05-01-19 Governor Polis joins First Gentleman Reis and Lt. Governor Primavera to announce the People for Animal Welfare Committee


Governor Polis joins First Gentleman Reis and Lt. Governor Primavera to announce the People for Animal Welfare Committee

DENVER — To commemorate Animal Welfare Day, Governor Jared Polis joined First Gentleman Marlon Reis and Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera to announce the People for Animal Welfare (PAW) Committee. The Governor also signed HB 19-1092, Animal Ban For Cruelty To Animals Conviction and HB 19-1220, Court Facility Dog During Witness Testimony.

“We are thrilled to announce the PAW Committee today,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is an opportunity to look at what Colorado can do to protect our animals from cruelty and ensure their wellbeing.”

The PAW Committee will play an advisory role on the state of issues related to animal welfare and animal protection in Colorado.

“This Committee is about protecting Colorado animals and giving them a voice,” said First Gentleman Reis. “There is so much great work happening in our state around animal welfare and the PAW Committee is an opportunity to bring together experts on these issues and make Colorado a national leader.”

“This Committee is made up of a variety of animal welfare experts,” said Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera. “Their input will be critical to making Colorado a top state in protecting animals of all kinds.”

To foster a healthy debate and ensure that the widest possible range of Coloradans have a voice on the PAW Committee, its membership will comprise 14 stakeholders including veterinarians, conservationists, attorneys, representatives of the animal control sector, and senior animal shelter staff. These members have been selected in careful consultation with animal welfare professionals, and following a series of three “summit-style” meetings allowing prospective members to discuss the most pressing problems facing animals in Colorado.

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05-01-19 EPA appoints Gregory Sopkin as Region 8 Administrator

EPA appoints Gregory Sopkin as Region 8 Administrator

DENVER (May 1, 2019) —  Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of Gregory Sopkin of Colorado to become regional administrator for Region 8.  Mr. Sopkin will oversee environmental protection efforts in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana.

Gregory Sopkin has spent much of his career working in public service and private legal practice in Colorado.  Mr. Sopkin will join the agency having worked for the last 12 years on energy, environment, and telecommunications matters. He most recently worked at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP.

“Greg’s experience in public service and familiarity with the western region make him a great fit to lead the Region 8 office,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “I look forward to working with Greg to advance the Agency’s mission and protect human health and the environment for our mountain west residents.” Continue reading

05-01-19 Process begins to official designate unincorporated Weld County as an oil and gas local-control county

Process begins to official designate unincorporated Weld County as an oil and gas local-control county

WELD COUNTY, CO — During today’s hearing, the Board of Commissioners set in motion the process to formally designate all of unincorporated Weld County as being under the purview of county government as it relates to mineral resources – particularly oil and gas.

“All through the legislative process, the public was told Senate Bill 181 would give control to local governments,” said Commissioner Pro-Tem Mike Freeman. “Today, we start down the path to make sure Weld County Government officially has local control over oil and gas permitting.” Continue reading

05-01-19 USRB: Industry Adopts U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework, Announces Nationwide Outreach

USRB: Industry Adopts U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework, Announces Nationwide Outreach

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef adopts a Framework to voluntarily assess core elements of sustainability and encourage continuous improvement across the U.S. beef value-chain

FRESNO, Calif. (May 1, 2019) — Major food and retail companies, cattle producers, veterinarians,scientists, and non-governmental organizations today adopted the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework to strengthen the sustainability of U.S. beef.  The Framework demonstrates the commitment of the industry to continuously improve how U.S. beef is raised, processed and distributed.

The U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework is a product of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), a multi-stakeholder organization whose 116 members represent 30 percent of the nation’s cattle herd, more than 20 billion pounds of beef processed, and more than 100 million consumers. The Framework leverages individual opportunities for continuous improvement in sustainability unique to businesses and operations who raise, process or sell beef in the U.S. It allows for individual operations to voluntarily assess their sustainability efforts

Today, the U.S. beef industry serves a delicious, healthy and sustainable product,” said Dr. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson, JBS-USA Director of Sustainability and 2018-2019 USRSB chair. “The U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework is about telling that story to consumers by improving transparency, as well as exploring opportunities to more responsibly use resources, raise animals, and care for the people who help beef get to the American dinner table.”

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04-29-19 Inside Colorado Corn with Dave Cure, Randy Wenger, Becky Brooks & Kim Reddin…

Inside Colorado Corn

with Dave Cure, Randy Wenger, Becky Brooks & Kim Reddin

BRIGGSDALE, CO – April 29, 2019 – Joininig the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio inside The BARN is Dave Cure and Randy Wenger, Co-Chairs on CCGA Public Policy Committee; Becky Brooks, CCGA lobbyist, owner of Stealey II, Inc. & CO Corn Communications Coordinator Kim Reddin, discussing numerous issues pertinent to the corn industry in the nation and more importantly to those here in Colorado, including: Continue reading

03-12-19 Inside the Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Program with Erica Duvic…

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Inside the Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Program with Erica Duvic…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – March 12, 2019 – History Colorado is currently seeking eligible applicants for the 2019 Centennial Farms & Ranches Program. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network to discuss the award and application process in much more detail is Erica Duvic Preservation Planner at History Colorado’s Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation


REMINDER: The deadline for the 2019 Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches applications is May 31, 2019.

To apply or learn more, please visit www.historycolorado.org/centennial-farms-ranches or call (303) 866-3392.


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05-01-19 USCA: Senators Introduce the “Livestock Hauler’s Wish List”

USCA: Senators Introduce the “Livestock Hauler’s Wish List”

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a bipartisan bill to provide livestock haulers with regulatory relief from the restrictive Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules. The bill, the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Actoffers a prescriptive and permanent solution to the “bull hauler’s hassle”. 17 other Senators joined in support of the legislation.

Specifically, the bill would make the following changes:  Continue reading

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Perdue Calls Openness to Further Trade Aid Inaccurate

The Trump administration this week signaled a willingness to provide more trade aid to farmers if needed. However, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the claims are untrue. While in Iowa, Perdue stated, “I’m afraid that’s not accurate,” adding it could be miscommunication, as reported by the Des Moines Register. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters Monday that the Trump Administration has allocated $12 billion for farmers, and that they “stand ready to do more if necessary.” Perdue has repeatedly ruled out any new trade aid for 2019. The Department of Agriculture this week extended the deadline to certify acres under the Market Facilitation Program to May 17. The program has already paid producers more than $8 billion for losses that occurred in 2018 as a result of retaliatory tariffs from China. Perdue says the President has not discussed any further trade aid for farmers with him. Talks with China could conclude within the next two weeks, and a possible agreement may be signed in June.

Canada and Japan Strengthening Trade Relationship

Following a visit to the United States, Japan’s Prime Minister met with Justin Trudeau (true-doh) of Canada to strengthen trade ties. In a news release from Canada, officials say the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the strategic partnership between Canada and Japan. The two leaders also discussed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Canada says is already creating good, middle-class jobs and new opportunities for businesses in Canada and Japan. Canada and Japan are partners in the CPTPP, a free trade agreement between Canada and ten other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, which was created after the U.S. left the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Canada agriculture has preferential tariffs now for products to Japan, compared with the United States. Japan was the number one importer of Canadian pork in 2018 worth C$1.3 billion. Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe (sheen-zoh ah-bay, and Trudeau finalized two memorandums on trade focusing on tech innovation and trade, as part of their meetings last week.

Mexican Labor Bill a Step Towards USMCA

Lawmakers in Mexico this week took a step towards implementing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico’s Senate approved a bill that overhauls the country’s labor code. The move was a pre-condition for U.S. Democrats in the House of Representatives for considering the agreement. Bloomberg News reports Mexican lawmakers raced to pass the bill before the end of their session Tuesday to allow their counterparts in the U.S. to take up discussion of the trade deal. Mexico’s Senate voted 120-0 in favor of the bill that was previously passed by the nation’s lower chamber. The bill gives workers the right to vote on unions and labor contracts through secret ballots. However, to complete USMCA, other conditions remain, including the desired removal of section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico. Canada has hinted that the nation may not approve USMCA until the tariffs are removed. U.S. lawmakers are expected to consider the trade agreement later this year.

USDA Announces Web-Based Tool to Help Determine Dairy Coverage

A new web-based tool helps dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Margin Coverage program. Announced by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Tuesday, the tool was developed by the Department of Agriculture and the University of Wisconsin. The tool was designed to help producers determine the level of coverage under a variety of conditions that will provide them with the strongest financial safety net. It allows farmers to simplify their coverage level selection by combining operation data and other key variables to calculate coverage needs based on price projections. The Dairy Margin Coverage program, authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, offers financial protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed cost, known as the margin, falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. The program replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy. Sign up for the new program opens on June 17. The web-based tool is available at fsa.usda.gov.

Weed Scientists Launch No Pigweed Left Behind Campaign

A new campaign seeks to help growers fight back against weeds and resistance. The Ohio State University has worked with the United Soybean Board and the Ohio Soybean Council to launch a “No Pigweed Left Behind” campaign in their state, where pigweeds have been spotted in multiple counties. The “No Pigweed Left Behind” campaign is designed to raise grower awareness and to provide specific tips and techniques for controlling the weed before it goes to seed. Now, the Weed Science Society of America is promoting the campaign nationwide. Tips from the campaign encourage growers to know what pigweed looks like. The pigweed family includes Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, spiny amaranth, smooth pigweed and redroot pigweed. Also, the campaign encourages growers to be careful of cross-contamination, scout for pigweed, and to be smart about herbicide selection. Finally, the campaign says it’s important to avoid seed dispersal during harvest, and to use safe removal techniques that do not spread weed seeds. For more information, visit http://www.wssa.net.

USDA Report Highlights Rural Broadband Need

A new report from the Department of Agriculture highlights the need for agricultural to have access to rural broadband. Specifically, the report found rural broadband and the next generation of precision agriculture tools are critical components for creating access to resources, tools and opportunity for America’s farmers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the findings Tuesday. The report shows technology on farms and ranches throughout the U.S. could result in at least $47 billion in national economic benefits every year. Perdue states USDA is committed to “doing our part to clear the way for nationwide broadband connectivity.” The report also finds that if broadband infrastructure and digital technologies at scale were available at a level that meets estimated producer demand, the U.S. economy could realize benefits equivalent to nearly 18 percent of total agriculture production. Of that 18 percent, more than one-third is dependent on broadband e-connectivity, equivalent to at least $18 billion in annual economic benefits that only high-speed, reliable internet can provide.


SOURCE: NAFB News Service