01-23-20 ICYMI: Colorado Corn: New “WOTUS” Rule Better for Farmers, Landowners, Businesses

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ICYMI: Colorado Corn: New “WOTUS” Rule Better for Farmers, Landowners, Businesses

[Greeley, CO — January 23, 2020] Presidents’ of Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee made statements regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) replacement regulation for Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, which replaces the 2015 version that would have increased regulatory burdens and costs for farmers and other businesses.

“The new Navigable Waters Protection Rule Clean Water rule is welcome news to farmers,” stated CCAC President Troy Schneider. “It gives us clarity and certainty about which waters come under federal versus state jurisdictions to make water management more efficient and effective. It puts small bodies of water back into the hands successfully managing them all along – state and local governments. And gives farmers, land and business owners a way to keep protecting the environment without threat of government action.”
“Farmers rely on clean water to make a living and often go above and beyond regulatory requirements to be avid stewards of all their resources,” said CCGA President Dave Cure. “The new rule clarifies oversight on dry land that is sometimes wet, something the 2015 WOTUS rule did not. These and other improvements allow the kind of farming practices to protect the environment to continue and new ones to be implemented without confusion.”

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01-23-20 Colorado FFA Foundation announces grant recipients, sets record giving at $192,000

Colorado FFA Foundation announces grant recipients, sets record giving at $192,000

Greeley— The Colorado FFA Foundation announced the recipients of it’s annual grant programs. FFA members and FFA Chapters from all across Colorado received grant funds to assist FFA members and chapters improve agricultural experiences in their local communities. Students and chapters can receive grant funds in three different programs that the FFA Foundation and the Colorado FFA Association host each year.

All totaled, the Colorado FFA Foundation and it’s sponsor partners gave out over $192,000 in support for youth in agriculture through the Foundation’s grants program. Those programs are: Continue reading

01-23-20 Livestock Marketeers 2020 Hall of Fame Induction

From Left to Right J. Neil Orth, Jeff Aegerter, Bruce Brooks, John Goggins, Alan Sears, Hoover Case, Bruce Bradley, Don Birk

Livestock Marketeers 2020 Hall of Fame Induction

DENVER — The Livestock Marketeers — An informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders met for their 55
th Annual Banquet at the National Western Club on January 18th. The 2020 inductees into the Hall of Fame were Hoover Case, Marshfield, Mo, Alan Sears, Eaton, Co and Jerry Gliko (Posthumous), Belt, Mt. Continue reading

01-23-20 NFU: Women Build Community at Annual Conference

NFU: Women Build Community at Annual Conference

Between consistently low commodity prices, chronic  overproduction, a rapidly changing climate, and trade uncertainty, it’s a difficult time to be a farmer. But women farmers face a whole host of other problems on top of all of that: difficulty finding appropriately sized tools and machinery, being excluded from succession planning,  sexism from other farmers, discrimination from lenders and government agencieshealth risks associated with pregnancy, and child care responsibilities, among other challenges. Continue reading

01-23-20 NFU: The Senate Passed USMCA – Here’s What it Means for Agriculture

NFU: The Senate Passed USMCA – Here’s What it Means for Agriculture

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today voted 89-10 in favor of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), moving the trilateral deal to President Donald Trump’s desk for final approval.Though National Farmers Union (NFU) initially withheld endorsement when USMCA was introduced over a year ago, the organization’s board voted to support it after the U.S. House of Representatives made several improvements. NFU President Roger Johnson applauded the agreement’s passage and urged future improvements to American trade policy: Continue reading

01-23-20 U.S Senator Gardner Cheers Enrollment of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act

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U.S Senator Gardner Cheers Enrollment of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), as president pro tempore of the United States Senate, led a bill enrollment ceremony to sign the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. This is the final step before it goes to the president for his signature to become law.

“A great portion of our economy and nearly a quarter million jobs in Colorado are dependent on trade with Canada and Mexico, and I’m proud to have supported the USMCA for more jobs, economic growth, and opportunity in Colorado,” said Senator Gardner. “Today Congress finally sent the USMCA to the President’s desk, which is welcome news for Colorado’s workers, our agriculture industry, and our economy.” Continue reading

01-23-20 Colorado Department of Agriculture to hold 2020 Hemp Symposium in Broomfield on Feb 19th

Colorado Department of Agriculture to hold 2020 Hemp Symposium in Broomfield on Feb 19th

Broomfield, Colo. -The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) will present a public Hemp Regulatory and Production Symposium at the Department’s Broomfield, Colorado campus and via live webinar on February 19, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

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01-23-20 Colorado Governor Polis Pushes Back on Trump’s Attack on Colorado’s Clean Water

Colorado Governor Polis Pushes Back on Trump’s Attack on Colorado’s Clean Water

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis released the following statement after reports that the Trump administration plans to gut federal clean water protections.

“In Colorado, we value our clean water. Our rivers, streams, and lakes serve as the lifeblood of our communities and help support our thriving outdoor and agriculture industries,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Our administration will continue to reject attempts by the Trump administration to gut proven ways to protect our health and environment.”


01-23-20 EPA and Army deliver on President Trump’s promise to issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – a new definition of WOTUS

EPA and Army deliver on President Trump’s promise to issue the Navigable Waters Protection Rule – a new definition of WOTUS

Congressman Lamborn joins EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, the Mayor of Colorado Springs and the Colorado Livestock Association at the Pioneers Museum for announcement

COLORADO SPRINGS (January 23, 2020) — Today, at an event at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, U.S. EPA Region 8 Regional Administrator Gregory Sopkin and Lt. Col. Robin Scott, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)-Albuquerque District, celebrated the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Regional Administrator Sopkin and Albuquerque District Deputy Commander Scott were joined in this celebration by Congressman Lamborn, representing Colorado’s 5th Congressional District; John Suthers, Mayor of Colorado Springs; and Bill Hammerich, Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Livestock Association. Continue reading

01-23-20 NPPC Applauds EPA’s Actions to Replace WOTUS Rule

NPPC Applauds EPA’s Actions to Replace WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 23, 2020 – The National Pork Producers Council applauded today’s action by the Environmental Protection Agency to replace the unlawful 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule with a final rule called the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. The final rule is fully consistent with the Clean Water Act and recent Supreme Court decisions. The EPA’s actions give farmers greater certainty, while also protecting water quality and the environment.  Continue reading

01-23-20 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on EPA WOTUS Rule

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on EPA WOTUS Rule

(Washington, D.C., January 23, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for defining the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule:

“President Trump is restoring the rule of law and empowering Americans by removing undue burdens and strangling regulations from the backs of our productive farmers, ranchers, and rural land-owners. The days are gone when the Federal Government can claim a small farm pond on private land as navigable waters,” Secretary Perdue said. “I thank President Trump and Administrator Wheeler for having the backs of our farmers, ranchers, and producers and for continuing to roll back Federal overreach. With reforms and deregulation, Americans once again have the freedom to innovate, create, and grow.”


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01-23-20 American Lamb Board Elects Leadership

(left to right) David Quam, Donald Hawk, Rob Rule, Peter Camino, Sally Scholle, Gwen Kitzan, Brad Anderson, Greg Deakin, Jeff Ebert, Gary Visintainer and Elizabeth Dressler Not pictured: Travis Anderson and Tom Colyer

American Lamb Board Elects Leadership

The American Lamb Board (ALB) elected FY2020 leadership at its meeting Jan. 22, held ahead of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) convention. The newly elected chair is Gwendolyn Kitzan, SD. Vice chair is David Quam, TX; elected for a second term as secretary is Greg Deakin, IL, and treasurer is Rob Rule, IA.

This meeting marked the retirement of four directors, all of whom have served the maximum of six years: Jim Percival, OH, Dale Thorne, MI; Diane Peavey, ID; and Greg Ahart, CA. Joining the board, all for their first term, are Jeff Ebert, KS; Gary Visintainer, CO; Donald Hawk, OH; and Travis Anderson, OR. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, Jan 23rd

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, Jan 23rd

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Senate Sends USCMA to President Trump

The U.S. Senate Wednesday put its finishing touches on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Senator Chuck Grassley, chair of the Finance Committee and Senate President Pro tempore, signed the agreement, the final step before the agreement heads to the White House. President Donald Trump was previously expected to sign the agreement sometime this week. The ceremony Wednesday signals the end is close after the nearly three-year process of renegotiating the agreement, then further negotiations to gain U.S. congressional approval. President Trump, in January 2017, announced his intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. The trade talks started in May of that year. A deal was reached in September of 2018 between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican from Nebraska who attended the ceremony Wednesday, says she is “proud that this critical trade agreement has finally come across the finish line.” President Donald Trump told the American Farm Bureau Federation on Sunday, that USMCA, and the agreement with China, “are just the beginning,” as his administration seeks more trade agreements.

Canada to Consider USMCA Next Week

Canada will consider the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement next week. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (true-doh) told reporters this week, ”On Monday, we will introduce a Ways and Means motion, and on Wednesday we will table legislation to ratify the deal.” The comments were part of a press conference detailing plans for Canada’s Parliament, which returns to work next week. Trudeau says, “We are going to make sure that we are going to move forward in the right way, and that means ratifying this new NAFTA as quickly as possible, but responsibly in the House of Commons.” Canada is the last of three nations to take action on the agreement. Mexico has already ratified the agreement, and the U.S. has one final step to ratify the agreement, being President Donald Trump’s signature. The USMCA, or CUSMA, as it’s known in Canada, is estimated to be worth an extra $2 billion annually in exports for U.S. farmers.

Farm Bureau Establishes 2020 Priorities

Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention this week adopted policies to guide the organization’s work in 2020. After a year-long process to review ways to modernize Federal Milk Marketing Orders, AFBF’s delegates voted to support creation of a flexible, farmer- and industry-led milk management system. This includes giving individual dairy farmers a voice by allowing them to vote independently and confidentially on rules governing milk prices. The new dairy policies, when combined, “will form a strong foundation” to guide the organization during future reform efforts to better coordinate milk supply and demand. Delegates also updated labor and immigration policies, emphasizing the need to see significant changes to the H-2A program. And delegates also voted to support allowing a higher THC level in hemp. Delegates also re-elected American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and Vice President Scott VanderWal for their third terms. VanderWal served as chair of the meeting on behalf of Duvall, who is grieving the loss of his wife, Bonnie.

Cattle Disease Traceability Continues Advancing

Multiple state cattlemen’s organizations from major beef producing regions have partnered together to form U.S. CattleTrace, a disease traceability initiative. The goal is to develop a national infrastructure for disease traceability and encourage private industry’s use of the infrastructure for individualized management practices. The new U.S. CattleTrace initiative combines the efforts of CattleTrace, which includes the Kansas Livestock Association and others in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington, as well as traceability pilot projects underway in Florida and Texas. Brandon Depenbusch, CattleTrace board of directors chairman, says the partnership “will be a catalyst to build upon the CattleTrace foundation we established the past few years.” In late August 2018, CattleTrace Inc. was formally established as a private, not-for-profit corporation to securely maintain and manage the data collected as part of the disease traceability pilot project. Volunteer leaders from each of the partner organizations have agreed to a set of guiding principles for U.S. CattleTrace.

NBB Welcomes New Biodiesel Quality Reports

The National Biodiesel Board Wednesday welcomed new reports on Biodiesel fuel quality published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Through funding and support from the National Biodiesel Board, NREL’s statistical analysis is based on thousands of data points that were previously unavailable. The reports are comprised of data gathered from U.S. and Canadian BQ-9000 producer members. The analysis from both the 2017 and 2018 reports show that the vast majority of biodiesel readily exceeded the specification limits in ASTM D6751, the standard for biodiesel. As part of the data gathering process, biodiesel producers test their own B100 fuel at the point of production monthly, then provide NBB’s National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission with the resulting data. NBAC randomizes and anonymizes the results and provide the final version to NREL for statistical analysis. NBB Technical Director Scott Fenwick says, “We now have a simpler, more efficient way to collect, analyze, and determine the quality of biodiesel.” The data was presented during a breakout session at the 2020 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo.

ASA Celebrates Its ‘First Soy Century’

The American Soybean Association is celebrating its “First Soy Century” as it recognizes its 100th anniversary throughout 2020. The roots of ASA were formed during the first Corn Belt Soybean Field Day in Camden, Indiana, in September 1920. The event drew nearly 1,000 farmers from six states, who were interested in discovering more about this emerging new commodity called soybeans. The National Soybean Growers’ Association—later renamed the American Soybean Association—was formed that year. In the century since those beginnings, ASA has continually focused on sustaining and improving the prospects and opportunities for profitability for U.S. soybean farmers. ASA plans a robust year of activities to celebrate the association’s centennial including, high profile activities at Commodity Classic, and a policy event in July at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. ASA will also host a forward-looking symposium entitled “The Next Soy Century” to be held on the campus of Purdue University in August. Learn more at ASA100Years.com.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service