12-17-19 Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering: 31 Years of Cowboy Heritage, Traditions, and Entertainment

Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering: 31 Years of Cowboy Heritage, Traditions, and Entertainment

A Contemporary Expression of Cowboy Life and Culture

December 17, 2019 – GOLDEN, CO – Proudly celebrating 31 years of cowboy heritage at this year’s Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Thursday, January 16 through Sunday, January 19, 2020.

This year’s expanded four-day roundup includes three evening performances, two full-days of popular theme sessions, and a Sunday matinee.

For more than three decades the Gathering has celebrated the cowboy life and culture, and our all-star cast and award-winning cowboy poets and musicians have, over the years come from all over the world.

A weekend that captures the true spirit and lifestyle of the Cowboy heritage through poetry, song and verse.

The tradition continues this year in, Where The West Lives — Golden Colorado at

the American Mountaineering Center — plenty of free parking with easy access.


For More Information & Tickets – www.ColoradoCowboyGathering.com

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12-17-19 NPPC Applauds U.S. House Passage of Ag Inspectors Funding

NPPC Applauds U.S. House Passage of Ag Inspectors Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 17, 2019 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an additional $19.6 million in funding for more agricultural inspectors at land, air and sea ports to prevent African swine fever (ASF) and other foreign animal diseases (FAD) from entering the United States. This funding, included in the fiscal year 2020 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, is a top priority for the National Pork Producers Council.

“For more than a year, NPPC has advocated for an increase in the number of agricultural inspectors at our borders,” said NPPC President David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C. “We applaud the House, especially Reps. Vela, Thompson, Peterson, Axne, Carbajal, Gonzalez, Costa, Rouzer and Fortenberry, for approving an essential provision to reduce the risk of ASF and other FADs and to protect the rural economy from a devastating outbreak. We also thank the USDA and Customs and Border Protection for all they have done to strengthen U.S. biosecurity.” Continue reading

12-17-19 NRCS-CO: USDA Invites Input on Environmental Quality Incentives Program Rule

NRCS-CO: USDA Invites Input on Environmental Quality Incentives Program Rule

Comments accepted through February 17, 2020

DENVER, CO – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seeks public comments on its interim rule for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), USDA’s flagship program that helps producers plan and implement 150-plus conservation practices on working lands. The rule – now available on the Federal Register – takes effect upon publication and includes changes to the program prescribed by the 2018 Farm Bill.

“The Environmental Quality Incentives Program gives farmers/ ranchers/ forest landowners the tools they need to improve their agricultural operations while conserving natural resources,” said Clint Evans, NRCS state conservationist in Colorado. “The 2018 Farm Bill further strengthens this popular conservation program to enable NRCS to better support locally led conservation efforts while also expanding producers’ ability to address significant resource concerns.”

NRCS will make available $1.2 billion nationwide for interested producers in fiscal 2020. NRCS state offices will announce signup periods for EQIP in State in the coming weeks.

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12-17-19 Inside Family Farm Alliance w/Executive Director Dan Keppen…

Inside Family Farm Alliance w/Executive Director Dan Keppen

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – December 17, 2019 – The Family Farm Alliance is hosting their 2020 Annual Meeting and Conference, February 20 – 21 at the Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno, Nevada,; and its an opportunity for farmers and water professionals from throughout the west to focus on topics of critical concern. With that in mind, joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio by telephone to not only discuss the event but also provide for details about the Family Farm Alliance is the organization’s Executive Director Dan Keppen


*As mentioned in the interview… Click here for the 12/12/19 Family Farm Alliance press release, with links to the two new Alliance Colorado River reports.

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12-17-19 A Closer Look at the Four States Irrigation Council’s 67th Annual Meeting Jan 8-9-10 in Ft Collins with Northern Water’s Eric Brown…

A Closer Look at the Four States Irrigation Council’s 67th Annual Meeting Jan 8-9-10 in Ft Collins with Northern Water’s Eric Brown…

BRIGGSDALE, CO – December 17, 2019 – The Four States Irrigation Council is hosting their 67th annual meeting January 8-10, 2020, which will be held at the Fort Collins Hilton. Joining the CO Ag News Network by telephone to discuss the upcoming event in much more detail is Eric Brown, Communications Specialist with Northern Water in Berthoud, CO…


Learn more about the 67th Annual Four States Irrigation Council’s Annual Meeting-CLICK HERE


12-17-19 Bushel® Closes $19.5 Million Series B Investment Round Led by Continental Grain Company Investment will accelerate Bushel’s digital connectivity for the agriculture value chain

Bushel® Closes $19.5 Million Series B Investment Round Led by Continental Grain Company

Investment will accelerate Bushel’s digital connectivity for the agriculture value chain

FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA– Bushel, an independently owned software company and leading provider of software technology solutions for growers, grain buyers, protein producers and food companies, announced today the closing of its $19.5 million Series B investment round led by Continental Grain Company, a global holding company focused on agriculture, food and protein production. Participation from additional investors includes Lewis & Clark AgriFood, Germin8 Ventures and others, including previous investors. The capital and partnership of the syndicate will accelerate new offerings for the grain industry and the broader agriculture supply chain.

The investment brings the total capital raised by the company to over $28MM since 2015, which has enabled several new software products and strong revenue growth. Today, Bushel’s platform touches over 15% of U.S. grain volume. The company will use the capital to build upon its early success in grain industry technology and accelerate additional product offerings across the agriculture supply chain, including technology and solutions that improve profitability and market access for growers of all sizes; provide efficiency and insights for financial services and farm management companies across the value chain; link in-season production data and sustainable practices with downstream traceability; and enable direct and local sourcing of grains and other crops.

“We’re excited to have this group of incredible investors support us in our efforts to build software that strengthens relationships between consumers, grain buyers and producers,” said Jake Joraanstad, Continue reading

12-17-19 RFA Welcomes Deal to Extend Biofuel Tax Provisions

RFA Welcomes Deal to Extend Biofuel Tax Provisions

The Renewable Fuels Association thanks congressional leaders for renewing and extending important renewable fuel tax provisions in its tax extenders agreement reached early Tuesday morning. Specifically, the amendment would retroactively reinstate the second-generation biofuel producer credit, the special allowance for second-generation biofuel plant property and the alternative fuel ref
ueling property credit for 2018 and 2019 and extend them through 2020. In addition, the biodiesel tax credit was reinstated for 2018 and 2019 and extended through 2022.
RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper offered the following statement:

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12-17-19 Pioneer® Brand Corn Achieves New World Record in NCGA Corn Yield Contest

Pioneer® Brand Corn Achieves New World Record in NCGA Corn Yield Contest

Farmers Planting Pioneer® Brand Corn Products Deliver in Contest

JOHNSTON, Iowa, Dec. 17, 2019 — Farmers who planted Pioneer® brand corn products won 10 national and 245 state awards in the annual National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest. This is the third year in a row that a Pioneer product has taken top yield in the contest while setting two world records in the process. NCGA announced contest results yesterday.

For the third time, David Hula of Charles City, Virginia, set a new world record with the Pioneer® brand P1197 family of products. Hula achieved an astounding yield of 616 bu/A with Pioneer® hybrid P1197YHR, crushing his previous world record of 542 bu/A, set in 2017 with Pioneer® P1197AM™ brand corn.

“All of us who represent the Pioneer brand – from R&D to our experts in the field – congratulate David for his new world record,” said Judd O’Connor, President, U.S. Commercial Business, Corteva Agriscience. “It’s a remarkable accomplishment and demonstrates the genetic potential within corn when you strike the right combination of genetics, advanced breeding techniques and intensive management practices.”

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, December 17th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, December 17th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

USMCA: Mexico Objection Won’t Stop House Vote

An objection by Mexico won’t stop the U.S. House from approving the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Mexico had promised reciprocal measures regarding labor enforcement inspections. However, Agri-Pulse reported late Monday that Mexico was going to withdraw the objection. Mexico previously approved the agreement this summer, and even approved the modified agreement last week, before announcing the concerns. An official from Mexico is in Washington, D.C., this week to talk with lawmakers. President Donald Trump sent implementing legislation for USMCA to the House late last week, and the chamber still plans to vote and approve the agreement this week. Spending bills are expected Tuesday, followed by a vote on the articles of impeachment Wednesday, setting up a vote on USMCA Thursday, in the House. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate will not consider USMCA until January, or later, following impeachment hearings. Also, last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there was “no chance” the chamber would remove the president from office.

Skepticism Remains over China Deal

Commodity markets have done relatively little in reaction to the phase one trade agreement between the U.S. and China. Trade expert Jim Bower in his daily newsletter, states there “remains a lot of skepticism” regarding the agreement, suggesting it’s “unclear” how China can manage to increase purchases of U.S. agricultural products. The agreement reportedly includes $40-$50 billion in annual purchases of U.S. ag products by China for two years. And, a fact sheet on the agreement states that the agriculture provisions address “structural barriers to trade,” and will support a “dramatic expansion” of agricultural exports. The agreement, expected to be signed in early January, received cautious praise from U.S. agriculture. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told CBS over the weekend regarding the phase one agreement, “This is totally done. Absolutely.” The U.S.-China Business Council called the agreement “an encouraging first phase,” while adding, “but, this is just the beginning.” The council says both sides “must commit to developing a new paradigm and economic relationship.”

Farm Credit Administration: Expect Low Crop Prices in 2020

A quarterly report to the Farm Credit Administration last week suggests commodity prices will mostly remain low next year. The report cites large global supplies of crops in storage, saying that will limit attractive price opportunities for U.S. farmers. For the next three years, soybean prices are projected at roughly $8.50 a bushel, with corn at $3.70 a bushel. The report says livestock and dairy returns are likely to be positive in early 2020, but trade risks remain elevated. Meanwhile, the report says that while it’s been a difficult year in 2019 for farmers and ranchers, facing trade disruptions, weather extremes and low prices. Crop insurance indemnities, farm programs, and Market Facilitation Program payments continue to provide financial support to the farm economy. The report says farm financial conditions may become more challenging next year without stronger markets, or more aid payments. Further, the Farm Credit System remains financially sound, according to FCA, and lenders continue to have the risk-bearing capacity to respond to the credit needs of agriculture.

USDA Seeks Input on Environmental Quality Incentives Program Rule

The Department of Agriculture wants input on proposed changes to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program known as EQIP. The rule takes effect upon publication and includes changes to the program in the 2019 farm bill. Natural Resources Conservation Service chief Matt Lohr says the new rule will “enable NRCS to better support locally-led conservation efforts while also expanding producers’ ability to address significant resource concerns.” NRCS will make available $1.2 billion for producers in fiscal 2020, and NRCS state offices will announce signup periods for EQIP in the coming weeks. Changes to EQIP include creating incentive contracts and payments for incentive practices. The new rule requires NRCS to offer an advance payment option for historically underserved producers. USDA also proposes changing the payment cap for producers participating in the Organic Initiative to $140,000 for contracts entered between fiscal 2019 through 2023. Finally, the new rule expands the Conservation Innovation Grant program. The comment period closes February 18, 2020.

U.S. ACOE: Missouri River Flood Event Over

The Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District Monday declared the Missouri River flood event over. The district’s emergency operations center returned to normal operations for the first time since March 13, 2019 – 279 days. However, emergency work continues to repair a levee in Northwest Missouri damaged by flooding this year. As of last Wednesday, all Missouri River stages within the Kansas City District area of operations were below flood stage for the first time since March 13 of this year. Forecasts call for the water levels to continue to decrease. Flooding began during the March so-called bomb-cyclone winter storm, and continued all year in the lower reaches of the Missouri River, downstream of the Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, South Dakota. The Corps is continuing to draw down excess water, as releases from the dam will be reduced to 25,000 cubic feet per second in January and remain near that rate for the remainder of the winter. Normal winter releases range between 12,000 and 17,000.

Booker Announced CAFO Moratorium Legislation

Senator Cory Booker Monday announced legislation to phase out concentrated animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs. The New Jersey Democrat says the Farm System Reform Act of 2019 would place an immediate moratorium on new and expanding large CAFOs, and phase out by 2040 the largest CAFOs as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency. The legislation would also restore mandatory country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef and pork and expand to dairy products. Additionally, it would prohibit the Department of Agriculture from labeling foreign imported meat products as “Product of USA.” Booker labels CAFOs as “large factory farms,” claiming the operations “are harmful to rural communities, public health, and the environment, adding “we must immediately begin to transition to a more sustainable and humane system.” As noted by Politico, Booker, a vegan, has said he’s not interested in telling Americans what to eat. However, proposing sweeping reforms to the U.S. food system is routine for the Senator.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service