12-06-19 Colorado Farm Show Announces 2020 Scholarships

Colorado Farm Show Announces 2020 Scholarships

DECEMBER 6, 2019 – GREELEY, CO – The Colorado Farm Show will award twelve high school seniors and two college students a total of $29,000 to help with their higher education goals and expenses.

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01-16-20 2020 College Academic Scholarships Sponsored by the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association

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2020 College Academic Scholarships Sponsored by the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association

The 2020 Board of Directors of the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the CYFEA Academic Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce the continuation of its historical scholarship program. The purpose of these academic financial awards is to recognize outstanding students who are Colorado residents and will be an incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in the fall of the 2020 – 2021 school year. Continue reading

01-28-20 Colorado Governor Polis Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments

Gov. Polis Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments

Colorado Commission on the Aging

The Commission conducts studies and encourages other organizations to conduct studies of the problems of the state’s elder people. The Commission works to promote and aid in the establishment of local programs and services for the aging and aged.

for a term expiring July 1, 2020:

  • Susan Janet Hansen of Montrose, Colorado, to serve as a Republican from Congressional District 3, and occasioned by the resignation of Kathleen Hall, RN, BSN, MS, PhD of Grand Junction, Colorado, appointed.

Governor’s Commission on Community Service

The Commission shall recommend to the Governor a comprehensive national and community service plan for the state that is developed through an open and public process and updated annually.  The plan shall address the state’s needs in the areas of school safety, preventing youth violence, literacy and mentoring or disadvantaged youth. The Commission also administers funds received from the Corporation on National and Community Service.

for a term expiring August 24, 2020:

  • Mary Elizabeth Melton of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to serve as a representative of local government, and occasioned by the resignation of Thomas C. Jankovsky of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, appointed;

for a term expiring August 24, 2021:

  • Anthony Gherardini of Aurora, Colorado, to serve as a member with knowledge of veterans and military affairs, and occasioned by the resignation of Brenton Michael Hutson of Denver, Colorado, appointed.

State Conservation Board

The duties of the State Conservation Board are to coordinate programs, training and organization for the eight state conservation districts and federal agencies; allocation of state funds; and, to serve as co-sponsor of watershed and flood prevention projects.

for a term expiring December 31, 2023:

  • Robert Emmett Jordan of Briggsdale, Colorado, appointed.

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01-28-20 National Pork Industry Forum to Be Held March 4-6, 2020

National Pork Industry Forum to Be Held March 4-6, 2020

Pork Producers to discuss Checkoff successes and future direction in Kansas City

DES MOINES, IOWA – Jan. 28, 2020 – Producer delegates from across the United States will gather in Kansas City, March 4-6, for the annual National Pork Industry Forum. The 15 producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board and Pork Checkoff staff leadership will hear directly from Pork Act delegates appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

This year’s annual meeting of the Pork Act delegate body will emphasize the new Checkoff vision, strategic plan and structure. As an organization that is Consumer Focused, Producer Led, the staff and budget will focus on two overarching goals, Build Trust and Add Value. Each year the delegates confer, vote on resolutions and advisements and provide valuable direction on the important issues facing pork producers and the industry.

“The new, agile Checkoff is obtaining industry input throughout the year as part of its new annual planning process and focusing on fewer top priorities,” said David Newman, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer representing Arkansas. “Delegates will learn more about the results of this work to-date and provide future direction for staff, especially related to the priority to anticipate and proactively address risks and opportunities.”

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01-28-20 CDA now accepting listings for 2020 Farm Fresh Directory

Colorado Ag Department now accepting listings for 2020 Farm Fresh Directory

Broomfield, Colo.– The Colorado Department of Agriculture will publish the 36th annual Colorado Farm Fresh Directory in June, which promotes Colorado farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) producers, agritourism activities, wineries and farms and ranches that sell direct to the public. Producers are encouraged to submit their information for inclusion in the 2020 edition of the publication.

“Farm Fresh continues to be a popular publication,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “With the increased interest in buying local foods, this publication is a great resource to connect consumers with Colorado producers.” Continue reading

01-28-20 U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef: JBS USA Achieves Recognition Across Supply Chain Under U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework

U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef: JBS USA Achieves Recognition Across Supply Chain Under U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework

DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 28, 2020) – JBS USA recently became the first beef company to achieve recognition across the cow-calf, feedyard and processing segments of the supply chain for alignment to the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework. The Framework is an industry-adopted resource that outlines key areas of sustainability and opportunities for improvement across the beef value chain. It is comprised of high-priority indicators, sector specific metrics and sustainability assessment guides.

The recognition applies to JBS USA’s nine beef production facilities in Cactus, Tex., Grand Island, Neb., Greeley, Colo., Green Bay, Wisc., Hyrum, Utah, Omaha, Neb., Plainwell, Mich., Souderton, Penn. and Tolleson, Ariz. This achievement is further testament of JBS USA’s commitment to continuous improvement and complements the company’s existing, robust sustainability initiatives across the cow-calf, feedyard and beef production facilities across its value chain. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 28th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, January 28th

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Court Rules Against EPA Small Refinery Waivers

The Environmental Protection Agency must reconsider its small refinery exemptions, following a recent court decision. A document dated January 24 from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit says the EPA overstepped its authority to grant three specific waivers in question. The decision is expected to broadly impact the EPA approach to granting waivers, according to the Renewable Fuels Association, which claims the waivers are unlawful. The court ruling stems from a May 2018 challenge brought against EPA by the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol and National Farmers Union. NFU President Roger Johnson says, “We believe this ruling will help restore the ability of the RFS to drive demand.” Among other findings, the court says EPA cannot “extend” exemptions to any small refineries whose earlier, temporary exemptions had lapsed. The court also found EPA abused its discretion in failing to explain how the agency could conclude that a small refinery might suffer a disproportionate economic hardship.

USDA to Accept Applications for the Second Round of ReConnect Funding

Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says USDA will again accept rural broadband funding request this week. USDA will accept applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding starting January 31. The funds will expand public-private partnerships in rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with insufficient internet service. Insufficient service is defined as connection speeds of less than ten megabits per second download and one megabit per second upload. Secretary Perdue says, “we at USDA are very excited to begin accepting applications for the second round of funds.” Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service. Through the program, USDA is making available approximately $200 million for grants, as well as up to $200 million for loan and grant combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans. More information is available online at www.usda.gov/reconnect.

Corps of Engineers Monitoring High Water on Upper Mississippi River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is monitoring high water conditions affecting parts of the Upper Mississippi River in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa as a result of historic flows this winter. Cities from Winona, Minnesota, to Guttenberg, Iowa, have an increased chance of localized flooding due to ice dams. The high water conditions were created by a combination of ice dams and historic high flows. The current river flows are at levels normally observed in late spring. Irregular temperatures have also prevented ice from forming in a stable way, which compounds the ice dam problem. The ice has blocked the river’s normal flow and forced water out of its banks. It has also reduced the ability to actively manage the river water elevations. Depending on temperatures and the rate of ice melt, there could be more high water in the weeks and months ahead. the Corps is working with the National Weather Service and the U.S. Geological Survey to monitor the river and provide communication with the public.

Wisconsin Special Legislative Session Focusing on Dairy Crisis

A special session of the Wisconsin legislature opening this week seeks to help the state’s struggling dairy industry. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order last week to authorize the special session to consider eight agriculture-focused bills. They include farmer assistance, stress and mental health support, promoting value-added agriculture, farm grants and a focus on exports. Evers announced the plan during his State of the State Address last week, and says, “It’s about investing in and supporting our rural families and communities.” The governor hopes to increase Wisconsin dairy exports to 20 percent of the nation’s milk supply by 2024. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported earlier this month that last year, Wisconsin lost nearly 700 dairy farms. The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association says the industry is challenged by trade instability, poor weather conditions, a severe labor shortage, and a decline in milk consumption. Association executive director John Umhoefer (um-hay-fer) says, “Urgent action is needed to stabilize and strengthen Wisconsin’s backbone industry.“

United Nations Declares 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health

The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health to bring worldwide attention to invasive pests. The pests destroy up to 40 percent of the world’s food crops and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year, according to the United Nations. They are calling on stakeholders to work together to protect plants against the introduction and spread of invasive pests. The U.S. National Plant Protection Organization—the Department of Agriculture’s Plant Protection and Quarantine—is leading the effort in the United States. Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Greg Ibach (eye-bah), says “we’re urging everyone to take this issue seriously and to do their part.” According to USDA, everyone can help avoid the devastating impact of pests and diseases on agriculture, livelihoods, and food security. Tips to do so include reporting unusual signs of pests, refrain from moving firewood, and declaring food or ag items at U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoints when returning from international travel.

Public Lands Council Names Executive Director

The Public Lands Council Monday announced that Kaitlynn Glover joined the organization as its executive director. The Public Lands Council, known as PLC, is a national trade association representing 22,000 ranchers who raise cattle and sheep on federal land. Glover will serve as the chief lobbyist for the organization, representing cattle and sheep producers in western states on resource issues affecting their operations. The legislative and regulatory portfolio focuses on protecting grazing on federal land, and includes the Clean Water Act, tax policy, the Endangered Species Act, property rights, and other matters. Glover says her top priority will focus on policies that “ensure a strong future for agriculture and healthy public lands.” Glover comes to PLC from Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso’s office. Originally from Wyoming, Glover has strong ties to grazers, recreationalists, and many other users of public land resources. Glover will also lead the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s natural resources policy portfolio in the organization’s Washington, D.C. office.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service