08-02-19 CDA: Vesicular stomatitis cases are now confirmed in 14 Colorado counties

CDA: Vesicular stomatitis cases are now confirmed in 14 Colorado counties

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VSV) in the Colorado counties of Adams, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Conejos, Delta, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, and Weld.

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.

While an individual equine case may not seem vitally important, the case numbers and case management as a whole (diagnostics, movement restrictions, issuance of hold orders and quarantines) are critical.

“It is of utmost importance that livestock owners report VSV occurrences and comply with hold or quarantine orders to limit the potential for disease spread in this VSV outbreak.” said Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr.

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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RALEIGH, N.C. – On Aug. 2, the Jamestown High School team from Williamsburg, Va., was named the champion of the 2019 National Conservation Foundation (NCF)-Envirothon, an international environmental and natural resources education competition for high schoolers.

“I’d like to congratulate the Jamestown team and all of the teams for their hard work and dedication,” NCF Chair Steve Robinson said. “Their knowledge about environmental and natural resource issues, as well as their commitment to these areas, have shown me that the future of conservation is in good hands.” Continue reading

08-02-19 USDA NASS Colorado Farm Production Expenditures – 2018



Farm production expenditures in the United States are estimated at $354.0 billion for 2018, down from $357.8 billion in 2017. The 2018 total farm production expenditures are down 1.1 percent compared with 2017 total farm production expenditures. For the 17 line items, 7 showed an increase from previous year, while the rest showed a decrease. Continue reading

08-02-19 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on U.S. and E.U. Beef Agreement

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on U.S. and E.U. Beef Agreement
WASHINGTON, D.C. August 2, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after an agreement was signed between the United States and the European Union regarding beef trade between the two nations:

“Getting more US beef into the EU market is yet another example of President Trump expanding markets around the globe for our agriculture producers. EU consumers desire high quality products, and I have no doubt that when given the opportunity to purchase U.S. products we will see more Europeans choose to buy American. America’s farmers and ranchers are the most productive on earth and I thank President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer for their continued work to promote the bounty of the American harvest across the world.”


08-02-19 CFVGA Supports H-2A Proposed Changes, Favors Legislative Reforms

CFVGA Supports H-2A Proposed Changes, Favors Legislative Reforms

August 02, 2019 – The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) supports the proposed rule changes to improve the H-2A temporary agricultural labor certification program. Publication of the proposed changes were published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and Wage and Hour Division July 15 with an invitation for the public to comment by Sept. 24.

Groups representing growers and other sectors of the produce industry, including Western Growers and United Fresh, say the proposed rules would streamline and simplify the process growers use to bring foreign, seasonal workers into the United States for the sole purpose of providing farm labor not available domestically. Provisions include mandatory electronic filing of job orders and applications, permitting some post-certification modifications, allowing staggered entry of H2A workers, updates to how the Adverse Effect Wage Rate is determined, employer use of electronic domestic help-wanted advertising and other provisions.

Last May 15, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited with Colorado produce growers at Sakata Farms, Brighton, Colo. The number one challenge noted in the roundtable meeting was securing qualified, legal labor for Colorado’s relatively short growing and harvest season.

“This meeting was a good opportunity to discuss in detail the acute labor problems facing growers, and we were especially forceful about the changes needed to the H2A guest worker program to make the paperwork less burdensome and the program more flexible,” said Robert Sakata, CFVGA president. “We really appreciate Sec. Perdue listening to us and doing what he is able given the current legislation to make H-2A a more useable program for growers.” Continue reading

08-02-19 CAB: Jerry Bohn to receive FQF Industry Achievement Award

Jerry Bohn to receive FQF Industry Achievement Award

Story and photos by Miranda Reiman

When the opportunity knocked the first time, cattle feeder Jerry Bohn said “no.”

“I turned the Pratt job down once, before we made the decision to come here,” he says. With a young family and a career at CattleFax, “it was a hard move.” Continue reading

08-02-19 NFU: Bankruptcy Bill Will Help More Family Farmers Access Relief

NFU: Bankruptcy Bill Will Help More Family Farmers Access Relief

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate yesterday passed the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, a bill that will expand family farmers’ access to relief under Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy rules by increasing the debt limit from $4.2 million to $10 million. The bill, which was approved by the House of Representatives last week, now awaits President Donald Trump’s signature.

National Farmers Union (NFU) endorsed the legislation when it was first introduced in April, as it would help more family farmers avoid liquidation or foreclosure. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement in response to its passage:


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08-02-19 NBA: Two Inducted Into National Buffalo Foundation Hall of Fame

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NBA: Two Inducted Into National Buffalo Foundation Hall of Fame

Westminster, CO (August 1, 2019) – The National Bison Association (NBA) recently held their annual Summer Conference in Bismarck, ND. During the conference, two individuals were inducted into the National Buffalo Foundation’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is housed at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, ND and recognizes extraordinary individuals whose contributions have helped shaped the world of buffalo. Since its inception in 1980 and including the two most recent inductees, there are 12 historic and 18 contemporary honorees featured in the newly renovated exhibit at the museum.

The Foundation honored Mary Ann Goodnight as the Historical Honoree. She was recognized for her role in saving the buffalo back in 1879 when the animals were threatened with extinction. Along with her husband, Charles, Goodnight was responsible for establishing a herd whose genetics are still in existence today. Goodnight realized that the buffalo were nearing extinction and she urged her husband to attempt to preserve them. They began their herd with three calves, which became the foundation of the historic Goodnight herd. Nearly 120 years later, about 50 head descended from that original herd remained on the Goodnight Ranch and were donated to Texas Parks and Wildlife. In 1997 the herd was moved to Caprock Canyons (TX) State Park.

Donald Beard accepting the NBA Hall of Fame award on behalf of Mary Ann Goodnight.

Donald Beard, the Superintendent of Caprock Canyons State Park, accepted the award on behalf of Mary Ann Goodnight. Beard shared a dream that Goodnight had written about in 1914 where she hoped the Goodnight herd would someday be on display in a park for everyone in Texas to enjoy. “What foresight she had to see that,” noted Beard. “I am extremely honored to be a part of that, to realize her vision and her dream to have these animals out for everyone to enjoy. The animals free range throughout the park and it is a great experience. On behalf of Texas and Texas Wildlife and Parks, thank you for recognizing such a deserving individual.”

Bruce Anderson, center, addresses the crowd and expresses his appreciation for being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The contemporary honoree was Bruce Anderson of Rapid City, SD. Anderson owns and operates Western Buffalo Company in Rapid City.Anderson’s career began in 1979 when his family purchased Ken’s Western Meats. It was a small meat processing plant that they subsequently rebranded as RC Western Meats. The plant mainly processed beef, pork and game, but began processing some buffalo later that first year. Wall Drug, in Wall, SD, was the plant’s first buffalo meat customer, and has continued that relationship for nearly 40 years. Continue reading

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Trump Plans Tariff Increase Against China

President Donald Trump plans to begin enacting additional tariffs on China to pressure negotiators to reach a trade agreement. Talks between the U.S. and China are scheduled again in September, according to the White House. President Donald Trump took the trade war to Twitter again Thursday afternoon, announcing additional tariffs against China starting in September. Trump says the U.S. will start “putting a small additional tariff of ten percent on the remaining $300 billion of products coming from China” starting September 1. The comments follow a recent meeting this week between the U.S. and China. Earlier in the week, Trump said the talks were productive, but China has yet to follow through on its alleged commitments to purchase U.S. agricultural products. The move is undoubtedly a tactic aimed at forcing China to commit to a trade agreement. When the U.S. first threatened this new round of tariffs earlier this year, China struck back with a threat to raise tariff rates on $60 billion of U.S. goods.

USDA Releases Proposed Amendments to Sage Grouse Management Plans

The Department of Agriculture Thursday proposed changes to how it manages greater sage grouse in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah. The changes, according to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, “strive to improve the clarity, efficiency, and implementation of the current sage grouse plans.” The proposal is the result of stakeholder input. Key changes include allowing for greater flexibility and local control of conservation and management actions related to sage grouse. The plan also seeks to align state and federal conservation standards, so ranchers and land users have one set of standards instead of dealing with multiple, complex layers of restrictions. The plan would also maintain the goal of preventing any net-loss to critical sage grouse habitat, but no longer require the unreasonable standard that every action increase conservation, according to USDA. Secretary Perdue says the 2019 plans have been adapted to consider site-specific conditions to ensure ranchers, permittees, and industry can adapt to their local conditions rather than be forced to conform to a one-size-fits-all, national approach.

Coalition Seeks Court Fix to EPA Waivers

A coalition of biofuel supporters has asked a federal court to take action against the Environmental Protection Agency’s small refinery waivers. The petition filed earlier this week asked the federal appeals court to lift a stay it placed on a 2018 petition asking the court to protect the renewable fuels industry from undue harm caused by the waivers. The group includes Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, National Farmers Union and others. The coalition says EPA’s current regulations factor in only future small refinery exemptions granted prior to the compliance year, despite most of the exemptions granted in recent years have been for compliance periods that had already ended. The coalition had asked for the stay to give EPA time to review its request to reconsider its current regulations. EPA’s response never arrived, but “EPA’s statements and actions over the past 13 months indicate that EPA has effectively denied the request.” Not content to wait further, the coalition asked the court to step in and restart proceedings.

Rabobank: ASF to Halve China Hog Herd

A new report from Rabobank says China’s hog herd could be cut in half by the end of the year. China, home to the largest hog herd in the world, has lost an estimated 40 percent of its hog herd already due to African swine fever. Official estimates have guessed the losses between 15 and 25 percent, but many fear the data coming from China is inaccurate. Reuters reported earlier this month that as many as half of China’s breeding pigs have either died from ASF or been slaughtered because of the spreading disease. Rabobank last year estimated China’s hog herd at 360 million head, but says as many as 200 million pigs could be culled. Meanwhile, U.S. pork production is expected to rise throughout the third quarter of 2019, driven by a large breeding herd and improvement in productivity. The report notes that exports are struggling ,but trade terms with Mexico and Canada should boost exports, and the resumption of trade negotiations with China is positive.

Veterinarians Call for Action on Medicine Loan Repayment Program Act

A group of veterinarians took to Capitol Hill Thursday to ask lawmakers to pass the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act. The group says the bill will help close veterinary access gaps by placing additional food animal and public health veterinarians in designated veterinary shortage areas. The bill was introduced in April in the Senate by Republican Mike Crapo of Idaho and Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. More than 170 members of the American Veterinary Medical Association met with lawmakers, conducting more than 200 meetings in congressional offices. They also asked lawmakers to pass the Association Health Plans Act of 2019, which they say would expand the AVMA-sponsored association health program for members to ensure more veterinarians are able to access high-quality, reliable health insurance. The events were planned in advance of the AVMA 2019 Annual Convention, scheduled over the weekend. The organization is self-described as the nation’s leading representative of the veterinary profession, representing more than 93,000 member veterinarians across the United States.

Remains Found in Missing Wisconsin Ranchers Case

Human remains were found this week on a Missouri farm where two Wisconsin ranchers went missing. Authorities say identifying the remains may take “a long time,” but the discovery will advance the investigation. Nicholas and Justin Diemel (Dee-mull) of Wisconsin went missing two weeks ago during a series of farm visits related to their cattle business. Suspect Garland Nelson of Braymer (Bray-murr), Missouri, Thursday postponed his bond hearing until next week, to allow his attorney to attend, after a judge previously denied his bond. The 25-year-old remains jailed on a tampering with a motor vehicle charge after admitting to driving and abandoning the victims rental truck. The remains were found on Nelson’s 74-acre farm. In 2016, Nelson was sentenced to two years in prison for cattle fraud. Nelson admitted he engaged in a scheme to sell at least 114 mortgaged head of cattle that were pledged to the Farm Service Agency, without notifying FSA of the sales. He was ordered to pay more than $262,000 in restitution.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service