10-01-19 Call for 2020 Colorado Farm Show Scholarship Applications – Need to be Postmarked by Nov 1st!

Call for 2020 Colorado Farm Show Scholarship Applications – Need to be Postmarked by Nov 1st!

GREELEY, CO – The Colorado Farm Show is offering over $25,000 in scholarships to graduating Colorado High School Seniors. The scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 academic year. Students who apply should be High School graduates in the Winter 2019 or Spring 2020 and planning on pursuing a degree in an Agricultural field of study at the College or University of their choice.

To date, the Colorado Farm Show has awarded $233,000 in scholarships to Colorado graduating High School Seniors pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.

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10-31-19 US Senator Gardner Provisions Included in Senate-Approved Appropriations Bill

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

10-31-19 Sold out CSU System Water in the West Symposium poised to address challenges, showcase solutions

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

10-31-19 Colorado Governor Polis Celebrates Passage of CORE Act

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.”

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10-31-19 USDA Highlights Customer Service Successes and IT Modernization at Impact Expo

USDA Highlights Customer Service Successes and IT Modernization at Impact Expo

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture held the first ever Impact Expo with employees to celebrate the impact of its customer-focused IT modernization efforts. This event underlined the connection between modernization, customer experience, and USDA’s overall impact. The Expo featured projects from across the Centers of Excellence, Office of Customer Experience, USDA’s Customer Experience Champions program, Office of the Chief Information Officer, and every USDA mission area to show how USDA is working together to modernize to best serve its customers.

Under the leadership of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, USDA set out to become the most efficient, most effective, and most customer focused department in the federal government. Over the last two and a half years, USDA has made tremendous strides in streamlining and improving customer service and digitizing and modernizing its IT infrastructure for employees and stakeholders alike. While there is still more work to be done, today USDA celebrates and reflects on these accomplishments: Continue reading

10-31-19 U.S. Senator Bennet Applauds House Passage of CORE Act

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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10-31-19 USCA Applauds Montana Senator Jon Tester for Congressional Resolution on COOL

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.

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10-31-19 Governor Polis Announces Launch of Colorado Digital IDTM in the myColorado Mobile AppTM

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.”

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10-31-19 NMPF Eager to Work With Congress as House Agriculture Guest Worker Bill Introduced

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

10-31-19 Grain School returns to University of Colorado – Colorado Springs in January 17-19, 2020

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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

10-31-19 Make plans to attend the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Albuquerque, NM April 21-23, 2020

Make plans to attend the 10th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Albuquerque, NM April 21-23, 2020

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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

10-31-19 YES… It’s time to think about RMFU Camp 2020

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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!

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10-31-19 RMFU to host Innovation Fair on November 21st as part of the 2019 RMFU Convention in Greeley, CO

RMFU to host Innovation Fair on November 21st as part of the 2019 RMFU Convention in Greeley, CO

Registration Discount Ends TODAY, Thursday, October 31st
DENVER, C­olo. ­­– The fourth annual Rocky Mountain Famers Union Innovation Fair will be held on Thursday, November 21 at the Double Tree Hotel in Greeley, Colorado. Serving as the kickoff to the 2019 RMFU Annual Convention, the Innovation Fair is a series of short-form presentations intended to inspire and educate anyone interested in agriculture, food systems or community activism.
The 2019 Innovation Fair presenters are a group of individuals from diverse backgrounds who come from across Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. They are invested in challenging the status quo of their respective industries and they are sparking change, encouraging dialogue and acting to improve their communities. Among this year’s presenters are:

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10-31-19 The 111th RMFU Convention To Feature Innovation Fair, Educational Opportunities

The 111th RMFU Convention To Feature Innovation Fair, Educational Opportunities

Registration Discount Ends  TODAY, Thursday, October 31st
DENVER, C­olo. ­­– During a season of growing uncertainty, farmers and ranchers from Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming will learn ways to survive and thrive at the 111th Rocky Mountain Farmers Union annual convention. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, November 22-23 at the Double Tree Hotel in Greeley, Colorado. The convention theme “The Time is Right – The Need is Now” will resonate throughout the event, with educational panels, guest speakers, and break-out sessions all focusing on ways producers can find answers to uncertain times through collaboration and cooperation. Continue reading

10-31-19 USCA Applauds South Dakota Senators for Advancing Truth in Labeling Legislation

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

10-31-19 Save the Date! NFU’s Women’s Conference – January 19-21 in San Diego, CA…

Save the Date! NFU’s Women’s Conference Jan 19-21 in San Diego, CA

Register today for National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference, January 19-21 in San Diego, California!
Farming is never a one-woman job – it takes a village to run a successful operation. This conference will not only prepare attendees for success in agriculture, but it will also provide them with their own network of women farmers and ranchers they can reach out to throughout the year.
Farmers, policy makers, educators, and specialists will present on a number of subjects, including financial management, farm labor, leadership, and more.

2019 Women’s Conference Speakers

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10-31-19 NFU: New Bill an Important Step Towards a Stable and Fair Farm Workforce

NFU: New Bill an Important Step Towards a Stable and Fair Farm Workforce

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and several other House members today introduced a bipartisan bill to reform the agricultural labor system in the United States. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which is the product of negotiations between a diverse array of agricultural stakeholders and farmworker advocates, includes provisions to both ensure a legal and stable workforce for family farmers and ranchers as well as protect the health and safety of farmworkers.

At National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 117th Anniversary Convention in March, delegates approved a special order of business calling on Congress to “stabilize the current agricultural workforce” through a “flexible, efficient, and compassionate agricultural worker visa program.” Because the proposed bill would achieve both goals, NFU Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew applauded its introduction and urged Congress to approve it.

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10-31-19 Soil Health Institute releases 2019 Annual Meeting Report

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

10-31-19 U.S. Animal Health Association Coverage by JoAnn Alumbaugh: “New Voluntary Performance Standards for Pork Plants”

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