READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 15th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Friday, November 15th

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China Drops Ban on U.S. Poultry Imports

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are both pleased that China lifted it’s “unwarranted ban” on U.S. poultry imports. “This is great news for both America’s farmers and China’s consumers,” Lighthizer said. “China is an important export market for America’s poultry farmers, and we estimate they will now be able to export more than $1 billion worth of poultry each year to China.” He says reopening China to U.S. poultry will also support thousands of workers employed by the U.S. poultry industry. Perdue says, “America’s producers are the most productive in the world and it’s critical they can sell to consumers in other parts of the world.” China had banned all U.S. poultry imports since January of 2015 because of an avian influenza outbreak, even though the U.S. has been free of the disease since August of 2017. The U.S. had exported more than $500 million worth of poultry products to China in 2013. The United States is the world’s second-largest poultry exporter, with global exports of poultry meat and products totaling $4.3 billion last year.

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Poultry Organizations say China Access Worth Billions

The National Chicken Council, the National Turkey Federation, and USA Poultry and Egg Export Council all applaud China’s decision to lift its ban on U.S. poultry products. The ban had been in place since 2015 when the U.S. was hit by an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in America’s poultry flocks. In a statement, the groups say, “Lifting the ban has been a top priority of the U.S. poultry industry for the past four years. “We thank administration officials, congressional leaders and their staffs, all of whom worked tirelessly to reach an agreement with China and ensure the poultry industry has access to this vital market.” This represents a potentially significant opportunity for U.S. chicken and turkey producers. Renewed access to China could results in $1 billion every year for chicken paws alone. Because China has been hit hard by African Swine Fever, it could mean up to another $1 billion worth of potential exports of other chicken products like leg and breast meat. Turkey exports could be worth another $100 million in sales and poultry breeding stock worth at least another $60 million dollars. The groups say, “America’s poultry producers are pleased to once again have a chance to share their high-quality, nutritious products with Chinese consumers in the weeks to come.”

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Japan Likely to Vote on U.S. Trade Pact Next Week

Media reports in Japan are saying that the parliament is likely to start voting on a trade pact with the U.S. sometime next week. The lower house of the Japanese Diet will take up the pact next Wednesday, while the upper house, called the House of Councilors, will begin considering the deal the next day. A Japan Times report says Japan’s parliament had wanted to hold their votes this week, but complications came about from opposition lawmakers, who demanded that minutes of the meetings between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (AH-bay) be released. Trump wants the deal implemented by January 1, which will likely happen as both houses of parliament are expected to pass the agreement. Trump and Abe announced in September that the countries had reached a deal on the first phase of a trade pace that will have a positive impact on U.S. commodities, including beef, wheat, and pork. An Agri-Pulse report says Japan agreed to cut or eliminate tariffs on $7.2 billion worth of American ag products. The Asian country will also install new quotas that will help to boost import levels of U.S. farm goods even further.

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U.S., China Negotiations still Working through Sticky Subjects

The U.S. and China are still trying to put the final touches on a limited trade agreement that will involve Chinese purchases of U.S. ag commodities. The question appears to be just how much those purchases will amount to. A CNBC report says the two sides appear to be stuck in a stalemate, even though they announced a tentative agreement a month ago. A Wall Street Journal report says China is hesitant about writing down a specific amount of agricultural purchases in the actual text of the trade agreement. President Donald Trump said last month that China had agreed to purchase up to $50 billion in U.S. farm products. The two sides are still expecting to sign the limited trade agreement later this month. China is still insisting that the two sides roll back their tariffs as part of the agreement, something the U.S. opposes. White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow tells CNBC that no agreement will be made on rolling back tariffs until the trade deal is signed. He did say the U.S. and China have progressed in talks on subjects like IP theft, financial services, currency stability, commodities, and agriculture. The administration has slapped tariffs on more than $500 billion in Chinese imports, while China has retaliated with duties on $10 billion worth of American imports.

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Emergency Funds Secured to Dredge Mississippi River

Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind, along with Minnesota Representatives Angie Craig and Betty McCollum, announced they have secured emergency funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The funds will help the Corps to address the impacts of this spring’s devastating floods on the Mississippi River. As a direct result of the flooding, the Mississippi River and many others in the Inland Waterway System have higher sedimentation levels in their riverbeds. The system is responsible for one-sixth of the nation’s intercity cargo and 25 percent of foreign exports. The Army Corps of Engineers needs to increase dredging to overcome those rising sediment levels, allowing barges to navigate successfully. “I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues across the Mississippi River to obtain the funding,” Kind says. “How, the Corps will have the resources they need to make sure the Mississippi remains open for business. Craig points out that farmers, families, and communities depend on the Mississippi River to export goods and to drive economic growth. McCollum says, “This disaster aid will help agricultural businesses fully recover so they can look to the future.”

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USDA Offering Flexibility on Crop Insurance Premiums

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency says it will continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help farmers hit hard by extreme weather. More specifically, USDA will defer the accrual of interest on 2019 crop year insurance programs to the earlier of the applicable termination date or January 31 of 2020, for all policies with a premium billing date of August 15, 2019. The extension is necessary because harvest has been very delayed, and crop insurance claims typically aren’t settled until after the harvest. That puts an even bigger squeeze on farmers and their cash flow. USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey made the announcement during the NAFB convention in Kansas City. “USDA is committed to helping farmers and ranchers impacted by the weather challenges this year, and we hope this deferral will help ease cash flow challenges for producers, many of whom are dealing with serious harvest delays.” The extended deferral builds on other steps USDA has taken to support farmers and ranchers impacted by flooding and other disasters. More than $3 billion in assistance is available through the disaster-relief package passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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10-01-19 Deadline to apply for Colorado Corn FFA Grants is Nov 15th!

Deadline to apply for Colorado Corn FFA Grants is Nov 15th version 3Deadline to apply for Colorado Corn FFA Grants is Nov 15th!

Focused on the Future means focusing on Colorado’s youth and part of that effort for the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee is supporting youth-focused programs like the Colorado Corn FFA Grant. The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists FFA chapters in Colorado on projects that lack funding within their school district’s budget.

Applications are being accepted from Colorado FFA chapters for this grant.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 15th.  

For an application, email across@coloradocorn.com, or call 970-351-8201. Continue reading

The Denver Cash Grain Bids…

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Greeley, CO Thu Nov 14, 2019 USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News
Daily Grain Bids for Denver and Surrounding Areas
Spot bids to producers for grain delivered to terminal and country
Elevators. Bids dollar/bu. except for Barley which is dollar/cwt.
Bids are as of 3:00 PM MST.
Bids Change (cents)
US 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 3.92-4.32 3 lower
Up to 12 percent protein
US 2 Yellow Corn 4.01 1 higher
US 2 Barley – – not available
Source: USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tammy Judson, Market Reporting Assistant (970)353-9750
24 Hour Market Report (970)353-8031
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11-14-19 Colorado USDA Rural Development: Prairie Family Center Receives Funding from USDA

Colorado USDA Rural Development: Prairie Family Center Receives Funding from USDA

DENVER, CO, Nov. 14, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Colorado State Director Sallie Clark announced that USDA is awarding a $280,000 loan to Prairie Family Center in Burlington, CO.  USDA is making the investment through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.

This investment will be used by the entity to purchase an existing building in Burlington for their thrift store, food bank, offices and family resource programs.  The new building is larger than their currently leased building and will provide better accessibility and parking for visitors.

“Ensuring that rural residents have accessibility to the support programs they need is an important part of USDA’s mission.   This new building will afford residents of Kit Carson County the opportunity to engage in vital community services in a convenient centralized one-stop location,” said Clark. 

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11-14-19 USDA-RMA: USDA Extending Flexibility on Crop Insurance Premiums

USDA-RMA: USDA Extending Flexibility on Crop Insurance Premiums

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – November 14, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced it will continue to defer accrual of interest for 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help the wide swath of farmers and ranchers affected by extreme weather in 2019. Specifically, USDA will defer the accrual of interest on 2019 crop year insurance premiums to the earlier of the applicable termination date or January 31, 2020, for all policies with a premium billing date of August 15, 2019. This extension is necessary since harvest progress has been very delayed and crop insurance claims are not typically settled until harvest is complete, squeezing cash flow even further. Bill Northey, USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, made the announcement at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters’ conference in Kansas City.

“USDA is committed to helping farmers and ranchers impacted by the weather challenges this year, and we hope this deferral will help ease cash flow challenges for producers, many of whom are caught in a very delayed harvest,” Northey said.

USDA had previously announced a deferral to November 30, 2019, providing producers with an additional two months from the traditional September 30 date. With today’s announcement, producers will have until January 31, 2020, to pay the 2019 premium without accruing interest. For any premium that is not paid by the new deadline, interest will accrue consistent with the terms of the policy.

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11-14-19 Colorado Department of Agriculture and CSU Extension to present Family Farm Transition Summit Dec 9-10 in Loveland

CDA and CSU Extension to present Family Farm Transition Summit Dec 9-10 in Loveland

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and Colorado State University Extension are presenting an inaugural Family Farm Transition Summit December 9 and 10 in Westminster, Colorado. Agricultural lenders, wealth advisors, certified public accountants and attorneys are invited to attend and help achieve outcomes of increased awareness of available services and an increased network of service providers.
“Our partnership with CSU Extension will help us establish a team of professionals through the Family Farm Transition Summit with the skills to work with ag families to develop and implement their succession plan.” said Mark Gallegos, Technical Services Section Chief for the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

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11-14-19 National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

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National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches

Application deadline is December 1st!

By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Morgan County

Fort Morgan, CO – The deadline for participating in the 83rd year of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is fast approaching on December 1st. This long running program is an important part of the National Western Stock Show and is a great opportunity for 4-H members to learn about practical beef cattle management. Continue reading

11-14-19 Inside CAWA with Greg Peterson: Upcoming Colorado Ag Water Summit Dec 2-3 in Loveland & more

Inside CAWA with Greg Peterson: Upcoming Colorado Ag Water Summit Dec 2-3 in Loveland & more

(BARN MediaFarmCast Radio – Briggsdale, CO – November 14, 2019 – Joining the CO Ag News Network once again by telephone is Greg Peterson, Executive Director of the Colorado Ag Water Alliance, and CAWA is hosting their 2019 Ag Water Summit in Loveland Dec 2-3 at the Larimer County Fairgrounds at The Ranch…

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11-14-19 BARN Reporter Samantha Munson, “NAFB: Vilsack says Dairy has a Great Story to Tell”

BARN Reporter Samantha Munson, “NAFB: Vilsack says Dairy has a Great Story to Tell

The BARN via NAFB News Service – November 14, 2019 –Former Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack address farm broadcasters at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual convention in Kansas City. Currently the President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, Vilsack said the dairy industry has reasons for optimism in spite of the Dean Foods bankruptcy announced this week…

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SOURCE: NAFB News Service

11-14-19 BARN Reporter Samantha Munson, “NAFB: Dean Foods Bankruptcy Short-term Disruption for Dairy”

BARN Reporter Samantha Munson, “NAFB: Dean Foods Bankruptcy Short-term Disruption for Dairy”

The BARN via NAFB News Service – November 14, 2019 – A dairy market expert says the announced bankruptcy of Dean Foods should be considered a speed bump, for now. Dairy market analyst from Total Farm Marketing, Bryan Doherty, calls the issue a short-term disruption…

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11-14-19 USDA NEWS: American Poultry Farmers Regain Access to China

USDA NEWS: American Poultry Farmers Regain Access to China

Washington, D.C., November 14, 2019 – United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement on China’s decision to lift its ban on poultry imports from the United States:
“The United States welcomes China’s decision to finally lift its unwarranted ban on U.S. poultry and poultry products. This is great news for both America’s farmers and China’s consumers,” said Ambassador Lighthizer. “China is an important export market for America’s poultry farmers, and we estimate they will now be able to export more than $1 billion worth of poultry and poultry products each year to China. Reopening China to U.S. poultry will create new export opportunities for our poultry farmers and support thousands of workers employed by the U.S. poultry industry.”
Secretary Perdue said, “After being shut out of the market for years, U.S. poultry producers and exporters welcome the reopening of China’s market to their products. America’s producers are the most productive in the world and it is critical they be able to sell their bounty to consumers in other parts of the globe. We will continue our work to expand market access in important markets like China as well as other countries, to support our producers and U.S. jobs.”

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11-14-19 CME Group to Launch Block Cheese Futures and Options

CME Group to Launch Block Cheese Futures and Options

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The

CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced that it will launch Block Cheese futures and options in January 2020, pending regulatory review.

“Our clients continue to look for tools to manage their price exposure in physical cheese markets, including food manufacturers and processors of cheese,” said Tim Andriesen, Managing Director of Agricultural Products at CME Group. “The addition of Block Cheese futures and options to our existing suite of cash-settled dairy products provides clients with another solution for managing and hedging their risk.”

The new futures and options contracts will be cash-settled to the monthly average price for 40-lb. block cheddar cheese as reported by the USDA’s National Dairy Products Sales Report (NDPSR) with each contract representing the equivalent of 20,000 pounds of block cheddar cheese and the tick size of $0.001 per pound. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, November 14th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, November 14th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Court Tosses Out Lawsuit on Biofuel Waivers

A federal court dismissed one of the multiple lawsuits challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of small refinery exemptions. The Washington, D.C., District Court of Appeals said in its ruling that the Advanced Biofuels Association didn’t “identify a final agency action” in the lawsuit it filed back in May of 2018. The biofuels group said the EPA was exceeding its authority when it granted a larger number of waivers under the Renewable Fuels Standard to small oil refineries. A DTN report says even though the court threw out the case, it did note that the industry concerns raised by the group seem valid. “To be sure, the EPA’s briefing and oral argument paint a troubling picture of intentionally shrouded and hidden agency law that could have left those troubled by the agency’s actions without a viable avenue for judicial review.” The EPA has granted a total of 85 waivers since 2016. Those waivers accounted for 4.04 billion gallons of biofuels that weren’t blended into the nation’s fuel supply. The EPA is currently seeking public comment on its proposal to account for gallons waived in the 2020 RFS volumes proposal, which biofuel and agricultural groups are not in favor of.

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Trump: Trade War is “Good for Business”

President Donald Trump defended his tariff policies during a speech on Tuesday at the Economic Club of New York. Politico says he denied that his erratic trade policies are causing uncertainty for U.S. businesses. Trump doubled down, saying the U.S. would “actually be in much worse shape” over the long term if he wasn’t aggressively challenging China right now. Despite the negative impact on farming, manufacturing, and other economic sectors, Trump has plenty of positive ammunition. Some of the positive economic data include unemployment down to 3.6 percent in October, while consumer confidence surveys remain high. However, Politico points out that economic growth is on a course to slow to about 2.3 percent this year. Growth may even be on track to slow further in 2020. The Port of Los Angeles says Trump’s tariffs are threatening nearly 1.5 million American jobs and over $186 billion in economic activity across the nation. Trump is also claiming that the U.S. and China are closing in on a partial ‘Phase One’ trade agreement, even though the sides are still negotiating over tariff rollbacks after the deal is signed.

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Trump Pressuring Pelosi for USMCA Vote

While the House impeachment hearings got started on Wednesday, Republicans are trying to make the case that the issue is making it difficult to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. Speaking Tuesday in New York, President Trump said the existing North American Free Trade Agreement is “disastrous,” even though the agreement made ag trade virtually tariff-free between the three countries. Trump says “nervous Nancy (Pelosi)” and other House Democrats are concentrating on “outrageous hoaxes and delusional witch hunts which are going nowhere.” Trump says there is already enough Democrat support in the House of Representatives to pass USMCA, a sentiment shared by Chuck Grassley, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal said Tuesday that his negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the USMCA are “progressing.” Neal told Agri-Pulse that the two of them will continue to talk this week. Neal says a recent trip to Canada to speak with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, couldn’t have gone any better. Trudeau says “they’ll do what they have to do to get this to the finish line.”

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First CottonU will Show Off New Cotton Trust Protocol

Cotton farmers who want to capitalize on sustainability for their operations should plan to attend the first-ever CottonU on December fifth at the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show in Texas. It’s a chance to learn about a new pilot program initiated by the National Cotton Council. The NCC is intending to quantify sustainability data through its U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. Craig Brown is vice president of producer affairs for the National Cotton Council and will keynote the Cotton U lunch. The National Cotton Council says the protocol was developed to help the U.S. cotton production sector to reduce its environmental footprint via specific sustainability goals targeted for 2025. The goals include a 13 percent increase in productivity or land used per pound of fiber, as well as an 18 percent increase in irrigation efficiency. Other targets include a 39 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 15 percent reduction in energy expenditures, as well as a 50 percent reduction in soil loss. Before these goals can be met, farmers must enroll and complete self-assessments to provide a baseline of data for the industry.

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Farmers Using Less Water to Irrigate

The 2018 Irrigation and Water Management Survey results are out this week, showing that over 231,400 farms irrigated 55.9 million acres. That included 83.4 million acre-feet of water in the United States. By way of comparison, the 2013 survey showed there were just over 229,230 farms that irrigated 55.3 million acres, which included 88.5 million acre-feet of water. The results show that even though the number of farms irrigating, and the amount of land increased slightly over those five years, the total amount of water used to irrigate land actually declined. The 83.4 million acre-feet of water used to irrigate land in 2018 represent a 5.8 percent drop from 2013. The average acre-feet applied to land was 1.5, which is lower than the 1.6 in 2013. An acre-foot is the amount of water required to cover one acre to a depth of one foot. The largest portion of irrigated farmland acres in the U.S. was dedicated to cropland, including grains and oilseeds, vegetables, nurseries, greenhouses, as well as hay crops. The survey also shows that more acres are irrigated with sprinkler systems than with gravity irrigation.

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NASCAR Drivers Surpass 15 Million Miles on E15

At the Bluegrass Vacations 500 race, NASCAR reached a significant milestone, announcing that their drivers surpassed 15 million miles on the E15 ethanol blend. NASCAR adopted E15 in 2011 across its three national racing series to reduce emissions in their sport, all while maintaining the high-performance standard needed by drivers during every race. Growth Energy, the nation’s largest association representing ethanol producers and supporters, launched its American Ethanol Program in 2011, in conjunction with NASCAR’s decision to adopt E15. “American Ethanol’s partnership with NASCAR has been a fantastic platform to promote the benefits of cleaner-burning ethanol ever since the sport adopted it,” says Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “NASCAR fans have now seen the fuel perform flawlessly for 15 million miles under the most demanding circumstances imaginable.” She says consumers have put E15 to the test for more than 11 billion miles of commutes, road trips, and picking kids up from school. “Whether on or off the track, day after day, mile after mile, E15 continues to be the smart choice for divers who care about their engines, reducing emissions, and saving money at the pump,” Skor adds.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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11-13-19 A Closer Look at NJC’s Upcoming Hemp Conference with Andy Bartlett, Associate Professor of Soils/Agronomy…

A Closer Look at NJC’s Upcoming Hemp Conference with Andy Bartlett, Associate Professor of Soils/Agronomy…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – November 13, 2019Industrial hemp in the United States went from a legal crop in the 18th and 19th centuries, to a banned substance in the 20th century, and has since returned as a legal crop in the 21st century. Just this year, the United States became the world’s third largest producer of hemp, behind China and Canada. And back on Oct 30th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it was establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program and creating a regulatory framework around hemp production in the United States. According to the USDA, an interim final rule formalizing the program was published in the Federal Register which would allow hemp to be grown under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs.

Now in advance of detailed federal hemp guidelines, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) launched the Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan (CHAMP) earlier this year. The broad, collaborative stakeholder-based initiative is designed to outline best practices and define a well structured supply chain for hemp in order to establish a strong market for the state’s farming communities. By the way, to date, there have been 14 CHAMP stakeholder meetings hosted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, as well as three public input meetings across the state. In Colorado, more than 88,000 acres are currently registered to grow industrial hemp, although not all of those acres are planted with hemp, and CDA has issued 2,634 hemp registrations as of October 29, 2019.

The interim final rule goes into effect immediately. USDA has 60 days to approve Colorado’s plan after it is submitted. Anyone can view the rule online at https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/hemp . Keep in mind, once state and tribal plans are in place, hemp producers will be eligible for a number of USDA programs, including insurance coverage through Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. For information on available programs, visit www.farmers.gov/hemp.

To help producers learn more about the newly “popular” industrial hemp crop and its popularity, Northeastern Junior College and the Colorado Small Business Development Center is hosting Hemp Conference in Sterling, CO on December 17th. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss that event in much more detail is Andy Bartlett, Associate Professor of Soils/Agronomy at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling

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11-13-19 Make plans to attend the Northern Water Fall Symposium on November 20th in Loveland, CO

Make plans to attend the Northern Water Fall Symposium on November 20th in Loveland, CO

Northern Water Fall Symposium to highlight regional issues

BERTHOUD – – Experts from across the region will gather for the 2019 Northern Water Fall Symposium, set for 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at The Embassy Suites, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland.

Unlike the Fall Water Users meetings of past years that focused on Northern Water projects and operations, the Fall Symposium will look at the larger water policy issues that affect Northeastern Colorado and the people who live here.
The first panel will explore water reliability and the effects of climate change in the region. Jeff Lukas from the University of Colorado and Meagan Smith of Fort Collins Utilities will discuss approaches to better understand the uncertainty climate change presents for the future of water deliveries.

Second, a group with decades of combined experience in Colorado River water policy will discuss the uncharted future facing all Colorado residents because of the hydrologic uncertainty in the state.

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11-13-19 US Senators Bennet, Romney Request Review of USDA’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program

US Senators Bennet, Romney Request Review of USDA’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program

Senators Seek to Improve Program, Better Serve Communities Recovering from Wildfires

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources, and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP). Continue reading

11-13-19 USDA NASS Colorado Potato Varieties Report

USDA NASS Colorado Potato Varieties Report

POTATO VARIETIES 2019  – SAN LUIS VALLEY, COLORADO

This report provides the results of a special survey of potato growers in the San Luis Valley, which was conducted to evaluate potato varieties planted for the 2019 crop. The survey was conducted by the USDA/NASS Mountain Region Field Office with funding from the Colorado State University, San Luis Valley Research Center. Data was collected from potato growers by return mail or by telephone interviews with enumerators. The survey was not sampled to provide a direct expansion of seeded acreage by variety or a measure of the sampling error. Acreage planted to fall potatoes in the San Luis Valley was estimated at 48,600 acres. Continue reading

11-13-19 USDA NASS Colorado Census Irrigation and Water Management Survey Data Availability

USDA NASS Colorado Census Irrigation and Water Management Survey Data Availability

2018 Irrigation and Water Management Data Now Available

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – November 13, 2019 – There were 231,474 farms with 55.9 million irrigated acres, which included 83.4 million acrefeet of water applied in the United States, according to the 2018 Irrigation and Water Management Survey results, published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). In 2013, the irrigation survey results showed that there were 229,237 farms with 55.3 million irrigated acres, which included 88.5 million acre-feet of water. The results show that though the number of farms irrigating and the amount of land irrigated increased slightly between 2013 and 2018, the total amount of water used for irrigation
declined.

“The 2018 Irrigation and Water Management Survey, formerly titled the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, expands on the data collected in the 2017 Census of Agriculture,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “This report offers detailed, comprehensive, up-to-date information specific to the agriculture industry’s use and management of water supplies.”

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