04-20-20 CAWA Hosting Two Ag Water Webinars in May…

CAWA Hosting Two Ag Water Webinars in May…

Ag Water Webinars!

Due to the limitations of face-to-face outreach, CAWA will be hosting a series of Webinars throughout the summer to discuss important issues pertaining to Ag water in Colorado.

May 5 – Webinar – 12PM – 12:40PM

South Platte River Salinity… Should Agriculture Be Concerned?

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May 19 – Webinar – 12PM – 1PM

Demonstrating Ag Progress on Water Quality: Modeling the Effectiveness of EQIP-funded conservation practices

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About Colorado Ag Water Alliance: The Colorado Ag Water Alliance is comprised of agricultural leaders from across Colorado committed to the preservation of agriculture through the wise use of Colorado’s water resources.  Members represent major facets of production agriculture, as well as partner organizations such as the Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University, Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

04-20-20 Dairy MAX: Local Dairy Farmer Donates $10,000 in Cheese to Local Food Bank

Dairy MAX: Local Dairy Farmer Donates $10,000 in Cheese to Local Food Bank

On a normal day over 40 million Americans struggle to provide enough food for their families. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified this need, with food banks across the country experiencing more and more people needing assistance. When one dairy farmer, Adrian Diepersloot, heard of this growing need, he initiated a $10,000 donation to provide 3,325 pounds of cheese to Weld Food Bank in Greeley, Colorado.

Tyce Diepersloot, 4, loading boxes of cheese
(Photo Credit: Wolf Creek Dairy)

Diepersloot, a third-generation dairy farmer and owner of family partnership Wolf Creek Dairy, began hearing about the strain food banks were experiencing and wanted to help. After exploring options, his family decided to focus on Weld Food Bank where a donation could reach the most people in need in their area. To Diepersloot it only made sense to donate in the form of nutritious dairy foods he produces, like many other dairy farm families across the country are doing to give back despite the challenges they are facing.

“Many farmers are struggling to stay afloat, but they keep showing up and working hard for a cause they believe in,” said Diepersloot. “Our family wanted to give this cheese not only to satisfy an immediate hardship in our community, but also shed light on the fact that dairy farmers will continue to be here for people in need until we cannot anymore.”

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04-20-20 US Senators Bennet, Gardner Call for Financial Security for Colorado’s Rural Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis

US Senators Bennet, Gardner Call for Financial Security for Colorado’s Rural Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis

Denver, CO – On April 20th, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) called on Senate leaders to provide much-needed financial certainty for rural communities during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis to ensure long-term funding needed for essential services.

In a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bennet, Gardner, and a bipartisan group of colleagues pushed for, “a long-term solution for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs at the next possible opportunity.”

“The stop and start authorizations and payments under SRS and PILT have wreaked havoc on rural America for decades, and now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the budgets of these rural counties are decimated. These two programs fund roads, schools, law enforcement, and essential county services, such as public health programs,” wrote Bennet, Gardner, and their colleagues. “With inadequate funding and now additional demands on their resources, rural communities and counties are at the breaking point.” Continue reading

04-20-20 Weekly USMEF Audio Report: U.S. Chilled Pork Gaining Customers in Hong Kong

Weekly USMEF Audio Report: U.S. Chilled Pork Gaining Customers in Hong Kong

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DENVER, CO – April 20, 2020 – Late last year, with funding support from the National Pork Board, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) launched a campaign to expand retail sales of U.S. chilled pork in Hong Kong. This opportunity emerged when Hong Kong’s fresh pork supply declined sharply due to African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks in China.

In this update, Joel Haggard, USMEF senior vice president for the Asia Pacific, says the chilled pork initiative has faced significant challenges, including a lack of familiarity in Hong Kong, where consumers were more accustomed to fresh pork harvested locally and imported frozen pork. But sales have gradually increased, and U.S. chilled pork is gaining traction in the market. Haggard adds that going forward, USMEF is planning retail chilled pork promotions in mainland China and exploring promotional opportunities in Vietnam, where the domestic pork supply has also been hit hard by ASF.

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04-20-20 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 20th


Monday, April 20, 2020

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Gov. Polis Provides Update to Coloradans on State Response to COVID-19

DENVER – Today Governor Jared Polis discussed modeling data that shows how Coloradans are doing their part during the stay-at-home order and what next steps will look like as health and safety restrictions change in the coming days and weeks.

“Coloradans in every corner of our state have stepped up and taken responsible steps to help bend the curve of this pandemic and we are grateful for these shared efforts that helped save lives and slow the spread. The deadly virus will continue to be with us, and we must wear masks and socialize less to avoid its rapid growth. For seniors and those with pre-existing conditions, it’s important to stay home whenever possible through May. Though we are moving into a sustainable way of living during this pandemic, there are tough days ahead,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is a marathon – not a sprint, which was the easy part – now we need to pace ourselves and these distancing measures need to be sustainable. We’re going to have to learn to live with coronavirus for a while, but we must live not with anxiety or fear, but with extreme caution, especially if you are a member of a vulnerable population. I am thrilled that we are on the path to a sustainable way of living more safely, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t the potential that we have to return to a more cautious approach if the state sees a spike in new cases.” 

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04-20-20 Press Briefing with United States Coronavirus Task Force

Press Briefing with United States Coronavirus Task Force – April 20, 2020

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President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. CLICK HERE TO VIEW

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04-20-20 Inside The BARN with United States Senator Cory Gardner…

Inside The BARN with United States Senator Cory Gardner…

The BARN – Briggsdale, CO – April 20, 2020 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network & FarmCast Radio is United States Senator Cory Gardner and we have a great deal to discuss within this month’s interview including:

  • COVID-19 Impacts on Families, Businesses & U.S. Economy
  • Thoughts on the Trump Administration’s Three Stage “Re-Open America Plan”
  • Reaction to the USDA’s $19B COVID Aid for Agriculture
  • JBS Meatpacking Plant Closure & Food Supply Chain Challenges
  • Working across the aisle in a Bipartisan Effort to Help during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Details on the U.S. Senate will try to pass a forthcoming agreement on coronavirus aid this week
  • Importance of US and Colorado Agriculture during the COVID-19 Crisis
  • & More


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04-20-20 CDA / CPW: Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Confirmed in Southern Colorado

CDA: Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Confirmed in Southern Colorado

Broomfield, Colo. –  A highly contagious and fatal disease of rabbits and hares has been detected for the first time in Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) report that Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus type 2 (RHDV-2) was confirmed late last week in three wild cottontail rabbits approximately 10 miles southeast of Alamosa in Costilla County, CO. RHDV-2 does NOT affect humans or domestic species other than rabbits, but is highly contagious and lethal among rabbits. Continue reading

04-20-20 RFA Update on COVID-19 Impacts, RFS Developments, and Other Ethanol Issues

RFA Update on COVID-19 Impacts, RFS Developments, and Other Ethanol Issues

Through the middle of April, the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the effects of the Saudi-Russia oil price war, has had a devastating impact on the U.S. ethanol industry, slashing production by half and leading to the idling of dozens of plants across rural America. This week, governors from five of the top oil producing and refining states asked EPA to waive renewable volume obligations, which would cause even more harm to ethanol producers and the communities they support.
Today, in a conference call for news media, Renewable Fuels Association leaders will discuss the impact of these hits—and what the organization is doing to address this crisis. RFA Chief Economist Scott Richman discussed a new analysis assessing the ongoing damage to the industry and providing a look at the impacts on the broader economy.
  • Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
  • Neil Koehler, Chairman, RFA; Co-Founder and CEO of Pacific Ethanol
  • Mike Jerke, CEO of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy
  • Mick Henderson, General Manager, Commonwealth Agri-Energy
  • Scott Richman, Chief Economist, Renewable Fuels Association



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04-20-20 USDA Extends Deadline to Submit Project Proposals for On-Farm Demonstrations and Alternative Funding Arrangements

Salvador Prieto gets nearly ground level to see how well this micro-sprinkler is working under one of his avocado trees, in Somis, CA.USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

USDA Extends Deadline to Submit Project Proposals for On-Farm Demonstrations and Alternative Funding Arrangements

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced it will extend deadlines for project proposal submissions to May 29 for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFAs). Originally deadlines were mid-May, but NRCS wanted to provide additional time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“NRCS recognizes the hardship that this unprecedented time is causing our partners and others,” said NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr. “We want to offer them additional time to take full advantage of these opportunities to propose bold and transformative projects to advance agriculture and conservation for present and future generations of agricultural producers and private forest landowners.”

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04-20-20 New RFA Analysis: Ethanol Industry Could See $10 Billion in Losses Due to COVID-19

New RFA Analysis: Ethanol Industry Could See $10 Billion in Losses Due to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic and crude oil glut continue to ravage world fuel markets, U.S. ethanol sales in 2020 could fall by more than $10 billion and the industry’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) could drop by nearly one-third, according to a new analysis released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The economic losses stem from a “pernicious combination of steep production cuts and sharply lower prices” in response to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and the resulting collapse in fuel consumption, according to the report. Continue reading

04-20-20 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 20, 2020 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics on the national and state levels, including

  • COVID-19 Update and its effect on Colorado
  • Thoughts on the Trump Administration’s “Re-Open America Plan”
  • State Legislators & County Officials Sending Letter to CO Governor Polis
  • Reaction to USDA Secretary Perdue’s $19B COVID Aid for Agriculture
  • Thoughts on Gov Polis’ “Mandatory Mask” Executive Order
  • YOUR Stimulus Check – Donation Suggestion
  • State Legislature set to resume May 18th
  • Colorado Crisis Services – Help When You Need it
  • Final thoughts

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…


To learn more about CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg – CLICK HERE

04-20-20 NAWG Thanks USDA for Aiding Farmers and the Food Supply Chain During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NAWG Thanks USDA for Aiding Farmers and the Food Supply Chain During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. (April 19, 2020) – To aid farmers, ranchers, and consumers to effectively respond to the COVID-19 national emergency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This $19 billion program will provide immediate relief with direct payments to farmers and ranchers and support the food supply chain. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Cass City, MI wheat farmer Dave Milligan made the following statement in response:

“We would like to thank the USDA for releasing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). NAWG applauds the Agency for putting the program together so promptly and we look forward to seeing details about how the program will work.

“NAWG looks forward to working with the USDA and Congress to ensure that the needs of wheat growers are addressed during the COVID-19 national emergency.”

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04-20-20 NCGA Welcomes USDA Assistance Amid COVID-19

NCGA Welcomes USDA Assistance Amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON –  April 20, 2020 – The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today said much-needed assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would begin to help farmers and their customers recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), providing $19 billion in immediate relief to support farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of the food supply chain and ensure Americans continue to receive and have access to food.

The program provides $3.9 billion for row crop producers, including corn farmers. The livestock industry, corn farmers’ number one customer, will receive $9.6 billion in assistance, ensuring this important market keeps functioning.

“Agriculture is facing immense uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NCGA President Kevin Ross. “This much-needed relief will not only provide direct assistance to our nation’s corn farmers but also deliver much-needed relief to our customers who produce and feed livestock. We thank Secretary Perdue for acting quickly and look forward to working with USDA on further program details.”

NCGA is working closely with its members and leaders in Washington, D.C., to address the COVID-19 pandemic and remains committed to creating solutions to help corn farmers and their customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis. More information can be found at ncga.com/covid-19.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, April 20th

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Monday, April 20th

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FDA Changes Course on Hand Sanitizer Production at Ethanol Plants

Just a few weeks after appearing to give the go-ahead, the Food and Drug Administration reversed course on ethanol plants manufacturing hand sanitizer. An Agri-Pulse report says many of the nation’s ethanol plants spent a lot of money to make changes to their machinery that would allow them to produce hand sanitizer, a valuable commodity to have during the COVID-19 outbreak. Just weeks later, the FDA reversed its initial guidance that relaxed alcohol regulations for hand sanitizer production.  FDA said in its new policy guidelines that “because of the potential for the presence of potentially harmful impurities during the processing approach, fuel or technical grade ethanol should only be used if it meets the appropriate guidelines.” Geoff Cooper, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, tells Agri-Pulse that the new guidance contradicts language that was published in late March. “It’s just a few weeks later and FDA is changing the rules midstream and we don’t understand why,” Cooper says. “We haven’t heard of any issues or concerns from any of the customers or buyers of this alcohol.”


Smithfield Closes to Additional Plants

Smithfield Foods announced late last week it’s closing plants in Wisconsin and Missouri because of the coronavirus pandemic. The plant in Wisconsin will be closed for two weeks while the Missouri facility is closed indefinitely. An Associated Press report says the Missouri plant gets its raw materials from the plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which is also closed. Smithfield recently reported more than 500 infections in plant workers, as well as another 126 infections in people connected to them. A small number of workers in both Wisconsin and Missouri have tested positive for coronavirus. Workers in the Missouri plant told the AP that between six and nine employees, including managers, contracted coronavirus. Union workers were told the Missouri plant will be back in operation by April 30. Missouri employees will still get their full 40-hour pay under their collective bargaining agreement. Union officials in Wisconsin had raised concerns that the company wasn’t doing enough to protect them from the COVID-19 outbreak, sending a letter to the company’s Human Resources Department.


Wisconsin Rep Introduces the Family Farm Rescue Plan

Wisconsin Democratic Representative Ron Kind introduced his Family Farm Rescue Plan, which focuses on five steps the administration can take to support family farmers during the pandemic. The Third District Congressman points out that the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the livelihood of Wisconsin farmers, as well as producers across the country. In his home state, dairy farmers are being forced to dispose of thousands of gallons of fresh milk every day due to a significant drop in demand for dairy products. The actions include purchasing excess food and delivering it to food banks, ensuring all farmers are eligible for all small business relief programs, reopening the Dairy Margin Coverage Program, and ending the trade war while implementing USMCA. “Family farms are the backbone of our economy,” Kind says. “These are decisive actions the administration can take that don’t require the creation of new programs, legislation, or appropriation.” Kind points out that Wisconsin has led the nation in farm bankruptcies with an average of two farms closing per day. “The administration just has to decide whether or not to support our family farmers,” he adds.


NBB Says No to Waiving 2020 RFS Volumes

The National Biodiesel Board strongly opposes petitions from five state governors to waive 2020 Renewable Fuels Standard Volumes. The petitions were submitted by governors of Louisiana, Texas, Utah, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. The NBB says a waiver of the RFS volumes set more than a year in advance would do severe damage to the biodiesel industry. Texas and Louisiana are two of the top states in producing biodiesel and renewable diesel. An RFS waiver would hurt tens of thousands of workers in those two states alone. Kurt Kovarik, Vice President of Federal Affairs, says, “NBB and its members condemn the oil industry’s attempt to use the current national emergency as an excuse to undermine the RFS. The waiver sought by the oil state governors would devastate renewable fuel producers, cost essential critical infrastructure jobs in multiple states, reduce incomes for soybean farmers, and lead to dirtier air and higher carbon emissions.” Kovarik says the Environmental Protection Agency long ago established that waiver petitions must demonstrate that the RFS is the direct cause of severe economic harm, and federal courts have upheld that interpretation. “The oil industry’s current challenges stem from COVID-19 impact, not the RFS,” Kovarik adds.


U.S. Cattlemen Release Economic Impact Estimate of COVID-19 on Beef

The United States Cattlemen’s Association released its full economic impact report of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. cattle industry. The report was put together by Brett Crosby of Custom Ag Solutions and Beef Basis Dot Com. When compiling the numbers, they used existing market data and futures market data, coming up with the total actual and future impact forecast of $14.6 billion. The analysis focused on three primary sectors of the cattle production chain, which are feedlot, backgrounding, and cow/calf. “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. cattle industry cannot be overstated,” says USCA President Brooke Miller. “This report highlights just how severe those losses will be. The report breaks out the steer and heifer price forecast, differentiates between spring and fall calves, and values stocker calves by marketing date rather than weight to account for the effect on operations that run grass calves and market in August.” USCA’s COVID-19 Producer Task Force has spent the past month working with Congress and the administration on developing temporary, short-term relief for cattle producers experiencing losses related to the current coronavirus outbreak.


Tractor Sales Drop 16 Percent in March

The Association of Equipment Manufacturer’s monthly Flash Report didn’t have good news when it came to March tractor sales. The overall sale of all tractors dropped 16 percent in March when compared to March of 2019. For the year, a total of 41,237 tractors were sold in 2020, compared to a total of more than 44,600 sold last year. During March, two-wheel drive smaller tractors with engines under 40 horsepower were down 16 percent from last year. Sales of 40 and under 100-horsepower tractors were 15 percent lower than a year ago. Sales of two-wheel drive 100-plus horsepower tractors dropped 18 percent, while four-wheel drive tractor sales were down 17 percent from a year ago in March. Looking at 2020 total sales, the drop isn’t quite as steep as the March numbers, but still lower than the first three months of 2019. Combine sales were also down 12 percent in March of 2020 compared to last year at the same time. Sales of combines for the year totaled 800 in 2020, compared to a total of 977 sold in 2019, which is an 18 percent drop.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service