09-30-19 James Pritchett Named Interim Dean of CSU College of Agricultural Sciences

James Pritchett Named Interim Dean of CSU College of Agricultural Sciences

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FT COLLINS, CO – September 29, 2019 – James Pritchett has been named interim dean of the Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences. Currently executive associate dean for the college, he will assume his new position on Oct. 1, when Ajay Menon becomes president and CEO of the CSU Research Foundation.

“This is an exciting time for agriculture, both in the industry and education,” Pritchett said. “We’ve many exciting opportunities ahead of us, from feeding the world’s rapidly growing population to stewarding a safe food supply and a sustainable environment. It’s a great time to work with producers, consumers, students and industry in meeting the needs of this and future generations.”

In addition to the global challenges, Pritchett will be responsible for many significant projects at CSU. Shepardson Hall, the home of the College of Ag for over 80 years, is undergoing a renovation that will not only double its size but also provide students and researchers modern classroom and lab spaces. The college is also a major partner in the redevelopment of the National Western Complex in Denver, which will break ground next year.

“James is passionate about every aspect of agriculture and CSU,” said Provost Rick Miranda. “I am confident that he will provide excellent guidance to the college during this important time of change and growth, and I look forward to him joining the university’s executive leadership team.”

A national search for a permanent dean will begin shortly, Miranda added. Continue reading

09-30-19 Cattle Industry Leaders Honored at Red Angus Association of America Annual Convention

Cattle Industry Leaders Honored at Red Angus Association of America Annual Convention

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DENVER – Honoring producers for their service, loyalty and dedication to the Red Angus breed has long been the tradition of the annual awards banquet held on the final evening of the National Red Angus Convention. The 66th installation of this prestigious event took place at the Grand Harbor Resort in Dubuque, Iowa, on Sept. 13, 2019, and delivered upon the promise to recognize remarkable producers for excellence in their field. The awards banquet and meal, featuring steaks from Meyer Natural Angus, highlighted businesses, industry supporters and ranches that rise to the top of the breed. Continue reading

09-30-19 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: In Southeast Asia, Meat Processors Dealing with ASF’s Impact on Pork Supplies

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: In Southeast Asia, Meat Processors Dealing with ASF’s Impact on Pork Supplies 

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DENVER, CO – September 30, 2019 –  Travis Arp, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior director of technical services and access, has just returned from meetings in Vietnam and the Philippines. He notes that Vietnam has been dealing with the impact of African swine fever (ASF) for several months and meat processors are actively looking to secure more imported pork. Since ASF was first confirmed in Vietnam in February of this year, the disease has spread to all of the country’s 63 provinces. Vietnam’s ASF-related hog losses are estimated at 4.7 million head and its hog inventory is down 19% from the beginning of the year.

The Philippines, which is already a large pork importer, is just beginning to feel the impact of ASF. The disease was first confirmed in the Philippines in early September, though investigations into possible ASF cases began about a month earlier. According to the Philippine government’s most recent estimate, about 20,000 pigs have been lost to ASF or were culled to prevent further spread of the disease. Other countries in Southeast Asia where ASF is present include Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The disease was also confirmed this week in East Timor.

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09-30-19 CO FFA Foundation hosting 3rd Annual “Meat & Greet” at NWSS Complex Nov 14th – Get your Tix Today!

CO FFA Foundation hosting 3rd Annual “Meat & Greet” at NWSS Complex Nov 14th – Get your Tix Today!

The Colorado FFA Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the more than 6,100 FFA members in Colorado’s 100 chapters. FFA is a national organization of 610,240 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

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09-30-19 American Humane: Coleman celebrates six new Pups4Patriots pairs

American Humane: Coleman celebrates six new Pups4Patriots pairs

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 30, 2019 – Coleman Natural Foods has announced the first six veterans and service dogs to graduate from the American Humane Pups4Patriots program thanks to funds provided through the generous commitment the company made earlier this year.

“It was by chance that September is National Service Dog month, and the same month we celebrate our first class of graduates,” said Mel Coleman, Vice President of Coleman Natural Foods and 4th generation of the founding Coleman family. “We can’t think of a more opportune time to recognize these men and women, and their pups for their achievement and service.”

For many brave members of our nation’s armed forces, coming home as a civilian is only the beginning of another daunting battle. The invisible wounds of war can cause debilitating symptoms in veterans, leading to depression, social isolation and, far too often, suicide. Continue reading

09-30-19 CDA: Colorado agriculture photo contest now open

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CDA: Colorado agriculture photo contest now open

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — The 22nd annual “Colorado…it’s AgriCultural” photography contest is seeking entries to celebrate the spirit of Colorado agriculture. Photographers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to enter this year’s contest.

Entries must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Agriculture via e-mail with an official entry form by December 31, 2019. All photographs must be taken in the 2019 calendar year and must relate to Colorado agriculture in some way.

“I love to see Colorado’s diverse agricultural landscapes captured in pictures,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Every year photographers showcase Colorado agriculture in creative ways.”

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09-30-19 US Senator Gardner Applauds USDA Investments in Three Rural CO Water Infrastructure Projects

US Senator Gardner Applauds USDA Investments in Three Rural CO Water Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is helping finance three rural water infrastructure projects in Colorado.

“It’s essential that all Colorado communities have access to safe and clean drinking water and water treatment facilities,” said Senator Gardner. “I live in rural Colorado and I know how important these projects are for our small communities. It’s great news that the USDA will be investing in these rural infrastructure projects.” Continue reading

09-30-19 USDA Invests in Community Facilities Improvements for 3.3 Million Rural Americans in 23 States

USDA Invests in Community Facilities Improvements for 3.3 Million Rural Americans in 23 States

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $139 million in 56 projects (PDF, 189 KB) to improve community facilities and provide essential services for 3.3 million rural residents in 23 states.

“Modern, accessible and reliable community infrastructure, public safety facilities, schools and health facilities are essential components to strong and prosperous communities,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner in building and modernizing these facilities in rural America, because we believe that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
USDA is making the investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. Interested parties should contact their USDA Rural Development state office for information about additional funding, application procedures and eligibility details. Also see the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants (PDF, 669 KB), a detailed overview of the application process.
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McConnell Tells Democrats “Time to Act on USMCA”

Much of Washington, D.C., is consumed with questions about Ukraine and the impeachment inquiry. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly scolded Democrats’ handling of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. Politico says McConnell wants House Democrats to pass the North American trade agreement, noting that “the time for excuses is over.” Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said Democrats continued objections to the new pact are nothing more than “heel-dragging.” He says the delay is because of the House impeachment inquiry and related investigations. “Canada, Mexico, and millions of Americans are waiting for Speaker Pelosi to remember that serving the public interest requires more than just picking fights with the President,” McConnell says. His comments come after House Democrats pledged last week that the newly-launched impeachment inquiry will not affect their ability to work with the administration to negotiate changes in four key areas of the agreement with our North American trade partners. Those areas include labor, the environment, access to medicines, and enforcement.

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House Democrat says USMCA Vote Depends on Mexican Budget

Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar (KWAY-yar) says he expects Congress to vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement in either November or December. The Hagstrom Report says that House Democrats consider that vote to be contingent on Mexico agreeing to spend more money on enforcing labor provisions in the agreement. Cuellar is one of the more vocal Democrats advocating for passing USMCA. At a recent speaking engagement, Cuellar says he’s spoken with both House Leader Nancy Pelosi and the White House about the prospects for USMCA since Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump. He expects both the impeachment and USMCA approval will be kept on separate tracks. Cuellar, who has cautiously endorsed Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry, says, “The last couple of days have kind of complicated things, but we can walk and chew gum at the same time.” What House Democrats want is for Mexico to budget enough money to enforce the labor provisions in the agreement. Cuellar says U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer with doing a “very good job” on labor issues. However, the Mexican enforcement budget is still the key to getting House support.

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China’s Ag Buying Surges Ahead of Next Round of Talks With U.S.

Late last week, China said it’s already bought a considerable number of U.S. soybeans and pork as it prepares for the next round of trade talks with Washington, D.C. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce says both countries are in “close communication” ahead of the next round of talks. A ministry spokesman says as China has ramped up its purchases, the tariffs on those recent orders will be exempted. The Ministry says that “China’s stance has always been consistent and clear, hoping the U.S. will meet China halfway.” China purchased $5.9 billion in U.S. farm products in 2018. Tensions between the two largest economies in the world seem to have eased ahead of trade talks next month. President Trump granted tariff exemptions to many Chinese products, while China says it will exempt U.S. agricultural products and other goods from additional tariffs. Trump said last week that a U.S. and China trade deal could possibly arrive sooner than expected. He made those comments shortly after House Democrats announced an impeachment inquiry.

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Producers to Get “Top-Up” Payments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says producers who are currently participating in the federal crop insurance program are in line for some extra help. Farmers who had a payable prevented planting indemnity related to flooding, excess moisture, or causes other than drought will automatically receive a “top-up” payment. Producers will get that payment from their Approved Insurance Providers starting in mid-October. Producers with Yield Protection and Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Option will get a 10 percent top-up payment. Producers with Revenue Protection will receive a 15 percent top-up. They don’t need to sign up to get the payments as all producers with a 2019 prevented planting indemnity will receive the top-up. “It was a challenging season for many of our farmers,” says USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey. “We are doing everything we can to ensure that producers get the help they need.” The crop insurance industry will deliver the payments as part of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019. After the initial payment, additional payments will be made in the middle of each month as more prevented planting claims get processed.

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NCBA Exposes OCM/HSUS Smear Campaign

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the Organization for Competitive Markets is using half-truths and smear tactics to pit beef producers against each other. They say it’s clear that the Humane Society of the U.S. has taught the OCM staff some tricks to help them tear apart the beef industry from the inside. It’s no coincidence that they’ve chosen to do so at a time when the industry is struggling with market-related challenges and producer unrest to fire their latest shots. The NCBA points out that both groups would like farmers to think that the industry is weak when in reality the demand for beef is strong. That demand has been climbing for many years in both the United States and overseas. Much of that increasing strength comes from programs that are funded by the Beef Checkoff. HSUS knows this and opposes it because they’re against the consumption of animal products. The NCBA says that’s why they’ve come together with OCM to organize and fund the ongoing smear campaign. Discrediting the beef checkoff and the work done by contracting organizations allows the Humane Society, the OCM, and R-CALF to build up their membership numbers. The NCBA says division within the beef industry serves no one but the industry’s adversaries.

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RFA Corrects EPA on Ethanol Demand

The Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its testimony before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The letter had a lot to say about the real impacts of small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuels Standard. The letter followed EPA assertion that there is “zero evidence” that the waivers are negatively impacting ethanol producers. “In light of our August letter and the continued evidence of deterioration in the ethanol market, we were disappointed to hear you make similar claims about the impact of the small refinery exemptions,” says RFA CEO Geoff Cooper to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Several statements made during the hearing about ethanol supply and demand are inconsistent with government data and market intelligence. I write today to challenge your statements on the impact of exemptions and provide additional information.” Wheeler told the committee that ethanol production and consumption is “on the rise.” Data from the Department of Energy and even the EPA itself tell a different story.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-27-19 USDA Establishes Regional Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation and Training Centers

USDA Establishes Regional Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation and Training Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 27, 2019 –  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a collaboration with industry and academia to establish three regional USDA Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation Training Centers. These centers will educate and train stakeholders across the country in the grading of feeder cattle, fed cattle and beef carcasses.

“USDA provides grading services that support the U.S. beef industry’s ability to efficiently market high-quality products,” said USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “Thanks to the creation of these training centers through the Farm Bill, we can connect producers directly with USDA experts who conduct these services to provide a better understanding of the grading system, bolster their confidence in the prices they receive, and reinforce their assurance in the transparent cattle delivery system.” Continue reading

09-27-19 USDA Seeking Comments on Conservation Reserve Program Environmental Assessment

USDA Seeking Comments on Conservation Reserve Program Environmental Assessment

Washington, D.C., September 27 , 2019 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the availability of a Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The 2018 Farm Bill made changes to CRP, and the assessment evaluates those changes as they relate to the National Environmental Policy Act. The assessment only covers programmatic changes that have not been evaluated previously.

The environmental assessment is available to the public for review, and FSA is requesting comments on the proposed alternatives and their potential impacts on the human environment. FSA will incorporate the feedback into the final assessment, as appropriate, prior to a decision.

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09-27-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 27, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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Trump: Impeachment effort Hindering USMCA Would “Be a Shame”

President Donald Trump told reporters this week it “would be a shame” if The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement doesn’t pass through Congress. Speaking during a White House Press Conference, Trump said the fate of USCMA is “going to be a very interesting question.” The White House earlier indicated this week that the impeachment effort by House Democrats “destroyed any chances of legislative progress.” House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson warned the effort will be a “failed process,” and worried about the chances of USMCA getting through Congress. However, some now say the impeachment effort may give the Trump administration more reason to work with Democrats on the agreement. Further, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer indicated earlier this week he was confident the trade agreement could rise above the toxic political climate. Lighthizer told Bloomberg News, “On the merits, this is demonstrably good for the people of the United States. And I think, for that reason, it will pass.” Lighthizer was scheduled to meet with House Democrats Friday.

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Tester Introduces Mental Health Bill for Farmers

A bill introduced by Senator John Tester seeks to bring mental health resources and awareness to rural communities. The Montana Democrat this week introduced the Seeding Rural Resilience Act to help reduce stress and suicides in rural America. While Tester says, “there is no silver bullet,” he says the bill “provides better tools and resources for folks in rural communities to manage and reduce stress.” Data from the Center for Disease Control shows the suicide rate is 45 percent higher in rural America than in urban areas. Tester says Americans in rural communities deal with substantial isolation, significant travel times for basic health services, lack of broadband access that would enable tele-health services, and stigmas against receiving counseling. The bill would provide Department of Agriculture employees voluntary stress management training, and for a partnership with Department of Health to create a $3 million public awareness campaign, and direct the Agriculture Secretary to work with stakeholders to identify the best practices for responding to farm and ranch mental stress.

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House Passes Bill Allowing Cannabis Industry Access to Banks

The House of Representative this week passed a bill allowing banks to work with the cannabis industry. Known as the SAFE Banking Act, the Secure and Fair Enforcement Act of 2019 passed 321 to 103. However, with a mostly party-line vote in the Democrat-led chamber, the legislation faces an uncertain future in the Republican-led Senate. Sponsored by Representative Ed Perlmutter, (pearl-mutter) a Colorado Democrat, the bill allows marijuana-related businesses in states with some form of legalized marijuana and strict regulatory structures to access the banking system. Perlmutter notes that 47 states, four U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, representing 97.7 percent of the U.S. population, have legalized some form of recreational or medical marijuana, including CBD oil. The bill was co-authored by Representatives Denny Heck, a Washington Democrat, and Steve Stivers, an Ohio Republican. Mike Crapo (cray-poh), a Republican Senator from Idaho who serves as the Senate Banking Chairman, told reporters he wants the Senate to vote on the measure in the coming month. However, Crapo says he does not support the bill.

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Kind Introduces CURD Act to Protect Quality of Cheese

A bipartisan bill introduced by a dairy country lawmaker would create a formal definition of “natural cheese” to ensure consumers are fully informed when purchasing cheese.  Representative Ron Kind, a Democrat from Wisconsin, this week introduced the bipartisan Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions Act, called the CURD Act. Kind says the bill “will give customers the information they need to continue buying the quality Wisconsin cheese their families have used for generations.” The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association says the legislation “preserves our industry’s ability to use this term to describe cheese made naturally with fresh milk and dairy ingredients.”  Cheesemakers have been using this term for decades to differentiate “Natural Cheese” from “Pasteurized Process Cheese” in the grocery store.  The term “natural cheese” is historically used to identify cheeses made directly from milk and distinguish those products from pasteurized process cheeses. It describes cheese that is made from milk to which salt, enzymes, and flavorings can be added, and is the result of the fermentation of milk by adding starter culture.

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Grocery Manufacturers Association to Rebrand in 2020

The Grocery Manufacturers Association announced this week it will become the Consumer Brands Association, effective January 2020. The new identity is part of a sweeping overhaul of the 110-year old trade organization, led by President and CEO Geoff Freeman and the GMA board of directors. Leaders of the organization say GMA’s new advocacy agenda represents the broader interests of a modern consumer packaged goods company by focusing on four core pillars, enhancing packaging sustainability, championing smart regulation, creating frictionless supply chains and building trust, while also advancing a narrative about the industry’s social and economic impact. The organization faced controversy during the GMO labeling debate, along with labeling issues regarding added sugars. In 2017, several high-profile member-companies left the organization because of those issues. The trade organization has already begun to advance its strategic priorities. This summer, it released the industry’s first-ever economic study, which found the industry supports more than 20 million American jobs and contributes $2 trillion to the country’s GDP.

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Farm Bureau Extends Rural Ag Innovation Challenge Application Deadline

Rural entrepreneurs have until mid-October to apply for the Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, will accept applications for the 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge through October 14. In its sixth year, the Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition for U.S. food and agriculture startups. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds. The funds for the challenge are provided by sponsors Farm Credit, John Deere, Bayer Crop Science, Farm Bureau Bank and Country Financial. AFBF President Zippy Duvall says, “It takes faith, courage and creativity to start a business,” adding that the funds in the challenge can help entrepreneurs “take their businesses to the next level.” Ten semi-finalist teams will be announced on November 22 and awarded $10,000 each. The ten teams will at the 2020 AFBF Annual Convention in Austin, Texas, in January. Competitors can apply online at www.fb.org.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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09-26-19 U.S. Pork Producers Seeking Expanded Export Opportunities

U.S. Pork Producers Seeking Expanded Export Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 26, 2019 – The U.S. pork industry ships more product to the 20 countries covered by free-trade agreements than we do the rest of the world combined. Therefore, expanding export opportunities through trade agreements remains a top priority for U.S. pork producers, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Director of International Affairs Maria Zieba said today at a Global Business Dialogue event in Washington, D.C.

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09-26-19 U.S. Senator Bennet Leads Senate Democrats in Calling on Interior Secretary to Terminate Acting BLM Director’s Authority

U.S. Senator Bennet Leads Senate Democrats in Calling on Interior Secretary to Terminate Acting BLM Director’s Authority

Senators to Bernhardt: “The American people deserve a leader at the BLM who will work on behalf of its mission.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet led a letter with 11 additional Senate Democrats urging U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to terminate William Perry Pendley’s authority as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In the letter, the senators outline their concerns with Pendley’s advocacy for the widespread sale of public lands, his efforts to roll back key conservation laws, and his long-held disregard for the important role BLM plays in managing our public lands.

“As the BLM considers a major reorganization, there is no reason for this effort to be led by an Acting Director who spent his career attempting to dismantle the agency. Keeping Mr. Pendley atop the BLM is an affront to all Americans who believe in the balanced, multiple use and sustained yield mission of the agency,” wrote the senators.

“The American people deserve better. Therefore, we request that you rescind Mr. Pendley’s authority as Acting Director of the BLM and that the President nominate a BLM Director with a true commitment to our public lands and waters,” the letter continues.

In addition to Bennet, the letter was signed by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.),  Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) , Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).

The text of the letter can be found HERE and below.

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09-26-19 American Lamb Board: The Road to Future Consumers Requires Transparency through Traceability

American Lamb Board: The Road to Future Consumers Requires Transparency through Traceability

The American Lamb Board (ALB) continuously works to create more demand for U.S. Lamb by gaining a better understanding of the needs of current and future consumers. Providing a consistent and high-quality product that meets the desires of specific consumer audiences is the cornerstone for American Lamb demand. This demand led to the important topic discussed at the American Lamb Summit of understanding carcass quality traits and transparency through traceability.

The tools and technologies available to improve the traceability of value traits and increase feedback related to carcass quality throughout the supply chain were explored during the 2019 American Lamb Summit, sponsored by the American Lamb Board and Premier 1 Supplies.

“It’s important to take opportunities to add value to U.S. Lamb by adding production information that follows a product all the way through the system. You allow consumers to be more informed and aligned with farmers and ranchers,” Keith Belk, Ph.D., CSU Department Head of Animal Sciences said, who moderated the Lamb Summit traceability session.

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09-26-19 Inside NAWG with Treasurer Nicole Berg

Inside NAWG with Treasurer Nicole Berg

(The BARN / FarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO) September 26, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio for this month’s interview with the National Association of Wheat Growers Treasurer and Washington wheat grower Nicole Berg, we’ll be discussing several topics including:

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The National Association of Wheat Growers, advancing wheat through advocacy, alliances, and innovation…learn more online @ http://www.wheatworld.org/

Learn more about the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers, a NAWG member online @ http://coloradowheat.org/

09-26-19 USDA-RMA: Producers to Receive Automatic Prevented Planting ‘Top-Up’ Payments

USDA-RMA: Producers to Receive Automatic Prevented Planting ‘Top-Up’ Payments

Approved Insurance Providers to Issue Payments Starting Mid-October

September 26, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that producers currently participating in federal crop insurance who had in 2019 a payable prevented planting indemnity related to flooding, excess moisture or causes other than drought will automatically receive a “top-up” payment. Producers will receive the payment from their Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) starting in mid-October.

Producers with Yield Protection and Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Option will receive a 10 percent top-up payment, while producers with Revenue Protection will receive 15 percent. They do not need to sign up to receive payments; all producers with a 2019 prevented planting indemnity will receive the top-up.

“It was a challenging planting season for many of our farmers,” said Bill Northey, USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “We are doing everything we can to ensure producers receive the help they need.

“USDA is working with AIPs so that producers can receive additional payments as soon as possible,” Northey added, “and we appreciate the AIPs for helping us help America’s farmers.” Continue reading