02-10-20 CLA: In Remembrance of Sylvia Webster

Sylvia Webster 
April 11, 1933~Jan. 20, 2020

CLA: In Remembrance of Sylvia Webster

Sylvia Webster passed away Jan. 20, 2020, surrounded by family, and in the care of hospice, at Grace Pointe in Greeley.
Long before she ever knew the love of her life, she was a three year-old girl when she met her future father-in-law. After a serious fall, the Elmer West family called Dr. William W. Webster, a physician fresh from the Mayo Clinic, to see Sylvia. She had suffered an injury inside her mouth, requiring surgery. One day that little girl, Sylvia Darlene West, would marry Dr. Webster’s son, Bill Webster. The operation was a success and spared her permanent deformity. Her radiant smile was one of her greatest assets and was a feature she kept until her last days. As we picture Sylvia in our mind, her smile is remembered as easily as we remember her at this very moment. Continue reading

02-10-20 CLA Legislative Affairs Committee Takes Position on Imported Meat Bill

CLA Legislative Affairs Committee Takes Position on Imported Meat Bill

February 8, 2020 – The Colorado Livestock Association Legislative Affairs Committee met this Friday with CLA lobbyist Steve Holdren and staff to review the pending introduced legislation of interest to livestock producers. The committee is opposed to House Bill 20-1117 related to meat derived from animals that were not born, raised, and harvested exclusively in the United States. The Committee is monitoring House Bill 20-1143 Environmental Justice and Projects Increase Environmental Fines. More information on each bill can be found below and on the Colorado General Assembly website http://leg.colorado.gov/.

The members of the Legislative Affairs Committee are: Dave Amundson, John Caldwell, Britt Dinis, Mark Frasier, Tom Haren, Mary Kraft, Julie McCaleb, Andrew Mertens, Justin Miller, Jennifer Nelson, Skip Schneider, Jon Slutsky, Mike Veeman and Ed Wilgenburg.

CLA members are welcome to participate in the Friday morning legislative briefings during the session. Please contact the office for more information (970) 378-0500.

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02-10-20 Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District: Arkansas Valley Conduit gets additional $8M in federal funding for FY 2021

SECWCD: Arkansas Valley Conduit gets additional $8M in federal funding for FY 2021

The Arkansas Valley Conduit is in line to get an additional $8.05 million in fiscal year 2021, if Congress approves President Trump’s proposed budget, which was released Monday.

The possibility of additional funding comes after Congress approved $28 million in federal funding for the current fiscal year, which was announced last week. The Colorado Water Conservation Board has approved a $100 million financing package which is under consideration by the Colorado Legislature.

“It is very gratifying to see funding for the AVC beginning to flow as we prepare for construction,” said Bill Long, president of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, project sponsor. “Years of hard work have gone into this project, both by the District and Reclamation. The AVC was envisioned by far-sighted people more than 60 years ago, just as our efforts today will benefit future generations.” Continue reading

02-10-20 NPPC Applauds House Passage of Ag Inspectors Bill

NPPC Applauds House Passage of Ag Inspectors Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2020 – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation that authorizes funding for 740 new 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. In October 2019, the Senate approved an identical version of the bill (S. 2017), which the House approved today. Providing additional agricultural inspectors represents a top priority for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

“For more than a year, NPPC has advocated for more agricultural inspectors at our borders,” said NPPC President David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection have done much to mitigate risk to animal disease, but we must remain vigilant. Today’s vote represents a tremendous victory for our farmers, consumers and the American economy. We thank Congressional leadership, led by Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) and Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), for their strong leadership on this issue and look forward to the bill’s implementation,” he added.

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The BARN – Briggsdale, CO / Thayer, MO – February 10, 2020 Cattle producers Jared Brackett, Hugh Sanburg and Norman Voyles, Jr. are the new leaders of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB). This officer team is responsible for guiding the national Beef Checkoff throughout 2020.…for more in that here’s BARN Ag Reporter Samantha Munson…

Learn more about the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board visit https://www.beefboard.org/


SOURCE: NAFB News Service,  which The BARN is a Broadcast Council Member



LAS VEGAS – On Feruary 9th, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), in partnership with the NACD Auxiliary, announced the winners of the 2019 Photo Contest and 2019 Poster Contest during the 74th NACD Annual Meeting Inspirational Session.

The photo contest, open to amateur photographers in both youth and adult divisions, consists of images reflecting the themes of “Agriculture and Conservation Across America,” “Close-Up Conservation,” “Conservation in Action” and “Conservation Practices.”

“This year’s contest winners captured the beauty and importance of our natural resources and those who work to preserve them,” NACD Auxiliary President Karen Smart said.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, February 10th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, February 10th

Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Corteva Dropping Chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos (Klor-PEER-uh-fos) is a pesticide that’s been sprayed on crops like strawberries, corn, and citrus, for many years to kill pests. Corteva (Kor-TEV-ah), the largest manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, says it will stop manufacturing the product by the end of the year. The insecticide has been linked in certain studies to neurological problems in children and has been called a threat to wildlife. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has resisted banning the product from the market, while saying that additional safety tests are needed. Some states haven’t waited for the EPA to make a decision and acted on their own. California is a state that says farmers can’t use the insecticide after December 31st of this year. Hawaii was the first state to ban chlorpyrifos, with that ban to take effect in 2022. The European Union has also banned using the insecticide. Corteva spokesperson Gregg Schmidt says demand for the product has “declined significantly” over the last twenty years. That’s what drove the decision to stop manufacturing the product, not safety concerns. Corteva tells Reuters that the company will continue to back chlorpyrifos during the EPA’s review. Environmental groups are happy with the move, but they caution that other companies are still manufacturing the product, which is allowed on imported food.


Commerce Department Continues Argentina Biodiesel Anti-Dumping Duties

The U.S. Commerce Department responded to a U.S. Court of International Trade ruling requiring it to explain how it found cause for anti-dumping duties on biodiesel from Argentina. In a recent filing with the court, the Commerce Department made “certain changes” to its calculations. However, the anti-dumping duty rates would remain the same for the two Argentine producers and exporters involved in the case. However, things could eventually be changed when it comes to imported biodiesel from Argentina. The Commerce Department is conducting a “changed circumstances review” that was requested by the Argentine government. Depending on what the review determines, it could potentially lead to lower countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. The U.S. imported about $1.2 billion worth of biodiesel from Argentina in 2016, before duties were imposed in a case brought by the National Biodiesel Board and 15 domestic biodiesel producers.


China to Cut Tariffs on U.S. Imports

The Chinese Finance Ministry says it will cut tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. products. The cuts begin on February 14th and will include ag commodities like soybeans, asparagus, pork, and more. However, a Wall Street Journal article says there likely won’t be a big impact. An Agri-Pulse report says the move will cut tariff rate increases in half, somewhere between five and 10 percent, that China put into effect late last year in response to U.S. tariffs. The 30 percent punitive tariff on soybeans will drop to 27.5 percent on February 14, which will be seen largely as a goodwill gesture by China that won’t have a big effect on trade between the two countries. The “Phase One” trade deal between China and the U.S. calls for increased Chinese purchases of American agricultural commodities but neither side did away with the tariffs that have been a staple of the trade war since it began. China points out that the next step in tariff reduction depends on how much progress the two countries make in their relationship. U.S. and government officials say they expect China to boost purchases by granting targeted exemptions to the tariffs currently in place. All recent Chinese soybean buys took place in spite of the punitive tariffs in place and were due to the Chinese government giving targeted exemptions to importers.


Pork Board Commits Half-Million Dollars to Fellowships

The National Pork Board has opened up applications for a new series of swine research fellowships to help provide a pipeline of highly-skilled employees for the pork industry. The checkoff is investing a hefty sum of $500,000 for the fellowships. The money will fund education and training in critical areas of impact, such as animal science, feed science and management, engineering and human resources, along with many others. “Labor supply is critical to the entire pork industry,” says David Newman, President of the National Pork Board. “This fellowship program will develop highly-trained professionals who possess the skills and abilities with direct application to pork production both now and in the future.” Fellowships will be awarded for a maximum of two years and can be used for multiple advanced-degree programs. Fellowship funding will be capped at $30,000 over two years. Second-year funding will be contingent on the submission and approval of a progress report at the end of the first year. Go to www.pork.org/rfp for more information. Application materials must be submitted by February 25th.


NCBA Researches Confusion about Plant-Based Fake Meat

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association released survey results that show widespread consumer confusion about plant-based fake meat products and the ingredients they contain. Less than half of the 1,800 respondents understood the labeling term “plant-based beef” was intended to describe an entirely vegetarian or vegan food product. One major source of confusion for one-third of consumers is the mistaken belief that plant-based meat products contained at least some real beef. “The fact that so many consumers look at these labels and think that the products include meat or any other animal by-product is a clear sign that the misleading labeling and deceptive marketing practices surrounding plant-based fake meat has caused real consumer confusion,” says NCBA President Jennifer Houston. Among other mistaken beliefs is 44 percent of consumers thought plant-based products were lower in sodium. In reality, leading plant-based fake beef is between 220 to 620 percent higher in sodium than the same-sized serving of real beef. “We need to do a better job of educating consumers on the differences,” Houston says.


Broin Named American Biofuels Visionary by Growth Energy

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor recently named POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin as the American Biofuels Visionary award winner. Tom Buis (BUY-us), previously the CEO of Growth Energy, joined Skor onstage during the 11th Annual Executive Leadership Conference. Growth Energy presents the award in tribute for a lifetime of leadership that has fueled the growth of America’s entire biofuels sector. “Jeff Broin’s unwavering leadership and transformative vision for U.S. biofuels have touched the lives of every American, from farm families in South Dakota to drivers in New York,” Skor says. “As founding chair of Growth Energy, he followed in the footsteps of other great American founding fathers, building an enduring legacy that will shape the future of homegrown energy for generations to come.” Broin says he’s honored and humbled to be recognized by Growth Energy. “Helping to found and grow this organization has been a true labor of love for me, going back to my roots on the family farm. While we have won many battles, the war over biofuels is far from over.” Broin says he will continue to work with the biofuels industry and agriculture to drive biofuels to new heights in the years to come. POET Biofuels is the world’s largest ethanol producer.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service