US Senator Gardner Provisions Included in Senate-Approved Appropriations Bill
Washington, D.C. – The United States Senate today passed H.R. 3055, a domestic spending package to fund the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) successfully included a number of Colorado priorities in the appropriations bill.
“I’m proud to have secured funding for a number of Colorado priorities in the appropriations package,” said Senator Gardner. “This appropriations bill is important for rural Colorado, with full funding of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program and an increase of funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund that will help ensure our beautiful public lands are preserved for future generations to enjoy. It also includes my amendment to provide additional funding to combat the scourge of methamphetamines in our communities.” Continue reading
Sold out CSU System Water in the West Symposium poised to address challenges, showcase solutions
Denver, Colo. – Colorado State University System will host its second annual Water in the West Symposium on Nov. 5 and 6, 2019, at Gaylord Rockies, to convene diverse experts and thought leaders to highlight solutions and collaborate on one of the greatest global issues: water.
The event has sold out both years with approximately 400 diverse water stakeholders, ranging from recreation and environment to business and agriculture.
“Colorado State University is in the perfect position to act as a convener around the issue of water,” said former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, an advisor to CSU on the National Western Center project in north Denver. “As we focus on solutions and problem-solving around water issues at this event, we want everyone at the table to be part of this critical conversation for an issue that impacts everyone, regardless of where they live.” Continue reading
Colorado Governor Polis Celebrates Passage of CORE Act
DENVER – The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bipartisan CORE Act today. Governor Jared Polis released the following statement:
“Colorado’s public lands and wild spaces are critical to the Colorado way of life and are why so many people love our great state,” said Gov. Polis. “The CORE Act will preserve hundreds of thousands of acres, preserving outdoor recreation opportunities for Coloradans and visitors alike. As a Congressman, I was happy to sponsor similar legislation and I’m thrilled to see this bill moving forward.”
U.S. Senator Bennet Applauds House Passage of CORE Act
Celebrates Years of Work by Coloradans, Calls on Senate to Take Action
Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (“CORE”) Act (H.R. 823), a significant step toward protecting approximately 400,000 acres of public land in Colorado, safeguarding existing outdoor recreation opportunities, and boosting the state’s outdoor economy:
“The CORE Act was developed by Coloradans and today the House of Representatives heard their voices loud and clear. For nearly a decade, county commissioners, businesses, bikers, hikers, sportsmen, and conservationists in communities across our state spent night after night working together to iron out their differences to protect some of our most cherished public lands. What they had in mind was something special for the next generation of Coloradans. And today’s vote brings us closer to making their bold vision for our state a reality.
“I’m grateful to Congressman Neguse for his leadership and tireless work to pass the CORE Act in the House. Now that the House has done its job, it’s time for the Senate to take up the CORE Act. Colorado has waited long enough.”
Last month, Bennet sent a letter to Chairman Lisa Murkowski and Ranking Member Joe Manchin requesting the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hold a hearing on the CORE Act.
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USCA members with Senator Jon Tester at the 2017 Washington, DC Fly-In.
USCA Applauds Montana Senator Jon Tester for Congressional Resolution on COOL
(WASHINGTON) – Today, U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a resolution supporting the reestablishment of a country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program. The resolution puts forth a firm statement of support for COOL, which was repealed in 2015.
The introduction follows months of coordination and collaboration by the Senator, pulling together consumer and producer stakeholders to push forth this labeling solution.
United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Director Emeritus issued the following statement: Continue reading
Governor Polis Announces Launch of Colorado Digital IDTM in the myColorado Mobile AppTM
LAKEWOOD — On October 30th, Governor Jared Polis announced the historic launch of the Colorado Digital ID in the myColorado mobile app, the State of Colorado’s official mobile app™. The Digital ID enables Coloradans to create an electronic version of their Colorado driver license or state identification (ID) card, and can be displayed on smartphones for proof of identification, age, and address within Colorado. The Colorado Digital ID is a secure, unique visual representation of what has traditionally been the legally accepted official physical format of a person’s identification.
“As technology evolves, I’m excited to make sure that government keeps up with the times. We are rapidly moving to support the use of mobile digital identity solutions that allow any of us to verify our identity and conduct business without the need to carry a plastic identification card,” said Gov. Polis. “Colorado continues to be a national leader when it comes to technology. Today I’m excited to announce myColorado, the State of Colorado’s official mobile app, providing residents with secure and convenient identity verification and increasing access to state services anytime, anywhere.”
NMPF Eager to Work With Congress as House Agriculture Guest Worker Bill Introduced
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Milk Producers Federation today announced its support for the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan immigration bill that advances agriculture immigration reform sponsored by Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA).
The legislation would provide legal status to current agricultural workers and their families and reform the H2A guest-worker visa program to permit year-round agriculture to participate, a crucial need for dairy. The efforts of Chairman Lofgren and Representative Newhouse, both longtime champions for agricultural labor reform, are greatly appreciated by dairy farmers, who cannot wait any longer for action.
“America’s dairy farmers are eager to advance and improve this legislation as it moves through the Congress,” said Mike McCloskey, a dairy farmer and chairman of NMPF’s Immigration Taskforce. “As producers of a year-round product, dairy farmers face a unique labor crisis because our jobs are not seasonal or temporary. From our years of work on these issues, we know first-hand just how hard immigration reform is. But we simply cannot and will not stop working to find a solution. Dairy needs workers for our industry to sustain itself. It’s that simple, and it’s that dire.” Continue reading
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Grain School returns to University of Colorado – Colorado Springs in January 17-19, 2020
Early bird Registration ends November 4th!
Grain School, a unique event that brings together scientists, farmers, bakers, millers, maltsters, brewers, chefs and consumers for teaching and learning, returns to UCCS for the fifth consecutive year in 2020. The three-day event runs Jan. 17-19 across campus. Continue reading
Make plans to attend the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Albuquerque, NM April 21-23, 2020
Save the date for the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 21-23, 2020! Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this biennial event will convene hundreds of movement leaders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of healthy food and agricultural literacy across America.
Cafeterias in schools, childcare centers, universities, hospitals and other institutions serve more than 40 million Americans every day, placing the farm to cafeteria movement at the forefront of efforts to grow healthier communities, advance equity and justice, and strengthen local food systems. The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is the only national gathering of stakeholders from across this movement, making it the premier opportunity to learn, network and innovate with like-minded leaders from across the country. Continue reading
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YES… It’s time to think about RMFU Camp
We have exciting news to share with you! Beginning in 2020, our RMFU Camps will be relocating to the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park! This has been bittersweet, as Bailey has been our camp home for many generations, but in order to grow and strengthen our program, we felt best to move to a location that offered numerous amenities that our current location does not offer. The core of our program, teaching our youth leadership, cooperative and life-skills, will be greatly enhanced by the opportunities presented in our new camp home. The YMCA of the Rockies property is a destination in itself, as it has activities onsite that our Bailey property does not offer, such as a swimming pool, ropes courses, basketball and volleyball courts and so much more. The sleeping quarters are comfy and the dining hall is filled with meal choices for every type of diet. We are excited about this great opportunity and hope you join us in 2020!
USCA Applauds South Dakota Senators for Advancing Truth in Labeling Legislation
(WASHINGTON) – On October 20th, Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the U.S. Beef Integrity Act, a bill which would make certain that the “Product of the U.S.A.” label only goes to beef and beef products exclusively derived from one or more animals born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.
The Senators also sent a letter of support for USCA’s petition for rulemaking recently filed with USDA FSIS to address these same concerns.
United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) Truth in Labeling Committee Chairman Danni Beer issued the following statement in support of the bill: Continue reading
Soil Health Institute releases 2019 Annual Meeting Report
West Lafayette, Ind., Oct. 31, 2019 — Thank you to all who attended the Soil Health Institute’s 4th Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California. The 4th Annual Meeting Report features an executive summary of the meeting; video links and text descriptions for all plenary and keynote presentations; Action Team Breakout Reports; poster session abstracts and authors; and an attendee list. All videos are posted to SHI’s YouTube Channel. Continue reading
U.S. Animal Health Association Coverage by JoAnn Alumbaugh: “New Voluntary Performance Standards for Pork Plants“
Meat processing has come a long way since the early 1900s, when packing plants were graphically depicted in Upton Sinclair’s novel, The Jungle. Since that time, meat inspectors, safety precautions for workers, the use of better technology and higher food-safety standards have arguably made the U.S. food supply the safest in the world. However, there is always room for improvement, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) intends to propose new, voluntary performance standards for pork. Continue reading