11-12-19 USDA Invites Input on Conservation Stewardship Program Rule

USDA Invites Input on Conservation Stewardship Program Rule

WASHINGTON, November 12, 2019 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seeks public comments on its interim final rule for the Conservation Stewardship Program. CSP, the nation’s largest conservation program in terms of participating land, is designed to help farmers have more robust conservation activities. The rule – now available on the Federal Register – takes effect upon publication and includes changes to the program prescribed by the 2018 Farm Bill.

“We’re excited to roll out an updated Conservation Stewardship Program,” NRCS Chief Matt Lohr said. “We know the program is important to American farmers and ranchers, especially those who want to build on existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operations.”

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11-12-19 Colorado Governor Polis Releases Roadmap to Make College More Affordable

Colorado Governor Polis Releases Roadmap to Make College More Affordable

Plan outlines more than a dozen strategies to contain costs and support student success

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DENVER — Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) were joined by college and university presidents from across the state as they released a plan to make college more affordable at Community College of Denver today.

The Roadmap to Containing College Costs and Making College Affordable outlines near, medium- and long-term strategies to contain costs and put higher education in reach for all Coloradans. Among the 18 solutions, the state suggests improving access to concurrent enrollment, providing debt relief for students, and lowering health care costs.

“We know that when Coloradans have more access to affordable educational opportunities, they thrive, and the benefits ripple across our state and help our economy,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “This roadmap lays out ways we can lower costs while maintaining high standards. We must work together to help bring down college and community college costs, encourage innovation, and support the next generation of students.”

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11-12-19 Northeastern Junior College hosting Hemp Conference in Sterling, CO on December 17th

Northeastern Junior College hosting Hemp Conference in Sterling, CO on December 17th

Join Northeastern Junior College and Eastern Colorado Small Business Development Center for an introduction to hemp farming!

The goal of this conference is to inform interested and potential growers with the most accurate information available about the merging hemp industry.

Topics to be covered:

  • Market overview and top considerations of getting started
  • Current legal status
  • Risk analysis and enterprising budgets
  • Fiber, grain, CBD production and harvesting methods

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This event is a unique collaboration between Northeastern and Eastern Colorado SBDC. This full-day program will equip aspiring producers with the knowledge and information needed to determine if the hemp industry is right for them.

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11-12-19 NFU: Trade Assistance Payments Disproportionately Benefited Large-Scale and Southeastern Operations

NFU: Trade Assistance Payments Disproportionately Benefited Large-Scale and Southeastern Operations

WASHINGTON – A government program intended to support farmers and ranchers affected by trade disputes disproportionately benefitted large-scale and Southeastern operations, according to a minority staff report published today by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program, known as the Market Facilitation Program, compensated most commodity grain producers based on a single county rate per planted acre. National Farmers Union (NFU) initially expressed concern that the payment disparities among counties would put some farmers at a financial disadvantage, a fact that has been confirmed by today’s report. Although farmers in the North, Midwest, and West have experienced the greatest harm from trade disputes, 95 percent of counties receiving the highest payment rates are based in the Southeast. Even in adjacent counties, payment rates sometimes vary by two to three times.

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11-12-19 Inside The U.S. Animal Health Association with Dr Kristin Haas, DVM.

Inside The U.S. Animal Health Association with Dr Kristin Haas, DVM.

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – November 12, 2019 – The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA)  held their 123rd Annual Meeting and the 62nd American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Annual Meeting in Providence, RI back on Oct 24 – 30 and joining the CO Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio to recap that event and much more is Dr. Kristin M. Haas, DVM State Veterinarian; Director of Food Safety & Consumer Protection Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

  • Dr Haas’ background
  • United States Animal Health Association ‘s History – Mission – Objectives
  • What about the History – Mission – Objectives American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians or AAVLD
  • Talk about the successes within the AHI from its inception until today…
  • RECAP recent USAHA Annual Meeting
  • CHECK OUT Dr. Juan Lubroth’s keynote presentation on African swine fever from the USAHA Annual Meeting
  • Challenges going into 2020 & Beyond for the Animal Health Industry and the Livestock Industry too (ASF – African Swine Fever & Ag Illiteracy  &  “DR GOOGLE”
  • Upcoming USAHA and or AAVLD Events
  • FINAL THOUGHTS

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11-12-19 CLA: Communicating to Bridge the Producer-Consumer Interface

CLA: Communicating to Bridge the Producer-Consumer Interface

Greeley, CO – Hello again CLA readers. I hope your summer went well. As for me, I enjoyed meeting staff from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and both the Senate and House Committees on Agriculture during our Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program’s (CALP) trip to Washington D.C. last month. I’m continually learning about agriculture, multiple viewpoints, and bridging communication between urban and rural perspectives. Our class also visited the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) Following the meeting, we better understood HSUS goals and how media, on all sides, can sometimes sway our views. One goal of this trip was to learn about speaking, listening, and interacting productively with others that have views different from ours. For me, that’s one of the best aspects of my CALP experience.

Speaking of communication. Here’s a question for you: As experts in your industries, how do you tell the story that Agriculturalists are environmental stewards in their daily work across Colorado?

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11-12-19 CLA: Enhance Safety for Your Older Employees – Pinnacol Assurance

CLA: Enhance Safety for Your Older Employees – Pinnacol Assurance

Greeley, CO – When you look across your workforce, do you think it’s aging? If so, you’re not alone. The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us one in four workers in 2020 will be age 55 or older. That’s well more than the one in 10 workers in 1990.1

Employees over the age of 55 experience arthritis and hypertension, affecting 47% and 44% of these workers, respectively.2 An even greater percentage — more than 75% — live with at least one chronic health condition.3

“Looking at workplace injuries, slips, trips and falls become the most common incidents for employees over 50 years old,” said Pinnacol Safety Services Consultant Jon VonderHaar. “As we age, we lose overall strength, balance and reaction time. And some of us have compromised vision, even with corrective lenses.”

When older workers injure themselves, they take longer to recover, added VonderHaar, which means more lost time and higher medical costs. But the news isn’t all bad. VonderHaar noted that older employees experience fewer and generally less severe injuries. And some simple changes to the workplace can reduce the frequency of these injuries.

Tips for safety and aging

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11-12-19 Dairy MAX: Healthy Cows, Healthy People, Healthy Planet

Dairy MAX: Healthy Cows, Healthy People, Healthy Planet

Colorado dairy farmer leads sustainability conversation at #DairyAmazing Symposium

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – A world well-nourished is supported when groups with different backgrounds and expertise can gather to share ideas on sustainably feeding the population. And when it comes to the role dairy farming plays in sustainable nutrition, these ideas span from food to environmental impact, communities and everything in between. A crucial voice in these conversations is that of the farmer, and it’s more important than ever for dairy farmers to have a seat at the table.

Mary Kraft, fourth-generation dairy farmer from Fort Morgan, Colorado, fulfilled that role by attending the fifth-annual #DairyAmazing Symposium hosted by Dairy MAX. Her presentation, “Healthy Cows, Healthy People, Healthy Planet,” gave the audience a look into sustainable practices that occur at her family owned and operated dairy farms, Badger Creek Farm and Quail Ridge Dairy. Continue reading

11-12-19 November is National Gratitude Month…an Interview with THINSTERS’ Kevin Joseph…

November is National Gratitude Month…an Interview with THINSTERS’ Kevin Joseph…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – November 12, 2019 – National Gratitude Month is an annual designation observed in November; and its more than simply saying “thank you.” And joining The Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to discuss National Gratitude Month is Kevin Joseph, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing for THINSTERS

  • Joseph’s background & THINSTERS History
  • THINSTERS is celebrating National Gratitude Month
  • THINSTERS available flavors & new ones for the holidays
  • Why is it so important to express gratitude?
  • You can celebrate National Gratitude Month with THINSTERS
  • THINSTERS availability
  • Final Thoughts

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Make plans to attend the 2020 Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference and Trade Fair in Monte Vista Feb 4-6

Make plans to attend the 2020 Southern Rocky Mountain Agricultural Conference and Trade Fair in Monte Vista Feb 4-6

The three day conference offers information on livestock, forage, vegetable and grain production. The trade fair includes cutting edge agricultural products, equipment and technologies. This year’s theme is “WATER”.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, November 12th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, November 12th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Trump says No Agreement with China on Easing Tariffs Yet

Late last week, the Chinese government stated that the U.S and China had reached an agreement to begin rolling back tariffs after a phase one trade deal is signed. That statement led to some optimism and a jump upward in financial markets. Politico says it was just 24 hours after that when President Donald Trump poured “cold water all over the positive vibes.” The president said during a press conference on Friday that there’s no such understanding between the two countries to scale back duties on each other’s goods. “I haven’t agreed to anything,” Trump said on the White House lawn. “China wants to get somewhat of a rollback in tariffs, not a complete rollback, because they know I won’t do it.” White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro sent an email on Friday complaining about the media coverage of the apparent deal on tariffs, saying too many journalists are “getting the trade stories on China wrong.” Politico points out that they asked the White House and the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office to confirm the Chinese claims on an agreement to cut back on tariffs. Both refused to comment on the record and didn’t make any attempt to contradict the Chinese statement.

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USDA Set to Allow Chinese Poultry Imports as a Sign of Progress

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking steps to allow poultry imports from China. Farm Progress Dot Com says it’s a sign of ongoing progress in the talks between Washington and Beijing that will hopefully lead to a resolution in their trade dispute. The new regulation covers birds as well as poultry parts and products slaughtered in certified Chinese facilities. A compromise on poultry came out of advanced discussions between the two nations as they gradually work toward a “Phase One” partial trade deal. China said last month that it was prepared to lift a ban on U.S poultry imports that had been in place since 2015. A report last Thursday said that China’s General Administration of Customs and Ministry of Agriculture were looking into the removal of curbs on American supplies. China is currently allowed to send poultry products into the U.S. that are slaughtered in America or certain other countries. However, the new regulation would allow China to send processed poultry products made from birds slaughtered in the Asian country. If Beijing ultimately lifts its ban on U.S. poultry imports, that would be a major win for U.S. producers and processors. China banned U.S. poultry imports in 2015 after an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the U.S.

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USDA Announces Aid Package for Southern Farmers Hurt by Hurricanes

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says his agency is making $800 million available to agricultural producers in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, who were affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence. These state block grants are part of a larger $3 billion package to aid producers in recovering from natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. The broader package includes the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program, as well as programs for loss of milk and stored commodities. “Natural disasters hit producers with some hefty blows in the past couple of years,” Perdue says. “This relief complements USDA’s tool chest of disaster assistance programs and crop insurance.” He says the additional aid helps producers who’ve suffered losses beyond what the regular USDA programs can cover. USDA is working out the final details of the grants with the Florida governor’s office and the state departments of agriculture in Alabama and Georgia. The grants are designed to cover all of the qualifying losses not covered by other USDA disaster assistance programs. Grant funding covers losses of timber, cattle, poultry, as well as necessary expenses related to the loss of horticulture crops and present-value losses associated with pecan production.

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Brazil Taking Cotton Exports Away from U.S. Producers

While soybeans have gotten a lot of attention during the U.S. trade war with China, U.S. cotton is one of the lesser-known victims of the trade dispute. Just 14 million acres of the crop were planted this year across states like Texas, Georgia, and Mississippi. That’s compared with 76.5 million acres of soybeans and almost 90 million corn acres. The U.S. is the world’s top exporter of cotton and over 75 percent of the crop is sent overseas. The U.S. cotton industry depends heavily on Chinese purchases. Bloomberg says even if the U.S. and China were to strike a trade deal, the global demand outlook isn’t solid and industry experts say harvest doesn’t look encouraging, due in large part to a hot and dry summer in many key cotton regions. The global customers that are out there are currently looking to Brazil for cotton. The lagging Brazil economy is making its supply of cotton more affordable for other countries when compared to U.S. cotton. The forecast supply from this season’s crop will likely boost domestic supplies to their highest point since 2009. This will bring down cotton futures, which dropped over eight percent last year and are down another 10 percent this year.

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Rabobank: China’s Hog Herd Won’t Bounce Back for Five Years

Rabobank says China’s pig herd, once the largest in the world, will take more than five years to recover from the African Swine Fever outbreak. Even then, Rabobank International says their meat consumption won’t be the same as it was before the disease outbreak. The world’s biggest pork market won’t stabilize until 2025 and meat imports won’t make up for the shortfall. China’s once giant hog herd is more than half of what it was, down to less than 200 million since the first case of ASF was made public in August of 2018. A Rabobank analyst notes that China is rapidly trying to increase its domestic production, while importing more pork and other proteins like beef and chicken, in hopes of satisfying consumer demand. The crisis will change the way China consumes protein. Rabobank says pork will remain the meat of choice in China, but its overall share of meat consumption will fall from 63 percent to 53 percent. Poultry’s share of Chinese meat consumption will increase by 30 percent by 2025. Restocking and importing will take place through 2021 before hog output increases through 2025. However, Rabobank says even then, the total herd is unlikely to return to its peak size in 2018.

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New Tractors Presented to Farmer Veteran Coalition Members

In partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition, Kubota presented five farmer veterans with new tractors as a part of its “Geared to Give” program. In observance of Veterans’ Day, each farmer received the keys to their new tractor during a ceremony in their respective hometowns. Hundreds of applications came in for the giveaway program, with Kubota selecting five winners in each of their operating divisions. Winners included three Army veterans, an Air Force Veteran, and a U.S. Marine. Alex Woods, Kubota’s Vice President of Sales, says, “The program empowers farmer veterans to achieve their dreams. We’re very happy to have selected the five veterans to receive their awards.” Michael O’Gorman, Executive Director of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, says, “One of the great joys of doing this work is being able to make a positive impact on our farmer veterans by providing them with the tools to succeed on their operations. Having horsepower on the farm is the ultimate gift for a farmer.” Farmer veterans can apply every year to the FVC Fellowship Fund to be considered for donated Kubota equipment through the “Geared to Give” program.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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