12-05-19 Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Trace Adkins, Cody Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Aaron Watson, Hardy and John King Set To Perform During Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Kicking Off July 17, 2020

Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Trace Adkins, Cody Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Aaron Watson, Hardy and John King Set To Perform During Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Kicking Off July 17, 2020

Frontier Nights® lineup announced from WNFR in Las Vegas

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – December 5, 2019: In an announcement made from the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD) announced all but two of the nights for the 2020 Frontier Nights® entertainment series. The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will return with its exclusive Last Cowboy Standing series and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo will return to the arena in 2020.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 13 at 9 a.m. MST at www.cfdrodeo.com, the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Ticket Office and by calling (307) 778-7222. Continue reading

12-05-19 NMPF Urges Producers to Enroll in DMC and MFP With Signup Deadlines Approaching

NMPF Urges Producers to Enroll in DMC and MFP With Signup Deadlines Approaching
ARLINGTON, VA – Deadlines for Dairy Margin Coverage program signup and Market Facilitation Program payments are nearing for dairy farmers, and the National Milk Producers Federation is urging producers to visit their local Farm Service Agency offices to take advantage of programs meant to provide risk management tools for farmers and provide some relief against financial hardship.

Dairy Margin Coverage signup for 2020 coverage runs through next Friday, Dec. 13. The popular DMC program, which paid dairy farmers more than $308 million in benefits for 2019, offers insurance against low prices and high feed costs. All farmers who signed up for 2019 are encouraged to re-enroll for 2020, given the unpredictability of dairy markets. Farmers who elected to enroll for the full five-year life of the program need to visit their FSA office to keep their information current for the upcoming year.

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12-05-19 Dairy MAX: Texas dairy farmer takes trade mission trip to Mexico

Dairy MAX: Texas dairy farmer takes trade mission trip to Mexico

Relationships are just as important as the people making them 

Larry Hancock, Texas dairy farmer and chairman of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), traveled to Mexico, the United States’ number one importer of its dairy products, on a trade mission trip. Hancock was joined by four other U.S. dairy farmers to learn about the dairy industry in Mexico, observe how U.S. dairy products are being utilized in the country, and discuss how the two countries can continue working together to advance the dairy industry and demand for its products. Continue reading

12-05-19 ASI APPLAUDS EPA LABEL APPROVAL FOR SODIUM CYANIDE

ASI APPLAUDS EPA LABEL APPROVAL FOR SODIUM CYANIDE
DENVER — Today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the final interim decision for the registered use of sodium cyanide. Working with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, the label for this predator control tool will include three additional use restrictions to promote public awareness and decrease non-target impacts. American Sheep Industry Association President Benny Cox said this announcement is welcomed by our nation’s sheep producers.
“We sincerely appreciate USDA and EPA working together to ensure livestock producers have access to effective predator control, while also increasing public awareness and transparency,” said Cox. “Livestock producers face heavy losses from predators, amounting to more than $232 million in death losses annually. We are particularly vulnerable during lambing and calving, where we see the worst predation. The use of tools like sodium cyanide placed by USDA Wildlife Services is most critical. Death losses to predators are not pretty. Not only do they take a toll on an operation’s ability to survive financially, they take a personal toll on the producer and their family.” Continue reading

12-05-19 Inside CALP with Executive Director Dani Traweek…

Inside CALP with Executive Director Dani Traweek

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 5, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is Dani Traweek, Executive Director of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program providing an update on the organization and its new Class 14 members, activities and the upcoming 2020 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture, Feb 26th in Denver…

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12-05-19 USDA to Open Signup for Conservation Reserve Program on December 9th

USDA to Open Signup for Conservation Reserve Program on December 9th

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 5, 2019 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on December 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is February 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing.

Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental payment for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”) to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands.

“The Conservation Reserve Program is one of our nation’s largest conservation endeavors and a critical tool to help producers better manage their operations while conserving natural resources,” Secretary Perdue said. “The program marks its 35-year anniversary in 2020, and we’re hoping to see one of our largest signups in many years.” Continue reading

12-05-19 CCI HONORS KIRKMEYER WITH COMMISSIONER OF THE YEAR AWARD

CCI HONORS KIRKMEYER WITH COMMISSIONER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Weld County Commission Barbara
Kirkmeyer with her 6th grandson Caine
Maxwell after she received the 2019
CCI Commissioner of the Year Award.

WELD COUNTY, CO — During the 2019 Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Dinner and Awards ceremony December 3, Weld County Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer was honored with the Commissioner of the Year Award.

In a nomination letter sent by fellow commissioners, Commissioner Kirkmeyer was commended for the countless hours she worked with the Child Welfare Allocation Committee to develop an allocation formula that allowed for adequate funding of additional full-time child welfare workers. She also initiated the Families First Preservation Services Act work group, which developed a roadmap for counties and the state to implement changes required by a new federal law and regulations.

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12-05-19 Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 5, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time is Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg, and will be discussing several topics including:

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For more information on the tour and meet and greet, visit our social media sites at:

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www.instagram.com/coagriculture

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12-05-19 NMPF: Cooperatives Working Together Settlement Lifts Legal Cloud

NMPF: Cooperatives Working Together Settlement Lifts Legal Cloud 

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today announced it has reached a settlement agreement to end a class-action lawsuit concerning a herd retirement program that ended in 2010 and was administered through NMPF’s Cooperatives Working Together initiative. The settlement will safeguard ongoing efforts to aid U.S. dairy producers, lift a years-long legal cloud and allow NMPF member cooperatives and the current CWT program to move forward with greater legal and fiscal certainty.

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for December 5th

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Weekly Export Sales for December 5th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 5th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 5th

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USDA Announces Final SNAP Rule

A final rule making changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program restores intent of the program, according to the Department of Agriculture. However, critics say the rule could cut benefits to hundreds of thousands of recipients, and charge that the rule ignores a bipartisan agreement in the 2018 farm bill. The change tightens work requirements for able-bodied SNAP participants without dependents. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says amid the strongest economy in a generation, the rule “lays the groundwork for the expectation that able-bodied Americans re-enter the workforce where there are currently more job openings than people to fill them.” Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, counters, “this rule could cause one million people to lose their food assistance, while doing nothing to help them find jobs.” The National Farmers Union says the rule “will erode food security in rural and urban communities alike.” In the announcement, Secretary Perdue says, “Government can be a powerful force for good, but government dependency has never been the American dream.”

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Japan Approves Partial Trade Agreement with U.S.

Japan’s Upper House of Parliament Wednesday ratified a partial trade agreement with the United States, which will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Ryan LeGrand, President and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, notes that the  agreement “solidifies trade with our second-largest corn market.” The agreement immediately reduces U.S. corn and sorghum imports for all purposes to a zero-tariff level, reduces the U.S. barley mark up and includes a staged tariff reduction for U.S. ethanol and U.S. corn, barley and sorghum flour. Also, U.S. feed and food corn, corn gluten feed, and DDGS will continue to receive duty-free market access. Meanwhile, the U.S. Meat Export Federation called the agreement “one of the biggest developments in the history of red meat trade.” With tariff rates mirroring those imposed on major competitors, USMEF’s forecast for 2020 is for U.S. beef and pork exports to Japan to reach $2.3 billion and $1.7 billion, respectively. Export volumes are projected to be roughly 360,000 metric tons for beef and 410,000 metric tons for pork.

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Trump: USMCA Action up to Pelosi

President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is on the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Trump says Pelosi, “doesn’t have to talk to anybody,” adding she “has to put it out for a vote.” The President made the comments to the White House press pool on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London. Talk of getting USMCA on the House floor this week brought optimism the agreement could be completed yet this year. However, it seems more likely to be finalized in early 2020, as the trade pact faces several procedural hurdles. Although, some fear the agreement could get lost in the shuffle of election-year politics next year. Mexico must first approve changes to the agreement before the House of Representatives can hold a vote on the agreement. A trade official from Mexico met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Wednesday, as both sides are working towards a speedy compromise. Agriculture groups continue to urge the agreement be finalized as quickly as possible.

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AFBF: Trade Progress Can’t Wait

The American Farm Bureau Federation says farmers can’t wait for progress on trade deals, including the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement and a deal with China. President Donald Trump earlier this week suggested there was no deadline to reach a final agreement with China, and that an agreement could wait until after the 2020 elections. However, a phase one agreement including agriculture provisions could still come this month. In his comments, Trump said  trade aid to help farmers cope with tariffs “got them whole.” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said in a statement that while the payments to farmers provide critical support, “trade aid payments are not making farmers whole.” Duvall says a trade agreement with China’s must be a priority, adding further delay in reaching an agreement “would make it hard for struggling farmers to hold on in the face of rising bankruptcy rates.” Duvall also says passing USMCA would “send a message to the rest of the world that we are back in the game” of global trade.

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Bankers Association Welcomes Hemp Banking Regulations

The federal government this week released banking guidance for the finance industry related to hemp producers. The American Bankers Association says the guidance makes clear that banks are not required to file Suspicious Activity Reports on hemp producers operating under an approved federal, state or tribal license or plan. The guidance also states bank customers are responsible for complying with regulatory requirements, not the banks. The guidance came following an interim final rule in October from the Department of Agriculture, which provided a framework for how USDA will approve regulatory plans from states and tribes that wish to oversee hemp production, as well as a federal plan to license producers in areas without approved local plans. Federal regulators said they would issue further guidance after reviewing the USDA rule. While the 2018 farm bill reclassified hemp as a legal agricultural commodity, significant questions remained, and ABA encouraged regulators to provide additional clarity on banks’ ability to serve hemp producers and hemp-related businesses.

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Grain Elevators Facing Tighter Margins, Revenue Pressures in 2020

Grain elevators face significant challenges in the year ahead as they buy basis on corn, soybeans and wheat at the highest levels seen in years, according to a new report. CoBank reports basis for the three major grains is significantly tighter across the country from strong end-user bids, limited pipeline supplies, and lack of farmer selling amid an uncertain fall harvest. A CoBank researcher says, “grain elevators are being compelled to offer farmers a range of incentives to sell bushels,” including lower rates on storage, free delayed pricing and free grain drying, all cutting into elevator margins. Grain quality issues resulting from high moisture at harvest and frost damage on immature crops will also raise management costs for elevators, potentially resulting in greater losses to shrinkage and spoilage. A propane supply shortage in some regions is also driving up the cost of drying grain. However, grain elevators also have an opportunity to improve margins in an otherwise stressful year, as basis will likely soften as more bushels come to market as harvest operations conclude.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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