02-04-20 NJC Collegiate Farm Bureau invites you to attend the 4th Annual “Beef with a Brief” Fundraiser on Feb 20th in Sterling, CO


NJC Collegiate Farm Bureau invites you to attend the 4th Annual “Beef with a Brief” Fundraiser on Feb 20th in Sterling, CO

NJC Collegiate Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Associated Student Government, is excited to announce the speaker for the 4th Annual Beef with a Brief – Greg Peterson of the YouTube Stars: the Peterson Farm Bros.

Please join us on Thursday, 2/20/2020 at 6pm, to hear Greg speak about celebrating diversity in agriculture. A brisket dinner will be served and items will be available for purchase during the silent auction. Follow our Facebook page to see what items will be available.

You can pay at the door but please RSVP by 2/13 to Andy.Bartlett@njc.edu or (970) 521-6786 so we can get an accurate headcount for the meal. However, walk-ins will be welcome until we have a full house.

We will see you at the 4th annual Beef with a Brief!


02-04-20 U.S. Senator Bennet Applauds $28 Million Funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit

U.S. Senator Bennet Applauds $28 Million Funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit

Funding Follows Bennet’s Decade-Long Effort to Move Conduit Forward

Washington, D.C. – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today released the following statement applauding news that the Arkansas Valley Conduit will receive $28 million of Bureau of Reclamation funding to begin construction on the water diversion and storage project in the lower Arkansas Valley, which would bring clean drinking water to an estimated 50,000 Coloradans:

“For more than five decades, Coloradans in the southeastern corner of our state have been waiting for the federal government to fulfill its promise to deliver clean drinking water to their communities. Since I came to the Senate, we’ve worked together to pursue any and every avenue possible to ensure we fulfill that promise and build the Arkansas Valley Conduit,” said Bennet. “I’m thrilled this project is one step closer to breaking ground and ensuring that families in southeastern Colorado have access to a safe water supply.”

The Arkansas Valley Conduit is the final component of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, a water diversion and storage project in the lower Arkansas Valley. Once constructed, the Conduit will deliver clean drinking water to families and municipalities throughout Southeastern Colorado.

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02-04-20 U.S Senator Gardner Secures $28 Million for the Arkansas Valley Conduit

U.S Senator Gardner Secures $28 Million for the Arkansas Valley Conduit

Funds will be used to begin construction of critical drinking water infrastructure project in Southeastern Colorado

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced he secured $28 million of funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) project, which will be provided by the Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation’s Fiscal Year 2020 work plan.

“Today I am proud to announce that I have secured significant funding to start construction on the Arkansas Valley Conduit for the first time since Congress authorized the project and President Kennedy promised completion nearly six decades ago,” said Senator Gardner. “The communities of the Lower Arkansas Valley deserve clean drinking water, which the Arkansas Valley Conduit will supply for generations to come. This is the first time robust federal funding of $28 million has been dedicated to the project which will help finish final design, pre-construction costs, and begin construction to get to the first community in need. I’m grateful to President Trump, Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Vought, Department of the Interior Secretary Bernhardt, and the leadership of the Bureau of Reclamation for working with me to deliver such a strong federal funding commitment.”

Currently there are approximately 50,000 individuals in Southeast Colorado who have contaminated groundwater. The Arkansas Valley Conduit project, which was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1962, will deliver clean drinking water to local communities across the region upon completion.

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02-04-20 Colorado Pork Producers to Hold Annual Meeting Feb 24th in Brush

Colorado Pork Producers to Hold Annual Meeting Feb 24th in Brush

The annual meeting of the Colorado Pork Producers Council will be held February 24, 2020 at the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Brush, Colorado.  All pork producers, veterinarians, Extension Agents, leaders who work with swine projects, students, youth and other allied members and interested parties are invited to attend. Continue reading

02-04-20 NFU: USDA to Issue Third and Final Round of Trade Assistance

USDA to Issue Third and Final Round of Trade Assistance

NFU Urges Long-Term Solutions for Farm Economy’s Woes

WASHINGTON – In an effort to assist farmers and ranchers affected by international trade disputes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it will issue the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments.
As family farmers face record levels of debt and depressed crop prices, these payments will help stem the tide of farm bankruptcies and closures. National Farmers Union (NFU) has consistently urged USDA to both address the program’s inequities as well as establish more permanent mechanisms to ensure the financial viability of family farm agriculture, neither of which were included in today’s announcement. In a statement, NFU President Roger Johnson thanked USDA for the much-needed support and again pushed for longer-term solutions:

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02-04-20 US Senators Gardner, Bennet, and Bipartisan Colleagues Urge Immediate Action to Support Sugar Beet Farmers

US Senators Gardner, Bennet, and Bipartisan Colleagues Urge Immediate Action to Support Sugar Beet Farmers

Senators urge USDA to support sugar beet farmers after second straight growing season affected by adverse weather

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent a letter urging U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to take immediate action in implementing a provision designed to support sugar beet farmers during adverse weather. Gardner and Bennet’s letter was also signed by Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY), John Barrasso (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Jon Tester (D-MT), who represent states that experienced significant weather events in 2018 and 2019 that adversely affected sugar beet farmers.

“The past two years have been devastating for Cooperative farmers working in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming due to significant weather events. In 2018 and 2019, growing regions across these states experienced freezing temperatures in early October before sugar beets are typically harvested,” the senators wrote. “We urge the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take immediate action in implementing the sugar beet eligibility provisions that were passed in the FY20 Appropriations bill as a part of the Wildfire, Hurricane, and Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). Since its inception, this program has been essential for farmers during adverse weather growing seasons. Currently, USDA’s swift action is necessary for Western Sugar Cooperative’s (the Cooperative) farmers in order to obtain operating loans for the 2020 crop in the next thirty days.”

“The Western Sugar farmers across Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana experienced unprecedented losses in 2018 and 2019 from early season snowstorms and freezing temperatures during harvest. We are grateful to Senators Gardner and Bennet for championing a multi-state, bipartisan letter of support for critical disaster aid from the USDA. We are fortunate to have Senators across our growing region that recognize the importance of agriculture and how important this financial relief is for the health of rural communities,” said Western Sugar Cooperative CEO Rodney Perry.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, February 4th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, February 4th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

USDA Announces Third Round of Trade Aid Payments

The Department of Agriculture Monday announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments for farmers. The payments will begin to show up in farmers’ bank accounts by the end of this week. The payments follow the Phase One agreement with China and the U.S. signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. However, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says, “we must not forget that 2019 was a tough year for farmers as they were the tip of the spear when it came to unfair trade retaliation.” The payments are aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to trade retaliation by foreign nations. This is the final of three tranches of MFP payments. The first round was comprised of the higher of either 50 percent of a producer’s calculated payment or $15 per acre, which may reduce potential payments to be made in tranche three. The second tranche was 25 percent of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50 percent from the first tranche.

China Seeks U.S. Flexibility on Trade Targets

China is seeking more flexibility from the United States on promises made in the Phase One trade agreement. The agreement signed last month allows China and the U.S. to engage in dialog for changes “in the event that a natural disaster or other unforeseeable event” delays either country from complying with the trade deal. Bloomberg News reports China is expected to seek consultation on that basis, as the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. China may have trouble meeting the requirements of the trade agreement if the virus continues to disrupt demand. China’s Foreign Ministry Monday also claimed that “The U.S. government hasn’t provided any substantive assistance to us.” Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says its actions seek to stop the spread of the virus. The CDS warns more coronavirus cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It’s also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur.

Bird Flu Outbreak Reported near Coronavirus Origin

China over the weekend reported the development of H5N1 bird flu near the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs says the infected farm has 7,800 chickens, and 4,500 have died because of the bird flu. Local authorities have culled nearly 18,000 birds after the outbreak. The South China Morning Post reports the H5N1 outbreak comes even as Chinese authorities continue to scramble to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, “further stretching the nation’s already heavily strained resources” needed to combat the health threats. The World Health Organization calls H5N1 a type of influenza virus that causes a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds. Human cases of H5N1 avian influenza occur occasionally, but it is difficult to transmit the infection from person to person. When people do become infected, the mortality rate is about 60 percent. However, almost all cases of H5N1 infection in people are associated with close contact with infected live or dead birds, or H5N1-contaminated environments.

USDA Seeks Comments on Bioengineered Food Testing Methods

The Department of Agriculture last week opened the comment period on draft instructions to support compliance with the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service specifically seeks input on the draft document that provides instructions for regulators to select a testing method to determine whether modified genetic material is detectable. The four-page draft document includes general considerations in selecting a test method, laboratory selection considerations and recordkeeping requirements. The definition of bioengineered food excludes foods in which the modified genetic material is not detectable. Selecting a test that meets the standards of performance for detectability testing will allow regulated entities to determine if modified genetic material is not detectable. The final rule establishing National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard was published December 21, 2018. In the rule, USDA indicated it would provide instructions regarding acceptable testing methodology used to verify the absence of detectable modified genetic material. The comment period closes March 4, 2020. Comments should be submitted online at www.regulations.gov.

U.S. Cattle Inventory Down Slightly

The U.S. Cattle Inventory Report released Friday shows a slight decline in inventory levels from a year ago. The report pegged the U.S. cattle herd at 94.4 million head on January 1, 2020, slightly below the 94.8 million head reported on January 1, 2019. All heifers 500 pounds and over as of January 1, 2020, totaled 20.1 million head, slightly below the 20.2 million head on January 1, 2019. Beef replacement heifers, at 5.77 million head, were down two percent from a year ago. Milk replacement heifers, at 4.64 million head, were down two percent from the previous year. Other heifers, at 9.71 million head, were one percent above a year earlier. Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for all feedlots totaled 14.7 million, up two percent from last year. The 2019 calf crop in the United States was estimated at 36.1 million head, down one percent from last year’s calf crop.

2020 Forest Service Grazing Announced

The 2020 federal grazing fee, determined annually through a Congressionally mandated formula, will be $1.35 per animal unit months. The 2019 grazing fee was $1.35 per animal unit months. The fee applies to approximately 6,200 permits administered by the U.S. Forest Service for the western United States National Forests and Grasslands. To help simplify the federal system for the benefit of grazing permittees, regulators will use the one grazing fee for the National Forests in the West and all the National Grasslands. For the Forest Service, the per head month is defined as a month’s use and occupancy of range by one weaned or adult cow with or without calf, bull, steer, heifer, horse, burro, or mule, or five sheep or goats. The grazing fee is calculated based on the average annual change in beef cattle prices, leasing rates for grazing on private land in the western states, and the costs of livestock production. The fee applies to 17 Western states on public lands administered by the Forest Service.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service