12-12-19 Colorado Corn Award Recipients Announced

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Colorado Corn Hosts Annual Event Honors Two Legislators, Company of the Year, and Amicus Friend of Agriculture

GREELEY, CO – December 11, 2019 ]– Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) honored four award recipients at their annual event December 4, 2019 in downtown Greeley, Colorado at the DoubleTree. The annual event is hosted by both organizations to celebrate the conclusion of harvest and to recognize the individuals and companies who have contributed to the betterment of their organizations.
2019 Award Recipients
  • Sen. Don Coram – State Legislator of the Year
  • Sen. Cory Gardner – U.S. Legislator of the Year
  • MillerCoors – Company of the Year
  • Mark Sponsler – Amicus Friend of Agriculture

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12-12-19 Senate Committee Passes Gardner-Backed Bills to Improve PILT, Extend Secure Rural Schools Program, Expand Yucca House National Monument

Senate Committee Passes Gardner-Backed Bills to Improve PILT, Extend Secure Rural Schools Program, Expand Yucca House National Monument

Energy and Natural Resources Committee approves Gardner legislation to protect Ancestral Pueblo cultural sites

Washington, D.C. – Today the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved three bills backed by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) to provide funding for critical services in counties with large amounts of federal land and protect Ancestral Pueblo cultural sites near the Yucca House National Monument. The Small County PILT Parity Act, S. 2108, would provide greater parity for small counties that receive Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding from the federal government. S. 430 would extend the Secure Rural School (SRS) program, which provides funding for critical services in counties with large amounts of tax-exempt forestlands.

“The PILT and SRS bills will improve the funding for essential services for counties with large amounts of tax-exempt federal lands,” said Senator Gardner. “I applaud the committee for approving these critical programs to support counties with a limited tax base because they have large amounts of federal land. These bills will make sure critical services like search and rescue, emergency medical services, law enforcement, schools, and maintenance of roads can continue.”

“Hinsdale County is in support of any effort to enact a PILT formula fix. Small counties are adversely affected by large federal land holdings. Such large land holdings make it impossible to have large population sizes. As a result, counties are now penalized by the current PILT formula that does not account enough for small population counties with large federal land holdings. Any efforts to rectify this situation is not only fair but the right thing to do for our citizens,” said Susan Thompson, Chair of the Hinsdale County Board of County Commissioners.

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12-12-19 USDA Announces No Actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

USDA Announces No Actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

(Washington, D.C., December 12, 2019) –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced today that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2019, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020. Continue reading

12-12-19 USDA to Make $550 Million in Funding Available in 2020 to Deploy High-Speed Broadband Internet Infrastructure in Rural America

USDA to Make $550 Million in Funding Available in 2020 to Deploy High-Speed Broadband Internet Infrastructure in Rural America

Announcement Made at Round One Investment in Iowa

STANTON, Iowa, Dec. 12, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the availability of a second round of $550 million in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Reconnect Pilot Program funding appropriated by Congress. The application window for this round of funding is set to open Jan. 31, 2020. Secretary Perdue made the announcement alongside Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds while congratulating the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of Stanton, Iowa, for receiving $6.4 million in first-round Reconnect Pilot Program funding to connect 477 households, 35 farms and 21 businesses in Montgomery and Page counties.

“This second round of ReConnect funding will help USDA be an even stronger partner in closing the digital divide in America’s rural communities,” Secretary Perdue said. “Our core mission at USDA is to increase rural prosperity through boosting economic opportunity in rural America. We know that rural communities need robust, modern infrastructure to thrive, and that includes having access to broadband e-Connectivity. Under the leadership of President Trump and in cooperation with Congressional appropriators, USDA is proud to partner with rural communities to deploy this critical infrastructure, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

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12-12-19 CFB: Second Annual Program Recognizes Who’s Who in Agriculture: Nominations close on January 13, 2020

CFB: Second Annual Program Recognizes Who’s Who in Agriculture: Nominations close on January 13, 2020

December 12, 2019 – CENTENNIAL, CO — The Colorado Farm Bureau is seeking nominations for it’s second-annual Who’s Who in Agriculture recognition program. The program highlights excellent leaders within the agriculture industry, whose position, knowledge or expertise helps guide the sector in Colorado.

“We had a very strong program in the first year so we’re really excited to see the caliber of professionals that get nominated the second year,” said Shawn Martini, Vice President of Advocacy for Colorado Farm Bureau. “The idea was to showcase the fantastic professionals our industry has to offer and the nominations didn’t disappoint. Now we need people to nominate another great group of leaders and influencers in the industry.”

Nominations can be made online at the Denver Business Journal’s website. Nominees may come from any agricultural-related field, including (but not limited to) Crop Production, Livestock Production, Water, Education, Biotech, Agribusiness, and Food/Nutrition. Continue reading

12-12-19 Inside USDA Rural Development Colorado with Director Sallie Clark…

Inside USDA Rural Development Colorado with Director Sallie Clark…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – December 12, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio is USDA Rural Development Colorado Director Sallie Clark discussing the Value Added Producer Grant Program & more…

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USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov or follow @RD_Colorado on Twitter!

12-12-19 U.S. Animal Health Association Update by JoAnn Alumbaugh…ASF: Will It Be Coming to a Farm near You?

U.S. Animal Health Association Update by JoAnn Alumbaugh…ASF: Will It Be Coming to a Farm near You?

DECEMBER 12, 2019 

By JoAnn Alumbaugh

Summary:
Juan LuBroth, DVM, Chief Veterinary Officer for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), discusses biosecurity and readiness in dealing with African swine fever in this second article of a two-part series.

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As much as the US pork industry hopes African swine fever (ASF) won’t enter the country, the challenge is formidable. An enormous number of food products are confiscated every day at the border, and the number of people traveling to the US from infected countries continues to grow. Both scenarios create a constant threat, but the enduring goal is to keep the virus out of US pork operations.

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12-12-19 NACD ANNUAL MEETING EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS DECEMBER 13TH!

NACD ANNUAL MEETING EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS DECEMBER 13TH!

Early bird registration ends this Friday, December 13th!
Save $15 and register online today by clicking here or the button below.
Hosted in partnership with the Nevada Association of Conservation Districts (NVACD), this year’s meeting will be held in Las Vegas, Nev., from Feb. 8-12, 2020 at the Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, and will focus on the theme, “Conservation Innovation: Working from the Roots Up,” exploring innovative techniques for delivering conservation on the ground.
Don’t forget to book your hotel room! The Bally’s Las Vegas is located right in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The group room rate is $159 for single or double rooms, not including taxes or resort fees. To reserve your room, click here, or call 702-967-4111 and say you’re with NACD. Reservations must be completed by Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

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12-12-19 Get Registered for the 1st Annual NCAT Soil Innovations Conference in Bozeman, MT March 30-31, 2020

Get Registered for the 1st Annual NCAT Soil Innovations Conference in Bozeman, MT March 30-31, 2020

The National Center for Appropriate Technology – NCAT has opened public registration for its inaugural Soil Health Innovations Conference, which will run March 30-31 in Bozeman, Montana.
This conference will bring together leading experts and innovative farmers from around the U.S. to share the latest in soil science, best practices in soil management, and the latest technologies that will drive the future of sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

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12-12-19 Register for the NFU’s Women’s Conference! – January 19-21 in San Diego, CA…

Register for the NFU’s Women’s Conference! – January 19-21 in San Diego, CA…

Register today for National Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference, January 19-21 in San Diego, California!
Farming is never a one-woman job – it takes a village to run a successful operation. This conference will not only prepare attendees for success in agriculture, but it will also provide them with their own network of women farmers and ranchers they can reach out to throughout the year.
Farmers, policy makers, educators, and specialists will present on a number of subjects, including financial management, farm labor, leadership, and more.
Learn more and register here!

2019 Women’s Conference Speakers

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12-12-19 Apply for a National Farmers Union Scholarship!

Apply for a National Farmers Union Scholarship!

Each year, National Farmers Union awards several scholarships to eligible college students. There are three available awards:

Learn more about the scholarships and how to apply here.

12-12-19 NFU Applauds Passage of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

NFU Applauds Passage of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Bill Would Be a Step Towards a Stable and Fair Agricultural Workforce

WASHINGTON –The U.S. House of Representatives today voted in favor of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill to reform the agricultural labor system in the United States. Continue reading

12-12-19 NMPF: House Passes Milestone Bipartisan Agriculture Labor Bill; Bipartisan Support Builds Hope for Senate Plan

NMPF: House Passes Milestone Bipartisan Agriculture Labor Bill; Bipartisan Support Builds Hope for Senate Plan
ARLINGTON, VA – The National Milk Producers Federation today commended the House of Representatives for its bipartisan passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038). The bill, the first House-passed agricultural labor reform since a comprehensive immigration plan in 1986, includes critical provisions to address dairy’s unique workforce needs. Continue reading

12-12-19 National Potato Council Applauds House Passage of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

National Potato Council Applauds House Passage
of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Agriculture labor reform measure goes to Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Potato Council today welcomed U.S. House passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038). The bill, sponsored by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and Mike Simpson (R-ID), now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

“Representatives Lofgren, Newhouse, and Simpson are commended for reaching across party lines to create and pass a bipartisan bill that will benefit both growers and laborers. Even during these highly partisan times, the passage of an agricultural labor reform bill demonstrates how Congress can work together to do what’s best for farms, families, and communities” said Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council. “The U.S. potato industry is proud to work with our partners on Capitol Hill to promote solutions to address American agriculture’s labor crisis. As the bill moves through the legislative process, will continue to work with the Senate and in conference committee to improve the measure and enact long-term labor solutions that support the health of our industry.”

“The House should be commended for taking the crucial step of starting the legislative process to stabilize our agricultural workforce and contribute to the future success of the U.S. potato industry. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act seeks to enhance the efficiency of the H-2A program for seasonal workers while creating a new long-term solution for year-round agricultural labor, including necessary strong enforcement measures,” said NPC First Vice President of Legislative and Government Affairs Britt Raybould of St. Anthony, Idaho.

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12-12-19 Certified Angus Beef: Colvin Scholarship applications close January 17th

Certified Angus Beef: Colvin Scholarship applications close January 17th

Six aspiring students can win $33,500 through the Colvin Scholarship Fund, developed in 1999 to honor the cofounder of the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand. As Louis M. “Mick” Colvin retired after 21 years as executive director, these annual scholarships began as a way to carry on his legacy of making dreams a reality and inspiring others to be their best.

They recognize tomorrow’s leaders who are involved in their communities and committed to continued success and progress within the beef community. A $7,500 award goes to the top graduate student, along with five undergraduate scholarships totaling $26,000, the top award there also at $7,500. Undergraduates ranking second through fifth will receive scholarships of $6,500, $5,000, $4,000 and $3,000, respectively.

Applications are due by Jan. 17, 2020, and can be submitted at www.certifiedangusbeef.com.

Requirements include two letters of recommendation and two essays. The first essay is up to 500 words on career path choices while a second, up to 1,000 words, will explore how CAB can best differentiate itself from 90 other Angus brands. Applicants must also demonstrate commitment to the beef community through coursework relating to the industry, activities, involvement, scholastic achievement, communication skills and references. Continue reading

12-12-19 Weld County Commissioners Approve 2020 Budget, “County in Excellent Financial Condition”

Weld County Commissioners Approve 2020 Budget, “County in Excellent Financial Condition”

WELD COUNTY, CO — The Weld County Board of Commissioners approved the 2020 budget for gross amount of $356,574,757. The board also extended the 20+ year practice of charging below the TABOR limit (which is 22.038 mills) for property taxes by agreeing to keep the mill levy at 15.038 mills.  The county is in excellent financial condition with no debt, no sales tax, one of the lowest mill levies among all Colorado counties, a significant cash reserve, and a fully funded pension plan. The major factors impacting the 2020 budget continue to be dominated by oil and gas development in Weld County, population growth, state and federal budget issues, and service restructuring in Weld County government.

As has been the case for the last few years, growth and development activity directly, or indirectly, related to oil and gas exploration seems to be the main economic driver in the majority of positive economic activities in Weld County.  The local and regional economy remain one of the strongest in the state. Unemployment rate for Weld County has stayed below or near 3.0% for the last year.

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USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for December 12th

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Weekly Export Sales for December 12th

12-12-19 National Western Stock Show Announces Jake Jabs as 2020 Parade Grand Marshal

National Western Stock Show Announces Jake Jabs as 2020 Parade Grand Marshal

Denver, CO.  –The National Western Stock Show is excited to announce Colorado businessman, legend and Stock Show enthusiast Jake Jabs as the 2020 Parade Grand Marshal.

On Thursday, January 9th, Jake Jabs will lead the traditional drive of Longhorn cattle, horses and western wagons through the streets of downtown Denver to celebrate the start of the 114th National Western Stock Show. The Stock Show Kick-Off Parade, presented by Arrow Electronics, begins at noon outside Union Station.  The parade marches fifteen blocks down 17th Street to Tremont.

“It is a great honor to have a Colorado icon, philanthropist and true western legend like Jake Jabs kicking-off our annual Stock Show Parade,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 12th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, December 12th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

USDA Extends MFP, DMC Deadlines

The Department of Agriculture Wednesday extended sign-up deadlines for the Dairy Margin Coverage program to December 20. USDA officials cited the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather events this year for moving the deadline beyond its original date of Friday, December 13. USDA announced it is also continuing to accept applications for the Market Facilitation Program through December 20, 2019. Bill Northey, USDA undersecretary for farm production and conservation, says some farmers are still in the field, adding, “we hope this deadline extension will allow producers the opportunity to participate in these important programs.” The DMC program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost, the margin, falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. The Market Facilitation Program is part of a relief strategy to support farmers while the administration continues to work on trade agreements. Another round of payments could come next month.

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Senate Won’t Vote on USCMA Until After Christmas

U.S. farmers won’t see a North America trade deal under the Christmas tree this year, despite this week’s deal to move the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement forward. The House of Representatives, which must act first, plans to vote by the end of next week, sending the trade deal to the Senate. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Wednesday the Senate won’t be able to consider the agreement until after Christmas, pushing Senate action on USMCA into 2020. McConnell cited a full slate of issues to consider, including spending bills, judicial appointments and the pending impeachment trial. The January Senate calendar is blank, leaving room for a month of impeachment proceedings in the Senate. While Democrats were blamed for stalling the agreement, they’ve flipped the coin to blaming Senate Republicans for causing further delays. McConnell claims House Democrats waited too long before advancing the agreement to allow for the trade to become law this year. But, McConnell’s intentions could push a Senate vote to February.

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Real Meat Act Introduced in Senate

Lawmakers in the Senate Wednesday introduced the Real MEAT Act, a bill seeking to end deceptive labeling practices for alternative protein products. Senator Deb Fischer, a Nebraska Republican, introduced the bill Wednesday. Fischer says the bill would clarify the definition of beef for labeling purposes, eliminate consumer confusion resulting from misbranding, and ensure that the federal government can enforce the law. Fischer says, “Beef is derived from cattle—period.” She adds the legislations will stop so-called fake-meat companies from misleading consumers about “the nutritional merits and ingredient composition of their products.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association applauded the introduction of the legislation. NCBA President Jennifer Houston says the bill will “allow cattle producers to compete on a level playing field.” NCBA found in a study that 55 percent of consumers did not understand that “plant-based beef” wasn’t beef at all, but instead an entirely vegan or vegetarian product. The Senate bill is a companion to similar legislation in the House.

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Farm Groups Partner to Help Farmers Manage Stress

Top farm organizations Wednesday announced a partnership to address high levels of stress affecting farmers and ranchers. Farm Credit, the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union, announced the partnership that will provide training to individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers. AFBF President Zippy Duvall says the partnership will “help our members recognize the warning signs and empower them to get help for their friends.” In a national Morning Consult poll commissioned by AFBF in April 2019, a strong majority of farmers and farmworkers said financial issues, farm or business problems, and fear of losing the farm, impact the mental health of farmers and ranchers, and nearly half of rural adults said they are personally experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago. Research also shows that while farmers experience higher levels of psychological distress and depression than the general population, they are less likely to seek help for mental health issues. 

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Johnson to Retire from Role as Farmers Union President

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson announced earlier this week he will retire from his role in Washington, D.C. next year. Johnson will not seek reelection during the 2020 NFU annual convention in March, when his current term will end. NFU will elect his successor during the meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Johnson told reporters that Rob Larew, NFU’s senior vice president of public policy, is currently the lone candidate for the role. Before leading the family farm organization, he served as North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner and as president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Johnson, a third-generation family farmer from Turtle Lake, North Dakota, grew up in Farmers Union, participating in the organization’s youth programs and serving as a county president and chairman of the board of a local Farmers Union cooperative. He says, “it has been my greatest honor to serve this organization and the admirable farmers and ranchers who comprise its membership.

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American Royal Acquires Land for “Epicenter of Agriculture”

The American Royal Association is one step closer to its goal of being the “Epicenter of Agriculture.” The organization recently acquired 115 acres in Kansas City, Kansas, following a purchase of 47 acres earlier this year. The association recently submitted its preliminary development plan country officials, which was approved this month. The one million-plus square foot complex with an outdoor plaza and arena will allow for an expansion of programming to 365 days a year. The facility features more than 800,000 square feet of indoor event space, including barn and exposition areas, three performance arenas, a large educational area, and more than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space. The American Royal has been a nationally recognized brand for more than a century. Beginning in 1899 as the National Hereford Show, the American Royal has evolved into a comprehensive season of food and agriculture activity. A ceremonial groundbreaking is expected Spring 2020, with construction beginning Summer 2020. The core complex is to be complete by winter of 2021.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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