08-30-19 Colorado State University opens its Western Campus

Colorado State University opens its Western Campus

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On Thursday, Colorado State University celebrated the grand opening of its new Western Campus in Orchard Mesa. The event capped off a year-long collaborative effort to provide residents of Colorado’s Western Slope greater access to CSU resources and a better opportunity to interact with the state’s land-grant university.

“This is an investment in Western Colorado, in Colorado agriculture, and in the future of a state and region where CSU is proud to be an economic partner,” said CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank. “It’s also a tribute to all of the partner organizations and county and state leaders who worked together to make this campus a reality.”

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08-30-19 CDA: Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in 32 counties across Colorado

CDA: Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in 32 counties across Colorado

Broomfield, Colo. – Vesicular stomatitis has now been confirmed in animals in the following Colorado counties:

Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Conejos, Delta, Dolores, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Mineral, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Ouray, Park, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, San Miguel, Summit, and Weld.

“We are seeing increasing numbers in new counties across the state,” said Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr.  “It is important to remain diligent in checking horses and livestock for VSV lesions and contacting your veterinarian if symptoms are found.”

ALL VSV cases are important for the epidemiology and management of this outbreak and MUST be reported to the State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130, regardless if the owner and veterinarian decide to have their livestock tested or choose to manage as positive premises based on the presence of typical clinical signs without testing. The only cases that may be managed as suspect positive are equine cases located in counties that have confirmed cases.

Equine owners and livestock producers across the state are impacted by VSV; all livestock owners should carefully watch the case numbers and affected counties to gauge their level of risk and institute mitigation measures.

The total count of premises under quarantine for VSV by county is outlined in the table below.  CDA’s Animal Health division is updating this table regularly with the latest data on its CDA VSV website.

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08-30-19 NFU: EPA Must Support Biofuels, Uphold Intent of RFS

NFU: EPA Must Support Biofuels, Uphold Intent of RFS

WASHINGTON – On behalf of its nearly 200,000 family farmer and rancher members, National Farmers Union (NFU) today submitted public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the agency to adjust their proposed Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume obligations for 2020.

Though the proposal would maintain the current volume of conventional biofuels at 15 billion gallons, it would also significantly reduce the statutory volume for advanced biofuels and, consequently, the total renewable fuel volume. Furthermore, the proposal does not compensate for the 4 billion gallons of demand for biofuels that was eliminated by the ongoing misappropriation of RFS small refinery exemptions (SREs) to multinational corporations. In response to dwindling demand, at least 15 ethanol plants and several biodiesel plants have closed, and many others have reduced production, resulting in the loss of thousands of rural jobs.

Upon the initial release of EPA’s proposed volume obligations, National Farmers Union (NFU) expressed frustration that the agency neither increased biofuel use nor accounted for the damage inflicted on farmers and rural communities by the exemptions. In the organization’s comments, NFU President Roger Johnson echoed earlier misgivings and again urged EPA to address both issues in the finalized rule:

“Today’s agricultural community is facing a great number of challenges: a prolonged downturn in the farm economy, the erosion of international export markets due to escalating trade tensions, climate change-related weather extremes, and declining populations and job opportunities in rural areas.

“By expanding the market for home-grown biofuels, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) can play an important role in addressing all of these issues. It develops new markets for American farm products, which in turn buoys commodity prices and farm incomes. It reduces the emission of greenhouse gases that drive climate change. It creates good, stable jobs for rural Americans and stimulates local economies. On top of all that, RFS also offers benefits to American consumers and the country as a whole. Incorporating biofuels into the U.S. fuel supply lowers pump prices, improves air quality, and reduces dependence on foreign energy sources.

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Trump Says Farmers will be Happy with Ethanol Package

President Donald Trump says “the farmers will be so happy” when they see what the White House is doing for ethanol. On Twitter, Trump says “it will be a giant package, get ready.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at the Farm Progress Show this week said President Trump would announce details within the next couple of weeks. Perdue declined to offer any details, other than he pushed for easier access to higher blends of biofuels. Trump says that while the package will be welcomed by farmers, it also saved “the small refineries from certain closing.” Ethanol groups have charged that small refinery waivers are killing demand for biofuels, because they exempt refiners from complying with volume requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced 31 waivers for small refineries in 2020. In the last year of the Obama administration, the EPA issued seven waivers. Trump has held several White House meetings with cabinet members over the last two weeks, working a mitigation package.

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Weekly Ethanol Production Increases as More Plants Close

Weekly ethanol production increased 1.6 percent this week, according to the Energy Information Association. The slight increase comes as ethanol producers say they are struggling due to small refinery waivers that are diminishing demand for ethanol. POET, the world’s largest biofuels producer, announced last week it has reduced production at half of its biorefineries, with the largest drops taking place in Iowa and Ohio. As a result, numerous jobs will be consolidated across POET’s 28 biorefineries and corn processing will drop by an additional 100 million bushels across Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, South Dakota and Missouri. This week, the leadership of the Minnesota Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago announced its closure. The plant was expected to halt production as early as this week. The shareholder-owned plant is laying off about 40 employees. The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy both say the waivers are causing the closures are harming rural America’s economy. The Trump administration fix to the ethanol market is expected in the next couple of weeks.

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USDA Plans Foreign Animal Disease Exercise in September

The Department of Agriculture and the pork industry will hold a foreign animal disease exercise next month. The industry is working on a “full function” exercise that will be conducted the week of September 23. The effort will focus on a fictional outbreak of African swine fever and the subsequent response by federal and state authorities, along with the rest of the pork industry. Industry leaders say the exercise should better prepare the U.S. pork industry and its stakeholders in the event of an outbreak. The drill will focus on exercising plans, policies, procedures and staff members involved in management, direction, command and control functions. National Pork Board senior vice president of science and technology, Dr. Dave Pyburn, says, “We’re trying to create a realistic scenario of a confirmed foreign animal disease in this country to see how each stakeholder reacts and to find the gaps that need more work.” To find out if your state is participating, contact your state pork association office.

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FAPRI Releases U.S. Baseline Outlook Report Update

Excessive spring rain, trade disputes and African swine fever have disrupted agricultural markets in 2019. Despite reduced 2019 United States corn and soybean production prospects, prices for many commodities are under downward pressure because of the many factors that have weakened demand. Economists with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri just released an update to its baseline price report. Assuming a return to more normal weather conditions in 2020, “projected corn and soybean production should rebound,” according to researcher Pat Westhoff. Projected 2020-21 marketing year average prices for corn fall to $3.39 per bushel and soybean prices fall to $7.94 per bushel. This year’s update was prepared the week of August 19. Policies in place at that time, including China’s 25 percent retaliatory tariff on U.S. soybeans and other farm products, are assumed to remain in place. The update uses 2019 acreage, yield and production estimates included in United States Department of Agriculture’s August 2019 Crop Production report.

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American Dairy Coalition Seeks Scientific Review of EPA Nitrate Study

The American Dairy Coalition wants a scientific review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 nitrate report. In a letter to EPA Director Andrew Wheeler, the coalition says the 2013 report never received a proper scientific review, and is a “flawed and damaging” report. The EPA Yakima Nitrate Report began in 2010 and was published in 2012 and 2013. The coalition says the report has been proven false by fifteen national agricultural science experts, and was developed without the peer-review required on “influential science information” as the study was categorized. Laurie Fischer, CEO of the American Dairy Coalition, says, “It is vital that the administration demonstrate their commitment to maintaining the integrity and transparency of science.” The coalition is concerned for farmers that have already been severely affected by the report and believes EPA must stop a “dangerous precedence” from being set which could impact other farmers throughout the United States. Usage of the study led to highly disciplinary enforcement and threats of federal litigation, which has devastated four large dairy farms.

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Deere Appoints New CEO

Deere & Company announced the appointment of John C. May as CEO. May, who has served as Deere’s president and chief operating officer since April 2019, will assume the CEO role on November 4, 2019. May will take the place of Samuel Allen, who will continue as chairman after he steps down from the CEO role. Allen says May’s experience in precision agriculture, information technology, and overseas operations “will be instrumental in driving the company’s digitalization journey and extending its success in agricultural and construction equipment.” May becomes the 10th chief executive in the company’s 182-year history. The 50-year-old May joined Deere in 1997 and became part of the senior management team in 2012 as president, agricultural solutions and chief information officer. Last year, he was named president, of the Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division. Earlier in his career, May headed the company’s China operations, served as factory manager at an Iowa Deere facility and was vice president of the turf and utility platform.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-29-19 Governor Polis Office to Host Constituent Services Table at Colorado State Fair on August 30th

Governor Polis Office to Host Constituent Services Table at Colorado State Fair on August 30th

PUEBLO, CO – For the first time, a Colorado Governor will host a constituent services table at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. The Governor’s Director of Constituent Services will hold open office hours on August 30, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m in the Agriculture Pavilion.

A healthy state depends on the engagement of its people. That’s why Governor Jared Polis and Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera want to hear from Coloradans.

“I’m excited to announce our constituent outreach table at the State Fair, a great way to hear from Coloradans across our state and support our farmers and ranchers. Since day one, my administration has been committed to helping create a Colorado for All and I’m proud of what we have been able to accomplish for hardworking families in the first eight months. There’s no telling what we can accomplish together,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “The State Fair is a celebration of our shared values and our rich history and I am delighted to have this opportunity.”

Staff will be available to inform Coloradans about ways they can serve our state and have a say in the matters they care about. In addition, staff will be available to discuss ways Coloradans can apply to serve on boards and commissions, invite a member of the administration to attend an event and engage with the community. A number of Colorado State Agencies will also have a presence at the fair.

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08-05-19 Inside the Dismiss Polis Recall Effort with Weld County Director Pat Bohlender…

Inside the Dismiss Polis Recall Effort with Weld County Director Pat Bohlender

Signature Petitions Due by Aug 30th – Time is Running Out – Have YOU signed yet?

The BARNBriggsdale, CO, August 5, 2019 – According to the website dismisspolis.com – In less than six months, Governor Jared Polis and his socialist legislature have pushed through 460 bills, many of which have gone against the desires of the people of Colorado. And over the last four months, there have been a couple different groups created with the goal of recalling Polis. The divide between the groups has created an environment that we felt would prevent this effort from being able to move forward, which is why Dismiss Polis was created. Joining the CO Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss the Dismiss Polis efforts is Pat Bohlender…

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08-29-19 CDA: First 2019 equine cases of West Nile virus are confirmed in Colorado

CDA: First 2019 equine cases of West Nile virus are confirmed in Colorado

Broomfield, Colo. –  The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a total of three horses residing on separate locations in Larimer, Pueblo and Weld Counties have been diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV). The three cases are Colorado’s first confirmed cases of WNV in horses in 2019.  These index cases were diagnosed by Colorado State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins in late August, 2019.

Vaccines in horses have proven to be a very effective prevention tool for WNV, and horses that have been vaccinated in past years do need an annual booster.  If a horse has not been vaccinated in previous years, it will need the two-shot vaccination series within a three to four week period.

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08-29-19 The 2019 Governor’s Service Awards Recipients Announced

The 2019 Governor’s Service Awards Recipients Announced

DENVER — Today, Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera presented the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards. The awards are presented in recognition and appreciation to individuals, community and civic leaders for their outstanding contributions to volunteer service in Colorado.

“Service comes in many forms, and we thank all of today’s award recipients for their tireless service to our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera. “These Coloradans inspire us all to make a difference in our community.”

The Governor’s Service Awards are presented by Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. Serve Colorado promotes community service throughout the state to build a culture of citizenship, service, and individual responsibility. Colorado Governors, current and past, recognize the importance of all Coloradans in solving statewide issues, and for the past 20 years have honored volunteers who have made a profound impact in their communities.

The 2019 recipients include:

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08-29-19 U.S. Pork Industry Receives USDA Grant to Open ASF Dialogue in Asia

U.S. Pork Industry Receives USDA Grant to Open ASF Dialogue in Asia

WASHINGTON, D.C. AND AMES, IA, August 29, 2019 – The global outbreak of African swine fever (ASF), a disease affecting only pigs with no human health or food safety risks, is growing, with new cases appearing throughout Southeast Asia and China. While there are no reported cases of ASF in the U.S., a grant recently awarded to the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), with active support from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), aims to start a dialogue between the two regions, sharing veterinary knowledge and ways to prevent the disease from further spreading.

The approximately $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Animal Service division will fund the multi-phase project, helping to build strategic partnerships, while increasing trade of U.S. pork to the region. The work will include swine health field projects, including collection and analysis of disease samples, which are valuable data for all participants and U.S. pork producers.

“Pork production is a global business and working with industry representatives from Vietnam on these projects will be mutually beneficial for all,” said SHIC Executive Director Paul Sundberg, DVM, PhD, DACVPM. “The Swine Health Information Center looks forward to fulfilling the responsibilities of this grant from USDA and in the process deliver value to U.S. producers for the benefit of national herd health.” Continue reading

08-29-19 Lamb Summit Challenges Industry

Lamb Summit Challenges Industry 

The inaugural American Lamb Summit challenged the industry to identify meaningful strategies that can improve the American Lamb industry’s competitiveness and ability to recapture market share from imported lamb.  The Summit was also designed to inspire collaboration, networking and information sharing across all segments and geographic regions of the American Lamb industry.

The Summit, sponsored by the American Lamb Board (ALB) and Premier 1 Supplies, brought together 200 sheep producers, feeders and packers from all over the country to Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO, August 27-28, 2019. Key outcomes and presentations from the topics addressed during the Lamb Summit will be featured in upcoming eblasts. Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for August 29th

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Weekly Export Sales for August 29th

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Perdue Calls for Investigation Into Cattle Markets After Kansas Fire

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has been monitoring the impact of a fire at the beef processing facility in Holcomb, Kansas. As a part of that monitoring effort, Perdue says, “I have directed USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Division to launch an investigation into recent beef pricing margins to determine if there is any evidence of price manipulation, collusion, restrictions of competition, or other unfair practices.” Perdue says if any unfair practices are found, his agency will take quick enforcement action. The USDA remains in close contact with plant management and other stakeholders to understand the fire’s impact on the industry. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was pleased with Perdue’s announcement. NCBA President Jennifer Houston says the announcement demonstrates the government’s understanding of the extreme strain placed on the cattle industry by the plant fire in Kansas. “We encourage USDA to look at all aspects of the beef supply chain and to utilize internal and external expertise in the investigation,” she says. “We believe it adds transparency that will help build confidence in the markets among cattlemen and women.”  

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The List of Asian Countries Battling ASF Continues to Grow

African Swine Fever has now claimed another country in Asia. The disease is now in Myanmar (ME-yahn-mar), a country west of the previous known outbreaks. A National Pork Board release says if eastern Russia is included, that makes eight Asian countries that are struggling with the disease. The World Organization for Animal Health says two provinces in far-eastern Russia that aren’t far from the Chinese border have recently reported new outbreaks of the disease on multiple farms. While ASF cases have been found in eastern Russia before, these provinces hadn’t been affected by outbreaks until recently. The United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization says Myanmar’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation confirmed the first ASF outbreak occurred on August 1. It’s in the northwest part of the country near the Chinese border. Other outbreaks then occurred on August 10 and 11, respectively, also in the northeast part of the country. Elsewhere, officials in the Philippines have seen suspiciously high mortality in backyard pigs recently. As a result, the multi-island nation is setting up animal inspection points and a quarantine area so officials can check pigs for signs of African Swine Fever. Many cities and provinces within the country are taking additional action to help prevent the spread of ASF.

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Michigan Lawmakers Ask Trump to “Stop Choosing Oil”

Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters recently joined five other senators in asking the Trump Administration to support a strong Renewable Fuels Standard. The administration recently took more action to benefit oil companies and undercut American-grown biofuels. The Environmental Protection Agency issued 31 small refinery hardship waivers, which allows oil companies to blend less biofuel into gasoline. The August 8 announcement effectively cut demand for biofuels by over 1.4 billion gallons. Stabenow says, “The President needs to stop putting the interests of big oil companies ahead of farmers who are already struggling thanks to the administration.” The effect of the 31 small refinery waivers is compounded by the 54 additional waivers the EPA has granted over the last two years.” “I’m disappointed that our farmers continue to be undermined by the Trump Administration’s waivers for big oil companies,” Peters says. “The RFS was created to reduce our reliance on foreign oil sources and shift us to homegrown biofuels that we grow and produce domestically.” The Administration’s use of waivers has increased 370 percent, with some of them going to the world’s largest oil companies. Recently, more than 13 ethanol plants and eight biodiesel plants have idled their production or shut down entirely across the country.

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Hemp Production and Processing Rules Expected in September

The USDA is expected to issue new rules for growing and testing hemp sometime next month. Capital Press reports that has farmers feeling anxious about establishing consistent standards for producing the booming crop. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon tells the Capital Press that he expects the USDA to issue those regulations sometimes within the next two to four weeks. Wyden was one of the sponsors of legislation decriminalizing hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 passed with bipartisan support and classified hemp as an agricultural product. “I think it’s pretty obvious that you are on the right side of history,” Wyden said during remarks to a crowd at the Western U.S. Hemp Growers Conference and Expo on August 19 in Portland, Oregon. “You don’t have thousands of farmers moving into this space for nothing. Hemp can be used to make multiple products like paper, textiles, clothing, and building materials. The primary use in the market today is for an extract called CBD Oil, which companies put into everything from cosmetics to beverage, touting health benefits.

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Coalition Says Tariff Increases “Come at the Worst Possible Time”

Americans for Free Trade has a lot to say about the pending U.S. tariff increases on Chinese goods. The coalition of over 160 businesses set a letter to President Trump asking him to postpone tariff increases that are scheduled to take effect next week. The association says the proposed tariff increases come as consumers draw nearer to the holiday shopping season, which means costs will rise in the coming months.  The letter says, “These tariff rate increases, some starting as early as Sunday, come at the worst possible time, right in the middle of the busy holiday shopping period. U.S. consumers are driving the growth of the U.S. economy and we want to ensure that their confidence remains high.” Americans for Free Trade represents many of the sectors and products that will be hit hardest by recent trade war escalation. Starting on September 1, approximately $112 billion in goods will be hit by a 15 percent tariff, including products that range from clothing and footwear to televisions and Christmas decorations. “We want to ensure that economic prosperity continues for the American families, farmers, and workers we employ every day.”

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Conagra Teams With HSUSA on Chicken Welfare Standards

Conagra Brands recently announced steps it will implement when it comes to company treatment of broiler chickens in its supply chain sourcing practices. The company worked with the Humane Society of the U.S. on the new goals, which add higher standards to the company’s existing broiler policy. Conagra says it will work with suppliers, peers, and external stakeholders to implement several improvements in its treatment of chickens by 2024. Among the improvements, Conagra says it will provide birds with more space to perform natural behaviors, including a stocking density of no greater than six pounds per square foot and no use of broiler cages. They’ll also be tracking supplier compliance with the new standards through third-party auditing. In a statement, Conagra says it’s proud to work with the Humane Society of the United States, as well as others in the food industry, to take meaningful steps toward positive change in broiler chicken welfare practices. HUSU says, “We applaud Conagra for addressing the most pressing concerns related to chicken meat production.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-28-19 Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale sets new record at the 147th CO State Fair

Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale sets new record at the 147th CO State Fair

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Pueblo, Colo. – A record $66,000 for grand champion market beef was bid during the 2019 Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair. The steer was raised by 14-year-old Shae Stone of Eaton, Colorado and purchased by long-time sale supporter Sam Brown and his family.

More than $500,000 was raised in the auction of 146 animals raised and shown by young people from across Colorado. All youth exhibitors who participated were required to keep a detailed record book of their animal project while learning responsibility, leadership, showmanship, and best animal care practices.

“The Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale has raised millions of dollars for our state’s 4-H and FFA over the past four decades,” said Colorado State Fair General Manager Scott Stoller. “This sale is a reflection of their hard work and dedication to their animals, as well as the generosity of the philanthropists who support these amazing kids and make this event possible.”

The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness, as it demonstrates the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.

The grand and reserve grand champions are listed below. A complete list of all winners is posted on the Colorado State Fair website.

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Beijing “Not Aware” of Weekend Calls with Trump

President Donald Trump claims China is ready to return to the negotiating table, but China says they don’t know who the President talked to over the weekend. A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry told reporters “I am not aware of the phone calls over the weekend.” Trump claims Chinese officials called top U.S. trade officials to say, “let’s get back to the table.” However, China refutes the claim, and hopes the U.S. will “remain calm, return to reason, and immediately stop its wrong approach,” referring to the trade war escalation and Trump’s order against U.S. companies doing business in China. However, the order met pushback from the stock market and the U.S. business sector. China replied, “We hope the U.S. will heed the views from various sectors, calculate its gains and losses, and come to prudent rather than hot-headed decisions.” Over the phone negotiations were set to resume this week and Chinese officials are scheduled to meet in Washington with the U.S. for negotiations next month.

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RFA: EPA Rejected White House Recommendation on Waivers

The Renewable Fuels Association claims White House documents show the Environmental Protection Agency ignored Trump Administration recommendations on small refinery waivers. Documents obtained by the association apparently show the EPA ignored strong recommendations from within the Trump Administration to redistribute Renewable Fuel Standard  blending obligations lost to small refinery exemptions in the proposed rule for 2020 volumes. According to the documents, which detail the White House Office of Management and Budget’s interagency review of the 2020 RVO proposal, some reviewers within the administration raised concerns about EPA’s failure to redistribute exempted biofuel blending volumes to non-exempt parties. The documents recommended that EPA include prospective redistribution of waived volumes in the 2020 proposal and suggested a method for addressing a court order to restore 500 million gallons of blending obligations inappropriately waived in 2016. RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper says the documents “will only exacerbate the outrage and anger in farm country over EPA’s abuse of the small refinery waiver provision.” Cooper says the EPA “must adopt the prospective reallocation approach.”

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Hemp Crop Insurance Coverage Available for 2020

Certain industrial hemp growers will be able to obtain insurance coverage under the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program for crop year 2020. The Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency Tuesday announced coverage for hemp grown for fiber, flower or seeds. The coverage will be available to producers who are in areas covered by USDA-approved hemp plans or who are part of approved state or university research pilot programs. RMA Administrator Martin Barbre says producers “are anxious for a way to protect their hemp crop,” adding that the policy will “provide a safety net for them.” Producers can obtain the coverage for hemp now if they are part of a Section 7606 state or university research pilot as authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Other producers cannot obtain coverage until a USDA-approved plan is in place. The program allows coverage of all revenue for commodities produced on a farm up to a total insured revenue of $8.5 million. It is popular for specialty crops, organic commodities and non-traditional crops.

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Vilsack, Grassley, Tout USMCA in Iowa

Senator Chuck Grassley and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack touted the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement this week while touring an Iowa dairy processor. Grassley, the chair of the Senate Finance Committee and a prominent Agriculture Committee member, says “There’s going to be tens of thousands of jobs created” stemming from USMCA. The two toured AE Dairy in Des Moines, Iowa, a dairy plant that will benefit from the trade agreement, once signed. Vilsack of Iowa, who served as Agriculture Secretary for President Obama, is the current CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. Speaking during the event, Vilsack stated, “USMCA makes vital improvements to NAFTA and its passage is necessary to modernize trade in North America.” According to a recent International Trade Commission Report, USMCA could mean up to $314 million in additional dairy sales. Agriculture remains hopeful lawmakers will consider the agreement when they return from the August recess. Washington insiders expect Congress won’t consider the agreement until November or December of this year.

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National Pork Board to Host First-Ever Swine Innovation Summit

The National Pork Board will host the inaugural Swine Innovation Summit in Indianapolis on September 17, 2019. NPB bills the Summit as a special event, prior to the Forbes AgTech Summit in Indianapolis. The program seeks to help pork producers and food influencers better understand emerging technology trends facing today’s food production systems. NPB says today’s food production systems are undergoing explosive change and the animal agriculture industry needs to prepare in order to keep pace. The Swine Innovation Summit will focus on three key drivers of change including emerging technology, new and dynamic business models and consumer behaviors which impact shopping preferences and food choices. An NPB spokesperson says, “In the span of a few short hours, we intend to educate today’s pig farmers on what they need to know and how they must adapt to the changing world in which we live.” NPB is offering the conference free of charge to pig farmers, swine veterinarians, authorized academics and allied industry. Learn more at pork.org.

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KFC Testing Beyond Fried Chicken

KFC announced the brief introduction of Beyond Fried Chicken in a trial run, a meat-free alternative to its staple products. In partnership with Beyond Meat, the fast food chain tested the new offering briefly Tuesday at an Atlanta, Georgia, location. Customer feedback from the Atlanta test will be considered as KFC evaluates a broader test or potential national rollout. Beyond Fried Chicken is fried to order. It is available as a nugget or as a boneless wing. The products are 100 percent plant-based, and Beyond Meat says they are prepared in a dedicated fryer. In a news release, , KFC president and chief concept officer Kevin Hochman stated, “our customers will find it difficult to tell that it’s plant-based.” Beyond Meat continues to grow its line of meat-imitating products through fast food restaurant chains. Within the last month, Beyond Meat announced product offerings at Subway and Dunkin Donuts, along with including in meal delivery companies Hello Fresh and Blue Apron.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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Watch the 147th CO State Fair Junior Livestock Shows Aug 22-25 and the Junior Livestock Sale Aug 27 LIVE from Pueblo, CO on Livestream!

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TODAY – Tuesday, August 27th

Open Bull Show followed by the Supreme Champion Bull Selection (LP)

Colorado Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale (SWEC)

Monday, August 26th

FFA Heifer Wrangle Show (LP)

Junior Breeding Heifer Show (LP)

Supreme Junior Breeding Heifer Selection (LP)

Sunday, August 25th

Market Lamb Show (LP)

Market Lamb Grand Drive (LP)

Saturday, August 24th

Market Beef Show (LP)

Market Beef Grand Drive (LP)

Market Goat Show (LP)

Colorado All-States Livestock Judging Team Recognition (LP)

 Market Goat Grand Drive (LP)

Market Lamb Showmanship (LP) Pt 1 & Pt 2

Friday, August 23rd

Market Hog Show (LP) Part 1Part 2Grand Drive

 Colorado Centennial Farms & Ranches Ceremony (WPT)

Market Beef Showmanship (LP)

Market Goat Showmanship (SS) 

Thursday, Aug 22nd

Market Hog Showmanship (LP) – CLICK HERE

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Japan Agreement to Restore U.S. Benefits in TPP

The trade agreement announced over the weekend between the U.S. and Japan should close the tariff gap created when President Trump removed the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Details have yet to be announced, but agriculture groups expect the tariff levels to be comparable to those of other nations who continued the TPP negotiation without the United States. While there are details yet to be worked out, U.S. Grains Council CEO Ryan LeGrande says, “lowering market access barriers with one of our most valuable and loyal grain buyers is a critical win-win.” LeGrande says the deal will level the playing field for U.S. agriculture. The agreement is expected to be finalized and signed late next month in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Meanwhile, following last week’s turbulent developments in the trade war with China, President Trump Monday said the two sides would resume negotiations. China announced retaliatory tariffs Friday, including increased tariffs on U.S. ag products, prompting Trump to do the same.

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U.S. Farms Paying Cost of Retaliatory Tariffs

U.S. farmers are taking the brunt of retaliatory tariffs, according to a recent CoBank report. The report confirms what the industry has pointed out over the course of the trade war, that China is targeting U.S. farm products in retaliation. In an analysis of 11 U.S. agricultural commodities representing a cross-section of agricultural exports, U.S. producers – not the importing country or its consumers – paid much of the cost of these tariffs in all but two cases. CoBank says the impact of retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. farm products reflects the lopsided balance of power between U.S. producers and their importing customers. The nature of agricultural products, inventories with long shelf lives, and ease of identifying and sourcing suitable substitutes are among the factors that give importing customers the upper hand. The report says that with the prospect of declining bargaining power, U.S. producers of most agricultural commodities will face pressure to absorb more of the costs of retaliatory tariffs in the future.

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Amazon Fires Could Alter Global Soy Trade

Fires in the Amazon are likely to alter global soy trade in the future. Jim Bower of Bower Trading points out in his daily newsletter that many of the fires are started by humans to clear the land for crops. More than 75,000 fires have been reported since January, an 84 percent annual increase. Bower suspects that China is behind the increase as the trade war between the U.S. and China is escalating. China, the world’s largest consumer of soybeans, is seeking alternate markets after blocking imports from the United States, even though China made small purchases of U.S. soybeans last week. The land clearing of the Amazon is seen as a way to capture soy demand previously filled by U.S. producers. If true, the increase in production area in Brazil could permanently change soybean trade. The fires had the attention of the G7 Summit in Europe, with some nations saying they would block a trade agreement between the European Union and Brazil until Brazil takes action.

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Ethanol Plant Representatives Ask Trump to Stop EPA Waivers

The ethanol industry is asking President Trump to restore biofuel demand that was damaged by small refinery waivers. The Waivers exempt refineries from the Renewable Fuel Standard, and effectively reduce the blending targets set under the RFS, according to Growth Energy. On Monday, the group, along with several workers from ethanol plants across the county, penned a letter to Trump asking the President to restore the demand. The letter points to the billions of gallons of “lost” biofuel demand, leading to ethanol plants idling production or shutting down. Each time a plant idles production, the letter states that “farmers are notified that biofuel producers can no longer accept grain deliveries, and the impact has been devastating for communities already on the edge.” Farm income is now down by half since the start of this year alone, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the EPA “must immediately repair the damage from abusive refinery exemptions and get lost gallons back into the marketplace.”

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Trump Signs Family Farmer Relief Act

President Trump last week signed the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019. The law raises the Chapter 12 debt limit from $4.1 million to $10 million. The bipartisan bill “will help family farmers reorganize after falling on hard times,” according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. The law allows more farmers the opportunity to qualify under Chapter 12 bankruptcies and gives producers and their creditors a better chance to reorganize and avoid mass liquidation. A recent AFBF analysis found the delinquency rates for commercial agricultural loans in both the real estate and non-real estate lending sectors are at a six-year high. The bill was introduced this spring and passed both chambers of Congress earlier this month. House sponsor, Representative Antonio Delgado of New York, says the changes reflect the increase in land values, as well as the growth over time in the average size of U.S. farming operations and are meant to provide farmers additional options to manage the downturn in the farm economy.

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Sorghum Checkoff Hosts International Buyers

The Sorghum checkoff Monday welcomed a group of international buyers interested in grain sorghum as part of the Export Sorghum event. The one-day expo in Dallas, Texas, included more than 65 international buyers. Sorghum Checkoff executive director Florentino Lopez says the event “serves as our opportunity to share the value of U.S. sorghum.” Export Sorghum is centered around creating networking opportunities while providing buyers with information to help them make sorghum the “smart choice” for their feed grain solutions. Attendees of the event also tour parts of the U.S. to experience sorghum production and the value chain firsthand while developing relationships with U.S. sorghum farmers and suppliers. The Sorghum Checkoff says sorghum has proven to be a reliable ingredient across several industries including swine, poultry, beef, dairy and human food, increasing export opportunity. The event was held in conjunction with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, in coordination with the U.S. Grains Council, Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and Texas Grain Sorghum Producers Board.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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08-26-19 CDA News: 2019 Colorado Hay Directory provides resources for hay producers and buyers

CDA: 2019 Colorado Hay Directory provides resources for hay producers and buyers

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The 2019 Colorado Hay Directory is now available, connecting hay producers and buyers, and serving as a valuable resource for livestock owners seeking alfalfa, grass, mix or other hay types.
“The Colorado Hay Directory continues to be a valuable resource for both producers and buyers,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “We receive calls from across the state and nation requesting copies of the directory.” Continue reading

08-26-19 CSU’s Salazar Center presents inaugural International Symposium on Conservation Impact Sept. 24

CSU’s Salazar Center presents inaugural International Symposium on Conservation Impact Sept. 24

Beth Conover, director of CSU’s Salazar Center for North American Conservation and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Colorado State University’s Salazar Center for North American Conservation is hosting the inaugural International Symposium on Conservation Impact, featuring former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank, and a broad range of conservation experts from Canada to Mexico.

The symposium is set for Tuesday, Sept. 24, the first day of the 2019 Biennial of the Americas Festival, at the McNichols Civic Center Building in downtown Denver. It will convene thought leaders in conservation policy, practice, and research around the theme of landscape connectivity across the continent and will establish a forum to track, incent, recognize, and reward progress on conservation challenges in North America.

The Center also will announce a significant competitive prize for conservation impact at the symposium.

“In the face of global warming, the alarming disappearance of biodiversity and healthy connected ecosystems, and a growing world population that now exceeds 7.5 billion people, the Center looks to invest in cutting-edge ideas and world-class conservation leaders to pioneer projects that address these increasingly urgent challenges. These approaches are needed today more than ever,” said Beth Conover, director of CSU’s Salazar Center for North American Conservation.

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