08-09-19 CDA: Vesicular stomatitis cases have been confirmed in 20 Colorado counties

CDA: Vesicular stomatitis cases have been confirmed in 20 Colorado counties

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VSV) in the following counties: Adams, Alamosa, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Conejos, Delta, Douglas, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Ouray, Pueblo, and Weld counties in Colorado.  There are currently 254 quarantined locations statewide, and 177 released quarantines.

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.

“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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August 9, 2019 – NCGA President Lynn Chrisp made the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved 31 refinery exemptions. Since early 2018, EPA has undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and granted 53 RFS waivers to big oil companies, totaling 2.61 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel.
“Waivers reduce demand for ethanol, lower the value of our crop and undermine the President’s support for America’s farmers. Waivers benefit big oil at the expense of corn farmers who, between losing export markets abroad and ethanol markets at home, are losing patience. Continue reading

08-09-19 Colorado Republican Kimmi Lewis announces launch of re-election campaign

Colorado Republican Kimmi Lewis announces launch of re-election campaign

Elizabeth, CO — Colorado State Representative Kimmi Lewis (R) announced her re-election campaign for Colorado House District 64 at the Elbert County Republican Central Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 6th, to a cheering crowd.

Since first being re-elected as a freshman State Representative, Kimmi Lewis has become known as an ardent defender of the personal liberties laid out in the Constitution, combined with a no nonsense approach to advocating for all the citizens of House District 64, and not the Denver insiders.

“Kimmi is one of us!  She has continued to demonstrate her commitment and effectiveness in protecting our conservative values and Colorado way of life. Even in such a difficult year, with radical Denver Democrats massively overstepping, Kimmi Lewis not only fought their big-government agenda every inch of the way, she also successfully passed legislation protecting the property rights of landowners. She never forgets that ‘we the people’ are her boss,” said Tom Peterson, small business owner and Elbert County Republican party volunteer. Continue reading

08-09-19 ACE CEO reaction to EPA’s RFS waiver decisions

ACE CEO reaction to EPA’s RFS waiver decisions

Sioux Falls, SD – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its small refinery exemption (SRE)dashboard today, granting 31 of the 38 waiver requests that were pending from the 2018 compliance year under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):

“EPA’s refiner-win-at-all-costs oversight of the RFS is doing real damage to America’s farmers and renewable fuel producers who are already suffering from trade wars and volatile markets. The RFS is supposed to ensure the use of ethanol and biodiesel increases from one year to the next, but 85 Small Refinery Exemptions later and over 3 billion waived gallons represents an enormous step backwards. Continue reading

08-09-19 RFA: More Refiner Bailouts: A Broken Promise That Will Haunt Rural America

RFA: More Refiner Bailouts: A Broken Promise That Will Haunt Rural America

Calling it a significant broken promise on the part of President Trump that will hurt rural America at the worst possible time, the Renewable Fuels Association strongly criticized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement late Friday that granted 31 more exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard to oil refineries, representing more than 1 billion gallons of additional lost RFS demand. This comes after 54 exemptions were given for the prior two years, with not a single waiver request denied. In today’s announcement, only six requests were denied.
 “At a time when ethanol plants in the Heartland are being mothballed and jobs are being lost, it is unfathomable and utterly reprehensible that the Trump Administration would dole out more unwarranted waivers to prosperous petroleum refiners,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “Today’s announcement comes as a total shock, as just two months ago President Trump himself heard directly from Iowa farmers and ethanol plant workers about the disastrous economic impacts of these small refinery handouts. In response, he told us he would ‘look into it’ and we believed that would lead to the White House and EPA finally putting an end to these devastating waivers. Instead, the Trump administration chose to double down on the exemptions, greatly exacerbating the economic pain being felt in rural America and further stressing an industry already on life support. Continue reading

08-09-19 National Sorghum Producers: EPA Lets Down Sorghum Ethanol Plants and Farmers with Additional Small Refinery Exemptions

National Sorghum Producers: EPA Lets Down Sorghum Ethanol Plants and Farmers with Additional Small Refinery Exemptions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 9, 2019) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today an additional 31 small refinery exemptions. National Sorghum Producers Past Chairman Don Bloss, a sorghum farmer from Pawnee City, Nebraska, released the following statement in response:

“National Sorghum Producers is disappointed in the EPA’s decision to administer extensions to profitable, undisclosed refiners at the detriment of U.S. ethanol and sorghum producers. The continued expansion of small refinery waivers places additional concerns on ethanol producers already facing significantly reduced margins. Continue reading

08-09-19 NFU: EPA Grants 31 Hardship Waivers, Undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard

NFU: EPA Grants 31 Hardship Waivers, Undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON – According to a recent Reuters report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved 31 of its 38 pending small refinery exemptions (SREs) for 2018. Recipients of the exemptions are not required to comply with renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The RFS exists to drive investment in American-grown biofuels. However, EPA has consistently misappropriated RFS waivers, cutting demand for biofuels by 2.6 billion gallons and undermining the intent of the law. NFU President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the report: Continue reading

08-09-19 Pedal The Plains: Explore Southeastern Colorado on Two Wheels Sep 13-15: Lamar-Holly-Springfield


Pedal The Plains: Explore Southeastern Colorado on Two Wheels Sep 13-15: Lamar-Holly-Springfield

A Hootin’ Good Time on Two Wheels

Denver, CO (August 09, 2019) — Pedal The Plains is a unique ride that truly sums up what Colorado is all about. It’s about people from all over the state coming together, being outside, exercising and exploring the state’s heritage and history. It is a great opportunity to explore the congenial communities along the roads less traveled. And it is alot of fun!

Join us on September 13-15, 2019 for the 8th Annual Pedal The Plains as we travel through the communities of Lamar, Holly and Springfield, Colorado and cross the border touching your wheels into Kansas too!

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10 Reasons to Ride the 2019 Pedal The Plains

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08-09-19 FCA board receives 2018 annual report on the Farm Credit System’s young, beginning, and small farmer lending

FCA board receives 2018 annual report on the Farm Credit System’s young, beginning, and small farmer lending

McLEAN, Va., Aug. 8, 2019 — At its monthly meeting today, the Farm Credit Administration board received FCA’s 2018 Annual Report on the Farm Credit System’s Young, Beginning, and Small (YBS) Farmer Mission Performance.

Outstanding loans

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08-09-19 PlainsGold® to Market Two New Wheat Varieties

PlainsGold® to Market Two New Wheat Varieties

PlainsGold® will market two new wheat varieties in 2019 designed to defend against common and emerging pests of wheat.

“Building upon the varieties released last year, these varieties will help farmers play defense like never before,” said Brad Erker, Executive Director of Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF). Continue reading



Learn more about Laurie Munns, 2019 NCBA Federation Division Chairman

The BARN via NAFB News Service – August 9, 2019: Laurie Munns, along with her husband, Tim, owns and operates a ranch in Northern Utah and Southern Idaho. She also just finished her first six months as chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils, which represents and supports state beef councils at the Beef Checkoff’s national level. Munns says one of the things she has enjoyed about having the role has been interacting with beef producers around the country…



08-09-19 ATTN CORN PRODUERS: You are Invited to Participate in our Brugler Marketing 2019 Virtual Corn Tour!

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ATTN CORN PRODUERS: You are Invited to Participate in our Brugler Marketing 2019 Virtual Corn Tour!

We don’t drive around the Corn Belt. We have actual corn producers sample yields in their own fields and submit the results between August 7 and August 20, 2019.  Then we compile our state by state and US VCT estimates. The VCT estimates FINAL USDA yield in January, and has been within 2% of that number in 11 of the past 13 years. In fact, we were within 0.28% of the final yield number last year!

Participation is open to the public.  Download the instruction PDF attached to this page, as well as the XLS file. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 9th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, August 9th

China Stopping Buys of U.S. Ag Complicates Soy Market

Brazil soybean prices are increasing after China halted purchases of U.S. agricultural products. However, the jump has Chinese buyers shying away from purchases, according to Reuters. Brazilian soybean prices climbed to $400 a ton, including cost and freight, up $20 from a week ago. The increase is the result of China stopping purchases of U.S. agricultural products as part of the tit-for-tat trade war sparked by the United States. China is the world’s biggest importer of soybeans, primarily used to feed the world’s largest hog herd. However, that too is complicating the market as traders are unsure of the long-term impact African swine fever will have on demand. Before China announced its stoppage of U.S. purchases, soybean sales from the U.S. to China were approaching year-ago levels. Last year, China imported $9 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products, less than half of the near $20 billion imported in 2017. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, before China’s announcement, predicted China would import 85 million metric tons of soybeans in 2019, down from 94.1 last year.

Crop Prices Give Slight Boost to Weak Farm Economy

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank says farm income and credit conditions show signs of stabilizing. In its second quarter survey of farm lending conditions, the bank says higher corn prices and trade relief payments could have contributed to a slower pace of decline in expectations for farm income and credit. Although farm income was is expected to decrease in the third quarter of 2019, the pace of decline is expected to be the slowest since 2014. Slightly more than 40 percent of bankers reported that farm income was lower, compared with almost 75 percent and 60 percent at the same time in 2016 and 2017. In addition, district bankers reported that deposits grew at a faster pace in some states while farmland values remained steady. Demand for agricultural lending in the district remained high, but bankers anticipated slower growth in future months. The 10th District includes Parts of Missouri and New Mexico, along with Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. It is the second-largest Federal Reserve district.

Peterson: Farmers Don’t Want to Get Their Revenue From the Government

Its clear farmers are frustrated with the many forces beyond their control, following a listening session in Minnesota. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue didn’t receive a warm welcome during Minnesota’s Farmfest this week. Hosted by House Ag Committee Chair and Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson, Perdue got an earful from farmers questioning farm bill programs and trade. Peterson says one thing was clear: “farmers don’t want to get their revenue from the government.” However, he says the federal government has a responsibility “to make sure folks aren’t left behind as a result of forces beyond their control.” There are many forces farmers are struggling with right now, from low income, trade retaliations, adverse weather and an increase in farm bankruptcies. 2019 will undoubtedly go down as one of the most stressful years to be a farmer. Peterson says there is “still a lot of work to be done,” to help farmers, adding he will continue to do everything possible to help, along with Secretary Perdue.

Drought Emerging in Some Midwestern States

It’s hard for many in the Midwest to believe 2019 could turn into a drought year following the wet spring and delayed planting. However, the latest Drought Monitor shows parts of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana on the brink of a drought, following the nations wettest 12-month period on record. It’s important to note the Midwest Region of the Drought Monitor is 84 percent drought-free, but that’s down from 91 percent last week, and 100 percent three months ago. Any classified drought in the Corn Belt adds additional stress to farmers and their crops, with most fields planted late and slow to mature. A late harvest season is expected this year, with growing fears of frost damage. Meanwhile, there are classified drought areas in Oklahoma and Texas. The data shows 45 percent of Oklahoma is classified as a drought area, mainly central to western Oklahoma. Central and West Texas make up most of the drought area of the state, accounting for 46 percent of land area.

NCGA, ASA Urge President to Support Renewable Fuel Standard

The National Corn Growers Association and American Soybean Association are jointly urging the Trump administration to support the Renewable Fuel Standard. NCGA President Lynn Chrisp and ASA President Davie Stephens penned an editorial this week, urging Trump to uphold his commitment to America’s farmers and the RFS. Since early 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted 53 RFS waivers to big oil companies, “undermining the RFS and reducing corn and soybean demand.” EPA has an additional 38 waiver petitions pending. The two leaders say the waivers “have resulted in an estimated $2 billion in economic harm each year to the U.S. biodiesel industry.” They allege the waivers run counter to President Trump’s much-touted support for America’s farmers and renewable fuels. Additionally, Chrisp and Stephens say the disruptions in the renewable fuels market could not come at a worse time for agriculture, noting the complicated growing season and uncertainty in markets stemming from trade disputes. The leaders call on Trump to order the EPA to “not undermine the RFS.”

Grassley, Tester Urge USDA to Defend Small Livestock Producers

A letter from ag-state senators urges the Department of Agriculture to provide protections for livestock and poultry farmers against unfair and deceptive practices by meatpackers. Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and John Tester of Montana, calling themselves the only farmers in the Senate, outlined key to help farmers compete with large corporations. The comments come as USDA begins to clarify rules within the Packers and Stockyards Act. Grassley and Tester are requesting USDA protect farmers from retaliation when they express concerns to USDA or Congress, clarify that the law does not require a demonstration of harm across the entire industry, defend small producers against preferential marketing agreements for large livestock producers, and provide security and transparency within the system used to pay poultry growers. The 2018 Farm Bill required USDA to issue regulations clarifying aspects of the Packers and Stockyards Act, providing protections to family farms. This spring, USDA announced that it would be clarifying the rules in the fall, though no other announcements have since been made.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service