03-05-20 Reminder: Don’t Forget to Apply for the 2020-21 CYFEA College Academic Scholarships Before March 15th!

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Reminder: Don’t Forget to Apply for the 2020-21 CYFEA College Academic Scholarships Before March 15th!

The 2020 Board of Directors of the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association and the CYFEA Academic Scholarship Committee want to remind Colorado’s Ag educators and college bound students that the deadline for the 2020 – 2021 Academic Scholarship applications is March 15th !

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03-05-20 Greeley Stampede 2020 Lineup Now Complete With Final Headliner Announce

Greeley Stampede 2020 Lineup Now Complete With Final Headliner Announce

3 Doors Down To Headline June 27; Chris Young, Jon Pardi, Brett Young, Phil Vassar, LOCASH & Lecrae also set to perform

Greeley, Colo. – With the announcement of 3 Doors Down on Tuesday, the Greeley Stampede lineup is now set for 2020. The chart topping powerhouse rock band will headline the SuperStars Concert Series at the Greeley Independence Stadium in Greeley, Colorado Saturday, June 27th.

Kicking off this legendary summer event are world renowned country favorites Chris Young (June 26), Brett Young (July 2), and LOCASH with Phil Vassar (July 3). Lighting it up on Independence Day will be ACM/CMA winner Jon Pardi!

On June 28th, the Greeley Stampede hosts a Faith and Family night. Grammy and Dove Award nominee and popular Christian hip-hop recording artist Lecrae will perform.

Greeley Stampede’s 2020 entertainment lineup is booked and produced by Romeo Entertainment Group, enjoying their 32nd year producing and procuring award-winning talent for the long-running, legendary event.

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03-05-20 Together We Grow appoints first members to its Board of Directors

Together We Grow appoints first members to its Board of Directors

Denver, Colo. – Together We Grow (TWG), a consortium of some of the world’s largest agribusiness interests focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce, today announced the appointment of its board of directors.

Together We Grow is in the process of formalizing the collective efforts needed for American agriculture to remain a leader in global food production for generations to come. Beginning in 2022, the Together We Grow Center for an Enhanced Workforce in Agriculture will be headquartered at the Colorado State University System Spur campus at the National Western Center in Denver.

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03-05-20 Colorado Secretary of State: Colorado Presidential Primary Turnout Sets Records

Colorado Secretary of State: Colorado Presidential Primary Turnout Sets Records

As ballots are still being counted throughout the state, it’s already clear that more people participated in Colorado’s 2020 Presidential Primary than in any other primary in state history.  Colorado’s turnout is also expected to lead the states that held primaries on Super Tuesday as well as every primary held so far.

“The massive turnout we’ve seen for the Presidential Primary is indicative of both the passion Coloradans have for exercising their right to vote as well as the state election model that enables access to do so,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold.  “We’ve set a record in Colorado primary turnout and lead the nation in primary turnout participation, even before our results are final. That should make every Coloradan extremely proud.”

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03-05-20 Chefs Learn About American Lamb Through ACF

Chefs Learn About American Lamb Through ACF 

 

The American Lamb Board sponsored a presentation and set up an information table at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) ChefConnect Conference in Seattle, March 1- 3, 2020. Approximately 300 American chefs, cooks, culinary educators and students attended this ChefConnect for the chefs in the ACF western and central regions. Continue reading

03-05-20 USDA to Open Signup March 16 for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands

USDA to Open Signup March 16 for Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands

Washington, D.C., March 5, 2020 – Farmers and ranchers may apply to enroll grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup beginning March 16. The signup runs through May 15.

“Through this CRP Grasslands signup, farmers and ranchers can protect grasslands, rangelands and pastures, while maintaining the land as working grazing lands,” said Richard Fordyce, Administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). “The program emphasizes support for grazing operations and plant and animal biodiversity, while protecting land under the greatest threat of conversion or development.”

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03-05-20 USDA Improving Services to Provide More SNAP Participants the Dignity of Work

USDA Improving Services to Provide More SNAP Participants the Dignity of Work

New rule encourages more robust services and opportunities to gain skills for today’s job market
Washington, D.C., March 5, 2020 – In light of President Trump’s historic economic expansion – with a 3.6% unemployment rate and 6.4 million job openings across the nation – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a proposed rule that will strengthen the way states serve SNAP recipients through Employment and Training.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants have exclusive access to training and support services to help them enter or move up in the workforce. The proposed rule, Employment and Training Opportunities in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, makes a wide range of enhancements to these services to empower more SNAP participants to gain the skills, training, or work experience they need to move toward – and into – employment.
“We’ve seen the results and believe work increases the potential for people to have a life full of dignity, respect and hope. Our safety net programs like SNAP were never meant to be for long-term use. Government dependency has never been part of the American dream. This proposed rule will enhance the opportunities SNAP participants have to gain the skills they need to provide for their families and contribute to their communities,” said Secretary Sonny Perdue. “President Trump has unleashed a booming economy and thriving job market that needs more workers to fill the millions of job openings. We aim to prepare more Americans to re-enter the workforce so they too can experience the benefits of a prosperous economy.”

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03-05-20 CDA: Wondirad Gebru Named Plant Industry Division Director at State Ag Department

CDA: Wondirad Gebru Named Plant Industry Division Director at State Ag Department

BROOMFIELD, CO – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is pleased to announce the selection of Wondirad Gebru as Director of the department’s Plant Industry Division. As Director, Gebru will serve as a member of the Department’s senior management team and provide leadership and support for the overall operations of the Department. He will guide the development of program performance measures and goals and enforce laws and regulations to protect the agricultural industry and consumers, facilitate trade and monitor exotic pests.

After joining CDA in January 2019 as the Plant Industry Division’s Assistant Director, Gebru most recently served for nearly a year as interim Plants Division Director, during which time he supervised the rapid expansion of CDA’s Industrial Hemp and Organic Certification Programs and a management team restructuring that now includes two sections and a Field Services Team.

“Under Wondirad Gebru’s leadership, our Plant Industry Division continues to successfully navigate a time of unprecedented transition and growth,” said Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg. “His deep industry expertise and commitment to his work are immensely beneficial to our department, our industry, and the people of Colorado.” Continue reading

03-05-20 Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Ag Commissioner Kate Greenberg

BRIGGSDALE, CO – March 5, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio at this time is Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg, and will be discussing several topics including:

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03-05-20 Boulder County Extension Agent Adrian Card Named CFVGA Member of the Year

Boulder County Extension Agent Adrian Card Named CFVGA Member of the Year

Adrian Card, Colorado State University (CSU) Boulder County Extension Agent and Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) founding board member, was named the CFVGA Robert Sakata 2019 Member of the Year. The honor was announced last week during CFVGA’s 6th Annual Conference awards luncheon.
“This is a really special honor for me, because I have seen CFVGA grow from a group of northern Colorado growers who gathered to discuss ag labor shortages in 2012-13 to a vibrant and growing association today,” said Card. Continue reading

03-05-20 CFVGA Wraps Up Successful Sixth Annual Conference

Lively grower-buyer networking session brought 23 buying organizations to talk with potential suppliers.

CFVGA Wraps Up Successful Sixth Annual Conference

More than 300 growers, allied industry companies, produce buyers and other produce enthusiasts gathered Feb. 25-26 in Denver for the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) 6th Annual Conference.

Newly elected to the CFVGA Board of Directors were David Harold, Tuxedo Corn Company, Olathe, and Dave Maynard, FreshPack (soon to operate under the name What Chefs Want), Denver. Re-elected to the board were Bruce Talbott, Talbott’s Mountain Gold, Palisade, and Grant Mattive, Worley Family Farms, Monte Vista. Each was elected to a three-year term. In addition, Colorado State University Boulder County Extension agent and CFVGA founding Board member was honored as the CFVGA Roberts Sakata 2019 Member of the Year.

“The Grower-Buyer Networking Session that is always a popular feature of our conference brought in 32 buyer organizations to meet growers attending the conference,” said Card, chair of the conference committee. “It was a vibrant and active hour and a half structured like a speed-dating session to give as many growers and buyers as possible the opportunity to meet and see if they might pursue a business relationship.” Continue reading

USDA – FAS Weekly Export Sales Report for March 5th

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Weekly Export Sales for March 5th

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, March 5th

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Vietnam to Buy $3 Billion in U.S. Farm Products

Vietnam is committing to buy $3 billion in U.S. farm goods to shrink the soaring trade surplus it has with America. Bloomberg says the Asian nation is looking to appease the Trump administration, which isn’t happy about the deficit. Vietnam is also looking to satisfy the complaints of U.S. companies that face difficulties in accessing Vietnamese markets. A Vietnam Agriculture Ministry spokesman says they “see a lot of room to increase purchases from America, which will significantly help narrow our trade gap with the U.S.,” while also noting that the demand in Vietnam for American farm products is “very high.” Vietnamese companies signed a total of 18 agreements with American producers to buy about $3 billion in farm products over the next two or three years. The deal includes purchasing 100,000 cows, three million tons of wheat and barley worth about $800 million, fruit, and corn and soy animal feed. Vietnam’s exports to the U.S. totaled $61.3 billion in 2019, widening the trade gap to $47 billion, up from $34.8 billion the year before, according to Vietnamese customs data. The U.S. Census Bureau says last year’s trade deficit with Vietnam was $55.8 billion, up from $39.5 billion the year before.

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Texas A & M Analyzes Trade Aid Distribution

Texas A & M University published its analysis of the Trump administration’s trade aid program. The study’s authors say, “There’s no denying that the trade aid package, especially the Market Facilitation Program, has had a significant impact on farm income in the U.S.” Across all of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center’s 63 representative crop farms, the two years of MFP payments in 2018 and 2019 protected $16.4 million in net worth from 2018-2020. Under baseline conditions without MFP, 35 of those 63 farms had a greater than 50 percent chance of ending 2020 with negative cash balances. With the MFP in place, the study says the number dropped to 34 percent. Some have argued that the second round of payments was biased toward Southern states. Most of the variability in county payment rates under MFP can be explained by the underlying damage assessments and the distribution of planted acres in the respective counties. The study authors say even though the highest county payment rates were mostly in counties with cotton production, almost 70 percent of the MFP payments went to producers in Midwestern states. “We find little validity to the argument of regional inequity,” the authors said in a statement.

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Perdue Talks Trade Aid Before House Ag Committee

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue testified before the House Ag Committee and trade aid was a big topic of discussion. Michael Conaway, Ranking Member from Texas, called for another round of Market Facilitation Program payments this year. “The first and second MFP Programs were as justified as they were critical to our farmers and ranchers,” Conaway says. “I strongly believe that unless something gives here soon, an announcement on MFP part three will be vital to the survival of our producers.” Conaway added that folks who are critical about the aid payments should talk to the secretary on how to go about improving the Market Facilitation Program. House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson of Minnesota fears that Donald Trump’s recent tweet signaling the possibility of more aid means the trade agreements aren’t going to pay off soon. Peterson says, “If it weren’t for the payments to farmers through the MFP, farm income would have been in the tank,” he says. “I hope the markets return to normal. However, the president’s comments don’t give me confidence that we’ll see tangible benefits from the new trade deals anytime soon.” Perdue has repeatedly said he believes exports will grow and another round of trade aid won’t be needed.

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Congressman says UK Trade Without Agriculture is a No-Go for Congress

If the U.S. and U.K. were to strike a trade deal that doesn’t include opening up the U.K, market to more U.S. farm goods, that would be a no-go in Congress. Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley’s comments are in direct opposition to London’s official negotiating objectives that were made public on Monday. Politico says those objectives included maintaining the U.K.’s strict food safety and animal welfare standards. If it sounds familiar, it should. Agriculture has long been the biggest sticking point in separate but stalled negotiations with the European Union. Trade officials are now aiming to establish a mini deal by March 18. The mini agreement could contain some agriculture concessions from Brussels, but Politico says it likely won’t kick the door open for U.S. meat products. The EU’s top trade official, Bernd (Burned) Lange, was recently in Washington, D.C., to talk to administration officials and lawmakers. Questioned by reporters about the possibility of the EU opening more of its market to U.S. farm goods and dropping their non-tariff barriers, Lange’s answer was, “On agriculture, everyone knows that this is not possible.

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Farmers Union Sets Policy Priorities

The National Farmers Union says it’s looking for measures that will bring some certainty to the farm economy in 2020. The Hagstrom Report says the organization will emphasize bringing the question about agricultural certainty to presidential candidates. Newly elected NFU President Rob Larew spoke to reporters after their annual convention ended, saying, “The special orders the delegates passed to set priorities for 2020 reflected what an awful year 2019 was.” He says farmers were also hurt by “manmade challenges,” a veiled reference to President Donald Trump’s trade policies, as well as a “lack of action” on climate change. The National Farmers Union will also continue to focus on its long-term concerns about agribusiness concentration, as well as the dwindling competition among the businesses that supply farmers with their inputs and buy farmer products from them. Larew says it’s been difficult to get the attention of Washington, D.C. regarding these issues. However, rising concern about antitrust issues and anticompetitive behavior by tech companies could make easier to get D.C. to notice what’s going on with those same issues in agriculture.

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Oil State Senators Pushing Trump as Deadline Looms

The oil industry and allies on Capitol Hill are pushing for the Trump Administration to defend its decision to exempt some oil refineries from blending requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard. The administration faces a Monday deadline to request the full 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a decision that threatens to curtail the use of the waivers. Republicans from oil-patch states, including Ted Cruz of Texas and James Inhofe of Oklahoma, have warned the administration and the Environmental Protection Agency that the decision will have consequences if it’s implemented around the nation. They say potential negative impacts could include strain on refineries, cause a rise in gasoline prices, and put jobs in jeopardy. Although federal law authorizes the EPA to exempt small refineries facing “economic hardship,” a January ruling by a three-judge panel in the 10th Circuit Court places limits on the agency’s ability to hand out large numbers of the waivers. If the decision stands, officials believe only two small refineries would still be eligible for hardship relief. Oil industry allies are hoping that the president will intervene and order a shift in the course of the discussions.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

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