01-27-20 Check out the 2020 Colorado Farm Show Online Brochure!

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The 56th Annual Colorado Farm Show is This Week!

The Colorado Farm Show is one of the largest — and oldest — farm shows in the nation and will be held at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, CO January 28-29-30.

The 56th annual, three-day event, will feature close to 350 ag-related exhibits, opportunities to learn more about ag products, services, and machinery.

Additionally, we offer a multitude of educational breakout sessions covering topics such as:

Ag Spotlight, Beef, Colorado Produce, Equine, Dairy, Colorado Weather Report, Ag Outlook, Colorado Agriculture Education, Partners in Ag, Partners in Ag, Ag Energy Day, Sheep Day, Water Issues in Colorado, Colorado AgrAbility, Annie’s Project, Weed Issues & many more… Continue reading

01-29-20 Colorado Delegation Shows Support for Polis Administration’s Comments on Proposed Hemp Rule

Colorado Delegation Shows Support for Polis Administration’s Comments on Proposed Hemp Rule

DENVER – January 29, 2020 – Earlier today, Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in partnership with Attorney General Phil Weiser, submitted the State’s official response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule related to the establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program. Members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation voiced their support for the submitted comments on the USDA’s interim final hemp rule. Continue reading

01-29-20 Governor Polis Announces Green, Innovative Pilot Programs to Increase Efficiency in Cannabis and Beer Industries

Governor Polis Announces Green, Innovative Pilot Programs to Increase Efficiency in Cannabis and Beer Industries

DENVER – January 29, 2020 – Gov. Jared Polis today joined the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Energy Office to announce two pilot programs focused on energy usage and environmental responsibility in the cannabis and beer industries.

“We are committed to taking the necessary steps to improve our air quality and reduce harmful emissions,” said Governor Jared Polis. “These pilot programs combine a few of the things that Colorado is known for: environmental responsibility, craft beer, and cannabis. I applaud our state agencies and private partners for working together on these innovative programs to help protect the Colorado way of life.” Continue reading

01-29-20 Governor Polis, CDA & AG Submit Comments on USDA’s Proposed Hemp Rules

Governor Polis, CDA & AG Submit Comments on USDA’s Proposed Hemp Rules

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), in partnership with Attorney General Phil Weiser, today submitted the State’s official response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule related to the establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program.

The comments are reflective of the feedback received from numerous Statewide stakeholders, including farmers, state and local government agencies, law enforcement, and academic institutions. The feedback from the State points to significant concerns with the interim final rule, which include concerns about the negligence threshold for crops that go over the THC limit, overly restrictive disposal requirements, burdensome sampling protocol, and the unnecessary requirement of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registered labs to test an agricultural crop.

“Colorado is the top state for hemp production, and we are proud of our work to increase good jobs and honored to help the Department of Agriculture figure out what we already know about hemp in Colorado,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We want to unleash this industry to grow and innovate. The proposed interim final rule, as currently written, does not support best practices in hemp production at a critical time in the development of this important industry. The recommended changes we’ve put forward will support the hemp industry while establishing appropriate guidelines.”

“These regulations are not scalable or easily implemented in a state with a robust hemp industry as large as ours is in Colorado,” said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg. “Small farming operations will have the hardest time complying with these rules and we are working to help ensure all hemp producers in the state can be successful.”

“The USDA’s interim final rule for hemp production claims to respect principles of federalism and to allow the ‘laboratories of the states’ to continue their efforts at innovation. The rule, however, unnecessarily upsets the delicate federal-state balance, trampling on states’ ability to develop their hemp industries effectively. Colorado is a leader in hemp cultivation and we need to protect Colorado’s regulatory system that enables our local industry to develop and protects consumers in a sound manner,” said Attorney General Phil Weiser.

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01-29-20 USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on USMCA Signing

USDA Secretary Perdue Statement on USMCA Signing

(Washington, D.C., January 29, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“Today is a good day for American agriculture. Throughout this process, there were many detractors who said it couldn’t be done. But this is further proof that President Trump’s trade negotiation strategy is working. This agreement shows the rest of the world the United States is open for business. USMCA is critical for America’s farmers and ranchers, who will now have even more market access to our neighbors to the north and the south. I am excited to see the economic benefits of this agreement increase the prosperity of all Americans, especially those living in rural America,” said Secretary Perdue.


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01-29-20 U.S Senator Gardner Applauds Signing of Historic Free Trade Agreement Benefiting Colorado

U.S Senator Gardner Applauds Signing of Historic Free Trade Agreement Benefiting Colorado

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act.

“This is a historic day for Colorado’s workers, our agriculture industry, and our economy,” said Senator Gardner. “USMCA will boost Colorado’s already vibrant trade relationship with our two largest global trading partners, Mexico and Canada. Nearly a quarter million jobs and billions of dollars of our economy in Colorado are dependent on trade with our North American neighbors, and I’m proud to have supported USMCA to give all of Colorado’s exporters the best chance to access these markets and opportunities.” Continue reading

01-30-20 NPPC Heralds Signing of USMCA Agreement

NPPC Heralds Signing of USMCA Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 29, 2020 – President Trump today signed into law the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement, which, once implemented, will provide much-needed certainty for U.S. pork producers. National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) President David Herring attended today’s signing ceremony, as well as seven other NPPC board members: Scott Hays (Missouri), Dale Reicks (Iowa), Duane Stateler (Ohio), Lori Stevermer (Minnesota), Kraig Westerbeek (North Carolina), Terry Wolters (Minnesota) and Russell Vering (Nebraska).

“USMCA provides U.S. pork producers with certainty in two of our largest export markets and we thank President Trump and his administration for making USMCA a top priority,” said Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C. “We look forward to implementation of a trade deal that preserves zero-tariff pork trade in North America.”

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12-05-19 SAVE THE DATE! CYFEA & 4RIVERS Equipment Company hosting a John Deere “Tractor Hours” Auction at 56th CO Farm Show!

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DECEMBER 5, 2019 – Finished harvesting for 2019?  The Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the 2020 CO Farm Show want to remind you about the CYFEA “Tractor Hours” Live Auction fund raising event, to be held during the noon hour on the Farm Show’s “Ag Education Day”, Thursday, January 30, 2020.  A total of 150 tractor hours will be sponsored by 4Rivers Equipment and John Deere.   Continue reading

01-29-20 CFB Policy Watch: Wolf Reintroduction Bill Introduced in Legislature

CFB Policy Watch: Wolf Reintroduction Bill Introduced in Legislature 

A measure has been introduced in the General Assembly that sets to “Manage Gray Wolves in Colorado.” This effort is outside of the current ballot initiative that will be on your ballot in November. As introduced, the bill will require the introduction of wolves by 2025, but unlike the ballot initiative, includes provisions to either cancel or postpone introduction if certain criteria are not met: Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 29th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, January 29th

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Canada’s Freeland Urges Quick USMCA Approval

The U.S. signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Wednesday clears another hurdle towards implementation of the agreement. Following the signing ceremony, the U.S. and Mexico await approval by Canada, whose government is beginning the process this week. Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced a motion in the nation’s House of Commons to consider the agreement. USMCA replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement. Freeland and Canada call the trade pact either the CUSMA, putting Canada first, or “the new NAFTA.” Freeland asked Canadian lawmakers to “work together to put Canada and Canadians first, and get this important work done without undue delay.” Freeland noted during a press conference the trade agreement received bipartisan support in the U.S. in a “highly polarized” political climate. USMCA, welcomed by U.S. agriculture, protects critical markets for U.S. farmers, and provides an additional $2 billion in agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico, the top trading partners of the United States.

House Dems Support Lawsuit Against SNAP Cuts

House Democrats are seeking to block the Trump administration’s cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Changes to the SNAP Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents are set to take effect in April. The Department of Agriculture says the rule revises the conditions under which USDA would waive, when requested by states, the able-bodied adult without dependents time limit in areas that have an unemployment rate of over ten percent or a lack of sufficient jobs. Representative Marcia Fudge, an Ohio Democrat and chair of the House Ag Subcommittee on Nutrition, announced House support of the lawsuit, filed by 15 states, including the District of Columbia. The lawsuit says the rule strips SNAP benefits from 700,000 recipients in a move rejected by the 2018 farm bill. Representative Fudge says the rule “does real harm to SNAP’s ability to accomplish its mission,” adding the House will “fight this hypocritical and political cruelty.”

Justice Department Investigating Possible Dean Foods Deal

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a potential deal for Dairy Farmers of America to acquire the bankrupted Dean Foods. A Justice Department representative confirmed to the Wall Street Journal this week the investigation is probing the potential loss of competition in U.S. milk sales, as Dean Foods and DFA are among the largest milk processors in the country. Dairy Farmers of America represents roughly 22 percent of all U.S. milk processing, while Dean Foods is self-described as “the largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of fresh fluid milk and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States.” Dean Foods announced its bankruptcy in November of last year, while pledging to use the process to “protect and support its ongoing business operations.” Dean Foods also announced at the time that it was engaged in advanced discussions with Dairy Farmers of America regarding a potential sale of all assets of the company.

USDA: One Month Left for CRP General Signup

The Department of Agriculture reminds farmers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program 2020 general signup to enroll by February 28, 2020. The signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for another ten to 15-year term. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce notes, “This is the first opportunity for general sign up since 2016, and we want producers and private landowners to know that we have just one month remaining.” CRP has 22 million acres enrolled, but the 2018 farm bill lifted the cap to 27 million acres. Signed into law in 1985, CRP is one of the largest private-lands conservation programs in the United States. It was originally intended to primarily control soil erosion and potentially stabilize commodity prices by taking marginal lands out of production. Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive yearly rental payments for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species which can control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Preparing to Sue EPA

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is preparing to file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. The planned lawsuit alleges the EPA is failing to enforce the Clean Water Act. Following a 2009 lawsuit, a plan was implemented to establish a watershed-wide Total Maximum Daily Load, a limit on the pollution the Bay can withstand and remain healthy. CBF has been concerned about the lack of progress in reducing nitrogen pollution in Pennsylvania. That concern was heightened when Pennsylvania released its plan for reducing pollution between now and the 2025 deadline. The plan has a funding shortfall of more than $300 million annually, and falls 25 percent short of the nitrogen goal. CBF President William C. Baker claims, “agriculture is the largest source of pollution from Pennsylvania,” adding that while stakeholders have pledged to comply, the lawmakers have failed by not fulling funding the efforts. Without EPA holding Pennsylvania accountable, Baker says the state’s local waters and the Bay downstream “will never be saved.”

Michelob Launches Campaign to Convert Farmland to Organic

An initiative by Anheuser-Busch InBev seeks to help farmers convert farmland to organic production. Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, and AB InBev product, is launching their 60 second Super Bowl commercial featuring 6 For 6-Pack, a new program that allows consumers to join the brand in helping farmers transition six square feet of farmland into organic production. Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold is the first national beer brand to be USDA-certified organic. A portion of sales from each Pure Gold 6-pack will go directly to farmers looking to transition to organic, “allowing consumers to help drive change.”  The commercial advertises that consumers can help farmers by “simply having a beer.” By the math, for every acre assisted in the program, consumers will need to drink 43,560 beers. Last year, AB InBev caught opposition from the corn industry, and sparked an advertising war with MillerCoors, by depicting corn syrup negatively, sparking lawsuits. The 2020 Michelob commercial is now available on YouTube.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service