04-10-20 Gov. Polis & Ag. Commissioner Greenberg Request CARES Act Funds for Colorado from USDA

Gov. Polis & Ag. Commissioner Greenberg Request CARES Act Funds for Colorado from USDA

Broomfield, Colo. – Gov. Jared Polis and Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on April 9, 2020 requesting he consider the vital contributions and current needs of Colorado agriculture in the distribution of funds available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act is the federal stimulus Congress recently approved.

“In Colorado, we have come together in bipartisan leadership to show our shared commitment to all who grow and raise food, steward land and water, and keep our rural economies strong. This includes the farmers, ranchers, farmworkers, truck drivers, distributors, processors, retailers, and everyone in between who works to provide American consumers with the highest quality food, fuel, and fiber products in the world. We stand united in our vision of and commitment to a prosperous future for all who work in the Colorado food and agriculture industry,” Governor Polis and Commissioner Greenberg wrote.

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04-10-20 State has ordered more than $46M in medical supplies to help meet Colorado’s statewide COVID-19 needs

State has ordered more than $46M in medical supplies to help meet Colorado’s statewide COVID-19 needs

***INFORMACIÓN SEGUIDA EN ESPAÑOL***

DENVER, April 10, 2020: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorado Unified Command Group (UCG) has issued purchase orders for more than $46.2 million worth of medical supplies that the state plans to distribute to health care facilities and local government agencies across Colorado.

The UCG has been working directly with local, national and international vendors to secure much-needed medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for communities throughout Colorado.

“Through the Governor’s Innovation Response Team (IRT), we have been leveraging private sector connections to expand our network of potential suppliers. In addition to partnerships with the private sectors, we have brought in Pat Meyers, former Chief of Staff to Gov. Hickenlooper, to head up our supply chain division within the IRT,” said Scott Bookman, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s COVID-19 incident commander. “As of April 8, this team has been hustling around the clock to issue as many purchase orders as possible for all viable leads.”

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04-10-20 CAWA: Colorado Young Farmers Water Fellowship & Water Fluency Scholarships for Producers!

CAWA: Colorado Young Farmers Water Fellowship & Water Fluency Scholarships for Producers!

Producers under 40 years old are eligible to apply for the program that teaches them about water policy, rights, and issues in Colorado impacting agriculture, and how to engage in the water planning process.

  • Series of trainings and webinars on water and agriculture in Colorado
  • $2,500 stipend for young farmers and ranchers in the program
  • Application Deadline is next week (will accept late applications)

Learn more and apply at https://www.youngfarmers.org/cowaterfellowship/

CAWA has partnered with Water Education Colorado to provide up to two $500 scholarships to help a couple of our members participate in this program.

This comprehensive program is designed to help professionals, such as city and county staff, local elected officials, and water board members gain water fluency and develop tools to navigate water management and policy issues. The topics covered include Colorado water legal and institutional frameworks; water resource planning and protection; and Colorado’s water for the future.

Anyone looking to familiarize themselves with Colorado water law, administration, policy and planning is encouraged to attend!

The format includes two in-person classroom sessions, site visits, reading assignments, and online coursework. Below is the schedule of dates and locations for the in-person classes:

  • June 23 and 24 in Durango
  • September 2 and 3 in Cortez

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04-10-20 A Letter from the President of the Colorado Livestock Association…

A Letter from the President of the Colorado Livestock Association…
CLA Members,
It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as the President of the Colorado Livestock Association over the past two years. I have been part of this vital organization for over two decades and we are continuously changing and adapting to fit the needs of livestock producers in Colorado.
As an industry and Association, we faced significant challenges head-on over the past year. From battling a precedent setting court case related to a fish kill, to responding to the Governor’s call for more plant-based protein, and now calling for relief for farmers affected by the devastating impacts of COVID-19 that are still developing as I write this letter.

Fish Kill in the Republican River

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04-10-20 Colorado Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on State Response to COVID-19

Colorado Governor Polis Provides Latest Update on State Response to COVID-19 for April 10th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Gov. Polis Provides Update on Response to COVID-19 at Colorado Convention Center

Friday, April 10, 2020 – DENVER – Gov. Polis was joined by public health officials and members of the Army Corps of Engineers today at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver to provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19, to present and observe the construction being completed at the facility.

“I come from the private sector, so convention centers were always places where we showcased our business and products and participated in commerce. If Coloradans are staying at home, wearing masks, it’s our hope that the facility will not have to be used or will be less used. The conversion of the Colorado Convention Center is an important step in creating more capacity in our health care system as part of our response to COVID-19,” said Governor Polis. “It will help protect Colorado’s ability to treat the most seriously sick by allowing hospitals to move less serious cases to the convention center and therefore make critical care available for those who need it most.”

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04-10-20 USDA-RMA Addresses Milk Dumping, Authorizes Other Flexibilities To Help Producers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

USDA-RMA Addresses Milk Dumping, Authorizes Other Flexibilities To Help Producers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 10, 2020 –- USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is ensuring that milk producers are not inappropriately penalized if their milk must be dumped because of recent market disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, RMA is extending inspection deadlines, waiving inspection requirements and authorizing more crop insurance transactions over the phone and electronically to help producers during the crisis.

Many state and local governments have issued “stay-at-home” orders and have shut down non-essential businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in market disruptions and preventing in-person crop insurance transactions.

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