10-03-19 Cheyenne County, Colorado 4-H Proclamation

Cheyenne County, Colorado 4-H Proclamation…

National 4-H Week To Be Celebrated October 6-12 

(Cheyenne Wells, Colo.) Cheyenne County 4-H members met with the Cheyenne Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, September 26 to request a proclamation declaring October 6-12 as National 4-H week. Addison Engelbrecht, Tennyson Jackson, Shaylee Scheler, Ty Scheler, and Allison Gekeler ventured into the meeting room to introduce themselves, share 4-H projects taken, and showcase what they are learned in the program.

“I have learned patience and commitment,” Shaylee Scheler said with a confident smile. Other members said they had learned new skills in baking, animal nutrition, time management, and leadership.

The members presented the proclamation and it passed unanimously.

From left to right front row: Allison Gekeler, Addison Engelbrecht, Shaylee Scheler, Ty Scheler, Tennyson Jackson
Back row: Pat Ward, Darin Dickey, Ron Smith

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10-03-19 US Senators Gardner, Bennet Call for Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

US Senators Gardner, Bennet Call for Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

Bipartisan group of 31 Senators request two-year reauthorization for PILT and SRS programs

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and 29 of their Senate colleagues requested that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year reauthorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs.

In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators wrote, “Congress has an obligation to ensure counties with large swaths of federally-owned, tax-exempt forests and rangelands can adequately provide essential services for their residents. As history has proved, without the certainty of these two critical programs, schools, libraries, and jails will close. The services counties continue to provide will see a reduction in staffing and resources. Roads will go unpaved and become unsafe. Mental health and physical health services will be scaled back and in some cases even ended. Fewer and fewer law enforcement officers will be forced to patrol larger and larger areas.

“As we work to establish a permanent county payments solution, diversify rural economies, improve forest management and forest health, strengthen historic forest revenue sharing with local governments, and ensure that our public lands provide a range of values such as clean water, jobs, grazing opportunities, and wood fiber for local economies, a short-term reauthorization of at least two years is critical to provide fiscal certainty for counties containing federally-owned lands.”

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10-03-19 USDA: Origin of Livestock Proposed Rule Comment Period — Open Now

USDA: Origin of Livestock Proposed Rule Comment Period — Open Now

On October 1, 2019, the National Organic Program (NOP) reopened the public comment period for the Origin of Livestock proposed rule originally published in 2015. The comment period is open for 60 days: October 1 – December 2, 2019. Continue reading

10-03-19 USDA Invests $11M In Research That Will Support Specialty Crop Farmers

USDA Invests $11M In Research That Will Support Specialty Crop Farmers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced today that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers.
“This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty crop farmers,” said Hutchins, who leads USDA’s Research, Education and Economics (REE) mission area. “Practical and economic crop management solutions may make all the difference between thriving and just surviving financially during the growing season.”

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10-03-19 Inside The BARN with CDA’s New Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Maggie Baldwin, DVM…

Inside The BARN with CDA’s New Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Maggie Baldwin, DVM…

The BARN – BRIGGSDALE, CO October 3, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is Dr Maggie Baldwin, DVM, the NEW Assistant State Veterinarian at the Colorado Department of Agriculture, discussing several topics pertinent to Colorado’s livestock producers including:

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for October 3rd

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Weekly Export Sales for October 3rd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 3rd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, October 3rd

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

U.S. “Can’t Afford” Missing Out  on USMCA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce continues its pressure against Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement. In a letter to all House of Representative members, the organization says the U.S. “cannot afford for enactment of USMCA to fall by the wayside.” The letter coins the term “No Rest Recess,” in calling on lawmakers to pass the agreement, following the current two-week recess. The Chamber says USMCA is critical to the economic future of the United States because it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade ties, ensuring farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses continue to have access to the Canadian and Mexican markets. The future of the agreement rests with House Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Wednesday, Pelosi said the House is “making progress” on the agreement. Pelosi says the USMCA working group submitted its counter-proposal to the White House last week, adding the “the quiet you hear is progress,” regarding negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Pelosi has maintained that the House impeachment inquiry will not stall progress on the agreement.

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CoBank: Volatility Continues to Roil Ag Markets

Uncertainty over trade policy, weather and African swine fever dominated agricultural markets last quarter, causing greater volatility. A report just released by CoBank says issues in the market are affecting producers, supply chains and end users. Trade negotiation breakthroughs have largely remained elusive, and the U.S. agricultural sector is preparing for its second consecutive harvest under the shadow of hefty tariffs. A CoBank spokesperson responded that, “Global trade tensions are ratcheting up as world economic growth slows.” Meanwhile, the historically late planting of the 2019 corn crop is creating extremely volatile cash corn prices. End users like ethanol producers and livestock feeders are biding old-crop corn supplies higher in anticipation of a short harvest this fall, with prices falling back to levels seen before spring planting. And, the report says the already volatile U.S. animal protein markets have gotten more volatile in the third quarter on nearly every front. The full Quarterly Rural Economic Review is available on cobank.com.

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USDA Opens Comment Period on Organic Origin of Livestock Rule

The Department of Agriculture this week reopened the public comment period for the National Organic Program Origin of Livestock proposed rule. First introduced in 2015, the proposal would add requirements about transitioning dairy animals to organic production. Current regulations provide two tracks for replacing dairy animals which are tied to how dairy farmers transition to organic production. The proposed action would eliminate the two-track system and require that upon transition, all existing and replacement dairy animals from which milk or milk products are intended to be sold, labeled, or represented as organic, must be managed organically from the last third of gestation. The National Organic Program received 1,580 public comments during the original comment period in 2015. USDA will consider all public comments in developing a final rule, including comments from 2015 and the new comment period. The comment period is open for 60 days and will close December 2, 2019.

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Deere Announces Layoffs amid Demand Declines

Deere & Company this week announced indefinite layoffs amid demand woes. Deere officials say more than 160 U.S. workers at agriculture machinery facilities in Illinois and Iowa will be laid off, after the company last week announced it would reduce production by 20 percent. Reuters says Deere, the world’s largest farm equipment maker, is reeling from the fallout of the U.S.-China trade war that has slowed purchases from farmers. The layoffs include roughly 50 workers at the Harvester Works facility in East Moline, Illinois, and more than 100 workers at the Davenport Works facility in Davenport, Iowa. Deere also lowered its income forecast to $3.2 billion in August, from the previous forecast in February set at $3.6 billion. In an August earnings report, Deere explained market concerns forced farmers to postpone major equipment purchases. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers in its monthly equipment sales report for August reported that overall sales numbers are flat to positive for the year, but the industry “remains cautious about the overall Ag economy.”

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NPB Calls for Pork Industry to Better Meet the Needs of Hispanic Consumers

A new report from the National Pork Board shows ways to capture market share in the biggest growth opportunity for U.S. pork producers. The report, “Time to Tango: Latinos are Pork’s Future,” reveals steps food retailers and packers can take to connect with influential consumers in the Hispanic community. According to the report, as Hispanic consumers become acculturated in the United States, the link between pork and culture weakens. Often, Hispanic consumers can’t find the cuts they want for traditional dishes in mainstream stores, so they use other proteins or shop at specialty stores that offer the service to deliver the cuts they want. To maintain and increase loyalty among Hispanic consumers, the report outlines three key motivators retailers and packers must address, being accessibility, authenticity and health. The report is the first in a series the National Pork Board will provide in the months ahead to help the food industry better respond to Hispanic consumers’ needs.

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National Chicken Council Unveils New Sustainability Resources

Through sustainability practices, U.S. chicken producers have significantly reduced the use of water, farmland, electricity, greenhouse gas emissions, and other valuable natural resources, according to the National Chicken Council. The organization in a new report says producing the same amount of chicken today as 1965 has 50 percent less impact on the environment. However, knowledge of the environmental impact of chicken among consumers is low. Only half of respondents to an NCC survey are moderately knowledgeable about chicken’s impact on the environment and the strides the industry has made. To help bridge the gap, answer questions and address misperceptions, NCC is unveiling several new resources related to environmental sustainability, including videos, infographics, farmer testimonials, FAQs, social squares, blog posts and more. The consumer resources are available online at www.chickencheck.in. The survey found the environmental impact of chicken is statistically as important as animal welfare in purchasing decisions by consumers. Half of the survey participants indicated a willingness to eat more chicken if they learned it is more sustainable than other protein sources. 

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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