09-13-19 CO Governor Kicks Off Pedal the Plains in Lamar

CO Governor Polis Kicks Off Pedal the Plains in Lamar

LAMAR – Governor Jared Polis today joined cabinet members, stakeholders and local leaders to kickoff of the Denver Post Pedal the Plains 2019. This ride is an opportunity for Coloradans to get out into communities on the eastern plains and celebrate the state’s agriculture industry. The ride will make stops in Lamar, Holly, and Springfield.

“I’m excited to be in Lamar to kickoff this year’s Pedal the Plains ride,” said Governo Polis. “Pedal the Plains gives people across Colorado the chance to experience our beautiful eastern plains. It’s wonderful that a number of our cabinet members are participating this year, and my kids will also be biking the first few miles. We wish them and all the riders the best of luck.”

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09-13-19 Pork Producers Urge Congress to Ratify USMCA and Support Measures to Prevent Foreign Animal Disease

Pork Producers Urge Congress to Ratify USMCA and Support Measures to Prevent Foreign Animal Disease

Gene Edited Livestock Regulatory Framework, Pending GIPSA Rule Also Addressed

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 12, 2019 – Congressional ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), allowing the U.S. pork industry to maintain zero-duty market access to two of its largest export markets, remains a top priority for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). More than 120 pork producers from across the country helped spread this and other messages on Capitol Hill this week during NPPC’s Fall Legislative Action Conference (LAC).

“Last year, Canada and Mexico took over 40 percent of the pork that was exported from the U.S. and they are expected to be a large percentage this year as well,” said NPPC President David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C. “USMCA will strengthen our strong economic ties with our North American neighbors. Preserving zero-tariff pork trade in North American market is especially important as U.S. pork producers are struggling as a result of retaliatory tariffs in China. We asked our representatives to do all they can to push for swift ratification of USMCA,” he added.

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09-13-19 CO Governor announces 2019 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals

CO Governor announces 2019 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis today announced the recipients of the 2019 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals (the Medal). The 2019 recipients will be inducted during a special evening with Governor Polis, former Governors, John Hickenlooper and Bill Owens, and CiviCO (formerly Quarterly Forum).

Created by Executive Order in 2015 and supported by all living Colorado Governors, the Medal is one of the highest honors bestowed upon citizens and organizations of Colorado for their significant contributions to communities across the state. The Medals will be presented at the The Event: Colorado Governor’s Leadership Celebration on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the History Colorado Center.

“The Governor’s Citizenship Medal was created to recognize Colorado’s remarkable leaders for their impact on their communities,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Our state has some amazing and courageous leaders and it’s important for us to celebrate their efforts and inspire new generations to do the same.”

The 2019 Medal categories and recipients are:

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09-13-19 CO Governor Polis, Department of Local Affairs Commemorate the 6th Anniversary of 2013 Floods

CO Governor Polis, Department of Local Affairs Commemorate the 6th Anniversary of 2013 Floods

DENVER –  Colorado has been marked by a record number of natural and human-caused disasters ranging from wildfires and floods, to housing and substance abuse crises, which has disrupted the health, safety and economic stability of communities statewide. Six years ago, Colorado was struck with unprecedented flooding and in return, the Colorado Resilience Office (CRO) was formed to help communities coordinate overarching recovery and resilience activities. The CRO has worked tirelessly with federal partners and state agencies to set priorities, leverage resources, communicate transparently and adapt for our future.

“Colorado has seen our fair share of natural disasters, but each time we have built ourselves back up stronger than before. Our state has become a leader in recovery and resiliency, and is a model for the rest of the country,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “On this anniversary, as we continue to support communities who are still recovering, we want to ensure our local communities are prepared for anything that lies ahead. Colorado’s Resilience Playbook is an important tool in these efforts.”

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09-13-19 NPPC Applauds EPA’s Actions to Finalize New WOTUS Rule

NPPC Applauds EPA’s Actions to Finalize New WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13, 2019 – The National Pork Producers Council applauded today’s action by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), repealing the previous Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and laying the groundwork for a new final rule.

The previous WOTUS rule was issued by the Obama administration in August 2015, giving EPA broad jurisdiction over U.S. waters to include other water bodies, upstream waters and intermittent and ephemeral streams that farmers use for drainage and irrigation. Most importantly, it also covered lands adjacent to waters such as farm fields. Prior to the 2015 rule, EPA’s jurisdiction over waterways – based on several U.S. Supreme Court decisions – included “navigable” waters and waters with a significant hydrologic connection to navigable waters. Continue reading

09-13-19 Bison Ranchers Headed to D.C. to Corral Lawmakers, Regulators

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Bison Ranchers Headed to D.C. to Corral Lawmakers, Regulators

25 Ranchers from 12 States to Participate in Nat. Bison Association Policy Roundup

Westminster, CO (September 13,  2019) – A delegation of 25 U.S. bison ranchers and marketers from 12 states are preparing to head to Washington, D.C. Tuesday for three days of lobbying and meetings during the National Bison Association’s annual Washington, D.C. Policy Roundup.

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WASHINGTON D.C. – September 20, 2019 – Today,

the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) issued the following statement regarding the decision of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finalize the repeal of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule under the Clean Water Act.

“Since the WOTUS rule was proposed in 2014, NACD has been working continuously to advocate for its reversal,” NACD President Tim Palmer said. “Yesterday’s announcement is a positive step forward for locally-led conservation and brings a greater level of certainty for producers and landowners who are stewards of our land and water.” Continue reading

09-13-19 Elbert-Douglas County Livestock Association & CSU Extension Beef Cow Symposium in Kiowa on September 28th

Elbert-Douglas County Livestock Association & CSU Extension Beef Cow Symposium in Kiowa on September 28th

Register Today for the upcoming symposium!!
REGISTRATION IF FREE but please RSVP by September 20, 2019 for meal count to EDCLA2017@gmaill.com or call (303) 688-7415.

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09-13-19 NPPC Statement on China Market Access

NPPC Statement on China Market Access

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13, 2019 – This morning, Chinese media reported that it was suspending the imposition of punitive tariffs on U.S. pork imports. The following is a statement from National Pork Producers Council President David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C.:

“If media reports are accurate, this is a most welcome development. The Chinese have placed punitive tariffs of 60% on most U.S. pork products, bringing the effective tariff rate on most U.S. pork to 72%. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, September 13th

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Agriculture Pleased with WOTUS Repeal

Agriculture groups Thursday celebrated the Waters of the U.S. repeal by Trump administration as a victory. The rule greatly expanded the EPA’s federal jurisdiction and scope of waterbodies subject to Clean Water Act requirements. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts says the action to repeal and replace the 2015 WOTUS rule will “alleviate regulatory burden” on farmers and ranchers. The repeal reverts regulations to those in place before 2015, while the Trump administration works to craft a new rule. The American Farm Bureau Federation called the repeal a victory for farmers and ranchers. AFBF President Zippy Duvall says Farm Bureau will now “work to ensure a fair and reasonable substitute that protects our water and our ability to work and care for the land.” Last month, a U.S. District Court ruled the Environmental Protection Agency must redraft the rule, stating the 2015 rule violated the Clean Water Act, and that the procedures for enacting the WOTUS rule were in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act.

USDA Lowers Corn and Soybean Production Estimates

The monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand report released by the Department of Agriculture lowered corn and soybean production. Markets responded closing six to seven cents higher for corn, and soybeans up 26-30 cents Thursday. This month’s corn outlook is for reduced production, lower corn used for ethanol, and slightly higher ending stocks. Corn production is forecast at 13.799 billion bushels, down 102 million from last month on a lower yield forecast, and supplies were lowered, as well. The season-average corn price received by producers is unchanged at $3.60 per bushel. USDA projects Soybean production at 3.6 billion bushels, down 47 million on a lower yield forecast of 47.9 bushels per acre, and soybean supplies are down two percent. Ending stocks are projected at 640 million bushels, down 115 million from last month. The season-average soybean price is forecast at $8.50 per bushel, up ten cents. The wheat supply and demand outlook is unchanged this month. The projected season-average farm price is $4.80 per bushel, down $0.20.

Lighthizer Submits USMCA Proposal to House Democrats

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has sent the House of Representatives the latest White House proposal for addressing Democrats concerns in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Democrats are now reviewing the proposal, according to Reuters. House leadership holds the key to passing the agreement that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement. Democrats have argued for stronger labor, environmental and enforcement standards within the trade agreement. While little details have emerged as to how the White House proposes to address those concerns, optimism is growing that Congress can pass the agreement before the end of the year. Ag organization leaders and farm-state lawmakers attended a rally outside the Capitol Thursday morning, in support of USMCA. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says passing the agreement would “bring certainty to our already-positive trade relationship with our closest neighbors.” The rally included House Ag Chairman Collin Peterson and the committee’s top Republican Mike Conaway. Lighthizer is expected to meet with the House working group on USMCA next week.

Organic Trade Association Launches Fraud Prevention Program

The Organic Trade Association this week announced the development of three online training courses to bolster its Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions program. The training courses are designed for organic businesses, accredited certifiers and organic inspectors, with one of the courses a pre-requisite for businesses pre-enrolled in the program. The Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions program was launched by the Organic Trade Association earlier this year, and almost four dozen organic businesses have joined. The new anti-fraud courses will analyze where opportunities for crime in the organic supply chain most commonly occur, and offers education on the Organic Fraud Prevention Plan and how to put it into real on-the-job practice. A spokesperson for the Organic Trade Association says the effort “will strengthen our ability to protect against fraud and maintain the integrity of organic.” The three online courses will be available in late 2019 and early 2020. Enrollment and program information is available on the association’s website, OTA.com.

FFA Announces Record Student Membership

The National FFA Organization announced this week a record-high student membership of 700,170, up from nearly 670,000 in 2018. National FFA Organization CEO Mark Poeschl (Peh-shl) says the membership growth “reflects continued enthusiasm for agriculture as well as agricultural education.” The top six student membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio and Missouri. Interest in FFA and agricultural education continues to grow as membership continues to increase. This year, the organization has more than 100,000 Latino members, 45 percent of the membership is female with 52 percent of the membership being male. Females hold more than 50 percent of the leadership positions. FFA chapters can be found in 24 of the 25 largest U.S. cities. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to student members who belong to one of the more than 8,600 local FFA chapters. The organization is also supported by more than eight million alumni and supporters.

NASDA Elects North Dakota’s Goehring as President

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture this week elected a new slate of officers for the coming year. North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring (Gore-ing) will serve as NASDA’s 2019-20 President and will host the 2020 NASDA Annual Meeting in Medora, North Dakota next August. Goehring says, “Now is the time to leverage NASDA’s nonpartisanship to get things accomplished in Washington D.C.” to help struggling farmers and ranchers. Also elected to NASDA’s Board of Directors were Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles as Vice President, and New York Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball as Second Vice President. The organization held its annual meeting this week in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A top policy amendment for the group passed during the meeting supports voluntary, incentive-based climate-smart agricultural programs. During the meeting, the organization adopted new climate resiliency policy. California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross introduced the policy amendment. The policy asserts that addressing climate resiliency in agriculture requires a comprehensive approach.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service