss livestock production and feeding practices. Tom Sleight, USGC president and chief executive officer, says USGC is “taking precautions to limit exposure,” as African swine fever is not in the United States. USGC says the updated protocols limit risk while still enabling the Council to work to build international markets for U.S. feed grains and co-products. The National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council have fully detailed biosecurity guidelines for pork industry-related international travel, which USGC used in it’s updated protocols.

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Corps of Engineers Release Three Week Missouri River Forecast

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers updated its near-term forecast for the Missouri River this week as the basin prepares for mountain snowpack to melt and collect in the system. The three-week forecast calls for increased water output from the Missouri River water control facilities along the river. Currently, system reservoirs are below their exclusive flood control pool elevations. However, as the mountain snowpack melts, the pool elevations will increase significantly. Storing water in the exclusive flood control pools at reservoirs in the middle of the system limits flexibility for reducing flood risk from upstream or downstream rain events. Thus, officials say they will maintain release levels higher than inflows. Gavins Point releases are forecast to remain steady at 55,000 cubic feet per second to continue evacuating runoff from the spring plains snowmelt. John Remus, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division, says fluctuations to river stages downstream from Gavins Point are possible due to rain events occurring downstream from Gavins Point. Some areas downstream are still at flood stage and have been since last month’s bomb cyclone weather event.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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