12-11-19 U.S. Senator Gardner Measure to Provide Substantial Funding for Rural Broadband Clears Senate Committee

Gardner Measure to Provide Substantial Funding for Rural Broadband Clears Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. – Today the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed a measure authored by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) to provide potentially billions to expand access to broadband in rural areas.

“By approving this legislation, the Senate Commerce Committee took a great step toward bridging the divide between urban and rural Colorado,” said Senator Gardner. “My proposal would ensure that at least 10 percent of the proceeds from a sale of C-band spectrum would be allocated for rural buildout in unserved and underserved areas throughout Colorado and the country.” Continue reading



NAFB News Service via The BARN – Briggsdale, CO / Thayer, MO – December 11, 2019 This is shaping up to be a big week for the dairy industry, with progress on trade, labor and a looming deadline for the Dairy Margin Coverage program. House Democrats announced an agreement to move forward on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement Tuesday, which the National Milk Producers Federation says makes important changes to Canada’s trade-distorting policies, and strengthens trading relationships. NMPF spokesperson Chris Galen says dairy farmers are hopeful Congress can quickly pass the agreement…for more in that here’s BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson…


Learn more about the National Milk Producers Federation online @ www.nmpf.org

SOURCE: NAFB News Service,  which The BARN is a Broadcast Council Member

12-11-19 BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: ANGUS – The Cattle Markets: Now and into the Future

BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: ANGUS – The Cattle Markets: Now and into the Future

NAFB News Service via The BARN – Briggsdale, CO / Thayer, MO – December 11, 2019 Weather, consumer demand, international conditions, labor and commodity prices – the list goes on. With a new decade upon us, producers are keeping an eye on the markets and the factors that play into ensuring their operation stays successful. CattleFax analyst Duane Lenz has an update on the current markets and what we should expect in the future…for more in that here’s BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson…

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Learn more about the American Angus Association online @ www.angus.org

SOURCE: NAFB News Service,  which The BARN is a Broadcast Council Member

12-11-19 BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: NCBA Explains Plan to Engage USDA on Labels

BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson: NCBA Explains Plan to Engage USDA on Labels

NAFB News Service via The BARN – Briggsdale, CO / Thayer, MO – December 11, 2019 –The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is seeking dialogue with the Department of Agriculture on Product of USA Labels. A recent petition to USDA asks the Food Safety and Inspection Service to change how the labels are treated in a way NCBA says would return the U.S. to mandatory Country-of-Origin labeling. Ethan Lane, NCBA vice president of governmental affairs, says a special taskforce of cattlemen and NCBA staff have been studying the product of USA labeling issue for several months now…for more in that here’s BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson…


Learn more about the NCBA online @ www.ncba.org

SOURCE: NAFB News Service,  which The BARN is a Broadcast Council Member

12-11-19 CDA announces 2019 certified hemp seed varieties

CDA announces 2019 certified hemp seed varieties

Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has approved four new industrial hemp seed varieties, bringing the total number of approved industrial hemp seed varieties in Colorado to 17. Following a year-long, statewide THC validation and observation trial period, the newly approved industrial hemp seeds are now eligible to be grown by members of the Colorado Seed Growers Association (CSGA) for production of CDA Approved Certified Seed.

CDA trialed the four varieties of hemp throughout 2019 across Colorado’s diverse growing conditions in the Northeast region, Arkansas Valley, Front Range, the San Luis Valley and on the Western Slope. The trials validated growth viability and whether plants test at or below 0.3% THC concentration on a dry weight basis.

2019 CDA Approved Industrial Hemp Seed Varieties Continue reading

12-11-18 Inside the BARN with CCTA President Michael Thompson: 32nd High Plains No Till Conference and more…

Inside the BARN w/CCTA President Michael Thompson: 32nd High Plains No-Till Conference & more…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO)  December 11, 2019 – Joining the CO Ag News Network a this time is the President of the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Michael Thompson, detailing the 32nd Annual High Plains No Till Conference which is slated for Feb 4-5 in Burlington, CO & the recent USDA GIG Grant of $1.4M the CCTA’s FARMS Project was awarded & more…


Colorado Conservation Tillage Association is a non-profit (501-C5) organization whose mission is to serve the conservation and no-till farmers of the High Plains.  The High Plains encompasses Eastern Colorado, Northwest Kansas, Southwest Nebraska and Wyoming.

To learn more about the CCTA and to get registered for the 32nd Annual High Plains No Till Conference Feb 4-5 and the recent CIG Grant Award, please visit http://www.highplainsnotill.com/

12-11-19 Gardner and Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Suicides

Gardner and Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Suicides

This legislation is part of Senator Gardner’s ongoing initiative to address rising suicide rates in Colorado

Washington, D.C. – In an effort to curb the rising suicide rate across the country, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act of 2019. The legislation establishes a grant program to improve suicide screening and prevention practices in emergency departments with a focus on increasing identification, assessment, and treatment of patients who are at risk for suicide. U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

“More than 50,000 visits to Colorado emergency rooms in the last three years were due to a mental health crisis,” said Senator Gardner. “Data shows that around 40 percent of people who die by suicide visited an emergency department in the year leading up to their death. This bipartisan legislation will help emergency department professionals identify and treat patients with a high risk of suicide, improving prevention. It will also help recruit behavioral health professionals and develop innovative solutions for suicide prevention, through tools like telehealth, which will help provide critical mental health support for rural and underserved areas.” Continue reading

12-11-19 Salinity Workshop to be held in Sterling on Jan 15th – FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Salinity Workshop to be held in Sterling on Jan 15th – FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join Centennial, Morgan, and Sedgwick County Conservation Districts for a Salinity Workshop on January 15th at the Logan County Fairgrounds! Speakers include Phil Brink from Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Ag NetWORK, Mike Peterson, retired Soil Scientist & Agronomist, Mark Sponsler of Colorado Corn, Grady O’Brien of NEIRBO Hydrogeology, and Joe Frank of Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District

RSVP by January 8th to 970-571-5296 (Centennial CD) or 970-427-3362 (Morgan CD)

Lunch provided by Centennial CD

Free & Open to Public

When: January 15th, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Gary DeSoto Building, Logan County Fairgrounds, Sterling, CO


12-11-19 NFU: Farm Groups Partner to Help Farmers Manage Stress

NFU: Farm Groups Partner to Help Farmers Manage Stress

Training Program Will Help Individuals Identify Signs of Chronic Stress and Offer Effective Coping Skills

WASHINGTON – Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and offer help.
Based on the farm stress program Michigan State University Extension developed for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, this combination of online and in-person trainings is designed specifically for individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers. It provides participants the skills to understand the sources of stress, learn the warning signs of stress and suicide, identify effective communication strategies, reduce stigma related to mental health concerns and connect farmers and ranchers with appropriate mental health and other resources.
Here’s the audio and who was invited to participate on the conference call:
  • U.S. Representative Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
  • U.S. Representative David Scott (D-Ga.)
  • U.S. Representative Austin Scott (R-Ga.)
  • U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (R-Ark.)
  • U.S. Representative Roger Marshall (R-KS)
  • Todd Van Hoose, President and CEO, Farm Credit Council
  • Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union
  • Dale Moore, Executive Vice President, American Farm Bureau Federation
  • Mark Skidmore, Michigan State University Extension

Q&A from those in the room and on the phone conference call

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12-11-19 Syngenta donates $16,400 to local FFA chapters

Syngenta donates $16,400 to local FFA chapters

Donations will support training, programming and community development for future leaders in American agriculture

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, Dec. 11, 2019 – Syngenta is donating $16,400 to local chapters of the National FFA® Organization to support ongoing training and programming for future agricultural leaders. This support comes at an important time for the ag industry, as the number of open agricultural jobs continues to outpace the number of educated professionals available to fill them.

“Syngenta takes pride in its support of local ag communities, especially as the need for educated agriculture professionals continues to grow,” says Ann Rengel, Syngenta customer event and trade show lead. “Donations like these directly support the students who represent the future of American agriculture, providing them with education and resources to further their involvement in the ag industry.” Continue reading

12-11-19 USDA Extends Deadlines for Dairy Margin Coverage, Market Facilitation Programs

USDA Extends Deadlines for Dairy Margin Coverage, Market Facilitation Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 11, 2019 – Due to the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather events this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today extended the deadline to December 20 for producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for the 2020 calendar year. The deadline had been December 13.  USDA announced is also continuing to accept applications for the Market Facilitation Program through December 20.

“2019 has challenged the country’s ag sector – prevented or late planting followed by a delayed harvest has been further complicated by wet and cold weather,” said Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “Because some of our producers are still in the field, time to conduct business at the local USDA office is at a premium.  We hope this deadline extension will allow producers the opportunity to participate in these important programs.” Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, December 11th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, December 11th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Pelosi Announces USMCA Deal with White House

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday morning announced a “win” for workers and Democrats, saying they reached an agreement with the Trump Administration to move the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement forward. Pelosi says the agreement is “infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration.” Representative Richard Neal, a Democrat who helped lead the effort, says Democrats support the new agreement because they crafted the details of the improved trade pact. President Donald Trump says the agreement is “Good for everybody – Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions,” adding USMCA has “tremendous support.” The Trump administration now must send implementing legislation to the House. Neal told reporters a vote in the House isn’t likely this week, but adds “we’re close,” saying he’s hopeful for a vote possibly next week. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the agreement “improves virtually every component” of its predecessor, the North American Free Trade Agreement. Perdue adds, “the House and Senate need to work diligently to pass USMCA by Christmas.”

Farm Groups Welcome USMCA Announcement

Agriculture groups applauded the announcement by House Democrats regarding a deal with the Trump Administration on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. In a statement, National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross says, “NCGA appreciates the bipartisan efforts between Speaker Pelosi, Ambassador Lighthizer and the House working group to reach an agreement.” While the announcement is a step forward, agriculture groups are calling for quick passage of the agreement. The National Chicken Council in a statement says that after a year of negotiations,” the time to act is now,” adding “We encourage swift Congressional consideration and passage of USMCA before Christmas.” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says, “This is an opportunity for Congress not only to help U.S. farmers and ranchers turn the corner on trade, but also show that Washington can still get things done on a bipartisan basis.” Once the agreement is sent to Congress for a vote, Congress has 90 congressional days, 45 in the House and 45 in the Senate, to consider USMCA.

December WASDE Report Mostly Unchanged

The monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand report offered little to excite or scare markets Tuesday. As the market and trade experts expected, there was little change in the monthly figures by the Department of Agriculture, with no change to corn and soybean production expectations or yields. Trade experts say it’s likely significant updates will wait until the January 2020 WASDE report. The projected season-average farm price for corn was unchanged at $3.85 per bushel. Meanwhile, Total U.S. oilseed production for 2019/2020 is forecast at 107.6 million tons, down slightly due to a decrease for cottonseed. Soybean supply and use projections for 2019/2020 are unchanged from last month. The U.S. season-average soybean price for 2019/2020 is forecast at $8.85 per bushel, down 15 cents. The outlook for 2019/20 U.S. wheat is for decreased supplies, higher exports, and lower ending stocks. Wheat imports are lowered 15 million bushels to 105 million on a slower than expected pace to date. And, the season-average farm price for wheat was lowered $0.05 per bushel to $4.55.

GOA to Review USDA’s Emergency Watershed Protection Program

The Government Accountability Office will review the Department of Agriculture Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The announcement follows a request by Senators Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, and Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican. Bennet and Romney requested that the GAO focus on several specific items, including approval processes under the program, project timelines, opportunities to expand eligible projects, and agency and stakeholder views of the program. Administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Senators call the program an important tool designed to reduce financial strain and help communities across the West address imminent threats following a wildfire. However, communities often face challenges when attempting to use the program to support recovery efforts, including after fires in Colorado and Utah in 2018. The GAO review, which will commence in the coming months, will lead to recommendations to improve EWP and more effectively assist communities recovering from wildfires across the West.

Farmers Union Urges White House to Replace Aromatics with Biofuels

The National Farmers Union Tuesday sent a letter to President Donald Trump endorsing the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition recommendation to lower air toxic emissions caused by the use of gasoline aromatics. Following the coalition’s position, the organization suggested that aromatics be replaced with biofuels, which NFU says are higher octane, burn more cleanly, and are “far better” in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, and public health. NFU is a longtime proponent of replacing toxic aromatics with ethanol, filing comments to that effect on several different rulemakings, including the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Rule. In a statement, NFU President Roger Johnson emphasized the benefits of doing so and advised the administration to adopt the recommendations. Johnson says biofuels are “substantially cleaner than petroleum-based octane additives,” and cost-effective and readily available. Johnson urged the administration to make the change, that would “reduce health care costs, ease compliance burdens, and provide lower-cost fuel for consumers.”

Extreme Weather Leads to Silage Mycotoxin Concerns

Given the extreme weather in 2019, producers and users of silage should carefully watch for molds and mycotoxins. In a company news release, Alltech says extreme weather conditions and moisture levels can reduce yields and induce plant stress, and they can also lead to future issues for the crop, including mycotoxins and molds. Mycotoxins are a concern for livestock producers, as they influence feed quality and animal safety. Samples of the 2019 corn silage from across the U.S. submitted to the Alltech mycotoxin analytical services laboratory include high levels of mycotoxins. The samples have included an average of 7.13 mycotoxins, with a range of two to 14 mycotoxins per sample. Dr. Max Hawkins, nutritionist with the Alltech Mycotoxin Management team, says, “These levels of mycotoxins found in the 2019 crop are significantly higher than the average values.” He recommends livestock producers across the U.S. should test their own corn silage to identify the levels of individual mycotoxins and the subsequent risk present to livestock health and performance.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service