09-17-19 NWSS: Marcy and Bruce Benson Named 2020 Citizens of the West

Marcy and Bruce Benson, 2020 Citizen of the West

NWSS: Marcy and Bruce Benson Named 2020 Citizens of the West 

DENVER – The National Western Stock Show is proud to announce Marcy and Bruce Benson as the 2020 Citizens of the West. This prestigious annual award recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of Western pioneers and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals. A committee of community leaders selects recipients.

“I’m pleased to see that Bruce and Marcy Benson are being jointly honored as Citizens of the West.  It is a well-deserved honor for their many contributions in the fields of education, philanthropy and business in our community and state.” said Philip Anschutz, 2014 recipient of the Citizen of the West award.

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09-17-19 Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association: 2019 Pedal the Plains…

Bent-Prowers Cattle & Horse Growers Association: 2019 Pedal the Plains…

SPRINGFIELD – More than 25 ranchers and their families were a part of the support team for Pedal the Plains bicyclists who rode through the Lamar-Holly-Springfield area on Sept. 13-15. Continue reading

09-17-19 NPPC Welcomes New Swine Inspection System, ‘Reflecting a 21st Century Industry’

NPPC Welcomes New Swine Inspection System, ‘Reflecting a 21st Century Industry’

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 17, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) finalized today its New Swine Inspection System (NSIS).

“We applaud the USDA for introducing a new inspection system that incentivizes investment in new technologies while ensuring a safe supply of wholesome American pork,” said National Pork Producers Council President David Herring, a producer from Lillington, N.C. “The U.S. pork production system is the envy of the world because we continuously adopt new practices and technologies, while enhancing safety, quality and consistency. This new inspection system codifies the advancements we have made into law, reflecting a 21st century industry.”

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09-17-19 USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection for the First Time in Over 50 Years

USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection for the First Time in Over 50 Years

(Washington, D.C. September 17, 2019) –

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a final rule to modernize swine slaughter inspection and bring it into the 21st century. For the first time in more than five decades, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is modernizing inspection at market hog slaughter establishments with a goal of protecting public health while allowing for food safety innovations.
“This regulatory change allows us to ensure food safety while eliminating outdated rules and allowing for companies to innovate,” Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “The final rule is the culmination of a science-based and data-driven rule making process which builds on the food safety improvements made in 1997, when USDA introduced a system of preventive controls for industry. With this rule, FSIS will finally begin full implementation of that program in swine establishments.”
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09-17-19 Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District: James W. Broderick Hydro Power Plant at Pueblo Dam Dedicated

The exterior of the James W. Broderick Hydroelectric Power Facility at Pueblo Dam.

SECWCD: James W. Broderick Hydro Power Plant at Pueblo Dam Dedicated

The James W. Broderick Hydropower Plant at Pueblo Dam was dedicated on Monday, September 16, before a crowd of about 100 people.

The hydroelectric generating facility was completed in May 2019 and is named for James W. Broderick, executive director of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

Southeastern President Bill Long hailed Broderick’s vision for pursuing the project under a Lease of Power Privilege with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The process was started in 2011, and culminated in 2017, when the lease was signed. Construction of the $20.5 million plant took 18 months.

“Jim has given a lot more than his name to the James W. Broderick Hydropower Plant. It has been Jim’s vision to create this project, and to use the revenues generated by the plant to enhance the benefits of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project,” Long said. “this is an example of the type of creative thinking and leadership that Jim brings to every aspect of his service to the Southeastern District.”

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09-17-19 National Farm Safety and Health Week: Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention

National Farm Safety and Health Week: Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention

Over the last couple years, reporters have been publishing on the startling suicide rate among farmers in the U.S.  Farmers are no strangers to stress.  Their livelihood depends upon the weather, political climate and market prices—all of which are out of their control.  They work long hours and weeks on end without a day off.  They don’t have paid vacation or sick leave.  However, rural communities are often tight knit.  They come-together and pitch-in when someone needs help.  As a member of a rural community you can reach out to your neighbors and talk about stress, suicide and opioids.  Overcoming the stigma of mental strain and opioid abuse is the first step to avoiding further tragedy and reducing the suicide rate in rural America.

More safety information is available from the U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers.  There are 11 Centers located across the country to promote the health and safety of agricultural, forestry and commercial fishing workers.  Find the Center closest to you by entering NIOSH Ag Centers in your search engine.

TODAY’S WEBINARS:

A Research Update from the Agricultural Health Study: Recent Findings, Current Work, and Future Plans (Noon CDT)
Presenter – Christine G. Parks, Ph.D.

Safety Sensitivity of Opioid Use in High Hazardous Industries (2:00 p.m. CDT)
Presenters – Heather Lyons-Burney, Pharm.D.; Ann Marie Butler Kemp, MD; Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 17th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, September 17th

Trump Administration Shows Flexibility in USMCA Proposal

The Trump administration has offered Democrats “significant flexibility” regarding demands for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The counterproposal sent to House of Representative leadership last week addresses concerns raised by Democrats, according to Politico. The proposal from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer offers a fix to concerns raised on how disputes between governments are resolved. Additionally, the proposal addresses labor, environmental and pharmaceutical concerns. The counterproposal is increasing optimism the agreement can be finished yet this year. Trump administration officials have said they expect the agreement can be passed by Congress within the next two months, although lawmakers have a full plate to tackle this fall. Farm groups and House Agriculture Committee leaders rallied outside the capitol last week in support of the agreement. This spring, the American Farm Bureau Federation estimated the agreement could increase U.S. agriculture exports by $2.2 billion. USMCA also changes sanitary and phytosanitary standards, biotech rules and other provision. Mexico has already ratified the agreement and Canada is in the process of finalizing the agreement.

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Oil Markets Headed for Volatility Following Saudi Attacks

Expect volatility in oil markets following the weekend attacks in Saudi Arabia. Jim Bower of Bower Trading says volatility “is going to heighten tremendously” over the next few weeks because of the attack. Bower says the drones had a cost of approximately $15,000 and suggested “oil facilities can and will receive further attacks in the future,” because its “simply too easy to do.” The facility attacked by drones and reportedly cruise missiles over the weekend produces roughly six percent of the world’s oil supply. The U.S. Energy Department has said it is willing to release oil from the strategic oil reserves if needed. Oil prices Monday briefly spiked 19 percent, the biggest spike since the 1990-1991 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. The attacks also represent the largest disruption of maximum daily supply loss in history. Officials at GasBuddy, a crowdsourced, real-time fuel price reporter, predict prices will increase 10-25 cents per gallon. Additionally, prices could increase higher depending on how long it takes to restore production at the attacked facilities.

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Farm Credit Service Outlines Quarterly System Conditions

A quarterly review of the Farm Credit System shows reported steady earnings and higher capital, but a decline in loan quality, so far, in 2019. The Farm Credit Administration received the report last week that outlines economic issues affecting agriculture, with an update on the financial condition and performance of the Farm Credit System. Although the levels of portfolio credit risk are acceptable, they are rising, and the increase “underscores the significant operating challenges facing System borrowers.” Overall, the System remains financially safe, strongly capitalized, and well-positioned to support agricultural producers, according to the report. Additionally, land values generally have remained stable, supported by the limited supply of farmland for sale. Farm sector real estate debt has been rising for the past several years and is approaching the historical 10-year average. Also, total farm debt relative to income in 2019 is high, but the Market Facilitation Program has slowed its advance. The report says the MFP payments represent considerable support for the U.S. farm sector.

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Japan to Eliminate Tariffs on U.S. Wine

Japan will eliminate tariffs on U.S. wine imports as part of a trade agreement announced between the U.S. and Japan. Reuters says Japan will eliminate the tariffs on U.S. wine within five to seven years after the trade agreement goes into effect. Japan currently taxes wine at 15 percent per liter, and the trade agreement would cut the tariff by roughly 13 percent. Leaders of the two nations are expected to sign the agreement on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting later this month. The agreement, welcomed by agriculture, also gradually lowers tariffs on U.S. beef exports to Japan, from 38 percent, to nine percent by 2033. Many of the bilateral agreement provisions match those included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership the U.S. backed out of when President Donald Trump took office. The remaining nations enacted the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The bilateral agreement with Japan should level the playing field for U.S. agriculture and its competitors, provide increased market opportunity.

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USDA, Trump, Recognize Farm Safety Week

President Donald Trump has proclaimed this week as National Farm Safety and Health Week. Trump signed the proclamation Friday, designating the week as September 15 -21, 2019. The theme for this year’s National Farm Safety and Health Week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear” as a reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize safety on the farm and rural roadway. USDA says this week is an opportunity to spread awareness of the inherent risks associated with work in the agriculture sector and commit to improved practices that advance health and safety. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says promoting farm safety will “help our American agriculture workforce,” adding “farming is not always the safest profession and it is our responsibility to continue to improve workplace safety. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 581 workers in agriculture and related industries died from a work-related injury in 2017, making agriculture one of the most dangerous professions in the United States.

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NCGA: Farmers Must Play a Role in Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Efforts throughout society, and virtually every industry, to cut greenhouse gases are underway and agriculture is no exception, according to the National Corn Growers Association. Fortunately, NCGA’s Stewardship and Sustainability Director Rachel Orf says, “we are working in the right direction.” Throughout the Ag supply chain, from conservation groups to the largest retailers, Orf says there is solid agreement that the effort needs to be driven by science, adding “if it doesn’t work for farmer’s it doesn’t work at all.” Orf attended a meeting hosted by Field to Market last week in Washington, D.C. with the objective of better understanding climate change risk facing the ag value chain, including retailers, conservation groups, farmers, agribusiness. The effort began last fall with the goal of exploring collaborative actions that can deliver benefits for farmers, consumers and the planet. While agriculture has become increasingly efficient, relying on fewer inputs to produce more, NCGA’s partnership with Field to Market, is fostering collective action to address the significant challenges ahead in meeting increased global demand in a sustainable manner.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Tue Sep 17, 2019 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids available by 3:00 PM MST.
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
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08-14-19 Feeding Colorado and Beyond – German American Agricultural Technology Symposium Set for September 19th in Denver – REGISTER NOW!

Feeding Colorado and Beyond – German American Agricultural Technology Symposium Set for September 19th in Denver – REGISTER NOW!

German AgTech event seeks to incite a global dialogue on how to keep pace in a growing world

The Food and Agriculture Industry contributes over $41 billion to Colorado’s economy every year, with over 60% of Colorado’s land being used for agriculture. With at least 4.4 thousand companies working in Food and Agriculture in Colorado, the industry employs 115.6 thousand people a year on average. Similarly, almost half of Germany’s national territory is devoted to agricultural use, employing over a million people in over 270 thousand agricultural enterprises. Consequently, Germany is the third largest exporter of agricultural products worldwide. An upcoming event will take a deep dive into the importance of agriculture to both Coloradan and German economies, focusing on how technology can keep pace with the challenges and opportunities facing this industry in the future.

On September 19, 2019 the German American Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter (GACC-CO) will be hosting the German American Agricultural Technology Symposium at the National Western Complex in Denver, CO. This day-long event aims to bring together innovators and investors from across the Atlantic to address the most pertinent questions in AgTech – inciting dialogue, exchange, and action. The Agri-Tech Symposium will be the third event in the GACC-CO’s annual German American Business Series (GABS).

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09-16-19 You’re invited to join an interactive roundtable on Opportunity Zones – September 25th in Grand Junction, CO

You’re invited to join an interactive roundtable on Opportunity Zones – September 25th in Grand Junction, CO

Colorado Rural Development (RD) State Executive Director Sallie Clark
USDA Photo by Preston Keres

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 8:30 AM – 10 AM

Location:  Mesa County Old Courthouse, 544 Road Street, Multi Purpose Room, Grand Junction, CO

Co-Hosted by the Following Federal Partners:

Sallie Clark, Colorado State Director, USDA Rural Development; Dan Nordberg, Region 8 Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) & Evelyn Lim, Region 8 Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  (HUD)

The Opportunity Zone incentive, created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is designed to spur economic development and job creation by encouraging long-term investments in low-income communities across the country. Opportunity Zones also have the potential to transform entrepreneurship, health and housing outcomes and increase workforce development opportunities, among other impacts. Continue reading

Livestock Exchange, LLC Weekly Update…

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(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) – Each week, Auctioneer Tyler Knode with Livestock Exchange, LLC. in Brush, CO will be inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network providing a RECAP of the previous week’s auctions and also a PREVIEW of upcoming cattle & hay auctions…

CLICK THE AUDIO LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S UPDATE…

09-16-19 Livestock Exchange, LLC  Recap & Preview

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09-16-19 BEEF PROMOTION OPERATING COMMITTEE APPROVES FISCAL YEAR 2020 CHECKOFF PLAN OF WORK

BEEF PROMOTION OPERATING COMMITTEE APPROVES FISCAL YEAR 2020 CHECKOFF PLAN OF WORK

CENTENNIAL, CO (Sep 16, 2019) — The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) will invest approximately $40.9 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications during fiscal 2020, subject to USDA approval.

In action at the end of its September 10-11 meeting in Denver, Colorado, the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC) approved checkoff funding for a total of 15 “Authorization Requests” – or grant proposals – brought by seven contractors for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019. The committee, which includes 10 producers from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and 10 producers from the Federation of State Beef Councils, also recommended full Cattlemen’s Beef Board approval of a budget amendment to reflect the split of funding between budget categories affected by their decisions.

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09-16-19 CO Horse Council invites All Equine Organizations to Attend the “Putting the Pieces Together” Workshop Meetings Oct 18-20 in Denver

CO Horse Council invites All Equine Organizations to Attend the “Putting the Pieces Together” Workshop Meetings Oct 18-20 in Denver

Learn how your association can provide the best services possible for your members and organizational leaders. Learn about the importance of relationship building and how to motivate others to become involved in your work.

Come and join this gathering of individuals working to build equine organizations across the country. This gathering focuses on our needs as council and club administrators and volunteers in need of ideas and suggestions to help our organizations grow and prosper.
This event will give you plenty of networking with the experts in the field of bringing people together for important equine causes, along wit ideas and systems that help your communications and record keeping for you organization.
This combined workshop, presentations and sessions on how to operate your organization is a 3-day event with a combined registration fee of $95.
Register Now – This link takes you to the Equine City Hall, Build an account as a New Visitor No costs or memberships required

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09-16-19 NMPF: Dairy Defined: With Demand at 56-Year High, “Death of Dairy” is a Myth

Dairy Defined: With Demand at 56-Year High,“Death of Dairy” is a Myth
ARLINGTON, VA – Dairy is facing challenges. In a crowded beverage marketplace, per-capita fluid milk consumption in the U.S. is down by a quarter in the past 20 years, and the number of U.S. dairy farms dropped 6.8 percent in 2018.
That’s one part of the story. But a more accurate picture of the health of the dairy industry is much brighter than the doom and gloom conjured from selective use of data. No matter what critics may say, attempts to craft a “death of dairy” narrative are mistaken.
Looking more broadly than milk in a glass, per-capita dairy consumption has been on the rise since the 1970s, according to USDA data. Last year’s level – 646 pounds per
person – was the most popular year for dairy in the U.S. since 1962.
Individual products tell similar stories. Cheese per-capita consumption has tripled since 1971. Butter is at its highest per-capita use since 1968. Contrast that with nose-diving sales of margarine, the longest-established “plant-based” dairy alternative, which in 2010 was at its lowest per-capita consumption since 1942. After that, the federal government stopped tracking it altogether.

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09-16-19 USDA Opens Signup for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

USDA Opens Signup for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

(Washington, D.C. September 16, 2019) – USDA is investing up to $300 million to help support the adoption of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting proposals through December 3, 2019, for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

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