03-04-20 Long-time Bennet Priorities to Fully and Permanently Fund LWCF, Invest in National Park Infrastructure Gain Momentum in Senate

Long-time Bennet Priorities to Fully and Permanently Fund LWCF, Invest in National Park Infrastructure Gain Momentum in Senate

Bennet Has Advocated for Full and Permanent LWCF Funding for Over a Decade

Washington, D.C. – On March 4th,  Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced growing momentum for his long-time priority to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with the announcement of bipartisan legislation to provide such funding.

“In Colorado, public lands define our identity and drive our economy. That’s why I’ve worked for years to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and protect public lands in Colorado,” said Bennet. “I’m glad to see support coalescing around the proposal I’ve led for over a decade. We have a great opportunity in front of us to secure long-term public land funding, so that we can leave our public lands and iconic parks in better shape for our kids and grandkids. Now we have to roll up our sleeves and get to work to seize the opportunity.”

VIDEO: Watch Today’s Press Conference on Fully and Permanently Funding LWCF

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03-04-20 Inside the BARN with BQA Colorado Director Libby Bigler…

Inside the BARN with BQA Colorado Director Libby Bigler…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – March 4, 2020 – The National Cattleman’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, announced the winners of its 2020 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards during the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The National BQA Awards recognize outstanding beef and dairy producers and marketers annually who not only demonstrate high-quality animal care and handling principles as part of their day-to-day operations, but express a strong desire to improve their operations through BQA.  The 2020 National BQA award categories and winners included: the 2020 BQA Cow-Calf Award… IX (NINE) Ranch in Big Sandy, Montana. the 2020 BQA – FARM Dairy Award was South Dakota’s Boadwine Farmsthe 2020 BQA Marketer Award was Western Video Market the 2020 BQA Educator of the Year Award was Montana Rancher/Stockmanship Clinician Curt Pate. And the recipient of the 2020 Feedyard BQA Award was Bledsoe Cattle Company, headquartered in Wray, Colorado, with feedyard facilities in several counties within the state PLUS a stocker ranch in South Dakota too. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio by telephone is Libby Bigler, director of the Colorado Beef Quality Assurance Program discussing:

  • How has BQA changed over the years? And what are some of the new updates?
  • What are the best ways to get BQA certified?
  • Where can people learn more about the National Beef Quality Assurance Program and Colorado’s BQA Program too?
  • What are the BQA Awards all about?
  • Who nominated  Bledsoe Cattle Company and why they won the 2020 National BQA Feedlot Award
  • Upcoming CO BQA Events (Stockmanship/Stewardship clinic in Durango Aug 28-29 and Colorado Ag Day at the CO State Capitol on March 25 in Denver)
  • Final thoughts

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NCBA PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING 2020 BQA AWARD WINNERS

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03-04-20 US Senators Gardner, Daines, Bipartisan Colleagues Celebrate President’s Support for Full LWCF Funding

US Senators Gardner, Daines, Bipartisan Colleagues Celebrate President’s Support for Full LWCF Funding

Gardner and Daines Secured President Trump’s Support for Full and Permanent Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington D.C. – March 4, 2020 – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Steve Daines (R-MT) held a press conference today announcing they have secured President Donald Trump’s support for bipartisan legislation to provide full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the $12 billion maintenance backlog in our national parks.

NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view the press conference.

“We are proud to announce that we have secured the President’s support to provide full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address the maintenance backlog at our national parks, and the bipartisan group here today demonstrates the strong backing these programs benefit from in Congress.” said Senator Gardner. “The LWCF supports projects in Colorado and all across our country at no cost to the taxpayer, and fighting every year to figure out how much money the program will receive doesn’t provide the long-term planning certainty that our outdoor and conservation community deserves. I thank President Trump and Leader McConnell for their support and look forward to getting full, permanent funding signed into law.”

“This is a historic day for conservation, Montana and this nation. I am proud to stand here today and announce that after my meeting with President Trump, Senator Gardner and Leader McConnell, we have the support we need to provide full and mandatory funding for LWCF and address the maintenance backlog at our national parks,” said Senator Daines. “For Montanans, protecting our public lands is about protecting our way of life. That’s why I’ve made it my top priority since coming to Congress to fight for LWCF and our parks. I look forward to getting this historic conservation victory across the finish line for future generations of Montanans.”

The entire press conference can be viewed here.

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03-04-20 Inside the BARN with 2020 BQA Feedyard Award Winner Grant Bledsoe of Bledsoe Cattle Company…

Inside the BARN with 2020 BQA Feedyard Award Winner Grant Bledsoe of Bledsoe Cattle Company…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – March 4, 2020 – The National Cattleman’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, announced the winners of its 2020 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards during the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The National BQA Awards recognize outstanding beef and dairy producers and marketers annually who not only demonstrate high-quality animal care and handling principles as part of their day-to-day operations, but express a strong desire to improve their operations through BQA.  The 2020 National BQA award categories and winners included: the 2020 BQA Cow-Calf Award… IX (NINE) Ranch in Big Sandy, Montana. the 2020 BQA – FARM Dairy Award was South Dakota’s Boadwine Farmsthe 2020 BQA Marketer Award was Western Video Market the 2020 BQA Educator of the Year Award was Montana Rancher/Stockmanship Clinician Curt Pate. And the recipient of the 2020 Feedyard BQA Award was Bledsoe Cattle Company, headquartered in Wray, Colorado, with feedyard facilities in several counties within the state PLUS a stocker ranch in South Dakota too. Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio by telephone is Grant Bledsoe of Bledsoe Cattle Company discussing:

  • Reaction to Winning the Award
  • Bledsoe Cattle Company’s Size & Scope of Operations
  • Grant, why is Beef Quality Assurance such an important part of your operation at Bledsoe Cattle Company?
  • When did your operation become BQA certified and how do you keep Bledsoe Cattle Company BQA certified?
  • Share with me how the BQA Program has changed Bledsoe Cattle Company’s business?
  • What are some of the BQA practices that you and your family & crew incorporated at Bledsoe Cattle Company?
  • What does the 2020 BQA Feedlot Award mean to you and your operation at Bledsoe Cattle Company in Colorado and in South Dakota?
  • Final thoughts

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NCBA PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING 2020 BQA AWARD WINNERS

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03-04-20 NPPC HERALDS SIGNING OF AG INSPECTORS BILL


NPPC HERALDS SIGNING OF AG INSPECTORS BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4, 2020 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) thanks President Trump for signing into law on Tuesday legislation (S. 2107) that authorizes funding for 720 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. Providing additional agricultural inspectors represents a top priority for NPPC.

“Ensuring we have enough agricultural inspectors at our borders is critical to maintaining a healthy U.S. swine herd,” 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 (CBP) have done much to mitigate the risk to animal disease. Bolstered by this legislation, even more resources will be available to strengthen biosecurity at our borders. This is a victory for farmers, consumers and the American economy,” he said. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, March 4th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, March 4th

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Crop Insurance Guarantees Drop Ahead of Spring Planting Season

Corn and soybean crop insurance guarantees have dropped, just in time for the spring planting season that’s right around the corner. A DTN report says that means farmers get less protection against low prices in their revenue policies this year. Guarantees are $3.88 a bushel for corn and $9.17 for soybeans. Those are down 12 and 37 cents respectively from last year. Officials come up with the spring guarantee by averaging the daily close of the December 2020 corn and the November 2020 soybean futures contracts through the month of February. It was poor timing as commodity prices dropped during the final week of February as global markets responded negatively to the spread of the coronavirus. “You’ve got a lower benchmark, a lower revenue guarantee, so you’ll have less coverage than you would have otherwise,” says Jim Mintert, director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture at Purdue University. “From a farmer’s perspective, it’s a huge downer that the market collapsed at the end of February rather than early March.” Depending on the volatility of some factors included in the price guarantee calculations, lower guarantees could lead to lower premiums.

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U.K. won’t Budge on Agriculture in Upcoming Negotiations with the U.S.

The United Kingdom officially published its objectives for the upcoming trade negotiations with the U.S. The announcement included an uncompromising stand on agriculture and food standards, two big sticking points that have slowed momentum for talks getting underway. Politico says the U.K. won’t compromise on its “high environmental protection, animal welfare, and food standards,” along with the drug pricing provisions that are all central to the negotiations. U.S. agriculture and trade officials had hoped that the U.K. would loosen up some of their strictest requirements after officially leaving the European Union in January. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture says it’s all for high standards for food safety and animal welfare and says U.S. producers already do so. NASDA CEO Barb Glenn says, “American farmers and ranchers produce the safest and highest-quality food that’s enjoyed by consumers across the world. We’re also doing it with fewer resources than ever.” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the two biggest sticking points, which are agriculture and health care, shouldn’t stand in the way of reaching a deal in 2020.

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Protein Exports Piling up in U.S. Due to Coronavirus

The spread of coronavirus is causing a glut of protein in U.S. cold-storage facilities. The Wall Street Journal says the protein backup includes pork, chicken, and beef intended for export to overseas markets that have been hit by the outbreak. The quantity of breasts, thigh meat, and drumsticks has grown by 12 percent through the first month of 2020, climbing to 957.5 million pounds, which is the highest level ever during January. The amount of pork in storage climbed 11 percent higher in January 2020 than it was at a year ago at the same time. Joe Sanderson of Sanderson Farms, Incorporated, says, “The cold storage facilities we deal with are all busting at the seams.” U.S. meatpackers have been counting on big orders coming in from China as trade tensions between the two countries eased. However, the coronavirus outbreak has put an unexpected dent in that hope. Huge numbers of people across China aren’t eating out, but rather are staying home, which in turn is slowing down meat consumption in China. That hurts the amount of demand for U.S. protein products. Government-mandated quarantines have created logistical snarls in transportation across China. “The ports are basically backed up,” says Tyson CEO Noel White.

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Ag Economy Barometer Hits All-Time High

Producers’ perceptions of improved current conditions in the agricultural economy pushed the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer to a record high. The index rose to 168 in February, an increase of one point from January, and was 18 points higher than in December of 2019. This month’s increase came about largely because of the improvement in the Index of Current Conditions, which jumped 12 points higher in February to 154. The Index of Future Expectations dropped four points from January to finish at 175 in February. Producers who responded to the survey say they are more optimistic about current conditions on their farms and in U.S. agriculture. They retained most of the improvement in their future expectations we saw during January. The optimism is because of events like signing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, as well as the Phase One trade deal with China. More than three-fourths of the respondents said signing those two agreements either “somewhat” or “completely” relieved their concerns about the effects of tariffs on their income. Just 17 percent of the respondents said, “not at all.”

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Administration will Defend CCC if Needed

Retiring National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said over the weekend that he’s worried about the future of the Commodity Credit Corporation. Because of the Trump Administration’s unprecedented use of the CCC to provide trade aid to farmers, Johnson worries that conservative and left-leaning critics of farm bills will work together during the next farm bill debate to end the CCC. The administration says it will defend the Commodity Credit Corporation if there are future attempts to abolish it because of the administration’s use of it to provide trade aid to farmers. The Hagstrom Report asked Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue about Johnson’s fears, to which Perdue replied, “I would hope that’s not the case.” He says the administration used the CCC for a valid reason. “We are hopeful it won’t lead to that,” Perdue said after speaking to NFU members. “We will be willing to defend that.” The Trump Administration provided $28 billion in trade aid for farmers over two years, with the president tweeting recently that they would provide another round of aid if it becomes necessary this year. While Perdue says farmers shouldn’t plan on another round of trade aid, he also said the president is committed to getting farmers through this period.

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Study Shows Meat Demand Will Remain Strong in 2020

The Food Industry Association and the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research, along with the North American Meat Institute Foundation, combined to produce their 15th-annual in-depth study of meat and poultry from the consumer’s perspective. “The Power of Meat 2020” takes a deep dive into consumption trends, sales growth, and consumer demand. The study finds demand for meat is accelerating with $50.5 billion worth of sales in 2019. The survey looked into consumer interest in topics like production claims and sustainability. 49 percent of the respondents believe animal agriculture doesn’t have negative effects on the environment if done properly. However, the younger generation does believe it has negative impacts, which means consumer education is vital. Meat department sales are strong in both dollars and volume, driven by beef and chicken along with increased household spending. 83 percent of the shoppers who responded say they purchase specific cuts of meat and they are eating smaller portions. However, with total volume sales up slightly, they’re actually eating less meat on a more regular basis.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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